Ace Football lists and profiles the five greatest Ugandan strikers throughout football history.
Strikers are charged with scoring goals that win matches, lead to valuable points, and possibly championships.
Uganda has seen a plethora of formidable attackers come through its ranks. Several have made lasting legacies, sealing a spot in history that can never be erased.
But who should take the crown as the East African nation’s greatest? Ace Football has a go by listing its choices for the five greatest Ugandan strikers of all time.
5. Hassan Mubiru
The 43-year-old was renowned for his versatility, all-round ability, and prolific scoring record.
Hassan Mubiru won three consecutive golden boots in the Uganda league from 2001 to 2003; scoring a combined 65 goals for Express FC. He won the league title twice and the Uganda Cup five times. He also played for several clubs, once earning the nickname of ‘Luis Figo’ – the Portuguese winger who swapped Barcelona for Spanish rivals Real Madrid in 2000 – after his controversial transfer from Villa SC to Express FC.
On the international scene, Mubiru is Uganda’s fourth-highest scorer of all time. The striker scored 18 goals in 63 appearances between 1998 and 2007.
4. Godfrey Kateregga
Nicknamed ‘Superstar’, Godfrey Kateregga was one of a kind. The player had talent, style, exquisite touch of the ball, and a loyal fanbase. But what he had in talent, he often lacked in discipline.
Nonetheless, Kateregga was an incredible footballer at his peak. His dribbling was second to none, capable of leaving defenders bewildered. The star played for SC Villa, Tobacco FC, Express, and KCC FC. He won four league titles, five Uganda Cups, and one CECAFA Club Championship.
The Ugandan striker also represented the Cranes from 1979 to 1988, scoring 14 goals in 54 appearances.
3. Majid Musisi
Credited as the first Ugandan footballer to sign for a European club, the late Majid Musisi was an icon. He is remembered for his crocodile goal celebration as much as his prolific record both abroad and in Uganda.
The Kampala-born star played for three clubs in Europe in Stade Rennes, Bursaspor, and Canakkale Dardanelspor from 1992 to 1999. He spent the bulk of his time in Turkey. According to Transfermarkt, he scored 60 goals in 155 Turkish Super Lig games.
Musisi enjoyed great success in his homeland as well. The Ugandan striker won 6 league titles, 3 Uganda cups, and the CECAFA Club Championship at SC Villa. He also won 2 CECAFA titles with the Cranes.
2. Ali Kitonsa
The late Ali Kitonsa has a legacy like none other. The striker was the first Ugandan to play professional football upon signing for Egyptian side Zamalek in 1964 for a seven-month spell. He also scored 54 goals in 18 games in the Kampala District First Division League for Express FC during that same year – an unofficial record for most goals in a season.
On the international scene, Kitonsa debuted for the Cranes in December 1961 in the Tanzania Independence Day Cup. He helped Uganda win the 1962 Gossage Cup – now known as the CECAFA Cup – and scored six times in the 8-0 win over Zanzibar; just weeks after missing the team for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
1. Phillip Omondi
Taking top spot in our list of the greatest Ugandan strikers is Phillip Omondi.
In the eyes of many fans and journalists, of course, Omondi is regarded as Uganda’s finest player ever.
Dubbed as a ‘soccer wizard’, Omondi had the rare ability to score and create goals. His pinpoint passes, ball control, and technical skills had no equal. He could turn the tide of games in an instant, earning recognition from legends such as Abedi Pele – arguably the greatest Ghanaian footballer in history.
The former KCC FC star won the CECAFA club championship in 1978, a year after returning from a career-threatening injury. He finished as Uganda’s top-scorer on four goals in AFCON that same year as well.
Omondi also spent time in the United Arab Emirates for Sharjah FC, before later helping KCC to league titles in 1983 and 1985.