The first round of the Azam Uganda Premier league, season 2017/18 ended successfully a week ago.
Since the start in September, the league has provided several thrilling moments and great action.
ChimpReports’ Joel Muyita takes you through the first round in numbers and the peculiar statistics.
1- Boardroom decision
Only one game in the first round was determined through a boardroom decision.
This happened on the opening day of the season when newly promoted Masavu FC failed to honour a home fixture against Police FC.
In the end Police FC were awarded three points and goals while Masavu were docked on the other hand.
SC Villa and Kirinya Jinja SS FC lost points on grounds of causing stadium violence and attacks on match officials. SC Villa were docked two points and two goals following the incidents that happened in the 1-0 loss to Vipers SC at St. Mary’s Kitende.
Goalkeeper Samson Kirya was suspended for two games while SC Villa team manager Muhammed Jjumba was handed a four match ban.
Kirinya were penalized for the alleged violent attack of coaches Charles Ayieko and Hannington Kalyesubula on match officials after the game against Soana.
The Jinja based side lost a point and a goal.
UPDF FC managed to register only two wins in the 15 games played in the first round. Their first win was against Express FC (1-0) while the other came on match day 15 against Bright Stars (2-1).
3- Most Away wins by a club
Onduparaka FC, Police FC, SC Vipers collected the most number of wins away from home in the first round. All the aforementioned registered three victories on the road each.
5- Red Cards
Five red cards were registered in the first round with the two coming as straight whilst the other three were second bookable offences.
Jimmy Kakooza (Bright stars) got a straight red card just after 13 minutes on the opening day in the game against Vipers. Patrick Ssembuya (BUL) was sent off in the 90th minute in the Jinja derby against Kirinya Jinja SS.
The other players that were sent off include Joel Madondo( Kirinya Jinja SS), Ibrahim Orit(Mbarara City) and Savio Kabugo (Proline FC).
– Longest losing streak
Express FC had the longest losing run going five games in a row. This included losses to Police FC, SC Villa, Soana FC, Vipers SC and KCCA FC.
6- Longest winning streak
Table leaders Sports Club Villa had the longest winning streak, registering six successive games that included defeating BUL, Bright stars FC, Onduparaka, Express FC, Masavu FC and Proline FC.
The Jogoos also boost of the longest run with conceding a goal in the first round which also stretched to six games. In total, SC Villa managed nine clean sheets in the 15 games played and conceding only six.
7- Top scorer(s)
By the end of the first round, the top scorers Hood Kaweesa(Police FC) and Milton Karisa(Vipers SC had scored seven goals apiece. Geoffrey Sserunkuma who was the top scorer last season had managed 11 goals at the same stage.
10- Most wins by a club
SC Villa garnered the most wins in the first round winning on ten occasions and losing just once whilst the other four engagements ending in stalemates.
Eight of the ten wins have come at home being the only side with a perfect home record.
11- Longest win without a win
UPDF FC went eleven games without testing victory until the 2-1 win against Bright stars on match day 15. They had last won against Express FC on match day three. In that spell, the army side lost eight and drew on three occasions.
18- Goalless draws
Of the 120 games played in the first round, eighteen ended with no goals registered. Match day one had the highest number of barren stalemates (5). Mbarara City FC has been involved in the most goalless draws (5) more than any team. In total there were 35games that ended in draws.
24- Away wins
There were 24 away wins registered in the first round with Onduparaka FC, Vipers SC AND Police FC getting three each while UPDF FC, Proline FC and Mbarara City failed to win away from home.
61- Home wins
A Total of 64 home wins were with SC Villa registering the highest (eight). Express FC, UPDF FC, Maroons FC and Masavu FC won on just two occasions at home.
214- Goals scored
214 goals were registered in the first round including the three awarded to Police FC on the opening day. However, only 211 are considered with the three (two for SC Villa and one for Kirinya) regarded as nullified.
Match day six had the highest number of goals scored (21 in eight games) while match day one had just seven goals, including the three for Police FC against Masavu.
279- Yellow cards
279 Yellow cards were showed out in the 120 games played in the first round making an average of 2.3 yellow cards per game.`