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Season 12 Owners Meetings highlighted by separation of domestic cups between Banija and the Busoga Islands

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BSL owners take a picture before entering Season 12 RBSA Owners meetings


BUSUKUMA, NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION- The Owners Meetings for Season 12 have come and gone, with the country(well, the countries) getting ready for what should be another exciting season of football. Banijan clubs were active in the transfer Window as they prepared for this upcoming season, with a number of clubs seemingly declaring themselves ready to make the leap, in whatever form that may be. There will be one major format change this season, however.

Last season, The Busoga Islands Soccer Association attempted to establish a domestic cup for the six Busoga Islander sides in the Banijan pyramid. After a compromise between BISA and the RBSA that did not allow for qualification to the Cup Winners Cup. But after further discussions between BISA and the RBSA, they have come to a compromise, acceptable to the clubs, that was able to give BISA what they want- a national competition within the confines of the Banijan pyramid.

This will occur by separating the domestic cups. The RBSA and BISA issued a joint statement after reaching yet another compromise deal. "Last season, we reached the core principles of a deal that would allow for the separation of domestic cup competitions. While Ownership did not approve, we believe this year's deals, with those same core principles, will allow us to truly get what we want. The core principle, of course, is that the pyramid remains a single-association league- we have not, and will never, try to be a multi-associational league under our present setup. All teams are members of the RBSA, including the 6 Busoga Islander sides, and that is how it should remain. There will be no seperate qualification for IFCF competition. Furthermore, BISA's tournament shall not be used to qualify for any international tournament besides the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. If, in the unlikely possibility that the competition becomes one that contributes to IFCF ranking points, BISA involvement shall automatically cease, unless it gets the approval of ownership."

Various clubs that opposed the move last time around, now that the competition qualifies for the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, now support the decision. The Busembe Timberwolves came out in favor of the proposed compromise, as well as did Mynda Electra. Lakiska SC, the biggest club on the Busoga Islands who opposed the decision last time, enthusiastically welcomed this compromise, saying that the deal 'paved a path to a legitimate Islander competition, while keeping the footballing bonds between the Islands and Banija." The plan passed with relatively little opposition. The change will be effective immediately, for this season and going forward.

The RBSA announced how they would change their tournament, which would now become a 62 team cup. They said, every year, 2 teams would get a bye to the Round of 32- the defending BSL Champion, and the defending RBSA Cup winner. If they are the same team, the second place team in the league would get a bye. And then, before the league season started, all of the other 60 teams would participate in the Preliminary Round. 30 winners, plus the 2 teams that had a bye, go to the Round of 32, which would keep the same scheduling as previously. So it'd mean just 1 preseason preliminary round, instead of two right now, but it'd invite more chaos as essentially everyone would participate. They also said that the two teams with byes would not play each other in the Round of 32, and would be guaranteed home games for that first round. All matches would continue to be played at home grounds except for the Final, which remains at the Stadium of the Restoration.

BISA, although they haven't named their tournament, announced how their tournament would work. The 6 Busoga Islander sides would participate in a 6 team, double elimination tournament. In both tournaments, of course, there would be no draws or replays- every match must have a winner. No neutral site matches at any point in BISA's tournament. Ownership was nearly unanimous behind the new arrangement, with both Banijan and Busogan clubs saying that this could make both tournaments stronger.

The second major order of business came just from the BSL. We will host the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season. Randolf Cherry announced, after last season's game at the Stadium of the Restoration, that teams would be able to bid on hosting the all-star game. While the BSL did not officially announce all the stadia that bid, the frontrunners were Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf's Den in Busembe, Electra Stadium in Mynda, BCEL Stadium in Jinja City, Hangaza Unified Stadium in Aissa, and Kabonero III Field in Istria. After much debate, the ownership agreed to award the hosting rights to the All-Star Game to Hangaza Unified Stadium in Aissa, capacity of 55,000. Randolf Cherry said that he's 'excited' for the game to go out East.

The last order of business, was a proposal from Lakiska SC- end the ban on non-humans within the Banijan pyramid. The six Busoga Islander sides, and some of the BSL's larger sides, like Herzegovina City FC, argued in favor of it. They said that right in the Glorious Southwest, there was an 'abundance' of non-human talent that could be scouted out in Equestria, as well as Valanora. They said that doing so would greatly improve the competitiveness of the Banijan Soccer League. And they said it was an issue of fundamental fairness. All six Busoga Islander sides voted yes, as well as 10 BSL sides. However, there was a mass of opposition within the regional leagues. Many said that doing so would simply increase the gap between the 'haves and have-nots', and that it would not be right within Banija for humans to play with non-humans. Only 20 total teams voted in favor of the proposal, which means that in addition to the 10 BSL sides who opposed it, 38 out of the 43 Banijan sides in the regional leagues voted against the proposal.

Interesting times ahead, eh? And now, with the ownership meetings out of the way, Season 12 of the BSL is almost upon us. Who's ready?
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 12 Basic Information Part I

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The Royal Banijan Soccer Association(RBSA) is proud to present the Banijan Soccer League to the sporting world for its 12th season. The Banijan Soccer League was formed after Banijan entry into WCC competition. After nearly 70 years of state leagues, it was demanded that Banija's football system needed to 'catch up' to the rest of the world, and their abomination in their first ever World Cup competition, a winless World Cup 73 cycle where the national team lost all 12 Qualifying matches, saw that demands were reasonable. Therefore, the RBSA, which had not sponsored national competition up to this point, decided to back the creation of a national league. Originally titled the Premier Soccer League, before being retitled to the Banijan Soccer League, they picked the 16 'financially strongest' teams to compete in the league, and added four in Season 2, to make it a 20 team league. While national competition is still quite fresh in Banija, the league has quickly risen up the charts, as the league's quality and rather aggressive marketing tactics seem to be paying off.

The Banijan Soccer League, is the top division of soccer in both Banija and the Busoga Islands, competing with gridiron football to be Banija's most popular sport. The Banijan Soccer League consists of 20 teams. After four BSL seasons, the RBSA moved to streamline state leagues and form four regional leagues, and add them to the official RBSA Banijan soccer pyramid. The Banijan Soccer League is a double round-robin league-style competition. The 62 Banijan teams will compete in the RBSA Cup as their domestic cup competition, while the 6 Busoga Islander clubs will participate in the Ebrahim Razav Cup as their domestic cup competition.

The format for the RBSA Cup is as follows. 2 teams will get byes to the Round of 32, the defending BSL Champion and the defending RBSA Cup winner. The other 60 will play in the first round, and the 30 survivors will join the 2 trophyholders in the Round of 32, and it shall remain a single knockout competition all the way through the Final. Each round, besides the final, has opponents that are decided completely at random, and with the home side being chosen randomly as well. The Final will be held, after the conclusion of the league season and the BSL Promotion Playoffs, at the Stadium of the Restoration, as the final game played of the domestic season every year. The Ebrahim Razav Cup, named after the first ever President of the Busoga Islands, will be a double elimination seeded tournament between the 6 Busoga Islander sides. No neutral site games- all games will be held at the home stadium of the higher seed for every single matchup.

There is limited promotion/relegation within the league- the best regional league champion, as decided in a playoff between the four regional league champions, is promoted, and the last place team in the Banijan Soccer League is relegated every season. However, there is a rule known as the Corizova exception- if the same team wins their regional league for three consecutive seasons, they will earn automatic promotion to the Banijan Soccer League, and the BSL Promotion Playoff will not occur. The winner of the previous Banijan Soccer League and the RBSA Cup open each season with the Kabaka's Cup, which is the Banijan supercup. The game's competitors this year will be Herzegovina City FC and Umbazi Metropolitan SC. This will be the first time in four seasons that both teams in this game are BSL sides. After, for marketing purposes, holding this game the last two seasons in Eshan and the Royal Kingdom of Quebec, the game is finally brought back to the Stadium of the Restoration.

Banijan clubs participate in all sorts of international club competitions, including all IFCF Competitions. They also participate in the Vilitan Cove International, the Islands Invitational, and the Atlantian Oceania Champions League.

The league is traditionally dominated by the 'Super 5' clubs- Istria City FC, Herzegovina City FC, Busukuma AC, Hoima Warriors, and Jinja City FC, that are Banija's 5 biggest teams in Banija's 5 biggest cities. On the by and large, the Super 5 are the wealthiest, most well-supported, and generally the most competitive teams within Banija.

List of BSL champions
Season 1- Jinja City FC
Season 2- Hoima Warriors
Season 3- Herzegovina City FC
Season 4- Herzegovina City FC(Second League Title)
Season 5- Istria City FC
Season 6- Herzegovina City FC(undefeated; Third League Title))
Season 7- Busukuma AC
Season 8- Herzegovina CIty FC(Fourth League Title)
Season 9- Herzegovina City FC(Fifth League Title)
Season 10- Jinja City FC(Second League Title)
Season 11- Herzegovina City FC(Sixth League Title)

List of Kabaka's Cup Champions
Season 2- Jinja City FC
Season 3- Hoima Warriors
Season 4- Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 5- Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Istria City FC
Season 7- Herzegovina City FC(Second Title)
Season 8- Busukuma AC
Season 9- Jaribga Soccer Club
Season 10- Herzegovina City FC(Third Title)
Season 11- Rukunbi FC

List of RBSA Cup Champions
Season 1- Hoima Warriors
Season 2- Askatasuna FC
Season 3- Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 4- Jinja City FC
Season 5- Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Busembe Timberwolves
Season 7- Istria City FC
Season 8- Jaribga Soccer Club
Season 9- Dukuma SC
Season 10- Rukunbi FC
Season 11- Umbazi Metropolitan SC

List of teams by UICA/IFCF Group Stage Appearances
UICA Champions Cup 71- Herzegovina City FC
UICA Globe Cup 69- Istria City FC
UICA Champions Cup 73- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Champions League 1- Jinja City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup 1- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Champions League 2- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup 2- Jinja City FC & Istria City FC


Notable runs in non-UICA/IFCF international competitions
AOCL XXXII- Herzegovina City FC reaches the Final and falls, 1-0, to AC Izotz Zubia of Audioslavia

Northwestern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Cerenus United

Northwestern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Cerenus United

Northwestern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Sororo City
Northern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Igulu City FC

Northwestern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Hawabark Boulders

Northwestern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Baleweye FC
Southern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Bwubanza City SC
Northern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Corizova United

Northwestern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Sororo City
Northern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Igulu City FC
Promotion Playoff Winner- Igulu City FC

Northwestern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Dukuma SC
Lower Coastal League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Bwubanza City SC
Northern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Capitol City FC

Northwestern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Lwanga Lions
Northern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Cerenus United
Promotion Playoff Winner- Suwawa FC


Golden Boot
Season 5- Lin Moon(CMT), Jinja City FC
Season 6- Guillermo Madruga(AMZ), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 9- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 10- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Silver Boot
Season 5- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Alanso Tamba(BNJ), Busukuma AC
Season 9- Josef Lawerenz(EQS), Hoima Warriors
Season 10- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
League MVP
Season 5- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Guillermo Madruga(AMZ), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 9- Rosie Tyler(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 10- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Manager of the Year
Season 6- Brian Emerson(COS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Flip Kollias(BNJ), Kitara AA
Season 8- Adam Jeffreys(VLZ), Bunyoro RSC
Season 9- Mark Grayson(NPH), Hoima Warriors
Season 10- Mór Császár(PAS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Andrew Vardalos(BRE), Busukuma AC
Newcomer of the Year
Season 7- Orion Etzebeth(NPH), Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 9- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 10- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì(FFD), Busukuma AC
Golden Glove
Season 5- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 9- Edgar Farsal-Smith(MRC), Busembe Timberwolves
Season 10- Assefa Berhane(BNJ), Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 11- Hibbaan al-Shareef(BUS), Hoima Warriors


List of BSL records- For this, records only count from a 38 game season, so stats from Season 1 are not considered. Records count from league games only.
Most Individual Goals in a season: 30. Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC in Season 10.
Most Individual Assists in a season: 19. Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC in Season 5.
Most wins in a season: 31. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Most points in a season: 100. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Most Team Goals For in a season: 108. Herzegovina City FC, Season 4.
Largest title winning margin: Herzegovina City had a 21 point gap over second place Jinja City FC in Season 6.
Smallest title-winning margin: Hoima Warriors level with Busukuma AC at 88 points in Season 2. Won league based on goal differential(+57 compared to +55).
Most Draws in a season: 18. Umbazi Metropolitan SC, Season 4.
Best Goal Difference in a season: +67. Herzegovina City FC, Season 4.
Fewest Losses in a season: 0. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Fewest Team Goals Allowed in a season: 19. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6 & Busukuma AC, Season 7.
Fewest Team Goals For in a season: 22. Lakiska SC, Season 7.
Fewest wins in a season: 2. Dukuma SC, Season 2 & Dukuma SC, Season 8.
Fewest points in a season: 14. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Most Team Goals Allowed in a season: 111. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Most Losses in a season: 28. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Worst Goal Difference in a Season: -60. Dukuma SC, Season 2.

Major Rivalries


Istria City Derby between Istria City FC and Rukunbi FC

This is a derby within Banija's biggest city, and it is the country's oldest rivalry- Istria City FC and Rukunbi FC both having played each other a number of times, well before the establishment of the Banijan Soccer League. There is no love lost between these pair of crosstown rivals. Istria City FC is the bigger side, the fancier and glitzier side, with a league title under its belt, an appearance in the UICA Globe Cup knockout stages under its belt, and competing every season to be the best. It has prime real estate on the coastline, and one of the newer stadiums in Banija, in Kabonero III Field. As for Rukunbi FC, they play in the Rukunbi District, which is the Eastern part of town, and the lower income part of the city. Their fans are known for making an intimidating home atmosphere, and are certainly considered Banija's most violent fanbase. So it's always a fun one when these two meet.

The first BSL high point of this rivalry came in Season 6, when Rukunbi FC beat Istria City FC 2-0 in a massive upset at home, and the fans, excited over the major victory, stormed the field. They had to, after that, play a game behind closed doors on their home field. The two clubs also tangled, of course, when both put their stadiums forward to host matches in World Cup 81, though it was Kabonero III Field that won out over Eastern Stadium, whcih is an older stadium. Expect fireworks every time these two play, cause you'll never know what you'll get. Season 10 saw the rivalry reach a peak again. A large 6-1 win early in the season by Rukunbi FC over their hated rivals stunned observers as Rukunbi FC were shockingly threatening to make a title challenge. While they considerably cooled in the league race, the two teams met in the RBSA Cup Final now two seasons ago, with Rukunbi FC triumphing at the Stadium of the Restoration by a score of 2-0. Istria is theirs, for now.

Battle for Hangaza's Soul between Jinja City FC and Aissa United Football Club

This is a hot blooded rivalry between the two BSL sides from the Hangaza region. Jinja City FC, the region's big and historically dominant side, from the region's largest city and one of Banija's largest city's in general, and the team from Aissa United FC, the regional capital, and a much smaller city. The rivalry, as one might imagine, is usually dominated by Jinja City FC, but arguably the rivalry's most famous moment came courtesy of Aissa United.

In Season 5, the title race was coming down to Jinja City FC and Istria CIty FC. On the second to final matchday, Istria City FC had 82 points, while Jinja City FC had 83. Istria City FC had a draw- so entering the nightcap, a Jinja City FC victory would leave them needing only a draw on Matchday 38 to win the league. However, Aissa United, away from home, stunned the league leaders 1-0, who then finished in second place on goal difference. A mere point in this game, then, would have won them the league- and that's the closest they've come to their second BSL title since, which is a considerable point of pride for Aissa United. Their matches, since then, have always been high intensity.

The Southern Rumble between Busukuma Athletic Club and the Hoima Warriors

The Southern Rumble is a rivalry between the two Super 5 clubs in the southern part of the country- Busukuma AC and the Hoima Warriors. With Hoima really bereft of a local derby, and Busukuma AC not paying much attention to their local rivals in the Busukuma Force, this one has emerged as the chief rivalry for both teams. They compete on and off the fields, especially in the SOuthern Ankole region, for fans, for players, for all kinds of ways to demonstrate their supremacy.

Busukuma AC, of course, at least has won a title in the past five seasons- the Warriors cannot say the same. There's not really a defining moment in this rivalry, as they've never really competed for trophies at the same time, nor has one side derailed the other in a title race, or anything of that sort, but we know that all this rivalry needs is a spark. Once you lit the match, it can really come off here between two of Banija's Super 5 clubs.

Herzegovina City Derby between Herzegovina City FC and Herzegovina Phoenix

The Phoenix were one of the four expansion sides in Season 2,and they immediately developed a rivalry with the other local club side, Herzegovina City FC. Since, over the course of the last 6 seasons, Herzegovina City FC have almost certainly been Banija's most dominant side, with 4 league titles and a pair of UICA Champions Cup group stage appearances in that era, the Phoenix have been chasing. They've played in numerous high profile matches, especially in Seasons 6 and 7, when the Phoenix were in regular contention for the top four.

The most famous moment on the Herzegovina City side, is when they clinched the league title against the Phoenix in Season 6, with a stunning victory on Matchday 33 over their archrivals, en route to the BSL's only ever undefeated season. For the Phoenix, it probably had to be a thrilling 3-2 victory in the Kabaka's Cup that kicked off Season 4, to earn a trophy for the 2nd season in a row, but this one at the expense of their city archrivals.

North v. South Battle between Istria City FC and Herzegovina City FC

This is part of the larger rivalry between the cities of Istria and Herzegovina City, the two largest cities, and two epicenters, of the Moravica region. Istria, Banija's largest city, and Herzegovina is the oldest city- and the regional capital. The rivalry is perhaps best expressed in the college sports edition of the rivalry, when Northern Moravica, from Herzegovina City, and Loyola-Istria, from Istria, play against each other. But that rivalry is part of the rivalry between the two cities in general, and how can it ever be expressed better than on the pitch?

The high point of this rivalry is probably Season 5, when Istria City FC ended Herzegovina City's quest for a three-peat in the league, by winning their first, and to date, only BSL title. In the RBSA Cup Final that same season, they met in the Final, with Istria City FC looking to become the first ever BSL side to complete a league/cup double. This was not going to happen, however, as the two played a 4-4 thriller, with then Herzegovina City manager Kolt Freegan lifting the trophy high after winning on penalties. Their rematch in the Kabaka's Cup to open the next season saw Istria City FC take its revenge, with the rivalry being solidified between two of the league's top sides.

Battle of the Islands between Dukuma SC and Lakiska SC

This is the rivalry between the two sides from the Busoga Islands- Dukuma SC, and Lakiska SC. Historically, these were the only two sides from the islands to be in the Banijan Soccer League, and even with the addition of the pyramid, and the independence of the Busoga Islands as their own country, this remained to be true. However, these two teams usually hovered towards the bottom of the league table, and therefore ,the rivalry, while fierce locally, has never had any real national implication.

Of course, things are going to change. While in Season 7, they both survived, they took wildly divergent paths in Season 8. While Lakiska SC rose a stunning 12 spots up the table, into 5th, it was Dukuma SC who descended, once again, and only won 2 games out of 38 on the season. Earning only 15 points, they finished last, and were the sole team relegated. The path up is brutal, as only one of the 68 get promoted on annual basis. And, of course, Dukuma SC is an utter and absolute mess, as was seen last season. Who knows when Dukuma will get promoted again to renew the rivalry? That is unknown, but Lakiska is now primed to be the lone Islander side in the top flight for a number of years, and we'll see what that means the next time this rivalry is renewed, at whatever point that might be.

Capitol City Derby between Busukuma Athletic Club, Capitol City FC, and Busukuma Force

With Capitol City Football Club having finally been promoted to the big-time, where they've long felt they've belonged, the three capitol city sides are going to be in the middle of a fight for who will rule Busukuma. Busukuma Athletic Club has all the obvious advantages- the money, the history, the prestige(they've got that fancy BSL Season 7 trophy that cannot be taken from them). Busukuma AC and Capitol City FC are historic rivals, playing each other fiercely before the establishment of the Banijan Soccer League took the game national. They've always had vastly different cultures, with Capitol City FC being more of a countercultural, extremely left-wing club. Some would call them similar to Rukunbi FC, but that would be a lacking comparison.

They are liked by lots of young people, and have one of the few fanbases in the BSL that are avowedly left-wing politically. They were very radically anti-Matthias Mutebi when he ruled in Banija, and while they don't go so far as calling for secularization of Banija, many of their fans consider themselves strong economic leftists. Their diverse fanbase has made large in-roads to the Farfadillis refugee population living within the country. But the impetus for this three way rivalry has to be Season 2. When the BSL, after a successful first season of national play, expanded from 16 teams to 20, it was always clear that the capitol would get a second club. But instead of Capitol City FC getting the spot, an expansion club was started that was called the Busukuma Force, who have maintained a BSL spot ever since. Capitol City FC hasn't played either capitol side in almost two decades, and the Force they've never played.

But now that they are finally up, they have bones to pick. Capitol City FC against the Force, as Capitol City believes they should have been up this whole time. Capitol City against Busukuma AC, as that is the historic capitol derby. And, of course, Busukuma AC against the Busukuma Force, as that rivalry has grown as they've played each other at least twice a season for the last 9 seasons, including last season where the Force almost finished ahead of Busukuma AC in the league table for the first time ever. Three sides who seem tailor made not to like each other. When the top flight derbies really get going, it will be that much more interesting.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 12 Basic Information Part II

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Teams in the BSL-
1. Herzegovina City Football Club. HZCFC. Location(city, region): Herzegovina City, Moravica. Colors: Blue & Gold.
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Star Field, Capacity of 62,600.


Trophies
Moravica State League(71 seasons): 28 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): 5 league titles
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): 3 titles


2. Jinja City Football Club. JCFC. Location: Jinja City, Hangaza. Colors: Green & White.
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BCEL Stadium. Capacity of 52,400.


Trophies
Hangaza State League(64 seasons): 41 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): 2 league titles
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): 1 title


3. Busukuma Athletic Club. BAC. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol Region.
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Lukwago Field, Capacity of 37,000.


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Designed by Farfadillis

Trophies
Kitara State League(63 seasons): 20 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): 1 league title
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): 1 title


4. Hoima Warriors. HOI. Location: Hoima, Ankole. Colors: Red & Silver.
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Mavuto Field, Capacity of 75,000.


Trophies
Ankole State League(59 seasons): 35 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): 1 league title
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): 1 title


5. Mynda Electra. MSC. Location: Mynda, Aksum. Colors: Forest Green.
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Electra Stadium. Capacity of 41,000.


Trophies
Aksum State League(49 seasons): 18 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): 2 league titles
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): 1 title


6. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club. UMSC. VFC. Location: Umbazi, Buganda. Colors: Pink.
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Buganda Regional Stadium, Capacity of 29,000.


Trophies
Buganda State Legaue(57 seasons): 15 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


7. Suwawa FC. SFC. Location: Suwawa, Moravica. Color: Green.
Crystal Road.
Capacity of 11,110.


Trophies
Moravica State Legaue(44 seasons): 1 league title
Northwestern League: 3 league titles
RBSA Cup(7 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(7 seasons): Never won


8. Capitol City Football Club. CCFC. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol region(coterminous borders). Colors: Blue.
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Capacity of 29,400.


Trophies
Kitara State League(63 seasons): 9 league titles
Lower Coastal League(6 season): 3 league titles
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


9. Askatasuna Football Club. AFC. Location: Askatasuna, Aksum. Colors: Green & White.
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St. Sava Park, Capacity of 37,500.


Trophies
Aksum State League(49 seasons): 15 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


10. Kitara Athletic Association. KAA. Location: Sisonke, Kitara. Colors: Blue & white.
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Sisonke City Park, Capacity of 31,000.


Trophies
Kitara State League(63 seasons): 14 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


11. Istria City Football Club. RFC. Location: Downtown Istria, Moravica. (Neighborhood in the center of Istria in the National Capitol Region). Colors: Orange & Black.
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Kabonero III Field, Capacity of 48,000.


Trophies
Moravica State League(71 seasons): 20 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): 1 league title
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): 1 title


12. Aissa United Football Club. AUFC. Location: Aissa, Hangaza. Colors: Blue & white.
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Hangaza Unified Stadium, Capacity of 55,000.


Trophies
Hangaza State League(64 seasons): 11 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


13. Isipongo Flash. IF. Location: Isipongo, Buganda. Colors: Black & white.
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Isipongo City Field. Capacity of 27,000.


Trophies
Banijan Soccer League(9 seasons): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


14. Igulu City Football Club. ICFC. Location: Igulu, Hangaza. Colors: Blue.
Igulu City Field.
Capacity of 18,600.


Trophies
Hangaza State League(64 seasons): 5 league titles
Northern League(6 seasons): 2 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(1 season): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


15. Rukunbi Football Club. RFC. Location: Istria, Moravica. Located in Eastern Istria, the largest of the 5 districts of Istria with 38% of the city's population and generally considered to be culturally distinct from the rest of the city. Colors: Light Green & White.
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Eastern Stadium. Capacity of 37,000.


Trophies
Moravica State League(71 seasons): 11 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


16. Lakiska Sporting Club. LSC. Location: Lakiska, Busoga. Colors: Red & black.
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Lakiska City Field. Capacity of 31,000.


Trophies
Busoga Islander League(43 seasons): 15 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


17. Busukuma Force. BKF. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol Region. Colors: Sky Blue
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Mugisha III Memorial Stadium, capacity of 49,000


Trophies
Banijan Soccer League(9 seasons): Never won
RBSA Cup(9 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(8 seasons): Never won


18. Herzegovina Phoenix. Location: Vidizi, Moravica(suburb of Herzegovina City). Colors: Purple.
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Phoenix Stadium. Capacity of 25,000.


Trophies
Banijan Soccer League(9 seasons): Never won
RBSA Cup(9 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(8 seasons): 1 title


19. Busembe Timberwolves. BT. Location: Busembe, Kitara. Colors: Gray, Black, and White.
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Tiones Lumber Field at The Wolf's Den. Capacity of 44,000.


Trophies
Kitara State League(63 seasons): 7 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(9 seasons): Never won
RBSA Cup(9 seasons): 1 title
Kabaka's Cup(8 seasons): Never won


20. Hawabark Boulders. HWB. Loction: Hawabark, Buganda. Colors: Red.
Olympic Stadium
Capacity of 17,800. This is where Banijan outdoor olympic summer qualifiers are held.
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Trophies
Buganda State Legaue(57 seasons): 9 league titles
Southern League(4 seasons): 3 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(3 seasons): Never won
RBSA Cup(7 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(6 seasons): Never won


National Stadium
The Stadium of the Restoration
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The National Stadium. Location: Busukuma. Capacity: 91,835.

The national stadium is the center of the Banijan sporting universe. Built on the site of the first restoration of the Banijan monarchy, it is both a great piece of sporting architecture, as well as a place meant to honor Banija's monarchy. Therefore, the funerals and coronations of monarchs all happen at this stadium. The old stadium at the site held all kinds of matches, including, but not limited to, the World Bowl 34 Final, the NSCF 17 Championship Game, and a UICA Globe Cup Final. The building also serves as the home stadium for both the national soccer team and the national gridiron team. In anticipation for Banija co-hosting World Cup 81, the stadium was rebuilt by a Siovanijan & Tueslander firm, to make it state of the art to host the opening match of the most popular tournament in the multiverse. As the national stadium, the RBSA Cup Final, the Promotion Playoff Final, and the Kabaka's Cup are all held at this stadium on an annual basis. This stadium has also hosted a Baptism of Fire Final, a Cup of Harmony Final, and the World Bowl XXXVII Final as well.
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Banija's Regional Soccer Leagues - Season 8 Basic Information


The Royal Banijan Soccer Association is proud to present the second layer of Banija's soccer pyramid in both Banija and the Busoga Islands- the Regional League system. The Northwestern League, the Lower Coastal League, the Northern League, and the Southern League, combine to criss-cross the two nations. Each of the four leagues are fully professional.

This will be the eighth season of full integration of the Regional League System into the Banijan soccer pyramid. These are the leagues where RBSA participants in the IFCF Liga B Champion's Trophy come from. One team is promoted from the regional leagues to the BSL each and every season. All four league champions enter a promotion playoff, where they are randomly drawn against each other for two-legged ties. The two winners play a one-off final at the Stadium of the Restoration, and the winner is the sole team promoted to the Banijan Soccer League. The three regional league champions who do not get promoted qualify directly to the Serie B Champions CupLiga B Champion's Trophy. AFC Kosactus competes outside of their assigned region(Moravica) by competing in the Northern League, and Abomfa United(Buganda) competes in the Lower Coastal League instead of the Southern League due to the promotion of Capitol City FC to the BSL. This is also the first season since the beginning of promotion/relegation that all of a region's teams are in the regional leagues, as the Bunyoro region no longer has any teams in the BSL.

Bunyoro RSC, even though generally assigned to the Southern League, will compete in the Northern League, and Koksho City(Aksum), will compete in the Northwestern League, as a result of Suwawa FC's promotion and Bunyoro RSC's relegation.

The Northwestern League
Regions- Moravica & Busoga Islands
1. Corizova United FC. CUFC. Location: Corizova, Moravica. Color: Gold.
River Corizova Stadium
Capacity of 8,900.

2. Taramazna United. TMU. Location: Taramazna, Moravica. Color: Blue.
Abeselome Field
Capacity of 5,500.

3. Eastern Moravica Football Club. EMFC. Location: Iziarad, Moravica. Color: Scarlet.
University of Moravica Multi-Purpose Field
Capacity of 16,500. Rents the facility from the University of Moravica.

4. Jaribga Soccer Club. JSC. Location: Jaribga, Busoga. Color: Blue.
Jarigba Soccer Stadium
Capacity of 4,000.

5. Tezirbu Foxes. TZF. Location: Tezirbu, Busoga. Color: Green.
Southern Busoga Soccer Park
Capacity of 3,700.

6. Slobochia Bears. SBB. Location: Slobochia, Moravica. Color: Purple.
Slobochia City Field.
Capacity of 6,600.

7. Koszagard City. KZC. Location: Koszagard, Moravica. Color: Orange.
Koszagard City Stadium.
Capacity of 4,400.

8. Barmos United. BU. Loction: Barmos, Moravica. Color: Green.
Lilley Road
Capacity of 7,700.

9. Dukuma Sporting Club. DSC. Location: Dukuma, Busoga. Colors: Purple & white.
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Orange Field, capacity of 17,000.

10. Koksho City. KSH. Location: Koksho, Aksum. Colors: Green.
Koksho City Arena..
Capacity of 17,000.

11. Tripoli Foresters. TRI. Location: Tripoli, Busoga. Color: Green.
Forest Stadium
Capacity of 10,300.

12. Nezrouch Rovers. NR. Location: Nezrouch, Busoga. Color: Blue.
Rovers Arena
Capacity of 5,400.


THe Lower Coastal League
Regions: Ankole, Kitara, National Capitol Region(+1 team from Buganda; no teams from National Capitol Region)
1. Kwadama Dojo. KWD. Location: Kwadama, Ankole. Colors: Red.
Kwadama City Field.
Capacity of 11,300.

2. Kabakono City. KBC. Location: Kabakona, Kitara. Colors: Blue.
Kilebe Road.
Capacity of 12,000.

3. Nsade United. NDU. Location: Nsade, Ankole. Colors: Blue.
Nsade United City Stadium
Capacity of 17,800[/url].

4. AFC Akwadua. AKW. Location: Akwadua, Kitara. Colors: Blue.
St.Matthew Park
Capacity of 7,600.
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5. Dimbogourou Sporting Club. DSC. Location: Dimbogourou, Ankole. Colors: Purple.
Commonwealth Stadium
Capacity of 10,400.
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6. Kiala Athletic Society. KAS. Location: Kiala, Kitara. Colors: Pink.
The Valley
Capacity of 6,800.

7. Zakuta City. ZKC. Location: Zakuta, Ankole. Colors: Green.
Forest Stadium
Capacity of 8,600.

8. Dioro Athletic. DJA. Location: Djoro, Kitara. Colors: Green.
Recreation Ground
Capacity of 6,700.

9. Baleweye Football Club. BFC. Location: Baleweye, Ankole. Colors: Turquoise.
Mamela Road
Capacity of 9,700.

10. Mamari City. MMC. Loction: Mamari, Kitara. Colors: Blue.
Mamari Valley Stadium
Capacity of 4,800.

11. Ogbordu Diamond Football Club. ODFC. Location: Hoima, Ankole. Colors: Orange.
Hoima City Park
Capacity of 18,600.

12. Abomfa United. ABM. Location: Abomfa, Buganda. Colors: Red.
Abomfa Field
Capacity of 9,700.


Northern League
Regions: Hangaza & Aksum(+1 team from Moravica).
1. AFC Kosactus. AFCK. Location: Kosactus, Moravica. Color: Red.
Kosactus Stadium
Capacity of 11,000.

2. Luguyala Patriots. LGY. Location: Luguyala, Aksum. Colors: Red.
Patriot Stadium
Capacity of 8,600.

3. Nanami Dragons. NNI. Location: Jinja City, Hangaza. Colors: Orange.
The Dragon's Nest
Capacity of 12,300. Shares stadium with archrival Selekawe Knights. Stadium located where Nanami and Selekawe neighborhoods meet.

4. Selekawe Knights. KNT. Location: Jinja City, Hangaza. Colors: Blue.
The Dragon's Nest
Capacity of 12,300. Shares stadium with archrival Nanami Dragons. Stadium located where Nanami and Selekawe neighborhoods mmet.

5. Garixas City. GXC. Location: Garixas, Hangaza. Colors: Blue.
Union Stadium
Capacity of 7,400.

6. Thayaferu United. TYF. Location: Thayaferu, Aksum. Colors: Pink.
The Queen's PlayGround
Capacity: 6,500.

7. Okakameb City. OKB. Location: Okakameb, Hangaza. Colors: Orange.
Okakameb City Field
Capacity of 12,400.

8. AFC Okahavi. OKH. Location: Okahavi, Aksum. Colors: Red.
Hills Stadium
Capacity of 8,700.

9. Duntho Sporting Club. DSC. Loction: Duntho, Hangaza. Colors: Green.
Duntho Public Sporting Facility
Capacity of 6,500. Owned by the city. Rented by DSC, Also used by local high school teams.

10. Cerenus United. CNU. Location: Cerenus, Aksum. Colors: Pink.
The Lion's DenCapacity of 5,400.

11. Gadive City. GDC. Location: Gadive City, Hangaza. Colors: Red.
Hampton Roads
Capacity of 15,400.

12. Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club. BRSC. Location: Dodomo, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue.
Stadium- Albert III Stadium. Capacity of 48,600.
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This stadium was built brand new for World Cup 81, and with the end of that tournament, Bunyoro RSC have become the stadium's full time tenants. It was originally named Paa Neupe, but with the recent death of Kabaka Albert III, it was renamed in the honor of the previous monarch.


Trophies
Bunyoro State Legaue(57 seasons): 23 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): Never won
RBSA Cup(10 seasons): Never won
Kabaka's Cup(9 seasons): Never won


Southern League
Regions: Buganda & Bunyoro
1. Umbazi Footballers Association. UFA. Location: Umbazi, Buganda. Colors: Red.
NightWatch Stadium
Capacity of 8,900. Their main rivals were Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club before UMFC was chosen for the BSL as opposed to UFA.

2. Dodoma City Sporting Club. DCSC. Location: Dodoma, Bunyoro. Colors: Green.
Dodomo City Stadium.
Dodomo City Stadium, Capacity of 33,000. Used to share stadium with Bunyoro RSC. Dodoma City SC v. Bunyoro RSC was the most played fixture in Banijan history before the advent of the BSL.

3. Bwubanza City Soccer Club. BCSC. Location: Bwubanza, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue
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Galbécran Park, capacity of 40,000.

4. Kigagana Mountaineers. KGG. Location: Kigagana, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue.
Mountain Stadium
Capacity of 3,900.

5. Busemlu Park Sporting Club. BSM. Location: Busemlu Park, Buganda. Colors: Orange.
Allopu II Stadium
Capacity: 8,600. Named after the only Banijan monarch to ever be born in the Buganda region.

6. Mukegara Warriors. MKG. Location: Mukegara, Bunyoro. Colors: Green.
Stade Jacques IX
Capacity of 3,400. Only stadium in Banija named after a foreigner. It takes on the name of the head of the Quebecois Commonwealth, which Banija is a member of. The Head of the Commonwealth is invested in the role of the Head of State of the Royal Kingdom of Quebec, who is currently Jacques IX

7. Pumbasa Boars. PUM. Location: Pumbasa, Buganda. Colors: Orange.
Pumbasa City Park
Capacity of 6,800.
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8. Byakado City. BYK. Location: Byakado, Bunyoro. Colors: Orange.
Byakado City Park
Capacity of 7,600.[/url]

9. Boufaya Ravens. BFY. Location: Boufaya, Buganda. Colors: Blue.
The Bird's Nest
Capacity of 9,100.

10. Sororo City. SOR. Location: Sororo, Bunyoro. Colors: Blue.
Sororo City Park
Capacity of 10,300

11. The Lwanga Lions. LLSC. Location: Lwanga, Buganda. Colors: Orange.
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Lwanga City Arena, Capacity of 26,500.

12. Amaku City Football Club. ACFC. Location: Amaku, Bunyoro. Colors: Red.
Amaku Football Arena
Capacity of 8,800.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 12 Rosters

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Teams in the BSL-
Underlined players are Banijan internationals.
Nationality is listed if they are not Banijan.
Italicized players are internationals for a foreign country.
All players are male unless otherwise specified.

1. Herzegovina City Football Club.
Manager: Brian Emerson(Cosumar). 83 years old, 7th season at club.
Formation: 4-2-3-1.
GK #16 Francois Tantoh. Age 29. 3rd season at club.
LB #3 Felix Millar. Age 30(Brenecia).
CB #5 Danijel Brymora. Age 32(Nephara). 3rd season at club.
CB #4 Lukas Kayserling. Age 22(Recuecn). 3rd season at club.
RB #2 Kabiru Sowe. Age 23. 1st season at club. Signed on $2 million NSD transfer from Cerenus United of the Northern League.
LCM #14 Harald Fireblade. Age 29(Cosumar).
RCM #7 Dennis Brotzmann. Age 32(Siovanija & Teusland). Captain.
RAM #22 Meghan Walcott. Age 23(Cassadaigua). 2nd season at club. Female.
CAM #10 Rosie Tyler. Age 29(Equestrian States). Female.
LAM #17 Marcel Roux. Age 29(Eshan).
ST #9 Christos Tsiavis. Age 31(Nephara).
BENCH
GK #12 Duwa Kinteh. Age 20
CB #19 Momodou Kairaba. Age 21
LB/RB #22 Jamang Sanneh. Age 22
CM #24 Pateh Ndiaye. Age 24
AM #35 Babaja Mboob. Age 22
ST #26 Saikou Ndour. Age 23

2. Jinja City Football Club.
Manager: Mór Császár(Pasarga). Former Pasarga NT manager; Copa Rushmori winner. Age 55, 3rd season at club.
Formation: 4-3-1-2
GK #1 Iiro Pakanen. Age 27(Savojarna). 3rd season at club. Came on $2 million NSD transfer from Energie Thorsborg(Savojarna).
LB #2 Lama Nyang. Age 24. 2nd season at club.
CB #15 Mohan Thakshak. Age 31(Busoga Islands). 1st season at club. Signed for $2.5 million NSDs from the Herzegovina Phoenix.
CB #13 Jalang Ba. Age 35. Captain.
RB #18 Jinkzta Ulcviecel. Age 35(Squornshelan Remnant States).
LM #7 Garvan Braehead. Age 31(Brenecia). 2nd season at club.
CM #10 Musa Gaye. Age 23. Second season at club.
RM #23 Theresa Lubalo. Age 24. Female. Second season at club.
CAM #8 Vatan Ercetin. Age 28(Timuria). 3rd season at club.
RS #9 Marcus Rose. Age 31(Commonwealth of Baker Park). 2nd season at club.
LS #11 Xilit-Zaxac Yol. Age 29(Qusmo).
BENCH
GK #12 Antouman Saidykhan. Age 21
CB #35 Kausu Baldeh. Age 28
LB/RB #47 Ismaela Diouf. Age 22
CM #33 Juma Faye. Age 20
OM/AM #22 Isa Faye(Female). Age 25
ST #17 Precious Kolley(Female). Age 30

3. Busukuma Athletic Club.
Manager: Andrea Vardalos(Female, Nephara). 56 years old, 2nd season at club.
Formation: 4-1-4-1.
GK #1 Althea Taliadoros. Age 30(Nephara). Female. 2nd season at club. Came on $4.5 million NSD transfer from Raven River(Nephara).
RB #2 Lupe Enriquez. Age 29(Cassadaigua). Female. 2nd season at club.
CB #15 Esther Vannatter. Age 30(Nephara).
CB #5 Obadiah Parrott. Age 29(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club. Came on a $5.75 million NSD transfer from Cirelbourne(Ko-oren).
LB #6 Celty O'Mercury. Age 31(Cosumar).
CDM #18 Phumelele Stofile. Age 35. Captain.
RM #11 Samba Ogunsola. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Came on transfer from Rukunbi FC. Played on DBC 47 Team.
CM #12 Gudrun Crowley. Age 34(Nephara). 3rd season at club. Came on $3.1 million NSD transfer from Pelethas United(Cosumar).
CM #8 Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì. Age 29(Farfadillis). 2nd season at club. Came on transfer from Dí Maozöxê(Farfadillis).
LM #7 Adama Coote. Age 23. Signed from Umbazi Metropolitan SC.
ST #9 Alex Sandoval. Age 31(Commonwealth of Baker Park)
BENCH
GK #12 Junkung Conateh. Age 22
CB #35 Edrissa Ngom. Age 23
LB/RB #47 Hassan Kinteh. Age 21
CM #33 Saikou Kah. Age 25
OM #22 Abu Tiyana. Age 26
ST #17 Cyper Baldeh. Age 25

4. Hoima Warriors.
Manager: Mark Grayson(Nephara). 53 years old, 5th season at club.
Formation: 4-2-1-3
GK #1 Nelson Okello. Age 25(Royal Kingdom of Quebec). 1st season at club. Came on a $2.5 million NSD transfer from CSKA Quebec.
LB #3 Daluxolo Matshikiza. Age 35. Captain.
CB #2 Kawsu Kaba. Age 31.
CB #4 Wenceslaw. Age 35(Cosumar).
RB #19 Uzoma Iruka. Age 27. 2nd season at club.
LCM #14 Robert Craig. Age 27(Schottia). 3rd season at club. Came on $3.75 million NSD transfer from Cornellians(Schottia).
RCM #13 Ilona Duerden. Age 27(Nephara). 2nd season at club. Came on $5 million NSD transfer from Brinemouth(Nephara). Female.
CAM #10 Angelique Underwood. Age 30(Commonwealth of Baker Park). 3rd season at club. Came on $2.75 million NSD transfer from Shiloh Ladies FC(Baker Park).
LW #6 Ozolx-Mazur Guv. Age 33(Qusmo).
ST #9 Lukas Boldfont. Age 27(Nephara). 1st season at club. Came on a $5.75 million NSD transfer from AFC Treason(Nephara).
RW #11 Josef Lawerenz. Age 22(Equestrian States).
BENCH
GK #12 Essa Sey. Age 28
CB #35 Suma Dibba. Age 25
LB/RB #47 Karafa Soley. Age 30
CM #33 Dembo Sonko. Age 26
LW/RW #22 Babaja Mboob. Age 24
ST #17 Banta Jawara. Age 26

5. Istria City Football Club.
Manager: Alvin Burnsides(Cosumar), Age 65. 5th season at club.
Starters: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Hibbaan al-Shareef. Age 34(Busoga Islands). 1st season at club. Came on free transfer from Hoima Warriors.
RB #2 Filije Condé. Age 28.
CB #5 Alanso Tibamba. Age 25. 2nd season at club.
CB #4 Filije Kolley. Age 34(Busoga Islands).
LB #18 Anwar Petata. Age 31.
RM #11 Jermaine Poole. Age 31(Equestrian States/Yttribia).
CM #19 Murray Hunnisett. Age 27(Hapilopper). 2nd season at club.
CM #15 Ablie Kah. Age 31.
LM #7 Frey Stanger. Age 31(Brenecia). 1st seson at club. Came on a free transfer from Twin Saints(Brenecia).
RS #9 Assefa Yitebarke. Age 36. Captain.
LS #8 Torvald Royle. Age 30(Freeport).
BENCH
GK #12 Akabueze Okparo. Age 26
CB #35 Madue Akuchi. Age 25
LB/RB #47 Jajah Uchie. Age 20
CM #33 Ijeawele Halim. Age 21
OM #27 Beluchi Chinweuba. Age 30
ST #17 Servet Ornet(Female). Age 22(Busoga Islands).

6. Herzegovina Phoenix.
Manager: Jehan Blair(Cosumar). 68 years old. Former Amazonesta National Team manager. 5th season at club.
Formation: 4-1-3-2.
GK #1 Mustafa Taal. 21 years old. 2nd season at club. Signed from Moravica Regional Academy. (Busoga Islands/Banija dual-national)
RB #2 Fafa Ngom. 21 years old. 2nd season at club.
CB #3 Eindride Cleary. Age 33(Freeport).
CB #5 Mamadi Sillah. Age 21. 1st season at club. Signed from the Kitara Athletic Association on a free transfer.
LB #4 Fekati Abdi. Age 31. Captain.
CDM #15 Gibril Kargbo. Age 22. 2nd season at club.
RM #14 Vidyo Avramov. Age 23(Siovanija & Teusland).
CM #8 Lucia Silkemark. Age 30(Nephara).
LM #7 Julian Turner. Age 32(Dunnes).
RS #9 Daba Kuta. 23 years old. 1st season at club. Member of DBC 47 team. Signed from Kitara Athletic Society in the Lower Coastal League.
LS #11 Daniel Kasaboski-Wilcox. Age 25(Royal Kingdom of Quebec). 1st season at club. Signed for $4 million NSDs from Zenit Attawapiskat(Quebec).
BENCH
GK #12 Longcan Gaye. Age 26
CB #35 Habib Daramy. Age 22
LB/RB #47 Suma Jobe. Age 28
CM/CDM #33 Jalang Jobateh. Age 22
OM #27 Sheriff Sene. Age 24
ST #17 Azat Akgun. Age 25(Busoga Islands).


7. Suwawa Football Club.
Manager: Estève Palomer. Age 64(Nuovo Juvencus). 8th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1.
GK #1 Ohlud Venzi. Age 34. Captain.
LWB #13 Bala Bah. Age 19. 2nd season at club. Signed from Moravica Regional Academy.
LCB #4 Fanding Jobateh. Age 28.
CB #5 Jabril Faye. Age 25.
RCB #16 Uchechee Agu. Age 28.
RWB #19 Roland Snyder. Age 25(Northwest Kalactin).
LM #17 Babaja Mansaré. Age 25.
CM #8 Kun Kuya. Age 28.
CM #15 Reginius Kunst. Age 23(Cosumar).
RM #14 Jeong-Ryun Mitsuharashi. Age 21(Kita-Hinode). 1st season at club. Signed out of Mido-Hinode University.
ST #12 Sarika Birla. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
BENCH
GK #12 Izgul Avan(Female). Age 22(Busoga Islands)
CB #35 Odion Orjea. Age 26
WB #47 Ilman Jagne. Age 26. 2nd season at club. Played at Loyola-Busukuma.
CM #33 Orjy Chike. Age 20
OM #27 Chikere Fumnanya. Age 25
ST #17 Amazu Uchechea. Age 23

8. Capitol City Football Club.
Manager: Akhona Joyi. 52 years old, 5th season as manager.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Aman Melku. Age 31.
RB #2 Leo Coveney. Age 30(Brenecia). 1st season at club. Came on free transfer from Marque(Brenecia).
CB #5 Makang Darboe. Age 25.
CB #4 Faraba Coote. Age 26.
LB #3 Sulayman Bajo. Age 28.
RM #17 Berrëngüé Lé Méjî. Age 28(Farfadillis). 2nd season at club.
CM #18 Nancy Sparkman. Age 28(Baker Park). Female. 2 season at club. Came on free transfer from Newmarket Ladies FC.
CM #14 Immaculate Kaba. Age 22. Female. 2nd season at club. Member of DBC 47 team.
LM #7 Jabril Guissé. Age 27.
RS #9 Kausu Dione. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Member of DBC 47 team.
LS #10 Zema Biruh. Age 27. Female. 2nd season at club.
BENCH
GK #12 Akabueze Obasy. Age 28
CB #35 Chidy Jelanea. Age 21
LB/RB #47 Uchechea Emeka. Age 24
CM #33 Chino Jelanea. Age 22
OM #27 Uchee Akumjeli. Age 30
ST #17 Chizoba Uchechie. Age 26

9. Askatasuna Football Club.
Manager: Al Iska, 62 years old. 5th season at the club.
Starters: 5-3-2
GK #1 Raphael Yaremka. Age 26(Silver Beach). 3rd season at club.
RWB #2 Sociga Ngolomingi. Age 28.
RCB #5 Ekwueme Ikenna. Age 30.
CB #6 Assan Sanneh. Age 32. Captain.
LCB #4 Akumjeli Chinua. Age 30.
LWB #18 Sarah Williamson. Age 27. Female. 3rd season at club
LM #17 Mesuli Ncita. Age 25.
CM #15 Mazzi Ketobo. Age 26. 3rd season at club.
RM #12 Martin Lucey. Age 27(Dunnes).
RS #7 Amanuel Wakeyo. Age 24. 2nd season at club.
LS #11 Kiros Abdella. Age 25. 2nd season at club.
BENCH
GK #12 Ebrima Coote. Age 22
CB #35 Baluta Sesay. Age 22
WB #47 Fabba Sarr. Age 26
CM #33 Foday Gassama. Age 23
OM #27 Bai Taal. Age 20
ST #17 Lafi Manneh. Age 21

10. Kitara Athletic Association.
Manager: Alan Bettles, 71 years old. 5th season at club.
Starters: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Sodo Nagatomo. Age 30(Kita-Hinode)
RB #2 Morgana Kolaj. Age 24(Nephara). 1st season at club. Signed from Creed United for $5 million NSDs.
CB #15 Adrian O'Bryan. Age 32(Newmanistan). 1st season at club.
LB #19 Abraham Godefai. Age 35.
CDM #14 Thomas Owen. Age 32(Audioslavia).
RM #8 Anwar Dawit. Age 23. 3rd season at club. Captain of DBC 47 team..
LM #11 Ahmad Abdullah. Age 30(Abaja)
CAM #10 Ronald Mickel. Age 29(Valladares). 1st season at club. First installment of $10 million of his transfer fee paid this season.
LW #7 Nick Haller. Age 30(Commonwealth of Baker Park). Captain.
ST #9 Iuchar Purefoy. Age 28(Brenecia). 1st season at club. Signed on free transfer from Snowden River.
RW #8 Betanni Jetvanni. Age 19(Starblaydia). 2nd season at club. Came from the Foxchester Raiders(Starblaydia).
BENCH
GK #12 Ebou Ndour. Age 26
CB #35 Fanding Jagne. Age 24
OM #47 Kekoto Savaneh. Age 28
CM #33 Sama Camara. Age 30
LW/RW #27 Edrissa Coulibaly. Age 22
ST #17 Jibril Sene. Age 25

11. Mynda Electra -
Manager: Daniel Lucas(Chromatika). 45 years old, 3rd season at club.
Starters: 4-2-3-1.
GK #1 Tore Delgado. Age 22(Darmen).
RB #2 Helek-Evela Mal. Age 19(Qusmo). 2nd season at club. Signed out of Aksum Regional Academy.
CB #4 Ousman Mansaré. Age 31.
CB #5 Jibrin Ouattara. Age 24. 2nd season at club
LB #3 Isaka Karamba. Age 26. 2nd season at club
CDM #15 Abesalom Yitay. Age 32.
CDM #12 Lam Tri Thong. Age 26(Mavinet). 1st season at club. Single season loan from Vinh An Dai Hoa(Mavinet).
RAM #17 Xavier Melchoir. Age 25(Taeshan). 2nd season at club. Came on free transfer from Lwanga Lions after they got relegated.
CAM #11 Troy Luck. Age 35(Equestria). 2nd season at club. Captain. Signed for $1.25 million NSDs from CF Outineau(Kelssek).
LAM #8 Fakebba Ouattara. Age 31.
ST #9 Suliven Roagart. Age 27(Schottia). 2nd season at club. Signed for $2 million NSDs from Marionville(Schottia).
BENCH
GK #12 Chydea Mazzi. Age 22
CB #35 Okparra Madou. Age 22
RB/LB #47 Chukwuemeka Obasy. Age 26
DM #33 Uzoma Nkemdilim. Age 23
AM #27 Somayina Izuchukwu. Age 20
ST #17 Obika Chinasa. Age 21

12. Aissa United Football Club.
Manager: Travis Kadongo. 46 years old. 3rd season at club. Former assistant at Jinja City FC under Alexander Bumba; graduate of the joint Fuzpon Qusma-RBSA-BISA Coaching Academy.
Starters: 5-4-1
GK #1 Mohammed Daramy Age 35. Captain.
RWB #2 Pablo Castroneves. Age 32(Marianne).
RCB #15 Hassan Thiaw. Age 25(Busoga Islands). 3rd season at club
CB #15 Alanso Sidibeh. Age 24. 3rd season at club
LCB #17 Bezerra Lemos. Age 36(Amazonesta). 2nd season at club. Came on free transfer from Lakiska SC.
LWB #7 Oaitse Lekgotla. Age 31.
RM #18 Lallo Jarju. Age 24. 3rd season at club.
CM #8 Asanda Nombem. Age 27.
CM #10 Nweke Obasee. Age 31.
LM #23 Jajah Chee. Age 31.
ST #9 Kawsu Mamela. Age 28.
BENCH
GK #12 Kemo Sanneh. Age 26
CB #35 Kamara Suso. Age 24
WB #47 Yaya Fatty. Age 28
CM #33 Manlafi Sarr. Age 30
OM #27 Jato Kouyaté. Age 22
ST #17 Kausu Jarju. Age 25


13. Isipongo Flash.
Manager: Lallo Jobateh. 48 years old. 2nd season as manager. Former Head coach of Northern Moravica men's soccer team. Graduate of the joint Fuzpon Qusma-RBSA-BISA Coaching Academy.
Starters: 3-4-3.
GK #1 Essa Kama. Age 32. Captain.
RB #2 Yashpal Gopaal. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
CB #4 Dungan Dozabotanon. Age 22(Kita-Hinode). 2nd season at club.
LB #5 Eduardo Val De La Salles. Age 36(Amazonesta). 1st season at club. Came on free transfer from Aissa United.
RM #7 Mandla Pukwana. Age 27.
CDM #18 Orin Set. Age 33(Silver Beach). 3rd season at club.
CAM #10 Assan Sanneh. Age 29.
LM #17 Baluta Sonko. Age 27.
RW #8 Lelethu Pukwana, Age 29.
LW #11 Jelany Beluchi. Age 25.
ST #9 Juka Ndour. Age 22. 2nd season at club.
BENCH
GK #12 Sherif Sonko. Age 24
CB #35 Jibou Sesay. Age 28
OM #47 Babou Keita. Age 26
CM #33 Abdoulie Sidibeh. Age 25
RW/LW #27 Dodou Kakay. Age 21
ST #17 Antouman Jobateh. Age 23

14. Igulu City FC
Manager: Abraham Akampurira. 49 years old. Former Men's National Team Player. 7th season as manager.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Leonard Patterson. Age 36(Audioslavia). 3rd season at club. Came on free transfer from the Chenoworth Harriers(Nephara).
RB #2 Ijeawele Chi. Age 24.
CB #5 Adinew Bullo. Age 25.
CB #4 Belai Mulu. Age 28.
LB #3 Aaron Abelson. Age 20(Silver Beach). 1st season at club.
RM #11 Kóri Vacík. Age 29(Equestrian States)
CM #14 Chyke Obasie. Age 29.
CM #18 Alanso Suso. Age 25. 2nd season at club.
LM #7 Udo Obasie. Age 32.
RS #11 Benedicto Montoya. Age 35(Darmen). 3rd season at club. Came on $250,000 NSD transfer from Romanopolis United(Darmen).
LS #9 Vo Thanh Hai. Age 27(Mavinet). 1st season at club. On single season loan from Vinh An Dai Hoa(Mavinet) with option to buy at end of Season 12.
BENCH
GK #12 Abdoulie Kambi. Age 30
CB #35 Abbas Dione. Age 22
LB/RB #47 Jibril Dieye. Age 22
CM #33 Dodou Turay. Age 22
OM #27 Assan Sey. Age 20
ST #17 Sarah Silverstein(Female). Age 26(Silver Beach).

15. Rukunbi Football Club.
Manager: Ibea Obasi. Age 39. 1st season as manager. Spent last two seasons as the senior assistant manager. Nephew of former manager Teague Spanos.
Starters: 4-3-3
GK #1 Jelanee Jideofor. Age 31.
RB #2 Chizoba Uwaezuoke. Age 33.
CB #5 Nwabudike Uchechie. Age 28.
CB #3 Soli Souba. Age 29.
LB #12 Ayele Zekalu. Age 30.
LM #13 Bubacar Kujabi. Age 26. 3rd season at club.
CM #8 Demetrio Arroyo. Age 33(Osarius). 3rd season at club. Free transfer from Lotus Park(Brenecia).
RM #6 Upanshu Paramartha. Age 30(Busoga Islands). Captain.
LW #11 Mariam Guiss. Age 24. 2nd season at club. Female. Graduate of Northern Moravica University.
ST #9 Tyrone Barrett. Age 20(Hapilopper). 3rd season at club. Signed out of Washington State College(Hapilopper).
RW #24 Ramatoulie Condé. Age 25. 2nd season at club. Female. Graduate of Hangaza Tech.
BENCH
GK #12 Badara Manneh. Age 22
CB #35 Nfansu Ngom. Age 26
LB/RB #47 Malick Suso. Age 30
CM #33 Malik Janneh. Age 24
OM #27 Yurt Agcay. Age 25(Busoga Islands)
ATT #17 Wasa Jobe. Age 25

16. Lakiska Sporting Club.
Manager: Winad-Lenpi Xlo(Qusmo). 6th season at club. Hired midseason in Season 7.
Starters: 4-5-1
GK #1 Carlton Sandt. Age 20(Sarzonia). 1st season at club. Signed out of Woodstock City College(Sarzonia).
RB #2 Ingmar Linderood. Age 32(Ko-oren).
CB #5 Donnie Armistead. Age 32(Hapilopper). 2nd season at club. Came on $2.5 million NSD transfer fee from Hapilopper City Highway Patrol.
CB #4 Govind Nigam. Age 24(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club. Signed from the Islander Regional Academy.
LB #19 Mohammed Gassama. Age 23(Banija/Busoga Islands dual-national). 3rd season at club. Member of Banijan DBC 47 team.
LM #7 Barkha Visariya. Age 23(Busoga Islands). Female. 3rd season at club. Signed from the Islander Regional Academy.
CM #15 Utpal Ishan. Age 31(Busoga Islands). 3rd season at club. Came on free transfer from the Hoima Warriors. Captain.
CDM #18 Lee Duk-Woo. Age 21. 1st season at club. Signed out of Kanshiro University in Kita-HInode.
CM #14 Chad Duquez. Age 35(Royal Kingdom of Quebec). 2nd season at club. Came on a free transfer from Blue Coast 1981(Schottia).
RM #8 Ibrahim Fatah. Age 29(Busoga Islands).
ST #9 Philena Neuheim. Age 18(Schottia). Female. 1st season at club. Signed from the Islander Regional Academy.
BENCH
GK #12 Nazik Gokce. Age 21(Busoga Islands)
CB #35 Azzoz Tahir. Age 19(Busoga Islands)
LB/RB #47 Ibrahim Karakaya. Age 22(Busoga Islands)
CM #33 Saihou Dione. Age 28
OM #27 Tumay Serif(Female). Age 22(Busoga Islands)
ST #17 Guc Ahmad. Age 20(Busoga Islands)

17. Busukuma Force.
Manager: Brun Kissinger(Nephara), 56 years old. 5th season at club. Rejected an offer from a club in Havynwilde to renew his contract here.
Formation: 4-1-4-1.
GK #1 Joan Martinez Alpacia. Age 36(Eshan). Female. 1st season at club. Came on free transfer from Istria City FC.
RB #13 Bridie Gryforth, Age 29(Brenecia). 2nd season at club. Came on free transfer from Pikemouth(Brenecia).
CB #5 Madu Chi. Age 32.
CB #4 Kemo Jobe. Age 26.
LB #14 Ousman Coote. Age 25.
CDM #8 Alieu Mendy. Age 31.
RM #17 Vanza-Vlont Bel. Age 21(Qusmo).
CM #14 Uzochi Okparro. Age 27.
LCM #15 Fabio Hamamura. Age 36(Amazonesta). Captain.
LM #11 Kabiru Kouyaté. Age 30.
ST #9 Fara Keita. Age 24. 2nd season at club.
BENCH
GK #12 Afamefula Ozioma. Age 22
CB #35 Chibuike Chinwendu. Age 24
LB/RB #47 Akachi Uchechy. Age 22
CM #33 Chidubem Chike. Age 22
OM #27 Dike Jideofor. Age 26
ST #17 Carol Akachi(Female). Age 24

18. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club.
Manager: Juma Ouattara. 47 years old. 3rd season at the club. Spent prior 2 seasons at Kabakono City in the Lower Coastal League.
Starters: 4-4-2
GK #1 Amat Turay. 28 years old.
RB #2 Simon Johnson. Age 33(Schottia). 3rd season at club. Came on $2.25 million NSD transfer from The Warriors(Schottia).
CB #5 Araiy. Age 29(Dainer).
CB #3 Malick Colley. Age 20. 1st season at club. Signed out of the Moravica Regional Academy.
LB #12 Wasa Dibba. Age 33.
LM #25 Asa Sylla. Age 31.
CM #8 Gared Kuepher. Age 29(Nephara). 3rd season at club. Came on free transfer from Bishop(Nephara).
CM #14 Tamba Kama. Age 24. 3rd season at club.
RM #17 Kemo Kuyateh. Age 25. 2nd season at club.
LS #7 Baboucar Biri. Age 28.
RS #11 Demetro Laterza. Age 35(Juvencus). Captain.
BENCH
GK #12 Ensa Fadika. Age 23
CB #35 Dembo Guissé. Age 20
LB/RB #47 Cyper Secka. Age 26
CM #33 Biran Kama. Age 30
OM #27 Demba Danso. Age 25
ST #17 Lafa Dieye. Age 26

19. Busembe Timberwolves.
Manager: Bøb Übermanager(Equestria). Age 41(maybe?). 2nd season at club. His pre-Busembe history is unknown, but his boisterous and aggressive personality is seen to fit the club trying to climb the table.
Formation: 4-2-3-1
GK #1 Edgar Farsal-Smith. Age 27(Mercedini).
RB #2 Darin Nicolas. Age 18(Chromatika). 1st season at club. Spent two seasons at the Islander Regional Academy in the Banijan Youth League.
CB #4 Nkemdilim Jel. Age 30.
CB #5 Emeka Jajah. Age 31.
LB #3 Valentina Fairbairn. Age 31(Qasden). 3rd season at club. Free transfer from Diamondqueen(Nephara).
CM #19 Mazi Chidea. Age 30.
CM #8 Jombo Sillah. Age 25. 1st season at club. Rookie.
LAM #8 Madhav Oojam. Age 30(Busoga Islands).
CAM #12 Kiggwe Basamula. Age 28. Captain.
RAM #7 Uchey Nwankwo. Age 29.
ST #9 Jeff Finte. Age 25(Chromatika). 3rd season at club. Signed after graduation from Eyrods Tech University(Chromatika).
BENCH
GK #12 Mamadi Thiaw. Age 26
CB #35 Jamang Kinte. Age 22
LB/RB #47 Boy Manneh. Age 20
CM #33 Sirif Mansaray. Age 25
AM #27 Kekoto Sey. Age 24
ST #17 Sarafina Iyasu(Female). Age 21

20. Hawabark Boulders
Manager: Kiggwe Kabelo. Age 46. 3rd season at club. Spent a season as senior assistant manager at Herzegovina City FC.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Giovanni Falco. Age 25(Freeport/Equestrian States).
RB #2 Abdullah Guennoun. Age 25(Busoga Islands).
CB #5 Chinou Chydey. Age 29.
CB #4 Jiba Nzuza. Age 32.
LB #3 Fyodor Khalturin. Age 37(Arioslavia). Captain.
RM #11 Chike Chinese. Age 20. 1st season at club. Signed from the Bunyoro Regional Academy.
CM #14 Chi Chibueze. Age 30.
CM #10 Suhayl Mostafa Ahmed. Age 33(Al Qurija)
LM #19 Madu Okparra. Age 27.
RS #7 Boto Mboge. Age 27. 3rd year at club- free transfer from Busembe Timberwolves.
LS #12 Neil Richards. Age 33(Commonwealth of Baker Park). Came on free transfer from the Busembe Timberwolves.
BENCH
GK #12 Sidibeh Sonko. Age 26
CB #35 Paoboy Kama. Age 24
LB/RB #47 Sheriff Diene. Age 20
CM #33 Duta Kayode. Age 25
OM #27 Ensa Ceesay. Age 22
ST #17 Orak Ermis. Age 21(Busoga Islands)
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 12 Summer Roundup

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HOIMA, ANKOLE- What are the highlights for this summer? Well, of course, with the IFCF up and running, it was the preliminaries of international club competition! IFCF competition, as well as the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, and the Vilitan Cove International all kicked off in the summer. It was quite the summer for Banijan clubs. Let's get right into it!

And without further ado... Your summer roundup!

1. Herzegovina City FC

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Herzegovina City earned a bye from the First and Second Preliminary Rounds. Will enter competition in the Champions Path.
Third Preliminary Round- Champions Path

Opponent- Fighters of Plane of Possibility. First Leg: FIghters 1-5 Herzegovina City. Second Leg: Herzegovina City 2-2 Fighters.
Herzegovina City advance 7-3 on aggregate to the Playoff Round of the Champions League. Fighters are eliminated from the Champions League and advance to the Playoff Round of the Challenger's Cup.
Playoff Round- Champions Path
Opponent- Sheriff Tiraspol of Prindestrovia. First Leg: Sheriff Tiraspol 1-1 Herzegovina City. Second Leg: Herzegovina City 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol.
Herzegovina City advance 1-1(1-0) on away goals to the group stages of the Champions League. Sheriff Tiraspol are eliminated from the Champions League and advance to the group stages of the Challenger's Cup.
Atlantian Oceania Champions League
Herzegovina City earned a bye from the AOCL Preliminary Rounds, into the competition proper. Therefore, did not compete in the summer in this competition.


And now, for the champions and the Champions League! Herzegovina City making yet another Champions League appearance, after another title campaign under Brian Emerson. The task for them was straightforward, although not at all simple. They needed to be successful in two playoff rounds in the Champions League to make the group stages of the IFCF CL. Their first opponent were the domestic champions of the Plane of Possibility- Fighters. Herzegovina City were heavy favorites going in, and it was easy to see why.

The first leg was an absolute masterclass on how to overwhelm an overmatched opponent. Christos Tsiavis opened the scoring in the 27th minute, to make it 1-0. Rosie Tyler scored the team's second goal, in the 44th minute, to make the score 2-0. When the home side scored in the 60th to make it 2-1, though they had hope. Even though Herzegovina City led on away goals, a 2-1 loss at home was hard to overcome, but it wasn't a death knell. But Herzegovina City simply did what they do to the weaker teams in the BSL. They straight up overpowered Fighters. Three goals in the final 25 minutes, from Walcott, Tyler, and Roux, buried them 5-1 on their home ground. Of course, they would need at least 5 goals at Star Field to overturn the score, and that was never happening, as a 2-2 draw in North Moravica saw Herzegovina City through to the next round.

Then came the much tougher matchup- the champions of Pridnestrovia. Sheriff Tiraspol felt as if they had a good case to make to make the group stages of this competition, although Herzegovina City were almost becoming used to be an IFCF group stage fixture. But we'd have the ride of our lives. An early goal by Rosie Tyler in the 13th minute away from home gave us an early advantage, and crucially, an away goal. While a Tiraspol penalty brought the game level in the 55th, it would finish at 1 goal a piece. Neither team was able to break the other down in the second leg at Star Field- even a relatively effective counter-attack breaking up the onslaught of Tiraspol players, searching desperately for a goal of their own. Neither found one, and therefore the BSL champions advanced to the group stages on away goals.

2. Hoima Warriors

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Hoima Warriors earned a bye from the 1st Round. Will enter competition in the Non-Champions Path.
Second Preliminary Round- Non Champions Path

Opponent- Venvidicci of Filindostan. First Leg: Hoima Warriors 3-0 Venvidicci. Second Leg: Venvidicci 0-1 Hoima Warriors
Hoima advances to the Third Preliminary Round of the Champions League, 4-0 on aggregate.
Third Preliminary Round- Non Champions Path
Opponent- Kionao Locals of Turori. First Leg: Hoima Warriors 0-0 Kionao Locals. Second Leg: Kionao Locals 1-1 Hoima Warriors.
Hoima advances to the Playoff Round of the Champions League, 1-1(0-1) on away goals.
Playoff Round- Non Champions Path
Opponent- North Hall of Brenecia. First Leg: Hoima Warriors 1-1 North Hall. Second Leg: North Hall 0-0 Hoima Warriors.
Hoima is eliminated from the Champions League on away goals, 1-1(1-0). Advance to the Qualifying Round of the IFCF Challenger's Cup.
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Qualifying Round of the IFCF Challenger's Cup
Opponent- Mar Sara FC of Valanora. First Leg: Hoima Warriors 2-3 Mar Sara FC. Second Leg: Mar Sara FC 1-2 Hoima Warriors.
Mar Sara FC advances 4-4(3-2) on away goals. Hoima Warriors are eliminated from the IFCF Challenger's Cup.
Taeshani Islands Invitational
All matches occured during the season, so there was no summer competition in this tournament for the Hoima Warriors.


The second place team in the BSL! Back in the Champions League for the first time in 10 seasons, the competition where they feel they belong. Taking the non-champions path in the Champions League, however, is a treacherous road. The Champions path is much preferred- it's always the best team in a league, but the best team from smaller leagues. But in this path, you're playing the second and third best teams from the world's biggest leagues, and it can be notoriously tricky to try and navigate it.

But the Warriors would gave it their best shot. Mark Grayson came to Banija, all those years ago to the Herzegovina Phoenix, because of his ambition- and he's confident Hoima can become the third team in BSL history to win multiple league titles. Anyways, their first opponent was Venvidicci of Filindostan. It looked like a fairly even matchup, but a stellar first leg at Mavuto Field ended this tie before it begun. Lukas Boldfont did not wait long to score his debut goal for the Warriors, as he scored in the 15th minute, while both Josef Lawerenz and Ozolx-Mazur scored in the first half as well. 3-0 in the first leg, and a 52nd minute away goal in the second leg by 35 year old longtime center back Wenceslaw proved to be the difference on the day.

Their next opponent would be probably of a higher caliber- the Kionao Locals of Turori. Once again, Hoima would be the unseeded side, meaning the first leg on their own field. These late summer matchups, eh? So much heat in Hoima for the first leg. 93 degrees Farenheit on the day, high humidity. Not much energy from players on either side. The fact that the game ended 0-0 was a surprise to nobody- players cramping up, players could barely move. That led to the second leg in Turori, with more bearable temperatures. While the Locals scored in the 51st to take a 1-0 lead, the Warriors kept fighting, and it would be substitute Babaja Mboob, who had come on for Ozolx-Mazur, who scored in the 82nd minute to make it 1-1, but giving his side the away goal that could stunned the Turori side. And the game finished at that score- the Warriors, on away goals, advancing to one round away from their first ever Champions League group stage appearance.

Their opponent? North Hall, of Brenecia. The Brenecian side, for obvious reasons, would be heavily favored going into the match. But Mavuto Field would be packed to the brim for the big-time opponent. It's not every day a Brenecian side comes into town with a spot in the Champions League on the line, right? The Warriors would score the opening goal, an Underwood penalty giving them a 1-0 lead. But they could not hold on. North Hall continued to apply pressure, until they finally broke through in the 71st minute to level the game at 1, and give themselves the advantage on away goals. Going into the second leg with the advantage, the North Hall squad rallied behind their home fans, and suffocated the Warriors attack for 90 minutes, to earn their way into the knockouts.

Disappointment for the Warriors. But it wasn't over yet! They had a tie left to try and qualify for the group stages of the Challenger's Cup. But they'd have an interesting opponent- Mar Sara FC, of Valanora. No flying all the way to Esportiva, or even the other side of AO- nope, a GSW v. GSW matchup. And a chaotic matchup it was. Mar Sara FC winning the first leg, a wild showdown, three goals to two in Hoima. But the Warriors coming back, taking a 2-0 lead at halftime in Valanora, on the brink of the upset. But Mar Sara FC had a backbreaker- when Apoxian Harlem Saxstrom scored in the 88th minute. The Flames still lost the match, 2-1, but since it was 4-4 on aggregate, they'd advance 3-2 on away goals. A gut-wrenching elimination- but it was so for Hoima. Still, they showed quite a bit this summer. Can they overcome Herzegovina City during the season?

3. Istria City FC

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Istria City FC earned a bye from the First Preliminary Round.
Second Preliminary Round

Opponent- Mushai Devil Rays of Torisakia. First Leg: Mushai Devil Rays 2-3 Istria City FC. Second Leg: Istria City FC 3-0 Mushai Devil Rays
Istria City FC advance to the Third Preliminary Round of the Challenger's Cup, 6-2 on aggregate.
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Kota Jembal FC of Sharktail. First Leg: Kota Jembal FC 1-3 Istria City FC. Second Leg: Istria City FC 1-1 Kota Jembal FC.
Istria City FC advance to the Playoff Round of the Challenger's Cup 4-2 on aggregate.
Playoff Round
Opponent- Empilot United FC of Boring Paradise. First Leg: Empilot United FC 0-1 Istria City FC. Second Leg: Istria City 4-0 Empilot United FC.
[b[Istria City FC[/b] advance to the Qualifying Round of the Challenger's Cup 5-0 on aggregate.
Qualifying Round
Opponent- Tanrısal of Pasarga. First Leg: Istria City FC 3-1 Tanrısal. Second Leg: Tanrısal 0-2 Istria City FC.
Istria City FC advance to the group stages of the Challenger's Cup 5-1 on aggregate.



4. Kitara Athletic Assocation

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Kitara Athletic Association earned a bye from the First and Second Preliminary Rounds
Third Preliminary Round

Opponent- Stanmorn FC of Flavovespia. First Leg: Stanmorn FC 1-4 Kitara AA. Second Leg: Kitara AA 0-0 Stanmorn FC.
Kitara AA advance to Playoff Round of the Challenger's Cup 4-1 on aggregate.
Playoff Round
Opponent- Kolonial of Saint Konrad. First Leg: Kolonial 2-1 Kitara AA. Second Leg: Kitara AA 1-2 Kolonial.
Kolonial advance to the Qualifying Round of the Challenger's Cup 4-2 on aggregate. Kitara AA are eliminated from the Challenger's Cup




5. Jinja City Football Club

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
First Preliminary Round
Opponent- FC Zimmerich of Recuecn. First Leg: FC Zimmerich 1-1 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 1-0 FC Zimmerich.
Jinja City advance to the Second Preliminary Round, 2-1 on aggregate.
Second Preliminary Round
Opponent- Shamrocks FC of Lisander. First Leg: Shamrocks FC 2-2 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 3-1 Shamrocks FC.
Jinja City advance to the Third Preliminary Round, 5-3 on aggregate.
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Everfree Forest HC of Equestria. First Leg: Everfree Forest 0-1 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 1-1 Everfree Forest.
Jinja City advance to the Playoff Round, 2-1 on aggregate.
Playoff Round
Opponent- Chrilsia FC of Ancherion. First Leg: Chrilsia FC 0-3 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 3-0 Chrilsia FC.
Jinja City advance to the Qualifying Round, 6-0 on aggregate.
Qualifying Round
Opponent- Leighton Albion of Unified Legandia. First Leg: Leighton Albion 1-2 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 0-1 Leighton Albion.
Jinja City advance to the group stages of the Challenger's Cup, 2-2(2-1) on away goals.



6. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club & Busukuma Athletic Club

Umbazi Metropolitan SC earned a bye from the Preliminary Round of the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, and did not compete in the Summer. The Preliminary Rounds of the Vilitan Cove International took place during the season, so Busukuma AC did not have any summer competition.

7. Cerenus United, Kabakono City, Lwanga Lions

8. University of Hangaza, Moroni Arts College, Istria City College

IUCC competition did not take place in the summer, therefore, no summer competition for these three colleges/universities.

9. Kitara Regional Academy & Islander Regional Academy
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 12 Results

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Herzegovina City FC 13 Umbazi Metropolitan SC

Umbazi Metropolitan SC clinches berth in the VIlitan Cove International.

Banijan Soccer League
Banijan Soccer League      Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Istria City FC 38 25 9 4 123 33 +90 84 - League Champion, IFCF Champions League & AOCL
2 Hoima Warriors 38 23 10 5 78 37 +41 79 - Champions League

3 Herzegovina City FC 38 22 7 9 80 50 +30 73 - IFCF Challenger's Cup
4 Jinja City FC 38 21 5 12 94 61 +33 68 - IFCF Challenger's Cup
5 Kitara AA 38 17 16 5 65 38 +27 67 - IFCF Challenger's Cup

6 Busukuma AC 38 17 11 10 41 27 +14 62
7 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 38 17 8 13 44 53 −9 59
8 Busembe Timberwolves 38 16 8 14 74 75 −1 56
9 Herzegovina Phoenix 38 14 12 12 38 40 −2 54
10 Lakiska SC 38 16 5 17 32 34 −2 53
11 Suwawa FC 38 14 6 18 37 48 −11 48
12 Rukunbi FC 38 12 10 16 40 55 −15 46
13 Askatasuna FC 38 12 8 18 31 62 −31 44
14 Mynda Electra 38 9 15 14 38 51 −13 42
15 Hawabark Boulders 38 12 6 20 39 59 −20 42
16 Isipongo Flash 38 13 3 22 41 69 −28 42
17 Aissa United FC 38 10 8 20 47 66 −19 38
18 Busukuma Force 38 9 8 21 36 55 −19 35
19 Capitol City FC 38 9 8 21 35 64 −29 35
20 Igulu City FC 38 8 5 25 31 67 −36 29 - RELEGATED


Northwestern League         Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Dukuma SC 44 31 11 109 74 +35 95
2 Eastern Moravica FC 44 30 12 91 56 +35 92
3 Jaribga Soccer Club 44 26 14 79 53 +26 82
4 Barmos United 44 26 14 84 63 +21 82
5 Corizova United 44 22 13 87 64 +23 75
6 Nezrouch Rovers 44 20 20 75 75 0 64
7 Koksho City 44 16 21 65 73 −8 55
8 Slobochia Bears 44 17 23 51 71 −20 55
9 Koszagard City 44 14 23 60 86 −26 49
10 Taramazna United 44 13 26 68 80 −12 44
11 Tezirbu Foxes 44 12 29 58 101 −43 39
12 Tripoli Foresters 44 9 30 49 80 −31 32



Northern League             Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Duntho Sporting Club 44 27 12 78 54 +24 86
2 Cerenus United 44 25 10 77 50 +27 84
3 Bunyoro RSC 44 24 16 77 58 +19 76
4 Garixas City 44 21 20 67 67 0 66
5 Nanami Dragons 44 20 19 69 67 +2 65
6 AFC Kosactus 44 18 20 72 72 0 60
7 Thayaferu United 44 17 18 59 62 −3 60
8 Gadive City 44 18 20 65 75 −10 60
9 Luguyala Patriots 44 17 19 62 70 −8 59
10 Okakameb City 44 16 25 64 72 −8 51
11 AFC Okahavi 44 14 24 54 64 −10 48
12 Selekawe Knights 44 14 28 67 100 −33 44



Lower Coastal League        Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Zakuta Citiy 44 26 16 87 59 +28 80
2 Djoro Athletic 44 23 13 92 76 +16 77
3 Kabakono City 44 23 14 78 71 +7 76
4 Kitara Athletic Society 44 23 18 85 77 +8 72
5 Dimbogourou SC 44 20 14 67 66 +1 70
6 Abomfa United 44 21 21 63 66 −3 65
7 Baleweye FC 44 18 18 74 72 +2 62
8 Ogbordu Diamond FC 44 18 21 67 77 −10 59
9 Kwadama Dojo 44 17 22 68 77 −9 56
10 AFC Akwadua 44 16 25 65 72 −7 51
11 Nsade United 44 15 26 58 77 −19 48
12 Mamari City 44 14 26 73 87 −14 46



Southern League             Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Sororo City 44 24 14 77 62 +15 78
2 Boufaya Ravens 44 24 15 83 68 +15 77
3 Lwanga Lions 44 23 15 73 57 +16 75
4 Bwubanza City SC 44 22 16 101 83 +18 72
5 Dodoma City SC 44 21 16 81 66 +15 70
6 Kigagana Mountaineers 44 20 17 66 64 +2 67
7 Byakado City 44 20 18 68 61 +7 66
8 Amaku City FC 44 18 19 71 75 −4 61
9 Pumbasa Boars 44 16 23 56 84 −28 53
10 Mukegara Warriors 44 13 23 60 74 −14 47
11 Umbazi FA 44 11 21 48 64 −16 45
12 Busemlu Park SC 44 12 27 65 91 −26 41


BSL Promotion Playoff
First Leg

Zakuta Citiy 1–3 Dukuma SC
Sororo City 1–0 Duntho Sporting Club


Second Leg
Dukuma SC 0–2 Zakuta Citiy - Dukuma SC advance 3-3(3-2) on away goals to the BSL Promotion Playoff Final
Duntho Sporting Club 1–3 Sororo City - Sororo City advance 4-1 on aggregate to the BSL Promotion Playoff Final


Final
Dukuma SC 1–0 Sororo City


Dukuma SC is promoted to the Banijan Soccer League for Season 13. Zakuta City, Sororo City, and Duntho Sporting Club qualify for the IFCF LIga B Champions Trophy.

RBSA Cup Results
First Round
Capitol City FC 1–0 AFC Akwadua
Baleweye FC 0–1 Kitara Athletic Society
Cerenus United 4–1 Busukuma AC
Busembe Timberwolves 2–1 Mynda Electra
Kwadama Dojo 3–0 Taramazna United
Askatasuna FC 4–1 Ogbordu Diamond FC
Sororo City 0–1 Jinja City FC
Hawabark Boulders 6–4 Pumbasa Boars
Dodoma City SC 4–2 Hoima Warriors
Suwawa FC 3–2 Abomfa United
Okakameb City 2–1 Slobochia Bears
Isipongo Flash 2–1 Barmos United
Koszagard City 4–4 AFC Kosactus (4–4 AET) (2–4 pen.)
Bunyoro RSC 2–2 Lwanga Lions (2–2 AET) (2–3 pen.)
Nanami Dragons 0–3 Dimbogourou SC
Busukuma Force 0–0 Djoro Athletic (2–0 AET)
Aissa United FC 1–1 Luguyala Patriots (1–1 AET) (4–3 pen.)
Corizova United 1–0 Zakuta City
Byakado City 4–3 Mamari City
Gadive City 1–1 Igulu City FC (1–1 AET) (2–4 pen.)
Eastern Moravica FC 1–2 Herzegovina Phoenix
AFC Okahavi 0–1 Istria City FC
Selekawe Knights 0–1 Amaku City FC
Bwubanza City SC 3–1 Kabakono City
Duntho Sporting Club 4–3 Rukunbi FC
Busemlu Park SC 1–0 Umbazi FA
Nsade United 2–2 Mukegara Warriors (2–4 AET)
Garixas City 1–1 Thayaferu United (1–1 AET) (3–4 pen.)
Kigagana Mountaineers 1–3 Koksho City
Boufaya Ravens 0–0 Kitara AA (1–1 AET) (4–5 pen.)
Round of 32
Kitara Athletic Society 3–1 Askatasuna FC
Cerenus United 0–1 Byakado City
Busukuma Force 1–3 Kitara AA
Jinja City FC 2–1 Lwanga Lions
Capitol City FC 1–2 Istria City FC
Koksho City 2–1 Aissa United FC
Busembe Timberwolves 6–3 Corizova United
Herzegovina City FC 1–0 Kwadama Dojo
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2–3 Isipongo Flash
Suwawa FC 1–2 Hawabark Boulders
AFC Akwadua 3–1 Bwubanza City SC
Dimbogourou SC 1–0 Busemlu Park SC
Duntho Sporting Club 2–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Mukegara Warriors 2–4 Igulu City FC
Amaku City FC 1–1 Okakameb City (3–2 AET)
Thayaferu United 0–2 Dodoma City SC
Round of 16
Istria City FC 5–2 Amaku City FC
Isipongo Flash 0–2 Hawabark Boulders
Dodoma City SC 0–2 Koksho City
Kitara Athletic Society 1–2 AFC Akwadua
Busembe Timberwolves 4–2 Dimbogourou SC
Byakado City 1–2 Jinja City FC
Herzegovina City FC 2–1 Kitara AA
Duntho Sporting Club 3–2 Igulu City FC


RBSA Cup Quarterfinals
Jinja City FC 3–1 Herzegovina City FC
Istria City FC 6–2 Hawabark Boulders
Duntho Sporting Club 3–1 AFC Akwadua
Busembe Timberwolves 5–1 Koksho City


RBSA Cup Semifinals
Istria City FC 0–1 Duntho Sporting Club
Busembe Timberwolves 3–2 Jinja City FC


RBSA Cup Final
Duntho Sporting Club 0–1 Busembe Timberwolves

Busembe Timberwolves clinched RBSA/Banijan berth in the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup.

Completed Tournament Bracket
Round 1
Tripoli Foresters 1–3 Nezrouch Rovers
Jaribga Soccer Club 0–1 Tezirbu Foxes


Round 2
Lakiska SC 2–0 Nezrouch Rovers
Dukuma SC 1–0 Tezirbu Foxes


Loser's Bracket Round 1
Tezirbu Foxes 1–0 Tripoli Foresters
Nezrouch Rovers 0–0 Jaribga Soccer Club (0–0 AET) (4–2 pen.)


Winner's Bracket Round 1
Lakiska SC 1–2 Dukuma SC


Loser's Bracket Round 2
Tezirbu Foxes 1–2 Nezrouch Rovers


Loser's Bracket Semifinal
Lakiska SC 1–0 Nezrouch Rovers


Ebrahim Razav Cup Final Part I
Dukuma SC 1–0 Lakiska SC

Dukuma SC win the Ebrahim Razav Cup, clinches Busoga Islander/BISA berth in the Cygnus Cup Winner's Cup.
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Banijan Regional League System - Season 8 Rosters


Underlined players are Banijan internationals.
Nationality is listed if they are not Banijan.
Players are male unless specified otherwise.
Italicized players are internationals for a foreign country.

The Northwestern League
1. Dukuma Sporting Club.
Manager: Yaser Karimi(Al Qurija). 69 years old, 6th season at club(member of Karimi family, owners of Dukuma SC)
Starters: 4-4-2 diamond.
GK #1 Ayman Jawdat Sultan. Age 29(Al Qurija)
RB #14 Haresh Kekade. Age 27(Busoga Islands)
CB #5 Sarah Ward. Age 33(Osarius). 3rd season at club. Came on free transfer from Crawford City(Cosumar).
CB #6 Bunama Hairte. Age 27.
LB #23 Tansu Mirani. Age 22(Busoga Islands). 3rd season at club. Signed out of Islander Regional Academy.
CDM #21 Vyomaang Yuval. Age 30(Busoga Islands).
LM #7 Kinuthia Warari. Age 27(Busoga Islands)
RM #18 Kekoto Hairte. Age 28.
CAM #10 Jay Khano. Age 29(Busoga Islands).
RS #19 Reece Gorbell. Age 23(Eshan). 3rd season at club. Signed out of Moravica Regional Academy.
LS #9 Kurtis Southwell. Age 33(Brenecia). Captain.

2. Barmos United.
Manager: Sukai Corr. Age 48. Female. 3rd season at club. Former head coach of Northern Moravica University Women's Soccer.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Anti Kandeh. 30 years old (Female).
RB #20 Nirav Sopar. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
CB #4 Andy Brownlow. Age 26(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club.
CB #5 Nassim Samir Nejem. Age 31(Al Qurija).
LB #3 Lale Korkmaz. 20 years old(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club- signed from the Islander Regional Academy. (Female)
RM #14 Daniyal Zubairi. Age 21(Busoga Islands).
CM #23 Derell Montilibac. Age 24(Eshan).
CM #10 Burama Jawo. Age 28.
LM #12 Bassirou Jarju. Age 25.
RS #15 Yaya Kama. Age 29.
LS #7 Fara Sey. Age 27.

3. Corizova United
Manager: Samba Kouyaté. 50 years old. Fifth season at club.
Formation: 5-3-2
GK #1 Harry McPherson. Age 20(Schottia). From Marionville, Schottia. 2nd season at club, signed from Hangaza Regional Academy.
RWB #2 Sara Diene. Age 25. 3rd season at club. Female. Graduate of Northern Moravica University.
RCB #5 Wyclif Herd. 18 years old. 1st season at club. Signed out of Moravica Regional Academy.
CB #3 Yoro Janneh. Age 35. Captain.
LCB #4 Kekoto Gassama. Age 29.
LWB #6 Zamile Nkuhlu. Age 29.
LM #17 Ogbonna Chioke. Age 32.
CM #10 Okparo Oluchi. Age 31.
RM #8 Gola Torsaray. Age 23(Nephara).
RS #11 Kaddy Sohnaur. Age 27. 2nd season at club. Female. Graduate of the University of Loyola-Istria.
LS #12 Hilde Hayate. Age 22(Kita-Hinode). 1st season at club. Female. Graduate of National Institute of Ressearch and Knowledge of Robotics(Kita-Hinode). Has two prostetic legs.

4. Koksho City
Manager: Adamu Demessie. Age 57. 8th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Abel Amare. Age 21.
RB #2 Rizwan Sulaiman Ahmad. Age 32(Al Qurija). Captain.
CB #5 Baluta Mendy. Age 23.
CB #4 Emeka Jelan. Age 27.
LB #3 Obasee Uchechi. Age 28.
RM #11 Nwankwo Chukwu. Age 31.
CM #14 Ziko Akuchi. Age 26.
CM #18 Constantin Mouktar. Age 29.
LM #7 Roberto Tsothe. Age 33.
RS #9 Chuks Uzochi. Age 27.
LS #11 Tirelo Tiiso. Age 30.

5. Tezirbu Foxes
Manager: Abadar Al-Jeafar. Age 46. Longtime goalkeeper, son of previous manager Mohammad Al-Jeafar. 2nd season at manager.
Formation: 4-4-2 Diamond.
GK #1 Arin Al-Jeafar. Age 26(Twin sister of Guney Al-Jeafar, daughter of manager Abadar Al-Jeafar and granddaughter of former manager Mohammed Al-Jeafar). Graduate of North Busoga University. (Busoga Islands). Female.
RB #2 Qaasin Hussein. Age 34. (Busoga Islands)
CB #4 Fihr Muhammed Bousaid. Age 34(Al Qurija). Captain.
CB #5 Chandan Somani(Busoga Islands/Banija dual-national). Age 21. Played two seasons at Islander Regional Academy.
LB #3 Makang Jallow. Age 24.
CDM #18 Abbas Behdad. Age 26(Busoga Islands).
LM #17 Mashhur Al-Jeafar. Age 29(first son of manager Abadar Al-Jeafar and grandson of former manager Mohammed Al-Jeafar). (Busoga Islands)
RM #8 Freydoun Rezghi. Age 27(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Shakeel el-Salih. Age 34(Busoga Islands).
RS #11 Guney Al-Jeafar. Age 27(Twin sister of Arin Al-Jeafar, daughter of manager Abadar Al-Jeafar and granddaughter of former manager Mohammed Al-Jeafar). Graduate of North Busoga University. (Busoga Islands). Female.
LS #9 Travis Maxwell. Age 19(Brenecia). First season at club. Signed from Moravica Regional Academy.

6. Eastern Moravica FC
Manager: Oscar Boateng. 8th season at club. 65 years old.
Formation: 4-2-3-1.
GK #1 Rohey Bajo. 31 years old (Female). Captain.
RB #2 Wandi Sillah. Age 18. 1st season at club. Signed out of Moravica Regional Academy.
CB #5 Ebrima Kabba. Age 24.
CB #4 Yakube Kinte. Age 25.
LB #3 Karafa Kinte. Age 24. 1st season at club. Rookie.
RDM #8 Cevdet Engin. 22 years old(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club. Signed out of Isander Regional Academy.
LDM #14 Cyper Touray. Age 27.
RAM #11 Sevil Basturk. Age 27(Busoga Islands). Female. 2nd season at club. Graduate of the Islamic University of Busoga.
CAM #10 Karafa Mbye. Age 19. 1st season at club. Signed from Moravica Regional Academy.
LAM #7 Jamang Baldeh. 22 years old. 3rd season at club. Signed out of Moravica Regional Academy.
CF #9 Khuzani Nzo. Age 36.

7. Jaribga Soccer Club
Manager: Ermacora Dinapoli. Age 68(Juvencus). 6th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 diamond.
GK #1 Tansel Ozgen. 19 years old(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club. Signed out of Islander Regional Academy.
RB #2 Jamaal Khalid Tawfiq. Age 32(Al Qurija)
CB #5 Behzad Bina. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
LB #35 Naaji al-Azam. Age 32(Busoga Islands).
CDM #14 Badara Soley. Age 20. 1st season at club. Signed out of Moravica Regional Academy.
LM #17 Davoud Qasemi. Age 27.
RM #8 Ramazan Erdogan. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Ismaela Sohna. Age 25.
LW #11 Foday Jallow. Age 23(South Detroit).
ST #9 Frederico Troncosco. Age 27(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club.
RW #7 Adam Akar. Age 21(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club. Signed out of Islander Regional Academy.

8. Slobochia Bears.
Manager: Travis Yeste. Age 61. 10th season at club.
Formation: 3-1-3-2-1
GK #1 Ashwin Ghatori. Age 22(Busoga Islands).
RB #2 Anuj Mundra. Age 23(Busoga Islands).
CB #5 Gianfranco Malvos. Age 24(Sticiano).
LB #3 Sarjo Diene. Age 22.
CDM #6 Sutay Mansaré. Age 18. 1st season at club. Signed out of the Moravica Regional Academy.
LM #17 Buzwe Ntshona. Age 31.
CM #8 Carl Stieber. Age 32(Equestrian States). Captain.
RM #7 Karamba Tityana. Age 28.
LAM #10 Benjamin Robero. Age 22(Silver Beach). 1st season at club.
RAM #14 Ermias Dibaba. Age 31.
ST #9 Dingindawo Pokwana. Age 37.

9. Koszagard City
Manager: Karafa Dibba. Age 46. Fourth season at club.
Formation; 4-2-4.
GK #1 Mantek Ranwa. Age 31(Busoga Islands).
RB #2 Abdoulaye Condé. Age 25.
CB #5 Karamo Bajo. Age 23.
CB #4 Suntukung Sohna. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed out of Moravica Regional Academy.
LB #3 Evin Ozen. Age 19(Busoga Islands). Female. 1st season at club. Signed out of Islander Regional Academy.
CM #8 Thamsanqa Pukwana. Age 36. Captain.
CM #14 Sizamile Siganeko. Age 35.
LW #11 Mzwakhe Siwani. Age 32.
RS #9 Reza Freydooni. Age 27(Busoga Islands).
LS #10 Victor Frost. Age 35(Ethane).
RW #7 Manlafi Singhateh. Age 25.

10. Nezrouch Rovers
Manager: Alberto Cuandro(Age 64). Amazonesta. Sixth season as manager at the club.
Formation: 4-3-3
GK #1 Isa Kayode. Age 20. 1st season at club. Signed out of Islander Regional Academy.
RB #2 Jamaal el-Akhtar. Age 38(Busoga Islands). Captain.
CB #15 Sirvan Rahnema. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
CB #29 Aziz Dehghan. Age 27(Busoga Islands).
LB #3 Ala al-Din Mahomet El-Hashem. Age 29(Al Qurija)
CM #8 Jallal Abbasi. Age 27(Busoga Islands).
CM #18 Osman Baykal. Age 21(Busoga Islands). 1st season at club. Signed from Islander Regional Academy.
CAM #10 Logan Mabiala. Age 27.
LW #11 Dileep Fulzele. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
ST #12 Arjun Singh. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
RW #7 Bailo Hairte. Age 18. 1st season at club. Signed from Moravica Regional Academy.

11. Taramazna United.
Manager: Yasser Qadir. Age 71(Al-Qurija). Seventh season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Njongo Jabavu. Age 32.
RB #2 Yekile Nzo. Age 36.
CB #5 Sevgi Inal. 22 years old(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club. Signed from Islander Regional Academy. (Female)
CB #4 Fanding Jobateh. Age 26.
LB #3 Parviz Blourian. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
RM #7 Bayou Melkamu. Age 23.
CM #14 Nuh Reza. Age 19(Busoga Islands). 1st season at club. Signed from Islander Regional Academy.
CM #8 Baboucar Daramy. Age 24.
LM #23 Bekila Abdime. Age 26.
LS #9 Natalie Lachman. Age 21(Silver Beach). Female.
RS #12 Qondile Gomay. Age 30.

12. Tripoli Foresters
Manager: Josiah Buba(Busoga Islands). 49 years old. Former Banijan men's national team player. Seventh season as coach. Born & raised in Tripoli.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Kylian Jawara. Age 26(Busoga Islands).
RB #2 Karim Shahi. Age 27(Busoga Islands).
CB #5 Gul Dall. Age 31(twin brother of Sahar Dall). (Busoga Islands)
CB #4 Sahar Dall. Age 31(twin brother of Gul Dall). (Busoga Islands)
LB #13 Raj Potrick. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
LM #17 Kiran Sapar. Age 25(Busoga Islands).
CM #8 Juba Marakinda. Age 23(Banija/Eshan dual national).
CM #10 Qusay Binyamin Ajam. Age 29(Al Qurija). Captain.
RM #7 Saikou Darboe. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed out of Moravica Regional Academy.
RS #9 Nese Celebi. Age 24(Busoga Islands). Female. 2nd season at club. Played two years at Northern Moravica University before deciding to go pro.
LS #11 Samsor Lanjwani. Age 32(Busoga Islands).

Lower Coastal League
1. Kabakono City
Manager: Jared Clotterman. Age 39(Schottia). Former player for the Isipongo Flash. Third Season as manager.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Karafa Touray. Age 32.
RB #12 Hagos Zewedu. Age 24.
CB #4 Fumnanya Chukwuma. Age 29.
CB #5 Paboy Mansaré. Age 25.
LB #2 John Balong. Age 29.
RM #11 Senay Dejene. Age 32.
CM #10 Oby Uchee. Age 26.
CM #8 Bahij Wafi Saab. Age 36(Al Qurija). Captain.
LM #7 Olcayto Aldemir. Age 21(Busoga Islands). Signed from Islander Regional Academy.
RS #10 Sajo Dieye. Age 29.
LS #9 Yivix-Nexev Opu. Age 20(Qusmo).

2. Abomfa United.
Manager: Jongwe Diindingwe. Age 68. 8th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Mbingeleli Mhlaba. Age 28.
RB #21 Lemuel Elshaday. Age 30(Busoga Islands).
CB #30 Chinwendu Ibezimako. Age 23.
LB #25 Nyaniso Thovela. Age 26.
CDM #24 Jongikhaya Nqakula. Age 30.
RM #17 Baturou Danso. Age 28.
LM #31 Hardy Pedersen. Age 31(Equestrian States). Captain.
CAM #34 Paulos Bogale. Age 22.
RW #39 Mpumelelo Najeke. Age 30.
ST #9 Beselot Aman. Age 24.
LW #45 Sidima Ngubenani. Age 27.

3. Baleweye Football Club
Manager: Lukas Bornas. 71 years old. 12th season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3 false nine
GK #1 Bassam Harith Boulos. Age 29(Al Qurija).
RB #2 Paboy Saidykhan. Age 34.
CB #5 Baboucar Ba. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from Ankole Regional Academy.
CB #4 Elgin Boztepe. Age 21(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at Club. Signed from Islander Regional Academy. Female.
LB #3 Jombo Ogoo. Age 25.
CDM #14 Bouba Ceesay. Age 29.
RCM #18 Babaja Marenah. Age 20. 1st season at club. Signed from Ankole Regional Academy.
LCM #8 Nirav Pat. Age 29(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Kebaneilwe Omolemo. Age 27.
LW #7 Alec Pogbranovic. Age 23(Eshan).
RW #11 Mohammed Beatar. Age 29.

4. Zakuta City
Manager: Al Thompson. 71 years old. 14th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3.
GK #1 Isaac Ngulu. Age 25.
RB #2 Wassa Thiaw. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed out of Ankole Regional Academy.
CB #4 Petros Obi Joas. Age 23.
LB #3 Karafa Sarr. Age 21(Busoga Islands/Equestria dual-national). 2nd season at club. Signed out of Ankole Regional Academy.
RM #17 Malamin Turay. Age 20. 1st season at club.
CM #18 Yohannes Asmelash. Age 31. Captain.
CM #14 Ugonna Uche. Age 29.
LM #11 Idris Nur ad-Din Naaji. Age 30(Al Qurija)
RW #7 Ablan Jaye. Age 24.
ST #9 Madu Okparra. Age 27.
LW #19 Sirach Gaye. Age 20. 1st season at club. Signed out of Ankole Regional Academy.

5. Djoro Athletic
Manager: Pilate Esters.61 years old. 9th season at club.
Formation: 4-5-1 Diamond.
GK #1 Aron Hassan. Age 30.
RB #2 Lafi Ngum. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Kitara Regional Academy.
CB #5 Anders Janssen. Age 32(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club.
CB #4 Laity Touré. Age 23.
LB #3 Orjea Agu. Age 27.
RM #17 Sarjo Mbye. Age 20. 1st season at club.
RCM #14 Tolla Amde. Age 22.
CM #8 Wasa Conateh. Age 20. 1st season at club. Signed from the Kitara Regional Academy.
LCM #18 Robert Kabuja. Age 24.
LM #19 Baturu Njie. Age 22. 1st season at club. Signed from the Kitara Regional Academy.
CF#9 Rasheed Munir Al-Mufti. Age 36(Al Qurija). Captain.

6. Ogbordu Diamond Football Club
Manager: Lionel Bosta(Amazonesta). Age 55, 4th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1
GK #1 Yankubah Colley. Age 33.
RWB #2 Chinwe Akabueze. Age 28.
RCB #5 Chijioke Okorie. Age 28.
CB #4 Izuchukwu Zebenjo. Age 29.
LCB #3 Sama Mboob. Age 35.
LWB #20 Orji Mazzi. Age 27.
RM #7 Kabiru Mendy. Age 26.
CM #10 Bassi Kayode. Age 27.
CM #8 Obasey Jideofor. Age 28.
LM #11 Wassa Kairaba. Age 37. Captain.
CF#9 Umar Thamir Nagi. Age 31(Al Qurija)

7. Nsade United.
Manager: Mbasi Niang. Age 51. Female. 4th season at club. 1st ever female manager in the RBSA on a co-ed team.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Ostis Pialo. Age 23(Sticiano).
RB #2 Chydea Ijeawele. Age 27.
CB #5 Chima Ekenedilichukwu. Age 26.
CB #4 Awa Sene. Age 22. Female.
LB #3 Issa Tegene. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Kitara Regional Academy.
LM #7 Amanuel Selassie. Age 24.
CM #10 Thembalethu Mthobeni. Age 37. Captain.
CM #8 Sonwabo Najeke. Age 37.
RM #17 Yakuba Guissé. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Kitara Regional Academy.
RS #11 Maduabuchim Ndulu. Age 26.
LS #9 Finnr Beckert. Age 23(Equestrian States)

8. AFC Akwadua
Manager: Kidane Chirkos. 57 years old. 7th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Sutay Sowe. Age 29.
RB #2 Laity Corr. Age 28.
CB #5 Chidie Obyke. Age 28.
LB #3 Sajo Marong. Age 25.
CDM #4 Ya Kambi. Age 31. Captain.
RM #8 Aramata Condeh. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed out of Ankole Regional Academy.
LM #7 Sajo Jatta. Age 21. 1st season at club.
CAM #10 Ebrahim Guiss. Age 22. 1st season at club.
RW #11 Mohammed Ogunsola. Age 29(Busoga Islands).
ST #9 Wandi Jagne. Age 29.
LW #19 Sara Yieshak. Age 27. Female. Graduate of the University of Moravica.

9. Kitara Athletic Society
Manager: Bango Fadika. Age 43. 1st season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3
GK #1 Luzuko Botile. Age 38.
RB #2 Sulayman Keita. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Ankole Regional Academy.
CB #5 Mnyamezeli Ntlokwana. Age 37. Captain.
CB #4 Kawsu Mboge. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Ankole Regional Academy.
LB #3 Idirissa Guiss. Age 24.
RM #17 Obasi Chinasa. Age 24.
CM #10 Lifa Tyali. Age 37.
LM #19 Fundani Mabandla. Age 37.
LW #11 Jonathan Rosenstein. Age 21(Silver Beach). 2nd season at club. Signed from the Aksum Regional Academy.
ST #12 Daba Kuta. Age 23.
RW #7 Madu Okparra. Age 27.

10. Kwadama Dojo
Manager: Kiggwe Spanos. 43 years old. Son of Rukunbi FC manager Teague Spanos. 4th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-1-1
GK #1. Baturu Camara. Age 20. 1st season at club.
RB #21 Ceylan Hussein. Age 27(Busoga Islands). Female. 2nd season at club. Graduate of the Islamic University of Busoga.
CB #3 Chizoba Madukaife. Age 28.
CB #4 Xolani Ntini. Age 28.
LB #22 Biran Ogunsola. Age 24.
RM #17 Ejigu Meekhbeb. Age 31..
CM #14 Seedy Sarr. Age 20. 1st season at club.
CM #15 Markos Ghidewon. Age 23.
LM #11 Kabiru Sesay. Age 19. 1st season at club.
CF #12 Gibril Jarju. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Kitara Regional Academy.
ST #9 Hassan Dione. Age 21. (Busoga Islands/Equestria dual-national). 2nd season at club. Signed from the Kitara Regional Academy.

11. Mamari City
Manager: Noah Chernebereck. Age 42. 3rd season at club. Former assistant at Hawabark Boulders in the BSL.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Desta Zalelew. Age 27. 3rd season at club. (rookie.)
RB #2 Ilman Savaneh. Age 28.
CB #5 Bulelani Komani. Age 38. Captain.
CB #4 Sedef Talay. Age 21(Busoga Islands/Equestria dual-national). 1st season at club. Signed from Ankole Regional Academy. (Female)
LB #3 Sawan Zantye. Age 27(Busoga Islands).
RM #17 Melumzi Kolisi. Age 34.
CM #18 Ndothusile Mandela. Age 35.
CM #14 Andile Sandile. Age 35.
LM #11 Mthuthuzeli Mbeki. Age 34.
RS #9 Anil Sakar. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
LS #11 Baboucar Ceesay. Age 23.

12. Dimbogourou Sporting Club
Manager: Andrew Less. 66 years old. 8th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Hank Llordan. 38 years old. Captain.
RB #2 Ifean Chikwu. Age 26.
CB #5 Uchechi Ijea. Age 28.
LB #3 Chuks Okparra. Age 25.
CDM #4 Ibezi Mako. Age 31.
RM #17 Mxolisi Thovela. Age 35.
LM #11 Bantu Qoboza. Age 36.
CAM #10 Fekadu Belendia. Age 23.
RW #7 Amazu Jelaney. Age 25.
ST #9 Sabelo Ngxanga. Age 37.
LW #19 Chibueze Yobachukwu. Age 27.

Northern League
1. Cerenus United
Manager: Teoflyos Asres. 69 years old. 10th season at club.
Formation: 3-5-2.
GK #1 Azah Ewale. Age 28.
RB #2 Babou Sohna. Age 20. 1st season at club.
CB #5 Naseer Ashfaq Alfarsi. Age 33(Al Qurija)
LB #3 Nkechi Ogbonnia. Age 25.
RM #17 Sirif Jassey. Age 23.
CDM #15 Thomas Kinchie. Age 19(Schottia). 3rd season at club. Came to club on free transfer from Stalker Bay(Schottia).
CM #14 Madou Okella. Age 24.
CM #18 Yama Dabo. Age 24.
LM #11 Xolile Kani. Age 37. Captain.
RS #9 Sulayman Guiss. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Aksum Regional Academy.
LS #7 Ifeatu Chika. Age 30.

2. Garixas City
Manager: Thembinkosi Siwani. Age 50. 9th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1
GK #1 Tinkarun Naonlingun. Age 20(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club.
RWB #2 Halim Obea. Age 26.
RCB #21 Bantu Mvovo. Age 36. Captain.
CB #5 Sani Jameel Hussain. Age 28(Al Qurija)
LCB #17 Dikgakgamatso Mosweni. Age 25.
LWB #3 Sarah Kargbo. Age 22. 3rd season at club- second season of a now 3 season loan from Aissa United.
RM #11 Nfansu Touré. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed out of Hangaza Regional Academy
CM #14 Tapiwa Lenthabetse. Age 29.
CM #18 Sulayman Dieye. Age 23. 3rd season at club. Signed out of Hangaza Regional Academy by Jinja City FC- Third year on loan from Jinja City FC.
LM #7 Galeage Omphile. Age 28.
CF #9 Jebel Ndour. Age 23. 2nd season at club. Signed out of Hangaza Regional Academy.

3. Bunyoro Regional Sporting Club.
Manager: Mamadi Suso. Age 41. 1st season at club. Spent past two seasons as an assistant at Jinja City FC.
Starters: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Sulayman Diawara. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Member of DBC 47 team. Signed from Corizova United.
RB #2 Ifa Irbuu. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Bunyoro Regional Academy.
CB #3 Idirissa Ogoo. Age 25. 3rd season at club.
CB #5 Jonkong Mansaray. Age 20. 1st season at club.
LB #14 Gugulethu Feza. Age 33.
RM #7 Addo Ndour. Age 22.
RCM #12 Aaron Starkey. Age 31(Blaneu).
LCM #11 Duta Mboob. Age 22.
LM #8 Davide Waguespack. Age 27(Gloriax).
ST #10 Guillame Fontanils. Age 25(Acronius).
ST #9 Andrey Soltykov. Age 33(Arioslavia).

4. Nanami Dragons
Manager: Nyaniso Mazwai. 63 years old. 11th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Madoda Jabavu. Age 39
RB #2 Amat Gassama. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Hangaza Regional Academy.
CB #5 Mabhuti Makwetu. Age 36. Captain.
CB #4 Jibril Kouyaté. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed by Jinja City FC out of the Hangaza Regional Academy. Purchased by Nanami Dragons on the end of a two year loan from Jinja City.
LB #3 Boutros Hussain Kader. Age 27(Al Qurija)
LM #8 Chinasa Munachiso. Age 31.
CM #6 Amazu Udeg. Age 29.
CM #10 Isago Pusoetsile. Age 27
LM #11 Sevet-Blonz Wek. Age 19(Qusmo).
RS #11 Sarah Baldeg. Age 22(Banija/Equestria dual-national). (Female). 2nd season at club. Signed from the Hangaza Regional Academy.
LS #9 Stella Baldeg. Age 20(Banija/Equestria dual-national). (Female). 1st season at club. Signed from the Hangaza Regional Academy.

5. Duntho Sporting Club
Manager: Chydey Obasey. 47 years old. 5th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Carson Coleman. Age 22(Union of Quincy). 3rd season at club. Came on free transfer from Shin Yu United(Union of Quincy).
RB #2 Kenosi Moreri. Age 26.
CB #5 Chinese Chi. Age 29.
CB #6 Njaũ Waita. Age 38. Captain.
LB #3 Morwadi Tsholofe. Age 27.
RM #11 Lekgotla Mofhenyi. Age 27.
CM #13 Thaddeus Mutebi. Age 26.
CM #10 Rasim Murtaza El-Amin. Age 31(Al Qurija)
LM #7 Kimaru Njoroge. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Hangaza Regional Academy.
RS #9 Radek Lawniczak. Age 26(Soute).
LS #12 Lamarr Watkins. Age 18(Cobrio). 2nd season at club.

6. Okakameb City
Manager: Ekene Chee. 48 years old, 4th season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3 attacking.
GK #1 Retta Paulos. Age 35.
RB #2 Sabelo Mbeki. Age 34.
CB#4 Obasey Ogbonna. Age 26.
CB #5 Matanzima Ndodana. Age 38. Captain.
LB #3 Alan Turbo. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Hangaza Regional Academy.
CM #8 Hatabu Biri. Age 23.
CM #6 Lallo Daramy. Age 23.
CAM #10 Faraba Touré. Age 23.
RW #7 Kumba Marong. Age 23.
ST #9 Ontlametse Motheo. Age 27.
LW #11 Mabhuti Komani. Age 37

7. AFC Kosactus.
Manager: Elijah Bryan. Age 59. 11th year at club.
Formation: 3-5-2.
GK #1 Jacob Yusai. Age 33.
RB #2 Amadou Jawara. Age 21. 1st season at club. Signed from the Aksum Regional Academy.
CB #5 Chukwudi Oby. Age 32.
LB #4 Ayele Gizaw. Age 29.
RDM #18 Ebrahima Kandeh. Age 25.
LDM #14 Ismaela Guissé. Age 24.
LM #17 Rebatho Magosi. Age 38. Captain.
RM #8 Lama Diouf. Age 26.
CAM #8 Alaji Ouattara. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Hangaza Regional Academy.
RS #10 Roi Rodela. Age 28(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club.
LS #9 Cody Ichibashi. Age 18(Xiaolin). 2nd season at club.

8. AFC Okahavi
Manager: Markos Yideg. 71 years old. 8th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Nebiyou Alemayehu. Age 37. Captain.
RB #2 Arno Regnard. Age 32(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club.
CB #5 Banta Condé. Age 21. 1st season at club.
LB #3 Nenge Kabange. Age 27.
CDM #8 Malik Ndiaye. Age 22.
LM #6 Siyaya Dandala. Age 31.
RM #19 Zukisani Mtoto. Age 32.
CAM #10 Ed Maestri. Age 28(Equestrian States).
LW #11 Lafi Faye. Age 22.
ST #9 Madoda Kwenkwe. Age 30.
RW #7 Shemsia Yaee. Age 26.

9. Luguyala Patriots
Manager: Kidane Einku. Age 68. 12th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1
GK #1 Beluchi Obasey. Age 27.
RWB #2 Mbingeleli Makwetu. Age 36.
RCB #3 Zere Tedros. Age 28.
CB #5 Lemuel Kebede. Age 29.
LCB #4 Landing Badjie. Age 21.
LWB #6 Jacob Asres. Age 27.
RM #17 Amazu Chikelu. Age 27.
CM #8 Abdullahi Abanda. Age 28.
CM #14 Paulos Mulugeta. Age 27,
LM #11 Lamin Kambi. Age 19. 1st season at club.
ST #9 Mathéo Dika. Age 28.

10. Gadive City
Manager: Ngozi Okafo. 49 years old. 5th season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3.
GK #1 Armani Kaleb. Age 27. Female. 2nd season at club. Graduate from Wild Valley University.
RB #2 Matos Chernebereck. 27 years old.
CB #21 Abdel Selassie. 30 years old.
CB #29 Motuma Abdella. 28 years old.
LB #3 Vile Thovela. Age 36. Captain.
RM #7 Elsa Jawara. Age 23. First season at club. Played one season at University of Ankole.
CM #6 Melesse Tesfahun. Age 26.
LM #8 Ibea Buch. Age 28.
LW #11 Jamie Nde. Age 25.
ST #9 Fara Sohna. Age 23. 2nd season at club. Signed out of Hangaza Regional Academy.
RW #12 Grégory Mvondo. Age 29.

11. Thayaferu United
Manager: Liben Dessalegne. 63 years old. 8th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2 Diamond.
GK #1 Lebna Werkneh. Age 26.
RB #2 Fikre Nahum. Age 31. Captain.
CB #5 Kiros Yieshak. Age 27. Twin brother of Tedros Yieshak.
CB #4 Tedros Yieshak. Age 27. Twin brother of Kiros Yieshak.
LB #3 Emeka Ndidi. Age 28.
CDM #6 Jelan Okparo. Age 29.
RM #7 Faraba Sesay. Age 19. 1st season at club.
LM #11 Siphelele Xingwana. 24 years old.
CAM #10 Zandisile Siganeko. 32 years old.
RS #8 Ensa Ogunsola. 22 years old.
LS #9 Makuto Diouf. Age 21. 2nd season at club.

12. Selekawe Knights.
Manager: Raphael Ezana. 48 years old. 3rd season at club. Former assistant at Lakiska SC.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Thokgamo Gaolathe. Age 31.
RB #2 Fungile Calata. Age 31.
CB #5 Maikutlo Tumelano. Age 28.
CB #4 Asrat Atatafi. Age 31.
LB #3 Thusego Tshenolo. Age 32. Captain.
RM #17 Goitseone Sebaga. Age 31.
CM #14 Emerta Sito. Age 29.
CM #18 Ousman Sohna. Age 20(Banija/Busoga Islands dual-national). 1st season at club. Signed from the Aksum Regional Academy.
LM #7 Tombong Fadika. Age 18. 1st season at club.
RS #9 Theofilo Loeto. Age 29.
LS #00 Sesupo Kenanao. Age 29.

Southern League
1. Bwubanza City Soccer Club.
Manager: Chika Oluchi. 47 years old. 5th season at club.
Formation: 3-1-3-3
GK #1 Bobby MIkelson. Age 26(Mercedini).
RB #14 Belaye Asres. Age 30.
CB #4 Wasif Chraïbi. Age 26(Busoga Islands).
LB #18 Uchea Chuks. Age 32.
CDM #21 Mazi Chinweuba. Age 30.
RM #17 Assi Fassil. Age 26.
CM #18 Odion Obasea. Age 33.
LM #12 Chika Akachi. Age 32.
RW #7 Jelani Orjey. Age 31
ST #9 Manasses Teshome. Age 36. Captain.
LW #11 Torrey Mugabe. Age 30.

2. Sororo City
Manager: Italo Cola. Age 61(Juvencus). 7th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Zikora DoDimma. Age 23.
RB #2 Okechukwu Jelani. Age 22.
CB #5 Ami Biri. Age 27(Banija/Busoga Islands dual national). (Female). 3rd season at club. Graduate from The Islamic University of Busoga.
LB #3 Jerold Ferguson. Age 33(Equestrian States). Captain.
CDM #6 Sutay Camara. Age 28.
RM #17 Kamara Hairte. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Bunyoro Regional Academy.
LM #11 Mus'ad Asad Abdulrashid. Age 32(Al Qurija)
CAM #10 Netali Rosenberg. Age 34(Silver Beach). Female. 2nd season at club.
RW #7 Bailo Camara. Age 36.
ST #9 Obea Dike. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Bunyoro Regional Academy.
LW #20 Ixaka Hamutal. Age 35(Silver Beach). 3rd season at club.

3. Umbazi FA
Manager: Isa Guissé. 52 years old. 8th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1
GK #1 Abigail Naoed. Age 27. 1st season at club. Graduate of Kizza I College.
RWB #2 Sirif Njie. Age 26.
RB #4 Paoboy Sesay. Age 28.
CB #5 Gisbert Irving. Age 34(Equestrian States). Captain.
LB #6 Wandi Singhateh. Age 27.
LWB #3 Bubacar Kah. Age 26.
RM #17 Kausu Suso. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from Buganda Regional Academy.
CM #14 Lazari Di Campata. Age 24(Sticiano).
CM #18 Ekwueme Obasie. Age 31.
LM #11 ZeMicahel Susenyos. Age 24.
CF #9 Zaki Hameed Karimi. Age 28(Al Qurija)

4. Pumbasa Bears
Manager: Edrissa Condeh. 66 years old. 7th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Mekuria Negus. Age 26.
RB #2 Onuchukwu Chydie. Age 30.
CB #5 Thorley Ralston. Age 27(Equestrian States).
CB #4 Ilman Kouyaté. Age 19. 1st season at club
LB #3 Ermias Aregawi. Age 27.
RM #11 Narciso Campo. Age 30(Al Qurija)
CM #10 Anwar Trefe. Age 28.
CM #14 Jalal Idrissi. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
LM #17 Fabba Fadika. Age 33.
RS #9 Kunta Ogoo. Age 34.
LS #12 Esra Einku. Age 24.

5. Dodoma City SC
Manager: Yohannes Wagaye. Age 50. 4th season at club.
Formation: 4-2-3-1
GK #1 Selam Lemma. Age 26
RB #2 Alemu Mebreatu. Age 24.
CB #5 Kenshin Joshizawa. Age 27(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club.
CB #4 Wandy Kama. Age 28
LB #3 Yankubah Thiaw. Age 27.
RDM #6 Alfred Cooper. Age 33(Equestrian States). Captain.
LDM #13 Sirak Hailu. Age 24.
LAM #8 Raphael Senay. Age 29.
CAM #10 Boro Kabba. Age 28.
RAM #11 Luthando Gaika. Age 29.
CF #9 Botros Hanif Saqqaf. Age 35(Al Qurija)

6. Busemlu Park SC
Manager: Jonathan Hamilton(Silver Beach). Age 50. 4th season at club.
Formation: 4-3-3 Defensive.
GK #1 Luthando Gaika. Age 29.
RB #2 Ugonna Okeli. Age 23.
CB #5 Gizaw Negasi. Age 29. Twin Brother of Lema Negasi.
CB #4 Lema Negasi. Age 29. Twin Brother of Gizaw Negasi.
LB #3 Bouba Savaneh. Age 23. 3rd season at club. Signed by Mynda Electra out of Aksum Regional Academy, on second season of two season loan to Busemlu Park SC.
CDM #6 Chibuzo Chidie. Age 22.
RCM #14 Fion Fiedler. Age 29(New Cloudsdale)
LCM #18 Bai Sanyang. Age 35. Captain.
RW #11 Asrat Daniachew. Age 26.
ST #10 Pateh Coulibaly. Age 29.
LW #7 Mengistu Kebede. Age 28.

7. Boufaya Ravens
Manager: Esra Tamrat. Age 58. Fourth season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Foday Kuyateh. Age 36. Captain.
RB #2 Zakhele Nokwe. Age 32.
CB #5 Sonwabile Botile. Age 33.
CB #4 Ijeawele Jelanie. Age 24.
LB #3 Dumisani Vavi. Age 30.
RM #11 Chinasa Uzoch. Age 23. Female.
CM #8 Jato Kolley. Age 29.
CM #14 Iyoas Aman. Age 27.
LM #7 Pa Mansaré. Age 27(Busoga Islands).
RS #9 Elesbaan Tesfaye. Age 30.
LS #12 Abebe Gebre. Age 26.

8. Mukegara Warriors
Manager: Lwazi Feza. 47 years old. 4th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2.
Warriors only draw from the Mukegara tribe, a small tribe with an estimated population of between 40,000 and 50,000 that worships the Quebecois monarch, who they believe is the reincarnated God.
GK #1 Cebo Bhekizizwe. Age 26.
RB #2 Leonard Thulasizwe. Age 29.
CB #5 Sarah S'kulekile. Age 27(Female).
CB #4 Janet Mgwazeni. Age 29(Female).
LB #6 Fokazi Dundu. Age 37. Captain.
RM #11 Iwe Samkange. Age 36.
CM #14 Lungelo Ntlokwana. Age 24. 2nd season at club.
CM #18 Impi Zishwezi. Age 27.
LM #7 Senzile Matshikiza. Age 25. 2nd season at club.
RS #9 Vala Mkhumbuleni. Age 31(Female).
LS #10 Busiso Muzikayise. Age 23. 2nd season at club.

9. The Lwanga Lions.
Manager: Songezo Calata. Age 46. 2nd season at club. Former assistant manager at the Hoima Warriors. Graduate of the joint Fuzpon Qusma-RBSA-BISA Coaching Academy.
Starters: 4-2-1-3
GK #1 Eric Tarbowza. Age 29.
RB #2 Eider Ishikawa. Age 22(Kita-Hinode). 2nd season at club. Signed out of Basque University in Kita-Hinode.
CB #4 Idirissa Dieye. Age 29.
CB #5 Karamba Camara. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Buganda Regional Academy.
LB #6 Jato Ceesay. Age 29.
RCM #20 Ablanjaye Guiss. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Bunyoro Regional Academy.
LCM #25 Karamba Fatty. Age 28(Busoga Islands).
CAM #10 Demba Ceesay. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Buganda Regional Academy.
LW #7 Phineas Antwell. Age 28(Cosumar)
ST #9 Karamba Biri. Age 27.
RW #11 Samba Singateh. Age 30.

10. Amaku City FC
Manager: Kirabo Besigye. 56 years old. 9th season at club.
Formation: 3-4-1-2
GK #1 Lelissa Lencho. Age 21. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Bunyoro Regional Academy.
RB #2 Matanzima Ntsokwana. Age 26.
CB #5 Koofrey Orjie. Age 35. Captain.
LB #3 Madu Akubundu. Age 24. 2nd season at club.
RM #11 Chiamaka Ifeany. Age 23. Female.
CM #14 Bouba Ngum. Age 27.
CM #18 Barnabas Negus. Age 30.
LM #17 Ifammah Zebenjo. Age 23. Female.
CAM #10 Chukwuma Akubundu. Age 31.
RS #9 Mazo Okoye. Age 24.
LS #12 Saihou Jammeh. Age 27.

11. Byakado City
Manager: Mesuli Sontonga. 47 years old. 4th season at club.
Formation: 5-1-2-1-1
GK #1 Yuuzou Arare. Age 18(Osarius). 1st season at club. Female.
RWB #2 Chibuzo Chydy. Age 37. Captain.
RCB #5 Uzoma Uchey. Age 22.
CB #4 Karamba Kayode. Age 25.
LCB #3 Yonas Dula. Age 26.
LWB #6 Okechukwu Chineze. Age 21.
CDM #8 Gerol-Kresp Yet. Age 21(Qusmo).
RM #11 Jelanee Chinelo. Age 35.
LM #7 Lamin Turay. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Bunyoro Regional Academy.
CAM #10 Bekele Dawit. Age 25.
CF #9 Ilman Sowe. Age 25.

12. Kigagana Mountaineers
Manager: Ekene Afamefula Jr. 48 years old. Son of previous manager. 4th season at club.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Randall Kabunka. Age 27.
RB #2 Masane Touray. Age 26.
CB #5 Ishmael Lachman. Age 21(Silver Beach). Twin brother of Natalie Lachman.
CB #4 Naveen Tayal. Age 20(Busoga Islands).
LB #3 Isaak Ledman. Age 30(Ko-oren). 2nd season at club.
RM #7 Bassirou Kandeh. Age 29.
CM #18 Mzukisi Yoyo. Age 26.
CM #14 Dalumzi Jabavu. Age 27.
LM #11 Samba Kaba. Age 29.
RS #10 Abbas Jagne. Age 20. 1st season at club.
LS #9 Addo Ndiaye. Age 29.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 12 Review

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BUSUKUMA- And now, of course, it is time for the annual Season in Review! We'll talk about how teams and their fanbases are feeling on this past season, based on how they performed during league play. We will categorize all 20 league sides. Without further ado!

BSL Champions- Istria City FC

The champions, of course, go into their own category. Why? They're the champs, that's why. This is the ultimate goal. Everyone wants to be them. And yet, nobody else won the league.

They obviously had a great season- they won their first league title since Season 5, and they did it in a fashion that was so unapologetic-ally Istria City. In recent seasons, the biggest club in Banija's biggest city has had a distinct identity- get forward, press with the ball, and score lots of goals. They've consistently been right at, or very near, the top of the team goals scored lists ever since Alvin Burnsides, the Cosumarite manager, took the reigns at this club.

Of course, the defense has often lagged behind the offense. And that has created some problems for them. They've been good enough to finish in a Challenger's Cup position, for example, but never quite had enough defense to really challenge for the title. But they made some signings. They upgraded in the net, adding Hibbaan al-Shareef, the Busoga Islands national teamer. Younger players like Alanso Tibamba took huge steps forward, and all of a sudden, this was a team that clicked. The offense, of course, was better than ever- 123 league goals in 38 games, shattering the prior BSL record. Assefa Yitebarke, at age 36, who retired from the national team early to focus on his club career, scoring 34 goals in the last campaign of his career.

Their already stellar offense was better than ever. And their defense improved as well- instead of one of the worst defenses, they had the second best defense in the league. And they were handsomely rewarded for it- a league title, and an automatic berth in the group stages of next year's Champions League. They're going to need a star striker to replace Yitebarke's production up top. But they're going to double down on what got them here- lots of offense, lots of pressing. And why shouldn't they? They've got the trophy in their hands- heaven knows it's a strategy that works, right?

Happy with Results- Hoima Warriors, Busukuma AC, Umbazi Metropolitan SC, Busembe Timberwolves, Herzegovina Phoenix, Lakiska SC, Rukunbi FC

Of course, we have a number of clubs in the "happy with results" category. And that makes sense- you don't necessarily have to win a title to be happy with the results you achieved. All of these clubs, for one reason or another, have some sort of reason to be happy with how they performed, across all competitions, In Season 12. The Hoima Warriors- we'll start with them. They're an ambitious club, of course. They've had a long climb back from the wilderness. But now, they can taste success- it is the second straight season that they finished in second, and have qualified for the Champions League.

Of course, last season they couldn't make the group stages of either IFCF competition. Better luck to them next season, aye? But consistently being a Champions League club is where this club wants to be. Busukuma AC is also happy with results. Why, you say? You'd think they wouldn't be happy with sixth place again? But alas, they are. They remember how bad it got between Seasons 8-10, the three seasons after their league title. They in a prime position to make a true challenge for an IFCF berth next year- they just need to stay the course. Plus, their defense was impressive. They allowed the fewest goals in the season, conceding just 37 times, and made a quality run in the Vilitan Cove International, making the quarterfinals of the competition.

The other sides in this category are more mid-table clubs who landed where they expected- not in an IFCF place, but in the top half of the table. Umbazi Metropolitan SC, for example, got 7th place and won the Kabaka's Cup, a season after winning the RBSA Cup. Can't complain with another trophy, right? The Herzegovina Phoenix once again found their proper place in the top half of the table, as the Timberwolves did the same. The Timberwolves, of course, also won the RBSA Cup, bringing their foreign ownership group a fancy trophy. Lakiska SC found its way back to the top half of the table, finishing in 10th. They'd like to do a bit more than that, but 53 points is right at expectation level for them. Rukunbi FC are also happy with results- perenially a mid-table club, they made a change at the managerial position for the first time since pre-nationalization, and had 39 year old Ibea Obasi, the nephew of longtime manager Teague Spanos, take the reigns. They didn't take a step back, which is all they wanted as they try to move forward.

Not happy with results because of loaded expectations- Herzegovina City FC, Kitara Athletic Association, Jinja City FC

Now, of course, there are two types of not happy with results- and we've got to separate those from each other. The first, are the teams who aren't happy with how they finished, but only because they weren't the best. 3/4s of the league would kill to be these teams. And that's where we have the three aforementioned clubs. Herzegovina City has six league titles in this league's 12 year history. They've had an insane amount of success. Of course the expectation is a league title every year. And they didn't get it. Furthermore, although they were due to qualify directly for the Challenger's Cup group stage, due to a record amount of entries, they were bumped all the way down to the 3rd Preliminary Round of the Challenger's Cup, meaning they need to win three two-legged ties to make the group stages of that next season.

That is, of course, possible- Jinja City won 5 of those last season, and Istria City won four. But still. They're a good squad however. They had some real success in last year's Champions League, being the first ever Banijan club to win their IFCF Champions League group. So they can hang their hat there. Jinja City FC, of course, had won the title in Season 10. They had success too. They, as we mentioned, started in the 1st Preliminary Round of the Challenger's Cup, won five playoff ties to make the group stages of the competition, and made it to the knockout stage of the competition as well. That run took out so much energy from Mór Császár's squad, as they started out sluggish, but finished strong to make the Challenger's Cup once again. They were hoping, of course, for a Champions League berth. Expect them to use the offseason to build depth in the back, as Jalang Ba and Jinkzta Ulcviecel were both 35.

The team that may be most disappointed is the Kitara Athletic Association. Now, they shouldn't necessarily be- they've now almost certainly established themselves as a fixture to compete for IFCF berths, alongside and against the Super 5 clubs(Istria City FC, Herzegovina City, Busukuma AC, Jinja City, and Hoima Warriors). They thought they were ready for the Champions League. Spending all that money on Ronald Mickel thought they may get there. But they couldn't. But- they still are in the Challenger's Cup for next year. Still a strong season. They're rumored to be leading contenders for Gitonga Kahara, as the national team captain hits the transfer market. Can they really supercharge expectations for next season by bringing Kahara to a country where he has never played professionally- his country of birth?

Exceeded Expectations- Suwawa FC, Askatasuna FC

Now, there are two teams in this category. Its' hard to write exceeding wildest expectations if you finish in the back half of the table. And yet, here is Suwawa FC. Why? This was their first season up in the BSL. They were expected to be competing to barely avoid the BSL's sole relegation spot. Instead, they had an extremely strong debut season, and finished all the way in 11th. A quality season. Of course, they could easily regress next season. They're going to have to stay on top of things- clubs like Suwawa FC are always threatened by relegation. And considering how hard it is to get back up to the BSL, it's best to simply stay up here.

They'll do what they can to try and find somebody to strengthen the squad. They want to become like Hawabark- first an outsider, now the Boulders are essentially a fixture in the BSL. That's Suwawa FC's goal- can they use this season to catapault them to achieve that goal?

The other team in this category is Askatasuna FC. For years, we continued to predict them to be the squad that would get relegated. And while they hovered around the relegation zone, they've always managed to stay inside the Banijan Soccer League. And now, with a 13th place finish, it was their best finish in quite a while. 13th is nothing to smile at, right? Look at it like this. In Season 4, they finished in 9th. In Season 5, 15th. In Seasons 6-11, they finished somewhere between 17th and 19th. Six straight seasons, they would've been relegated almost every year in most countries.

So 13th is their best finish across the last 8 seasons. That is a quality accomplishment, considering how bad it's gotten at St. Sava Park. They've stayed the course with Al Iska as he's flirted with relegation, and it seems they may have finally turned the corner. Can they become a true mid-table club again? We'll see. But even though they only finished in 13th, considering how bad it's gotten there in recent years, their fans have to be ecstatic with this season's performances.

Disappointing season even if they met outside expectations- Hawabark Boulders, Isipongo Flash, Aissa United

Even if you meet your generally not high expectations, it doesn't mean you have a good season. And these three seasons, none of them expected to do much besides duke it out in the bottom half of the table, did not have fun seasons. The Hawabark Boulders are no longer a former regional league side- they've been a fixture in the BSL essentially since they won promotion all those years ago. They want to make the next step, keep moving forward. And yet, they're finishing four places behind teams like Suwawa FC, who just got promoted? Pretty poor turnout. Kiggwe Kabelo needs to figure out a way to get more out of the club, or else he won't be patrolling the sidelines at the Olympic Stadium for much longer.

Next, of course, is the Isipongo Flash. The team that, frankly, should have been relegated last season, but somehow managed to avoid it thanks to a horrendous finish from Bunyoro RSC. They weren't expected to do all that well, and they didn't- finishing in 16th. But how can one ever possibly be happy finishing 16th? They think of themselves as a mid-table club, not a team that should be barely avoiding relegation. The Flash lost the second most games out of any BSL side, losing 22 games. That's why Lallo Jobateh has found himself fired after just two seasons- clearly, the direction he was going with this club was south.

Third, naturally, is Aissa United. The club from the eastern border with Geisenfred, also thinks they are a mid-table club. They aren't, really. They shouldn't be relegated, but finishing in 10th would be well above expectations for this side. But there's a reason they fired Travis Kadongo at the end of this season- 17th is far too close to the one-spot relegation zone for comfort. Where will they go from here? It's hard to say. But this is a team that wants to stay as far away from the relegation zone as possible.

Well Below expectations- Mynda Electra, Capitol City FC, Busukuma Force

There was the disappointing but met reasonable expectations section. And then, there is the simply well below expectations section. Clubs that, by any reasonable measure, should have done much better than they did, and yet, here they are. We'll start with Mynda Electra. Daniel Lucas has been at the club for three seasons. The Damukuni corporate owned club believes that they should be around the mid-table. And yet, they find themselves in fourteenth place. From Season 10 to Season 11, they saw a ton of improvement under Lucas, going from 16th to 8th in the table. They figured they could maintain their place. But they took another large step backwards.

They've publicly maintained their faith in Lucas, bringing him back for a fourth season. But his coaching chair has the hottest seat in Banija right now. There's talent there- too much talent to be wasted away in fourteenth place. If he doesn't start fast next season, the pressure will be on. Next, of course, is Capitol City FC. Capitol City FC was in their second season in the top flight. Last season, they finished 17th. Your first year up, all you are trying to do is stay up, so that's successful. You need to improve in Year 2. Instead, they regressed. They went to 19th, just one place out of the relegation spot. They had hoped to break out of the bottom quarter of the table. They need to get better almost everywhere, as they are a prime candidate to get sent down next season.

And lastly, the Busukuma Force. They are a side that considers themselves good enough to compete for the top half of the table. And yet- 18th place? Competing for relegation? The promotion of Capitol City FC changes the calculus of things. Now, the three capitol sides are all in constant competition with one another as well. None, obviously, want to be relegated. A humiliation that they'd never let down. And although Capitol City FC hasn't overtaken them, they can't let that happen. That's why Brun Kissinger has found himself out of a job as well. They don't want to contemplate what would happen if they would be forced to spend time in the Lower Coastal League- and this is their way of telling the country they don't intend on finding out.

Total, Colossal, Complete, and unreserved Failure- Igulu City FC

Only one club can get a description like that. And it is the club that is relegated. In every league in the world where there is promotion and relegation, the most basic goal is to avoid relegation. And that is equally true. In this country, of course, relegation is worse- only one team gets relegated on an annual basis. That means only one team gets promoted every year. You've got all sorts of former BSL sides languishing in the regional leagues right now, cannibalizing each other as they try to get back up.

So it's a failure to finish in last and get relegated. It will be hard to get back up to the top flight again. It may take years to not only win their regional league, but to then have to win the Promotion Playoff. Tied for the fewest goals scored in the league, at only 31 goals for. The worst goal differential, at -36. Hard to say that this wasn't deserved. Vo Thanh Hai was perhaps the lone bright spot- but poor seasons nearly across the board from everywhere else left the Mavinet national team striker out to dry. THey will have enjoyed their seasons up- we imagine it may take a while for them to get back out of the Northern League and into the BSL.

Bonus: Promoted to the Banijan Soccer League- Dukuma SC

Future BSL side! And former. It's been a long road for Dukuma SC to get back to the Banijan Soccer League. They spent four full seasons in the regional leagues. They had some success down there, beating Lakiska SC one year in the semifinal en route to winning the RBSA Cup. And this season, they won the Ebrahim Razav Cup, the Busoga Islander domestic cup. But winning promotion is sweet. Finally, two Busogan sides are in the Banijan Soccer League once again. And one of the country's, or rather, the league's, fiercest rivalries, the Battle of the Islands, will be renewed twice a season again.

Winning promotion is the goal of all 48 regional league sides every season. And yet, only one does. It's a brutal process- no other league, to our knowledge, has so many teams in their second flight, and then promotes so few to the top flight. Most promote 2 or 3 of somewhere between 16-24. Due to sheer numbers, Banija's regional leagues may be the toughest place to win promotion anywhere in the multiverse. But if you do, the feeling is sweet. It is a hell of an accomplishment. Congratulations to them. And welcome to the top flight- hopefully for them, they have the ability and talent to actually stay a while.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 12 Awards

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Top 10 BSL Goalscorers
Rank Name Nationality Team Name Goals Scored
1 Assefa Yitebarke Banija Istria City FC 34 - WINNER OF BSL GOLDEN BOOT

2 Xilit-Zavac Yol Qusmo Jinja City FC 30
3 Torvald Royle Freeport Istria City FC 25
4 Vatan Ercetin Timuria Jinja City FC 23
5 Rosie Tyler Equestria Herzegovina City FC 21
6 Lukas Boldfont Nephara Hoima Warriors 20
7 Kiggwe Basamula Banija Busembe Timberwolves 18
8 Jermaine Poole Equestria Istria City FC 15
9 Ronald Mickel Valladares Kitara AA 14
10 Christos Tsiavis Nephara Herzegovina City FC 13
10 Alex Sandoval Baker Park Busukuma AC 13


BSL Top 5 Assist Leaders
Rank Name Nationality Team Name Assists
1 Murray Hunnisett Hapilopper Istria City FC 15- WINNER OF BSL SILVER BOOT

2 Vatan Ercetin Timuria Jinja City FC 13
3 Meghan Walcott Cassadaigua Herzegovina City 12
4 Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì Farfadillis Busukuma AC 11
5 Jermaine Poole Equestria Istria City FC 10


1st Team All-Pro - 3-4-3 Formation
Position     Name            Age       Nationality               Team Name            
GK Hibbaan al-Shareef 34 Busoga Islands Istria City FC - WINNER OF BSL GOLDEN GLOVE
DEF Lupe Enriquez 29 Cassadaigua Busukuma Athletic Club
DEF Alanso Tibamba 25 Banija Istria City FC
DEF Uzoma Iruka 27 Banija Hoima Warriors
MID Jermaine Poole 31 Equestria Istria City FC
MID Meghan Walcott 23 Cassadaigua Herzegovina City FC
MID Murray Hunnisett 26 Hapilopper Istria City FC
MID Vatan Ercetin 28 Timuria Jinja City FC
ATT Xilit-Zavac Yol 29 Qusmo Jinja City FC
ATT Assefa Yitebarke 36 Banija Istria City FC
ATT Torvald Royle 30 Freeport Isles Istria City FC
4 Honorable Mentions
DEF Morgana Kolaj 24 Nephara Kitara Athletic Association
MID Ronald Mickel 29 Valladares Kitara Athletic Association
MID Kiggwe Basamula 28 Banija Busembe Timberwolves
ATT Lukas Boldfont 27 Nephara Hoima Warriors


MVP Voting(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Assefa Yitebarke(Istria City FC)- 33 votes
Jermaine Poole(Istria City FC)- 3 votes
Xilit-Zavac Yol(Jinja City FC)- 2 votes
Meghan Walcott(Herzegovina City FC)- 1 vote
Lukas Boldfont(Hoima Warriors)- 1 vote


Best Newcomer Voting(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Ronald Mickel(Kitara AA) - 25 votes
Lukas Boldfont(Hoima Warriors)- 15 votes


Manager of the Year(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Alvin Burnsides(Istria City FC) - 16 votes
Juma Ouattara(Umbazi Metropolitan SC) - 8 votes
Estève Palomer(Suwawa FC) - 7 votes
Mark Grayson(Hoima Warriors) - 6 votes
Brian Emerson(Herzegovina City FC) - 3 votes
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Season 13 Owners Meetings- no votes, but rumblings of 'full scale restructuring' escape the meeting as owners commit to meeting again

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BSL owners take a picture before entering Season 13 RBSA Owners meetings


BUSUKUMA, NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION- The RBSA Owners Meetings. The unofficial kickoff to the season. Where the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed, where the big rule changes, or structure changes, or whatever changes happen to domestic football in Banija and the Busoga Islands. There are many different powerbases in Banijan football- the media, the radio and television broadcasters, the executives at the RBSA. But the most power, of course, lies with the owners. Domestic, not international football, is the lifeblood of the sport in every country- how fans and players are brought close to each other, how the passion is generated to truly make this sport the beautiful game.

We've seen major structural changes, both on and off the field, come to the BSL out of these Owners Meetings. It was at these Owners Meeting where promotion/relegation was introduced. It was at the Owners Meetings where Randolf Cherry, the most influential Commissioner in the history of the Banijan Soccer League, the man who has overseen the growth of the Banijan Soccer League from a backwater league to it's position in the multiverse today, where our league champion automatically qualifies for the group stage of the Champions League. We've seen the elimination of the vast majority of goal celebration penalties, and a number of other initiatives. So these are always important to cover, even if they aren't the games themselves.

For the first time in seemingly a while, there were no votes this year. The BSL Commissioner, Randolf Cherry, and the RBSA Executive Chairman, Robel Ezera, both announced that. "There were no major rule changes to consider this year- nothing was brought forward that really caught the owners eyes." They said in a joint statement. "No matter- the Banijan Soccer League is strong as ever. The competition on the field is reflected in a number of metrics off of it. This league feeds many elite international teams, with players from all over wanting to play here, because this is a desirable place to play football."

And yet, while the suits projected unity and stability, as is always true in the world of domestic football, you can never quite take people at their word. This is the last season of the present media rights deals for the Banijan Soccer League- it is time for them to renew broadcasting contracts in Banija, and in foreign markets as well. Things are different now for them, however, than last time. The Banijan Soccer League is certainly a more attractive product than before. And with the explosive growth of wealth at home, the value of the domestic TV deals are going to explode.

The question is, how much foreign interest will they get? The Commonwealth Marketing Initiative was key for them- but its reach is expected to be limited with the return of the Quebecois league to the IFCF. Important markets like Eshan are still there, and still expected to pay out big bucks. The league has also historically had smaller TV contracts, as a secondary league of choice for markets like Valanora, or Equestria. So there will be a challenge. The growth in domestic media rights deals will shrink whatever variance there should be in existing contracts abroad, especially within the Commonwealth. Can they find new markets to broadcast their domestic league, continuing to market the league abroad?

Of course, Randolf Cherry leads those, so we'll see what happens there. The other big thing that happened at this meeting, was that they promised to meet throughout the year. It may seem minor- but such a commitment has never been made. The 68 club owners only all meet together once a season- and then owners meet with various owners from their other leagues. All the regional leagues even never have a meeting of the full 48, just usually meeting with the 12 owners within their own leagues. They've pledged to have 5 meetings throughout the course of the season.

What would they be discussing? While the community is notoriously tight-lipped, it doesn't take a wizard to see that they're probably having major discussions on the structure of the sport within Banija. Maybe talking about adjusting the pyramid? There's no need for regular meetings across the entire pyramid unless big changes are, indeed, on their way. A source, an anonymous staffer at Istria City FC, said that a foreign federation President will be scheduled to speak at a few of their meetings- although the staffer did say that it would be for 'general networking purposes'. Although the RBSA is pretty good at networking- their former Executive Chairman is the Vice President of the World Cup Committee, as well as a member of the Executive Council on the IFCF. One step ahead of the curve, or is there something more?

Here's what we do know. Season 13 will be upon us shortly. And with the suits doing what they do, we can finally turn to what will happen on the field. Can Istria City FC defend their title? Will another challenger step up and take it from them? Whatever happens, it is sure to be an exciting season here in Banija (and Busoga!).
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Postby Banija » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:05 am

The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Basic Information Part I

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The Royal Banijan Soccer Association(RBSA) is proud to present the Banijan Soccer League to the sporting world for its 13th season. The Banijan Soccer League was formed after Banijan entry into WCC competition. After nearly 70 years of state leagues, it was demanded that Banija's football system needed to 'catch up' to the rest of the world, and their abomination in their first ever World Cup competition, a winless World Cup 73 cycle where the national team lost all 12 Qualifying matches, saw that demands were reasonable. Therefore, the RBSA, which had not sponsored national competition up to this point, decided to back the creation of a national league. Originally titled the Premier Soccer League, before being retitled to the Banijan Soccer League, they picked the 16 'financially strongest' teams to compete in the league, and added four in Season 2, to make it a 20 team league. While national competition is still quite fresh in Banija, the league has quickly risen up the charts, as the league's quality and rather aggressive marketing tactics seem to be paying off.

The Banijan Soccer League, is the top division of soccer in both Banija and the Busoga Islands, competing with gridiron football to be Banija's most popular sport. The Banijan Soccer League consists of 20 teams. After four BSL seasons, the RBSA moved to streamline state leagues and form four regional leagues, and add them to the official RBSA Banijan soccer pyramid. The Banijan Soccer League is a double round-robin league-style competition. The 62 Banijan teams will compete in the RBSA Cup as their domestic cup competition, while the 6 Busoga Islander clubs will participate in the Ebrahim Razav Cup as their domestic cup competition.

The format for the RBSA Cup is as follows. 2 teams will get byes to the Round of 32, the defending BSL Champion and the defending RBSA Cup winner. The other 60 will play in the first round, and the 30 survivors will join the 2 trophyholders in the Round of 32, and it shall remain a single knockout competition all the way through the Final. Each round, besides the final, has opponents that are decided completely at random, and with the home side being chosen randomly as well. The Final will be held, after the conclusion of the league season and the BSL Promotion Playoffs, at the Stadium of the Restoration, as the final game played of the domestic season every year. The Ebrahim Razav Cup, named after the first ever President of the Busoga Islands, will be a double elimination seeded tournament between the 6 Busoga Islander sides. No neutral site games- all games will be held at the home stadium of the higher seed for every single matchup.

There is limited promotion/relegation within the league- the best regional league champion, as decided in a playoff between the four regional league champions, is promoted, and the last place team in the Banijan Soccer League is relegated every season. However, there is a rule known as the Corizova exception- if the same team wins their regional league for three consecutive seasons, they will earn automatic promotion to the Banijan Soccer League, and the BSL Promotion Playoff will not occur. The winner of the previous Banijan Soccer League and the RBSA Cup open each season with the Kabaka's Cup, which is the Banijan supercup. The game's competitors this year will be Herzegovina City FC and Umbazi Metropolitan SC. This will be the first time in four seasons that both teams in this game are BSL sides. After, for marketing purposes, holding this game the last two seasons in Eshan and the Royal Kingdom of Quebec, the game is finally brought back to the Stadium of the Restoration.

Banijan clubs participate in all sorts of international club competitions, including all IFCF Competitions. They also participate in the Vilitan Cove International, the Islands Invitational, and the Atlantian Oceania Champions League.

The league is traditionally dominated by the 'Super 5' clubs- Istria City FC, Herzegovina City FC, Busukuma AC, Hoima Warriors, and Jinja City FC, that are Banija's 5 biggest teams in Banija's 5 biggest cities. On the by and large, the Super 5 are the wealthiest, most well-supported, and generally the most competitive teams within Banija.

List of BSL champions
Season 1- Jinja City FC
Season 2- Hoima Warriors
Season 3- Herzegovina City FC
Season 4- Herzegovina City FC(Second League Title)
Season 5- Istria City FC
Season 6- Herzegovina City FC(undefeated; Third League Title))
Season 7- Busukuma AC
Season 8- Herzegovina CIty FC(Fourth League Title)
Season 9- Herzegovina City FC(Fifth League Title)
Season 10- Jinja City FC(Second League Title)
Season 11- Herzegovina City FC(Sixth League Title)
Season 12- Istria City FC(Second League Title)

List of Kabaka's Cup Champions
Season 2- Jinja City FC
Season 3- Hoima Warriors
Season 4- Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 5- Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Istria City FC
Season 7- Herzegovina City FC(Second Title)
Season 8- Busukuma AC
Season 9- Jaribga Soccer Club
Season 10- Herzegovina City FC(Third Title)
Season 11- Rukunbi FC
Season 12- Umbazi Metropolitan SC

List of RBSA Cup Champions
Season 1- Hoima Warriors
Season 2- Askatasuna FC
Season 3- Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 4- Jinja City FC
Season 5- Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Busembe Timberwolves
Season 7- Istria City FC
Season 8- Jaribga Soccer Club
Season 9- Dukuma SC
Season 10- Rukunbi FC
Season 11- Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Season 12- Busembe Timberwolves

Ebrahim Razav Cup Champions
Season 12- Dukuma SC

List of teams by UICA/IFCF Group Stage Appearances
UICA Champions Cup 71- Herzegovina City FC
UICA Globe Cup 69- Istria City FC
UICA Champions Cup 73- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Champions League 1- Jinja City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup 1- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Champions League 2- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup 2- Jinja City FC & Istria City FC
IFCF Champions League 3- Istria City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup 3- Herzegovina City FC

Notable runs in non-UICA/IFCF international competitions
AOCL XXXII- Herzegovina City FC reaches the Final and falls, 1-0, to AC Izotz Zubia of Audioslavia

Northwestern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Cerenus United

Northwestern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Cerenus United

Northwestern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Sororo City
Northern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Igulu City FC

Northwestern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Hawabark Boulders

Northwestern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Baleweye FC
Southern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Bwubanza City SC
Northern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Corizova United

Northwestern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Sororo City
Northern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Igulu City FC
Promotion Playoff Winner- Igulu City FC

Northwestern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Dukuma SC
Lower Coastal League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Bwubanza City SC
Northern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Capitol City FC

Northwestern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Lwanga Lions
Northern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Cerenus United
Promotion Playoff Winner- Suwawa FC

Northwestern League Season 8/BSL Season 12- Dukuma SC
Lower Coastal League Season 8/BSL Season 12- Zakuta City
Southern League Season 8/BSL Season 12- Sororo City
Northern League Season 8/BSL Season 12- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Dukuma SC


Golden Boot
Season 5- Lin Moon(CMT), Jinja City FC
Season 6- Guillermo Madruga(AMZ), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 9- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 10- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 12- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Silver Boot
Season 5- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Alanso Tamba(BNJ), Busukuma AC
Season 9- Josef Lawerenz(EQS), Hoima Warriors
Season 10- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
Season 12- Murray Hunnisett(HAP), Istria City FC
League MVP
Season 5- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Guillermo Madruga(AMZ), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 9- Rosie Tyler(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 10- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 12- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Manager of the Year
Season 6- Brian Emerson(COS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Flip Kollias(BNJ), Kitara AA
Season 8- Adam Jeffreys(VLZ), Bunyoro RSC
Season 9- Mark Grayson(NPH), Hoima Warriors
Season 10- Mór Császár(PAS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Andrew Vardalos(BRE), Busukuma AC
Season 12- Alvin Burnsides(COS), Istria City FC
Newcomer of the Year
Season 7- Orion Etzebeth(NPH), Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 9- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 10- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì(FFD), Busukuma AC
Season 12- Ronald Mickel(VLD), Kitara AA
Golden Glove
Season 5- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 9- Edgar Farsal-Smith(MRC), Busembe Timberwolves
Season 10- Assefa Berhane(BNJ), Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 11- Hibbaan al-Shareef(BUS), Hoima Warriors
Season 12- Hibbaan al-Shareef(BUS), Istria City FC


List of BSL records- For this, records only count from a 38 game season, so stats from Season 1 are not considered. Records count from league games only.
Most Individual Goals in a season: 34. Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC in Season 12.
Most Individual Assists in a season: 19. Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC in Season 5.
Most wins in a season: 31. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Most points in a season: 100. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Most Team Goals For in a season: 123. Istria City FC, Season 12.
Largest title winning margin: Herzegovina City had a 21 point gap over second place Jinja City FC in Season 6.
Smallest title-winning margin: Hoima Warriors level with Busukuma AC at 88 points in Season 2. Won league based on goal differential(+57 compared to +55).
Most Draws in a season: 18. Umbazi Metropolitan SC, Season 4.
Best Goal Difference in a season: +90. Istria City FC, Season 12.
Fewest Losses in a season: 0. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Fewest Team Goals Allowed in a season: 19. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6 & Busukuma AC, Season 7.
Fewest Team Goals For in a season: 22. Lakiska SC, Season 7.
Fewest wins in a season: 2. Dukuma SC, Season 2 & Dukuma SC, Season 8.
Fewest points in a season: 14. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Most Team Goals Allowed in a season: 111. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Most Losses in a season: 28. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Worst Goal Difference in a Season: -60. Dukuma SC, Season 2.

Major Rivalries


Istria City Derby between Istria City FC and Rukunbi FC

This is a derby within Banija's biggest city, and it is the country's oldest rivalry- Istria City FC and Rukunbi FC both having played each other a number of times, well before the establishment of the Banijan Soccer League. There is no love lost between these pair of crosstown rivals. Istria City FC is the bigger side, the fancier and glitzier side, with a league title under its belt, an appearance in the UICA Globe Cup knockout stages under its belt, and competing every season to be the best. It has prime real estate on the coastline, and one of the newer stadiums in Banija, in Kabonero III Field. As for Rukunbi FC, they play in the Rukunbi District, which is the Eastern part of town, and the lower income part of the city. Their fans are known for making an intimidating home atmosphere, and are certainly considered Banija's most violent fanbase. So it's always a fun one when these two meet.

The first BSL high point of this rivalry came in Season 6, when Rukunbi FC beat Istria City FC 2-0 in a massive upset at home, and the fans, excited over the major victory, stormed the field. They had to, after that, play a game behind closed doors on their home field. The two clubs also tangled, of course, when both put their stadiums forward to host matches in World Cup 81, though it was Kabonero III Field that won out over Eastern Stadium, whcih is an older stadium. Expect fireworks every time these two play, cause you'll never know what you'll get. Season 10 saw the rivalry reach a peak again. A large 6-1 win early in the season by Rukunbi FC over their hated rivals stunned observers as Rukunbi FC were shockingly threatening to make a title challenge. While they considerably cooled in the league race, the two teams met in the RBSA Cup Final now two seasons ago, with Rukunbi FC triumphing at the Stadium of the Restoration by a score of 2-0. Istria is theirs, for now.

Battle for Hangaza's Soul between Jinja City FC and Aissa United Football Club

This is a hot blooded rivalry between the two BSL sides from the Hangaza region. Jinja City FC, the region's big and historically dominant side, from the region's largest city and one of Banija's largest city's in general, and the team from Aissa United FC, the regional capital, and a much smaller city. The rivalry, as one might imagine, is usually dominated by Jinja City FC, but arguably the rivalry's most famous moment came courtesy of Aissa United.

In Season 5, the title race was coming down to Jinja City FC and Istria CIty FC. On the second to final matchday, Istria City FC had 82 points, while Jinja City FC had 83. Istria City FC had a draw- so entering the nightcap, a Jinja City FC victory would leave them needing only a draw on Matchday 38 to win the league. However, Aissa United, away from home, stunned the league leaders 1-0, who then finished in second place on goal difference. A mere point in this game, then, would have won them the league- and that's the closest they've come to their second BSL title since, which is a considerable point of pride for Aissa United. Their matches, since then, have always been high intensity.

The Southern Rumble between Busukuma Athletic Club and the Hoima Warriors

The Southern Rumble is a rivalry between the two Super 5 clubs in the southern part of the country- Busukuma AC and the Hoima Warriors. With Hoima really bereft of a local derby, and Busukuma AC not paying much attention to their local rivals in the Busukuma Force, this one has emerged as the chief rivalry for both teams. They compete on and off the fields, especially in the SOuthern Ankole region, for fans, for players, for all kinds of ways to demonstrate their supremacy.

Busukuma AC, of course, at least has won a title in the past five seasons- the Warriors cannot say the same. There's not really a defining moment in this rivalry, as they've never really competed for trophies at the same time, nor has one side derailed the other in a title race, or anything of that sort, but we know that all this rivalry needs is a spark. Once you lit the match, it can really come off here between two of Banija's Super 5 clubs.

Herzegovina City Derby between Herzegovina City FC and Herzegovina Phoenix

The Phoenix were one of the four expansion sides in Season 2,and they immediately developed a rivalry with the other local club side, Herzegovina City FC. Since, over the course of the last 6 seasons, Herzegovina City FC have almost certainly been Banija's most dominant side, with 4 league titles and a pair of UICA Champions Cup group stage appearances in that era, the Phoenix have been chasing. They've played in numerous high profile matches, especially in Seasons 6 and 7, when the Phoenix were in regular contention for the top four.

The most famous moment on the Herzegovina City side, is when they clinched the league title against the Phoenix in Season 6, with a stunning victory on Matchday 33 over their archrivals, en route to the BSL's only ever undefeated season. For the Phoenix, it probably had to be a thrilling 3-2 victory in the Kabaka's Cup that kicked off Season 4, to earn a trophy for the 2nd season in a row, but this one at the expense of their city archrivals.

North v. South Battle between Istria City FC and Herzegovina City FC

This is part of the larger rivalry between the cities of Istria and Herzegovina City, the two largest cities, and two epicenters, of the Moravica region. Istria, Banija's largest city, and Herzegovina is the oldest city- and the regional capital. The rivalry is perhaps best expressed in the college sports edition of the rivalry, when Northern Moravica, from Herzegovina City, and Loyola-Istria, from Istria, play against each other. But that rivalry is part of the rivalry between the two cities in general, and how can it ever be expressed better than on the pitch?

The high point of this rivalry is probably Season 5, when Istria City FC ended Herzegovina City's quest for a three-peat in the league, by winning their first, and to date, only BSL title. In the RBSA Cup Final that same season, they met in the Final, with Istria City FC looking to become the first ever BSL side to complete a league/cup double. This was not going to happen, however, as the two played a 4-4 thriller, with then Herzegovina City manager Kolt Freegan lifting the trophy high after winning on penalties. Their rematch in the Kabaka's Cup to open the next season saw Istria City FC take its revenge, with the rivalry being solidified between two of the league's top sides. Istria City FC are the reigning champions, of course, but Herzegovina City will certainly come after them with plenty of firepower this year.

Battle of the Islands between Dukuma SC and Lakiska SC

This is the rivalry between the two sides from the Busoga Islands- Dukuma SC, and Lakiska SC. Historically, these were the only two sides from the islands to be in the Banijan Soccer League, and even with the addition of the pyramid, and the independence of the Busoga Islands as their own country, this remained to be true. However, these two teams usually hovered towards the bottom of the league table, and therefore ,the rivalry, while fierce locally, has never had any real national implication.

Of course, things are going to change again. This past season, Dukuma SC has finally earned promotion back to the Banijan Soccer League, marking this year the first time in a number of years where this rivalry will be played in the top flight. Fuel has been added to the fire with Dukuma SC upsetting Lakiska SC to take the inauguaral Ebrahim Razav Cup as well, so we'll see if cup play will fuel further competition between the two fierce rivals.

Capitol City Derby between Busukuma Athletic Club, Capitol City FC, and Busukuma Force

With Capitol City Football Club having finally been promoted to the big-time, where they've long felt they've belonged, the three capitol city sides are going to be in the middle of a fight for who will rule Busukuma. Busukuma Athletic Club has all the obvious advantages- the money, the history, the prestige(they've got that fancy BSL Season 7 trophy that cannot be taken from them). Busukuma AC and Capitol City FC are historic rivals, playing each other fiercely before the establishment of the Banijan Soccer League took the game national. They've always had vastly different cultures, with Capitol City FC being more of a countercultural, extremely left-wing club. Some would call them similar to Rukunbi FC, but that would be a lacking comparison.

They are liked by lots of young people, and have one of the few fanbases in the BSL that are avowedly left-wing politically. They were very radically anti-Matthias Mutebi when he ruled in Banija, and while they don't go so far as calling for secularization of Banija, many of their fans consider themselves strong economic leftists. Their diverse fanbase has made large in-roads to the Farfadillis refugee population living within the country. But the impetus for this three way rivalry has to be Season 2. When the BSL, after a successful first season of national play, expanded from 16 teams to 20, it was always clear that the capitol would get a second club. But instead of Capitol City FC getting the spot, an expansion club was started that was called the Busukuma Force, who have maintained a BSL spot ever since. Capitol City FC hasn't played either capitol side in almost two decades, and the Force they've never played.

But now that they are finally up, they have bones to pick. Capitol City FC against the Force, as Capitol City believes they should have been up this whole time. Capitol City against Busukuma AC, as that is the historic capitol derby. And, of course, Busukuma AC against the Busukuma Force, as that rivalry has grown as they've played each other at least twice a season for the last 9 seasons, including last season where the Force almost finished ahead of Busukuma AC in the league table for the first time ever. Three sides who seem tailor made not to like each other. When the top flight derbies really get going, it will be that much more interesting.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Basic Information Part II

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Teams in the BSL-
1. Herzegovina City Football Club. HZCFC. Location(city, region): Herzegovina City, Moravica. Colors: Blue & Gold.
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Star Field, Capacity of 62,600.


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Designed by Farfadillis

Trophies
Moravica State League(71 seasons): 28 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: 6 league titles
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: 3 titles


2. Jinja City Football Club. JCFC. Location: Jinja City, Hangaza. Colors: Green & White.
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BCEL Stadium. Capacity of 52,400.


Trophies
Hangaza State League(64 seasons): 41 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: 2 league titles
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: 1 title


3. Busukuma Athletic Club. BAC. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol Region.
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Lukwago Field, Capacity of 37,000.


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Designed by Farfadillis

Trophies
Kitara State League(63 seasons): 20 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: 1 league title
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: 1 title


4. Hoima Warriors. HOI. Location: Hoima, Ankole. Colors: Red & Silver.
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Mavuto Field, Capacity of 75,000.


Trophies
Ankole State League(59 seasons): 35 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: 1 league title
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: 1 title


5. Mynda Electra. MSC. Location: Mynda, Aksum. Colors: Forest Green.
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Electra Stadium. Capacity of 41,000.


Trophies
Aksum State League(49 seasons): 18 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: 1 title


6. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club. UMSC. VFC. Location: Umbazi, Buganda. Colors: Pink.
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Buganda Regional Stadium, Capacity of 29,000.


Trophies
Buganda State Legaue(57 seasons): 15 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


7. Suwawa FC. SFC. Location: Suwawa, Moravica. Color: Green.
Crystal Road.
Capacity of 11,110.


Trophies
Moravica State Legaue(44 seasons): 1 league title
Northwestern League: 3 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


8. Capitol City Football Club. CCFC. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol region(coterminous borders). Colors: Blue.
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Capacity of 29,400.


Trophies
Kitara State League(63 seasons): 9 league titles
Lower Coastal League: 3 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


9. Askatasuna Football Club. AFC. Location: Askatasuna, Aksum. Colors: Green & White.
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St. Sava Park, Capacity of 37,500.


Trophies
Aksum State League(49 seasons): 15 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


10. Kitara Athletic Association. KAA. Location: Sisonke, Kitara. Colors: Blue & white.
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Sisonke City Park, Capacity of 31,000.


Trophies
Kitara State League(63 seasons): 14 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


11. Istria City Football Club. RFC. Location: Downtown Istria, Moravica. (Neighborhood in the center of Istria in the National Capitol Region). Colors: Orange & Black.
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Kabonero III Field, Capacity of 48,000.


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Designed by Farfadillis

Trophies
Moravica State League(71 seasons): 20 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: 2 league titles
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: 1 title


12. Aissa United Football Club. AUFC. Location: Aissa, Hangaza. Colors: Blue & white.
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Hangaza Unified Stadium, Capacity of 55,000.


Trophies
Hangaza State League(64 seasons): 11 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


13. Isipongo Flash. IF. Location: Isipongo, Buganda. Colors: Black & white.
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Isipongo City Field. Capacity of 27,000.


Trophies
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


14. Dukuma Sporting Club. DSC. Location: Dukuma, Busoga. Colors: Purple & white.
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Orange Field, capacity of 17,000.


Trophies
Busoga Islander League(45 seasons): 17 league titles
Northwestern League: 2 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: 1 cup title
Ebrahim Razav Cup: 1 cup title


15. Rukunbi Football Club. RFC. Location: Istria, Moravica. Located in Eastern Istria, the largest of the 5 districts of Istria with 38% of the city's population and generally considered to be culturally distinct from the rest of the city. Colors: Light Green & White.
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Eastern Stadium. Capacity of 37,000.


Trophies
Moravica State League(71 seasons): 11 league titles
Banijan Soccer League(10 season): Never won
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


16. Lakiska Sporting Club. LSC. Location: Lakiska, Busoga. Colors: Red & black.
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Lakiska City Field. Capacity of 31,000.


Trophies
Busoga Islander League(43 seasons): 15 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


17. Busukuma Force. BKF. Location: Busukuma, National Capitol Region. Colors: Sky Blue
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Mugisha III Memorial Stadium, capacity of 49,000


Trophies
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


18. Herzegovina Phoenix. Location: Vidizi, Moravica(suburb of Herzegovina City). Colors: Purple.
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Phoenix Stadium. Capacity of 25,000.


Trophies
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: 1 title


19. Busembe Timberwolves. BT. Location: Busembe, Kitara. Colors: Gray, Black, and White.
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Tiones Lumber Field at The Wolf's Den. Capacity of 44,000.


Trophies
Kitara State League(63 seasons): 7 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: 1 title
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


20. Hawabark Boulders. HWB. Loction: Hawabark, Buganda. Colors: Red.
Olympic Stadium
Capacity of 17,800. This is where Banijan outdoor olympic summer qualifiers are held.
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Trophies
Buganda State Legaue(57 seasons): 9 league titles
Southern League(4 seasons): 3 league titles
Banijan Soccer League: Never won
RBSA Cup: Never won
Kabaka's Cup: Never won


National Stadium
The Stadium of the Restoration
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The National Stadium. Location: Busukuma. Capacity: 91,835.

The national stadium is the center of the Banijan sporting universe. Built on the site of the first restoration of the Banijan monarchy, it is both a great piece of sporting architecture, as well as a place meant to honor Banija's monarchy. Therefore, the funerals and coronations of monarchs all happen at this stadium. The old stadium at the site held all kinds of matches, including, but not limited to, the World Bowl 34 Final, the NSCF 17 Championship Game, and a UICA Globe Cup Final. The building also serves as the home stadium for both the national soccer team and the national gridiron team. In anticipation for Banija co-hosting World Cup 81, the stadium was rebuilt by a Siovanijan & Tueslander firm, to make it state of the art to host the opening match of the most popular tournament in the multiverse. As the national stadium, the RBSA Cup Final, the Promotion Playoff Final, and the Kabaka's Cup are all held at this stadium on an annual basis. This stadium has also hosted a Baptism of Fire Final, a Cup of Harmony Final, and the World Bowl XXXVII Final as well.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Rosters

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Teams in the BSL-
Underlined players are Banijan internationals.
Nationality is listed if they are not Banijan.
Italicized players are internationals for a foreign country.
All players are male unless otherwise specified.

1. Herzegovina City Football Club.
Manager: Brian Emerson(Cosumar). 84 years old, 8th season at club.
Formation: 4-2-3-1.
GK #16 Francois Tantoh. Age 31. 4th season at club.
LB #3 Felix Millar. Age 31(Brenecia).
CB #5 Danijel Brymora. Age 33(Nephara). 4th season at club.
CB #4 Lukas Kayserling. Age 23(Recuecn). 3rd season at club.
RB #2 Kabiru Sowe. Age 25. 2nd season at club.
LCM #14 Harald Fireblade. Age 30(Cosumar).
RCM #7 Dennis Brotzmann. Age 33(Siovanija & Teusland). Captain.
RAM #22 Meghan Walcott. Age 25(Cassadaigua). 3rd season at club. Female.
CAM #10 Rosie Tyler. Age 30(Equestrian States). Female.
LAM #17 Marcel Roux. Age 31(Eshan).
ST #9 Christos Tsiavis. Age 32(Nephara).
BENCH
GK #12 Duwa Kinteh. Age 22
CB #19 Momodou Kairaba. Age 23
LB/RB #22 Jamang Sanneh. Age 24
CM #24 Pateh Ndiaye. Age 26
AM #35 Babaja Mboob. Age 24
ST #26 Saikou Ndour. Age 25

2. Jinja City Football Club.
Manager: Mór Császár(Pasarga). Former Pasarga NT manager; Copa Rushmori winner. Age 56, 4th season at club.
Formation: 4-3-1-2
GK #1 Iiro Pakanen. Age 28(Savojarna). 4th season at club. Came on $2 million NSD transfer from Energie Thorsborg(Savojarna).
LB #2 Lama Nyang. Age 26. 3rd season at club.
CB #15 Mohan Thakshak. Age 33(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club. Signed for $2.5 million NSDs from the Herzegovina Phoenix.
CB #13 Riccardo Rastelli. Age 22(Audioslavia). 1st season at club. Signed for $6.75 million NSDs from the Oldem Knights(APX).
RB #18 Ishmael Rosesnstein. Age 23(Silver Beach). 1st season at club.
LM #7 Garvan Braehead. Age 32(Brenecia). 3rd season at club.
CM #10 Musa Gaye. Age 25. 3rd season at club.
RM #23 Theresa Lubalo. Age 26. Female. 3rd season at club.
CAM #8 Vatan Ercetin. Age 30(Timuria). 4th season at club. Captain.
RS #9 Marcus Rose. Age 32(Commonwealth of Baker Park). 2nd season at club.
LS #11 Xilit-Zaxac Yol. Age 30(Qusmo).
BENCH
GK #12 Antouman Saidykhan. Age 23
CB #35 Jalang Ba. Age 37, former captain.
LB/RB #47 Ismaela Diouf. Age 24
CM #33 Juma Faye. Age 22
OM/AM #22 Isa Faye(Female). Age 27
ST #17 Precious Kolley(Female). Age 32

3. Busukuma Athletic Club.
Manager: Andrea Vardalos(Female, Nephara). 57 years old, 3rd season at club.
Formation: 4-1-4-1.
GK #1 Althea Taliadoros. Age 31(Nephara). Female. 3rd season at club. Came on $4.5 million NSD transfer from Raven River(Nephara).
RB #2 Lupe Enriquez. Age 30(Cassadaigua). Female. 3rd season at club.
CB #15 Esther Vannatter. Age 31(Nephara).
CB #5 Obadiah Parrott. Age 30(Ko-oren). 3rd season at club. Came on a $5.75 million NSD transfer from Cirelbourne(Ko-oren).
LB #6 Celty O'Mercury. Age 32(Cosumar).
CDM #18 Phumelele Stofile. Age 37. Captain.
RM #11 Abu Tiyana. Age 30. 2nd season at club.
CM #12 Immaculate Kaba. Age 24. Female. 1st season at club, transferred from Capitol City FC. Member of DBC 47 team.
CM #8 Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì. Age 30(Farfadillis). 3rd season at club. Came on transfer from Dí Maozöxê(Farfadillis).
LM #7 Adama Coote. Age 25. 2nd season at club.
ST #9 Cyper Baldeh. Age 27. 2nd season at club.
BENCH
GK #12 Junkung Conateh. Age 24
CB #35 Edrissa Ngom. Age 25
LB/RB #47 Hassan Kinteh. Age 23
CM #33 Saikou Kah. Age 27
OM #22 Hildegard von Krone. Age 21(Kita-Hinode). Signed from the Royal Music Academy in Kita-Hinode.
ST #17 Kausu Touré. Age 21.

4. Hoima Warriors.
Manager: Mark Grayson(Nephara). 54 years old, 6th season at club.
Formation: 4-2-1-3
GK #1 Nelson Okello. Age 27(Royal Kingdom of Quebec). 2nd season at club. Came on a $2.5 million NSD transfer from CSKA Quebec.
LB #3 Mohammed Gassama. Age 25(Banija/Busoga Islands dual-national). 1st season at club. Member of Banijan DBC 47 team. Signed from Lakiska SC.
CB #2 Eren Knox. Age 31(Tikariot). 1st season at club. Came for a $3.5 million NSD fee from Oriannor Mountaineers FC(Tikariot).
CB #4 Suma Dibba. Age 27. 2nd season at club.
RB #19 Uzoma Iruka. Age 29. 3rd season at club.
LCM #14 Robert Craig. Age 28(Schottia). 4th season at club. Came on $3.75 million NSD transfer from Cornellians(Schottia).
RCM #13 Ilona Duerden. Age 28(Nephara). 3rd season at club. Came on $5 million NSD transfer from Brinemouth(Nephara). Female.
CAM #10 Angelique Underwood. Age 31(Commonwealth of Baker Park). 4th season at club. Came on $2.75 million NSD transfer from Shiloh Ladies FC(Baker Park). Captain.
LW #6 Gitonga Kahara. Age 34. 1st season at club. Came on $6.5 million NSD transfer from OAS Royal FC(Cosumar).
ST #9 Lukas Boldfont. Age 28(Nephara). 2nd season at club. Came on a $5.75 million NSD transfer from AFC Treason(Nephara).
RW #11 Josef Lawerenz. Age 23(Equestrian States).
BENCH
GK #12 Essa Sey. Age 30
CB #35 Jibril Jaiteh. Age 21
LB/RB #47 Karafa Soley. Age 32
CM #33 Dembo Sonko. Age 28
LW/RW #22 Babaja Mboob. Age 26
ST #17 Banta Jawara. Age 28

5. Istria City Football Club.
Manager: Alvin Burnsides(Cosumar), Age 65. 5th season at club.
Starters: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Hibbaan al-Shareef. Age 36(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club. Came on free transfer from Hoima Warriors.
RB #2 Filije Condé. Age 30.
CB #5 Alanso Tibamba. Age 27. 3rd season at club.
CB #4 Filije Kolley. Age 36(Busoga Islands).
LB #18 Anwar Petata. Age 33.
RM #11 Jermaine Poole. Age 32(Equestrian States/Yttribia).
CM #19 Murray Hunnisett. Age 28(Hapilopper). 3rd season at club.
CM #15 Ablie Kah. Age 33. Captain.
LM #7 Frey Stanger. Age 32(Brenecia). 2nd season at club. Came on a free transfer from Twin Saints(Brenecia).
RS #8 Kate Huitema-Omeasoo(RK Quebec). Age 18. Female. 1st season at club. Signed for $8 million NSDs from Unamaꞌkik Inverness 1877(RKQ)
LS #9 Torvald Royle. Age 31(Freeport).
BENCH
GK #12 Akabueze Okparo. Age 28
CB #35 Madue Akuchi. Age 27
LB/RB #47 Jajah Uchie. Age 22
CM #33 Ijeawele Halim. Age 23
OM #27 Beluchi Chinweuba. Age 32
ST #17 Servet Ornet(Female). Age 24(Busoga Islands).

6. Herzegovina Phoenix.
Manager: Jehan Blair(Cosumar). 70 years old. Former Amazonesta National Team manager. 6th season at club.
Formation: 4-1-3-2.
GK #1 Mustafa Taal. 23 years old. 3rd season at club. Signed from Moravica Regional Academy. (Busoga Islands/Banija dual-national)
RB #2 Fafa Ngom. 23 years old. 3rd season at club.
CB #3 Eindride Cleary. Age 35(Freeport).
CB #5 Mamadi Sillah. Age 23. 3rd season at club. Signed from the Kitara Athletic Association on a free transfer.
LB #4 Fekati Abdi. Age 33. Captain.
CDM #15 Gibril Kargbo. Age 23. 3rd season at club.
RM #14 Vidyo Avramov. Age 24(Siovanija & Teusland).
CM #8 Lucia Silkemark. Age 31(Nephara).
LM #7 Sheriff Sene. Age 27. 2nd season at club.
RS #9 Daba Kuta. 25 years old. 2nd season at club. Member of DBC 47 team. Signed from Kitara Athletic Society in the Lower Coastal League.
LS #11 Daniel Kasaboski-Wilcox. Age 26(Royal Kingdom of Quebec). 2nd season at club. Signed for $4 million NSDs from Zenit Attawapiskat(Quebec).
BENCH
GK #12 Longcan Gaye. Age 28
CB #35 Habib Daramy. Age 24
LB/RB #47 Suma Jobe. Age 30
CM/CDM #33 Jalang Jobateh. Age 24
OM #27 Badara Ndiaye. Age 31.
ST #17 Azat Akgun. Age 27(Busoga Islands).


7. Suwawa Football Club.
Manager: Estève Palomer. Age 66(Nuovo Juvencus). 9th season at club.
Formation: 5-4-1.
GK #1 Ohlud Venzi. Age 36. Captain.
LWB #13 Bala Bah. Age 21. 3rd season at club. Signed from Moravica Regional Academy.
LCB #4 Fanding Jobateh. Age 30.
CB #5 Jabril Faye. Age 27.
RCB #16 Uchechee Agu. Age 30.
RWB #19 Roland Snyder. Age 27(Northwest Kalactin).
LM #17 Babaja Mansaré. Age 27.
CM #8 Kun Kuya. Age 30.
CM #15 Reginius Kunst. Age 24(Cosumar).
RM #14 Jeong-Ryun Mitsuharashi. Age 23(Kita-Hinode). 2nd season at club. Signed out of Mido-Hinode University.
ST #12 Sarika Birla. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
BENCH
GK #12 Izgul Avan(Female). Age 24(Busoga Islands)
CB #35 Odion Orjea. Age 28
WB #47 Ilman Jagne. Age 28. 2nd season at club. Played at Loyola-Busukuma.
CM #33 Orjy Chike. Age 22
OM #27 Chikere Fumnanya. Age 27
ST #17 Amazu Uchechea. Age 25

8. Capitol City Football Club.
Manager: Akhona Joyi. 54 years old, 6th season as manager.
Formation: 4-4-2
GK #1 Aman Melku. Age 33.
RB #2 Leo Coveney. Age 31(Brenecia). 2nd season at club. Came on free transfer from Marque(Brenecia).
CB #5 Makang Darboe. Age 27.
CB #4 Faraba Coote. Age 28.
LB #3 Sulayman Bajo. Age 30.
RM #17 Berrëngüé Lé Méjî. Age 30(Farfadillis). 2nd season at club. Captain.
CM #18 Nancy Sparkman. Age 30(Baker Park). Female. 2nd season at club. Came on free transfer from Newmarket Ladies FC.
CM #14 Kósa Pongond. Age 20(Farfadillis). 1st season at club. Came on free transfer.
LM #7 Jabril Guissé. Age 29.
RS #9 Kausu Dione. Age 24. 3rd season at club. Member of DBC 47 team.
LS #10 Zema Biruh. Age 29. Female. 2nd season at club.
BENCH
GK #12 Akabueze Obasy. Age 30
CB #35 Chidy Jelanea. Age 23
LB/RB #47 Uchechea Emeka. Age 26
CM #33 Chino Jelanea. Age 24
OM #27 Uchee Akumjeli. Age 32
ST #17 Chizoba Uchechie. Age 28

9. Askatasuna Football Club.
Manager: Al Iska, 64 years old. 6th season at the club.
Starters: 5-3-2
GK #1 Raphael Yaremka. Age 28(Silver Beach). 4th season at club.
RWB #2 Sociga Ngolomingi. Age 30.
RCB #5 Ekwueme Ikenna. Age 32.
CB #6 Assan Sanneh. Age 34. Captain.
LCB #4 Akumjeli Chinua. Age 32.
LWB #18 Sarah Williamson. Age 29. Female. 4th season at club
LM #17 Mesuli Ncita. Age 27.
CM #15 Mazzi Ketobo. Age 28. 4th season at club.
RM #12 Martin Lucey. Age 29(Dunnes).
RS #7 Amanuel Wakeyo. Age 26.
LS #11 Kiros Abdella. Age 27.
BENCH
GK #12 Ebrima Coote. Age 24
CB #35 Baluta Sesay. Age 24
WB #47 Fabba Sarr. Age 28
CM #33 Foday Gassama. Age 25
OM #27 Bai Taal. Age 22
ST #17 Lafi Manneh. Age 23

10. Kitara Athletic Association.
Manager: Alan Bettles, 73 years old. 6th season at club.
Starters: 3-4-3 Diamond.
GK #1 Brian Merson. Age 26(Tikariot). 1st season at club. Signed for $3 million NSDs from Port Rhovanyon AFC(Tikariot).
RB #2 Morgana Kolaj. Age 25(Nephara). 2nd season at club. Signed from Creed United for $5 million NSDs.
CB #15 Adrian O'Bryan. Age 33(Newmanistan). 2nd season at club.
LB #19 Abraham Godefai. Age 37. Captain.
CDM #14 Thomas Owen. Age 33(Audioslavia).
RM #8 Anwar Dawit. Age 25. 4th season at club. Captain of DBC 47 team..
LM #11 Ahmad Abdullah. Age 32(Abaja)
CAM #10 Ronald Mickel. Age 30(Valladares). 2nd season at club. Second installment of $7 million of his transfer fee paid this season.
LW #7 Edrissa Coulibaly. Age 24. 2nd season at club.
ST #9 Iuchar Purefoy. Age 29(Brenecia). 2nd season at club. Signed on free transfer from Snowden River.
RW #8 Betanni Jetvanna. Age 24(Starblaydia). 3rd season at club. Came from the Foxchester Raiders(Starblaydia).
BENCH
GK #12 Ebou Ndour. Age 28
CB #35 Fanding Jagne. Age 26
OM #47 Kekoto Savaneh. Age 30
CM #33 Sama Camara. Age 32
LW/RW #27 Buba Kuyateh. Age 25
ST #17 Jibril Sene. Age 27

11. Mynda Electra -
Manager: Daniel Lucas(Chromatika). 46 years old, 4th season at club.
Starters: 4-2-3-1.
GK #1 Tore Delgado. Age 23(Darmen).
RB #2 Helek-Evela Mal. Age 20(Qusmo). 3rd season at club. Signed out of Aksum Regional Academy.
CB #4 Ousman Mansaré. Age 33.
CB #5 Jibrin Ouattara. Age 26. 3rd season at club
LB #3 Isaka Karamba. Age 28. 3rd season at club
CDM #15 Abesalom Yitay. Age 34.
CDM #12 Lam Tri Thong. Age 27(Mavinet). 2nd season at club. Single season loan from Vinh An Dai Hoa(Mavinet).
RAM #17 Xavier Melchoir. Age 27(Taeshan). 3rd season at club. Came on free transfer from Lwanga Lions after they got relegated.
CAM #11 Troy Luck. Age 36(Equestria). 3rd season at club. Captain. Signed for $1.25 million NSDs from CF Outineau(Kelssek).
LAM #8 Fakebba Ouattara. Age 33.
ST #9 Suliven Roagart. Age 28(Schottia). 2nd season at club. Signed for $2 million NSDs from Marionville(Schottia).
BENCH
GK #12 Chydea Mazzi. Age 24
CB #35 Okparra Madou. Age 24
RB/LB #47 Chukwuemeka Obasy. Age 28
DM #33 Uzoma Nkemdilim. Age 25
AM #27 Somayina Izuchukwu. Age 23
ST #17 Obika Chinasa. Age 23

12. Aissa United Football Club.
Manager: Xavier-Marc Lévy. Age 58(Royal Kingdom of Quebec). First season at club.
Starters: 5-4-1
GK #1 Kabiru Bah. Age 24. First season at club. Signed from Northern Moravica University.
RWB #2 Pablo Castroneves. Age 33(Marianne). Captain.
RCB #15 Hassan Thiaw. Age 27(Busoga Islands). 4th season at club
CB #15 Alanso Sidibeh. Age 26. 4th season at club
LCB #17 Yasujiro Takahashi. Age 19(Ko-oren). 1st season at club.
LWB #7 Oaitse Lekgotla. Age 33.
RM #18 Lallo Jarju. Age 26. 4th season at club.
CM #8 Asanda Nombem. Age 29.
CM #10 Nweke Obasee. Age 34.
LM #23 Jajah Chee. Age 33.
ST #9 Kawsu Mamela. Age 30.
BENCH
GK #12 Kemo Sanneh. Age 28
CB #35 Kamara Suso. Age 26
WB #47 Yaya Fatty. Age 30
CM #33 Manlafi Sarr. Age 32
OM #27 Jato Kouyaté. Age 24
ST #17 Kausu Jarju. Age 27


13. Isipongo Flash.
Manager: Hassan Fadika. Age 52. First season at club. Graduate of the joint Fuzpon Qusma-RBSA-BISA Coaching Academy.
Starters: 3-4-3.
GK #1 Essa Kama. Age 34. Captain.
RB #2 Yashpal Gopaal. Age 30(Busoga Islands).
CB #4 Dungan Dozabotanon. Age 23(Kita-Hinode). 3rd season at club.
LB #5 Anibal Suarez. Age 25(Amazonesta). 1st season at club.
RM #7 Mandla Pukwana. Age 29.
CDM #18 Orin Set. Age 35(Silver Beach). 4th season at club.
CAM #10 Assan Sanneh. Age 31.
LM #17 Baluta Sonko. Age 29.
RW #8 Lelethu Pukwana, Age 31.
LW #11 Jelany Beluchi. Age 27.
ST #9 Juka Ndour. Age 24. 3r season at club.
BENCH
GK #12 Sherif Sonko. Age 26
CB #35 Jibou Sesay. Age 30
OM #47 Babou Keita. Age 28
CM #33 Abdoulie Sidibeh. Age 27
RW/LW #27 Dodou Kakay. Age 24
ST #17 Antouman Jobateh. Age 26

14. Dukuma Sporting Club.
Manager: Yaser Karimi(Al Qurija). 71 years old, 6th season at club(member of Karimi family, owners of Dukuma SC)
Starters: 4-4-2 diamond.
GK #1 Ayman Jawdat Sultan. Age 31(Al Qurija)
RB #14 Haresh Kekade. Age 29(Busoga Islands)
CB #5 Sarah Ward. Age 34(Osarius). 4th season at club. Came on free transfer from Crawford City(Cosumar).
CB #6 Bunama Hairte. Age 29.
LB #23 Tansu Mirani. Age 24(Busoga Islands).
CDM #21 Vyomaang Yuval. Age 32(Busoga Islands).
LM #7 Kinuthia Warari. Age 29(Busoga Islands)
RM #18 Kekoto Hairte. Age 30.
CAM #10 Jay Khano. Age 31(Busoga Islands).
RS #19 Reece Gorbell. Age 25(Eshan).
LS #9 Kurtis Southwell. Age 34(Brenecia). Captain.
BENCH
GK #12 Lama Biri. Age 21
CB #35 Amadou Sonko. Age 26
OM #47 Sajou Condeh. Age 23
CM #33 Bai Senghore. Age 27
RW/LW #27 Yengi Uzer. Age 20(Busoga Islands)
ST #17 Vatan Saltik. Age 23(Busoga Islands)

15. Rukunbi Football Club.
Manager: Ibea Obasi. Age 31. 2nd season as manager. Spent last two seasons as the senior assistant manager. Nephew of former manager Teague Spanos.
Starters: 4-3-3
GK #1 Jelanee Jideofor. Age 33.
RB #2 Chizoba Uwaezuoke. Age 35.
CB #5 Nwabudike Uchechie. Age 30.
CB #3 Soli Souba. Age 31.
LB #12 Ayele Zekalu. Age 32.
LM #13 Bubacar Kujabi. Age 28. 3rd season at club.
CM #8 Demetrio Arroyo. Age 34(Osarius). 4th season at club. Free transfer from Lotus Park(Brenecia).
RM #6 Upanshu Paramartha. Age 32(Busoga Islands). Captain.
LW #11 Mariam Guiss. Age 26. 3rd season at club. Female. Graduate of Northern Moravica University.
ST #9 Tyrone Barrett. Age 22(Hapilopper). 4th season at club. Signed out of Washington State College(Hapilopper).
RW #24 Ramatoulie Condé. Age 27. 3rd season at club. Female. Graduate of Hangaza Tech.
BENCH
GK #12 Badara Manneh. Age 24
CB #35 Nfansu Ngom. Age 28
LB/RB #47 Malick Suso. Age 33
CM #33 Malik Janneh. Age 26
OM #27 Yurt Agcay. Age 27(Busoga Islands)
ATT #17 Wasa Jobe. Age 27

16. Lakiska Sporting Club.
Manager: Winad-Lenpi Xlo(Qusmo). 7th season at club. Hired midseason in Season 7.
Starters: 4-5-1
GK #1 Carlton Sandt. Age 21(Sarzonia). 2nd season at club. Signed out of Woodstock City College(Sarzonia).
RB #2 Ingmar Linderood. Age 33(Ko-oren).
CB #5 Donnie Armistead. Age 33(Hapilopper). 3rd season at club. Came on $2.5 million NSD transfer fee from Hapilopper City Highway Patrol.
CB #4 Govind Nigam. Age 26(Busoga Islands). 3rd season at club. Signed from the Islander Regional Academy.
LB #19 Ibrahim Karakaya. Age 24(Busoga Islands). 2nd season at club.
LM #7 Barkha Visariya. Age 25(Busoga Islands). Female.4th season at club. Signed from the Islander Regional Academy.
CM #15 Utpal Ishan. Age 33(Busoga Islands). 3rd season at club. Came on free transfer from the Hoima Warriors. Captain.
CDM #18 Lee Duk-Woo. Age 23. 2nd season at club. Signed out of Kanshiro University in Kita-HInode.
CM #14 Ilke Akgun. Age 20(Busoga Islands). 1st season at club. Signed from Loyola-Istria. (Female)
RM #8 Ibrahim Fatah. Age 31(Busoga Islands).
ST #9 Philena Neuheim. Age 19(Schottia). Female. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Islander Regional Academy.
BENCH
GK #12 Nazik Gokce. Age 23(Busoga Islands)
CB #35 Azzoz Tahir. Age 21(Busoga Islands)
LB/RB #47 Ihsan Duman. Age 24(Busoga Islands)
CM #33 Saihou Dione. Age 30
OM #27 Tumay Serif(Female). Age 24(Busoga Islands)
ST #17 Guc Ahmad. Age 22(Busoga Islands)

17. Busukuma Force.
Manager: Mustafa Uster. Age 45. First season at club. Graduate of the joint Fuzpon Qusma-RBSA-BISA Coaching Academy.
Formation: 4-1-4-1.
GK #1 Sodo Nagatomo. Age 31(Kita-Hinode). 1st season at club, came on a free transfer from Kitara AA.
RB #13 Bridie Gryforth, Age 30(Brenecia). 3rd season at club. Came on free transfer from Pikemouth(Brenecia).
CB #5 Madu Chi. Age 34.
CB #4 Kemo Jobe. Age 28.
LB #14 Ousman Coote. Age 27.
CDM #8 Alieu Mendy. Age 33. Captain.
RM #17 Vanza-Vlont Bel. Age 22(Qusmo).
CM #14 Uzochi Okparro. Age 29.
LCM #15 Kara Yesilnil. Age 24(Busoga Islands). 1st season at club.
LM #11 Kabiru Kouyaté. Age 32.
ST #9 Fara Keita. Age 26. 3rd season at club.
BENCH
GK #12 Afamefula Ozioma. Age 24
CB #35 Chibuike Chinwendu. Age 26
LB/RB #47 Akachi Uchechy. Age 24
CM #33 Chidubem Chike. Age 24
OM #27 Dike Jideofor. Age 28
ST #17 Carol Akachi(Female). Age 26

18. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club.
Manager: Juma Ouattara. 49 years old. 4th season at the club. Spent prior 2 seasons at Kabakono City in the Lower Coastal League.
Starters: 4-4-2
GK #1 Amat Turay. 30 years old.
RB #2 Simon Johnson. Age 34(Schottia). 4th season at club. Came on $2.25 million NSD transfer from The Warriors(Schottia). Captain.
CB #5 Araiy. Age 31(Dainer).
CB #3 Malick Colley. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed out of the Moravica Regional Academy.
LB #12 Wasa Dibba. Age 35.
LM #25 Asa Sylla. Age 33.
CM #8 Gared Kuepher. Age 30(Nephara). 4th season at club. Came on free transfer from Bishop(Nephara).
CM #14 Tamba Kama. Age 26. 3rd season at club.
RM #17 Kemo Kuyateh. Age 27. 2nd season at club.
LS #7 Baboucar Biri. Age 30.
RS #11 Ülì Èsàsè. Age 18(Farfadillis). 1st season at club. Signed from the Kitara Regional Academy.
BENCH
GK #12 Ensa Fadika. Age 25
CB #35 Dembo Guissé. Age 22
LB/RB #47 Cyper Secka. Age 28
CM #33 Biran Kama. Age 32
OM #27 Demba Danso. Age 27
ST #17 Lafa Dieye. Age 28

19. Busembe Timberwolves.
Manager: Bøb Übermanager(Equestria). Age 42(maybe?). 3rd season at club. His pre-Busembe history is unknown, but his boisterous and aggressive personality is seen to fit the club trying to climb the table.
Formation: 4-2-3-1
GK #1 Edgar Farsal-Smith. Age 28(Mercedini).
RB #2 Darin Nicolas. Age 19(Chromatika). 2nd season at club. Spent two seasons at the Islander Regional Academy in the Banijan Youth League.
CB #4 Nkemdilim Jel. Age 32.
CB #5 Emeka Jajah. Age 33.
LB #3 Valentina Fairbairn. Age 32(Qasden). 4th season at club. Free transfer from Diamondqueen(Nephara).
CM #19 Mazi Chidea. Age 32.
CM #8 Jombo Sillah. Age 27. 2nd season at club.
LAM #8 Madhav Oojam. Age 32(Busoga Islands).
CAM #12 Kiggwe Basamula. Age 30. Captain.
RAM #7 Uchey Nwankwo. Age 31.
ST #9 Jeff Finte. Age 26(Chromatika). 4th season at club. Signed after graduation from Eyrods Tech University(Chromatika).
BENCH
GK #12 Mamadi Thiaw. Age 28
CB #35 Jamang Kinte. Age 24
LB/RB #47 Boy Manneh. Age 22
CM #33 Sirif Mansaray. Age 27
AM #27 Kekoto Sey. Age 26
ST #17 Sarafina Iyasu(Female). Age 23

20. Hawabark Boulders
Manager: Kiggwe Kabelo. Age 48. 4th season at club. Spent a season as senior assistant manager at Herzegovina City FC.
Formation: 4-4-2.
GK #1 Giovanni Falco. Age 26(Freeport/Equestrian States).
RB #2 Abdullah Guennoun. Age 27(Busoga Islands).
CB #5 Chinou Chydey. Age 31.
CB #4 Jiba Nzuza. Age 34. Captain.
LB #3 Sheriff Diene. Age 22. 2nd season at club.
RM #11 Chike Chinese. Age 22. 2nd season at club. Signed from the Bunyoro Regional Academy.
CM #14 Chi Chibueze. Age 32.
CM #10 Suhayl Mostafa Ahmed. Age 35(Al Qurija)
LM #19 Antoine De Vries. Age 29(Xanneria). 1st year at club. Came on free transfer.
RS #7 Boto Mboge. Age 29. 3rd year at club- free transfer from Busembe Timberwolves.
LS #12 Neil Richards. Age 34(Commonwealth of Baker Park). Came on free transfer from the Busembe Timberwolves.
BENCH
GK #12 Sidibeh Sonko. Age 28
CB #35 Paoboy Kama. Age 26
LB/RB #47 Seda Gul. Age 20(Busoga Islands)
CM #33 Duta Kayode. Age 27
OM #27 Ensa Ceesay. Age 24
ST #17 Orak Ermis. Age 23(Busoga Islands)
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HOIMA, ANKOLE- What are the highlights for this summer? Well, of course, with the IFCF up and running, it was the preliminaries of international club competition! IFCF competition, as well as the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, and the Vilitan Cove International all kicked off in the summer. It was quite the summer for Banijan clubs. Let's get right into it!

And without further ado... Your summer roundup!

1. Istria City FC

Well, of course, Istria City FC will enter two international competitions this year- the AOCL, and the IFCF Champions League. There will be no preliminary rounds this season for the AOCL, with the number of entries allowing for the competition to take place entirely during the season. As for the IFCF Champions League, this will be the first time a BSL team will enter the group stages of an IFCF competition directly- and Istria City FC is the beneficiary. Can they do damage in either competition?

2. Hoima Warriors

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Hoima Warriors earned a bye from the first two preliminary rounds. Will enter competition in the Non-Champions Path.
Third Preliminary Round- Non Champions Path

Opponent- Brinemouth of Nephara. First Leg: Hoima Warriors 2-2 Brinemouth. Second Leg: Brinemouth 1-1 Hoima Warriors
Brinemouth advances to the Playoff Round of the Champions League, 3-3(2-1) on away goals. Hoima advances to Playoff Round of the Challenger's Cup
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Playoff Round
Opponent- Straudum VV of Ko-oren. First Leg: Straudum VV 1-0 Hoima Warriors. Second Leg: Hoima Warriors 1-2 Straudum VV.
Straudum VV eliminate the Hoima Warriors from IFCF competition, 3-1 on aggregate.


As the runner-ups, they, of course, also qualified for the IFCF Champions League. But the long-awaited debut of the national team captain, Gitonga Kahara, happened in the Champions League Preliminary rounds. At Mavuto Field, it would be Lukas Boldfont, the Nephara national, who would open the scoring, as he headed home to cheer up 75,000 Banijans with a 1-0 lead. However, their opponent was the richest club in the multiverse- Brinemouth. Brinemouth had too much talent. Semifinalists last season, they scored twice at the beginning of the second half to take a 2-1 lead. It would be Josef Lawerenz scoring an equalizer in the 85th to make it 2-2.

They went into the second leg level on aggregate, but of course, with Brinemouth up on away goals. 30 minutes in, rue Cazade scored from distance to make it 1-0 to the home side. The Warriors, perhaps surprisingly, were able to respond just before halftime, with Kahara opening his account for the Warriors to make it 1-1 on the day with a free kick. While Mark Grayson tried to maneuver ways to create chances, they could not beat Ryan Bull for a second time, and Brinemouth advanced to the next round on away goals.

While disappointed they were knocked out, it was a strong performance, considering their opponent was Brinemouth. In the Challenger's Cup however, they took on Straudum VV of Ko-oren. The Ko-orenite side got the better of them in both legs- stifling defense, a hallmark of Ko-orenite sides, led them to a 1-0 at home. Brilliant counter-attacking in Ankole gave them a 2-0 lead at halftime of the second leg, which ensured the tie was all but dead. Backup striker Banta Jawara got what was essentially a consolation goal in the 85th minute, but Straudum VV deservingly advanced 3-1 on aggregate.

3. Herzegovina City FC

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Herzegovina City earned a bye from the First two Preliminary Rounds.
Third Preliminary Round

Opponent- Traktor St. Andrei of Savojarna. First Leg: St. Andrei 0-3 Herzegovina City. Second Leg: Herzegovina City 1-1 St. Andrei
Herzegovina City FC advance to the Playoff Round of the Challenger's Cup, 4-1 on aggregate.
Playoff Round
Opponent- Lagoon Red Diamonds of the Whirl Islands. First Leg: Lagoon Red Diamonds 0-2 Herzegovina City. Second Leg: Herzegovina City FC 3-2 Lagoon Red Diamonds.
Herzegovina City FC advance to the Qualifying Round of the Challenger's Cup 5-2 on aggregate.
Qualifying Round
Opponent- Drumchapel United of Glazgo. First Leg: Drumchapel 1-4 Herzegovina City. Second Leg: Herzegovina City 1-0 Drumchapel
Herzegovina City FC advance to the group stages of the Challenger's Cup 5-1 on aggregate.


Herzegovina City- one of the highest rated clubs in the group stages of the IFCF Challenger's Cup. WE were good enough to put a champion into the group stages of the IFCF CL, not so true for this tournament. Brian Emerson's side wanted to start off strong, away from home, against Traktor St. Andrei. And they did just that. Meghan Walcott gave Herzegovina City a 1-0 lead in the first half of the first leg, and it allowed Herzegovina City to play the counter game, which they play with devastating effectiveness. Rosie Tyler and Marcel Roux both scored in the second half, and Herzegovina City secured a 3-0 away win. That essentially put the tie away, with the teams battling out a 1-1 draw in the second leg in Banija.

For the next round, they would have to travel to the Whirl Islands, to take on Lagoon Red Diamond. Herzegovina City were naturally the favorites in this matchup, and they did not disappoint. This veteran laden team was scrappy and fiesty in the Whirl Islands, with Tsiavis scoring twice to give the Banijan side a 2-0 away win. The home leg was far more entertaining- Meghan Walcott scoring to make it 1-0, but then the Banijan side conceding twice, to make it 2-1 to the visitors on the day. Just one more goal for them, and they'd overtake Herzegovina City on away goals! But the storied Banijan side shut the door in their faces, with the captain Dennis Brotzmann scoring, and then Babaja Mboob adding one more in off of the bench to secure the win, and the advancement.

Their last opponent? Drumchapel United, of Glazgo. A team from a newer league in terms of the IFCF, they really did not have much of a chance against a much more experienced Herzegovina City team. The talent gap between the two sides was exposed in Glazgo- the Banijan fans, sensing that the group stages were imminent, traveled in big numbers to Glazgo. And they were not to be disappointed. A dominating 4-1 win saw a number of players contribute, with Meghan Walcott leading the charge by scoring twice herself. The big win deflated Drumchapel United, and it was a boring affair in the second leg, where Marcel Roux slotted home the penalty for the game's only goal.

5-1 on aggregate, the Challenger's Cup imminent. A great series of wins for Herzegovina City to, once again, reach the group stages of an IFCF competition.

4. Kitara Athletic Assocation

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Kitara Athletic Association earned a bye from the Extra Preliminary Round
First Preliminary Round

Opponent- International of Tyrellia of Legalse. First Leg: Tyrellia 2-1 Kitara AA. Second Leg: Kitara AA 0-0 International of Tyrellia
International of Tyrellia advance to Second Preliminary Round of the Challenger's Cup 2-1 on aggregate. Kitara AA are eliminated from IFCF competition.


Kitara Athletic Association had a long task ahead of them- entering from the very first preliminary round, could they match Jinja City's stunning feat last season, and win all 5 ties to make it to the competition proper? Well, their first test would be International of Tyrellia, from Legalese. The first leg, of course, was in Legalese. Brian Merson, their goalkeeper, making his Kitara AA debut. It would not be a night to remember for anyone, however. International kept the pressure up, as Merson had to make save after save. Merson recorded 8 saves in the match, and still conceded twice- once, on an impossible to save header from a corner kick, and another from an impossible to stop free kick.

Fortunately for Kitara AA, they had something to hang their hats upon, with Ronald Mickel feeding Starblaydian international Betanni Jetvanna to give the side a late goal, and most importantly, a chance. The goal was an away goal- simply one goal for the BSL side would flip the tie on its head. And while Sisonke City Park was wild and rowdy, Kitara AA could not break down their opponents. Kitara AA was dominant in the second leg- 63% possession, 7 shots on target to 1 for the visitors, but the visitors would not be broken down. When the referee called time, Kitara AA's side was disappointed. Could they learn lessons from this to take to league play this year?

5. Jinja City Football Club

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Jinja City earned a bye from the Extra Preliminary Round
First Preliminary Round

Opponent- Peswick Town of Jeckland. First Leg: Peswick Town 0-3 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 1-1 Peswick Town
Jinja City advance to the Second Preliminary Round, 4-1 on aggregate.
Second Preliminary Round
Opponent- Gunzlach of Græntfjall. First Leg: Gunzlach 0-2 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 0-0 Gunzlach.
Jinja City advance to the Third Preliminary Round, 2-0 on aggregate.
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Kven FK of Zeta Reka & Hügeltaldom. First Leg: Kven FK 1-2 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 2-3 Kven FK
Kven FK advance to the Playoff Round, 4-4(3-2) on away goals. Jinja City are eliminated from IFCF competition.


Last season, Jinja City pulled off the impossible, and won five consecutive two-legged ties in this competition to qualify all the way from the first Preliminary Round. They got all the way to the ROund of 32 before they were finally eliminated. Could they pull off that feat again? They would certainly try. Mór Császár would try and marshal the troops once again for what would surely be another stunning run. And it started very well. They paid a visit to Peswick Town, of Jeckland, in the first preliminary round. The first leg saw a lot of what we expect Jinja City to do to opponents this season- dominate the weaker ones, and see what the stronger ones can do about it. Vatan Ercetin finally has the captain's armband, and the combination between him and Xilit-Zaxac Yol continued to work to perfection, with them both scoring once, and Musa Gaye scoring the clincher. 3-0 in the first leg, and 4-1 on aggregate.

The second round, they'd travel to Græntfjall, a newer and rising nation, to take on Gunzlach. Vatan Ercetin told reporters going in that they could not take their opponents for granted. "We've seen what kind of talent their national team has in the Baptism of Fire. They've got a real passion and drive for the game- it will be a tough environment." And yet, Mór Császár had his boys ready. It would be a Garvan Braehead cross to Marcus Rose that scored the first goal, while Theresa Lubalo scored the second on her own. It was a 2-0 win for a stronger Jinja City side, not unexpected. The second leg, back in Banija, the defense was suffocating. With the new-look right side of the defense, with new signings Riccardo Rastelli and Ishmael Rosenstein, they were strong enough to keep Iiro Pakanen, the goalkeeper, from getting too troubled in the second leg.

Their third round opponent? Kven FK of Zeta Reka. For the third consecutive tie, an away first leg. And for the third consecutive time, a Jinja City victory. Dating back to last season, this marked the sixth consecutive qualifying tie where Jinja City won the first leg away from home. A 2-1 victory. Jinja City actually struggled for much of the match, with the home side leading 1-0 for a large portion of it. But a 75th minute free kick from Xilit-Zaxac Yol made it 1-1, and then a late winner from Isa Faye, off the bench, made it 2-1.

But Kven FK would not take that lying down. They knew they needed to come to Banija and put on a show. Many thought the tie was put away when Marcus Rose scored in the 12th minute to make it 1-0 on the day, and 3-1 on aggregate. But then the visitors put on a show. Goals in the 29th, 42nd, and 61st really put the tie on its head, flipping the game completely. It was all of a sudden 4-3 on aggregate, and 3-2 on away goals. Jinja City would have to score twice to have a chance. They scored once, with Mohan Thakshak having a strong header in the 80th. But they couldn't score the second, and went out on away goals. Bitterly disappointing, but still a decent run. Can they parlay this into regular season success?

6. Dukuma SC

Cygnus Cup Winners Cup
Preliminary Rounds
Opponent- A.S. Baie-Sainte-Catherine of Terre Septentrionale.
First Leg: A.S. Baie-Sainte-Catherine 0-1 Dukuma SC. Second Leg: Dukuma SC 2-0 A.S. Baie-Sainte-Catherine.
Dukuma SC advance, 3-0 on aggregate, to the First Round of the Cygnus Cup Winner's Cup


The inaugaural winners of the Ebrahim Razav Cup, they would enter the preliminary round of the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. The freshly promoted BSL side had this as their first top flight match in plenty of years, and there was plenty of fan excitement. Before the fans could party at Orange Field, however, they had to travel to Terre Septentrionale for the first leg of their tie against AS BSC. Kurtis Southwell scored the only goal of the second leg, in the 72nd minute, as his team won 1-0.

Orange Field, of course, was absolutely packed to the brim as Dukuma SC made its return to this competition. They did not want to disappoint their fans, and they got off to a quick start, with fan favorite Jay Khano scoring early to make it 1-0 on the day, and 2-0 on aggregate. In a rocking, partisan stadium, the Islander squad scored again, as Reece Gorbell made it 3-0 just on the stroke of halftime. Dukuma SC was clearly the better team on the day, and they deservedly qualified for the first round of the Cup Winners Cup.

7. Busembe Timberwolves

Busembe TImberwolves earned a bye from the Preliminary Round of the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, and will not enter the competition until the second round.

8. Umbazi Metropolitan SC

Umbazi Metropolitan SC earned a bye from the Preliminary Round of the Vilitan Cove Invitational, and will not enter the competition until the First Round.

9. Zakuta City, Sororo City, Duntho Sporting Club

All three clubs fail to qualify for the Group stages of the IFCF Liga B Champions Trophy, marking the first time since the creation of the second tier where no Banijan clubs qualified for the group stages of the SBCC/IFCF LBCT.
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BUSUKUMA, NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION- As we all are excited for the season to begin, the preview will be much shorter and concise this year. Who are our title contenders? Who will contend for the Globe Cup? Who are our mid-table sides? And, who, of course, will be threatened by relegation? All that, and more, in the forthcoming.

Teams will be listed in the order we think they will finish- #1 will be our predicted champion, #2 our predicted runner-up, etc...

And without further ado... Your summer roundup!

Title Contenders
1. Hoima Warriors
2. Jinja City FC
3. Istria City FC
4. Herzegovina City FC
5. Busukuma AC
6. Kitara AA

There are six title contenders in the BSL this season. Of course, it's the preseason- we don't believe that it'll be a six horse race. Somewhere around the halfway point, two or three of these clubs will have seperated into "real" championship contenders, but we don't know who those will be yet. This is our predicted top 6. As a reminder- Banija's top two qualify for the Champions League, and the next three qualify for the Challenger's Cup. So the sixth, of course, does not automatically qualify for international competition.

Why are we picking Hoima? Well, of course, we're on board with them like everyone else is- the long-awaited return of Gitonga Kahara. The only Banijan NT player to have never played professionally within Banija, as most other NT players at least got their start here before moving abroad. But he was recruited by Project Olimpo at age 16, and of course has played abroad ever since, first for Polaris in Ceni, and then OAS Royal FC in Cosumar. But the country's all-time leading goalscorer, and the national team captain, returning home is the league's biggest story.

It's a good pairing- Kahara's homecoming(although they are not his hometown team), and a big team that hasn't won it all in over 10 seasons, and after a few years in the wilderness, are now on the verge. They're hungry. Can he bring home that long-awaited trophy? They got two new defenders to strengthen the defense in front of Quebecois NTer Nelson Okello, as they signed Busogan left back Mohammed Gassama and the veteran Tikariot center back Eren Knox. They're all in for this year- we think they'll be successful, but can they deal with the weight of expectation?

Of course, we have the rest of the contenders. We think Jinja City is ready to make another run. Winning 5 ties in the Challenger's Cup Qualifying round exhausted them last time, but now they'll have fresher legs. Then, we have the defending champs, Istria City. They scored 123 goals in the league last season, led by 36 for the hometown hero and captain, Assefa Yitebarke. Replacing the club legend with the other-worldly Quebecois talent, Kate Huitema-Omeasoo. She's just 18- and starting for a club that loves to get forward. Can she handle the pressure?

Next, we have Herzegovina City. The six-time winners. Why do we have them in fourth? Well, look- they are aging. They didn't do much to improve the roster, and got older. 8 players on the wrong side of 30 in their starting XI. Of course, they're Herzegovina City, but they've pocketed a lot of money by having a quiet transfer window. We imagine they'll really go for it next season. As for fifth, we have Busukuma AC. They should be able to get back into IFCF places- they've got a talented central midfield, with Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì and Immaculate Kaba. As for sixth, we put Kitara AA. They're going for it, all right- with Brian Merson a late, much respected signing to play between the sticks. But it's hard to run with the big boys, isn't it?

Mid-Table clubs
7. Herzegovina Phoenix
8. Busembe Timberwolves
9. Lakiska SC
10. Mynda Electra
11. Umbazi Metropolitan SC
12. Rukumbi FC
13. Suwawa FC
14. Hawabark Boulders
15. Busukuma Force

Relegation Candidates
16. Capitol City FC
17. Isipongo Flash
18. Dukuma SC
19. Askatasuna FC
20. Aissa United

Remember- the BSL is both more and less forgiving than other leagues in terms of promotion/relegation. There is only one relegation spot- the team that finishes last is relegated. In most leagues there are 2 or 3, so this is a big protection thing for the BSL. So there are only a few contenders. Of course, the reverse of it being easier to maintain your spot in the top flight, is that it is extremely difficult to make it back. It took Dukuma SC four campaigns to get back, and there are plenty of other formerly relegated sides that are stuck in the regional leagues.

But let's take a look here. We think a team like Capitol City FC, even though they lost Immaculate Kaba, can largely save themselves from the real deep throws of the relegation race. The capitol side doesn't have a ton of talent, but they're aggressive in the free transfer market. That can be a risky venture to try and find players, but they should be able to do enough to stay up. While the other teams are worth going over, our pick of Aissa United deserves explaining.

Aissa United is in an interesting position. They've got a new manager in the name of Xavier-Marc Lévy, of the Royal Kingdom of Quebec. But he has relatively little to work with. Some would say they have the least talented roster in the BSL? He's been hired to work some magic, but he'll have a challenge ahead of him. He doesn't have to do a *ton* to keep them up- just get 19th. But this will be as competitive of a league as ever- we'll see if he's up to the task.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Domestic Cups Preliminary Rounds

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The first rounds of both domestic cups, of course, are played the week before the start of the league seasons. Without further ado!

RBSA Cup 1st Round
Abomfa United 0–1 Byakado City
Gadive City 0–0 Luguyala Patriots (1–0 AET)
Boufaya Ravens 2–3 Isipongo Flash
Cerenus United 0–2 Hawabark Boulders
Pumbasa Boars 0–2 Lwanga Lions
Suwawa FC 0–3 Kitara AA
Sororo City 0–0 Mynda Electra (0–0 AET) (3–4 pen.)
Rukunbi FC 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Jinja City FC 0–0 Herzegovina City FC (0–0 AET) (4–2 pen.)
Thayaferu United 1–3 Capitol City FC
Kabakono City 1–2 Dodoma City SC
Slobochia Bears 1–1 Koszagard City (1–1 AET) (1–3 pen.)
Djoro Athletic 5–0 Umbazi FA
Busukuma Force 1–0 Aissa United FC
Baleweye FC 0–1 Nsade United
Busukuma AC 1–0 Mukegara Warriors
AFC Okahavi 0–1 Barmos United
Corizova United 3–0 AFC Akwadua
Selekawe Knights 4–3 Askatasuna FC
Dimbogourou SC 1–1 Hoima Warriors (3–1 AET)
Okakameb City 3–1 Busemlu Park SC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 3–3 Mamari City (5–3 AET)
Bwubanza City SC 2–1 Taramazna United
Koksho City 1–1 Igulu City FC (1–1 AET) (4–5 pen.)
Kigagana Mountaineers 0–2 Duntho Sporting Club
Eastern Moravica FC 2–0 Garixas City
AFC Kosactus 4–1 Bunyoro RSC
Nanami Dragons 0–0 Ogbordu Diamond FC (1–0 AET)
Zakuta City 2–4 Kwadama Dojo
Amaku City FC 2–2 Kitara Athletic Society (2–2 AET) (4–3 pen.)


And the RBSA Cup is off! As a reminder about format- this is a 62 team, single elimination tournament. All 62 Banijan teams(out of 68 total) participate in the tournament. 60 of them enter in this round- the 30 winners joining the defending BSL champs and defending RBSA Cup champs in the Round of 32. There were some upsets, and some strong games to choose from here.

The game of the round, of course, was the Super 5 matchup- two BSL title contenders going at it in the first round, as Herzegovina City traveled to the Hangaza reason to take on Jinja City FC. The early season big-time matchup was the money maker here, of course, as everyone made this the match to watch. Of course, both teams are tired after action in the preliminary round of the Challenger's Cup, each side getting six games in that tournament. That game was largely a defensive struggle, as neither side took a ton of chances going forward and were willing to sit back.

IT wasn't much of a surprise when it was 0-0 after 90 minutes. While the home side really pushed Brian Emerson's team in the final moments of extra time, they could not break through, although Musa Gaye hit the crossbar in the 115th minute. No matter for them- they were clinical in the penalty shootout. While Theresa Lubalo missed the opening spot kick, they were dominant from that point forward in the shootout, with Vatan Ercetin, Marcus Rose, and Xilit-Zaxac Yol hitting their penalties, in that order. The fifth and final penalty was taken by Garvan Braehead, and the veteran wide player buried it to send Jinja City to the next round.

Of course, while the headliner, that was only one of 30 games to happen in this round- what else happened? Well, the magic of the cup happened. Of course, you have seen us pick the Hoima Warriors to win the Banijan Soccer League. While we stand by that pick, their first round matchup against Dimbogourou SC did not make it look possible. Dimbogourou, from the Lower Coastal League, not only took mighty Hoima to extra time, but scored twice to knock the Warriors out of the 1st round. Of course, Kahara and Boldfont both didn't play. But still- the Warriors getting KO'd by little Dimbogourou? Not something you see every day.

The Selekawe Knights also won a thriller against another BSL side, as they knocked Askatasuna FC out of the domestic cup with a thrilling 4-3 win at home. Some other BSL sides had some close calls- Mynda Electra could not break down a disciplined Sororo City side, and needed the pressure of penalty kicks to knock out the regional side. Umbazi Metropolitan SC, at home, could not dispatch of Mamari City in 90 minutes, needing two goals in extra time to overcome Mamari City by a score of 5-3. Fortunately for Umbazi fans, however, Farf prodigy Ülì Èsàsè opened his scoring account for his new club, scoring the fifth and final goal for the team.

Otherwise, aside from those matches, the round mostly went according to script. The rest of the teams that were supposed to win won, and while a few more had to struggle, like Busukuma AC, they were still able to wrap things up nicely within 90 minutes. IT will make for an entertaining Round of 32, as the matchup possibilities are indeed tantilizing. We will see what those will give us soon.

Ebrahim Razav Cup
As a reminder, this is a double elimination tournament between the six Busoga Islander sides. The bottom four sides, by league standings, enter in the first round, and the top two sides, by league standings, enter in the next round. As this is double elimination, an up to date bracket is provided for here.
1st Round
Nezrouch Rovers 4–0 Tezirbu Foxes
Jaribga Soccer Club 0–1 Tripoli Foresters


And now, here is the first round of the second annual Ebrahim Razav Cup! As you can see, this is a seeded tournament, unlike most domestic cups which are random draws. BISA, of course, chose this format due to the limited size(just six sides) and to ensure excitement throughout the season. Opening the season with a double elimination cup game- high stakes, and yet, not at risk of your cup run ending just yet. Nezrouch Rovers, seeded 4th due to their 7th place season last year in the Northwestern League, took on the Tezirbu Foxes, who finished in 11th in the regional league. The Rovers romped- and danced to the tune of a 4-0 victory against a clearly overmatched Foxes squad.

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The Rovers will travel to the Busogan capitol to take on Lakiska SC, while it will be the Tripoli Foresters who will travel to Dukuma to take on the defending cup champions and Northwestern League champions, Dukuma SC. Dukuma last season won the strangest domestic double you'll ever see- a regional league title and a domestic cup with only six teams in it. But a double is a double, and no Banijan team has ever done that in the pyramid era. So kudos to them as they to win this tournament for the second straight season.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Part I

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Kabaka's Cup
Played at the Stadium of the Restoration in Busukuma, National Capitol Region
Istria City FC 6–2 Busembe Timberwolves


And the kickoff game! The Super Cup- the RBSA Cup winner against the BSL winner. That meant that Istria City FC, the defending league champions, took on the Busembe Timberwolves. Remember, last season Istria City FC earned their second ever league title by romping through the league at an astounding pace, scoring a BSL record 123 goals across 38 games in an offensively dominant performance. Their goal differential was a stunning +90. They picked up right where they left off from that as they crushed the Timberwolves at the Stadium of the Restoration, by a score of 6-2.

It would actually be the Timberwolves that would score first. Kiggwe Basamula scored from about 20 yards on a great strike in the 10th minute to give his side an early 1-0 lead. During his celebrations, Bøb Übermanager, the manager for the Timberwolves, pointed directly at the Istria City bench and pounded his chest. No words were necessary- Istria City took that as a challenge. And boy, did they respond. Kate Huitema-Omeasoo equalized for Istria City FC in the 22nd minute. Then Torvald Royle scored a header in the 31st, and he buried home another header in the 39th. Halftime, the score was 3-1.

But Istria City were not done. Jermaine Poole, Servet Ornet, and Ablie Kah all scored in the second half to give the squad an eventful 6-1 lead, that turned into a 6-2 win when Jeff Finte scored in the 90th for the Timberwolves. An emphatic message sent out from the Istria squad- they fully intend on defending their title.

Should be noted that scores are listed in the order they are played. First score is Friday night, scores two through seven are Saturday, the 8th and 9th games listed are Sunday afternoon, and the last game listed is Sunday night. Furthermore, the international competition games happen in the week leading up to the "Matchday X" weekend. IFCF CL games are on Tuesdays, IFCF Challenger's Cup games are on Wednesdays, and Cup Winner's Cup, AOCL, and Vilitan Cove International games are on Thursdays.

Rukunbi FC 0–2 Mynda Electra
Capitol City FC 2–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Suwawa FC 0–1 Askatasuna FC
Herzegovina City FC 2–0 Hawabark Boulders
Busukuma AC 2–2 Istria City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–3 Herzegovina Phoenix
Busukuma Force 1–0 Jinja City FC
Lakiska SC 1–3 Hoima Warriors
Isipongo Flash 0–1 Kitara AA
Dukuma SC 4–0 Aissa United FC


And now, for the kickoff! The kickoff game on Friday night- Rukunbi FC, playing host to Mynda Electra. In Istria, in the same city where the XIV Summer Olympiad was just held. References were all over to the recently completed Olympic Games. But although it was a celebration of Rukunbi and Istria, Mynda Electra would spoil the party, as Daniel Lucas led his squad to victory. Troy Luck and Suliven Roagart both scored in the first half to give the visitors a 2-0 win. Elsewhere on Saturday, some expected squads won, as Capitol City FC won their opener, Askatasuna FC picked up an important away win, and the Phoenix won at Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf's Den.

It was an interesting weekend for the big clubs! Herzegovina City got off to a strong start, with a relatively routine 2-0 win over the Hawabark Boulders for the veteran squad. Jinja City FC actually was on the wrong side of an upset- in our nation's capitol, against the Force, their offense was suffocated as Fara Keita scored the game's only goal. The Hoima Warriors got off to a strong start against a defensive stout Lakiska SC side, as Gitonga Kahara scored once and assisted once. Istria City FC started off their title defense with a draw, as they played an entertaining one against Busukuma AC, but could not fully break down the capitol side. And the SUnday nightcap was Dukuma SC's return to the BSL. It was an emphatic one- their first top-flight game in 5 seasons, and they crushed Aissa United, winning 4-0 and launching celebrations throughout the night.

Mynda Electra 0–1 Kitara AA
Hoima Warriors 2–1 Isipongo Flash
Jinja City FC 1–0 Lakiska SC
Aissa United FC 1–0 Busukuma Force
Herzegovina Phoenix 2–2 Dukuma SC
Istria City FC 3–3 Busembe Timberwolves
Hawabark Boulders 2–2 Busukuma AC
Askatasuna FC 0–0 Herzegovina City FC

Rukunbi FC 1–0 Capitol City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 4–5 Suwawa FC
IFCF Champions League Group B Matchday 1
Istria City 2-1 AC Izotz Zubia (AUD)
IFCF Challenger's Cup Group G Matchday 1
Herzegovina City 0-3 Langtree United (MRC)


Well, the group stages of the IFCF competitions have now arrived! Istria City, of course, kicking off their Champions League campaign by taking on AC Izotz Zubia at home, at Kabonero III Field. AC Izotz Zubia is a storied club in Audioslavia. One may remember them from a few years back, when they beat Herzegovina City in an AOCL Final. But on this day, at a packed Kabonero III Field, it would be Istria City who would get the better of the Audioslavians. Murray Hunnisett scored in the first half, and although the Audioslavians equalized, Alanso Tibamba broke the deadlock in the 77th with his forehead, and Istria City earned a 2-1 win. While it was all smiles in South Moravica, just a trip up the road in North Moravica was depression. Langtree United, of Mercedini, crushed Herzegovina City, and they were better at all facets of the game as they crushed their hosts, 3-0.

Now, of course, back to the league. Let's start with the Sunday nightcap! A random matchup, between Umbazi Metropolitan and Suwawa FC, but the 9 goal thriller made it absolutely worthy of the matchup. Sarika Birla, the national team striker for the Busoga Islands, having a hat trick. Nobody playing any kind of defense, seemingly, as the ball was just up and down, back and forth. In a 4-4 deadlocked game in the 86th, it would be Kalactanian wingback Roland Snyder who would score the match winner, as he put a finger to his lips to silence the home crowd in Umbazi. A thrilling 5-4 win, as Suwawa FC, of course, tries to build on last season's performance and make themselves a BSL fixture.

For three of the Super 5 clubs, this Matchday was a "what might have been." Istria City and Busukuma AC drew each other last week, and wanted to rise up the table by getting three points. Neither could do so. Istria City FC, in their home opener against Kabaka's Cup opponent Busembe, could not defend well enough as the Timberwolves earned a 3-3 draw in Istria. Busukuma AC got off to a horrific start in Hawabark, going 2 down at halftime. Cyper Baldeh opened his account by scoring early in the half, and Wijini scored as well to make it 2-2, which was the final score. Herzegovina City, while on the front foot at St. Sava Park for most of the game, could not break down Askatasuna FC, as they lacked their usual finishing firepower in the 0-0 draw. Jinja City and the Hoima Warriors both took care of business at home in tight affairs, as both sides won by one goal.

Capitol City FC 0–1 Mynda Electra
Suwawa FC 0–2 Rukunbi FC
Herzegovina City FC 1–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Busukuma AC 5–0 Askatasuna FC
Busembe Timberwolves 0–3 Hawabark Boulders
Dukuma SC 0–2 Istria City FC
Busukuma Force 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Lakiska SC 0–0 Aissa United FC
Isipongo Flash 0–2 Jinja City FC
Kitara AA 1–2 Hoima Warriors
IFCF Cup Winner's Cup First Round First Leg
Dukuma SC 1-2 Yenvil Town FC (TAE)


Dukuma SC's return to the Cup Winner's Cup! One of few clubs to have played in this tournament representing two different countries. They qualified a few years ago via the RBSA Cup, and now they are here via the Ebrahim Razav Cup. But they took on Yenvil Town FC, of Taeshan, and although they were back, they still have a ways to go before they can compete at this level. The 2-1 score was flattering, as the goal for the Busogan side was kind of a lucky one. Not the greatest result, but not embarassing either. Let's go to the league! Busukuma AC was emphatic at home against Askatasuna FC, earning their first win of the season in style, scoring 5 goals and not conceding any as they blew the Aksum side straight out of the water.

Herzegovina City struggled to another yet another draw, as Umbazi Metropolitan was able to hold the hosts to just one goal as their organized defense prevented Herzegovina City from really getting going. Istria City FC, the defending champions, picked up their first win of the campaign as well, as they won 2-0 in Dukuma. Jinja City also won in Isipongo. The highlight of that game was Vatan Ercetin and Xilit-Zaxac, quite possibly the most deadly combination in the league, both scoring, assisted by one another.

The game of the week, though, was Kitara AA v. Hoima. Both teams had the maximum 6 points going into the match. IT was Kitara AA's home opener, as they won their first two away from home. And, of course, Gitonga Kahara playing on Sunday night. This was Kitara AA's chance- can they compete with the big boys? Can they truly crash the party? Well, they played well enough to do so. While Ilona Duerden scored the opening goal for the visitors, Betanni Jetvanna equalized just before halftime to make it 1-1. And the second half was great. Up and down, back and forth. Kahara hitting the crossbar in the 57th. Ronald Mickel forcing a sprawling, leaping save from Nelson Okello in the 65th. So many chances- who would take theirs? It would be Hoima. On a corner kick in the 85th minute, in this massive game between two title contenders, an almost perfect ball was swung into the box. Eren Knox, the Tikariot international, rose above the crowd and headed powerfully just as he was taught- down to the ground. It hit the ground and bounced up quickly, and his international teammate, goalkeeper Brian Merson, did not stand a chance at making the save. Scoring right in front of the visiting fans, the team celebrated energetically, and after the game, fans chanted "small club" at the home fans, taunting them. An important win for Hoima, the only team to win all of their first three games.

Mynda Electra 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Jinja City FC 3–3 Kitara AA
Aissa United FC 2–2 Isipongo Flash
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–1 Lakiska SC

Istria City FC 3–1 Busukuma Force
Hawabark Boulders 4–2 Dukuma SC
Askatasuna FC 0–2 Busembe Timberwolves
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Busukuma AC
Rukunbi FC 2–1 Herzegovina City FC
Capitol City FC 1–0 Suwawa FC


Now for Matchday 4! No international cup competition preceding this matchday, no- just the beauties of weekend league play. The Hoima Warriors played Mynda Electra on Friday night. Coming off of their exhausting Sunday nightcap, it was a shorter turnaround than normal. But there would be no such drama in Mynda. Lukas Boldfont scoring in the 27th minute proved to be enough, as the Warriors simply overpowered the Aksum team. On Saturday, the early slot featured Jinja City and Kitara AA. The two had a thrilling battle- back and forth, as Xilit-Zaxac had a hat trick to lead the Jinja City side. However, Betanni Jetvanna, Ronald Mickel, and Edrissa Coulibaly all responded to the Qusmy's goals, as the two teams split the spoils at BCEL Stadium.

What were the other noteworthy results of the weekend? Well, the Herzegovina PHoenix and Lakiska SC are both midtable sides, trying to break into the upper echelon. When they play each other, it is important- is either decisively better than the other, good enough to maybe challenge for a Challenger's Cup slot? The answer, at least for now, is no. Daba Kuta scored early in the second half to give the Phoenix a 1-0 lead, but Guc Ahmad equalized off the bench to give Lakiska SC their half of the spoils. KUta had a chance to win the match via a penalty, but it was saved by the Sarzonian international, Carlton Sandt. Rukunbi FC recorded an upset win at home, as they downed Herzegovina City by a score of 2-1 for their third consecutive win. Although Christos Tsiavis had given Herzegovina City a 1-0 lead going into the half, they could not keep up in the second half, as weary legs gave away to chances and goals for Ramatoulie Condé and Tyrone Barrett.

Umbazi Metropolitan SC also recorded a home upset win, defeating Busukuma AC by a score of 1-0. It was an unlucky loss for the premier capitol side, as a curled cross from Umbazi winger Asa Sylla was difficult to deal with. Celty O'Mercury tried to head the ball out of bounds for a corner kick, but he headed the ball into his own net. What can be done? And the last major result of the weekend was Istria City FC taking care of the Busukuma Force at home, by a score of 3-1. The young Quebecois striker Huitema-Omeasoo scored twice, as she was extremely difficult to deal with. Frey Stanger scored the final goal for the defending champions in that match.

Suwawa FC 1–1 Mynda Electra
Herzegovina City FC 5–0 Capitol City FC
Busukuma AC 1–0 Rukunbi FC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Dukuma SC 1–2 Askatasuna FC
Busukuma Force 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Lakiska SC 1–2 Istria City FC
Isipongo Flash 1–2 Herzegovina Phoenix
Kitara AA 1–1 Aissa United FC
Hoima Warriors 1–0 Jinja City FC
IFCF Champions League Group B Matchday 2
Brinemouth (NPH) 0-2 Istria City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup Group G Matchday 2
Anomalies (CMT) 0-0 Herzegovina City FC


And the IFCF is back! First, will be Istria City's trip to one of the richest clubs in the multiverse, Brinemouth. The sixth richest club in the multiverse, according to the Fekadu Financial Power Index. But of course, Istria coming in with all sorts of confidence as Banija's defending champions. And they were able to record the win in Nephara. Goals for Torvald Royle and Ijeawele Halim off the bench gave the side a 2-0 win in Nephara, their second in as many matches during the CL. As for Herzegovina City, they had a poor start to their IFCF campaign last week when they lost 3-0 to Langtree United. While they still could not get their offense going, they at least figured it out in the back, as they tightened up, earning a 0-0 draw in Chromatika. Not the greatest result, but still- a point is a point.

Although they could not get their offense going there, they had no problems getting the attack going on the weekend. The early slot on Saturday saw them dominate, winning 5-0 against an overmatched Capitol City FC squad. It's been sort of a frustrating start for the perennial title contenders, so this was a good win for them and their fans. Meghan Walcott led the way, scoring twice, while Tsiavis, Roux, and Brotzmann all scored once. Busukuma AC were able to earn an interesting 1-0 win. A goal in the very first minute of the game, from Cyper Baldeh, and then nothing for the rest of the match. 26 seconds to score, and then no more goals. An odd win, but three points are three points, and Busukuma AC went home happy.

The Kitara Athletic Association, after winning their opening two games and then falling to Hoima, drew for the second straight week, unable to break the deadlock with Aissa United. The game of the week, however, was league leaders Hoima against Jinja City. Two title contenders, once again on Sunday night. This time, it would be everybody's favorite Banijans, Gitonga Kahara, who would score the winner, bending in a free kick in the 67th minute to give the squad a 1-0 win. Another big win, their fifth in a row, to keep them on top of the table. This seems like a strong title challenge from Hoima- is this just an early season blitz, or are Hoima for real?

Mynda Electra 2–4 Jinja City FC
Aissa United FC 1–3 Hoima Warriors
Herzegovina Phoenix 2–2 Kitara AA
Istria City FC 9–1 Isipongo Flash
Hawabark Boulders 1–0 Lakiska SC
Askatasuna FC 0–0 Busukuma Force
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Dukuma SC
Rukunbi FC 2–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Suwawa FC 1–0 Herzegovina City FC
Capitol City FC 1–0 Busukuma AC


And now, for Matchday 6! There were a number of interesting results, from a pair of large upsets to blowouts. First, let's get to the expected. Friday night, Mynda Electra took on Jinja City FC, at home. That was a six goal thriller. The teams alternated goals in the first half, with Vatan Ercetin scoring twice for the visitors while Xavier Melchoir and Fakebba Ouattara both scored for the hosts. 2-2 at halftime, somebody had to create separation. It would be the visitors and title contenders who would do so. The go-ahead goal in the 71st came from an unexpected source. Not Xilit-Zaxac, or Ercetin, but Precious Kolley, who came in off the bench for Marcus Rose. Musa Gaye scored the fourth goal, and that would be that. In the early Saturday slot, the Hoima Warriors also were dominant, taking a 3-0 halftime lead en route to a 3-1 away win at the Hangaza Unified Stadium. Josef Lawerenz scored twice, and Kahara scored once.

And now, let's get to the upsets! Off to Sunday. Herzegovina City FC, fresh off of a 5-0 home win last week, traveled within their own region to Suwawa. To the small town, trying to get three points. Estève Palomer, however, had Suwawa FC ready. They were physical and organized, and although did not maintain much possession, they got forward enough times with the counter-attack for Reginius Kunst to score the game winner. A masterclass of a plan, well executed. The other upset, was in the nightcap. The Busukuma derby- Capitol City FC hosting Busukuma AC. It's always a cracking affair when these two sides play. Fan segregation entering the stadium, they do not like each other. And it would be the underdogs that would pull off the win, as Kausu Dione, the former U21 World Cup winner, scored the game winning goal.

Meanwhile, in terms of emphatic- Istria City FC scored a 9-1 win over the Isipongo Flash. An absolutely dominant performance from all perspectives, as six different players lit up the scoresheet. Royle had a hat trick, Hunnisett scored twice, while Huitema-Omeasoo, Kah, Poole, and Petata all scored once.

Herzegovina City FC 1–0 Mynda Electra
Busukuma AC 3–0 Suwawa FC
Busembe Timberwolves 2–1 Capitol City FC
Dukuma SC 0–0 Rukunbi FC
Busukuma Force 2–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Lakiska SC 2–1 Askatasuna FC
Isipongo Flash 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Kitara AA 4–3 Istria City FC
Hoima Warriors 1–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Jinja City FC 5–1 Aissa United FC
IFCF Cup Winner's Cup First Round Second Leg
Yenvil Town FC (TAE) 3-1 Dukuma SC (Yenvil Town FC advance to second round 5-2 on aggregate)


And now, for the second leg of the first round of the Cup Winner's Cup! Dukuma SC was always overmatched against the side from Taeshan, and it was proven once again, as Yenvil Town FC earned an easy 3-1 win on the day, and a 5-2 win on aggregate. The better side won- there was no arguing that. Still, a good opportunity for Dukuma SC regardless, to get that international experience. Now, for the league! Herzegovina City FC played Mynda Electra at home on Friday night, and they were able to earn a 1-0 win over the Aksum side. Marcel Roux scored the only goal of the game for the hosts. Busukuma AC, smarting over the rivalry loss, took on their frustrations on Suwawa FC as they earned the 3-0 win. Wijini, Baldeh, and Obadiah Parrott all scored for the capitol side.

This was the best Sunday slate of games that we've had in a while. The first Sunday game was Kitara AA v. Istria City FC. Kitara AA wanted a win against a big time opponent to get their Champions League challenge back on track. They scored the first two goals of this encounter, with Coulibaly and Mickel both scoring in the first 20 minutes. But one can never count out Istria City's offense- they are simply too strong. Torvald Royle scored in the 38th, and then he scored against in the final seconds of the first half to level the game. Quebecois youngster Kate Huitema-Omeasoo socred in the 52nd to give the visitors a 3-2 lead. But then Ronald Mickel, a BSL record signing at $17 million(paid over two seasons), really proved his worth. After beating players on the dribble, he set up Anwar Dawit with a simple tap-in to make it 3-3. And then, in the 78th, he both earned and scored the game-winning free kick for Kitara. A 4-3 thrilling win.

Meanwhile, the Hoima Warriors kept up their hot form, winning their seventh consecutive game to start off the season, as they won 1-0 in a tight game against the Herzegovina Phoenix. Lastly, the battle for Hangaza was the rivalry that highlighted the Sunday nightcap. And per usual, Jinja City FC was the dominant force over Aissa United, as they started fast and never looked back as they romped to a 5-1 win.

Mynda Electra 0–0 Aissa United FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 2–4 Jinja City FC
Istria City FC 1–1 Hoima Warriors
Hawabark Boulders 1–1 Kitara AA

Askatasuna FC 2–0 Isipongo Flash
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–1 Lakiska SC
Rukunbi FC 1–0 Busukuma Force
Capitol City FC 0–1 Dukuma SC
Suwawa FC 2–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Herzegovina City FC 2–1 Busukuma AC
IFCF Champions League Group B Matchday 3
Fontvielle Impact (VLD) 3-1 Istria City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup Group G Matchday 3
Herzegovina City 2-2 Anomalies (CMT)


And now, we are reaching the halfway point of the group stages of the Champions League! Istria City FC, on this matchday, would travel out to Valladares to take on the Fontvielle Impact. After winning their first two games of group play, they would hope to earn another win and continue their rise. That did not happen, unfortunately for them. Fontvielle Impact delivered them their first loss of the Champions League campaign, serving as a reminder of the difficulities of the Champions League. Meanwhile, Herzegovina City played Anomalies again, just at home. The game was different, although the result was the same as the game in Chromatika- a final score of 2-2. Of course, with Chromatika opening up, Herzegovina City fans could fly directly(well, from Istria) to Chromatika, the first such time that has been allowed to happen.

Back to the league. The Warriors have had sizzling form for a lot of this season, winning 7 of their first 7. Could they make it 8 from 8? They'd have to earn it, playing away to the defending champions, Istria City FC. They actually scored early, with Gitonga Kahara chipping the goalkeeper in the 27th minute. ANd they tried to hold on and withstand Istria City's offense. But there's a reason that, year in and year out, Istria City's offense is tops in the league. They have talented forwards, and love to get forward. Grayson should have tried for a second. While Jermaine Poole eventually equalized, still a great start for Hoima- 7 wins and a draw, six points clear at the top of the table after 8 games.

Jinja City won this weekend as well, winning 4-2 in Hawabark. But there was another Super 5 game, the Sunday nightcap- Herzegovina City at home against Busukuma AC. This was always bound to be an entertaining one. Wijini assisted Cyper Baldeh, who is really coming into his own, in the first half for the visitors to take a 1-0 lead at halftime. But if there's one hallmark of the Brian Emerson era in Herzegovina City, it is belief. Confidence in himself. Confidence in the team. And the players playing well. Meghan Walcott scored the equalizer, while it would be none other than Rosie Tyler who would score the winner, assisted by Walcott, in the 82nd minute.

Meanwhile, the table!

BSL Standings after 8 games
Banijan Soccer League         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Hoima Warriors 8 7 1 0 14 5 +9 22
2 Jinja City FC 8 5 1 2 19 10 +9 16
3 Rukunbi FC 8 5 1 2 8 5 +3 16
4 Istria City FC 8 4 3 1 25 13 +12 15
5 Herzegovina City FC 8 4 2 2 12 5 +7 14
6 Kitara AA 8 3 4 1 14 12 +2 13
7 Herzegovina Phoenix 8 3 3 2 13 12 +1 12
8 Busukuma AC 8 3 2 3 14 8 +6 11
9 Hawabark Boulders 8 3 2 3 11 9 +2 11
10 Askatasuna FC 8 3 2 3 6 10 −4 11
11 Busukuma Force 8 3 1 4 5 6 −1 10
12 Suwawa FC 8 3 1 4 9 13 −4 10
13 Capitol City FC 8 3 0 5 5 11 −6 9
14 Dukuma SC 8 2 2 4 10 11 −1 8
15 Mynda Electra 8 2 2 4 6 8 −2 8
16 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 8 2 2 4 9 12 −3 8
17 Lakiska SC 8 2 2 4 6 9 −3 8
18 Busembe Timberwolves 8 2 2 4 11 15 −4 8
19 Aissa United FC 8 1 4 3 6 15 −9 7
20 Isipongo Flash 8 1 1 6 6 20 −14 4


Legitimate Reaction or Overreaction?


As is always true at the beginning of a sports season, there are some strange results that bulge out. Especially in early season tables. What is for real? What is an overreaction, and will course correct as the season goes on? We will take a stab at sorting through what's real and what is not.

1. Rukunbi FC in the IFCF? Rukunbi FC possibly in the Champions League? Status: Overreaction

Rukunbi FC, however quietly, has had a strong start to this season. Winning 5 of their first 8 games, their only loss in the season opener on Matchday 1, has turned some heads. And it's clear in the table. They've got 16 points and are in third place. Ahead of Herzegovina City, ahead of their crosstown archrivals Istria City. Who does this pan out for most? The manager, Ibea Obasi. Trying to make a name for himself, this start has certainly gotten the conversation going. And, of course, the team with some of the rowdiest fans in the multiverse have beaten Herzegovina City.

We are not sure the form can hold. Top half of the table? Certainly. Maybe even outside challengers' for the Challenger's Cup. But for the Champions League? Not a chance. They've got a veteran defense, with all four defenders, as well as their goalkeeper, over 30. The problem, is the attack. Their central midfielder is 34. Upanshu Paramartha, the right outside midfielder, is 32. They don't generate enough offense to maintain this form. Only 8 goals scored so far. If they can set up Tyrone Barrett a bit more often, then maybe, but for now? The answer must be no.

2. Isipongo Flash getting relegated? Status: Legitimate Reaction

Outside of Rukunbi FC, there are not a ton of surprises in the top half of the table. The title contenders are all up there, with our six listed preseason title contenders all finding themselves in the top 8. The bottom half, has some surprises however. The Flash are not one of them. They are a team that has struggled in recent seasons, and do not have a ton of talent. Where is the top level talent? There is none. There are plenty of games, of course, and they have a new manager. But we'll see if they can do what it takes to stay in the top-flight.

Domestic Cups
RBSA Cup
Round of 32
Busukuma AC 0–0 Herzegovina Phoenix (1–0 AET)
Dimbogourou SC 0–1 Nanami Dragons
Koszagard City 1–3 Barmos United
Isipongo Flash 4–3 Mynda Electra
Corizova United 2–0 Byakado City
Selekawe Knights 0–1 Gadive City
Busembe Timberwolves 5–2 Amaku City FC
Djoro Athletic 1–2 Kitara AA
Hawabark Boulders 4–2 AFC Kosactus
Duntho Sporting Club 4–3 Nsade United
Okakameb City 1–3 Jinja City FC
Kwadama Dojo 1–1 Bwubanza City SC (1–2 AET)
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 4–1 Lwanga Lions
Capitol City FC 2–0 Dodoma City SC
Igulu City FC 3–0 Busukuma Force
Istria City FC 1–1 Eastern Moravica FC (4–1 AET)


And the Round of 32! The two Kabaka's Cup participants, Istria City FC and the Busembe Timberwolves, have now entered into the competition. It was an interesting round of competition! Busukuma AC took on the Herzegovina Phoenix at home, and although it took 110 minutes for the 0-0 deadlock to be broken, it would be Hinodejin outside midfielder Hildegard von Krone, who would make the difference off the bench and score the winning goal.

What else happened this cup weekend? The last place Flash showed signs of life, as they defeated Mynda Electra at home by a score of 4-3 to advance to the RBSA Cup Round of 16. Other big clubs took care of business, like Jinja City's 3-1 away win in Okakameb City, and Kitara Athletic Association winning 2-1 away from home. The most interesting match was Istria City's home match against Eastern Moravica FC. In regulation, they kept pounding and pounding on the door, but they kept getting denied and turned away. However, they scored three goals in extra time to earn a 4-1 victory.

The Round of 16 will be an interesting one. There will be a number of regional league sides there. Who will advance from the Ro16 to the Quarterfinals, where visions of silverware really start dancing in your eyes? We will find out and see.

Ebrahim Razav Cup
2nd Round
Lakiska SC 0–1 Nezrouch Rovers
Dukuma SC 2–0 Tripoli Foresters


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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Part II

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Should be noted that scores are listed in the order they are played. First score is Friday night, scores two through seven are Saturday, the 8th and 9th games listed are Sunday afternoon, and the last game listed is Sunday night. Furthermore, the international competition games happen in the week leading up to the "Matchday X" weekend. IFCF CL games are on Tuesdays, IFCF Challenger's Cup games are on Wednesdays, and Cup Winner's Cup, AOCL, and Vilitan Cove International games are on Thursdays.

Busukuma AC 1–0 Mynda Electra
Busembe Timberwolves 3–3 Herzegovina City FC
Dukuma SC 1–1 Suwawa FC

Busukuma Force 1–2 Capitol City FC
Lakiska SC 1–0 Rukunbi FC
Isipongo Flash 3–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Kitara AA 1–0 Askatasuna FC
Hoima Warriors 3–0 Hawabark Boulders
Aissa United FC 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Jinja City FC 0–3 Istria City FC
IFCF Cup Winner's Cup Second Round First Leg
Tashkentspor (TMR) 0-2 Busembe Timberwolves


So with Dukuma SC eliminated in the second round, the Timberwolves entered the IFCF Cup Winner's Cup at this stage. They had a bye from the first round, of course, thanks to the rank of the BSL. The ever confident Equestrian, Bøb Übermanager, went into the match predicting a win for the Timberwolves. They went up to TImuria to take on Tashkentspor, the country across Banija's northern border. The Timberwolves were able to impose their will early, with a 12th minute strike from Basamula followed by a 17th minute header from Uchey Nwankwo, and that early advantage away from home was the difference. Farsal-Smith had a stellar performance between the posts, and the Timberwolves won on this day, 2-0.

That takes us to the league. They were the early highlight on Saturday, when the Timberwolves took on Herzegovina City at Tiones Lumber Field. It was an entertaining battle- back and forth. The Timberwolves scored first to make it 1-0 early, but Herzegovina City seemed to impose their will on the game when they scored three consecutive times. Although they were up 3-1 in the 55th, the Timberwolves were not done. Basamula scored for a second time in the 70th, and then Jombo Sillah scored in the 77th. A penalty was actually awarded to the Timberwolves in the 84th, a chance to complete the comeback to win the game, but Francois Tantoh got a strong hand on the penalty to save the point. A thrilling 3-3 draw, where they split the spoils.

The Hoima Warriors, after dropping points for the first time all season on Matchday 8, got right back to their winning ways with a seemingly effortless 3-0 home win over the Boulders. Kahara, Underwood, and Boldfont all scored. The game of the week going in, however, was Jinja City hosting Istria City on Sunday night. It was expected to be a huge one- the defending champions, against the champions from the previous season. But it was all Istria City. They were suffocating- on offense and defense, the side from Banija's largest city simply imposed their will on the match from the first whistle to the last. Huitema-Omeasoo scored twice, while Tibamba scored once himself. An important match- will Istria City try to go back to back?

Mynda Electra 1–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Istria City FC 0–0 Aissa United FC
Hawabark Boulders 3–1 Jinja City FC
Askatasuna FC 0–2 Hoima Warriors
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Kitara AA
Rukunbi FC 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Capitol City FC 1–2 Lakiska SC
Suwawa FC 0–2 Busukuma Force
Herzegovina City FC 1–0 Dukuma SC
Busukuma AC 2–2 Busembe Timberwolves
IFCF Champions League Group B Matchday 4
Istria City FC 3-0 Brinemouth (NPH)
IFCF Challenger's Cup Group G Matchday 4
Herzegovina City FC 1-2 Tanrisal (PAS)


Istria City FC had a big, momentum shifting win on Sunday night in Jinja. But just two days later, the Champions League came. And who did they have? None other than Brinemouth at home. And, in another big match against a big name opponent, under the bright lights of the Champions League. And for the second straight matchday, a roaring Istria City side came out on top. Flashes of their brilliant performances from last season that won them a league title- a pressing attack, great defense by Alanso Tibamba, and this motivated, veteran-laden squad simply imposing their will. A 3-0 victory over Brinemouth put them back on track for the CL knockout stages. In the Challenger's Cup, unfortunately, Herzegovina City fell at home, with Namakula Kawesa scoring once and assiting once for the visiting Pasargan side, to down Herzegovina City 2-1.

Istria City had a great week, with two huge wins, so they were due for a let down on the weekend. It's natural- riding the highs of two big wins in two big matches, it is extremely difficult to then immediately turn it on for a 'lesser' opponent. It was a trap game- and Aissa United, against a tired Istria City side that rotated normal starters, were able to earn a 0-0 draw in Istria. That was not the only surprise for big squads this weekend though- Kitara Athletic Association lost their game in Umbazi, while Jinja City fell 3-1 in Hawabark. The Hoima Warriors, however, continued to chug along, earning their 9th win in 10 league matches, as Kahara scored twice in a 2-0 win at St. Sava Park.

Of course, this league isn't only big clubs. One of the most interesting matches was the Friday night bout, between Mynda Electra and the Herzegovina Phoenix. Both clubs on the outside looking in, not part of the Super 5 nor are they Kitara AA, but they most certainly want to be. It was a fierce battle, but Mynda Electra triumphed at home, by a score of 1-0. An 88th minute free kick in a deadlocked, 0-0 contest was taken by Xavier Melchoir, who lifted a perfect cross to the Mavinet international Lam Tri Thong, who was unmarked and headed home decisively. A strong win for a Mynda side that is trying to see if they can challenge for the Challenger's Cup.

Busembe Timberwolves 0–4 Mynda Electra
Dukuma SC 0–0 Busukuma AC
Busukuma Force 2–4 Herzegovina City FC
Lakiska SC 0–2 Suwawa FC
Isipongo Flash 0–0 Capitol City FC
Kitara AA 2–1 Rukunbi FC
Hoima Warriors 0–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Jinja City FC 4–1 Askatasuna FC
Aissa United FC 2–1 Hawabark Boulders
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–3 Istria City FC
AOCL First Round First Leg
Langmere Green Rover FC (FVA) 3-4 Istria City FC


And now, time for the Atlantian Oceania Champions League! Istria City FC traveled to Flavovespia to take on their domestic champion, Langmere Green Rover FC. A two-legged tie, and this was the first leg. This was one of the most entertaining matchups of the season. The defending champions went down 2-0 early, conceding in the 15th and 23rd minutes. But this team is built for the comeback- they are never out of a game. Istria City proceeded to score four consecutive goals- Hunnisett in the 29th, Hunnisett again in the 39th, Royle in the 62nd, and then Ijeawele Halim off the bench in the 73rd. While Istria City conceded a last minute penalty, the 4-3 advantage shows that these two sides are capable of plenty of fireworks, and the return leg should be entertaining as well. Thanks to the away goals rule, however, Langmere Green Rover will have to score at least twice in Banija to have a chance at advancing.

What else happened this weekend? Mynda Electra, fresh off of a momentum building win against Herzegovina Phoenix, went to the outskirts of the capitol in South Kitara and dominated Busembe. Mynda Electra was the better team, clearly. Xavier Melchoir scored twice, and Daniel Lucas' side cruised to a 4-0 win away from home. Does that bode well for success next week against Istria City? Who knows? But momentum is momentum, and fans will take heart from these two wins. Jinja City FC, after losing two games in a row, returned to their own winning ways this weekend by serving up four first half goals en route to a 4-1 home win over Askatasuna FC.

Istria City carried momentum forward from their midweek AOCL win, by going to Vdizi on Sunday night and downing the Herzegovina Phoenix, by a score of 3-0. Their overwhelming attack, and results, has Alvin Burnsides trying to declare himself as the league's best Cosumarite manager, and trying to overtake Brian Emerson. Elsewhere, in Dukuma, Busukuma AC struggled to a disappointing, 0-0 draw with the league's most recently promoted side. The Warriors sizzling form slowed down just a tad, as they earned their second draw of the season, knocking at the door against Umbazi but failing to open it, as Amat Turay had 8 saves against the league leaders.

Mynda Electra 3–7 Istria City FC
Hawabark Boulders 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Askatasuna FC 1–0 Aissa United FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2–0 Jinja City FC
Rukunbi FC 2–1 Hoima Warriors
Capitol City FC 0–1 Kitara AA
Suwawa FC 1–1 Isipongo Flash
Herzegovina City FC 0–0 Lakiska SC

Busukuma AC 1–2 Busukuma Force
Busembe Timberwolves 5–0 Dukuma SC
IFCF Champions League Group B Matchday 5
Istria City FC 1-0 Fontvielle Impact (VLD)
IFCF Challenger's Cup Group G Matchday 5
Langtree United (MRC) 0-2 Herzegovina City


Fixture congestion starting to set in for Istria City FC? Third straight week where they have two matches, thanks to international competition. But, for the third straight midweek, they were able to emerge as victors, as they downed Fontvielle Impact, of Valladares, 1-0. It would be the veteran Freeport international, Torvald Royle, who would score the goal for Istria City FC, as his header in the 59th minute proved enough to make Banija's defending champions victors on their own field. Their fourth win of the Champions League, they are almost shoo-ins to make the knockout stages now, and even favorites to win their group. The best part? Herzegovina City finally got a group stage win here! They emerged as 2-0 victors over Langtree United to give late life to their fluttering Challenger's Cup campaign.

What happened this weekend in the league though? There was another Busukuma derby. And for the second time this season, in a Busukuma derby, the biggest Busukuma side, Busukuma AC, fell. Earlier this year, they fell 1-0 to Capitol City FC. And now, they fall 2-1 to the Busukuma Force. Mustafa Uster's side came ready to play against their rivals, as Uzochi Okparro headed home a brilliant winner off a corner kick in stoppage time. It has not been a good season for Busukuma AC so far, their struggles encapsulated by losing to both capitol city rivals. With that, the pressure only builds on Andrea Vardalos.

There was another major upset. The Hoima Warriors, the last team to still have not lost yet, finally fell in league play. It would be Rukunbi FC who would deliver the Warriors their first loss of the season. Rukunbi FC, of course, is known for having probably the most hostile environment to play in, in the entire BSL. They're always a tough away day. And that proved true for Hoima. A 15th minute volley for Mariam Guiss, followed by a 32nd minute header from Tyrone Barrett, made it 2-0 in the first half, and then Rukunbi FC simply suffocated their opponents. While Kahara scored a late one to cut the deficit in half, Rukunbi and their rabid supporters earned themselves all three points on this matchday. Upset of the year so far. Istria City was the only rival in the title race who took advantage, winning 7-3 on Friday night to take three points. Herzegovina City drew, while Jinja CIty fell.

Dukuma SC 0–3 Mynda Electra
Busukuma Force 3–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Lakiska SC 1–0 Busukuma AC
Isipongo Flash 1–3 Herzegovina City FC
Kitara AA 1–2 Suwawa FC
Hoima Warriors 3–0 Capitol City FC
Jinja City FC 2–2 Rukunbi FC
Aissa United FC 0–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–0 Askatasuna FC
Istria City FC 0–1 Hawabark Boulders
Vilitan Cove International First Round First Leg
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2-2 Salmon Head (NWK)
IFCF Cup Winner's Cup Second Round Second Leg
Busembe Timberwolves 2-1 Tashkentspor (TMR) (Busembe advances 4-1 on aggregate to the next round)


The second leg of the Cup Winner's Cup! With the Timberwolves 2-0 winners in Timuria, nobody expected the second leg to mean much of anything. And Jeff Finte essentially buried the tie when he scored in the 30th, ensuring that the Timurians would need three goals in the last hour. They would not get there, although they did score straight after halftime to make it 1-1, Darin Nicholas scored a goal from distance to make it 2-1 in the 65th, and the Timberwolves would earn victory and advance to the next round. The other international competition that took place on this day was the Vilitan Cove International. Umbazi Metropolitan played Salmon Head, of Northwest Kalactin. The two sides drew 2-2 in Umbazi. Remember, in this competition, there is no away goals rule.

And now, of course, to the league. Busukuma AC's struggles continued, as the seat under Andrea Vardolos began to get warmer. A 1-0 away loss in Lakiska, which admittedly is not the easiest place to play, has seen the pressure rise on the 3rd year Nephara national. Carlton Sandt, the Sarzonian international, had 9 saves on the day, and it would be Philena Neuheim who would score the game-winning goal in the 40th. But bigger news around it- out of seemingly nowhere, there is seemingly a big money bid coming to takeover Busukuma AC, from abroad. More on that, of course, later. And that would not be Saturday's only upset. Kitara Athletic Assocation, who were hoping to compete for a Champions League berth but do not seem able to do so, fell at home to Suwawa FC. Jinja City as well struggled on Saturday. While they took an early 2-0 lead, Rukunbi FC, of all teams, carried momentum of their upset victory over Hoima, and scored two late goals to equalize against Jinja City.

Istria City did not take care of business on this Matchday either, falling 1-0 to Hawabark. What big clubs did what they were supposed to do? Herzegovina City won, 3-1 away from home, against a mightily struggling Isipongo Flash squad, while the Warriors won 3-0 at home against Capitol City FC, who are also struggling. What about outside the big clubs? Mynda Electra, recovering after a 7-3 shellacking at the hands of Istria City, got their confidence back in a hurry and routed Dukuma SC, by a score of 3-0, on the North Island.

Mynda Electra 3–2 Hawabark Boulders
Askatasuna FC 0–4 Istria City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–3 Herzegovina Phoenix
Rukunbi FC 0–2 Aissa United FC
Capitol City FC 0–0 Jinja City FC
Suwawa FC 0–2 Hoima Warriors
Herzegovina City FC 1–2 Kitara AA
Busukuma AC 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Busembe Timberwolves 3–2 Lakiska SC
Dukuma SC 4–2 Busukuma Force
AOCL First Round Second Leg
Istria CIty FC 0-0 Langmere Green Rover FC (FVA) (Istria City advances 4-3 on aggregate)


First, for the second leg of the AOCL First round. The first leg was a 7 goal thriller, an edge of your seat game until very, very late. But the return leg in Istria was the opposite. Maybe teams were tired? Who knows? But Istria City FC took a different strategy- they had a two goal cushion, they could smother their opponents. Their midfield was dominant, as it was a boring, but very disciplined 0-0 draw that put Istria City into the next round of the AOCL.

A team that we have not talked a lot about, but that is certainly making a challenge for those IFCF berths, are the Herzegovina Phoenix. We do not talk about them a ton, but they are a team that has been able to make challenges, not yearly, but consistently, for those Challenger Cup places even though they have smaller resources than the rest of the Super 5. A smaller, but very passionate, suburban fanbase puts them in a decent position to do so. A 3-1 Phoenix win away from home, where Vidyo Avramov scored twice has seen them vault into public conciousness, even though they've been in that position in the table.

And while Busukuma AC's struggles are well documented, what is not well documented are the struggles of another Super 5 club- Jinja City FC. They've lost a number of headscratchers this season, as a team that expected to be competing for the Champions League finds themselves hovering in the mid-table. While their twin offensive engine, Vatan Ercetin and Xilit-Zaxac Yol, remains in place, the team around them has gotten worse. In their 0-0 draw with relegation-challenged Capitol City FC, Marcus Rose missed a sitter. Should Theresa Lubalo be an important starter at a Super 5 club? Was Rosenstein a good signing at right back? They aren't that far removed from their league title, but Mór Császár has to get more out of this club.

Lakiska SC 4–1 Dukuma SC
Busukuma Force 0–0 Mynda Electra
Isipongo Flash 0–3 Busembe Timberwolves
Kitara AA 1–1 Busukuma AC
Hoima Warriors 1–1 Herzegovina City FC

Jinja City FC 1–3 Suwawa FC
Aissa United FC 2–1 Capitol City FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–0 Rukunbi FC
Istria City FC 1–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Hawabark Boulders 1–0 Askatasuna FC
IFCF Champions League Group B Matchday 6
AC Izotz Zubia (AUD) 0-0 Istria City FC
[i]IFCF Challenger's Cup Group G Matchday 6
Tanrisal (PAS) 0-0 Herzegovina City FC


Matchday 6 of the IFCF competitions! For Herzegovina City, the nightmare has come to an end. A 0-0 draw in Pasarga has ended their Challenger's Cup campaign, as they finish dead last in their group. For Istria City FC, however, the same result meant something else entirely. They traveled to AC Izotz Zubia in Audioslavia, and also drew 0-0. However, since they had 4 wins entering the matchday, that meant they went from 12 to 13 points, and most importantly, finished atop the table. They will make the Champions League knockout stages, and have their sights set on international success.

The Friday night highlight of the day was the BSL return of one of the BSL's fiercest rivalries- the Busoga derby, between Lakiska SC and Dukuma SC. While Dukuma SC in recent years have gotten the better of their archrivals in cup play, Lakiska SC showed who rules the roost with a dominant 4-1 victory at home over their rivals. Despite Dukuma SC winning the BISA Cup last season, Lakiska SC still believes itself to be the superior club on the Busoga Islands, and it's hard to argue with a 4-1 thumping. Elsewhere, Jinja City had another shocking home loss, losing 3-1 on their own field to a less talented Suwawa FC side, while Istria City won 1-0 at home against Umbazi Metropolitan.

There were two major matchups this weekend, both on Saturday. Kitara AA played Busukuma AC, and the two sides battled it out to a 1-1 draw. The game everyone was looking forward to, however, was Hoima v. Herzegovina City. Title favorites and strong challengers. Who would take the crown? Neither could triumph in this game. Gitonga Kahara's 35th minute free kick was cancelled out by a 52nd minute strike from Marcel Roux. Herzegovina City was almost able to steal it at the end, when Tsiavis chipped Nelson Okello, but a goal line clearance by veteran defender Eren Knox kept the six-time champions out of the back of the net.

Mynda Electra 0–1 Askatasuna FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Rukunbi FC 0–1 Istria City FC
Capitol City FC 1–3 Herzegovina Phoenix
Suwawa FC 1–3 Aissa United FC
Herzegovina City FC 5–2 Jinja City FC
Busukuma AC 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Busembe Timberwolves 5–1 Kitara AA
Dukuma SC 1–0 Isipongo Flash
[i]Busukuma Force 1–1 Lakiska SC
Vilitan Cove International First Round Second Leg
Salmon Head (NWK) 0-0 Umbazi Metropolitan (3-4 penalties) (Umbazi advances on penalties)


And now, for the VCI! Remember, the away goals rule does not apply. These two sides tied again, with the game this time being 0-0. This competition, however, went straight to penalty kicks. Uli Esase made Umbazi's first penatly, and although they missed their second, they made their third and fourth penalties. ON the fifth penalty for both teams, the Salmon Head taker skied his, giving the visitors from Umbazi a chance to win it. Gared Kuepher calmly stepped up and struck the penalty to the corner of the net, giving Umbazi Metropolitan the win on penalties and advancing them to the second round of the competition.

As for the league? One of the highlights of the day was the Istria city derby. Istria City FC paying a visit across town to Rukunbi FC. Per usual, the atmosphere was electric. Rukunbi already had a couple of big results against Super 5 clubs this season, being the only team to defeat Hoima so far, as well as an earned 2-2 draw in Jinja City. And hey- they're a team that finds itself right in the thick of competition for one of those coveted IFCF Challenger's Cup spots. The game against Istria City FC was physical- these are two rivals who do not like each other, so that was not a surprise. The surprise, was the goal. It was a heartbreaker- an own goal from veteran wing back Chizoba Uwaezuoke, who headed the ball into his own net after a wicked cross from Jermaine Poole.

What else happened in the league? Jinja City FC, who haven't won a game since Matchday 11, are trying to get things turned around. However, Herzegovina City showed their class, and emphasized Jinja City's struggles, when they won 5-2. Has the deadly combination of Ercetin/Xilit-Zaxac been figured out? Star Field was rocking for the occasion, and Herzegovina City were sent home singing the praises of their hometown club. The Hoima Warriors, unsurprisingly, got all three points in the capitol, as Busukuma AC regressed to 0-3 against their primary rivals this season, and sit in 14th place.

Without further ado... The league table!

BSL Standings after 16 games
Banijan Soccer League         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD    Pts 
1 Hoima Warriors 16 12 3 1 27 8 +19 39
2 Istria City FC 16 10 4 2 44 17 +27 34
3 Herzegovina City FC 16 8 5 3 30 16 +14 29
4 Herzegovina Phoenix 16 8 4 4 22 18 +4 28
5 Kitara AA 16 7 5 4 23 23 0 26
6 Rukunbi FC 16 7 3 6 14 14 0 24
7 Busembe Timberwolves 16 6 4 6 33 30 +3 22
8 Lakiska SC 16 6 4 6 17 17 0 22
9 Mynda Electra 16 6 3 7 20 19 +1 21
10 Jinja City FC 16 6 3 7 29 29 0 21
11 Busukuma Force 16 6 3 7 18 19 −1 21
12 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 16 6 3 7 16 19 −3 21
13 Suwawa FC 16 6 3 7 19 24 −5 21
14 Busukuma AC 16 5 5 6 20 15 +5 20
15 Hawabark Boulders 16 6 2 8 19 20 −1 20
16 Aissa United FC 16 5 5 6 15 21 −6 20
17 Askatasuna FC 16 5 2 9 9 23 −14 17
18 Dukuma SC 16 4 4 8 17 27 −10 16
19 Capitol City FC 16 4 2 10 10 23 −13 14
20 Isipongo Flash 16 2 3 11 11 31 −20 9


Hot Seat Meter

We'll rank the league's various managers by their hot seat meter. Who is safest in the league? Who is closest to being fired? All the interesting stuff, eh?

Safe seat

Managers here are not ranked, but grouped. All have essentially equal job security, with no chance of being fired this season.

Alvin Burnsides(Cosumar) of Istria City FC
Brian Emerson(Cosumar) of Herzegovina City FC
Mark Grayson(Nephara) of Hoima Warriors
Jehan Blair(Cosumar) of Herzegovina Phoenix
Alan Bettles(Banija) of Kitara AA
Ibea Obasi(Banija) of Rukunbi FC
Bøb Übermanager(Equestria) of Busembe Timberwolves
Winad-Lenpi Xlo(Qusmo) of Lakiska SC

Almost safe seat

Managers here, once again, are grouped, not ranked. Barring something catastrophic, they won't get fired... But not as safe as those above them.

Mustafa Uster(Banija) of the Busukuma Force
Juma Ouattara(Banija) of Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club
Kiggwe Kabelo(Banija) of the Hawabark Boulders
Estève Palomer(Nuovo Juvencus) of Suwawa FC
Mór Császár(Pasarga) of Jinja City FC

Pressure on manager, but no real hot seat

Managers here are grouped, of course, not ranked. The real radar for managerial openings... They are likely to return, but due to whatever circumstances- maybe expectations, maybe early struggles, maybe time served, they aren't quite safe

Daniel Lucas(Chromatika) of Mynda Electra
Yaser Karimi(Al Qurija) of Dukuma SC
Xavier-Marc Lévy(Quebec) of Aissa United FC

Actual Hot Seat

17. Al Iska(Banija) of Askatasuna FC

Now, there's not a ton to say here. He's at his sixth season at the club- and he hasn't really accomplished much. They always seem to be in relegation battles, and this season is no different. They've shown a large amount of loyalty to the veteran manager, but there is rumored to be more frustration at Al Iska for not achieving more success. Is it his fault? It's not like he's been well supported in the transfer market. But high-level coaching is not known to be a fair business. That's why their salaries are so high, eh? We doubt he gets fired, but it wouldn't take much for them to lose a couple in a row, and sink in the relegation race. If they do? Then he's gone.

18. Akhona Joyi(Banija) of Capitol City Football Club

Now, for Joyi. He's been at Capitol City FC a long time. And they are a club that shows loyalty. But ultimately, results are the most important part. His charge isn't much- stay in the top flight. And he's been given a difficult hand to do so. He's only 54- so he'll certainly have other options if he does get canned. He's not unpopular. But his problem, is that they are in 19th. They aren't winning games. He did beat Busukuma AC, their hated rivals, although that may be more of an indictment on Busukuma AC than a positive for Joyi. We imagine they'll try to stick with him for as long as possible, but you know what is true in this sport- if you are in the relegation zone as a manager, no matter who you are or what you have done, your job is not safe. A club has to do what it can to try and stay in the top flight, because relegation is always a disaster.

20. Andrea Vardalos(Nephara) of Busukuma AC

Now, we tied the last two managers for last. Both in very different situations. Of course, there's no chance Busukuma AC gets relegated. But she is finishing well below expectation. Busukuma AC expects to be competing for and in IFCF competition every season. When was the last time they were able to participate in IFCF/UICA competition? And she was supposed to get them there. But this season has been a disaster. While the last two seasons, at least, they've been competing, this season they are all the way in fourteenth. Still plenty of games left, of course, but that's a disastrous start for a team that wants to be competing for Challenger's Cup, or even Champions League places.

That puts her surely on the hot seat. And with all sorts of news reports that new ownership will come into the club soon, it may mean that Vardalos will take the blame. Should she? Who knows? But like we said above, coaches don't get into this business because it's a fair one. She'll need to turn her side's fortunes around, and quick, if she wants to come back for a fourth season.

20. Hassan Fadika(Banija) of the Isipongo Flash

And now, Hassan Fadika. He's a first year manager- normally, he'd get leeway. But Isipongo Flash are firmly in last place. Just 9 points after 16 games is a horrendous return. And like we said above- the basic goal of every club in the top-flight, no matter what country you are in, is to try and stay in the top flight. There is no tanking in a sport with promotion/relegation. So even though he is in year 1, he may not last much longer. He'd likely be on track to be the country's first manager to be fired. How many more games will it take before the Flash pull the trigger? Considering the way they've played, it is seemingly a matter of if, not when, Hassan Fadika will find himself in the unemployment line.


Domestic Cups
RBSA Cup
Round of 16
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2–4 Busukuma AC
Istria City FC 1–0 Nanami Dragons
Kitara AA 0–1 Hawabark Boulders
Corizova United 0–2 Busembe Timberwolves
Capitol City FC 1–0 Barmos United
Duntho Sporting Club 1–1 Isipongo Flash (1–1 AET) (4–3 pen.)
Jinja City FC 4–0 Bwubanza City SC
Igulu City FC 3–2 Gadive City


And now, time for the Round of 16 of the RBSA Cup! Another weekend away from league football, and off to cup football. Which is more entertaining? Who knows? Regardless, here we are. Two teams with lots of pressure on them this weekend, are Busukuma AC and Jinja City FC. Both underperforming in the league, can their respective clubs have a cup run to turn things around? Well, although both have big struggles in the league, they both triumphed on this matchday. Busukuma AC actually looked open and free against Umbazi Metropolitan, scoring four times in a 4-2 victory away from home. Meanwhile, Jinja City crushed Bwubanza City, a regional league side, by a score of 4-0.

What else happened on this weekend? Istria City FC took on the Nanami Dragons, a regional league side, and largely were sloppy. However, they were the more talented side, and a late header allowed them to clinch a 1-0 win to reach the quarterfinals. Duntho Sporting Club, one of the top sides in the regional leagues, took on the Isipongo Flash, who are in last place in the BSL. The two sides tied 1-1, and Duntho triumphed in penalties, toppling the major league side and putting themselves into the quarterfinals. They will be one of two regional league sides in the quarters, as Igulu City FC, the most recently relegated side, triumphed 3-2 over Gadive City.

The Timberwolves and Capitol City FC both took care of business against regional league sides, while Kitara Athletic Assocation were upset at home by the Hawabark Boulders. That leaves 8 teams- and now, for all of them, their eyes are squarely on the Stadium of the Restoration. Once you are in the quarterfinals of a knockout competition, you can truly start dreaming. Which of these clubs will dreams come true for?

Ebrahim Razav Cup
3rd Round
Tripoli Foresters 0–1 Tezirbu Foxes
Lakiska SC 0–0 Jaribga Soccer Club (0–0 AET) (5–4 pen.)


And now, the beginning of the loser's bracket. This is where eliminations happen! In Tripoli, it would be the Foresters who would be the first side eliminated from competition. This competition, of course, is double elimination. They simply could not hold off the Tezirbu Foxes, who were clearly deserved winners. As for Lakiska SC, they struggled once again in this competition. After a shocking upset loss in the previous round, they struggled hard against Jaribga Soccer Club. They have never been known for offense, but Jaribga was well organized in the back.

0-0 through 120 minutes, the two sides went to penalties. Lakiska SC hit their first five penalties. Jaribga hit their first four. But it would be Carlton Sandt who would step up on the fifth and final penalty, and make the big time save. Lakiska SC, thanks to their goalkeeper, barely survive and advance to the next round of the tournament. The updated bracket of this double elimination tournament is provided here.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Part III

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Should be noted that scores are listed in the order they are played. First score is Friday night, scores two through seven are Saturday, the 8th and 9th games listed are Sunday afternoon, and the last game listed is Sunday night. Furthermore, the international competition games happen in the week leading up to the "Matchday X" weekend. IFCF CL games are on Tuesdays, IFCF Challenger's Cup games are on Wednesdays, and Cup Winner's Cup, AOCL, and Vilitan Cove International games are on Thursdays.

Lakiska SC 2–1 Mynda Electra
Isipongo Flash 1–0 Busukuma Force
Kitara AA 3–3 Dukuma SC
Hoima Warriors 5–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Jinja City FC 2–2 Busukuma AC
Aissa United FC 0–4 Herzegovina City FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–0 Suwawa FC
Istria City FC 1–0 Capitol City FC
Hawabark Boulders 1–2 Rukunbi FC
Askatasuna FC 1–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
AOCL Second Round First Leg
Istria City 3-0 Fligsive FC(EOT)


The Atlantian Oceania Champions League is upon us! Once again. This time, however, Banija's champion will be playing the first leg at home, as they are drawn to play against Fligsive FC of the Euran Oceania Territories. It looks to be an intriuging matchup- there is certainly talent in EOT, although obviously they are not Eura. Unfortunately for the EOT side, the class of Istria City was on full display at Kabonero III Field. While they were dominant in the first half, they could not score, as Fligsive's goalkeeper was dominant. However, they could not withstand the pressure, and when Torvald Royle headed home in the 62nd, the floodgates opened. Servet Ornet added a second for the team off the bench, and the captain, Ablie Kah, scored in the 79th to really put the game out of reach. A 3-0 home win, not allowing any away goals. Can't ask for much more then that, right? Trips to the EOT are not always easy, but Istria City should certainly be the favorites to advance to the Quarterfinals.

Now, off to the league! The league leaders, the Hoima Warriors, put on an absolutely brillinat performance, as they shredded the Busembe Timberwolves by a score of 5-0. Gitonga Kahara led the way as the national team captain got a brace, while Lukas Boldfont, Underwood, and even center back Suma Dibba got in on the fun as well. The risks of the Ubermanager for the Timberwolves. They entertain, are wildly confident, and fly forward. But they are capable of getting exposed, and the Warriors exposed them in the back. There's was not the only blowout victory- Herzegovina City were dancing at the Hangaza Unified Stadium on Banija's eastern border, as they trounced Aissa United by a score of 4-0.

What else happened that was of interest on this matchday? Well, Jinja City and Busukuma AC, two teams who both got off to rough starts this season, played each other on Saturday. Playing in Jinja City, of course. The game was entertaining, as the two teams competed fiercely to try and start the journey towards meeting their preseason aspirations. Busukuma AC struck first, on the road, when Wijini hit from distance in the 24th. However, Jinja City responded well, when star striker Xilit-Zaxac scored in the 42nd to tie the game, and then the home fans were happy when Marcus Rose scored in the 67th to give them the lead. Busukuma AC pressed, and pressed further, and in the 87th minute, the visitors equalized courtesy of Cyper Baldeh. He's a player they have to get going if they want to get out of their rut- his strike, finding the corner from about 12 yards, is that a sign of things to come?

Mynda Electra 1–3 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Rukunbi FC 2–2 Askatasuna FC
Capitol City FC 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Suwawa FC 0–5 Istria City FC
Herzegovina City FC 0–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Busukuma AC 2–1 Aissa United FC
Busembe Timberwolves 4–4 Jinja City FC
Dukuma SC 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Busukuma Force 3–2 Kitara AA
Lakiska SC 2–2 Isipongo Flash
IFCF Cup Winner's Cup Round of 16 First Leg
1830 Cathair FC (AUD) 2-0 Busembe Timberwolves


And now, for the IFCF Cup Winner's Cup! The Round of 16. The Busembe Timberwolves, having cruised through their first tie, are back at it again. This time, they travelled to Audioslavia to take on 1830 Cathair FC, one of Audioslavia's most storied clubs. The attacking side from the Ubermanager could not get the job done away from home. They had a fair number of chances created- but some bad luck and good goalkeeping kept the clean sheet for the home side. 1830 Cathair scored twice on the counter-attack, and it was good enough for a 2-0 home win. Busembe Timberwolves will have everything to play for in the second leg at Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf's Den.

There were a number of high quality matchups in the league on this matchday. The most interesting one, going in? Probably the Herzegovina City derby, with Herzegovina City playing host to the Herzegovina Phoenix. But there wasn't much on offer- both teams played suffocating defense, and allowed few chances as the game was played largely in the midfield in a 0-0 draw. Players like Meghan Walcott and Rosie Tyler simply could not get going for the home side. Two other Moravica region sides played, as Istria City FC paid a visit to Suwawa FC. The defending league champs were dominant in Suwawa, however, earning an easy 5-0 victory.

The most entertaining matchup of the day, however, was the Busembe Timberwolves and Jinja City FC. At Tiones Lumber Field @ The Wolf's Den, the two sides split the spoils evenly in an 8 goal thriller. Kiggwe Basamula scored twice for Busembe, while Jeff Finte and Madhav Oojam also scored for the home team. For the visitors, it would be Vatan Ercetin earning a hat trick, with Xilit-Zaxac also scoring for the Hangaza side. An extremely entertaining game. Elsewhere in the league, the Hoima Warriors kept winning, as they grinded out a 1-0 victory in Dukuma late, courtesy of an 82nd minute header from Eren Knox, thanks to a beautiful ball on a free kick from Gitonga Kahara. Being able to grind out three points, even when you aren't at your best, is the mark of a champion, eh?

Isipongo Flash 4–2 Mynda Electra
Kitara AA 0–0 Lakiska SC
Hoima Warriors 4–1 Busukuma Force
Jinja City FC 3–0 Dukuma SC
Aissa United FC 6–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–1 Busukuma AC
Istria City FC 1–5 Herzegovina City FC
Hawabark Boulders 0–1 Suwawa FC
Askatasuna FC 0–1 Capitol City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 3–0 Rukunbi FC
AOCL Second Round Second Leg
Fligsive FC(EOT) 1-1 Istria City FC (Istria City FC advance 4-1 on aggregate)


And now, for the second leg for the AOCL second round. Istria City FC had essentially ended the tie with a 3-0 win at home in the first leg, and although the visitors scored the opening goal in the 25th, the 42nd minute reply from Hunnisett took the wind out of the sails from the home side. 4-1 win on aggregate, and onward to the quarterfinals. In the league, the Isipongo Flash won for the second time in three weeks. Manager Hassan Fadika knew that he was on the seat, it seems, and has delivered. A 4-2 win over Mynda Electra has vaulted them out of the bottom of the table. 9 points in their first 16 matches, but 7 in their last 3 has reinvigorated their campaign to stay up. Elsewhere, towards the bottom of the table, Askatasuna FC and Capitol City FC played an important match. Capitol City FC won, 1-0, at St. Sava Park to pick up an important three points in the race to stay in the BSL.

Now, what happened towards the top of the table? The Hoima Warriors won their fourth game in a row, by a score of 4-1 against the Busukuma Force. We're at the halfway point, and the Warriors are really starting to put some separation between them and the league's other potential title challengers. They have incredibly consistent form, starting the season with a 7 game winning streak, and now have won four in a row. The Gitonga Kahara effect, eh? Mark Grayson's project, in his sixth season in Hoima and his 8th in the BSL, finally coming to fruition as, at the halfway point, he has seemingly built a dominant team. Can they continue this form and pace, as they strive to win their first league since Season 2?

The 2nd and third place teams played on this matchday, at Kabonero III Field. And when Istria City met Herzegovina City, it would be Herzegovina City that would triumph. Quite shockingly- a 5-1 victory for Herzegovina City were not what people had on the cards. But the finishing was absolutely sublime for Herzegovina City. Meghan Walcott, of Cassadaigua, was particularly unstoppable, having a hat trick to lead the way for the six-time league winners. Elsewhere around the league, Busukuma AC downed the Herzegovina Phoenix by a score of 1-0 in Moravica, while Aissa United, quite shockingly, earned a six-nil victory over the Busembe Timberwolves. Like we've said, Ubermanager's constant pressing style can backfire sometimes- they pressure their opponents, but if their opponents are organized and quick, they can really punish the Timberwolves.

Mynda Electra 1–3 Rukunbi FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2–0 Capitol City FC
Askatasuna FC 0–3 Suwawa FC
Hawabark Boulders 0–2 Herzegovina City FC
Istria City FC 3–0 Busukuma AC
Herzegovina Phoenix 3–4 Busembe Timberwolves
Aissa United FC 1–2 Dukuma SC
Jinja City FC 1–4 Busukuma Force
Hoima Warriors 1–0 Lakiska SC
Kitara AA 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Vilitan Cove international Round of 16 First Leg
Zvezda Vlaikograd 1-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC


The Vilitan Cove International came back to play today, with Umbazi Metropolitan travelling to Siovanija to take on Nwabudike Ugonna and his Zvezda Vlaikograd side. The two sides had a fiercely competitive battle- the proud Siovanijan side, trying to show its worth on the international stage, while Umbazi was taking the opportunities they could get. Drago Ward would score the first goal for the home side, while the Farf teenager, Uli Esase, would score the goal for the visitors. Remember- this competition does not have the away goals rule. So the 1-1 draw leavs everything to play for in Umbazi, with penalties looming if the deadlock is not broken in 90 minutes.

What happened in the league here? Well, two vastly different, but notable, streaks were on display. First, Mynda Electra, who has been struggling of late, lost their fifth match in a row, falling by a score of 3-1 at home to Rukunbi FC. Mynda Electra's confidence seems to be shot- no matter what Daniel Lucas tries, their play is tepid, is slow, is not forceful. While Daniel Lucas asks fair questions of his squad, Hoima seems to be high-flying. A tough matchup at home against Lakiska SC- a quality side with a stiffling defense. However, like they've done to most of their opponents this year, they were able to find their moment, with Lukas Boldfont finding the back of the net in the 61st minute. Another 1-0 win, another scrappy 3 points.

There was a surprising result in Jinja City's match. They played against the Busukuma Force, at home. And shockingly, it would be the Force who would not only triumph, but roll, scoring four times in a 4-1 rout of Jinja City FC. It was a strong performance all-around, as Vanza-Vlont Bel in particular was a terror to try and mark out wide. Istria City FC, fresh off of a 5-1 home shellacking at the hands of their rivals, Herzegovina City, were able to recover and take out their frustrations on Busukuma AC, earning a 3-0 win at home. The Kitara Athletic Association earned a 1-0 home win thanks to Ronald Mickel, while Kiggwe Basamula scored a last minute winner in Vdizi to give the Timberwolves a 4-3 win over the Herzegovina Phoenix.

Kitara AA 2–2 Mynda Electra
Isipongo Flash 1–3 Hoima Warriors
Lakiska SC 0–3 Jinja City FC
Busukuma Force 1–2 Aissa United FC
Dukuma SC 1–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Busembe Timberwolves 4–2 Istria City FC
Busukuma AC 1–2 Hawabark Boulders
Herzegovina City FC 3–1 Askatasuna FC
Suwawa FC 3–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Capitol City FC 0–1 Rukunbi FC
IFCF Champions League Round of 16 First Leg
Jungle Strike FC (VIL) 3-1 Istria City FC


And now, you can just hear that iconic music. Who doesn't love the Champions League? Istria City FC, who just won their Champions League group, certainly do. Their draw was a difficult one, however- matched up against Jungle Strike of Vilita. And with the first leg in Vilita, even though Istria City won their group, Jungle Strike would of course be the favorites. And Jungle Strike showed why. The home side scored in the 28th, to make it 1-0. Kate Huitema-Omeasoo scored to make it 1-1 in the 42nd. But the second half Istria City were dominated- they could not maintain possesion, and the home side created chance after chance. In the 77th minute, the home team scored, and then in the 83rd, they scored again to make it a 3-1 victory. At least Istria City have their away goal- but they will need to score at least twice, without conceding, to have a chance of advancing in the second leg.

Now, to the league! An entertaining matchup was afoot- bottom of the table Isipongo Flash, against top of the table Hoima Warriors. The Flash put up a fight, but this game ended as anyone would expect- Gitonga Kahara scored the second goal for the Warriors in the 65th, and then Boldfont scoring his second of the game, off of a cross from Josef Lawerenz, to bury the upstarts. A routine 3-1 win, that was the sixth consecutive win of the season for Hoima. As for Mynda Electra, they earned their first result since Matchday 15, with the team able to go to Sisonke and earn a draw in order to stop the bleeding. Only a point, but their first point in quite a while. Daniel Lucas will look to turn it around next week, when they take on Capitol City FC at home.


Mynda Electra 2–1 Capitol City FC
Rukunbi FC 1–0 Suwawa FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Herzegovina City FC
Askatasuna FC 0–2 Busukuma AC
Hawabark Boulders 1–4 Busembe Timberwolves
Istria City FC 4–0 Dukuma SC
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–0 Busukuma Force
Aissa United FC 0–1 Lakiska SC
Jinja City FC 6–2 Isipongo Flash
Hoima Warriors 1–1 Kitara AA
IFCF Cup Winner's Cup Round of 16 Second Leg
Busembe Timberwolves 3-1 1830 Cathair FC (AUD) (1830 Cathair advance 3-3(0-1) on away goals, Timberwolves are eliminated)


Hoima Warriors 1–0 Mynda Electra
Kitara AA 1–3 Jinja City FC
Isipongo Flash 2–1 Aissa United FC
Lakiska SC 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Busukuma Force 1–0 Istria City FC
Dukuma SC 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Busembe Timberwolves 3–0 Askatasuna FC
Busukuma AC 1–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Herzegovina City FC 3–2 Rukunbi FC
Suwawa FC 1–1 Capitol City FC
Vilitan Cove international Round of 16
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2-0 Zvezda Vlaikograd (Umbazi Metropolitan advance 3-1 on aggregate)


Mynda Electra 1–2 Suwawa FC
Capitol City FC 0–0 Herzegovina City FC
Rukunbi FC 2–3 Busukuma AC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Askatasuna FC 4–1 Dukuma SC
Hawabark Boulders 1–0 Busukuma Force
Istria City FC 0–1 Lakiska SC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–1 Isipongo Flash
Aissa United FC 1–1 Kitara AA

Jinja City FC 1–6 Hoima Warriors
IFCF Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg
Istria City FC 2-3 Jungle Strike FC (VIL) (Jungle Strike advance 6-3 on aggregate, Istria City are eliminated from IFCF competition



BSL Standings after 24 games
Banijan Soccer League          Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Hoima Warriors 24 19 4 1 49 12 +37 61
2 Istria City FC 24 14 4 6 60 28 +32 46
3 Herzegovina City FC 24 13 7 4 47 21 +26 46
4 Herzegovina Phoenix 24 10 7 7 28 25 +3 37
5 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 24 11 4 9 27 25 +2 37
6 Rukunbi FC 24 11 4 9 27 27 0 37
7 Busukuma AC 24 10 6 8 32 25 +7 36
8 Jinja City FC 24 10 5 9 52 48 +4 35
9 Busembe Timberwolves 24 10 5 9 52 52 0 35
10 Kitara AA 24 8 10 6 34 36 −2 34
11 Suwawa FC 24 10 4 10 29 33 −4 34
12 Lakiska SC 24 9 6 9 23 25 −2 33
13 Busukuma Force 24 9 4 11 28 30 −2 31
14 Aissa United FC 24 7 6 11 27 34 −7 27
15 Hawabark Boulders 24 8 2 14 24 32 −8 26
16 Dukuma SC 24 7 5 12 25 43 −18 26
17 Mynda Electra 24 7 4 13 30 37 −7 25
18 Capitol City FC 24 6 4 14 14 30 −16 22
19 Askatasuna FC 24 6 4 14 17 39 −22 22
20 Isipongo Flash 24 5 5 14 24 47 −23 20


The Busukuma AC takeover


Of course, the big news- the buyout. Busukuma AC will be the first Super 5 club to be owned by foreign investors, as the shock sale of the club to the Quebecois outfit has just been approved by the other BSL owners. It will be the fourth club on the Banijan pyramid to be owned by foreigners, with Dukuma SC owned by a family from Al Qurija, while the Busembe Timberwolves are owned by the Taeshani company Fadron Pizza, and Mynda Electra are owned by the Damukuni public utility, Electra Corporation. And with rumors that the Kitara Athletic Association is also about to be sold, let's keep everybody up to date.

Who are the new owners?

The new principal owners will be another foreign corporation- similar to Fadron Pizza's ownership of the Busembe Timberwolves, and Electra Corporation's ownership of Mynda Electra. But this is entirely different. The man with a plan, who has now bought into top flight football, is Jean-Francois Joffre. 51 years old, citizen of the Royal Kingdom of Quebec. He is an executive at Quebecois National Railways, who launched a joint bid with AeroQuebec(RKQ's national airline) to buy Busukuma AC.

Jean-Francois Joffre has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and a MBA from Farrer University's McDonnell School of Business, both of which are located in the Royal Kingdom of Quebec. Him being a corporate executive at QNR, he has plenty of experience in the world of business. But in a statement to local media, he said that he expects to build a winner in the Banijan capitol. And early on, fan groups have come out in support of him.

One prominent Busukuma AC supporters group said the following- "We are excited for Monsieur Joffre to become an integral part of Banijan sports. This club is integrated in the fabric of this country, and it is the only major multi-sports club that is part of the "Super 5"- with Herzegovina City FC, Jinja City FC, Hoima Warriors, and Istria City FC only operating clubs in the BSL. He is coming in and wants to be successful, and we hope he is willing to invest in the club's success at all levels, and especially in soccer. This club has a proud history in a number of areas, and we hope for that to continue."

Domestic Cups
RBSA Cup
Quarterfinals
Jinja City FC 2–3 Busukuma AC
Duntho Sporting Club 0–1 Igulu City FC
Hawabark Boulders 1–4 Istria City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 4–1 Capitol City FC


And now, for the Quarterfinals of the RBSA Cup! Just 8 teams left- all can practically smell a trip to the Stadium of the Restoration. Everyone wants to go to a Final- who wouldn't? And this is the opportunity for many of these teams. With Busukuma AC and Jinja City FC both making their climb up the table and trying to compete for IFCF Challenger's Cup slots, their meeting in the quarterfinals of this tournament would always be a fun one. And there were fireworks abound- the Farf international, Wijini, scoring from 22 yards on a brilliant strike to opening the game for Busukuma AC. Vatan Ercetin scoring twice, both just on either side of halftime, to give the home team a 2-1 win. But Busukuma AC would not back out- it would be Cyper Baldeh scoring the equalizer, and then Lupe Enriquez, scoring her first goal of the season as she blasted in a rebound from a corner kick in the 87th minute. The Cassadaigua international bellowed out to her teammates, as they mobbed her to celebrate advancing to the semifinals.

Igulu City FC, the recently relegated side, was scheduled to take on Duntho Sporting Club. And Igulu City FC continued their push for silverware, as they earned a 1-0 win away over Duntho SC. Both stalwarts of the regional league scene, it was always going to be a good game, but Igulu City were the ones who were able to triumph. The other two games on this matchday saw blowouts- Istria City's attackers were flying high, as Hawabark could not contain the defending league champions as Istria City eased to a 4-1 win. And the Timberwolves were able to do the same, destroying Capitol City FC by the same scoreline as they aim to become the first Banijan club in the national league era to retain the RBSA Cup.

Four teams are left- the Busembe Timberwolves, Igulu City FC, Busukuma AC, and Istria City FC. Which ones will reach the final? It will be a thrilling conclusion, as it always is.

Ebrahim Razav Cup
4th Round
Winner's Bracket- Semifinal
Nezrouch Rovers 3–3 Dukuma SC (4–4 AET) (3–1 pen.)
Loser's Bracket- Elimination Match
Tripoli Foresters 0–1 Lakiska SC


And now, for the Ebrahim Razav Cup. First, we'll take a look at the winner's bracket- the Nezrouch Rovers playing host to Dukuma SC. It would be a big game for the Rovers, as Dukuma SC obviously won the cup last time, and Dukuma SC of course finds themselves in the top flight this season. It was a thrilling, back and forth battle between the two sides. Two early Rovers goals were thunderously answered by Dukuma SC, as Jay Khano scored twice and captain Kurtis Southwell scored once to ensure that Dukuma SC got their equalizer. But the Rovers would equalize at the last moment to ensure extra time.

The madness was not yet over. It would be the Dukuma center back Bunama Hairte who would break the deadlock in the 109th minute, with a well placed header after a corner kick to make the score 4-3 in favor of the visitors. But the hosts were not done. The young Banijan winger Bailo Hairte struck true in the 118th minute, ensuring penalties. And Dukuma SC was not ready. While Jay Khano scored Dukuma SC's first penalty, Reece Gorbell, Kurtis Southwell, and Kekoto Hairte all saw their penalties saved.

The result? Pandemonium in Nezrouch. The Rovers fans stormed the field, celebrating the upset. They had now beaten both Busoga Islander BSL sides this season- Lakiska SC last round away from home, and now Dukuma SC on their home field. And now had earned the opportunity win it at their own stadium. Meanwhile, in the loser's bracket, there was another elimination match- Lakiska SC playing away to the Tripoli Foresters. In another tight game, Lakiska SC came ahead, with Barkha Visariya scoring the lone goal.

We now have the loser's semifinal. Dukuma SC will host Lakiska SC. There must be a winner. The game's loser will be eliminated. The winner? Will go to the Final to take on the Nezrouch Rovers. Gotta love these stakes right? The updated bracket of this double elimination tournament is provided here.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Part IV

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Should be noted that scores are listed in the order they are played. First score is Friday night, scores two through seven are Saturday, the 8th and 9th games listed are Sunday afternoon, and the last game listed is Sunday night. Furthermore, the international competition games happen in the week leading up to the "Matchday X" weekend. IFCF CL games are on Tuesdays, IFCF Challenger's Cup games are on Wednesdays, and Cup Winner's Cup, AOCL, and Vilitan Cove International games are on Thursdays.

Jinja City FC 1–1 Mynda Electra
Hoima Warriors 0–3 Aissa United FC
Kitara AA 2–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Isipongo Flash 0–3 Istria City FC
Lakiska SC 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Busukuma Force 2–1 Askatasuna FC
Dukuma SC 2–4 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Busembe Timberwolves 3–0 Rukunbi FC
Busukuma AC 3–0 Capitol City FC
Herzegovina City FC 2–1 Suwawa FC


And now, for Matchday 25! We're really getting into the thick of the latter part of the season- only so many matchdays left to improve your spot in the league table. And with fewer international cup matches at this point, this is the launching point for a lot of clubs to try and make runs. Let's start at the top, shall we? First, the Hoima Warriors, who haven't lost a game since Matchday 12, when they suffered what is to this point their only loss of the season, took on Aissa United at home. And then- well, football happens. There's no other way to describe it. Struggling Aissa United side against dominant runaway league leaders? A 3-0 win for Aissa United. Some brilliant counter-attacking and sublime finishing from Xavier-Marc Lévy's side, as Kausu Mamela, Kausu Jarju, and Jajah Chee all put the league leaders to the sword.

That was the shock result of the weekend, of course. But there were plenty of other important results from the weekend as well. First, Mynda Electra was able to take a well earned point off of a big club, as Mynda Electra played a tight and compact game, with 36 year old Troy Luck giving them the lead. They were suffocating towards their opponents, but a late handball from Helek-Evela Mal, who is only 20 years old, saw them concede a penalty kick to Jinja City that Xilit-Zaxac was simply not going to miss. Elsewhere, Kitara AA earned an important win over the Herzegovina Phoenix, winning 2-1 at home over the Herzegovina Phoenix, with BSL record signing Ronald Mickel scoring twice. The Timberwolves crushed Rukunbi FC, winning 3-0, with Basamula scoring twice. And on Sunday, there was the Busukuma derby- Busukuma AC v. Capitol City FC. While Capitol City won the first one, Busukuma AC romped here in the rematch, with Wijini, Cyper Baldeh, and Abu Tiyana all scoring for Busukuma AC.

Istria City FC 1–0 Kitara AA
Mynda Electra 2–1 Herzegovina City FC
Suwawa FC 0–1 Busukuma AC
Capitol City FC 2–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Rukunbi FC 0–2 Dukuma SC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Busukuma Force
Askatasuna FC 1–1 Lakiska SC
Hawabark Boulders 1–1 Isipongo Flash

Herzegovina Phoenix 2–2 Hoima Warriors
Aissa United FC 1–3 Jinja City FC


And now, for Matchday 26! Some rivalries would be here. But a struggling Mynda Electra side would earn a victory over a big club, with Mynda Electra earning a 2-1 home victory over Herzegovina City. Remember, after 24 matchdays Mynda Electra had found themselves all the way down in 17th place- just 5 points above the relegation zone. For a team that considers themselves a top half team in Banijan, that obviously would have been a very bitter disappointment to finish in that spot. It's an important win for Daniel Lucas as he looks, of course, to save his job as the club's manager. Elsewhere, Istria City FC, on Friday night, as they have an important AOCL match coming up in five days, took down Kitara AA by a score of 1-0 at home. They got their match moved from Saturday to Friday, to give them an extra day to prepare for a home game with Anomalies. Will it be enough?

Capitol City FC upset the Busembe Timberwolves, by a score of 2-1. Capitol City FC now find themselves in the thick of the relegation race now- battling with Askatasuna FC and the Isipongo Flash in what might legitimately be our most entertaining relegation race for some time. With the title race devoid of drama, with Hoima so far ahead they are almost uncatchable, the race at the bottom is full of drama. It's an important win for them- a Timberwolves club that is on the rise, a momentum grabber to keep climbing out of the relegation race. Umbazi Metropolitan earned their third league win in a row, with Uli Esase scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 home win over the Busukuma Force. But the biggest game? The battle for Hangaza's soul. The rivalry played on Sunday night, in Aissa, Jinja City FC triumphed over their regional rivals, as Xilit-Zaxac scored a brace in a 3-1 win for the visitors.

Aissa United FC 1–2 Mynda Electra
Jinja City FC 4–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Kitara AA 3–2 Hawabark Boulders
Isipongo Flash 0–1 Askatasuna FC
Lakiska SC 1–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Busukuma Force 0–1 Rukunbi FC
Dukuma SC 2–0 Capitol City FC
Hoima Warriors 3–2 Istria City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–5 Suwawa FC
Busukuma AC 1–0 Herzegovina City FC
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Quarterfinals First Leg
Istria City FC 2-1 Anomalies (CMT)


And now, time for the Atlantian Oceania Champions League! The first leg- Istria City FC playing at home against the Anomalies of Chromatika. Busoga Islander international Kamu Jacobs making a trip to Banija to lead his Chromatik squad in Istria. And he had a brilliant goal, scoring himself in the 21st minute to give the visitors a lead, a 1-0 advantage that they'd take into the break. But Istria City was a team on a mission this year. They took out Frey Stanger, and put in Beluchi Chinweuba. It would be the veterans that would score in Banija's Olympic city- Murray Hunnisett scoring the equalizer in the 63rd, and then Torvald Royle scoring the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute. A 2-1 victory at home, but an away goal conceded- everything will be left to play for in Chromatika. It will be a unique sight, as well- with direct flights now allowed from Istria to Chromatika, it will be a lot easier for the away fan contingent to reach Chromatika. Will that help these players in the second leg?

And now, of course, for the league. With Istria City FC playing on Thursday, they'd play just three days later on Sunday against the league leaders, the Hoima Warriors. Hoima are the league leaders for a reason, although they've only earned 1 point across their last two games. But with a Istria City squad kinda wiped out from a tough AOCL match, the Warriors were able to get back to their winning ways. The last thing they want to do is put additional pressure on themselves by sliding as the league title is within reach, and they played their best football in a 3-2 victory over Istria City FC. Lukas Boldfont scored twice to lead the Warriors, while Gitonga Kahara both scored and assisted once. There's was not the only Super 5 matchup on Sunday, however. Busukuma AC earned a tight 1-0 victory over Herzegovina City, as Wijini once again was the difference maker for a capitol club trying to make the IFCF.

It wasn't just the big clubs who had interesting games this weekend, however. Jinja City romped at home over the Herzegovina Phoenix, with Xilit-Zaxac scoring twice in the squad's 4-1 victory over the Herzegovina Phoenix. Things were disastrous for the Busembe Timberwolves, as Suwawa FC were unstoppable in a 5-1 victory over the Timberwolves. Roland Snyder scored once, while Busogan international Sarika Birla scored twice as they counter-attacked the Timberwolves to death at the Wolf's Den. And in a bottom of the table matchup, between the Isipongo Flash and Askatasuna FC, it would be Askatasuna FC who would triumph, earning 3 important points courtesy of a Amanuel Wakeyo free kick. An important win for them as they try to stave off relegation for what seems to be an annual ritual for them.

Mynda Electra 0–2 Busukuma AC
Herzegovina City FC 2–4 Busembe Timberwolves
Suwawa FC 1–0 Dukuma SC
Capitol City FC 1–2 Busukuma Force
Rukunbi FC 0–1 Lakiska SC
Askatasuna FC 1–1 Kitara AA
Hawabark Boulders 0–0 Hoima Warriors
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2–2 Isipongo Flash

Istria City FC 0–1 Jinja City FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–0 Aissa United FC
Vilitan Cove international Quarterfinals First Leg
Chippewa Valley United FC (DAR) 1-2 Umbazi Metropolitan SC


And then, the VCI Quarterfinals! The first leg. Remember, the competition does not have an away goals rule. So Umbazi Metropolitan SC travelled to Chippewa Valley to take on a talented squad from Darmen. Baboucar Biri scored the first goal for the visitors, to give the squad a 1-0 lead. While Chippewa Valley equalized shortly after halftime, Ouattara's squad was always going to go for the win. They are playing with all sorts of confidence right now, even despite their 1-0 loss last week to Lakiska SC. Tamba Kama found himself on the end of a cross from Uli Esase, and he buried home the match winner. A close win for Umbazi Metropolitan- but of course, everything left to play for in the second leg. Should be an entertaining one.

And now, time for the league! What match was the biggest highlight of the weekend for Banijan soccer fans? It was none other than Istria City FC, at home, facing off against Jinja City FC. That's always a big matchup, with Jinja City trying to earn themselves a Challenger's Cup spot, while Istria City is trying to earn a berth in the IFCF Champions League for the second straight season. And some context- Istria City romped with a 3-0 victory in Jinja City when the two teams met on Matchday 9. But on this day, it would be Jinja City exacting their revenge. In a tight game, it would be Banijan international Lama Nyang who would make the difference on the day, as his 35th minute goal was enough for them to earn a 1-0 road victory. Well earned three points as they climb up the table.

What else happened on this weekend? Well, two capitol sides played on this day. Busukuma Force going to the other side of Busukuma to take on Capitol City FC. Capitol City FC had won the first matchup between the two, taking both first half of the season matchups against both of their capitol rivals. But they lost to Busukuma AC the second time around, and lost this time around to the Force as well. Mustafa Uster's side scored twice to earn the 2-1 win over their rivals. Elsewhere, Kitara AA could not earn maximum points at St. Sava Park, as they drew with Askatasuna FC by a score of 1-1. Busukuma AC dropped Mynda Electra away from home, while Lakiska SC, for the fourth time in five weeks, won by their favorite scoreline- 1-0. Some real Ko-oren vibes with that defensive side, eh? But three points are three points- and they are using those 1-0 wins to climb up the table.

Herzegovina Phoenix 0–5 Mynda Electra
Aissa United FC 1–5 Istria City FC
Jinja City FC 5–1 Hawabark Boulders
Hoima Warriors 2–0 Askatasuna FC
Kitara AA 0–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Isipongo Flash 0–1 Rukunbi FC
Lakiska SC 1–0 Capitol City FC
Busukuma Force 0–0 Suwawa FC
Dukuma SC 3–2 Herzegovina City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–0 Busukuma AC


And now, for Matchday 29! The season continues on. For the fifth time in six weeks, Lakiska SC would triumph by the exact score of 1-0- their defensive philosophy paying dividends for the Busoga Islander club. On this matchday it would be central midfielder Ilke Akgun who would score the club's lone goal, putting the ball into the back of the net in the 27th minute. Umbazi Metropolitan is also making their own rise, earning all three points in a hotly contested 1-0 win over Kitara Athletic Association. Uli Esase scored the game's lone goal, as the physical matchup saw a frustrated Thomas Owen see red. Kitara AA has been disappointed with this season's outcomes- his late tackle on Baboucar Biri could be seen as a byproduct of that.

WHat about the big clubs? Well, it was certainly an uneven day for them. On Sunday, two of them played and both of them lost. Herzegovina City travelling to Dukuma SC, expecting to come out of it with a relatively easy 3 points earned. But that would not happen. Young Islander striker Vatan Saltik scored the match winner off the bench, in the 1st minute of second half stoppage time, to the delight of Dukuma fans. And not to be outdone, on Sunday night, the Busembe Timberwolves, who were fresh off defeating Herzegovina City 4-2 last week, downed a second straight Super 5 club by a score of 1-0. This time, defeating Busukuma AC. Two losses for Herzegovina City that are poorly timed, as they try to challenge for the Champions League. But for Busembe- a win is a win. They consider themselves challengers for IFCF spots, and why not?

Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2–1 Hoima Warriors
Mynda Electra 0–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Busukuma AC 0–1 Dukuma SC
Herzegovina City FC 4–0 Busukuma Force
Suwawa FC 1–1 Lakiska SC
Capitol City FC 0–2 Isipongo Flash
Rukunbi FC 2–2 Kitara AA
Askatasuna FC 0–1 Jinja City FC
Hawabark Boulders 3–1 Aissa United FC
Istria City FC 1–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Quarterfinals Second Leg
Anomalies (CMT) 0-0 Istria City FC
(Istria City advance 2-1 on aggregate to the AOCL Semifinals)


This leaves the second leg of the AOCL- Istria City travelling to Chromatika to take on Anomalies. Istria City won the first leg at home, 2-1, but conceded the away goal. Even conceding once would turn the tie on its head. But Anomalies could not break them down. Alvin Burnsides credited his defense, saying that "in years past, we would not have been able to withstand this sort of pressure for 90 minutes- but now we can." Kamu Jacobs and striker Lainey Wadsworth both played well, creating chances, but the veterans in the back kept them out of the back of the net. Players like Filije Kolley and Hibaan al-Shareef did all that they could to deny the home team, and they earned a 0-0 draw at Anomaly Tower that would give them a 2-1 victory on aggregate, and take them to the semifinals of the AOCL. A trip to Audioslavia for the final is within sight- but they'll be drawn with Farf champions Mâ Âlâmëómë, in what should be a tie with all sorts of fireworks between two sides who love to get forward.

But now, back to the league. Umbazi Metropolitan SC, a strong and rising side, would play the league leaders, Hoima, at home. Now, of course, this match was moved to Friday to give them an extra day of rest, just five days ahead of the second leg of their VCI Quarterfinal tie. But forget about the VCI- Umbazi Metropolitan wanted to make a statement right here in the league. Two first half goals, one from Uli Esase and another from left midfielder Asa Sylla, gave the team a 2-0 lead at the break, and was enough for the team to earn a 2-1 victory over the Warriors. Umbazi is making a strong push right now towards those IFCF places- could they vault themselves all the way up to the top 5?

Elsewhere around the league, there were some important results. After back to back losses, a rarity in the league for a squad like Herzegovina City, they took out their anger on the Busukuma Force with a 4-0 win. Meghan Walcott scored twice to lead the North Moravica side, while Dennis Brotzmann and Christos Tsiavis also scored. Busukuma AC dropped a tough match for the second straight week, as Reece Gorbell scored for Dukuma SC to give the Busogan side a 1-0 victory. And, in another matchup between two teams battling relegation, the Isipongo Flash won by a score of 2-0 over Capitol City FC, in a big blow to Capitol City FC's efforts to stay in the top flight. The Flash have been struggling, but points at a premium at this stage in the season when you are in dead last. That may have brought their efforts to stay up to life.

Istria City FC 1–4 Mynda Electra
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–0 Hawabark Boulders
Aissa United FC 6–1 Askatasuna FC
Jinja City FC 1–2 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Hoima Warriors 1–1 Rukunbi FC
Kitara AA 2–2 Capitol City FC

Isipongo Flash 0–2 Suwawa FC
Lakiska SC 1–0 Herzegovina City FC
Busukuma Force 1–0 Busukuma AC
Dukuma SC 4–0 Busembe Timberwolves
Vilitan Cove international Quarterfinals Second Leg
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2-2 Chippewa Valley United FC (DAR) (Umbazi Metropolitan SC advance 4-3 on aggregate to semifinals)


Umbazi Metropolitan SC had the second leg of their VCI Quarterfinal. Against, of course, Chippewa Valley United of Darmen. Mordecai Ó Cuilinn scored the opener for the visiting side in the 15th minute, curling a shot into the back of the net to make it 1-0 on the day for Chippewa Valley United, and make it 2-2 on aggregate. But Umbazi Metropolitan SC would respond quickly. While Chippewa Valley was trying to get forward to score another goal, it would be Uli Esase who would break through on the counter attack, and score for Umbazi Metropolitan. A young striker, who has really come into his own in the second half of the season- and drew the game level at 1. But just on the stroke of halftime, controversy. A Kemo Kuyateh shot straight to the hand of young center back Sadiq Lucas. VAR reviewed it, and the controversial penalty was awarded. Second minute of first half stoppage time, Baboucar Biri buried it. 2-1 on the day, 4-2 on aggregate. While Piet van Den Bloom equalized on the day in the 73rd minute, the visitors could not score again, as Umbazi Metropolitan held on for a 2-2 draw on the day, and a 4-3 victory on aggregate, to advance to the semifinals of the Vilitan Cove International.

And now, for the league! Umbazi Metropolitan had momentum from that weekend draw- reaching the semifinals of an international club tournament, of course, is a very big deal. Momentum with a win the previous weekend over the league leading Hoima Warriors, more momentum after their VCI success- and now more success in the league. Tamba Kama was masterfully brilliant in the midfield, as he assisted both strikers twice, with Baboucar Biri and Asa Sylla both being beneficiaries of his assists, as both men scored en route to a 2-1 road victory against Jinja City. Their performances in the league, and in the VCI, show they are for real. They are competing right in the thick of the chase for Challenger's Cup berths- can they do the unthinkable and even challenge for an IFCF Champions League berth?

Well, Herzegovina City sure does not seem to be doing so. We said going into the season- they are an old team, and likely need some sort of injection of youth in their squad. It's a squad that looks tired and sluggish. Fortunately, Brian Emerson is aggressive on the transfer market, so he should be able to help solve that. But they did not perform well on this matchday, falling 1-0 to Lakiska SC, but in a match that could have easily been 3 or 4 nil by the Busogan side. Meghan Walcott seems to be the only player in form going forward- there will be some serious shakeups coming. IT was a poor weekend all around for the Super 5 clubs, though. Busukuma AC losing to crosstown rival Busukuma Force, 1-0, and then Istria City getting crushed at home, 4-1, by a Mynda Electra who is in the bottom quartile of the table. Really, a stunning Matchday. All of the Super 5 clubs played, not one of them playing each other, and yet, none of them, with Hoima being the only one to earn a point thanks to a late equalizer from Gitonga Kahara.

Mynda Electra 1–1 Dukuma SC
Busembe Timberwolves 5–0 Busukuma Force
Busukuma AC 0–0 Lakiska SC
Herzegovina City FC 1–0 Isipongo Flash
Suwawa FC 1–1 Kitara AA
Capitol City FC 0–3 Hoima Warriors
Rukunbi FC 0–5 Jinja City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–0 Aissa United FC
Askatasuna FC 0–2 Herzegovina Phoenix
Hawabark Boulders 0–3 Istria City FC


And now, for Matchday 32! Just 6 matchdays, after this one, left in the season. What would happen on this matchday? Well, all those big clubs who struggled last weekend would come out firing. Besides Busukuma AC, who drew 0-0 with Lakiska SC. But the Hoima Warriors earned a relatively easy 3-0 victory over Capitol City FC in Busukuma. Jinja City FC travelled to eastern Istria and left feeling great about themselves, with a 5-0 victory keeping spirits buoyant. Istria City FC, on Sunday night, travelled to the Hawabark Olympic Stadium and left with a 3-0 victory, with young striker Kate Huitema-Omeasoo scoring her first career hat trick in the BSL.

But there were other important results. Umbazi Metropolitan SC won again, with Tamba Kama scoring the game's lone goal in their 1-0 victory over Aissa United FC. We imagine Kama, with his play this season, may get a look from the national team at the next AOCAFs, right? Who knows. Herzegovina City FC, playing the league bottom Isipongo Flash, got back to their winning ways, with Meghan Walcott getting fouled in the box, and Christos Tsiavis burying home a penalty for Brian Emerson's team. But even this late, with relatively normal results this weekend, we are left with all sorts of chaos in the league table.

BSL Standings after 32 games
Banijan Soccer League      Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Hoima Warriors 32 22 7 3 61 22 +39 73
2 Istria City FC 32 18 5 9 76 38 +38 59
3 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 32 17 5 10 40 32 +8 56
4 Herzegovina City FC 32 16 7 9 59 33 +26 55
5 Jinja City FC 32 16 6 10 73 54 +19 54
6 Lakiska SC 32 14 9 9 30 27 +3 51
7 Busembe Timberwolves 32 15 5 12 68 65 +3 50
8 Busukuma AC 32 14 7 11 39 28 +11 49
9 Suwawa FC 32 13 7 12 40 39 +1 46
10 Herzegovina Phoenix 32 12 10 10 36 39 −3 46
11 Rukunbi FC 32 13 6 13 32 41 −9 45
12 Kitara AA 32 10 14 8 45 47 −2 44
13 Dukuma SC 32 12 6 14 40 51 −11 42
14 Busukuma Force 32 12 5 15 33 43 −10 41
15 Mynda Electra 32 11 6 15 45 45 0 39
16 Aissa United FC 32 9 6 17 40 50 −10 33
17 Hawabark Boulders 32 9 5 18 31 46 −15 32
18 Askatasuna FC 32 7 6 19 22 54 −32 27
19 Capitol City FC 32 7 5 20 19 46 −27 26
20 Isipongo Flash 32 6 7 19 29 58 −29 25


Five biggest games left on the BSL Calendar


Here, we'll give a brief overview of the five biggest games left in the league. With only six games left, there is still plenty to play for. With just five points separating 8th place Busukuma AC from 5th place Jinja City, we all know that there is plenty of possible movement remaining in this league table. But what games will mean the most to the final standings?

#5 Dukuma SC v. Lakiska SC on Matchday 34

Of course, this is a major rivalry- Dukuma SC and Lakiska SC have nothing but contempt for each other. And it makes sense- as the country's two real major cities, those two clubs have always been destined to be rivals. But now, there is much more at stake. The rivalry is finally back in the top flight. Dukuma SC, of course, having well more than 40 points, is certainly safe from relegation at this point. But Lakiska SC has only conceded twice in the last 9 games. Now, of course, they've got a bunch of 1-0 wins in there, which isn't that sustainable, but they've gotten this far. Can Lakiska SC make a grasp at their first ever IFCF Challenger's Cup appearance? This game will be a big determinor- not because Dukuma will challenge for that spot, but because it's a tough away game that Lakiska needs to win. Dukuma would love nothing more than to derail their archrival's ambitions, which is part of what will make that game so much fun.

#4 Jinja City FC v. Herzegovina City FC on Matchday 35

This game will be a crucial one. Both teams, of course, are challenging for berths in next season's IFCF Challenger's Cup. There is a possibility that the BSL's third place side may get a direct qualification to the competition's group stages. That won't necessarily happen, but it is possible. Of course, right now, neither are in third place- but Herzegovina City is just one point ahead of Jinja City in that regard. If somebody emerges from here with three points, it could really put them on the inside track not only to ensure they finish in the top five, but give them a legitimate chance at reaching third place, or even challenging for the Champions League if Istria City FC falters. The loser, however, will have a number of teams, like Busukuma AC, and the Busembe Timberwolves right on their heels.

#3 Herzegovina City FC v. Hoima Warriors on Matchday 34

Now, of course, this will be interesting. It will be an important back to back for Herzegovina City, as they try to stay in the Challenger's Cup places. But this match would be even more important for Hoima. They are favored to win against Suwawa FC, at home, on Matchday 33. If things work out as expected, this could be their opportunity to win the title. They haven't won the title since Season 2, and now it's obviously Season 13. But what should be their first legitimate opportunity to win the league will come against the six time league champions. It will not be an easy task to win it on this matchday. But if they do- then, of course, pandemonium in Hoima.

#2 Busukuma AC v. Jinja City FC on Matchday 36

This will be a crucial matchup. OF course, these two teams just played in the RBSA Cup Quarterfinals a few weeks ago. But there could be a lot at stake here, depending on how matchups play out. It is naturally a Super 5 matchup, which enhances the profile of this game. But both teams are challenging hard for IFCF berths. Presently, Busukuma AC is five points behind Jinja City. But with a bit of luck and skill, that gap could be narrowed with just a few weekends left in the Banijan Soccer League. And that would give this quite a bit of meaning. One of these clubs could easily miss out on the IFCF- and this could be a determinor on which one will.

#1 Herzegovina City FC v. Istria City FC on Matchday 38

Of course, they gave us this rivalry on the final matchday of the season! Now, there is a big chance this won't mean anything- it is quite possible for Istria City FC to put away their Champions League berth, while Herzegovina City puts away their Challenger's Cup berth, and this match doesn't mean anything beyond that. But imagine this possibility- it's possible that they could essentially have a play-in matchup for the BSL's second Champions League berth. How insane would that be? Plus, here's the backdrop. Herzegovina City, long Banija's dominant club. Istria City, now last season's champions and in the midst of a brilliant cup run through the AOCL. Is Istria City Moravica's leading club now? There are always storylines when these two meet, and that will especially be true on the Final Day.

Domestic Cups
RBSA Cup
Semifinals
Busembe Timberwolves 1–1 Istria City FC (1–1 AET) (4–2 pen.)
Igulu City FC 2–4 Busukuma AC


And now, for the semifinals! The Busembe Timberwolves, taking on Istria City FC at Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf's Den, in Busembe, Kitara. The Timberwolves are attempting to become the first ever Banijan club to retain the BSL Club, in the modern era of Banijan football. It is not an easy thing to do, considering the randomness of cups- and that's proven by the fact that nobody's ever done it. And with these two attacking sides playing each other, people thought they could have a lot of fireworks. But while they were back and forth, the finishing simply wasn't there. Jeff Finte scored the game's opening goal to make it 1-0 in favor of the home side, but Jermaine Poole quickly responded to make it 1-1.

The two teams stayed deadlocked, although each had several chances. And that's when the game went to penalties. The Istria City FC teenager Kate Huitema-Omeasoo, in a major semifinal, stepped up to take the opening spot kick. The Quebecois national teamer skied it, unfortunately, the nerves getting the best of her as the ball sailed into the fifth row. Jeff Finte then hit his penalty and made it 1-0. Hunnisett and Royle hit the next two penalties for Istria City FC, while Uchey Nwankwo and Madhav Oojam buried them for the home side. 3-2 to the Timberwolves after 3 each. Then, Istria City would turn to Jermaine Poole to keep their hopes alive. It was shot low and hard to the goalkeeper's right, although not placed well enough as Edgar Farsal-Smith got down and made the save. That put the hopes on the shoulders of Kiggwe Basamula, the captain. al-Shareef went one way as Basamula pulled a Panenka, and chipped the ball down the middle to send the Timberwolves to their second consecutive RBSA Cup Final.

In Igulu City, Busukuma AC also punched a ticket to the RBSA Cup Final, as four first half goals led them to a 4-2 win over Igulu City FC. And that leaves with our final, to be played at the Stadium of the Restoration- the Busembe Timberwolves, against Busukuma AC. Lots of storylines. Which one would triumph, and forever be the champions of the RBSA Cup?

Ebrahim Razav Cup
5th Round
Loser's Bracket- Semifinal
Dukuma SC 0–1 Lakiska SC


And now, for the other semifinal. Of course, the winner of this would be placed to play the Nezrouch Rovers in the Final of this tournament. Dukuma SC, the defending champions, at home against Lakiska SC. Lakiska SC has struggled for large portions of this tournament, but on this day they were suffocating. The 1-0 win- it has become their specialty in the BSL, and it is their speciality here as well. Their defense is on fire, as that back four is not allowing anything past them. Ibrahim Fatah scored the winning goal, scoring on a counter-attack in the 67th minute to bury their archrivals.

That means Lakiska SC will advance to the final. The final, remember, is double elimination for the Rovers. So they will play in Nezrouch, and there must be a winner. If the Rovers win, then Nezrouch are cup champions. If Lakiska SC win, then they will play again, but then they will play in Lakiska. The updated bracket of this double elimination tournament is provided here.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Part V

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Should be noted that scores are listed in the order they are played. First score is Friday night, scores two through seven are Saturday, the 8th and 9th games listed are Sunday afternoon, and the last game listed is Sunday night. Furthermore, the international competition games happen in the week leading up to the "Matchday X" weekend. IFCF CL games are on Tuesdays, IFCF Challenger's Cup games are on Wednesdays, and Cup Winner's Cup, AOCL, and Vilitan Cove International games are on Thursdays.

Hawabark Boulders 2–3 Mynda Electra
Istria City FC 4–1 Askatasuna FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 2–1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Aissa United FC 0–2 Rukunbi FC
Jinja City FC 1–1 Capitol City FC
Hoima Warriors 2–2 Suwawa FC

Kitara AA 0–2 Herzegovina City FC
Isipongo Flash 0–1 Busukuma AC
Lakiska SC 4–2 Busembe Timberwolves
Busukuma Force 5–1 Dukuma SC


And now, for Matchday 33! So few matchdays left in the season. And yet, so much to play for. The Hoima Warriors, on the brink of winning their first title in so long, played Suwawa FC at home on this matchday. At this point, of course, it's a matter of when, not if, for the Warriors- there's almost no chance that Istria CIty FC, or anyone else, will catch them. Regardless, they could not put away a Suwawa FC side that has shown it is very scrappy and difficult to beat in their 2 seasons in the BSL. Sarika Birla and Kun Kuya both scored in the first half, and while Lukas Boldfont scored twice in the second half, he could not find a winner for the Warriors. The wait continues, as Istria City made up ground in the BSL title race with their easy 4-1 victory over Askatasuna FC.

What else happened in the league? Well, Lakiska SC proved that they could go out and play with the big boys. All those 1-0 wins- but could they win a game that was more open, that was less their style? An important game in terms of Challenger's Cup Qualification, and they proved they could do just that. A wide open, back and forth game against the Busembe Timberwolves, and they were ready for it. Philena Neuheim, Ilke Akgun, Utpal Ishan, and Ibrahim Fatah all scored en route to a 4-2 victory for Lakiska SC over the Timberwolves. Lakiska's manager, Winad-Lenpi Xlo, said that the match showed the team's "verstality", and that they were truly indeed good enough to play with the big boys in the Challenger's Cup.


Mynda Electra 1–1 Busukuma Force
Dukuma SC 0–1 Lakiska SC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–4 Isipongo Flash
Busukuma AC 2–3 Kitara AA
Herzegovina City FC 1–1 Hoima Warriors
Suwawa FC 0–4 Jinja City FC
Capitol City FC 1–2 Aissa United FC
Rukunbi FC 1–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0–5 Istria City FC
Askatasuna FC 1–0 Hawabark Boulders
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Semifinal First Leg
Mâ Âlâmëómë (FFD) 0-0 Istria City FC


And now, for the AOCL! The opponent? None other than the biggest club in Farfadllis, Mâ Âlâmëómë. It's never an easy trip when you go to the Rülândéá Çölíséá in Ruland, but that was the task at hand for Istria City FC. It's always an adventure and a trip heading to Rülândéá Çölíséá, and this trip was no different. However, about 1,000 Istria City FC fans braved the short trek across the Shango-Fagoa Basin for the AOCL semifinal. It promised to be a high scoring game- Istria City FC regularly leads the BSL in scoring, while Mâ Âlâmëómë, the biggest club in Farfadillis, of course embodies the attacking nature of the sport that embodies Farf footballing culture. But that is not what happened. The two teams, in a nervy, tension filled affair, could never seem to get into gear as they played a 0-0 draw. THe middle clogged, it left everything to play for at Kabonero III Field.

And then, of course, back to the league. Istria City FC took one step closer to an IFCF Champions League berth, when they defeated Umbazi Metropolitan SC by a score of 5-0 on Sunday night. Umbazi Metropolitan has had a good run to challenge for these IFCF places, but two losses in a row will make you wonder- does Umbazi have the talent to really make it in IFCF competition. It's not easy to do. But a 5-0 loss at home to an in form Istria City side does not help matters either. The Hoima Warriors went to Herzegovina City this weekend, with a chance to win the league. But they could not do so, earning a 1-1 draw at Star Field that clinched them a Champions League berth, but not yet the league title. They are almost there, they can taste it- but they are not champions yet.

Elsewhere, other squads tried to make progress towards their goals. Lakiska SC, who just a couple of weeks ago downed Dukuma SC 1-0 to eliminate them from the Ebrahim Razav Cup, downed Dukuma SC 1-0 again in Dukuma to take a big step towards the IFCF Challenger's Cup. Lakiska SC is in red hot form- they haven't lost since Matchday 23, and although they've only scored more than one goal once in all competitions since then, they've won most of those games, including beating their archrivals twice on the road in three weeks. Jinja CIty earned a big 4-0 victory away from home, crushing Suwawa FC. The Kitara Athletic Association also earned a strong win, winning 3-2 over Busukuma AC, in a game that hurt the capitol side's chances, but that helped Kitara AA get back towards the top half of the table.

Hoima Warriors 1–0 Busukuma AC
Askatasuna FC 1–0 Mynda Electra
Hawabark Boulders 0–2 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Istria City FC 1–2 Rukunbi FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 3–0 Capitol City FC
Aissa United FC 1–0 Suwawa FC
Jinja City FC 3–0 Herzegovina City FC
Kitara AA 1–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Isipongo Flash 0–1 Dukuma SC
Lakiska SC 2–1 Busukuma Force


We have a champion. That's right- this was the Matchday, on Friday night, where The Hoima Warriors won the league! And they were going to have to earn it, playing against Southern rival Busukuma Athletic Club. With Mavuto Field packed to its absolute limit, a record capacity crowd there to witness Hoima's first league title in 11 seasons. And the two teams fought hard. Busukuma AC trying to do what they could to get back to a Challenger's Cup spot. Hoima, obviously, trying to win the league. And who else would score the decisive goal? Gitonga Kahara scoring in the 53rd minute, on a pass from Angelique Underwood, gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead. But they, naturally, sat back- all those nerves. A foul in the 81st minute in the box, by Suma Dibba, gave Busukuma AC a penalty. Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì was harshly fouled, so Cyper Baldeh took the penalty. He went to the goalkeeper's left, but Nelson Okello, the Quebecois international, made a diving save.

That was the league winning highlight. As the referee blew his whistle, pandemonium broke out in Hoima. People were crying, fans were ecstatic, celebrations were going mad. It was already a night game- we don't think any bars closed in Hoima at all that night, as fans partied well into the night. The Hoima Warriors- league champions. Angelique Underwood was presented the trophy by BSL Commissioner Randolf Cherry, and she put it high into the sky. They were deserving- they pulled away early, and kept their foot on the gas all year. They were never really threatened, and the entire second half of the season wasn't a title race, it was a coronation. Josiah Lwanga and Mark Grayson's long-term plans have worked- six seasons together in partnership, and both have finally ascended the ladder.

It also marks a triumphant return to the BSL for Gitonga Kahara. "The Boy Wonder", a man who has had more pressure thrust upon his shoulders than any Banijan athlete in history, besides maybe Olympic swimmer Mustafa Okello, he had never played professionally in Banija before this season. And to come back and win the league in his first year back- that may seal the deal in terms of his legacy. All will enjoy the spoils of success, from Eren Knox to Nelson Okello to Robert Craig, but for Kahara, and Mark Grayson especially, this title may be legacy definers for those two men. Enjoy it, drink it in! Hoima fans will remember this day for a long time.

Mynda Electra 0–0 Lakiska SC
Busukuma Force 2–0 Isipongo Flash
Dukuma SC 1–5 Kitara AA
Busembe Timberwolves 1–1 Hoima Warriors
Busukuma AC 4–4 Jinja City FC

Herzegovina City FC 8–3 Aissa United FC
Suwawa FC 1–2 Herzegovina Phoenix
Capitol City FC 0–4 Istria City FC
Rukunbi FC 0–0 Hawabark Boulders
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2–0 Askatasuna FC
VIlitan Cove International Semifinal
Single leg fixture played on neutral ground at Marine World Park in Crosabai, Vilita

Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-2 Namiri Forest (ZWZ) (Namiri Forest advance to VCI Final, Umbazi MSC is eliminated from the VCI)


And now, for the Vilitan Cove International! The semifinals and the final of this tournament are played on neutral ground, in Vilita. Both rounds, of course, are a single leg. Umbazi Metropolitan SC would be drawn against Namiri Forest of Zwangzug. It was always going to be a tough matchup- Zwangzug's league is ranked higher than ours. And that was reflected on how the matchup played out. Uli Esase scored the opening goal, in the 27th minute, but Namiri Forest came back and came in hot. Goals from a striker and a midfielder made it 2-1 at halftime to the Zwangzug side at halftime. And in the second half, they never looked back. Umbazi Metropolitan SC was squeezed in, not creative enough to break down a disciplined opponent. This was a club, who in this past season in their league, only conceded 21 goals. When their defense was on, they were on, and Umbazi Metropolitan SC was eliminated.

Elsewhere, games were interesting. Herzegovina City played Aissa United at home, and they ran rampant on the eastern Hangaza side. Herzegovina City won the game by a score of 8-3, with Meghan Walcott's hat trick leading the way for Herzegovina City. Christos Tsiavis scored twice, while Dennis Brotzmann, Harald Fireblade, and Marcel Roux each scored once in Herzegovina City's route of Aissa United. It was a strong step forward as they only have so many chances left to book their place in the Challenger's Cup. And Herzegovina City's next two games are both rivalries- Herzegovina Phoenix on Matchday 37, Istria City on Matchday 38. The Hoima Warriors, already champions, battled to a 1-1 draw at Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf's Den with the Busembe Timberwolves.

Busukuma AC played host to Jinja CIty FC, and the two sides battled it out to a thrilling 4-4 draw. It was probably not the result Busukuma AC wanted- they were more in need of three points than Jinja City was, but neutrals loved their matchup. The 4-4 was full of drama- Wijini scored a hat trick, Cyper Baldeh scored, while Marcus Rose, of all players, scored twice while Xilit-Zaxac and Vatan Ercetin, Jinja City's dynamic duo, each scored once. Umbazi Metropolitan SC, after taking some lumps the past few weeks, got back to their winning ways on Sunday night, downing Askatasuna FC by a score of 2-0. And, of course, Istria City FC took another strong step towards clinching a Champions League berth with a 4-0 win over Capitol City FC. Meaning next weekend, a win or a draw for Istria City would put them into the IFCF Champions League for the second straight season.

Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1–1 Mynda Electra
Askatasuna FC 1–0 Rukunbi FC
Hawabark Boulders 1–1 Capitol City FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–1 Herzegovina City FC
Aissa United FC 1–1 Busukuma AC
Jinja City FC 3–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Hoima Warriors 2–0 Dukuma SC
Kitara AA 5–1 Busukuma Force
Isipongo Flash 0–1 Lakiska SC
Istria City FC 5–0 Suwawa FC
Atlantian Oceania Champions League Semifinal Second Leg
Istria City FC 1-0 Mâ Âlâmëómë (FFD) (Istria City FC advances 1-0 on aggregate to the AOCL Final)


And now, for the second leg of the AOCL Semifinal! Nobody scored in the first leg- so a scoring draw here at Kabonero III Field would be enough for Mâ Âlâmëómë to advance. But Istria City was the team on a mission. They believe that they are one of the best sides in all of Atlantian Oceania, and this would certainly be their way to prove it. They would have to defend, however, and for the first half, they were on the back foot as Mâ Âlâmëómë brought wave after wave of attack forward. The back line, led by Tibamba, repelled those attacks. And in the second half, it would be the Galactico long-lister Murray Hunnisett, who would assist the captain, Ablie Kah, as Kah scored the winning goal in the 60th minute. It was enough, as after 120 minutes, these two high-flying sides could only manage a 1-0 on aggregate. Fortunately, it was Istria that scored the lone goal, and they clinched a berth in the Atlantian Oceania Champions League Final, in Audioslavia.

They would follow up momentum from their big-time win on Thursday to another big time win on Sunday night. Two goals in the first 12 minutes meant that this game would be over quickly, and Istria City romped over Suwawa FC by a score of 5-0 to clinch their second consecutive berth in the IFCF Champions League, and second place in the BSL. It's a strong season for Alvin Burnsides- following up a league title with another Champions League berth, as well as a run to the final of the AOCL? The Cosumarite manager had to be beaming. Elsewhere, the race for places tightened. Herzegovina City took on the Herzegovina Phoenix away from home, in the Herzegovina City derby, and Herzegovina City won by a score of 1-0. Saikou Ndour came off the bench in the 72nd minute, and scored almost immediately, heading home a beautiful cross from Meghan Walcott. The 1-0 victory was an important step for Herzegovina City.

The other teams in contention also took a step forward. Jinja City FC won by a score of 3-1 over the Busembe Timberwolves, while Lakiska SC won 1-0 away from home against the bottom of the table Isipongo Flash. The only team who did not win on this matchday in the top 6 was Umbazi Metropolitan SC, who drew 1-1 with Mynda Electra on Friday night. Towards the bottom of the table, Capitol City FC earned a draw with the Hawabark Boulders to try and get themselves out of last place. And if you look at the table below, you can see there is a lot to play for going into the Final Day- Four teams in contention for three Challenger's Cup spots, and there is presently a tie at the bottom of the table for last place in the league.

Banijan Soccer League          Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Hoima Warriors 37 24 10 3 68 26 +42 82
2 Istria City FC 37 22 5 10 95 41 +54 71
3 Herzegovina City FC 37 19 8 10 71 40 +31 65
4 Jinja City FC 37 19 8 10 88 60 +28 65
5 Lakiska SC 37 18 10 9 38 30 +8 64
6 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 37 19 6 12 46 40 +6 63
7 Herzegovina Phoenix 37 15 10 12 43 43 0 55
8 Rukunbi FC 37 16 7 14 37 43 −6 55
9 Busukuma AC 37 15 9 13 47 37 +10 54
10 Kitara AA 37 13 15 9 59 54 +5 54
11 Busembe Timberwolves 37 15 7 15 74 78 −4 52
12 Busukuma Force 37 14 6 17 43 52 −9 48
13 Suwawa FC 37 13 8 16 43 53 −10 47
14 Mynda Electra 37 12 9 16 50 50 0 45
15 Dukuma SC 37 13 6 18 43 64 −21 45
16 Aissa United FC 37 11 7 19 47 62 −15 40
17 Askatasuna FC 37 10 6 21 26 60 −34 36
18 Hawabark Boulders 37 9 7 21 34 53 −19 34
19 Isipongo Flash 37 7 7 23 33 64 −31 28
20 Capitol City FC 37 7 7 23 22 57 −35 28


Now, of course, to go over the Matchday 38 schedule. IT doesn't follow the traditional schedule, as outlined above, becuase it is the FInal Day. All 10 games occur on a Sunday. There are three time slots on this day. The first four games are all played at 12:30 PM local time. Then, the next two games are played at 3:30 PM local time. And finally, the last four games are played at 6:30 PM local time.

Busembe Timberwolves 0–0 Aissa United FC
Busukuma Force 0–3 Hoima Warriors
Busukuma AC 0–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Suwawa FC 3–0 Hawabark Boulders
Mynda Electra 3–1 Isipongo Flash
Capitol City FC 0–0 Askatasuna FC
Rukunbi FC 0–0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Lakiska SC 0–0 Kitara AA

Dukuma SC 1–0 Jinja City FC
Herzegovina City FC 3–3 Istria City FC


The Final Day! Of course, the first four slot of the day means there usually isn't anything significant at stake- although those matches were interesting all the same. The Hoima Warriors, in the final game of their title campaign, ran rampant in Busukuma, playing with the confidence of champions at the Mugisha III Memorial Stadium with a 3-0 home win over the Busukuma Force. Josef Lawerenz scored twice, and Lukas Boldfont scored once for the Hoima Warriors. Suwawa FC also earned a big time win, crushing the Boulders with three first half goals to win by a score of 3-0 over Hawabark.

But it was the middle slots that mattered the most. Isipongo Flash and Capitol City FC battling it out to see who would be in last place. Now, of course, with the rumored structural reforms incoming, upper management hasn't fired either manager. But they both had a challenge in front of them. The Isipongo Flash played away to Mynda Electra, and did not enjoy their experience, with Xavier Melchoir scoring once and assisting once en route to a 3-1 home win for Mynda Electra. But Capitol City FC were able to earn a second consecutive draw, doing just enough to stay up. It was a 0-0 draw, nothing too pretty, but just enough to ensure that they won't be in the regional leagues next season.

And then, for the final set of games- all those squads competing for Challenger's Cup places. None of the squads competing for Challenger's Cup places actually won on this matchday- were the nerves too much. Herzegovina City was getting forward, but Istria City FC kept countering with ferocity. They played a thrilling 3-3 draw, which would be enough, combined with other results, to get them into the Challenger's Cup. Lakiska SC fought to a 0-0 stalemate at home with Kitara AA, and that would be enough to get them their first ever IFCF appearance. Jinja City FC actually lost, falling 1-0 to Dukuma SC thanks to a Kurtis Southwell strike, but nobody took advantage, and they clinched anyways.

With all those results elsewhere, Umbazi simply needed a win away from home over Rukunbi to make the Challenger's Cup. They tried hard, they did as well as they could. But it was a tough situation- and this year would not be their year. Rukunbi is a tough place to try and win, and their offense simply could not break down Rukunbi FC's attack. They would be the odd ones looking out this season. And that gives us, of course, the final table.

Final League Table
Banijan Soccer League          Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Hoima Warriors 38 25 10 3 71 26 +45 85 - League Champions, qualify for IFCF CL and AOCL
2 Istria City FC 38 22 6 10 98 44 +54 72 - Qualify for the IFCF Champions League
3 Herzegovina City FC 38 19 9 10 74 43 +31 66 - Qualify for the IFCF Challenger's Cup
4 Jinja City FC 38 19 8 11 88 61 +27 65 - Qualify for the IFCF Challenger's Cup
5 Lakiska SC 38 18 11 9 38 30 +8 65 - Qualify for the IFCF Challenger's Cup

6 Umbazi Metropolitan SC 38 19 7 12 46 40 +6 64 - Qualify for the Vilitan Cove International
7 Herzegovina Phoenix 38 16 10 12 44 43 +1 58
8 Rukunbi FC 38 16 8 14 37 43 −6 56
9 Kitara AA 38 13 16 9 59 54 +5 55
10 Busukuma AC 38 15 9 14 47 38 +9 54
11 Busembe Timberwolves 38 15 8 15 74 78 −4 53
12 Suwawa FC 38 14 8 16 46 53 −7 50
13 Mynda Electra 38 13 9 16 53 51 +2 48
14 Busukuma Force 38 14 6 18 43 55 −12 48
15 Dukuma SC 38 14 6 18 44 64 −20 48
16 Aissa United FC 38 11 8 19 47 62 −15 41
17 Askatasuna FC 38 10 7 21 26 60 −34 37
18 Hawabark Boulders 38 9 7 22 34 56 −22 34
19 Capitol City FC 38 7 8 23 22 57 −35 29
20 Isipongo Flash 38 7 7 24 34 67 −33 28



Ebrahim Razav Cup
6th Round
Final
Nezrouch Rovers 2–2 Lakiska SC (2–2 AET) (4–3 pen.)


And now, for the Ebrahim Razav Cup final! Just remember, since it is double elimination- if the Nezrouch Rovers lost this one, these two would have to play again, but instead in Lakiska. Anyways, the Rovers have beaten both Lakiska and Dukuma, both of Busoga's top-flight sides, already once in this tournament. Could they do it again? Lakiska SC was flying high after qualifying for the IFCF Challenger's Cup just a few days prior. But maybe flying too high- they may have been emotionally exhausted.

The two sides played an open, back and forth game, a game that was very not much the style of Lakiska SC. And the game, drawn at 2-2, was always destined to go to penalties. But unfortunately, while Nezrouch hit all four penalties, two of Lakiska's spot kick takers missed- Philena Neuheim, the teenager, skied her penalty, while Barkha Visariya's hit hers wide of the net. As soon as that went wide, Nezrouch Rovers fans stormed the field, celebrating their first trophy in God knows how long. This was the reason this cup was created- a path to a trophy for Islander clubs, who previously had a slim chance at winning a trophy.

Even though Lakiska SC were the favorites, Nezrouch Rovers deserve this trophy. They won every single game they played in this tournament, going 6-0-0, including three wins(one on penalties) against sides in a higher league than them. It's a well-earned, well deserved trophy, and they should enjoy their time in the IFCF Cup Winner's Cup next season.
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Postseason Play

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RBSA Cup Final
Played at the Stadium of the Restoration in Busukuma, National Capitol Region
Busukuma AC 1–0 Busembe Timberwolves


And now, time for the RBSA Cup Final! Busukuma Athletic Club against the Busembe Timberwolves. Busukuma AC, of course, with a manager that has failed to make IFCF competition in her time in the nation's capitol, but who is out here trying to bring another trophy. And Busembe Timberwolves, with the super confident Ubermanager, who is trying to be the first BSL side in the modern era to retain this trophy. Which team would triumph?

Well, it would be the team from the Banijan capitol who would have the first crack at it. When Wijini skimmed the top of the crossbar in the 8th minute from about the 18, everyone knew- this would be an entertaining game. While Busukuma AC was more of a counter-attacking side, the Timberwolves always went at their opponents, trying to score all sorts of goals and leaving defending later. It is a strategy that can overwhelm opponents, it is a strategy that can fail.

But attack they did. But Busukuma AC, and in particular, goalkeeper Althea Taliadoros, was ready. Taliadoros made 9 saves, as the Timberwolves continued their efforts to get forward but kept finding them blocked by that goalkeeper. But it would be a brilliant Busukuma AC counter-attack that would steal the show. In the 67th minute, Vardalos brought on Saikou Kah to play central midfield. Took out Adama Coote, and moved Wijini out wide. Wijini is a dynamic player who can play out wide, and plays left wing for the Farfadillis national team. He could not be contained on the outside. He created multiple chances, before a 77th minute cross found the head of a wide open Cyper Baldeh, who turned the header into the back of the net from a few yards away. Baldeh celebrated his goal, and Busukuma AC led, 1-0.

It was a great goal, and it was enough. Busukuma AC- cup champions! They will enter the IFCF Cup Winner's Cup, and the club from the Banijan capitol will add to their trophy cabinet. Will it be enough to keep Andrea Vardalos around? We will wait and see. But this day, of course, is a day for celebration for that club.

Atlantian Oceania Champions League Final
Played at the Burdina Jauregia (cap. 85,000) in Ferramendiak, Audioslavia
Istria City FC 3-1 Cazadores Cathair (AUD)


And now, the Final of the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. Istria City FC taking on Cazadaores Cathair, of Audioslavia. The two teams, battling it out in Audioslavia for the right to declare themselves the champions of Atlantian Oceania. The match, although not in Cathair, would take place in Audioslavia at the Burdina Jauregia, the 85,000 seater that obviously had a partisan lean towards the Audioslavian side. Still- not that noticeable in the stadium, as Istria City fans turned out in huge numbers to see their team play possibly the biggest match in club history.

No BSL side had ever won an international club tournament before. But Istria City FC came into the game with confidence. "If we're good enough to get here, we're good enough to win here." Alvin Burnsides told reporters. "Of course, Cazadaores Cathair has tons of talented players, but we do as well. I understand why we are considered the underdog- they've got the bigger league, they're playing in their country. But don't count us out- we are firm believers in our ability."

And he was preaching the gospel. Both teams were attacking early, and Olimpia Vidal had a chance to take the lead in the 5th minute, a one on one with the goal keeper that Vidal blasted well over the crossbar. The Banijan side got a little bit lucky there- it should've been 1-0 to the Audioslavian club. But it would be Istria City FC that would take the 1-0 lead. In the 20th minute, a Jermaine Poole cross found the head of Torvald Royle, who had a step on his defender. The Freeport international headed the ball straight into the back of the net. 1-0 to Istria City. But right before the half, the other side equalized. Chromatika international Olimpia Vidal had a rocket from about 20 yards, and al-Shareef did not have a chance. He dove to his left, but it was too well placed as Vidal found the upper corner. IT was 1-1.

The second half was a tense affair. The crowd was about 60-40 in favor of the Audioslavian club. That was a decent balance, considering how far Istria City fans had to travel. But Istria City FC fans were loud, and supporting their club. The men in orange wanted to get the job done. But it would be a lady in orange who would prove the difference on this day. The Quebecois international, the teenager Kate Huitema-Omeasoo, became one of the youngest ever players to score in an AOCL Final, when the 18 year old took a back pass from Frey Stanger and drilled it into the back of the net in the 63rd minute. 2-1 to Istria City.

And as the Cathair side pushed on, Istria City started to expose them with the counter. Both sides were getting close to scoring again- but who would it be? It would be none other than Ablie Kah, the central midfielder, the Banijan international and captain, who would score the final goal. Blitzing up the field in the 85th minute on a counter-attack, a brilliant one on one save from the goalkeeper went straight to a Cathair defender, who had a terribly poor clearance. The ball bounced right to Ablie Kah, who chipped the goalkeeper from about 20 yards. The keeper didn't have a prayer.

And with that, blew the final whistle. Istria City- champions of Atlantian Oceania. The celebrations in Istria were ecstatic. The Olympic city, now seeing their team crowned as champions of the region. What a game, what a season, what a journey. A well deserved trophy. And with that, of course, Alvin Burnsides has staked his own claim as the best Cosumarite manager in Banija. And who can deny him now?
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Regional Leagues

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There are two notes to make here. One, with the promotion of Dukuma SC to the BSL, AFC Kosactus has been moved back to the Northwestern League, while relegated Igulu City FC has been placed into their former homes in the Northern League. Second, there is no promotion playoff this year due to structural reform upcoming in the Banijan soccer pyramid- there is simply a playoff to determine which of the three regional league champions earn a place in the LBCT.

Northwestern League             Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Corizova United 44 22 15 7 97 67 +30 81
2 Jaribga Soccer Club 44 24 9 11 61 45 +16 81
3 Eastern Moravica FC 44 23 11 10 85 57 +28 80
4 Nezrouch Rovers 44 17 14 13 77 76 +1 65
5 Slobochia Bears 44 16 14 14 71 65 +6 62
6 Barmos United 44 17 10 17 65 64 +1 61
7 Koszagard City 44 13 15 16 60 66 −6 54
8 AFC Kosactus 44 13 13 18 68 74 −6 52
9 Taramazna United 44 14 10 20 71 78 −7 52
10 Tezirbu Foxes 44 13 12 19 67 83 −16 51
11 Tripoli Foresters 44 7 18 19 51 70 −19 39
12 Koksho City 44 9 11 24 60 88 −28 38


Northern League                 Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Duntho Sporting Club 44 25 9 10 99 66 +33 84
2 Thayaferu United 44 23 8 13 69 56 +13 77
3 Bunyoro RSC 44 20 12 12 79 50 +29 72
4 Igulu City FC 44 17 18 9 65 48 +17 69
5 Luguyala Patriots 44 19 12 13 70 62 +8 69
6 Cerenus United 44 18 12 14 72 57 +15 66
7 Nanami Dragons 44 17 10 17 55 58 −3 61
8 Okakameb City 44 17 9 18 62 75 −13 60
9 Garixas City 44 13 13 18 56 54 +2 52
10 Gadive City 44 11 9 24 51 83 −32 42
11 AFC Okahavi 44 11 8 25 62 90 −28 41
12 Selekawe Knights 44 7 12 25 54 95 −41 33



Lower Coastal League            Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Kabakono City 44 24 7 13 76 55 +21 79
2 Zakuta City 44 23 8 13 66 46 +20 77
3 Kitara Athletic Society 44 23 8 13 74 61 +13 77
4 Djoro Athletic 44 22 8 14 78 62 +16 74
5 Dimbogourou SC 44 17 10 17 57 54 +3 61
6 AFC Akwadua 44 16 12 16 73 71 +2 60
7 Baleweye FC 44 16 9 19 64 68 −4 57
8 Nsade United 44 16 7 21 75 81 −6 55
9 Mamari City 44 14 13 17 64 77 −13 55
10 Kwadama Dojo 44 13 12 19 71 74 −3 51
11 Ogbordu Diamond FC 44 13 9 22 70 94 −24 48
12 Abomfa United 44 11 9 24 56 81 −25 42


Southern League                 Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Sororo City 44 28 9 7 101 56 +45 93
2 Bwubanza City SC 44 21 13 10 69 52 +17 76
3 Lwanga Lions 44 21 12 11 75 50 +25 75
4 Dodoma City SC 44 22 8 14 68 54 +14 74
5 Byakado City 44 17 18 9 68 59 +9 69
6 Kigagana Mountaineers 44 17 14 13 82 75 +7 65
7 Boufaya Ravens 44 16 10 18 71 78 −7 58
8 Busemlu Park SC 44 16 6 22 59 69 −10 54
9 Umbazi FA 44 14 10 20 56 71 −15 52
10 Amaku City FC 44 10 14 20 59 70 −11 44
11 Mukegara Warriors 44 9 9 26 61 91 −30 36
12 Pumbasa Boars 44 6 11 27 52 96 −44 29


LBCT Qualification Playoffs
1st Leg
Duntho Sporting Club 0–3 Kabakono City
Corizova United 1–1 Sororo City


2nd Leg
Kabakono City 2–3 Duntho Sporting Club (Kabakono City qualify 5-3 on aggregate for the Liga B Champions Trophy)
Sororo City 0–2 Corizova United (Corizova United qualify 3-1 on aggregate for the Liga B Champions Trophy)


LBCT Qualification Playoff Final
Played at the Stadium of the Restoration in Busukuma, National Capitol Region

Sororo City 1–3 Duntho Sporting Club (Duntho Sporting Club qualify for the Liga B Champions Trophy)
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The Banijan Soccer League - Season 13 Awards

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Top 10 BSL Goalscorers
Rank Name Nationality Team Name Goals Scored
1 Torvald Royle Freeport Istria City FC 29 - WINNER OF BSL GOLDEN BOOT

2 Xilit-Zavac Yol Qusmo Jinja City FC 28
3 Kiggwe Basamula Banija Busembe Timberwolves 21
4 Vatan Ercetin Timuria Jinja City FC 20
4 Gitonga Kahara Banija Hoima Warriors 20
6 Rosie Tyler Equestria Herzegovina City FC 19
7 Lukas Boldfont Nephara Hoima Warriors 18
8 Kate Huitema-Omeasoo RK Quebec Istria City FC 17
9 Ronald Mickel Valladares Kitara AA 15
10 Cyper Baldeh Banija Busukuma AC 14
10 Xavier Melchoir Taeshan Mynda Electra 14


BSL Top 5 Assist Leaders
Rank Name Nationality Team Name Assists
1 Murray Hunnisett Hapilopper Istria City FC 13- WINNER OF BSL SILVER BOOT

2 Gitonga Kahara Banija Hoima Warriors 12
3 Vatan Ercetin Timuria Jinja City FC 11
3 Kiggwe Basamula Banija Busembe Timberwolves 11
5 Meghan Walcott Cassadaigua Herzegovina City FC 10


1st Team All-Pro - 3-4-3 Formation
Position     Name            Age       Nationality               Team Name            
GK Nelson Okello 34 RK Quebec Hoima Warriors - WINNER OF BSL GOLDEN GLOVE
DEF Uzoma Iruka 29 Banija Hoima Warriors
DEF Govind Nigam 26 Busoga Islands Lakiska SC
DEF Alanso Tibamba 27 Banija Istria City FC
MID Murray Hunnisett 28 Hapiloppper Istria City FC
MID Robert Craig 28 Schottia Hoima Warriors
MID Meghan Walcott 25 Cassadiauga Herzegovina City FC
MID Kiggwe Basamula 28 Banija Busembe Timberwolves
ATT Gitonga Kahara 34 Banija Hoima Warriors
ATT Xilit-Zavac Yol 30 Qusmo Jinja City FC
ATT Torvald Royle 31 Freeport Isles Istria City FC
4 Honorable Mentions
DEF Lukas Kayserling 23 Recuecn Herzegovina City FC
MID Tamba Kama 26 Banija Busembe Timberwolves
MID Vatan Ercetin 30 Timuria Jinja City FC
ATT Lukas Boldfont 28 Nephara Hoima Warriors


MVP Voting(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Gitonga Kahara(Hoima Warriors)- 30 votes
Lukas Boldfont(Hoima Warriors)- 2 votes
Murray Hunnisett(Istria City FC)- 2 votes
Kiggwe Basamula(Busembe Timberwolves)- 1 vote
Meghan Walcott(Herzegovina City FC)- 1 vote
Xilit-Zaxac Yol(Jinja City FC)- 1 vote
Vatan Ercetin(Jinja City FC)- 1 vote
Carlton Sandt(Lakiska SC)- 1 vote
Nelson Okello(Hoima Warriors)- 1 vote


Best Newcomer Voting(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Gitonga Kahara(Hoima Warriors) - 36 votes
Eren Knox(Hoima Warriors)- 1 vote
Kate Huitema-Omeasoo(Istria City FC)- 1 vote
Riccardo Rastelli(Jinja City FC)- 1 vote
Ilke Akgun(Lakiska SC)- 1 vote


Manager of the Year(2 reporters per team for a total of 40 votes)
Mark Grayson(Hoima Warriors) - 22 votes
Alvin Burnsides(Istria City FC) - 16 votes
Winad-Lenpi Xlo(Lakiska SC) - 2 votes
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