Police FC has bolstered its attacking options by signing Frank Kalanda, a former Express striker, on a free transfer as a like-for-like replacement for Brian Muluuli.
Kalanda has agreed to a six-month contract with the Cops after being without a club since leaving Express at the end of last season.
Although Police FC has not made an official announcement about the transfer, the striker has been training with the first team and is anticipated to be part of the squad that will play Bushenyi Veterans FC in the Uganda Cup Round of 64 in mid-January.
The striker’s arrival is a welcome addition to Police’s options, which already include Juma Balinya.
Muluuli signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Tanzania Premier League team Mtibwa Sugar following a year with Abdallah Mubiru’s side.
In January 2021, he joined the Kitara Football Club as a police officer. He got out to a fast start, scoring eight goals and helping the club to a good sixth place finish.
Muluuli had three goals and two assists in eight games this season, the most recent of which came in a 1-0 victory over UPDF FC for Emmanuel Mugume’s cross.
After stints with URA FC, Tooro United, and Rayon Sport, Kalanda joins Express with a plethora of experience and potency in front of goal. He also played a key role in the club’s title success last season.
He scored 16 goals in 46 games for the Red Eagles over two seasons, while playing just a minor role in the title-winning campaign.
It’s no secret that Police had a difficult start to the season, lacking attacking alternatives as they lost their first six games, but some good form from Juma Balinya helped to revive some hope.
The departures of Derrick Kakooza, Henry Kisekka, and Ben Ocen at the end of last season were a significant blow, and with Muluuli still in flux, it’s no surprise that Abdallah Mubiru’s team scored only five goals in their first ten games.