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Belgian giants enter talks to sign Vipers midfielder

His close ball control, silky passing, vision and ability to dictate play are definitely some of the attributes that caught the eye of the Genk scouts

Sinan RAJUB SENOGA 

Belgian giants KRC Genk have expressed interest to sign Vipers and Uganda Hippos midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga.

The Belgian side have entered talks with Vipers for a possible transfer of the U-20 central midfielder, Swift Sports has learnt.

Byaruhanga caught the attention of Genk’s highly regarded scouting team during the AFCON U-20 tournament in Mauritania three months ago.

The youthful midfielder played an integral role as the Hippos went to the final of the tournament before losing to the eventual winners Ghana.

Byaruhanga has had a meteoric rise from the St. Mary’s Kitende and Vipers Junior team. He is currently one of the best central midfielders in the country today since his Uganda Premier League debut last season.

His close ball control, silky passing, vision and ability to dictate play are definitely some of the attributes that caught the eye of the Genk scouts. He also has a knack of diagonal passing and delivering set pieces.

Byaruhanga has scored four goals and grabbed two assists in Vipers’ most recent eight games across all competitions.

His brilliant exploits at club level elevated him to the senior team The Cranes and made his debut on June 10th as Uganda lost 3-2 to South Africa in an international friendly game at the Orlando Stadium.

Should the talks between Vipers and the Belgian giants materialize, Byaruhanga will become the second player to cross from Kitende to Belgium.

In 2016, Miya Farouk crossed from Vipers to Standard Liege following his outstanding performance with the Venoms and the national team.

KRC Genk are four time champions of the Belgian Pro League. They finished runners up last season behind champions Club Brugge and will represent Belgium in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Genk, also a former home to Tanzania’s Mbwana Samatta, is a respected source of football talents in Belgium and Europe at large. Kevin De Bruyne, Thiabaut Courtois, Christian Benteke, Divock Origi, Wilfried Ndidi, Kalidou Koulibaly and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco among others are some of the prominent players that have come off the Genk conveyor belt.

Bobosi Byaruhanga Fact File
Name: Bobosi Byaruhanga
Nationality: Ugandan
Born: December 3, 2001
Age: 20
Position: Midfielder
Current Team: Vipers
Jersey No: 18
Weight: 75kg

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