DERRICK NSIBAMBI: What you need to know about Uganda’s new found target man.

Nsibambi is expected to start in what will be his 3rd straight senior cranes cap ( photo credit : FUFA media) 

BY: SENOGA SINAN RAJUB

The retirement of Geoffrey Massa created a vacuum and the search for an orthodox number 9 or out and out striker was drawn wide open, there were many contenders to the throne ranging from the tried and tested crop of Geoffrey Serunkuuma, Emmanuel Okwi, Hamis Diego Kiiza to the young contingent who include Nelson Senkatuuka, Erisa Sekisambu and Shaban Mohammed.

But despite the huge and ever increasing number of pretenders, one man looks to have won the battle to make the place his own and he is destined to start his 3rd straight senior Cranes match.

He is young energetic and hungry,  he is blessed with an amazing workrate, Good on and off the ball movement plus an incredible ability to leap highest and hung in the air to meet any balls thrown in his way.

Here are a few facts about him.

  • He made his league debut for KCCA FC in the 2014-15 season under George Best Nsimbe and he subsequently scored 7 goals that season.

  • He scored a total of 19 goals last season, 7 of which came in the league, 8 in the domestic cup and 4 in continental competitions.

  • Nsibambi emerged the top scorer of the 2017 Uganda cup with 8 goals including one in the final against Paidha Black Angels.

  • He made is national team debut on 13th June 2017 in Praia against Cape Verde donning shirt number 11. Uganda won 1-0 courtesy of a Geoffrey Serunkuuma goal in the 84th minute.

  • Nsibambi scored his first goal for KCCA on 30th September 2014 in a 3-0 win against KJT Rwenshama at Mityana Saza ground. Micheal Birungi scored the other two goals.

  • Nsibambi joined KCCA from Kireka United at a transfer fee of 1 million shillings in 2014.

  • He was a student at Dynamic SSS Sonde and played for Kyaddondo in the Masaza Cup. It’s from Kyaddondo that Kireka United scouted him.

  • His first goal in national colours came on 22nd July 2017 against South Sudan in the second leg of the CHAN 2018 Qualifiers at Lugogo.

  • He was summoned in the Uganda Cranes provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations final tournament in Gabon held in January 2017.

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