By: Nelson Ssengoba
When novice Tony Kyamera learnt that he had been handed a place in the starting line-up for Saturday’s goalless draw against Onduparaka in Arua, the youngster remained unruffled and indifferent, partly because he had been steeling himself for this enormous occasion to flaunt his goal keeping abilities .
Neither did the narrative that playing at the Green Light Stadium is a frightening mission cause much trepidation to him.
“I wasn’t scared at all because i have so long waited for this moment.” The jovial net minder told Swift Sports.
“I could anticipate that the game wouldn’t be easy because playing in Arua is not an easy task but it was also an opportunity to show what I can do.
Since joining Express FC under the endorsement of then Coach MatiaLule, Kyamera, who names Super Cubs FC as his former employers, had found playing time too hard to come by – languishing in the shadows of experienced stalwarts Godwin Buule and now-departed Emmaunel Opio.
The departure of Matia Lule and lack of playing time dulled his life at Wankulukuku. He even harbored intentions of moving away from Wankulukuku but the club’s decision to appoint Shafik Bisaso as new coach changed his heart, decided to stay put and wait for his chance.
”There was time when I thought of talking to my bosses to loan me out somewhere so that I can get some playing time. But fortunately, we got a new coach who believes in young players and I was convinced that I will get time to play.”
With the Red Eagles in desperate need to amasse points and move away from relegation zone, Shafik Bisaso’s bold decision to play a novice in Kyamera instead of an experienced stalwart Buule Godwin raised some eyebrows but the move lasty paid off handsomely. He delivered on the expectations, looking assured not making big saves but command his area with authority and didn’t put a foot wrong for the entirety of the game.
Bisaso could not hide his delight from Kyamera’s flawless performance.
“I didn’t have doubt in him. He is abit young but capable of being our number one goal keeper.”
The former Soana FC coach said of Kyamera’s performance.
Bisaso added that “This was a tougher game as it has always been a norm for whichever team that visit Arua.
“Picking such a point, I think is well earned. And its a good one in our quest to survive the drop.”
The Red Eagles are languishing perilously in relegation zone in Uganda’s top flight having endured miserable first round of the 2018 UPL Season. The draw left the Red Eagles on 12 points in 15th posion.