Express FC striker Frank Kalanda has expressed his gratitude for the new role he plays at Express FC in their pursuit for the first silverware in a period close to nine years. They last won the league title in the 2011/12 season and the cup in 2007.
Kalanda has grown into a fan favourite and a darling to the Express FC faithfuls who always love to sing his name even when on the bench.
Among the current Express young side, Frank Kalanda is among the senior figures alongside defenders Isa Lumu and Murushid Juuko.
Kalanda’s experience has played a very pivotal role especially after the long injury layoff of striker George Senkaba whose absence left Express with a shortage of strikers.
In an exclusive interview with the club’s official website www.expressfc.co.ug, the veteran striker intimated that he is happy with the role of playing a big brother role to the club’s youngsters.
” The club chairman has done a tremendous job just like the players have, as a senior player offering guidance to the young ones and leading by example I have played more of a big role on the team” .
“The season is still on and even though we seem to have done well, we as players feel it’s not done yet and we shall fight until the end”.
Kalanda finished as Express’ top scorer last season with 11 goals but this season, the numbers haven’t been as impressive due to limited playing time as head coach Wasswa Bbosa initially preferred to employ George Senkaaba as the centre forward and later opted for Eric Kambale when Senkaaba got injured.
He insists that lack of playing time doesn’t hold him back and he continues to work hard towards helping the team when called upon.
“I hear people saying things about me this season but they have nothing on me, to be honest I believe in myself 100% and I take every game at a time”
“I like it when everyone contributes to the team winning because for me that contributes to the cohesion. I will keep working harder and helping the team when it matters most.
Kalanda has so far managed four league goals and one Uganda cup goal scored against Kyetume in the round of 32 first leg.
Express are the frontrunners to dethrone Vipers of the title championship being 2 points above the defending champions and 1 above challengers URA FC.
The Red Eagles are also at the quarter final stage of the Stanbic Uganda cup, pending a return leg against KCCA FC that will be played at Lugogo next week. The first leg ended 0-0 at Wankulukuku.