January 24, 2022

Anukani: From lost Kasasiro Boy, to Bright Venom

By Brian Aheebwa
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Youngster Bright Anukani believes the change of coaches at KCCA FC was the reason for his struggles at Lugogo whilst it is the trust of Vipers SC coach that is helping him thrive at Kitende so far.

Because he failed to impress at KCCA, his loan deal from Proline could not be turned permanent, and it is from there that Vipers acquired his services on a three year deal.

The 21 year old has hit the ground running managing three assists already in just four games, that is two in a 2-0 win over Police and one in a 1-0 victory against Onduparaka.

“Mike Mutebi’s leaving KCCA affected me a lot and I think it is the reason I did not do well at Lugogo,” Anukani told Football256 in an exclusive interview.

“He trusted me so much to an extent that he kept on calling me to join KCCA even when I was still at Proline, which eventually happened.”

“Unfortunately, I started my life at the club on a wrong note, contracted COVID-19, got injured and as I was gradually getting back on my feet and fitting in, then the person who brought me was sacked,” he added.

Mutebi’s successor Morley Byekwaso did not entirely trust Anukani as much, but the latter has since found a place where he can play regularly.

And that is at Vipers under Roberto Oliveira who has given him the freedom to fully express himself.

“I had limited playing time under coach Byekwaso, I also do not know why but I do not regret it because I have moved on to somewhere where the coaches believe in me and what I am capable of doing on the pitch.”

“From my first day in training here, the coaches saw my potential and told me how important I was going to be to their team and it is that trust that has seen me performing this well so far.”

“There is plenty of freedom here, I have been unleashed and allowed to shine and I believe the best is yet to come because as an attacking midfielder, assisting is the main role but I want to add goals to that,” Anukani noted.

The Uganda Cranes midfielder has started in all the Venoms’ four games although he has been subbed off in all that can be attributed to the club’s squad depth and quality.

Just before the international break, he put up a man of the match performance in their last game against Onduparaka and such a display will be required when Vipers visit Mbarara City FC on Friday, November 19.

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