Sadat Anaku burst onto the scene during the 2017 FUFA Junior League as a 16 year old whose desire and hunger was to run at defenders before finding the back of the net.
He did that every Sunday afternoon at Lugogo and sometimes away from home, no backline would intimidate him. I struggle to remember a game he didn’t find the back of the net that season.
No wonder after three seasons, he was and still is the all-time top scorer of the FUFA Juniors League with 83 goals in 52 games over three seasons.
Those who didn’t watch him in the FUFA Junior League didn’t see the real Anaku while featuring for the KCCA FC senior team as injuries were always the setback.
He scored six goals in 17 games of the 2019/2020 season, before netting nine in 20 games of the 2020/2021 season and later seven in 23 games last season.
A trip to Europe under the ‘Team Fundi’ project this year opened doors for Anaku and Dundee officials were in attendance as Sadat netted four goals in one game at that camp.
He caught the eye of Dundee United Head Coach Jack Ross who would later invite him for a trial. Looks like it was the right timing for the best striker of his generation.
“I’ve been impressed with Sadat since he came in,” Ross told the club website before adding.
“You have to have a certain mental toughness to come in from overseas and settle.”
“Sadat has done that by leaving a really good impression on the players and staff at United.”
“He has a real hunger and drive to try and succeed in European football and sees this as a real opportunity to do that.
“He’s a really good finisher and will offer something different to the attacking options we already have at the club. That gives the squad a good balance,” Ross added.
Deployed as a number 9, in friendlies with Leicester U21s, Arsenal U21s and Newcastle, Sadat underlined his quality.
He also netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 Dundee United B Team win over Queen’s Park earlier this week before penning a deal with United until the summer of 2024.
“There’s an element of the unknown about him but we can see he has real potential,” Ross noted.
“That element of unknown can help us. Defenders won’t know what he’s about and he’s not easy to play against from what I’ve seen in training.”
“Hopefully he can capitalise on that element of surprise and get off to a good start.”
“If he can hit the ground running and score quickly then things can fly from there,” the former defender said.
In Scotland, Anaku joins Cranes international Bevis Mugabi who features for Motherwell FC in the country’s top flight division.