KCCA FC head coach Morley Byekwaso hopeful Juma Balinya, who has struggled with injuries since joining the club in August 2020, will be useful in the remaining games until the end of the season if he stays fit.
Balinya scored in the 90th minute after coming on as a substitute for Sadat Anaku in the 60th minute during KCCA’s 3-0 win over Maroons FC in the second leg of the Round of 16 Uganda Cup. That was his first goal in the yellow and blue colours.
And after the game, Byekwaso was full of praise for the player who he notably regarded as one of the best the club has.
“We are very pleased to see him score his first goal for the club because scoring is what he does best, but he has been on and off the pitch due to injuries,” Byekwaso said before adding.
“He is one of the best players at the club. The coaches and his fellow players are proud of him. It is a joy that he is back.”
“We pray he avoids setbacks as it has been the case previously as we head into the final bend of the season.”
Byekwaso also noted: “When he keeps fit, we are hopeful he is going to help us a lot in the remaining games starting with that against Vipers SC on Sunday.”
“Of late, we have struggled to score because most of our strikers are out injured, let us see what Balinya can offer,” he added.
In addition to injuries, the attacking midfielder was one of the untrusted players by former head coach Mike Mutebi before his sacking in March over the former’s inconsistent.
The 2018/2019 Uganda Premier top scorer (19 goals) with Police FC returned to Uganda after short stints at Tanzanian giants Young Africans and Kenyan side Gor Mahia in the 2019/2020 season.
He came in with big promise for KCCA in August but has been limited to only 258 minutes in the league, starting only twice and coming off the bench six times.
We, therefore, wait to see if he can win the trust of Byekwaso and become a regular in the remaining part of the season.