Morley Byekwaso has described KCCA FC midfielder cum defender Hassan Jurua as a ‘warrior’ and is convinced that the player has a big future for both the club and with the Uganda Cranes.
The KCCA youth team graduate returned to the club’s first team following a career-threatening illness that had him placed under life support for over a week and saw him sit out for over 12 months.
Since returning to the Kasasiro Boys’ lineup in March, Jurua has been in fine form under Byekwaso and has established himself as a key figure in the first team since Byekwaso took over at KCCA.
Jurua has been impressive in KCCA’s midfield and played a pivotal role in the club’s 2-0 victory over Maroons in the first leg of their Stanbic Uganda Cup tie.
The performance at Luzira saw Jurua grab an assist as well as score his first senior goal for the club.
And Byekwaso who has been impressed with the 20-year-old’s turn around in form suggested that he has made the best of his chances following his illness.
“Ever since I saw him in our junior team, he has been a fantastic player despite the problems he got,” Byekwaso said of Jurua.
“We pray that he continues doing the same because he is a future player for the club and the national team.”
“He can hit short and long passes impressively. He carries a good mentality and he is a true warrior.”
“Of course, the future ahead of him is bright because, with his ability, there is a lot he can offer he can offer the club and the country,” he continued.
After a promising start to life back in the KCCA first team, Jurua is in line to start Wednesday’s Uganda Cup Round of 16 against Maroons at the MTN Omondi Stadium.
With the 13-time Uganda Premier League Champions lying 10 points behind leaders URA, the Uganda Cup remains their only chance of silverware this season.
With a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, the 10-time Uganda Cup winners have one foot in the last eight ahead of the second leg meeting at home.
Byekwaso’s side will be buoyed by the return to fitness of assistant captain Julius Poloto and midfielder Ashraf Mugume.
Meanwhile, forwards Samuel Ssenyonjo, Charles Lwanga and Brian Aheebwa plus defender Fillbert Obenchan are ruled out of the game through injury.