By Edwin Kyle Kule
It has not been easy going for MYDA FC in their first season in the top flight, as the club languish inside the bottom three and are strongly tipped to be favourites for relegation.
It was not a guarantee that MYDA were to have an easy-going in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Although head coach Abdul Swamadu Musafiri thinks they have the quality within the squad to compete, most of the times a lack of experienced heads in the group has cost them.
“I think we have lacked crucial experience at this level especially in match situations,” Musafiri disclosed to Football256.
“Some of the players more so in the backline came up short regards experience since it was their first time playing in the top tier. However, they are learning more after every game,” he added.
“You are aware that we lost some of the players from the team that gained promotion from the Big League and we were forced to bring in new talents.”
“I do trust them and have the belief that they can go on and have a top career, but frankly, they still have learning to do,” Musafiri said.
The Malaba based team started the 2020-21 season campaign with a draw against Mbarara City FC in an exciting 3-3 stalemate where the Ankole Lions levelled matters in injury time.
But reality struck soon with MYDA losing their next three games Bright Stars FC, Onduparaka FC and Police FC, conceding 12 times, scoring three goals.
MYDA will get their campaign underway again following a two-months break with a trip to champions Vipers at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.
And according to Musafiri, the game comes with its own bit of motivation for the players as he declared that the game ‘cannot come at a better time and ‘it is the day they have been waiting for’.
“We are ready to take on Vipers and the boys have always had it in mind that we missed the game but anytime it had to be played and Saturday is the day we have always been waiting for,” he said.
“As a coach, I think this game has really come at the best time because we have seen how they play and we have also analysed our mistakes in the first four games which I believe won’t surface again.”
“We have always scored and that’s not our problem, however, the issue is we have conceded a lot and more of those in injury time when the game is about to end and that’s an issue we have to respond to with immediate effect.”
“We have done some business in January and we have boosted our defence with the acquisition of Fred Okot who will provide leadership and experience in our backline.”
“However much we respect Vipers because they are the defending champions, we are ready to challenge them. Many might say we are a new team but some players are not new at this stage.”
“As a coach, am meeting Vipers for the fifth time and I have no pressure because I know them and I can not wait to face them because am ready and ignited,” Musafiri continued.
MYDA FC lies 14th on the 16-team log with one point from four games. The team will travel to St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende to face Viper SC on Saturday.