Express FC ‘hero’ Leku joins second division side Arua Hill

Striker Alfred Leku has completed a free transfer to Arua Hill SC from Proline SC.

Leku joins the Leopards on a two-year contract and makes a return to his home town Arua, three years after departing Onduparaka.

The 23-year-old born in neighbouring Maracha district (a former province of Arua) scored the goal that ultimately saved Express FC from relegation in 2018.

“To decide to play for Arua Hill in the FUFA Big League offers me a homecoming feeling, I feel home indeed,” Leku told the club’s media in his first interview with the club.

“It is a step for me because as far as I am concerned, there is no bigger difference between the Premier League and the Big League.”

“I believe I haven’t played enough football, so here I’ll get enough time to be in the pitch and that will help me to improve, to lift up my game to the level of my expectations and also help the team get promoted to the Premier League,” he added.

Leku becomes head coach Hussein Mbalangu’s eighth signing of the transfer period, following the arrivals of Dan Birikwalira, Ceaser Okhuti, Rashid Agau, Mike Kawooya, Collin Onega, Brian Ade and Paddy Muhumuza.

Leku’s addition gives Mbalangu more options in an attack which already has the industry of former Cagliari FC youth team player Abdul Wahid Iddi, and the experience of Okhuti.

Agau is the other prolific option while Ade brings pretty much the unknown for Mbalangu as he looks forward to guiding the club to promotion to the Uganda Premier League.

“It’s one of the best signing so far because Leku is a typical number nine who will score goals for the team and give punch to the team upfront because of his strength, speed and aggressiveness and shooting power,” Mbalangu said.

“My intention is to form a dangerous attacking force of Agau, Leku and Okhuti which will surprise every team in Big League and Uganda Cup.”

“Because of their football skills and experience plus their hardworking mentality, it will be ALO attacking force (Agau, Leku and Okhuti), it will be very interesting to watch,” he explained.

Leku came through the ranks at Vipers SC and graduated from the club’s development side St. Mary’s Kitende before making his senior debut in 2015 at the age of 18. He won the Uganda Cup with the Venom in 2016.

He was loaned to Onduparaka FC for half a season in 2017/18 season and later Express FC in the second half of the 2017/18 season before securing a permanent move to Botswana side Jwaneng Galaxy FC in 2018/19.

At the start of the 2019/20 season, Leku returned to Uganda joining Proline FC, but the striker described his time with the 2019 Uganda Cup winners as ‘bad’ claiming ‘he was never treated like a player at Proline FC’.

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