By Edwin Kyle Kule
Express FC defender Enock Walusimbi has admitted that even though he did not play a single minute as Uganda Cranes took on South Africa, he still picked some lessons from the senior players.
The Cranes lost 3-2 to Bafana Bafana in a friendly played at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Thursday.
Walusimbi will have to wait for his debut after he was among the unused substitutes, but the defender who was involved with the national team for the first time keeps his head high, noting that it is a matter of time before he gets his chance.
“I’ve learnt a lot especially from senior players like Murushid Juuko and the captain Emmanuel Okwi,” Walusimbi was quoted by Express FC media.
“Representing your country for any player is a huge milestone. I am grateful that I was part of the squad that came down to South Africa.”
“I think it is a matter of time before I make my national team debut,” he continued.
Walusimbi also noted that the players played as a team although they were unfortunate not to get the result they wanted, they take the positives and will look to bounce back.
Coach Abdallah Mubiru’s charges finished the first stanza of the game with a 1-0 lead after Ibrahim Orit’s effort found the back of the net capitalising on Emmanuel Okwi’s long cross.
In the 62nd minute, Evidence Mogkapa levelled matters before Bongokhule Hlongwane found the second five minutes later. Mogkapa later sealed a personal brace capitalising from lack of concentration in the Cranes defence.
Second-half substitute Abdul Lumala pulled another back to make it two for the visitors, but it was short to even secure a draw at the south coast.
Walusimbi will return to the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku at Express continue with the race to seal the seventh top tier title since they lead the log with 58 points.
The Red Eagles have four games which will involve a trip to face Wakiso Giants, hosting MYDA FC and BUL FC, before sealing the tournament with a trip to MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo to play KCCA FC.