By Edwin Kyle Kule
Busoga United captain George Kasonko is confident that the Jinja based team has thoroughly worked on the challenges and hardships that affected the club’s start to the 2020/21 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.
Busoga United achieved their highest finish in history last season finishing fourth, but the club has looked out of sorts so far this season, losing four of their first five games as they have succumbed to their worst start to a league season since they gained promotion in 2016.
But according to Kasonko, the two-month break in league action has availed the club time to work on the challenges that have plagued the club and he expects the team to prevail from the current storm.
“The management has thoroughly looked through the challenges we have faced thus far and I believe soon they will come up with a solution,” Kasonko opened up to Football256.
“Everyone knows the quality of players at Busoga United. I personally believe we are going through a storm and soon it will calm. The management should be given more time for the club to stabilise and get going,” he added.
“In football, any team can lose or win, but the result in most cases is an exhibition of how the team has prepared off the pitch.”
“Our preparations as a team were very poor because we took long to get pre-season underway.”
“We had to leave our previous home ground which was very integral and had to find a new home, and this caused big disorganisation also affecting the players mentally since much of that came close to the start of the season,” he added.
Kasonko said: “Then we had no training ground and at times players would train from different pitches, there was little communication within the group and that cost us a lot.”
“But we have to put all that behind us now. Football is a game of the mind and we need to switch our attitude.”
“We need to find the courage and motivation even when the environment around us is a bit negative, the results on the pitch don’t need to drop.”
“We have used the break to re-arrange and lay new strategies on how we get back to where we belong.”
“I thank the management for getting us a permanent training ground which has reduced on the confusion.”
“We have started spending time together as a group and I am sure the development will help us recoup the stability which is crucial in how we help and operate as a team, but I request the management to meet their end of the bargain.”
“The good thing is that the season is just unravelling and we can save our season.”
“I call upon the fans to continue backing us. We want to make them happy and proud of us because we are hurt when they are sad and it is our fault.” Kasonko concluded.
As part of their preparations for the league return, Busoga unveiled six new players to beef up the squad following the departures of a number of key players over the last six months.
The additions include Bernard Wamusi who recently returned from trials in India, Shaka Ssozi, George William Kalyowa Ekollot Ibrahim, Benda Byron, Waigona Isaac, and Elvis Ngonde.
Busoga United currently lies 14th on the 16-team log with one point from five games and face a long trip to Onduparaka on Friday, February 12 for their next league game.