Combative, hardworking and sublime. These are superlatives that best describe KCCA FC midfielder, Nicholas Kasozi. What he lacks with his shy and timid personality, he ably makes for with his boisterous and dominant performances on the pitch.
And yesterday, he was no different from that. In the first half, in particular, Vipers seemed to have had KCCA FC’s work cut out with a well-orchestrated plan in the one all draw StarTimes Uganda Premier League tie played at Lugogo on Wednesday.
‘Nicho’, as he’s profoundly known at the Lugogo based side, stood head and shoulders above his fellow peers donning yellow. His movement on and off the ball was decent, but even better was his use of the ball even in the smallest of spaces availed to him.
He played alongside Jackson Nunda as sitting midfielders but as the latter was tasked with beefing up the numbers in attack, many a time Kasozi found himself outnumbered against Vipers midfield trio of Tom Masiko, Brian Nkuubi and Rahmat Senfuka.
But for every question Vipers posed at him, he did have a reliable answer. He runs his socks off as he had to cover for the overlapping Mustafa Kiiza who got caught up the field on several occasions and still managed to thwart whatever threat there was.
His use of his body was second to none as he exhibited immeasurable strength at shielding the ball. One moment, in particular, was him holding off the more enormous and gritty Taddeo Lwanga and leaving him in a pile.
That definitely did not go unnoticed by the ‘Kasasiro Boys’ faithful who ululated at the moment joyfully. It seems under the stewardship of coach Mike Mutebi, he’s undergone some schooling as regards his style of play.
Last season while at SC Villa, he was renowned for picking up the ball from defence and driving 15 to 20 yards upfield but at KCCA his movements are more calculated and with conviction.
He may have taken a while to hit the ground running hard but once in his grove, many can understand why he’s kept out the likes of Sadam Juma, Isaac Kirabira and Lawrence Bukenya out of the squad.
He is a cultured player who offers much more than shielding the backline and is comfortable with the ball at his feet. Better still, he’s a disciplined lad who won’t be caught on the wrong side with acts such as dissent and unnecessary protestations.
KCCA can only revel at the moment as there looks to be much more coming from this jewel of a player. Nicholas Kasozi is the name at the moment!