KCCA confirms capture of teenager Kawooya from rivals Vipers

KCCA has beaten rivals Vipers to the signature of teenage prospect Andrew ‘Sergent’ Kawooya who has completed his move to the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

Kawooya was unveiled alongside left-back Moses Kalanzi during KCCA’s Sunday TV show via Sanyuka TV.

He crosses over from rivals Vipers where he has spent the last two years as he has continued his development with the club’s junior team. 

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Kasasiro Boys on a four-year contract until 2024, handing him his first senior contract. 

While Vipers wanted to keep him at the club, the player is believed to have asked for guarantee of promotion to the first team for the upcoming season, which the club could not guarantee. 

KCCA managed to prey on the situation and persuade the player towards Lugogo.

What followed was a war of words as KCCA accused their rivals of trying to sabotage the move by working to frustrate the deal which was earmarked to have been closed a fortnight ago. 

Speaking during his unveiling, Kawooya said; “It is a privilege for me to join this great club, I have always wanted to be here.”

“KCCA is a huge team with big goals. They are the biggest club in the CECAFA region,” he said, adding “I want to help improve the creativity of the team, win titles and improve.”

It is a huge task but I am ready to please the fans and help the team. Fans should expect to have great moments and I will always carry a smile,” he added. 

KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi on the other hand expressed the excitement at landing such a talented young player, but cautioned that there are no guarantees for him. 

“He is a good signing for us and one we have been looking at for some time through our youth coach Jackson Magera and it is exciting to have him.”

“He brings something new to the team but it doesn’t guarantee a place in the team, no,” Mutebi said before adding.

“He has to work hard because he comes in to compete with other equally talented players and we have hugely talented players at the club already.”

Kawooya was spotted by Royal Giants School coach Frank Mulindwa during a district schools’ championship in Masuliita. He has also previously played at Dynamic SS.

He played for Lweza Junior team in the 2016 season, before joining Proline in 2017 following the former’s relegation. Kawooya spent a single season at Proline before joining Vipers in 2019.

He was the star performer for the Uganda U-17 side that played at the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations held in Tanzania and scored in the Cubs’ 3-0 victory over Angola.

Kawooya was part of the select 12-man team that traveled to Cape Town, South Africa in 2018 to bring the World Cup trophy to Uganda during its African tour.

He becomes KCCA FC’s 11th signing in this transfer window joining Denis Iguma, Brian Aheebwa and Charles Lwanga.

The others are Ashraf Mugume, Stefano Mazengo Loro, Andrew Samson Kigozi, Dominic Ayella and Bright Anukani, Juma Balinya and Moses Kalanzi.

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