Former KCCA defender Joseph Kafumbe has found comfort at Villa Park after unceremoniously departing Lugogo – in a rather sombre mood.
Only awaiting official announcement, SC Villa have entrusted the 18 year old left back with a three year contract – a huge factor to boost his confidence.
Following Derrick Ndahiro’s departure to URA, there is a void to fill at Villa’s left back position, he was the only ‘certified’ left back at Villa Park.
His commendable defending abilities and ball progression qualities will favour him to compete for the spot, and soon he could cement it as his own – if at all he can impress at the start.
Kafumbe will also be glad to reunite with his KCCA academy coach Jackson Magera, who has also been added to the Villa technical team in the capacity of assistant coach to Greek tactician Petros Koukouras.
Magera, who has been part of KCCA’s technical bench since 2016 saw the defender rise through the ranks at Lugogo from the junior team.
In July 2019, then KCCA manager Mike Mutebi saw it appropriate to promote Kafumbe amongst five other youngsters who had impressed with the junior side to the senior team.
However, as the new season ticks closer, KCCA ultimately resolved to let Kafumbe go after two years of service with the KCCA senior team.
The availability of Herbert Achai and Ibrahim Juma (both academy graduates) sent Kafumbe so far away in the pecking order for head coach Morley Byekwaso at KCCA.
A national silver medalist with the Uganda U-20 team at the 2020 AFCON in Mauritania, Kafumbe’s chances are still bright, and he perhaps might need to double his efforts at Villa Park.