Injuries and limited playing time is how one can explain Charles Lwanga’s debut season at KCCA FC, but that has not stood his way in making his presence felt at Lugogo.
The 22-year-old has been often utilized as a substitute, but despite that, he has proved to be the most important player at the club in front of goal.
Lwanga has played in 21 of KCCA’s 26 league games so far, he has completed 90 minutes only eight times, came on as a substitute nine times and withdrawn four times.
Having returned from injury a few days back, Lwanga was on target again as KCCA defeated Busoga United 3-1 in the Uganda Premier League at MTN Omondi on Sunday. It was his 10th league goal of the season, the most of any other player at the club.
“My 10th goal of the season is what I was looking for in this game.” Lwanga said after the Busoga game, before adding; “I have been struggling with injuries, but I was happy coming back and having my name on the score sheet once again.”
“Scoring fifteen goals is my target for the season, and I am only five goals short. Luckily enough, I returned from injury with a couple of games left to play.”
“I think with the help of my teammates, I will be able to achieve that feat,” he added.
The former SC Villa forward is also KCCA’s leading goal scorer in all competitions on 11 goals, with Brian Aheebwa coming closest on 10.
As the UPL takes a break, Morley Byekwaso’s Kasasiro Boys are seated fourth on the 16-team UPL log on 45 points.
With no chance of winning the crown they last won in 2019, the 13-time league champions’ focus now turns to the Uganda Cup, where they take on rivals Express FC in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Byekwaso will rely on the likes of Lwanga for goals if KCCA is to eliminate the in-form Red Eagles to fancy their chances of winning their 11th Uganda Cup.