By Edwin Kyle Kule
Police FC defender Hassan Muhamood is confident of keeping his goal tally rising as he sets his scoring target tally at 10 goals for the 2020/21 StarTimes Premier League season.
Muhamood scored his first career hat-trick and the first treble by a defender for the Cops in their 3-1 victory over Mbarara City on Wednesday evening at the MTN Omondi Stadium.
“My target is to score 10 goals and I am just six short of that,” Muhamood told Football256 before continuing. “As a player, I want to score more goals.”
“As a team, we are working hard to make sure that we don’t get our eyes off the trophy because its our main objective this season,” he added.
Mbarara City FC took the lead in the 27th minute through Jude Ssemugabi but Muhamood levelled matters with a powerful header at the far post off Johnson Odong’s cross in the 43rd minute.
The Cops kept going in the second stanza and at the hour mark, Muhamood placed them in the driving seat with a rebound header after Herman Wasswa’s initial header bounced off the cross bar.
The defender completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute with a shot outside the area after his effort from a free kick had been earlier been blocked by the wall.
“I feel so happy to get the first hat-trick of my career, however, I am glad that it marked my fourth goal of the season. I am really happy and motivated,” the defender proudly noted.
“I came into the game knowing I had to score a goal today because we have an internal competition with my mate Eric Ssenjobe who has kept on reminding me of how he has more goals than me.”
“So that keeps both of us yearning to score more and more and as I speak, I am ahead of him by one goal,” he said.
It is not everyday that a central defender is trusted with free kick responsibilities, but Muhamood has been handed that at Police even in the presence of supposedly better options, but how does he make sure that he keeps ahead of the rest? he explained.
“I must say its not easy but as a player you get better by managing to forge a way past your challenges.”
“I practice set pieces every day I come for training because its Tony Mawejje, Ssenjobe and I who take them for the team.” He concluded.
The result took Police FC into fourth position with 23 points from the 11 games played so far.
Abdallah Mubiru’s charges will travel to Bombo Grounds to face SC Villa on Saturday, March 6, as they keep chase of table leaders Vipers SC who are only four points ahead of them.