Saidi Kyeyune will become the third Ugandan player to ply his trade at Sudanese side El Merriekh in recent times after agreeing to a January move to the club on a one-year contract from Ugandan side URA FC.
Kyeyune will join Sulaiman ‘Mike’ Mutyaba and Hamis ‘Diego’ Kizza as the Ugandans who have featured for El Merriekh, and the former who had a two-year spell between 2011 – 2013 has backed his compatriot to succeed while in Sudan.
“I was contacted by El-Merriekh about Kyeyune’s detailed ability and I told them he is a midfield gold mine,” Mutyaba told the Daily Monitor.
“Merriekh don’t demand much, Kyeyune will just need to play with flair as an attacking midfielder and score a few goals and I believe he can do that because it’s what he does for a living,” the former KCCA FC midfielder added.
Kyeyune put up an outstanding individual performance at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) although Uganda was eliminated at the group stages once again.
The 27-year-old didn’t start the game against Rwanda but was brought on at the start of the second half against Togo and announced himself with a splendid goal as the Cranes lost 2-1.
Following his brilliant show in his 45-minute cameo against Togo, he was rewarded with his first start at the tournament against Morocco and was on target once again from a free kick in a 5-2 loss.
After standing out despite Cranes’ failure, Kyeyune attracted a number of clubs but El-Merriekh were the best suitors hence signing him for a full year until 2022.
He leaves URA FC as the longest-serving player at the club after 10 years having joined the Tax Collectors in 2011 from Maroons FC.
Currently, the midfielder will become the second Ugandan player to play in Sudan joining Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Salim Jamal who features for AI Hilal Omdurman.