Unlike the 15 players released permanently by Vipers SC at the start of the current season, Brian Kalumba was sent out on loan for a year to newly-promoted Uganda Premier League side UPDF FC, where he has hit the ground running with an impressive start to life at Bombo
Before the league took a break to accommodate the Uganda Cranes time for the CHAN tournament, Kalumba had managed five goals in five games.
Only two behind leading goalscorer Brian Aheebwa of KCCA FC who’s on seven and one behind Police’s Ben Ocen who’s on six.
He scored a quadrupole in UPDF’s 5-1 thumping of Kitara FC and another in a 3-0 win over Busoga United and while comparing the environment from where he came from (Vipers).
And where he’s now (UPDF), the two are completely different and therefore one would wonder what has fancied his quick adaptation.
“First and foremost the change in the environment wasn’t that easy for me,” Kalumba told Football256 in an interview before adding.
“Because look I didn’t know any of my new teammates that much everything was completely new to me in that I would at times feel uncomfortable most especially in the first few months here.”
“Gradually I got used and adapted and what I can say is that the spirit of unity here has helped me settle in quicker than even me myself expected,” he added.
Kalumba is a St. Mary’s SS, Kitende graduate who broke into the Vipers senior team in 2018 at the age of 20 but failed to nail a starting berth in three years something that forced him out in search of regular playing time.
“I went out craving for enough playing time and I’m so proud that UPDF have offered me exactly that,” Kalumba noted.
“I want to continue working hard towards maintaining my position because as you know, it’s not guaranteed.”
“And if I’m continuously trusted my performance will keep on improving to more than even what we’ve seen so far which is good to both me and the club at large.”
Despite the Army side leading proceedings in the UPL after five games on 12 points, Kalumba says their main objective remains to maintain the club’s status in the topflight given that they’re newbies.
“We’ve just been promoted from the Big League, so ultimately staying up is top of the agenda and the rest will follow,” the soft-spoken striker noted.
The forward has also individually set sight to scoring 20 league goals this season and also dreams of a national team call up.
As the StarTimes Uganda Premier League returns from the break, the Kefa Kisala coached side will take on Kalumba’s parent club Vipers on Saturday, February, 13.