Uganda Cranes midfield sensation Steven Sserwadda made his much anticipated debut at New York Red Bulls as they beat New York City FC 3-0 in the US Open quarterfinals, in the country’s biggest game and derby.
In the 84th minute, the 19 year old replaced Brazilian, Lucas Lima Linhares ‘Luquinhas’ who had scored the second goal in the game, dubbed the River Hudson derby.
Despite a late cameo, Sserwadda impressed and was instrumental in the side’s third goal, scored by 23 year old Omir Fernandez in the 90th minute. Lewis Morgan had earlier netted the first.
Shortly after the game, the youngster was immediately taken through an initiation ritual by his excited new teammates, demanding a toast to his debut.
“First of all, thank you to everyone, it has not been easy, been a hard game (but we won), thanks to everyone (again),” the visibly joy-filled midfielder said.
In featuring for the senior Red Bulls side, he becomes just the second Ugandan, after former Cranes skipper and legend, Ibrahim Ssekagya.
Sserwadda joined the American giants less than a week ago from their feeder side New York Red Bulls II on a short term contract. It’s likely he’ll join permanently should he continue to impress.
He joined the latter in 2021 from KCCA FC in a big money move. He’s also a graduate from the famous St Mary’s Boarding Secondary School, Kitende football team.