Express FC forward Eric Kambale is finding a hard time holding back to his excitement upon the start of the 2021/22 StarTimes Uganda Premier League campaign.
Kambale along with the Red Eagles, who are the defending champions will set the pace for the new season when they host newly promoted side Arua Hill SC at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku this Friday, October 15.
“The new season is here and we have given everything to be ready despite having had a bumper schedule last season, ” Kambale told the club website in an exclusive interview.
“The determination and motivation are high and I believe we shall still perform very well in the new season as a club and I believe so too when it comes to me personally.”
“I really want to do better in the new campaign but I also maintain the optimism that I can achieve all that I am looking forward to, starting with our first league game this Friday,” he added.
Kambale was undoubtedly the best player at Wankulukuku the previous season, scoring fifteen league goals and missing the golden boot by a whisker given the single goal that separated him from the eventual topscorer Yunus Ssentamu.
It was those particular performances that earned him a nomination in the final three players racing for the 2021 Football256 Player of the Year Award. He will have to lockhorns with Ssentamu and Simba SC’s Taddeo Lwanga to clinch it.
Kambale, who boasts of a Congolese lineage but also has a Ugandan passport was instrumental as the Red Eagles triumphed in the regional club tournament of the CECAFA Kagame Cup hosted in Tanzania three months ago.
He would continue to prove his worth for Wasswa Bbosa’s side by scoring one of the goals against Sudanese opposition, Al-Merreikh to register a 2-1 first leg CAF Champions League Preliminary round home victory at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
The Red Eagles however fell short in the return leg to lose 1-0 in Sudan and get eliminated from the competition where they had last appeared twenty-four years ago.
Bbosa will be hoping that the 21-year-old replicates the form from last season but also pray that the new acquisitions like Joel Mutakubwa, Joseph Akandwanaho, Deus Bukenya, Raymond Walugembe and Nicolas Kasozi who joined on a season long loan deal hit the ground running.