Patience pains but pays they say, which reflects the same for youngsters Elvis Mwanje and Ibrahim Juma at KCCA FC.
Both players were promoted to the senior team from the development side at the start of the season but, they have not been involved in that much.
However, that has not demoralized them and they have continuously worked hard in training and whenever they get the little minutes to feature for the club.
But, with their patience and hard work, it was evident that their chance would soon come.
And, the duo was rewarded with 90 minutes in the Kasasiro Boys’ 2-0 win over Tooro United FC in Fort Portal on Friday.
“Mwanje and Juma have been patient and I am grateful that when their chance came, they played the 90 minutes well,” KCCA head coach Morley Byekwaso said after the game.
“Some of their fellow young colleagues requested loan moves but in their case, they insisted and you can see that they have started fitting into the system very well.”
“They are going to grow when they are well conversant to the system of play here and they will become important players to this team,” he noted.
While speaking to the club media after the game as well, Mwanje and Juma could not hide their excitement.
“I am very grateful for this wonderful day after playing the full 90 minutes for the biggest club in the country,” an excited Mwanje stated.
“I would like to also thank the technical team for having trust in me and am also looking forward to more playing opportunities,” the 18-year-old added.
Meanwhile, Juma was thankful to his fellow players for the victory; “It was a tough game but with the hard work of every player we managed to win.”
“It was also a beautiful game just like I had anticipated before I believe I played well and thank you coach for the opportunity,” he concluded.
Despite winning, they could not stop Vipers SC from being declared champions following their 3-0 win over Express FC at Kitende on the same day.
KCCA who are positioned second on the 16-team SUPL log with 50 points are 14 points adrift of Vipers with four games to go.
All they are left with is the chance to maintain their position given that they are only a point ahead of third-placed URA FC who are on 49 points despite having played a game more.
Byekwaso’s charges will play their game in hand against Soltilo Bright Stars FC at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Tuesday, May 3.