URA newcomer ‘to utilize older players’ experience to grow’

By Baron Kironde

URA FC’s latest signing Simon Baligeya hopes to take advantage of the experienced players at the club to improve himself.

Elated, the defender agreed to sign a three-year contract that will see him at the Nakawa based club until at least 2024.

“I want to be among the best, and here (URA) is the best place to be; around national quality players who are being coached by one of the best coaches in the whole country,” the player said.

“I am very happy to be here, it’s honestly not that easy. Over the years, people have been accustomed to the mentality that URA only fancies older (experienced) players,” he added.

“My move here has proved otherwise and I believe it is going to be exemplary and encouraging for other younger players,” he added.

Baligeya notes that the players at URA are more experienced than him and he has every intention to learn from each one of them.

“I plan to work hard, pray and patiently wait for my chance to come so I can utilize it to showcase my capabilities,” he noted.

URA CEO Henry Mayeku who came across the youngster through the club’s partnership with Kibuli SS and his engagements with the national youth teams is optimistic about the player.

“Simon (Baligeya) is a good young player with great potential. We believe it is a great addition to URA. We are looking forward to nurturing a powerful defence combination this coming season,” Mayeku said.

Born on the 17th of July 2001, Baligeya at only 20 is a two-time medalist in the national ranks. He was part of the historical youthful Ugandan side that played in the finals of the recently concluded 2021 AFCON U-20 tournament in Mauritania.

The defender was outstanding in the Copa Coca-Cola secondary schools tournament where he featured for Standard High Zana in 2015-16, Bulo Parents from 2017 – 2018 and lately Kibuli SS between 2019 snd 2020.

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