No sooner had URA FC midfielder Saidi Kyeyune returned with The Cranes from the African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament, than he signed a one-year deal with Sudanese giants, El-Merreikh.
Kyeyune had been instrumental in URA’s early season form, that saw them beat KCCA FC, SC Villa and BUL FC in their first five league games.
However, without him now, coach Sam Ssimbwa will perhaps have to re-jig his side, giving it a new midfield shape and outlook, for the beat to go on. But can they easily replace him, when they face Express FC this weekend?
URA beat Express 2-1 at Wankulukuku stadium in the second round last season, following a master display from the taxmen in midfield. Yet, without Kyeyune, a lot of scrutiny will be on the team, to see how they adapt.
The combination of Kyeyune and Shafiq Kagimu, the URA captain, has on its day been an absolute marvel. One wonders whether Kagimu will not miss his ally in the engine room.
“There is no doubt what a fantastic player Kyeyune has been for us. But it is better to miss Kyeyune now, well aware that he has made strides in his career, to play at a big club as El-Merreikh.”
But in the same breath, Kagimu noted that they are well prepared to cope with the departure of Kyeyune, and move on with the objective of trying to win every match.
Kagimu outlined the fact that they have other promising midfielders like Mikidadi Ssenyonga, Brian Nkuubi, Moses Sseruyidde, Jackson Nunda, Hassan Kalega, Ivan Sserubiri, Ivan Ntege and even Julius Mutyaba, among others. It would be foolhardy of coach Sam Ssimbwa if he complained about the depth of his midfield.
But one thing is for certain; filling the shoes of Kyeyune will be a huge test. Kyeyune offered a lot of dynamism to the team, that all his anointed successors have a task to match.