Mamelodi Coach Spots ‘The Special Player Uganda Needs’ – “He’s Unique”

South African coach, Rulani Mokwena has outlined Arafat Usama as a special talent after spending a few days in Kampala.

The Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach, who was invited to Uganda by KCCA FC has been interacting with the players, and has even so far led two Kasasiro Boys’ training sessions.

While appearing on the NBS Sports Monday morning show, Rulani seemed so impressed and interested in the youngster – he spent so much time analysing the KCCA attacking midfielder’s ‘soft left foot’ and his impressive abilities.

He said: “Usama is one for the future, he has great potential and will develop into a top top player – he’s really brilliant and he’s the player that Uganda needs.”

The 2020 Masaza Cup MVP is so sleek with his silky touch, his sense of attacking – not shy to get in the box and fashioning chances to score with oozing confidence is a rare quality. It’s evident that there are not many players like that here, but KCCA have one – Uganda can use him.

The South African coach knows so much about Ugandan football darling, Allan Okello and he likened Usama to the Paradou AC midfielder. He noted that they both have some uniqueness in their left foot – that makes them similarly special.

Rulani believes Usama will eventually evolve into another Allan Okello – the man who made KCCA tick in the final third of the pitch throughout his glorious stay at Lugogo.

Usama celebrates after scoring one of his goals for KCCA in the Uganda Premier League

The coach however noted that the player, with the help of Uganda (Cranes) needs to get some things right for him to become the important player that he can be.

“He (Usama) just needs guidance. Coaching for him is going to be very important, Rulani said before adding;

“The magnitude of the potential is equal to the magnitude of the pressure. Usama just needs to allow that with greater talent comes greater pressure.”

That sounds so relative, most especially, given the fact that the youngster was under immeasurable pressure to reproduce magical displays and influence ‘acceptable’ results as the Lugogo-based 13 times league Champions settled for an ‘undesirable’ second position in a season where they could’ve made it 14.

Last season was only Usama’s first season in the Premier League, he hadn’t even played in the countries second division and he ultimately had to impress at KCCA from a regional league side, alongside hugely experienced and more exposed players.

Yet to represent Uganda at any level, the midfielder, who in his twenties has previously played for St. Mary’s SS – Kitende, Kajjansi United, CRO FC and Mbale Tigers Academy logically has atleast some ten good years ahead of him to play at the highest level. His immense talent can elevate him to the national team ranks like Rulani has predicted.

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