What a day for teenager Aziz Kayondo who was drafted into the starting lineup following a dismal performance from his senior Yayo Lutimba against SC Villa infront of a passionate home crowd but the youngster seized the moment with a brilliant display.
Despite another frustrating evening for the Venoms, the youthful defender was one of the positives in a match Vipers dominated as they looked to return to winning ways but ended up with a point to bring home.
Watching him play, was actually watching a star destined for greater soccer heights, the calmness he exhibited, the confidence on the ball, the brave heart and the will to venture forward on the flank from where he delivered quality crosses, all summed up a perfect day for the left back.
His range of passing, the countless tackles at critical moments and the superb understated defensive work, were key in the young lad’s debut as he faced three different seasoned opponents from Simon Sserunkuuma, then Godfrey Lwesibawa and a late substitute in Baker Buyala but he never put a foot wrong.
Aziz made football look easy as he displayed amazing maturity in a fully packed Buhinga stadium under an intimidating atmosphere, he was hardly beaten and the tactical skills exhibited, are beyond his years, no wonder he deservedly scooped man of match award at the end of the match.
“Football is like a dream and it can change overnight. You have to keep working and not let your guard down,” said the youngster in an interview with Vipers media.
The boy was a joy to watch as none noticed Lutimba’s absence, interestingly the Vipers Junior team captain is still a student at St Marys Secondary School, Kitende hence his good years are still far ahead of him.
Our only prayer is that he stays focused as we have seen many budding talents before him, vanish without trace after promising a lot during their early career days however, all said, the mentoring process starts now but the sky is the limit for this lad.