Amayo reflects on debut delight

Quick Glance At Amayo

Full Names: Ahmed Amayo 

Nationality: Ugandan 

DOB: December 12th, 1999

Age: 20

Position: Defender

Weight: 72kgs

Team: Vipers SC 

Jersey No: 2

Vipers Sports Club rookie Ahmed Amayo says playing for his team in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) for the first time was ‘a dream come true’.

The teenage defender was named in the Venoms Starting XI against Mbarara City by coach Fred Kajoba on Tuesday (January 28).

This was his first appearance on the pitch for the Venoms despite making the bench four times during Kajoba’s predecessor Edward Golola reign.

“I was so happy when the coach gave me an opportunity to play. I’ve been hopeful and patientlypraying for this time to come. It was a fantastic feeling for me. It was a dream come true,” said the 20-year-old.

”The support given by my teammates on the day was so incredible as it has always been. They have helped my confidence grow. I want to work hard and help my team win as many titles going forward,” the elated defender said.

Playing in a three-man defence formation alongside fellow teenager Jacob Okao and captain of the day Geoffrey Wasswa, also the team’s vice-captain, many thought Amayo would be hit by stage fright.

But there was no panic on his face. Instead he played with a nonchalant attitude for over an hour in what can literally be referred to as a near perfect show.

All-round nature

Amayo showcased his all-round ability, starting out at left-back in the first half before switching to a three-man defence in the second period. During some inter-change play scenarios, he was stationed at centre back while still managing to offer cover on the left when need arose.

Unfortunately there was no victory to show for the St Mary’s Kitende Academy graduate, save for a solitary point from the stalemate.

Amayo was subbed in 66th minute and replaced by Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye to add creativity in the midfield as the team sought to break the deadlock. But it was all in vain.

The soft-spoken player joined the senior team in August 2019 but did not play any game in the first half of the SUPL campaign until he completed his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) high school examinations.

Amayo is destined to follow in the footsteps of some of the club’s greatest players of the past five years, including Nicholas Wakiro Wadada and Godfrey ‘Jaja Walu’ Walusimbi, who plied their trade abroad and also donned the coveted Uganda Cranes stripe.

Copyright 2020 Vipers Sports Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.viperssc.co.ug as the source.

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