For the football faithful, the rescheduling of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) kickoff justifiably didn’t go down well. The new dates are tentatively set for November 2020 – thus after a ruling from the UPL Assembly on September 26 at Ridar Hotel, Seeta.

But instead of mourning about the delayed action outcome, Vipers youngster Karim Watambala has welcomed the decision as a much-needed window for him to sharpen his skills ahead of a daunting season during which he desires to achieve more.

Promising rookie

Watambala made his debut last season during the Pilsner Super 8 Tournament and has since become a force to reckon with not only in the domestic league but as also one of the most promising rookies in the national team set-up.

“Last season was a tough one as I was treading in new waters,” said Watambala.

“At a new stage with so many people of different characters, I endured several challenges. But at the end of the day, my experience was enriched and I learned many lessons. I had a strong starting point to my senior career and I intend to keep going stronger step by step.”

Despite the season being curtailed with five games to go because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the midfielder insists Vipers would still have finished atop the log. Watambala excelled in his regular attacking midfield slot in over 12 games, scoring once and managing four assists. Unfortunately, he was sidelined for two weeks following an injury.

“I enjoyed playing each game,” he said. “The coaches trusted me while I freely showcased my abilities. This made me fit well into the team. Now, I want to do more and more,” added Watambala.

Avoiding complacency

Not many young players have had a successful start to their careers in the league over the years. In fact many have had a season or two to forget and forthwith disappeared off the scene.

When we asked the Cranes midfielder whether its fear of competition that freaks out many youngsters, he offered else.

“Ambition is lost without competition. I think you cannot play minus being challenged. It is one of the reasons that I am a better player. I always look to work harder and avoid complacency.

Talking of targets, Watambala aims to score at least eight goals and provide as many assists in the anticipated new term.

Full Name: Abdul Karim Watambala
Birth Date: March 3, 2000
Age: 20yrs
Nationality: Ugandan
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Strong Foot: Left
Current Team: Vipers
League: Uganda Premier League
Seasons: 2019-2020
Weight: 68 kgs
Height: 165cm
Jersey No: 25

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