While most Uganda Premier League (UPL) players had to hate the sudden halt in action last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Livingstone Mulondo might have seen the silver lining in the standstill after successfully recovering from injury.
The Venoms defender is yet to feature for the reigning UPL Champions for almost two seasons after undergoing surgery, but the fans could be seeing him on the pitch anytime soon.
A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee kept the former Budoga United FC center back out of action for the entire 2019/2020 campaign, and has so far missed three games in the current league campaign.
“Coming back from this injury long layoff is a blessing, I feel like I have to come back with a purpose,” he said. “I can’t come back just to be complacent or just to play cautiously. If I come back, I have to come back with 100 percent effort, come back better than I was before. I don’t want to be the guy that comes back and kind of falls off. I want to show that I’m the same player I was before.”
But, it now looks like Mulondo is on the comeback trail as he has shown flashes of brilliance in the practice matches played since the resumption of this season. He has also continued to play and train well during the club’s daily drills and can come up against teammates among other things leaving the coaches impressed.
“I feel he is both physically and psychologically well to play competitively again because his response towards exercises and rehabilitation has been hugely positive. His balance, stamina and agility are better than they were months back so now we have to see how he will react on the pitch,” Vipers strength and conditioning coach, Ram Nyakana Mpuga explained.
Mulondo’s last game before he suffered the injury was in 2019, a 1-0 victory over BUL FC at the St Mary’s stadium under Kenyan tactician Micheal Nam Ouma.
Quick Glance At Mulondo
Full Names: Livingstone Mulondo
Date of Birth: October 15th, 1996
Age: 25 years
Team: Vipers SC
Jersey No: 4
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