By Fred Kaweesi
IF Kiira Young FC turns out a revelation in the 2013/2014 super league or if Cranes make tremendous strides in the CHAN tournament next year, it might all have something to do with the contributions of Richard Kasagga.
With just five games played into the new season, there is enough to suggest that the youthful defender will have a lot of say in the direction his club will take this season. Kasagga has not only tried to guarantee Kiira defensive solidity, he has also provided assists from a defensive position.
But during Kiira’s 2-0 league win over Entebbe on Tuesday, he also proved his scoring qualities when he finished off a contender for ‘individual goal of the season’.
The Kiira Young captain initiated play from the back, dribbled through a forest of legs in midfield before playing the ball to Sula Baagala on the right side of midfield.
As Baagala twisted his marker, Kasagga kept his run into the box, anticipating a cross from Baagala that eventually found him in the right place at the right time.
Aware of the defenders around him, Kasagga then calmly chested the ball, before scoring to the delight of both Kiira fans and neutrals.
The one man who has never doubted his qualities is Cranes coach Micho Sredojevich. The Serbian brought him on in the second half of the game against Egypt and pencilled him in against Botswana.
Micho has faith in him and is more than convinced that Kasagga could turn out to be a leader in the Cranes team.
“When the time comes for me to move on in coaching career, one of the developments I will be proud to look back to is where Richard Kasagga will be because he will be special player for the national team and playing at the highest level,” Micho stated on Wednesday.
Like the strikers he usually tries to combat, Kasagga is on a mission to break down Cranes first team defence.
But rather than score, his goal this time is to earn himself a first team place in the senior team but that will be justified by how well he performs during the Africa Nations Championships in South Africa next year.
He has aerial dominance and composure on the ground. He is equally decisive in the tackle, and boasts an extra yard of pace that can counter any decent striker.