FORMER Cranes goalkeeper Sadik Wassa was himself amazed by his own performance when he made three penalty saves as his Ex-Internationals side beat Corporate League managers 3-2 at Kyadondo on Sunday.
The URA FC goalkeeper trainer, in his late 30s, showed agility at the memorial match saving three consecutive penalties. In 1989, he was in Cranes goal when Uganda reclaimed the CECAFA trophy after 12 years, with a penalty shoot-out victory over Malawi.
Wassaâ€™s expression showed he did not expect the performance. He threw himself down in celebrations on saving the third penalty.
â€œIt is only the body that restricts us but the brain is still strong to read the game. But I must accept that I did not expect to save the three penalties,â€ Wassa, who saved eight penalties for the defunct Nile FC in the 1988 Super League to win USPA Footballer of the Year award, said soon after.
The Ex-Internationals team, averaging 37 years, had player of the day Fred Tamale, Sula Kato and Issa Sekatawa, missing open scoring chances that could have seen them win 3-0.
They settled for a goalless draw giving Wassa another chance to exhibit his penalty saving heroics.
The match was played in memory of the July 11, 2010 bomb victims at Kyadondo as well as mark 10 years of Corporate League.
The organisers also donated household items and clothes to the disadvantaged kids of Reach Out Childrenâ€™s home, Mbuya.
Keeper Wassa relives his days