The Atraco FC Ugandan coach Sam Ssimbwa has said that he has almost achieved his goal of saving his team from relegation, and almost assured of qualifying for the Africa MTN Champions League, with three matches at hand to end the first round.
Ssimbwa, who boasts of nine Ugandan players, said that Atraco was still on top of the Rwandan Primus league with 26 points, ahead of giants like APR and Rayon Sport FC .
He said that he had won eight matches including the 1-0 against APR. APR also has players from Uganda that include Abubaker Tabula, Alimansi Kadogo, Vincent Nyanzi and Francis Gonzaga.
Atraco also forced draws with Kiyovu and Rayon.
â€œIâ€™m sure we can not be relegated but our target is to qualify for the continental tournamentâ€, Ssimbwa said. He added that he still had three encounters with Mukura VS, La Jeunesse and Kibuye FC, which he said could not be underestimated.
â€œAll the teams here are strong. We do not under rate any teamâ€, Ssimbwa whose side has not lost a match while in charge, said.
Ugandan players on the Atraco squad include Ismael Kigozi, Godfrey Kateregga, Sam Mubiru, Molly Byekwaso and Emmanuel Balyejjusa. Others are Joseph Kabagambe, Morgan Ojok, Ayubu Balyejjusa, and Meddie Kaboogere from Mbale. Rwandan Rashid Kudra who had been playing in Uganda returned to his country to join Atraco.
â€œThere are good opportunities for Ugandans here because players are well facilitated and there is a big love for soccer in this countryâ€, Ssimbwa who trains at Nyamirambo stadium remarked.
Ssimbwa happy with Atraco job