- Poloto was promoted by the club last year on January 13, together with Kikonyongo
- The club confirmed Kikoyongo has been loaned to The Saints
More than a year ago, exciting midfielders Ronald Kikonyongo and Julius Poloto were promoted to the KCCA senior side from the junior team.
The duo failed to make a breakthrough into the first team with Kikonyongo loaned out to FUFA Big League side, Maroons FC while Poloto concentrated on books at Kibuli SS.
In a twist of events, Poloto was on Thursday, February 2, part of the six youth players unveiled by the club at Phillip Omondi stadium ahead of the kickoff of the second round.
“I am more experienced than the rest of these ones and I will play like a senior,” said Poloto. “I am very happy that I made it again to the senior team,” he added.
I made it last time and due to some reasons, I was put back in the U-17. In life, we work to progress from this stage to another stage and I promise I won’t go back again. I will just progress and achieve my goals.
Besides Poloto, exciting attacker Allan Okello, former MVP in the National Post Primary Schools competition, Peter Magambo, Noel Nasasira, Herbert Achai and Mustafa Kizza also got promotion.
Kizza proved himself while on loan at Maroons and is regarded as one of the best upcoming defenders in the country.
Coach Mike Mutebi remains delighted with the development and said not even top clubs in Europe achieve such a feat in a space of two years.
“We are very pleased as a club that in a period of two years since the inauguration of the U-17 tournament by FUFA, we have been able to promote eight players from our development side,” said Mutebi.
That’s not easy for a top club, not even at top clubs in Europe but because our strategy was well thought out when FUFA put this project in place, we thought we could use this intervention to develop players.
The former KCCA midfielder cum defender thanked coaches Jackson Magera and Richard Malinga who handle the youth side of the team and confirmed Kikonyongo will play the second half of the season at The Saints on loan.
“Like I have always said, we haven’t constructed stars in this country but always buying potential, not stars, not ready made material. We have managed to graduate 8 players from our development side which is wonderful thanks to coaches who handle them – Jackson Magera and Richard Malinga. Already in the first team, we have Lawrence Bukenya and Ronald Kikonyongo who we have loaned to The Saints.
The Kasasiro open their second half of the league with a home tie against Bul at Lugogo and three days later, begin their CAF Champions League campaign with a home tie against Angola’s Club Primeiro De Agosto.