Onduparaka lineup against SC Villa at Green Light Stadium Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Gaddafi Wahab (2nd L) was part of Onduparaka lineup that started against SC Villa at Green Light Stadium. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Onduparaka midfielder Gaddafi Wahab has described the season 2016/17 as his ‘worst ever’, citing an ankle injury he suffered midway the season as the reason.

The 18- year-old relished the start to their maiden campaign in the Uganda Premier League, making 13 appearances in the first round including 11 starts, but his game time was limited to three starts in the second round due to an ankle injury he suffered against Lweza at Namboole last year.

Although he believes his club had a decent campaign, things were far from merry for him.

“It was not a bad season for the club because it was our first season in top flight though we had a little bit of challenges in the second round, but as an individual, it was not good,” Wahab who registered five assists in all competitions said.

“It started all well for me but I was affected so much by the ankle injury I got towards the end of the first round. That affected me so so much in the second round.

“I always want to give more and improve always but there was no room for that because of that injury I suffered. There was little time for play for me which I was okay with because I had not fully recovered, but it was all due to that injury.

“It was the worst season since I started playing. I had never suffered such so it was so frustrating. It was the worst season ever.”

Wahab intends to work tirelessly to regain his full fitness and shape as he eyes a return to the starting lineup ahead of the new season.

With namesake Gaddafi Gadinho, Livin ‘Messi’ Kabong, Rashid Agua and Emmanuel Olinga, the other exciting attacking midfielders at Onduparaka, the competition at the club is taut, but Wahab who is not bothered by the competition is adamant he will regain his spot in the team.

“I used to start since the team was still in Regional League so I believe I will get back there. I will work so hard to get back there. In every good team, there is competition and for one to be good you have to compete so I’m not worried about the competition.”

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