US National Cup:
- FC Minneapolis 8-1 Barron Sports Club
Special moments in life always await special talents on special plat forms to blossom.
Along the same wavelength, Ugandan teenage striker Nathaniel Clarke Atamba shone on his debut at FC Minneapolis, scoring four times in the 8-1 massive victory against a 10 man Barron Sports Club on Easter eve.
This was during the US National Cup first round duel played at the Osseo Stadium.
Coach player Ian Ssendi, Banhs Loresthio, James Brent and Rolando Barclay also the other goals to pile misery onto Barron S.C.
The consolation for the losing side was netted by Ahmed Mohamed.
Atamba scored the first under the first five minutes with James Brent providing the assist.
Barclay picked up Sendi’s through ball to serve Lorestho who netted the second.
Brent finished off Sendi’s quick one-two for a stunning goal as FC Minneapolis led 3-0 by the half time break.
Atamba combined with the coach-cum-player Sendi for the fourth goal as the second half got underway.
Barrons granted FC Minneapolis numerical advantage with a red card to their defender following a clumsy foul on danger man Atamba in the forbidden area.
Atamba confidently stood up and struck the resultant penalty.
Barclay got the 6th goal for the City Lions and Atamba added two more goals to make it four on his personal goal account on the red letter day.
Mohamed found the consolation for the visiting team with a wonder loop over the goalkeeper Ayodele Gafar, capitalizing on Frederick Morlu’s mis-timed pass.
Atamba who only completed his transfer from Mbarara City Football Club to the Minnesota based club on Holy Thursday was named the man of the match for the magical performance.
The dream deal that drove him to FC Minneapolis was engineered by FIFA players’ agent Ronnie Santos.
City Lions will be returning to training on Easter Monday to prepare for their United Premier Soccer League Opener against Granite City in St Cloud Minnesota on Sunday, April 28th.