Allan Kyambadde dribbles the ball during the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt

Uganda Cranes offensive player Allan Kyambadde acknowledges that featuring at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt has been a complete blessing.

The KCCA Football Club stylish forward has so far played in all of the three matches for Uganda Cranes at the tournament.

The first two matches against Democratic Republic Congo and Zimbabwe, he was a substitute where he made meaningful contributions when introduced.

Kyambadde replaced striker Kaddu with 15 minutes left on the clock during the DR Congo game and came on for goal scorer Emmanuel Arnold Okwi in the 70th minute during the Zimbabwe clash during the one all draw.

In both games, he turned around the game with good passes as well as closing down on the opposition as the first line of defence for Uganda Cranes.

Allan Kyambadde in action against Egypt

This prompted the technical team to name him on the starting eleven against the much-fancied hosts, Egypt.

Unfortunately, Uganda Cranes lost the game 2-0 with two first-half goals by skipper Ahmed Elmohamady Abdelfattah Aly Eissa and talisman Mohemed Salah Mahrous Ghaly.

Allan Kyambadde during the match against Zimbabwe Warriors

Given his positive approach to the game as he easily took on opponents at free will, Kyambadde also injected pace in the final third of the field, on either flank – right and left.

He has since shown gratitude for the available time accorded to him at Africa’s biggest sporting fiesta.

EVERY MINUTE I HAVE PLAYED AT AFCON 2019 HAS COUNTED AND IMPACTED FOR THE BETTER IN MY FOOTBALL CAREER. I AM GRATEFUL TO THE TECHNICAL TEAM AND MY FELLOW PLAYERS FOR THE TEAMWORK ASPECT.

Allan Kyambadde
Allan Kyambadde

Kyambadde is one of the locally based players who made the grade on the Uganda Cranes final 23 man team at AFCON 2019.

The others include defender Timothy Denis Awany, midfielder Tadeo Lwanga, and striker Patrick Henry Kaddu.

Allan Kyambadde being interviewed by a French Television crew at the Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium in Cairo

Kyambadde is among the Uganda Cranes who have attracted keen attention from scouts at the tournament.

Against Senegal on Sunday night, Kyambadde awaits yet another golden opportunity to prove his worth to the million eyes’ audience that keenly follows the tournament.

I am very proud and happy of my player Allan Kyambadde and his start debut at AFCON vs Egypt.
Kyambadde’s 79 minutes performance in that game was “high European football standard level”.
His stats were really on AFCON top level. He was the one in the whole that game who created most tackles.
And of his 29 passes, 23 of them arrived at the right address. 79%! Compare that with Mohammed Salah who had a pass success of 70% with 24 passes in a winning team. That show Kyambadde’s huge potential as a future big name of football.
its clubs in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Schweiz, Poland, Egypt, Morocco & Southafrica who I’m in talks with and who are following every step Allan from now takes in Cairo.
I have since 1 year called him “Salah of Uganda” and I am sure that nickname will be spread all over when people now understand the unique potential of that boy.

JENS LEIDEWALL

Leidewall is also agent to a couple of Ugandan players as; Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Halid Lwaliwa, Bashir Asiku, Frank “Zaga” Tumwesigye, Joseph Ssemujju, Yaya Kakooza, Sadat Anaku, Ibrahim Juma, Thomas Kakaire and Bobosi Byaruhanga.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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