Raymond Onyai is speedy and tricky

Mbarara City Football Club forward Raymond “Derrick” Onyai, 18, has acknowledged the fact that the team is united by the unfound love and each of the overwhelming passion by the fans, first management, technical staff and the players.

“Mbarara City Football Club is unique in a way that we are one complete block. Right from the players, coaches, managers, fans and well-wishers, we think along the same wavelength” Onyai disclosed to Kawowo Sports.

The forward confesses that it is this unity which has been a stepping stone to the club’s success script over the years.

“We are privileged that this unity and love has helped us move an extra mile and performed well” Onyai adds.

Raymond Onyai vies for the ball against Ayub Kisaliita of Wakiso Giants

Right from the time Onyai was signed from Mbale based Kataka Football Club across the country to Western Uganda, he quickly settled in, then under former coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi.

Versatile in a way, Onyai is comfortable in several up-front positions on a football field.

The former Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Soccer Academy graduate is a good winger on either flanks, can play as an offensive midfielder and as a second forward.

Onyai is known for his blistering pace
Derrick Onyai was captain at Kataka Football Club in the FUFA Big League and at Amus College in Bukedea Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Throughout his tenure at Mbarara City, Onyai has managed to score two goals in as many games featured.

He thus envisages a great future at the club which is currently coached by Brian Ssenyondo whose assistant is Sadiq Ssempigi.

“We are assured of a great future at Mbarara City Football Club because of the teamwork component” noted Onyai.

Onyai’s coach at Mbarara City Ssenyondo admits that his youngster has a good times ahead of him.

Onyai in training with the Uganda U20 national team

“He (Onyai) is a quality player and has knowledge of the game. He is ready and willing to learn everyday” Ssenyondo speaks highly of the winger-cum-offensive midfielder.

Onyai is part of the Uganda U20 national team set up, a stepping stone to donning the treasured Uganda Cranes jersey in the tomorow-years.

At Mbarara City, he still has time by his side as the three and half year’s contract penned only expires at the end of next season.

Raymond Onyai

Mbarara City Football Club Remaining Games of the season:

  • Wednesday, 19th February 2020: Kyetume Vs Mbarara City – Mighty Arena, Jinja
  • Saturday, 22nd February 2020: Onduparaka Vs Mbarara City – Green Light Stadium, Arua
  • Wednesday, 26th  February 2020: Mbarara City Vs BUL – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara
  • Wednesday, 4th March 2020: Bright Stars Vs Mbarara City – Kavumba Recreational Stadium, Wakiso
  • Tuesday, 6th May 2020: Mbarara City Vs Tooro United – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara
  • Saturday, 9th May 2020: Mbarara City Vs Sports Club Villa – Kakyeka Stadium
  • Tuesday, 12th May 2020: Proline Vs Mbarara City – StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
  • Wednesday, 20th May 2020: Mbarara City Vs Uganda Revenue Authority – Kakyeka Stadium
  • Saturday, 23rd May 2020: Maroons Vs Mbarara City – Prisons Stadium, Luzira
Onyai (left) traps the ball from Hamisi Tibita during the FUFA Drum Quarter final at Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu

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

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