Derrick Kakooza is joined by teammates in celebration for his opener against Busoga United Credit: Police FC

Uganda U-20 international Derrick Kakooza says having experienced players Tonny Mawejje and Henry Kisekka at Police FC is a big blessing.

The forward grabbed the headlines for finishing as the top scorer in the U-20 Afcon tournament with five goals in Mauritania scoring a hat trick in the semi-finals against Tunisia.

“It’s a big blessing to have the experience of General (Mawejje) and Kisekka around me,” he narrated in an interview with Deep End Youtube Channel.

Tonny Mawejje closed down by Davis Ssali. Credit: John Batanudde

“First, when they summoned me, Mawejje was the first person to call me when he saw my name,” he stated before adding. “He told me to go work hard, impress the coach, get selected and score goals. He gave me belief, told me I have the potential and should use this opportunity well because a chance comes once.”

On Kisekka who is now his competitor for a place on the striking line for the Cops, Kakooza revealed how supportive the ex-URA forward has always been even in the past.

Henry Kisekka gestures after a missed opportunity for URA against KCCA at Namboole stadium Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

“We come from the same village in Kawempe and while I was still at school, he always bought me kits (jerseys and boots) and referred to me always as the ‘mwenda omuto’ literally translated as young number 9.”

On the competition with Kisekka, Ben Ocen and Brian Mayanja Mululi for a starting place at Police, the young centre forward isn’t worried.

“A healthy competition is good for player growth and development and I am ready to compete with all. Good enough, they all treat me like their small brother and guide me so well. And Coach Abdallah Mubiru is someone who fields you on merit and I work to impress him.”

Kakooza also had special praise for Mubiru who was never afraid to give him chance despite his age.

Police FC coach, Abdallah Mubiru Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

“He believed in me and promoted me to the senior team while in high school. He played me when many wouldn’t and encouraged me. He deserves a big credit.”

The striker scored twice against Express FC last season at Lugogo and could be in line to make his first league appearance since last year against the same opponents on Tuesday.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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