Henry Kitegenyi is closed down by Vipers' Paul Willa at Kakyeka Stadium. Kitegenyi scored as Mbarara City beat Vipers 1-0

Mbarara City Football Club’s gangly orthodox center forward Henry Kitegenyi has boldly outlined his target by the close of business of the 2020-21 Uganda Premier League.

The 25 year old left footed attacker has set the target of at least 15 goals by the end of the season.

He has expressed delight upon having joined Mbarara City Football Club, a glancing opportunity to play in the top tier league after earlier service with Sadolin Paints (later Kansai Plascon) and Vipers Sports Club.

“I am very humbled to be playing at Mbarara City Football Club. I thank the club management, coaches, fellow players and players for the warm welcome I was accorded and I have settled in well. My personal target for the season is to score as many goals as possible but to be precise, I wish to have at least 15 goals” Kitegenyi who is blessed with a fierce left footed shot disclosed.

Henry Kitegenyishields the ball from an opponent during training

Kitegenyi has already scored two goals in the five matches played thus far.

He officially opened his account with a goal on the debut against the reigning league champions Vipers during the 1-0 home victory at the Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara City.

In this very match, he was named the pilsner man of the match as the fans also showered him with money.

Henry Kitegenyi shows off man of the match placard

Kitegenyi was also on the mark as Mbarara City rallied from a goal down to out-muscle Wakiso Giants 2-1 at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium in Wakiso.

Solomon Okwalinga had got the equalizer to neutralize Tom Masiko’s opener before Kitegenyi’s winning goal.

Blessed with raw natural energy, Kitegenyi is a workaholic of sorts and often pressurizes the opposition players never to settle.

He is also a team player and the ability to shoot the ball accurately with strength over all the distances is an added advantage as a center forward.

Henry Kitegenyi in training with the Ankole Lions

Sadick Sempigi, the assistant coach at Mbarara City believes that Kitegenyi was a timely addition to the side at a time they needed to supplement their attack force.

“Henry Kitegenyi’s inclusion was a blessing. He came at the right timing when we needed to add onto our attack force. He has quickly settled in with the rest of the team and will be beneficial to the team. He controls the ball well, finds space at all times and shoots the ball well” Sempigi says of the well built center forward.

Mbarara City also has other established center forwards as South Sudanese international Makuweth Wol, Jude Ssemugabi with Raymond Derrick Onyai, an option from the flanks.

The Ankole Lions were eliminated out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup at the round of 32 by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) 1-0 on aggregate over the two legs.

The first leg had ended goal-less at the Arena of Visions ground in Ndejje University.

Mbarara City will play Malaba Youth Development Association (MYDA) on Tuesday,  13th April 2021 at the Kakyeka Stadium on match day 17 of the Uganda Premier League.

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

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