It is never easy for any player to make it in a foreign country, it’s a step into an alien land, where you need to adapt to the culture, language and above all being miles away from your family and friends.
The situation is not helped when you’re a striker where only scoring goals vindicates you. New KCCA striker John Odumegwu has not had it easy since he completed his move from Nigerian top division side Rivers United.
As KCCA prepares to host Uganda Revenue Authority at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo, 14 games into the season, head coach Mike Mutebi hopes the striker can finally come of age at the club.
The Nigerian striker has so far failed to live up to his billing. Brought in as a replacement for Patrick Kaddu who joined Morrocan side RS Berkene, the well built forward has struggled for form registering one goal in the five games he has played so far.
“All players struggle to fit in anywhere, this is the exact situation for Odumegwu, yes he has one goal but I am sure the goals will come starting with URA,” Mike stated.
Asked if it required the team to change the style of play to suit Odemwegu whose prowess is holding the ball up front as a lone striker, Mutebi scoffed back saying the style of play won’t change but the player must adapt.
“We cannot change our style of play, it’s the players who have to adjust to our style and it’s not about to change anytime now.”
KCCA FC face a stern test of collecting a possible 15 points from five games with three of those at home.
With an 11 point gap behind leaders Vipers SC, the champions can go two points clear at the top by the end of the first round.