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Ethiopia: Kabugo relishes Addis Ababa cup experience, cannot wait to get started

Savio Kabugo | courtesy photo

Things seem to be going on well for Ugandan defender Savio Kabugo at his new Ethiopian club Sebeta Kenema as he has seamlessly settled into the first team.

Weeks after completing his move from DRC giants AS Vita, the intelligent and hard tackling defender was immediately tasked to marshal Sebeta’s backline throughout the Addis Ababa cup.

The former Proline FC, SC Villa, URA FC, SCVU and KCCA FC defender didn’t disappoint as he superbly executed his role, guiding Sebeta to the finals of the Addis Ababa cup.

Kabugo was instrumental as Sebeta progressed past Makalaka FC, 3-1 in the semi-final. But he was surely missed through a suspension as his side succumbed to a 2-1 loss to giants St. George on Sunday.

Sebeta emerged runners up taking home a trophy and 500,000 Ethiopian birr (approx. UGX61,029,523M) while winners St. George took home a trophy and One million Ethiopian birr (approx. UGX122,059,046M)

The Addis Ababa Cup tournament is an annual competition that pits eight teams based in the city of Addis Ababa. The teams are divided into two groups, with the top two from either group qualifying to the semi-finals.

Sebeta played three games before the finals against; they edged Ethiopian Bunna 1-0, drew goalless against Electric Ethio before edging Makalaka in the semifinal.

Talking to football 256 in an exclusive interview, Kabugo expressed his delight with how fast he has adapted to life in Ethiopian.

“It’s not easy to quickly acclimatize to life in a foreign country, but I thank God I’m steadily catching up,” Kabugo told Football-256.

“Sebeta is a new side but with big ambitions, and that fits well with my personal goals. And we just showed this in the Addis Ababa City cup although we fell to St. George in the finals,” he added.

Kabugo further revealed how he cannot wait to get underway when league action kicks off in December.

“Now that I already have knowledge about Ethiopian football and how some clubs here play, I can’t wait for the league to help my team do better,” Kabugo added.  

Forward Yasser Mugerwa is the other Ugandan player who plies his trade in Ethiopia with Shire Endasilassie.

The 2019/20 Ethiopian Premier League season will kick off on 01st December 2019 with newbies Sebeta starting at home against Adama Kenema.

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