SC Villa vs KCCA
Uganda Premier League
As we host defending champions in the a crunch Uganda Premier League (UPL) game at Mityana tomorrow, fans will have a chance to see Victor Emenayo start his first league game under Sam Ssimbwa. And the Nigerian import is eagerly awaiting the D-Day.
Emenayo joined Villa during the second round of last season from Baza Holdings, scoring seven goals in the process (five in the league, two in Uganda Cup).
But this season, he has managed just 15 minutes of playing time, when he came on as a substitute in Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Police. But the stocky player Imo State, Eastern Nigeria, has been working hard in training and finally landed his chance.
“In football, every day you have to keep learning and waiting for your opportunity. Getting the opportunity is not the biggest task, but keeping it.
“So, tomorrow I will give my best to convince the coach that I deserve to be starting our games. It’s
my chance and God willing, I will keep it because that’s what I am here for. It just doesn’t get better than having your first start of the season against KCC, the defending champions,” he asserts.
Understandably, every player hates sitting on the bench. But for Emenayo, sitting on the bench does not necessarily mean that a player is not good enough.
“Only 11 players start a football game. So, if you don’t get the chance on a particular day, you just have to keep working hard till it presents itself. Actually, sometimes starting on the bench gives you an opportunity to read the game and when you come on, you know what to do,” he reasons.
Ssimbwa attests to this because he keeps telling his players that whoever does well in training will always have their chances. Now it’s in Emenayo’s hands.