Richard Anyama was already considered by analysts to be the best goalkeeper in the StarTimes FUFA Big League especially when he came to the team’s rescue in first round games against Gaddafi, Maroons, Calvary FC and Paidha Black Angels.
Now he can officially be considered the best goalkeeper at the 2020/21 Big League season after winning the Golden Glove award.
But at the beginning of the campaign, it wouldn’t make sense to peg Anyama as a favourite to take home the honor, and with Arua Hill’s Big League win, he accompanied that with a statement.
Richard Anyama finished the 2020/21 StarTimes FUFA Big League with most clean sheets in the competition.
“It has never happened in my life before, out of all the goalkeepers in the league and you emerge the best, you know what I mean?” Anyama told aruahillsc.ug
“It’s one of the best moments in my life; we promoted the team to the top tier league, we were unbeaten in the whole process, we are the champions and I won the golden gloves.” He added.
Anyama,25, missed the first chance for a clean sheet in the opening game after the team conceded late goal in the game against Blacks Power in March 25.
As a top goalkeeper, he demonstrated ability to restore focus even after losing the first chance as he would later reorganize himself, with gained momentum in the subsequent two games, registering two consecutive clean sheets before losing it again when Arua Hill played one all draw with Mbale Heroes in match day four.
Though his form became irregular afterwards, by the end of the campaign, at least he managed to keep it clean in games against Kataka FC, Maroons FC (home and away), Mbale Heroes (home), Calvary FC (home and away), Paidha Black Angels (away), Gaddafi FC (away).
“I thank the Almighty God for being around for us, my Chairman Mr. Joel A’ita for always being around and supportive, my former coaches for being patient with me and finally trusting me with responsibility,” Anyama said.
“I thank my teammates for this award, they’ve done tremendously well for me in getting the golden glove and also take this opportunity to thank the CEO and PRO for their endeavors,” he continued.
“We did this because we were all best friends in the team and we trusted each other, it’s a milestone to my career and wish it continues like this to the premier league.” And he concluded.
Anyama missed the first five days of training before the Big League finals as he had to attend to his expectant wife whom experts have predicted will deliver in two weeks’ time.
With little time for preparation, his fitness and readiness were in doubt, as a result he had to pave way for his immediate and available deputy, Franco Oringa.
Prior to the finals, Oringa was charged with task to take care of the post in the last match against Paidha Black Angels. He was presented with his first clean sheet after Arua Hill whipped Paidha 4-0.
His second clean sheet came in the finals when he stopped Tooro United from accessing the net as the Leopards emerged triumphant with a goal to nil.
Anyama has not remained silent over Oringa’s performance which he believes was excellent.
“My compatriot played well and kept the net clean,” he said before explaining more; “I also appreciate the competition from my posts mates, Mulindwa and Oringa, they really played a big role in developing me and I learnt a lot from both of them.”
As a reward for managing eight clean sheets in 13 games, the shot-stopper was awarded a StarTimes 32 Inch flat screen and UGX 1M.