Rashid Kawawa: I feel pumped up and rejuvenated

Rashid Kawawa: I feel pumped up and rejuvenated

Rashid Kawawa has said he feels pumped and rejuvenated after scoring the opening goal at Barifa Play Ground against top flight side UPDF in the first leg of the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32.

The Leopards who needed inspiration had to wait until 18th minute before the 20-year-old could provide one after receiving a pass from Gadafi Gadinho. Kawawa also played a part in Alfred Leku’s winning goal when he delivered a soaring cross inside the box before a concoction of the ball ended up to Leku to grab the all-important goal.

Kawawa last appeared in the Leopards score sheet in a 4-1 humiliation of Katwe United in Lugogo in October 2019 and has since faced stiff competition to get play time, with multitude of legs recruited in the midfield.

When given chance in the Uganda Cup yesterday, he showed up with a goal and contributed in the buildup of a teammate’s goal. Following his notable display, he told Arua Hill media how pumped up and rejuvenated he felt as a scorer.

“It was great that they gave me opportunity after a long time and having scored, I feel pumped up, rejuvenated, motivated and I’m ready for next challenge,” he said.

“It is just team work, anyone could get chance and once it appears for you, you make the most out of it. It felt really great to have scored and since it was the first chance given for me and I scored, it felt cool because I showed up when needed.” Excited Kawawa elaborated.

Mbalangu used 4-1-4-1 formation where Kawawa played as the right attacking midfielder, a position that is slightly strange to him as he normally goes through the middle, yet he admitted it feels better and would love to settle there.

“It is even much better to play in the wings because from there it is easy to create spaces, get enough time to attack than playing in the middle. I feel comfortable anywhere but it all depends on where the coach wants me to play. I think I could settle well in the wings.” He spoke.

After Kawawa’s goal laid up a foundation, Mike Kawooya doubled our lead with a powerful header but the deficit was reduced by Alex Kitata just before the end of half time and matters were leveled by Bright Joseph Vuni at almost half an hour mark before Leku three minutes later rose to occassion to have the final say on behalf of the Leopards.

With that sort of fightig spirit shown by the visitors, Kawawa while acknowledging how exciting the game was, felt a pinch of the challenge UPDF put up and explained his thoughts on why the boys squandered the two-goal lead.

“The game was exciting and also quite difficult in the second half where by the opponents were using width that allowed them to press and they were able to get the two goals from the flanks. If we had blocked the flanks it means we could have stopped them from getting the goals,” he explained.

Arua Hill has one more meeting with UPDF at Bombo Play Ground to complete the double header before they can qualify to the next round. With two goals conceded, the task ahead looks mountainous.

“When we get to them, we need to score ahead so that we can maintain our lead and win because they’ll be using away goal rule. “ Kawawa provided solution to the seemingly rocky journey.