Saaka Sharif completed his move to Arua Hill from Kyetume FC after agreeing to a three year deal with the Leopards earlier in the month and officially became a Kongolo player on July 8, 2021.
Saaka scored 46 goals in 112 appearances across five seasons with Kyetume, with eight of the 46 goals coming from his last season with the Kyetume before the Mukono side was relegated to the Big League.
Speaking to Aruahillsc.ug after the move was publicly announced on Monday, Saaka said:
“Yeah, there were offers, talk of Mbarara City, UPDF and Kyetume FC,” he opened up before revealing why he chose the Leopards, “I choose Arua Hill because of its visions and ambitions of conquering local and international football so I wanted to be part of that family.”
The winger is not new to some of our players after spending five days at Onduparaka in 2019 where he had the chance to train with Caesar Okhuti, Richard Anyama, Rashid Muhamed before the deal fell through.
He is also friends with Allan Mugalu, Dan Birikwalira and Mike Kawooya with whom they featured together for Buganda region in the drum tournament. According to Saaka, the presence of the mentioned players will ease his settlement.
“To be honest, I will miss my home, my family but given the fact that I have so many people in the team that I’m familiar with, I have hopes that will ease my settlement and that can impact my performance positively,” Saaka said.
“Rashid Muhamed, Dan Birikwalira, Allan Mugalu, Richard Anyama, Mike Kawooya, Captain Caesar Okhuti will not make feel lonely, they will not only help me fit in the club but society.
Saaka plays as a winger or striker, though he is more comfortable as a winger. He is blessed with good speed, shooting power and dribbling skills that makes defenders retreat when he commits to advance.
He is also a good passer of the ball and posses some good level of vision no wonder his 22 assists in two spells with Kyetume FC.
Saaka while admitting the goals and assists are a good milestone, has set a fresh target, with interest of achieving it in his new home.
“Within the next two years I want a trophy whether it’s Uganda Cup or the League Cup and I would be proud to see Arua Hill representing Uganda on the continent.”
Saaka, who has so far spent majority of his career at Kyetume since joining in 2015 started his footballing journey in 2013 with 4th div side Muyuge Industries in Eastern region, that season he was the top scorer with 15 goals.
He has also previously represented Lions FC of Seychelles in 2018.