Bright Anukani has started training at St. Marys Stadium, Kitende after completing a massive Vipers SC switch from KCCA FC.
Anukani was highly rated by former KCCA FC tactician Mike Mutebi who handed him lion’s share of games in his final season at the club.
The star player’s switch suggests powers have greatly shifted from Lugogo to St. Mary’s given the rivalry between the two wealthy outfits.
Mutebi would have stamped his authority to keep the youthful playmaker whose move will only advantage the rivals.
Anukani who completed his youthful education at the acclaimed Proline FC Academy has until recently been in the Cranes domestic side manned by sacked Johnathan McKinstry.
The, 21, year old Vipers SC acquisition featured in all the Chan team’s games at the tournament in Morocco. Anukani will give Vipers SC the depth in midfield where they are already rich and leave KCCA FC with creativity gap that will haunt them when the season kicks off.
Vipers SC are looking at the star midfielders quick and skilful dribbling skills that are a rare ability in the local game lately. Byaruhanga Bobosi and David Bagole are ball passers but the club needed a penetrative midfielder to break defences and strike outside the box. Anukani possess those abilities.
Abdul Karim Watambala is a good dribbler but he is shot on the unpredictable moments that should be able to catch defensive teams unawares.
The midfielder arrives at a time Vipers SC have Brazilian Roberto Oliviera in their ranks whose maiden competitive game against Police in the Stanbic Uganda Cup semifinal which he comfortably won 2-0, show the times ahead look exciting.
Lawrence Mulindwa will have it at the back of his mind he has acquired a talent that can only enrich his fortunes if he can work on his ambition to play in the paid ranks in Europe.
“Everyone has a dream but to achieve all you dream of, hard work is always key if you are to reach your goal. I also see my self playing professional football in Europe in future,” he said in an interview with Sports Talent Hub website.
Anukani is excited about the new challenge at Vipers SC and looks like he wants to take it with both arms. “I’m extremely humbled for this opportunity to join the home of football @VipersSC This is a dream come true for me..
On his first day at St. Mary’s Stadium with his new boss Roberto, he posted on his Twitter handle: “Ready to play for the badge @VipersSC.”
Anukani will surely have his first day out with his new team against Bul FC in the final of the Stanbic Uganda Cup final at FUFA Technical Centre at Njeru.
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