Goalkeeper Derrick Emukule. Wakiso Giants media
Goalkeeper Derrick Emukule has said that his first season at Wakiso Giants has been “fair” and commended “mentor” Yasin Mugabi.
Emukule was the first signing of the Purple Sharks from Ndejje University FC on June 20, 2019 as the then newcomers prepared for their first season in top flight.
He was automatically the second choice goalkeeper, below experienced Mugabi in the pecking order, and he inevitably missed the first games.
“The season has been fair to me,” Emukule said. “Though I have learnt a lot and gained experience with the experienced players. It has been hard to adopt to professionalism at the team since it was a bit new to me.
“Yes I did not make it by then because it was not yet my time. I was still learning from mentor how to manage some games. I got a first eleven slot after Mugabi getting injured. I used that time to implement what I learnt from him because he used to tell me to be ready all the time.”
He adds: “I learnt a lot from Mugabi; how to handle games with maturity, learnt side kick technique from him, and loving my job.”
Wakiso finished 10th with 35 points after 25 games in a season that was ended prematurely by the federation due to Covid19 pandemic.
He says that his best moment was when they beat Maroons “when we made a great comeback” while his worst was against Tooro United in the second half, losing against a side that had gone nine games without a win.
Notably, the goalkeeper kept out a 90th minute penalty from Hamis Tibita after Alex Komakech handled the ball in the area as Wakiso picked a point off BUL FC, in a game he was named man of the match.
Emukule says that fellow Wakiso goalkeeper George William Katende Saga is his best friend at the club. “We grew up goalkeeping together and he was the first choice way back in fourth division at Erimu Club in Ntinda.”