Eric Kambale is nothing if not goal happy. He is everything else, too, because his recent goal scoring exploits in league had shown it all.
His production stats on the field of play make for an interesting reading; Eleven goals and five assists so far for the Red Eagles and routinely made best defenders and goalkeepers in the UPL look like deer on ice skates.
There is little doubt that the forward is in the best form of his career after his well struck hatrick against Kyetume FC on Wednesday.
The victory took the Wakulukuku based club up to 49 points; just one shy of second placed Vipers SC and two behind leaders URA FC.
It would take a brave or foolhardy character to dispell Express FC as a strong title contender, literally.
And as the side countinue to remain relevant in the title talk, and pursuit for the Uganda Cup well truly on, Kambale has struck gold at the perfect moment.
Selfless, humble and shy, the lad still minds about the team’s success than his personal glory.
“I am very, very happy for my hatrick,” Kambale told pressmen at the final whistle. “But the most important thing is that we managed to get the three points. We are taking it game by game.”
Speaking about Kambale and his trio of goals against Kyetume, Coach Wasswa Bbosa remarked that his trusted forward still has goals aplenty.
“It’s good on my side for a player to score three goals and I think he is still scoring more because he is good player on the pitch.”
It’s the lastest in the string of applauds that gaffer Bbosa is talking glowingly about the intelligent lad.
Since joining Express FC in the 2018-19 season under Kefa Kisala, Kambale’s ability has been talked of in hushed tones by football commentators. Reason? The raw potential has always been evident but he could not exploit it to the fullest, whlist the current season is arguably the his best in the Express strip.
When star forward George Ssekaaba sustained a long term injury in the first half of the season, critics were steadfast to write Express FC’s arbitrary.
Ssekaaba was the side’s shinning light by shouldering the team’s goal scoring burdens before an Achilles injury rared in it’s ugly head.
However much Kambale didn’t become an instant hit in the awake of Ssekaaba’s layoff, the former has slowly became the team’s source of goals, important at that.
He will seek to add to his tally as they host UPDF FC on Saturday May 15 at Wankulukuku.
UPL leading Goalscorers:
Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers)
Sam Ssekamatte (Bright Stars)
Eric Kaambale (Express), Brian Mululi (Police), Ben Ocen (Police), Steven Mukwala (URA)
Paul Mucureezi (Vipers), Nathan Oloro (Kitara), Shafic Kagimu (URA), Charles Lwanga (KCCA), Living Kabon (Onduparaka), Viane Ssekajugo (Wakiso Giants)