URA youngster John Innocent Kisolo has singled out coach David Obua’s trust and teammates support for his recent decent performances.
The combative midfielder is rising so fast in the Uganda Premier League (UPL), as witnessed in the few games he has played for the Tax Collectors towards the end of the first round.
The teenager earned his way to the UPL club in the summer transfer window straight from St Henry’s College Kitovu after he was spotted doing wonders during last year’s USSSA football games in Fort Portal City.
Occupied with studies, Kisolo couldn’t immediately break into the first team under then interim head coach Fred Muhumuza. After breaking off for school holidays, he conveniently earned his first national team call up with the U18 side that took part in the CECAFA U18 championship in Kenya where he was a key pillar in Morley Byekwaso’s team that won the title.
Then newly appointed URA head coach David Obua had closely followed all the proceedings. He picked keen interest in the young, promising player, so when he came back from national duty, he was handed his debut against Mbarara City FC, in which he put up a Man Of The Match performance, and also went on to shine in the subsequent games.
“I thank God that I am being considered to play because this is what I was praying for when I joined the team,” the youngster admitted.
“Offcourse it’s never easy playing in the top flight for the first time but I am grateful for the CECAFA U18 tournament which exposed me to pressure and when I came back at the club I was so much ready for anything.”
“I also thank my coach David Obua for putting trust in me and always urging me to play without fear.”
“My teammates have been supportive and encouraging both on and off the pitch. I pray to God to continue helping me so that I can be consistent with my performances to guide the team to silverware.”
Obviously, the teenager is the UPL ‘man of the moment’ – out of the three matches Kisolo played in the first round, ‘The Tank’ took home two man of the match gongs on his debut against Mbarara City FC and SC Villa.
He could’ve easily won the third Man Of The Match award (against KCCA) but only didn’t as it went to the day’s match winner Muhammad Shaban.
The combative midfielder has chance again to continue shining in the Stanbic Uganda Cup as the Tax Collectors visit North Eastern Regional League side Kumi United FC between 18th-31st January 2024.