FOOTBALL–Paul Mucureezi arrived on the national scene with a bang. Four goals that left South Sudan dizzy and out of excuses. It could only have been South Sudan but then again who knew the KCCA forward until then? It could have been CHAN qualifier but it wasn’t a friendly either.
PML Daily caught up with Mucureezi last week and the player left nothing to imagination of the level of confidence he is in ahead of the first leg encounter with Amavubi Stars on Saturday.
PML: How does it feel after scoring four goals on your debut against South Sudan?
Mucureezi: I feel normal but the only thing that has changed is that I keep hearing my name mentioned everywhere but its okay because it’s football-related and football is my life.
PML: You have had your first session under new management how has it gone?
Mucureezi: The person giving instructions is different but the session is more of the same like Micho’s [former Cranes head coach whose trust Mucureezi repaid with those remarkable four goals]. I didn’t expect much to change because they (Basena and Kajoba) worked with Micho for a long time. But, honestly, it doesn’t matter who is in charge because I am here to serve my nation and hopefully i will do exactly that with the new bosses.
PML: Take us through the emotions you felt during the South Sudan game.
Mucureezi:- You all know I came off the bench and I had it in my head that my chance had finally come as they don’t come every day. When I scored the first goal, I was in total disbelief because I didn’t expect it would come so easy. By the time I scored the fourth, I felt I could score a hundred more if time allowed.
PML: Do you feel any pressure going into the Amavubi game?
Mucureezi: Definitely, the pressure is there but not to score goals but to help my nation qualify for CHAN 2018 and make my tea mates perform better. If a chance comes my way and I score a goal, glory be to God, but my aim is to help my nation to qualify.
PML: What should Ugandans expect on Saturday?
Mucureezi: Ugandans should expect a wonderful game from the whole team because we have been together for a while now and know what to do to earn results. Yes, the players might be starting life after Micho but rest assured that coaches Basena and Kajoba can get the job done.