Last season saw KCCA snap up Mbarara city striker Brian Aheebwa to the Philip Omondi stadium. This was after a stellar season he had had at Kakyeka stadium netting eight goals.
He was a signing to reckon with after he banged in eight goals in the five premier league games he featured in.
This included a beautifully crafted brace against Onduparaka last year in December at Lugogo.
The striker’s goal poaching skills did not stop in the Uganda premier league but he exported them to the continental stage.
This saw him bag a hat-trick against Rwandan side AS Kigali in the CaF Confederations cup.
KCCA however bowed out due to away goals rule after having failed to play the first leg in Rwanda which the Kigali side automatically won with 2-0 goals.
This was a new romance that had developed between KCCA and their new striker. His form even earned him a place in the Cranes squad for the Chan tournament in Cameroon.
Brian later returned from national duty and hoped to carry on his blazing form with KCCA but it was cut short with a gruesome injury.
The striker suffered this horrifying injury in the 1-1 draw with Wakiso Giants in February. This injury was almost a career ending and life threatening one that required maximum and quick attention. This prompted the club physio Ivan Ssewanyana and other experts to offer full medical attention to the striker immediately.
Aheebwa sadly recalls this moment as an ugly one.
“As I fought for the ball with the defender, he hit his knee into my chest and I fell down. I thought it was a simple collision but it turned out to be ugly,”
The striker was then put on anticoagulants to loosen up the blood clots. He later underwent numerous tests and it turned out he was out of the danger zone . These clots are really serious and career threatening. Luckily for Aheebwa, these lung clots were seen early and given proper care.
“He is in a manageable state now and will return soon,”
Ssewanyana the club physio explains .
Aheebwa had attempted to return to training but was advised to rush back into rehabilitation after several tests.
For KCCA and the striker himself, they hope that he will come back stronger than ever before. Aheebwa signed a three-year deal with KCCA and had even set targets for himself.
“I had set myself a target of 17 goals in the first season but unfortunately I managed 10. KCCA welcomed me well and I still have the belief that I can hit more goals next season,” Aheebwa sadly tells.
He is sidelined for three months on a medical leave as the club doesn’t want to jeopardize his recovery and general life.
KCCA interim coach Morley Byekwaso has during his tenure lamented the glorious chances his club creates but fails to convert . However he says he would rather have Aneebwa in his plans when he’s fully fit than rushing him.
“We created more chances against Police (in the 0-0 draw at Lugogo on Wednesday) but we failed because the confidence of my team is still down. They are still nervous but we shall keep on pushing because transition is not easy to take back the team where it belongs,”
KCCA who sit in 4th place will have to rely on frontmen Charles Lwanga, Sam Ssenyonjo and Sadat Anaku to find the net in their remaining fixtures until Aheebwa is fully fit. The Kasasiro boys visit UPDF tomorrow at Bombo military grounds in the 25th game of the season