Goalkeepers hardly ever get the deserved plaudits for a team’s impeccable performance.
For Manchester United gaffer Jose Mourinho, ‘when a goalkeeper is player of the season, it’s because something is wrong’.
KCCA had custodian Charles Lukwago to thank for their first away clean sheet in Caf engagements in eight outings during the 0-0 draw with St George on Wednesday.
Lukwago remains down to earth though - and hastily attributes the achievement to the team’s ‘collective effort’.
“It was not only me but the whole team. We had set a goal to win and not concede but we settled for a draw. Now we must fight for a win at home,” the former Proline, SCVU and Lweza shot stopper told Daily Monitor yesterday.
Many had pondered how life would pan out at Lugogo without departed Benjamin Ochan, but Lukwago has calmed the fears with nine clean sheets in the league this season.
“Getting playing time is every player’s dream. I want to continue to improve and get better. My coach (Daniel Kiwanuka) has urged me to improve on ball distribution because the team has to count on its goalkeeper,” he added.
He made four crucial saves in Addis Ababa, attracting praise from his Ugandan counterpart Robert Odongkara, who was minding St George’s net.
“He thanked me after the game but the tie is still open. We have to win at home because we have gained experience from last season’s Caf games,” revealed Lukwago, whose only outing last campaign came during KCCA’s 2-1 home win over Fus Rabat.
Return leg on March 17th
KCCA (0) vs St George (0)