Juma Balinya has a lot of expectations to meet after signing a three-year contract with KCCA FC, the 2017 Africa confederation cup quarter-finalists.
Juma joined KCCA FC from Kenyan side Gor Mahia after his contract with the side was terminated because of unpaid arrears.
The former UPL top scorer with Police FC is said to have already impressed Coach Mike Mutebi. If the previous press conference is anything to go by, the KCCA gaffer seems to have high expectations of the Ugandan striker who hit 19 goals in the 2018/19 season.
Following the unveiling of the former Yanga player, Mike Mutebi confirmed that he expected Juma to make KCCA stronger ahead of next season set to begin in October.
“The signing of Balinya is going to make the team stronger and this is an added responsibility for him. He is going to play in the midfield where he will compete with Ashraf Mugume, Steven Sserwadda among others,” said Coach Mike Mutebi.
“If we can have each of our forward score ten goals, and the attacking midfielders with eight each, I think it will add more to our goal-scoring threat. We have been the leading scorers since 2015 and we need to score more goals. We need 100 goals but also that comes with players being consistent and playing well,” Mutebi said.
The 23-year-old who is aware of the quality of KCCA’s new signings has vowed to fight for his place in the team.
“I’m always ready for the competition. In football, if there is no competition, you can’t move from one step to another. I know there are so many good players here and I welcome the competition. If you want to be the best, you have to work hard. The fans should expect a creative and goal-scoring player. I will work hard to make them happy,” Balinya stated.
Juma Balinya will be hoping that he can rekindle the same type of form that saw him get touted as one of the finest strikers in the country when the season kicks off again in October.