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Ezra Kaye: Kyetume’s striker chasing the Golden Boot in the StarTimes FUFA Big League

StarTimes FUFA Big League current leading scorers:

1. Ezra Kaye (Kyetume FC) – 10

2. Fred Amaku (Maroons FC) – 9

3. Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC) – 8

4. Clinton Kamugisha (Kitara FC) – 8

5. Geoffrey Sserunkuma (MYDA FC) – 7

6. James Okiror (Blacks Power FC) – 6

7. Michael Siwu (Blacks Power FC) – 6

Every situation at this stage of the season is very tight. The story is not different in the StarTimes FUFA Big League.

There races already identified as three teams need to be promoted to the Uganda Premier League while others are fighting for survival.

Ezra Kizito Kaye celebrates a goal with Kyetume teammate

However, there is an interesting subplot in the ongoing StarTimes FUFA Big League; The Race for the Golden Boot.

Kyetume FC forward Ezra Kaye, who is leading the charts with 10 goals, has vowed to clinch the gong that also comes with Sh1m from FUFA at the end of the season.

The left-footed striker is however facing stiff competition from Maroons danger man Fred Amaku who is a goal adrift in second while Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC) and Clinton Kamugisha (Kitara FC) follow closely on eight.

There is no room for sleeping on duty.

Ezra Kizito Kaye (right) takes on Nyamityobora in the StarTimes FUFA Big League this season

Veteran Geoffrey Sserunkuma who has since left MYDA FC is on seven.

Blacks Power James Okiror and Michael Siwu who are on six goals each, are the other strong contenders to the throne.

‘It is exciting to be on top at the moment. It is what every striker looks forward to. It is my first time in Big League and I am extremely happy to have scored 10 goals so far’ said Kaye who has scored a third of Kyetume’s 30-goals tally so far this season.

‘I attribute all this to hard work and dedication but it all goes back to team work because I cannot score a goal alone as an individual. We are 11 players on the pitch and everyone has a role to play before a goal is scored’ notes Kaye.

Ezra Kizto Kaye (middle) against Express

‘I also set my targets as an individual and work towards that every time I step on the pitch. This time, I want to score 16 goals and finish as the top scorer. I think that is already within my reach. I am sure God will guide me through’ he adds.

The 20-year old forward who scored three goals in the Uganda Premier League during the 2020/21 relegation season for Kyetume FC, says that he wants to use the Mukono-based side as a platform for bigger dreams.

‘I have not reached where I want to be. I need to help Kyetume FC return to the Uganda Premier League. I want to play for top clubs abroad and also represent my country with the Uganda Cranes. Kyetume FC has given me the platform to showcase my ability and I am very grateful’ said Kaye.

Kaye passes the ball with his magic left foot

Kyetume after spending some good life in the promotional places of the currnet FUFA Big League season, currently sits fourth on the 11-team log with 21 points.

‘We shall earn promotion and have a good coach who has been very integral for me this season. He has trusted me, given me more playing time and above all he has managed to keep us together amidst challenges’ Kaye valued his coach.

Kaye, is a first born of seven children of Charles Ddamba (Father) and Rose Nakasi (Mother), but credits Richard Kirabira (Manager of his first ever football team Busula Sports Club) for helping him in all spheres especially when they were abandoned by their Dad.

‘Kirabira is a father-figure to me’ Kaye fondly states.

‘He has been there for me and my family in times of need and paid for my tuition even at Uganda Christian University’

The special plaque Kaye recieved from Uganda Christian University (UCU)

Kaye attended Crane Infant, Kakoola SS and Janan Luwum Secondary among other schools in Luwero before joining Uganda Christian University in Mukono. 

His football career started out at Busula Sports Club in first division. He later crossed to Simba UWA where he played for just a half season before signing with Kyetume FC.

He was the top scorer with 15 goals as Uganda Christian University’ won the 2019 University Football League, beating St Lawrence in the final at Lugogo.

That same year, 2019, he also won the University games at Kisubi and clinched the Masaza Cup final with Bulemeezi.

Growing up, Kaye admired the enterprising deadly ‘Mu-Mu’ duo Hassan Mubiru and Andrew ‘Fimbo’ Mukasa. He also liked former French striker Thierry Henry during the English Premier League days at Arsenal.

Kaye (right) celebrates with Kyetume teammates

Dreamers can never be taken undermined. Kaye has walked the journey so far but he believes there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

For now,  he has a target of leading his club back to the Uganda Premier League, finish top scorer and get called up to the Uganda Cranes.

Former StarTimes FUFA Big League top scorers:

2021/22: ???

2020/21: Clinton Kamugisha (Nyamityobora FC) – 12 goals

2019/20: 

2018/19: Ivan Bogere (Proline FC) – 14 goals

2017/18: Dickens Okwir (Amuka Bright Stars FC) – 12 goals

2016/17: Patrick Kaddu (Maroons FC) – 16

2015/16: Edirisa Lubega (Proline FC) – 19

2014/15: Fred Kalanzi (Lweza FC) – 9

MAIN PHOTO: Ezra Kizito Kaye recieves a special plaque from the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II at Bamunanika Palace after he guided Bulemeezi to the Masaza Cup trophy in 2019.

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