Allan ready for Leop­ards

‘Danc­ing Rasta’ rel­ish­ing his chance to im­press for Cape Town City

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SPORT - ROD­NEY REINERS rod­ney.reiners@inl.co.za

IT HAS taken a while for Allan Kateregga to work his way into the Cape Town City side. Re­cently, though, on the back of a raft of in­juries to the Cape side’s wingers, the fly­ing Ugan­dan has fi­nally man­aged to get some reg­u­lar game time.

Kateregga signed for City in Jan­uary this year, but has al­ways found him­self on the fringes of the start­ing team.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously played for Ugan­dan Premier League cham­pi­ons Kam­pala Cap­i­tal City Author­ity and in Kenya for AFC Leop­ards, the left-footer came highly rec­om­mended to City.

Known as the “Danc­ing Rasta”, he’s a tricky foot­baller, ca­pa­ble of un­lock­ing tight de­fences. But it’s taken him a while to set­tle down, and adapt to his new sur­round­ings.

De­spite not play­ing reg­u­larly, Kateregga knuck­led down and con­tin­ued to work hard at his game, con­fi­dent that coach Benni McCarthy would of­fer him an op­por­tu­nity.

With Sur­prise Ralani, Craig Martin and Riyaad Noro­dien all bat­tling to over­come nig­gling in­juries, McCarthy has re­cently called on the Ugan­dan winger a lot more.

Kateregga played the en­tire 90 min­utes in the 3-0 win over AmaZulu two weeks ago – and he’s look­ing to con­tinue in the same vein when City host Black Leop­ards this af­ter­noon (3.30pm).

“I’m just happy to be play­ing reg­u­larly,” said Kateregga. “I just hope the con­sis­tency can con­tinue, both for me and the team’s results. Leop­ards are a good side and I’m sure they will try to catch us on the break. We have been work hard at train­ing in try­ing to find a so­lu­tion to counter what they bring.”

Kateregga is now set­tling in nicely in the Mother City. He is one of two Ugan­dans in the PSL – the other is Sun­downs goal­keeper Denis Onyango – and both are reg­u­lar squad mem­bers of their coun­try’s na­tional team.

“We are on the verge of backto-back qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Af­con,” said Kateregga of Uganda’s na­tional team.“The PSL is very com­pet­i­tive, more so than any­where else I have played. My aim is to make my mark here. The PSL gets a lot of at­ten­tion back home in Uganda.”

City will be de­ter­mined to main­tain their win­ning mo­men­tum against Leop­ards to­day. They are 11th on the PSL stand­ings – and no doubt both Kateregga and McCarthy, will have am­bi­tions of a loftier log po­si­tion.

Mean­while, AmaZulu are in des­per­ate

writes need of three points, Minenhle Mkhize.

Time is run­ning out for them and they need to wake up as soon as pos­si­ble. They have to start col­lect­ing as many points as they can if they don’t want to find them­selves bat­tling rel­e­ga­tion in the last few games of the sea­son.

To­day (3.30pm) they will wel­come Polok­wane City in Um­lazi, aim­ing to put their op­po­nents to the sword and col­lect three points. Usuthu are lan­guish­ing at the foot of the ta­ble with three points af­ter nine games.

They have to turn their home stale­mates into vic­to­ries be­cause they are bad trav­ellers. In their last three home games, Usuthu have col­lected a mis­er­able three points, shar­ing the spoils with Pi­rates, Mar­itzburg and Sun­downs.

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