The current form of Ugandan International forward Edrisa Lubega at Estonian Meistriliiga side Paide Linnameeskond is without a doubt eye-catching and one that gives lots of optimism especially being in a new environment.
The hardworking and pacey forward has come out to have his say on his good run so far attributing it to a number of factors as he hopes to get even much better.
“I was fit and ready when I came here because from Austria I went straight to Uganda at proline and played games which helped me a lot when I came to Estonia as i found them in pre-season and also the fact that I was in Austria for three years helped me to quickly adapt to the environment here.”
He said in an interview with 102.1 FUFA fm weekly Tugukyangira Bunayira programme.
“Also the playing time I command here is more than in Austria and I am grateful because have I utilised it well sofar. They believe, trust and give me enough time which makes me work harder on the pitch as a way of paying them back.”
Lubega who joined the club in January 2020, on a two-year loan deal from Uganda Premier League side Proline FC like most players first struggled to acclimatise to the new environment that saw him miss the club’s opening game of the season.
But the league halt induced by the COVID-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise to the former SV Reid forward as it bought him time to settle well and get used to conditions in Estonia, and when the league resumed last month with matchday two, he was good to go.
With eight games played in the Estonia Premier League this season so far, the 22-year-old has featured in seven games racking up a total of 351 minutes.
Most of these appearances have been off the bench. Lubega has been utilised as a substitute on three occasions against FCI Levadia, Kuressaare, and on his debut against Tulevik.
He was handed his full debut at the club against Flora on June 3rd, playing the entire 90 minutes. He was then named in the starting XI for the second consecutive time against Tammeka, the club’s most recent game.
Lubega has had his name on the score sheet thrice; scoring deep into stoppage time against Tulevik, 32 minutes after coming on for Kouber Kevin on his debut for the club.
He was again on the score sheet for a second game running against Kuressaare, putting the ball in the back of the net 10 minutes after coming on in the 46th minute. The third came against Tammeka on Sunday, 25 minutes after the start.
With a huge chunk of the season to go, Lubega should be having his eyes on the golden boot, as he is five goals shy of leading goal scorer Rauno Sappinen of Flora FC.
He is yet to receive a booking, while three of the five games have ended in defeat for his side Paide who lie fifth on the 10 team log with nine points from six games.
Paide and Lubega will look at securing their fourth straight win victory this season when they host Legion tomorrow (Saturday).
Paide are currently in third place on a ten team logged table with 15 points from 8 games, just seven behind leaders Flora.