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Out wide, upfront or No.10 – where will Juma Balinya play at KCCA

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After all the speculation over the past weeks, the deal finally got done – Juma Balinya is now a KCCA FC player.

During the club’s TV show on Sanyuka TV on Sunday evening, the Kasasiro Boys unveiled the former Police FC and 2018/19 UPL top scorer as their ninth signing of the ongoing transfer window.

While all signs suggestively indicate that the 23-year old is bound to be a success for the Lugogo based side, there remains a question of what role he will play under the ‘Ugandan Cruyff‘.

One of Balinya’s most important traits is that he can use both his feet really well and usually comes with a level of versatility that the team’s setup needs and Mutebi could use efficiently.

Balinya can play in more than a single position and that could offer a lot to Mike Mutebi who is in a rebuilding phase after the release of some players.

Mutebi already had the likes of Sadat Anaku, Brian Aheebwa, Samson Kigozi, Bright Anukani, Charles Lwanga, Steven Sserwadda, and Sam Ssenyonjo to pick from in attack before Balinya’s arrival.

But now, he has been placed in a situation where finding the right combination will be key to KCCA FC’s hopes of challenging for silverware in the 2020/21 season.

In the 2018-19 season while at Police FC, Balinya enjoyed the most successful period of his playing career playing as a No.10 or second striker, finding the back of the net on 19 occasions in the league, eventually clinching the top scorer’s gong.

Juma Balinya in action for Police versus URA in a league game in the 2018-19 season | Courtesy Photo

Mike Mutebi prefers to playing his team in the 3-4-3 or a 4-3-3 formation, which means that Balinya might likely play a role he is familiar with.

One option could see Balinya deployed either on the left and right side of a front three, though that would obviously mean one of either Aheebwa or Samson Kigozi missing out.

Should Mutebi chose to play his new charge in such a role, it would likely mean opting for wingbacks in a 3-4-3 formation, with the attacking instincts of Mustafa Kizza (who is currently on loan at the club after signing for Montreal Impact) or Moses Aliro allowing Balinya to cut inside and play closer to the goal than a normal wide player.

It’s a role that Juma Balinya played the most while at Police FC in his last season at home.

Another option could see Balinya deployed in the No. 10 position where KCCA FC has struggled since the departure of Allan Okello. Balinya offers creativity and the ability to take on players to create space and chances for his team in the opponent’s final third. On top of that, he is also capable of carrying the ball into the back of the net.

If Juma Balinya is deployed there, another signing Bright Anukani and Steven Sserwadda would definitely miss out because they perform best in that same position (playmaker).

One other option could be to take a leaf out of the books of Police FC and fit Balinya in the false-nine role where he prospered at the Cop’s after the departure of Norman Ogik to Wakiso giants.

But this would mean Sadat Anaku, Sam Ssenyonjo, Charles Lwanga, and Brian Aheebwa all would definitely sit out to start with Balinya up top.

Do you think Balinya will succeed at KCCA FC under Mike Mutebi?

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Kamardin Shero
Senior sports Editor at The Touchline Sports | Am down to earth person with a great heart of always wanting to assist where possible.

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