By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
At one point not too long ago, forward Yunus Sentamu was seen as the solution for Uganda Crane’s goal drought.
At only 20 years old, Sentamu had already established himself as a seasoned goal scorer in the league for Kitende-based Vipers SC, and did not disappoint when he was included in the Uganda Cranes 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) squad in South Africa where he scored four goals.
After that tournament, Sentamu made a big money transfer to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC’s) top club AS Vita for reportedly Shs400 million from Vipers.
However, his performances started to decline as he had short stints with Tunisian side CS Sfaxien and Ilves in Finland, until he crossed to Tirana in Albania where he scored 17 goals in 43 appearances.
Sentamu’s contract with Tirana ended last year in July and since then, he has been without a club.
Good news coming in indicates that Sentamu’s boyhood club Vipers are giving him a second chance to redeem himself, and a source close to both parties has told us that a deal has been struck between the player and the club, although we shall bring you details as soon as we get them.
The source also told ExposedUganda.com that Vipers wanted to sign Sentamu last season but the deal was called off because the player reportedly asked for Shs180 million as sign-on fee and Shs18 million per month. He has since been training with Bayern Uganda in Munyonyo.
At 28, we believe Sentamu can regain his form because he has the talent, so Vipers should be an opportunity for him to get back up and shoot in the goals like he did before.