Being a striker it’s not an easy task.
Its a pressure job where every fan and those on your team expect you to net that goal regardless your mental state.
It is an intimidating role that takes more than just talent to execute.
Bright Stars FC captain Nelson Senkatuka has mastered the art of beating shot stoppers, no wonder he has six goals to his name in 13 games in the Uganda premier league, just one behind the top scorer Hood Kaweesa.
His technique and vision, in the final third is that of a genius. He has netted his way into the hearts of his fiercest competitors, most of whom have converted to great admirers.
In his interview with NilePost, the 20-year-old broke some anecdotes about the secret to his magic.
“I wouldn’t say it’s easy to score goals, otherwise everyone would be scoring for fun. It takes a lot of hard work, repetitive training to master the art of scoring and to perfect the craft. And even with all this you can’t score with every chance you get,” he said.
With the void left by the former cranes captain Geoffrey Massa yet to be filled, Senkatuka is working hard to become the preferred starter in the number 9 position.
“Yes every striker on the team now, me inclusive is fighting to fill the gap Massa left. There is competition for the place and this is motivation to keep working harder.”
With the 2017 CECAFA fast approaching, Senkatuka sees an opportunity to prove himself given the opportunity to lead the attack.
He said: “I was part of the team that won the last Cecafa in Ethiopia at my first tournament with the cranes. It will be great to go back and defend the title and bring it home once again.”
Formerly at Hope Doves, KCCA FC, Proline and now Bright Stars, Nelson Senkatuka is indeed on a steady growth to becoming a permanent resident in the Uganda Cranes’ attack.