Kasinde attributes fine form to sleepless nights, tireless hard work

Bright Stars’ Ibrahim Kasinde celebrates a goal in Kavumba | Bright Stars Image

FOOTBALL Kasinde attributes fine form to sleepless nights, tireless hard work

Allan Damba • 09:59 - 21.03.2023

Soltilo Bright Stars FC youngster Ibrahim Kasinde has had an industrious recent months to remember, with both his club and the national team.

The lightning-quick winger has over the past years risen from bare grass to grace, coming up with big performances in the Uganda Premier League and the Stanbic Uganda Cup with his club.

"It has been all about dedication, sleepless nights, tireless hours and days of hard work," Kasinde declared to Pulse Sports Uganda on Tuesday.

In the current top-flight campaign, the 19 year-old has come up with decent numbers, netting four goals and assisting six times, in 14 games.

"I always work at not only my general play, but also towards improving my stats, because at the end of the day, it's what matters," he said huge of his most potent season.

Kasinde is also in contention to become the Uganda Cup topscorer this season, as he has four goals and three assists in a trio of games.

"Now that I see it's possible, I want to become the Uganda Cup topscorer but also most importantly, to help Bright Stars win it."

Ibrahim Kasande featuring for the Cranes against the Kitara Regional side in Bundibungyo | FUFA Image

Over the past six months, Kasinde has received two national team call-ups at various levels. He was part of the U-20 team that won the CECAFA championship, eventually qualifying to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Kasinde got summoned by Cranes’ head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevich as they prepared for the 2024 AFCON Qualifiers, playing in the 2-0 defeat to Kitara Select.

He however missed the cut in the final squad that travelled to Egypt to take on Tanzania.

"Getting called by coach Micho alone was huge for me, it's an indication that my work is being seen, recognized and appreciated by the coaches."

"It only pushes me to work even harder, and good things will come along. Maybe then, I can also get to play professional football, it's my dream," an optimistic Kasinde noted.

In the league, his side Soltiro Bright Stars is having a decent campaign as they sit sixth with 24 points in 17 matches.

They are also among the last eight teams in the Uganda Cup, an indicator their season can only get better.