Arua Hill head coach Hussein Mbalangu has heralded Richard Anyama’s goalkeeping prowess as one of the best he has so far seen in the FUFA Big League.
The 25-year old kept a clean sheet with some amazing saves in Sunday evening’s 2-0 win over Paidha Black Angels, including interfering with a feeble pass from Rashid Muhamed before Patrick Aruwa could take advantage, effectively denying Paidha B.A winger a better angle to score.
Anyama also had a brilliant reflex when Paidha forward powered a header that was destined for goal before saving Arua Hill in one against one from the visitors forwards minutes later.
The clean sheet marked Anyama’s fourth in the league and while Mbalangu has watched a couple of keepers this season both in the Premier League and Big League, the gaffer named the Leopards shotstopper one of the best currently in Uganda.
“Richard Anyama is one of the best goalkeepers,” Mbalangu told the club website when asked to comment on the goalie’s saves before insisting;
“Yes. Leave those ones who’ve been scoring, but Anyama has gone every game one to one more than three and you can’t blame the defenders.” He added.
The Sunday win produced further cause for honoring Anyama, as Arua Hill earned a 4th clean sheet of the campaign. The Arua Hill boss hence disclosed Anyama as his best player of the team in the first round.
“What is the use of a goalkeeper? Is it not to stop everyone who tries to score? So Anyama has been outstanding, has been our strong arm. I don’t know what my colleagues are saying but for me he is the best player.” Mbalangu revealed.
“I refer him like Allison of Liverpool. Very talented, calm, one against one very superb. He is better than goalkeepers in Super League. The way he handles, technically, tactically, game reading, commanding he is one of the best goalkeepers I’ve seen currently in Ugandan football.” He continued heaping praise of the goalie.
With the Elgon Group leaders in unrestrained form at the other end of the pitch, scoring a total of 12 goals, the highest in the group and conceding four in seven games, the minimum in the group, Mbalangu agreed that the goalkeeper and outfield players compliment each other evenly.