Bukenya: I felt at home


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The Ugandan defender, who was formerly on the books of Iraqi side Erbil SC, started in the 1-0 loss to Celtic on Sunday, with Vuyani Ntanga netting the decider at Free State Stadium.

Bukenya told Chiefs' official website: "It felt great to represent a big team as I have always waited for the chance to play for my team.

"I see myself growing as a player here because I am playing for the right team.

"The technical team, management and the players are helping me to adapt.

"When I stepped out of the tunnel to a full stadium, I felt at home because I enjoy playing in front of a big crowd."

He continued: "I always liked using my favourite jerseys number 14 and 16 since I started playing football, but when I came here to Chiefs both jerseys were already booked, so I a chose number 30. 

"It felt great to wear the Chiefs jersey and I know the responsibility that goes with it. One of my favourite players, David Obua, from my country played for Chiefs (Obua played for Amakhosi between 2005 and 2008). We grew up in the same area called Kamotcha, in Uganda."

He added: "The South African style of football is good, this is really what I hoped to be a part of, it is really good.

"The referee booked me unfairly though, because I was protecting the ball. I was shielding the ball and football is about charging your opponent."

While disappointed by the weekend result, Bukenya is excited about his future at Naturena.

"They scored through a set play. We saw our mistake and we will rectify that at training. A loss in a first game gives me a chance to learn," he said.

"Despite the loss, after 90 minutes I felt good. I want to achieve big things for the club.

"Every time I come to training and playing in friendlies, I see myself helping the club to achieve things going forward."