Kalungi’s Independence seeking much improved show against Ottawa Fury | USL

Ugandan Henry Kalungi returns to the fray as Charlotte Independence host Ottawa Fury in the United Soccer League on Sunday.

Henry Kalungi training with colleagues before the match

Independence come off a three-nil win over Richmond Kickers, goals that were scored by Jaime Siaj and Enzo Martinez (brace).

Kalungi – who has made 21 appearance so far this season – featured in the match dominating the defence with the second highest number of clearances and most passes, 9 long.

It should have been an all Ugandan affair but Luboyera’s chances of making an appearance are slim after suffering an injury on his shoulder.

He has so far played only four games and a much awaited return for the 18 year old is long due. The two sides promise an intense encounter at Matthews Sportsplex in North Carolina following a difficult start for Independence.

The home side are second placed on the log in the Eastern Conference with 47 points, while Fury sit 12th in the West.

Previous meetings

When the two sides met in early August visitors Independence lost 3-1 to Fury. David Spies’ goal in the 75th minute was the consolation as Henry Kalungi and company left empty handed.

Who is Azake Luboyera?

Luboyera was born and raised in Uganda.

He started playing soccer for the Hans Production Academy in Uganda at 14 years of age, before being recruited by the Qatar Aspire Football Dreams Academy where he played from 2012 to 2014.

In three seasons in Qatar, Luboyera scored over 80 goals in over a 100 games.

In 2015, Luboyera moved to Canada and joined Fury FC’s Senior Academy.

After training with the club during his first season, the Kampala, Uganda native played 10 games in 2016, scoring three goals and adding seven assists. He was also named to the RDS 3 Stars of the week for the PLSQ in July 2016.

Luboyera also boasts international experience as the 19-year-old played two games for Uganda U-20 team in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifications in 2016, during which he netted two goals.

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