Kalungi joins DC Utd pre-season camp
Uganda Cranes player Henry Kalungi could join DC United on a permanent basis should he impress during his preseason training with the Major League Soccer side.
Kalungi, together with his Richmond Kickers coach Leigh Cowlishaw, who also joins D.C coaching staff to observe the preseason training, are part of a new partnership between the MLS side and third tier outfit Kickers.
The deal termed as “land mark agreement” on the Kickers’ website, in which the third tier outfit have been named the official USL Pro affiliate of DC, will also see a minimum of four first team players loaned to Kickers on long term deals.
Kalungi’s coachat Kickers, Cowlishaw, is confident the defender has what it takes to win over hearts at DC.
“Henry has had a fantastic 12 months for club and country and this is a well-deserved opportunity for his efforts,” he told Kickers’ website.
Kalungi was part of the Cranes Cecafa team that defended the regional title last December in Kampala. He also played all Cranes 2013 Afcon qualifiers.
The 25-year-old has started all 97 matches played with Kickers over the past four seasons, logging nearly 9,000 minutes while contributing 38 clean sheets.
He was named Kickers captain in 2012 and has anchored one of the USL Pro league’s best defensive units en route to the 2009 championship, 2010 USL Pro Finals, and the 2011 US Open Cup semifinals.
During the 17-day preseason camp, DC will play four games as well as an off-site friendly against the Philadelphia Union, which all present Kalungi an opportunity to impress.
The defender’s agent and brother, Ivan Kakembo, believes Kalungi’s latest move is another sign of Kalungi’s progress.