Former KCCA FC defender Samuel Kato Nemeyimana has joined Bugesera FC in the Rwanda Premier League.
The 22-year-old central defender has signed a two-year contract with the Rwandan club until 2023, and joins them on a free transfer.
“We are glad to inform you that Kato Samuel Nemeyimana, a central defender who previously played for Uganda’s KCCA, has signed a two-year contract with Bugesera FC,” the club said.
After two years with the Kasasiro Boys’ senior team, Kato, a product of the KCCA youth system, was released by the club at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Under former manager Mike Mutebi, the centre half became a key figure at KCCA, helping the team win the 2019 CECAFA Club title, but he swiftly fell out of favor under Morley Byekwaso.
While other Ugandan top-flight clubs were interested in signing the defender, it is thought that he preferred a transfer to Rwanda to playing for a club in Uganda other than KCCA.
The defender, who was born in Mulago, Kampala, also has Rwandan connections and was involved in a struggle between the two countries over his international allegiance before settling on the Cranes.
Kato has yet to gain an international cap for the Cranes, however he was called up to the team for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in 2019 and was also included in previous Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry’s tentative CHAN roster in 2020.
He joins newcomers Sadicky Sulley from Espoir, Jean De Dieu Nsabimana, and Bryan Muhinda as Bugesera’s eighth signing of the transfer window.
The other newcomers are Patrick Umwungeri, Abdul Muniru, Obed Kagaba, and Jackson Baransananikiye.