Ed Odeven Reporting


This article appeared in The Monitor, a Uganda-based newspaper, on Jan. 23, 2000.

‘Smokie’ eyes MLS draft, dreams of success in Europe

By Ed M. Odeven

After a recent visit back home, Peter “Smokie” Byaruhanga returned to the United States to begin preparations for the upcoming Major League Soccer draft.

According to Bob Gransler, head coach of the Kansas City Wizards, Byaruhanga will be selected in the first round of the February draft.

The reason?

“Forwards with the knack of putting the ball in the back of the net are the hottest commodity in any draft. Peter will be picked up by somebody in the first round,” Gransler told Kaleidoscope, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s student newspaper.

Byaruhanga, who led the UAB Blazers to the Elite Eight (quarterfinals) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Soccer Cup in December, finished the 1999 season with goals in 14 consecutive games —…

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