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The former Erbil SC defender played his first match for Kaizer Chiefs against Bloemfontein Celtic during the Macufe Cup on Sunday

Kaizer Chiefs' new signing Ivan Bukenya played his first match for the club on Sunday, during Chiefs' 1-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup.

The Ugandan started the match for AmaKhosi and said that he felt at home during his time on the pitch, despite being on the losing side.

"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 towering defender told Kaizer Chiefs' official website.

"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."

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Bukenya understands the pressure involved when playing for Chiefs and is excited by the style of South African football.

"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. We grew up in the same area called Kamotcha, in Uganda," he continued.

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

Bukenya is targeting a successful tenure at Naturena and is looking forward to winning trophies with the current defending PSL champions.

"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 play in friendlies, I see myself helping the club to achieve things going forward," Bukenya concluded.

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