By Allan Damba
Former Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Masinde Onyango has heaped praise to goalkeeping prospect Jack Komakech following his purposeful development in the national setup.
Komakech has represented Uganda at the U17 and the U20 levels and excelled every time he has been trusted with the national team gloves.
Speaking in an interview with Sanyu FM, Onyango was quick to express his administration for the youngster as he cited names that are potential successors to his national team throne.
“I think Komakech (Jack) is the future of Ugandan football. He has represented well at different levels and has managed to do well,” he said.
“With the achievements he has had with the U17 and U20 teams, I think he has the potential to go a long way.”
However, the Mamelodi Sundowns number one was quite-zipped about his favourite among the candidates for the throne he diligently held for 13 years.
“I will not say there is a particular goalkeeper because everyone brings something different, so I do not think anyone will be trying to replace me. They will want to be their own.”
“It will depend on what the coach wants in a goalkeeper, but they are all very good shot-stoppers. Then, I would be talking about Odongkara (Robert) or Salim (Jamal), but they are not even in the picture currently,” Onyango stated.
“We have quite many; Watenga (Ismail) has played well for his team Chippa United, made four or five clean sheets in the last games. We have Kigonya (Mathias), Lukwago (Charles), and they are all good,” he concluded.
The Ascent Soccer Academy goalkeeper played at the 2019 U17 Africa Cup in Tanzania, where Uganda finished third in the group as Angola and Nigeria advanced to the next round.
He also won the CAF U17 regional qualifiers in Tanzania in 2020 to qualify for the AFCON in Morocco before taking the U20 Hippos to the AFCON finals in Mauritania in 2021 (losing 2-0 to Ghana).