Goalkeeper Ismael Watenga has faced it rough in the last two years since leaving the comfort zone at Vipers Sports Club for Ethiopia’s Bunna Football Club in 2018.
Watenga would later join Sofapaka where he had to unceremoniously end his relationship with the Kenya Premier League side.
When he thought, he had landed a mega deal with 2016 African champions Mamelodi Sundowns early this year, COVID-19 disrupted everything.
He eventually moved to South Africa and started training with Mamelodi Sundowns before Chippa United decided to offer him an employment contract on a 19-month-deal.
It’s at Chippa where Watenga is expected to find his feet again and continue to deliver like he was expected to by many.
“I can’t wait to play again, it has been long,” Watenga told Football256 before adding; “it has been a tough two months for me but I can now put all that behind and focus on getting my career back on track”
At Chippa the 25-year-old will have competition with two South Africans Mazibuko Mlungisi, 28, and Mtshali Ayanda, 32 who are trying to keep the teams from the jaws of relegation.
“I know it will be hard to walk straight into the team, but I need to work, like I have always done, and wait to be selected, like any other professional you just work hard and wait for your turn,” he stated.
Chippa lie 14th on the 16-team log with just one win out of the seven games they have played, just one win, two draws, and four losses.
Their next fixture is against 12th placed Amazulu on Sunday though it’s not yet clear whether Watenga’s paperwork will be ready for him to make his debut.