Ochan happy with friendly rivalry with Ikara

Goalkeeper Derrick Ochan is primarily targeting to become the first choice goalkeeper at Police FC, although he’s likely to face stiff competition from another highly rated shot-stopper in Tom Ikara.

Both custodians are amongst coach Abdallah Mubiru’s new recruits. Ochan joined as a free agent from Vipers SC on a one-year contract whereas Ikara came in under a similar circumstance from KCCA FC signing a two-year deal.

“I really want to work hard and establish myself at Police and become first choice,” Ochan told Football256.

“It’s not going to be that easy because my brother (Ikara) is also targeting the same, so let’s wait and see but I am very clear about my need of being number one in the pecking order,” he added.

While at Vipers, Ochan played second fiddle to preferred choice Fabian Mutombora something he doesn’t wish for at his new home Police.

In the 2019/20 season, he was limited to only three leagues games (Vipers 1-0 URA, Vipers 2-2 Mbarara City, Proline 2-4 Vipers) and he also featured as Kajjansi United ejected Vipers from the Stanbic Uganda Cup.

“Every player wants to be on the pitch showing what they’re capable of, if I wasn’t handed that opportunity at Vipers then it shouldn’t be the case here, and am really going to work hard to see that it does not happen.”

“And it’s always good to be surrounded by people who value you that much, that’s one thing I am certain with about coach Mubiru.”

It should be noted that Mubiru has been a long-time admirer of Ochan and nearly brought him to the club in January on loan but the deal later fell through.

“He contacted me on several occasions to join him at Police and am glad that at last we are going to work together,” Ochan further noted.

The Cops shipped in a mammoth 37 goals in 25 games last season before the league was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mubiru will be hoping that Ochan and Ikara’s arrival brings significant improvement to the goalkeeping department next season which is tentatively set to resume on October 17, 2020.

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