Very few Ugandans have the self-belief and confidence to speak their minds, even about themselves.
And while culture bars us from blowing our trumpets, Uganda Cranes left back Joseph Ochaya declines to subscribe to such talk.
He has too much confidence in his ability as a footballer and he is not scared of reminding whoever cares to listen.
Recently Ochaya joined Egyptian side Arab Contractors on a three-year deal after the expiry of his contract with DR Congo side TP Mazembe.
And it didn’t take him to remind this reporter that he is with the contractors not by mistake: “They know they signed the best and I am here to prove it.”
“I always want to give my best for every club I play for and that is what I intend to give Arab Contractors because I have what it takes.”
Ochaya spent four years at TP Mazembe and won three league titles with the Crocodiles, he hopes to win more with the Mountain Wolves.
“The team have their targets and intentions clear, they want to win titles and I know my experience can help them achieve that.”
Arab Contractors have one league title to their name it came in 1983 and three Egypt Cups; 1990, 1995 and 2004.
They are in the quarterfinals of the latter and Ochaya’s dream debut might come against Al Ahly on October 18th with a potential semifinal date against either Pyramids or National Bank Egypt.