Onduparaka assistant Coach Simeone Masaba admits the club should have signed goal scoring striker before the start of the 2018/2019 season or the January transfer window but conditions couldn’t allow.
The tactician who took care of the club following the abrupt departure of Asaph Mwebaze until the arrival of coach Sadic Sempigi also noted they have strikers in Amis Muwonge, Jamal Malish and Remex Kasozi except their experience doesn’t measure to that of Caesar Okhuti.
“During the mid-season transfer window, we should have signed a striker/s who can convert chances. But apparently in the country there not many sharp strikers,” Masaba revealed to www.football-256.com.
“As of now, we have an experienced striker but we also have, three inexperienced strikers who are trying to cope up and see that they can be at the same wave length with Okhuti.”
“Muwonge, Jamal and Remex are improving day by day. Just because they are not scoring, it’s just that they are yet to find that goal scoring touch,” Masaba added.
Another forward in whom Onduparaka banked their hopes is Viane Ssekajugo. The scorer whose works were proven last season is a shadow of himself this season and statistics evidence it.
Last season Ssekajugo picked up late but managed eight league goals, this term he has only shipped in four with ten games to go. It’s Okhuti and skipper Rashid Toha leading the club’s scoring charts with four and five goals respectively.
Ssekajugo’s heroics also saw him lead Buganda Province to victory in the inaugural FUFA Drum competition but isn’t living up-to his own set levels. Masaba puts it to pressure from within as the reason Ssekajugo’s graph is now going down.
“Ssekajugo put a lot of pressure on himself, first of all, he’s not a typical striker. He’s a left wide winger who was scoring goals. I think he put a lot of weight on himself and wants to carry the team.”
“So it becomes hard to score although he gets chances every time he plays. We just need to help him recover his confidence again,” Masaba noted.
Much as it’s true that sharp shooters are rare in the Uganda Premier League, in early January, there were reports that the club’s chairman Benjamin Nyakuni was in pursuit of proven goal scorers. None of the deals came through, he revealed the players were committed.
“The strikers who are there are attached to their clubs. Like Patrick Kaddu of KCCA, Bashir Mutanda at SC Villa, and Joel Madondo at Kirinya Jinja SSS.”
Before they frustrated Mbarara City with a 2-1 win at kakyeka Stadium, the West Nile side has endured a protracted period of time without a feel of victory. They were also of recent shown the exit door by Big League side Proline in Stanbic Uganda Cup following the 2-1 defeat.