For humans, it is inevitable to misfire and head wrong. Only by inappropriate actions is it possible to adapt to the ever-evolving environment and situations in this world.
Even with quite repetitive and inevitable activities in a player’s career like moving from one club to another, mistakes like the wrong choice of a club can be committed by a player.
Such is a situation in which Police FC new goalkeeper Tom Ikara found himself in at the time he opted to join KCCA FC in 2018 shortly after helping Busoga United (then Kirinya Jinja SS) gain promotion to the Uganda Premier League.
When mistakes happen, it is important to pick a leaf and learn from it. Scientists say anyone who is fearful of making wrong decisions will never come to the right decision. Ikara indeed is a testimony of the scientific claim.
“Joining Police FC, I wanted playing time and did not want to make the same mistake I made at first while joining KCCA FC because I did not get the chance to play enough as I expected,” Ikara told Ndibba.com.
“At Police FC, am expecting to get enough playing time which will help me regain my form and confidence and am contented with the deal that is why I left out Vipers SC and URA FC deals.”
The year 2018 was when Ikara who had kept 13 clean sheets with Busoga United in the previous season attracted Mike Mutebi’s attention.
Despite interest from Police, Ikara was convinced that KCCA provided the bigger opportunity to further develop his career, joining the club on a two-year contract.
However, he found playing time hard to come by at Lugogo with Charles Lukwago and Jamil Maliyamungu putting up a barricade for him.
That prompted a loan move to Western Uganda with Mbarara City at the start of the 2019/20 season.
Recently Ikara was linked with a move to URA and Vipers SC before the Cops pulled off a coup to land the highly touted goalkeeper.
And Ikara seemed to have learnt from his past mistake rejecting Sam Simbwa’s side where he would face competition from Nafian Alionzi for the number one spot.
Meanwhile at Kitende, Fabian Mutombora, and second choice Derrick Ochan together with Bashir Ssekagya would all be waiting to drive him through the same experience like the one at KCCA FC.
At Police, Ikara will have to compete with Davis Mutebi, but the latter has on occasions looked shaky and Abdallah Mubiru would very much use a safer pair of hands.