Barely two years ago, Onduparaka goal keeper Yusuf Wasswa was second best at record Uganda Premier League champions SC Villa.
But with his current turn in performance and influence since his move to West Nile side Onduparaka, it is hard to imagine how far the shot stopper has come to establish himself as one of the best in Ugandan football’s top flight.
In their previous game, Onduparaka conceded four goals against KCCA, but Wasswa’s performance in goal on the day, was the difference between the caterpillars suffering another humbling score line at Lugogo.
At the Green Light Stadium today (Saturday 26th), Onduparaka managed to squeeze out a goalless draw against StarTimes Uganda Premier League table leaders Vipers.
Wasswa again came to the fore for his side, with a couple of brave and timely saves including a timely save from leading scorer Fahad Bayo’s effort in the 71st minute.
The former Jogoo shot stopper also picked up the Pilsner man of the match award as a recognition for his performance. However, Onduparaka head coach Livingstone Mbabazi had a different view about his performance on the day.
“Wasswa wasn’t all that good because he did a good job while defending but failed to help us in attack,” noted Mbabazi.
Quite a shocking analysis of a goal keeper’s performance. But according to the tactician, Wasswa also had a responsibility of helping his side quickly take advantage of their opponents, while on counter attack but didn’t implement his instructions.
“I mean when he gets the ball, he is supposed to initiate those counter attacks quickly but unfortunately he was too slow,” lamented Mbabazi.
Now with six clean sheets in nine matches, Mbabazi attributed the positive evolution in Wasswa’s goal keeping prowess to the goal keeping coach Yusuf Ssenyonjo’s works.
“I believe Ssenyonjo is a doing good job and that’s why he is keeping the clean sheets.” Mbabazi continued.
The draw means that Onduparaka stay fourth but move level on points with SC Villa on 16 points, and they will play host to Tooro United in Arua on 29th October in the UPL.
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