Chippa United goalkeeper Ismail Watenga reckons that it will be tough to replace Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango in Uganda’s national team.
Watenga was impressive for the Chilli Boys as they beat Pretoria Callies 1-0 im the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Lucas Moripe Stadium to qualify for their first ever cup final in the PSL history.
The 21-year-old shotstopper says they have a mammoth task to fill Onyango’s shoes in the national team.
“It’s not easy to represent the national team, but I was there before and I believe I can do it but I’m focusing now on the club.
“Uganda has so many goalkeepers, good goalkeepers, Onyango is the best in Africa so it’s a challenge for us to see that we work hard and replace him,” said Watenga.
With the team now shifting focus to the league, where they are languishing at the bottom of the table, the Ugandan is well aware of what is at stake, as they take on Baroka FC at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium today.
“Against Baroka, I know it’s going to be a tough game, it’s not going to be easy but we gonna fight our way out, we need the three points.
“We respect them but we are in a tough situation as a club, so we gonna fight our way out to see that we survive relegation,” added Watenga.
Having been afforded an opportunity to play under the tutelage of coach Siyabulela Gwambi the goalminder is grateful for the opportunity to get game time.
“Every player would love to play, I’m very happy for getting this chance to play for this big club, Chippa United.”
“I want to thank the coaches and everyone who believed in me.”
“I want to thank the chairman, the coaches and the fans for believing in us, I want to take the almighty God for making us reach the finals, I know it’s the first time.”
“We are all happy taking one game as it comes, the Nedbank Cup was huge for us one of the performances that lifted our confidence and belief, I’m sure this is going to help us in the league games,” concluded Watenga.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter