KPL Side Sofapaka FC have confirmed the signing of five Ugandan players ahead of the new season. The five are goalkeeper Jimmy Kanakulya from Bright Stars, midfielder Mohammed Kasirye from Paidha Black Angels, Allan Katwe from Nkumba University, striker Peter Luwasa from URA FC and defender Musa Malunda from Bul FC.
The five arrived in the country last week and have been training with the 2009 KPL Champions. They have reportedly all signed one year deals with Batoto Ba Mungu.
The five foreign players come as part of a deal signed by Sofapaka FC and Singapore based Living 3D Holdings Limited. In the deal, Living 3D was to bring in a foreign coach to the team and five foreign players to help the 2009 champions in their quest to win the local title again with the deal lasting for one year with a possibility of extension.
Well, Sofapaka already have a new coach in the form of Divaldo Alves and have now brought in five new foreign players.
BELOW IS WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID UPON SIGNING THEIR CONTRACTS
Kanakulya: “I feel really privileged to sign for this great club and so far so good. I have trained with the rest of the guys and I feel welcome here. The challenge is great but I am ready for the task. I know I am coming in to fill huge boots but I will do my best to ensure I continue with the good work,”
Kasirye: “Coming into a different country requires me to work harder and prove that I should be playing here. I am ready to compete and having seen the team in training for the past week, I know the amount of work awaiting me is not small. My target at Sofapaka is to play well and win trophies,”
Katwe: “It has always been my desire to play outside Uganda and getting this chance with Sofapaka is a huge thing for me. It is a good club with good coaches and the work starts now. I have to prove that I deserve to be here,”
Musa: “I have played at Vipers before going to Bul and I won two league titles there as well as the Uganda Cup. I want to transfer the winning mentality to this club and win trophies as well. I know that it has been long since the team won a trophy but this season, I want to work hard and help the team win.”
Defensive midfielder Katwe, 26, has a Bachelors Degree in accounting and a Masters in Finance and Accounting from Nkumba University which sponsored his education while he played for them.
The five will add on to the local steel already settled in at the club including midfielder Cersidy Okeyo (Gor Mahia), Brian Nyakan, Timonah Wanyonyi (Mount Kenya United) and Philip Muchuma (Chemelil Sugar).
Additional Reporting by Sofapaka.co.ke