20-year old Otim eyeing Express FC starting role

It is usually frustrating to be a third or fourth choice goalkeeper at a football club.

For such a player, playing time is hard to come by and in most cases, one features in only friendly and low profile Cup games.

For some, they spend most of their careers on the bench and only a move to another club may save them.

However, for Express FC custodian Denis Otim, he is determined to move up the pecking order as soon as possible and become the first choice at the Wankulukuku based side.

Having moved from Mbarara City FC at the start of the season, Otim is yet to feature for the Red Eagles.

His only appearances have come in low-profile build-up games as he is currently third in the pecking order behind club vice captain Mathaius Muwanga and Cryspas Kusiima.

Kusiima who also joined at the start of the campaign is yet to feature, giving clear indication that Otim still has a long way to go.

However, the 20-year old is determined to climb up the ladder, with the help of goalkeeping coach Daniel Kiwanuka, and eventually bag a starting role.

“Firstly it has been a good ride from the start and i can’t complain. Otim said as quoted by Express.co.ug.

“The boys have been fantastic, you can see we are all working towards a common goal of winning but for my case, the goalkeeper coach (Daniel Kiwanuka) has done a fantastic job.

“I try to be better with every opportunity given to me and i have no doubt it is only a matter of time for me to be in goal.”

Otim’s confidence may have been driven from the fact that Express have been conceding goals since the start of the season.

In their first four games, the Red Eagles have shipped in three goals and kept just a single clean sheet.

Express have kept just a single clean sheet this season. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

They conceded once, each, against Onduparaka FC, Bright Stars and Mbarara City with the clean sheet coming in the 1-0 victory at home to eternal rivals SC Villa.

Despite conceding in three games, Express have had a fine start to the campaign and they are one of just five teams yet to lose a game.

As stands, Wasswa Bbosa’s side sits 6th on the standings with eight points having won two and drawn as many.

The fine start is one that Otim appreciates but also maintains that the team believes, they can do better.

“As a team, we did great before the break but i believe we can do better. He continued.

“As goalkeepers we know that we have to ensure that we keep as many clean sheets and the break has allowed us to correct our mistakes.

“We are now hoping for the best when the league resumes.”

Express have been tipped to be one of the outside favourites to win this season’s Uganda Premier League title.

The Red Eagles have made several recruitments this campaign including the high-profile signing of Muzamir Mutyaba last month.



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