Austine Opoka: Goalkeeper Prefers Local Deal

Austine Opoka

Former Onduparaka goalkeeper Atiino Austine Opoka says he is keenly considering the available options before making his next move.

Opoka who was at Booma last season, added that he “doesn’t wish to leave the country again so soon” following reports suggesting that he’s set to return to South Sudan.

“I could’ve gone back to Sudan, or explored Rwanda, but I want to first establish myself here,” Opoka told The-SportsNation.

Sources close to the player hinted on a potential transfer to a Rwanda top division club, where the goalkeeper was invited for assessment, but was reluctant to make a move.

Since his breakthrough during his University Football League days with Kampala University, the highly-rated shotstopper has had a hard time finding consistency in the Uganda Premier League (UPL), despite his good qualities.

His career started going downhill when he joined Onduparaka, where he only made a handful of appearances.

Before that, Opoka had had an impressive time out with Busoga United. He also previously featured for Kyetume FC. He has gathered enough experience here, having played at various levels of Ugandan football.

Last season, Opoka had signed for South Sudanese top division side Atlabara, when the league was halted, and he had to flee the country after an insurgency broke out, and there was so much insecurity.

Opoka then returned to Uganda mid-season, signed a short term contract with FUFA Big League side Booma FC, where spent the last part of last season working on his game.

With his quick reflexes and acrobatic diving skills, the towering goakeeper managed to pull off some remarkable saves each time he was given chance.

The Masindi-based club intended to keep him, as the previous coaches had now built a certain trust in him, but the shake up in the coaching roles might have cautioned the goalkeeper from renewing with the second division side.

Early in this transfer window, there were reports linking the goalkeeper to a move to UPDF, but the talks suddenly collapsed, and nothing materialized.

Besides the war disruption and all the insecurities, Opoka had a good relationship with his South Sudanese club, and they’re open to taking him back, so are their close competitors who would want to snatch him away from Atlabara.

The goalkeeper doesn’t totally rule out the possibility of crossing borders again to play, but wants to first consider the available options at home.

Perhaps, a good deal (from a good team) would ensure the the goalkeeper stays in the country.



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