Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Ismail Watenga was the star of the day as Lamontville Golden Arrows claimed an emphatic victory on the road against Supersport United in the South African Premier League.
Lungelo Nguse in the 33 minute, Angelo van Rooi in the 54th and Ryan Moon towards the death all scored, to help Golden Arrows win 3-0, putting an end to Matsatsansa’s unbeaten run.
However, Watenga stole the show with his outstanding perfomance throughout the match, he kept a clean sheet and generally put up a Man Of The Match on the day, to see his side climb to second position on the 16-team table, only behind defending Champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
The goalkeeper’s heroics come just at the right time for him, as just days ago, he was among the five goalkeepers named to start preparing for Uganda Cranes duties in the next few coming days by the national team head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
Watenga, besides Salim Jamal Magoola, Charles Lukwago, Nafian Alionzi and Joel Mutakubwa are the five goalkeepers of the 33 players summoned players for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger in Marrakech, Morocco.
Micho made it very clear that of the 33 players, only 23 in the best competitive shape will make the final list for the match on 7th September 2023. The five goalkeepers will have to be trimmed to three, utmost.
Watenga has been in goal for all of his team’s first five games of the season in which they have lost and drawn once, and won thrice to collect ten points so far, to sit second on the 16-team table.
Golden Arrows have only lost (4-0) to defending Champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who are also leading the table with a one hundred percent winning record, they have won five out of five.
The Ugandan goalkeeper’s side drew 1-1 with Moroka Swallows, and won 3-1 against Polokwane City and 2-1 against counterpart Salim Jamal’s Richards Bay.
Watenga kept his first clean sheet of the season on Tuesday as Golden Arrows defeated Supersport United 3-0.