Sofapaka FC Invites Four Kitgum Youngsters For Trials

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Striker Isaac Otto says he hopes their vast experiences will guide them to secure positions on the Kenya Premier League side.

Kenya’s premier side Sofapaka FC has invited four youngsters from Kitgum district for trials. They are Wilson Mwa, a defender, Alfred Onek, winger, Reagan Okot and Isaac Otto, both strikers. The club hopes to sign the players for its campaign next season.

The four players are members of the Kitgum based Uganda Youth Soccer Academy that represented Kitgum Town Council in the just concluded regional Urban councils tournament. Paul Ochen Maldini, the head Coach Uganda Youth Soccer Academy says the players will spend four days with Sofapaka, under the competent guidance of former Uganda Cranes Assistant coach Sam Timbe.
Ochen told Uganda Radio Network before boarding the bus for Nairobi on Wednesday that the club hopes to sign the young talents to boost its strengths and structures for future campaigns.

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Ochen says other players invited from the Academy will attend trials in the neghbouring country next year due to financial difficulties facing the Academy. He says ten other junior players have also left the Academy to join schools in Kampala and Entebbe on sports scholarships.

Sofapaka rose to the limelight after winning Moi cup in 2006 and the 2008 Nationwide Zone B champions. This victory saw the team gain promotion to play in the 2009 Kenya Premier League (KPL) where it has been to date. Striker Isaac Otto says he hopes their vast experiences will guide them to clinch positions on the Kenya Premier League side.

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The club, second on the Kenya Premier League table with 40 points collected from 23 matches is a strong contender for the prestigious GOTV Shield, Kenya’s second most important domestic competition.

Otto says he is not intimidated by the new environment and will make the most from the opportunity to inspire other young talents in Uganda. He says they will observe good discipline to encourage other Kenyan clubs to sign Ugandan talents.

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Ronny Mbinya, One of the coaches at Sofapaka Football Club says the players will undergo trials on request from the Kitgum based Academy.  He says it is the first time Ugandan players are being invited for trials at the Club after the impressive performance of the Nairobi based Charles Lubango.

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Mbinya warned that the club will only sign the players if they perform to standards.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.