Nkata: Owiny Key to Tusker’s 2016 Plans

New Tusker FC Boss, Paul Nkata, has already kick started his preparation for the 2016 season with the Brewers who he joins after a stellar season with Muhoroni Youth.

The Ugandan manager already sanctioned the release of nine players from the club including Emmanuel Ngama, Abdalla Juma, Fredrick “Uche” Onyango, Dennis Nzomo, Dennis “Baggio” Ng’ang’a, Ugandans Matarr Nyan, Daniel Oyirwuoth and Aziz Kemba as well as Gambian keeper Allagie Nyabali.

It promises to be a busy close season for Nkata as he tries to deliver the Brewers their first league title since 2012. One of the departments he seemed determined to strengthen is that of goalkeeping. His new side conceded the second most goals (28) of the teams that finished in the top five positions in the 2015 league season.

Brewers’ keepers

The goals were shared among Martin Musalia, Duncan Ochieng and Farouk Shikhalo, the latter who has ended his six-month loan at Muhoroni Youth.

While the trio are quality keepers who can put a good shift in on a good day, Nkata has his eyes set on fellow Ugandan, Allan Owiny who has had a brilliant season with Sony Sugar who conceded three goals less than Tusker despite the Awendo side finishing 10th.

“We have already opened talks with him (Owiny), and although we are at a very initial stage, I am hopeful that something positive is going to come out of it,” holidaying Nkata told KPL portal.

“I have watched Owiny since he was a young boy playing in Uganda, I have monitored his growth and I am satisfied that he can help the team realize its ambitions,” added the former Uganda under-20 manager.

KPL Top 8

Owiny helped Sony Sugar reach the KPL Top 8 final for the first time in the club’s history. He saved Mohammed ‘Rio’ Hassan’s penalty to knock Ulinzi Stars out in the quarters, kept Sofapaka at bay in the semis while his performance lit up the final against Gor Mahia despite losing the match 2-1 in extra time. 

Nkata also revealed the targets set to him by the Brewers’ management. “The plan is clear. The managers want to see results, and they are really waiting to see the team lift at least one major trophy in 2016. There is a lot of work to be done, and I will try my best to make that happen, even if it means changing the team’s system of play next season.”

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