There is a beginning to every great project.
In light of the famous old school adage, “the journey of 1000 miles embarks with that bold graceful step”, the first ever goalkeeping clinic in the country organized by the local football governing body, FUFA registered the due deserved high notch ambiance.
Fast forward, the attendance was overwhelming, whilst the participants were freely willing to share and learn new ideas presented.
Reigning Africa’s best footballer of the year (based in Africa), Uganda Cranes captain, Mamelodi Sundowns’ first choice goalie and the recently crowned Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) sports personality of the year, Dennis Onyango graced the clinic held at Lugogo in Kampala.
It was a worthwhile experience to witness goalkeeping in particular as one department of football being discussed to the brim.
The nitty gritty for the basics in goalkeeping as ball handling, movement, foot work, service of the ball, dealing with high balls and crosses, re-start of play, thwarting one against one moves, command (authority) of defence, and many others were discussed at free will.
FUFA Technical director, Asuman Lubowa officially opened the clinic that lasted for close to 5 hours.
“FUFA has an initiative for capacity building with specialized training like the goalkeeping department which was started early with a goalkeeping course which was held at the FUFA Technical Center – Njeru,” Lubowa, who also coached the Uganda Cranes back in the days noted.
For a clinic that was communicated on a short notice, 27 participants were a meaningful number for a start.