First FUFA Goalkeeping Clinic kicks off on high note

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Group photo for all the participants after the first FUFA Goalkeeping Clinic held at Lugogo in Kampala

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.

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Dennis Onyango discusses life experience and the trend of goalkeeping to coaches and active goalkeepers during the clinic

For a clinic that was communicated on a short notice, 27 participants were a meaningful number for a start.

Newly graduated CAF Goalkeeping Instructor Sadiq Wassa was the main facilitator.
The former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper was joined by Daniel Kiwanuka, Samuel Kawalya and Stephen Billy Kiguddu and Denis Masinde Onyango.
In a talk session, Onyango challenged the active goalkeepers and coaches to swiftly adjust to the contemporary trend of goalkeeping.
“Goalkeeping is no longer about diving only, coaches and players should keep up dated on the modern tactics and get to know the reasons why prominent goalkeepers perform well and keep on form for a a long period of time,” he cautioned.
Yusuf Ssenyonjo, a goalkeeping coach who helped Masavu get promotion from the FUFA Big League to the top flight hailed the brains behind the project.
“This clinic has been amazing. These are such projects that will help our football grow for the better. I am impressed and will be willing to attend the clinic whenever organized,” Ssenyonjo, who is also an active goalkeeper with his Nyonyi Nyange clan told Kawowo Sports in an interview.
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Dennis Onyango (second left) greats former Uganda Cranes and KCC (now KCCA) goalkeeper Bright Dhaira after the session
This clinic is intended to be held regularly with proposals to have it once a month or every two months yet to be formalized.