It is becoming increasingly difficult for wingers to thrive in modern football as the game is slowly but steadily losing room for them.
With most teams playing three attackers, wingers are looked at as a dying breed and many are required to transform into forwards so as to thrive.
However, for URA FC, they still posses one of the most exciting young wingers in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league and are intent on keeping him there.
Joackiam Ojera who plays on the right-side of midfield won over hearts of fans with his explosive displays game in and out and he is set to be one of the most important pieces in the Tax Collectors push for a 5th title next season.
Last season, the 21 year old scored just two league goals and it is an aspect that he will need to improve upon so as to achieve both his and URA’s dreams.
URA FC have added several players to their team in the off-season and Ojera is optimistic that him along with the others can win something at the end of 2019/20.
“I want to win a trophy for the club and also feature for the national team. We have signed several players and where there are good players, the quality of the team improves. Hopefully, the quality tells and we win something.” Noted Ojera in an exclusive interview with PML Daily.
Last season, the Tax Collectors finished third in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league with 51 points. In the Uganda Cup, they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Bright Stars.
As URA hope to better last season’s showing, Ojera is also eyeing a good season that will in turn help him realise his dream move to Europe and probably play for Arsenal FC.
“I would like to elevate my self to the major leagues in Europe and hopefully play for Arsenal because it has always been my dream to play there. I know i will need to have a magnificent season and I can say I am ready.
Ojera joined URA FC last year on a free transfer after seeing out his short term deal at Congolese side Bukavudawa FC.
Initially, the 21-year-old started his footballing at Bright Stars, featuring for the then academy side between 2005 and 2008.
He then joined St. Julian High School where he studied and played between 2009 and 2016.
His first test of proper football came in 2017 with Lira based Sporting United for whom he played for until he joined Bukavudawa.
Currently, Ojera is in his second year of a three-year deal that he signed in 2018.
Against Aigile Noir in pre-season, he was fouled in the area before Saidi Kyeyune converted the resultant penalty.
Ojera continued his impressive work in the off-season, assisting URA’s only goal in the build-up game against Wakiso Giants.
With the Tax Collectors expected to challenge for the 2019/20 league title, Ojera will need to replicate his pre-season form once the games start.