Express FC goalkeeping Coach and former player Sam Kawalya have come out to clarify where the club stands with their controversial goalkeeper, Emmanuel Opio.
Sam Kawalya told ChimpReports that the club is not willing to let their keeper leave in this ongoing transfer window and he promised that the Shot-stopper will come back stronger.
“Opio had his own problems last season and of course they coincided with those at the club and inspite of the fact that he was not at his best as an individual, he still remain our top choice,” Kawalya said.
“Express FC may add another good keeper before the season begins in September just to back him up and bring stiff competition to keep him checked for a better performance, plus the previous training he had received in the past was so poor.”
Opio, the shot-stopper who fell out with his fans, his performance at Express last season was written between the lines, and he continues to be the player at the club that carries a divided opinion from the Red Eagle fans.
He had classic games including a man of the match performance against SC Villa where he kept out Lwesibawa , Taddeo Lwanga and Umar Kasumba from close range earning himself a DSTV decoder, an accolade which was given to Express FC player of the match, for games played at Wankulukuku.
In the Uganda cup, he saved two spot kicks in the penalty shoot-outs at Wankulukuku as Express knocked out Dove All stars.
He repeated the same feat in Lugazi and this time he saved 3 penalties as URA FC received a goodbye at their own turf.
He followed those heroic saves with some calamity acts in the following games and the player has been blamed for not doing much notably against KCCA fc in the same competition.
The Social media jibe
Earlier this month, the Soroti-born Opio took to his official Facebook account and posted pics reminding his vivid followers about his days at KCCA FC, a direct rival to his parent club Express FC.
The post caused a lot of controversies as Julius Bakunda (Express FC vice chairman fans club) and Lilian Nassozi (Express FC Secretary fans club) among others showed their dislike and anger as they retaliated in the comment box, surprisingly, the player never came out to apologize.
Recently, Onduparaka FC former captain Mohamad shaban posted a picture on his Facebook account with KCCA FC officials which annoyed the fans and the Arua based club immediately stripped off his arm band and appointed Rashid Toha as the new captain.