With the 2017/18 season around the corner, several teams have intensified their preparations in the bid to achieve the set targets.
Soana Football Club, a team playing in the Uganda Premier League is one of the clubs that have begun their preseason early enough.
The Kavumba based side concluded a week long gym session on Friday morning at the Ham Fitness Centre in Makerere and will start field training next week.
ChimpReports’ Joel Muyita caught up with Soana FC skipper Timothy Musinguzi after training on Friday.
First and foremost, you have had a week long gym session, how has it benefited you as players?
It is been important to us especially that we are coming from a long holiday since the league broke off.
We needed to strengthen our muscles and revamp the necessary power and energy before hitting the pitch.
Next season is just days away from kickoff, as Soana FC how are you prepared?
Of course we are set. Everyone is committed at least for the time we have been training this week.
We look forward to a great season as Soana FC.
Now that the gym session is done, we shall begin training on the pitch and have a few build up games before we commence our season.
As a captain, what is the team’s realistic target ahead of the new season?
We want to win at least silverware this season. The club management has given us necessary support and the only reward to them is a trophy; either the league or the Uganda cup.
There are several new additions to the team, how do you think these will help the team?
I think they will offer a lot of experience and inspire a winning mentality with most of them coming from big clubs.
Players like Owen Kasule and Muwadda Mawejje come with a lot of experience.
There has been a change in the coaching staff –from Alex Isabirye to Shafik Bisaso as head coach. How does this affect you as players?
Well I cannot predict at the moment. It can be either positive or negative but as players, our focus is delivering regardless of who the coach is.
Players that attended Friday gym session
Goalkeepers: Franco Olinga, Meddy Kibirige and Joel Mutakubwa
Defenders: Timothy Musinguzi, John Muwanguzi, Eddy Ruhweza, Minsi Katende, Siraje Turyamuhebwa, Issa Mubiru, Farouk Matovu, Dalausi Kiwalabye, Ayub Ibrahim Kiiza and Swaib Mudde.
Midfielders: Abu Nyanzi, Rahmat Kagimu, Willy Kavuma, Paddy Muhumuza, Osama Wejuli Farouk, Allan Kayiwa, Davies Ssali, Muwadda Mawejje, Emma Kalyowa, Baker Lukoya and Owen Kasule.
Strikers: Mahad Mbaziira, Stephen Ategeka and Muhammad Kayongo.