The Coronavirus pandemic has forced all sporting activities and events into lock-down. There is growing uncertainty over when the games shall return.
Moments like these usually get a number of sports personalities into experiences they have never been in before – a life away from their daily routine.
At the start, it was just like any other moment. It would come to pass in a few days, we all thought. Later, what was expected to be a short-term experience has gradually turned into confinement (for not only the sportsmen but everyone) in the small spheres we all call home.
What does it feel like to be away from your passion, your job and a way of life?
The Touchline Sports caught up with Sports Club Villa’s midfielder David Owori and in this interview, he shares what it feels like to be in the situation.
In his humble home in Makindye, ‘Colgate’ like he is known by his peers, narrated to us how he is dealing with this coronavirus situation, the Cranes dream plus what he feels about his coach, Edward Kaziba.
When asked what it feels like being in this situation, Owori says things are not all that good but life needs to be taken seriously.
The situation is not all that okay – we players miss the game but we need our lives even more.
Owori can stand anything in life and believes that even after one of the most difficult moments in the life of any sportsman, he will bounce back like he never got a moment off the game. The desperate times have really brought out the best of his creative side – he has found means of having a daily training schedule to keep fit during this lock-down.
I do my personal training at home. All players who were in the CHAN training camp were given personal training handouts by the coach [McKinstry].
I work out at home and I believe this will help me to keep my fitness and return stronger.
The dynamic midfielder has played almost all games for the Jogoos this season and has so far scored 3 goals (against Wakiso giants, BUL FC, and Mbarara City) and assisted 4 times – no wonder many believe he has been the fulcrum for Villa’s resurgence this season (from a relegation-threatened team to almost a title contender).
He is strong willed and believes nothing will derail him from his dream.
I am focused to making a big mark at my current club [SC Villa] and right now I am at least having the playing time that i did not get anywhere else.
When asked how Kaziba has impacted on his career, Colgate described him as a parent who has helped him grow.
Coach Edward Kaziba has been like a parent to me during my time at Villa. I thank him for believing in me, something which has turned me into a good player.
He has also given me time to do my best on the pitch.
Owori is comfortable in different positions. However, he prefers the right because it forms the biggest part of his inspiration in the game.
I prefer to play on the right because I am inspired by Emmanuel Okwi and Cristiano Ronaldo who play on the same position.
Owori’s toughest opponents in the League are, Express FC’s Disan Galiwango and BUL FC’s Godfrey Akol. He did not also shy away from those that give him the easiest moments on the pitch.
Disan Galiwango and Godfrey Akol are the players who give me the hardest time on pitch. Disan is very physical while Akol is not shy of sliding into you when on the ball.
Any slow player makes life easier.
Nicholas Kabonge is Owori’s best friend at SC Villa.
When asked which position he expects his team to finish in at the end of the season, Owori was not shy in stating his team will beat KCCA FC to the second position by the time the season ends, regardless of the fact that they are 4-points away from the second-placed ‘kasasiro’ boys.
Villa will finish second and it doesn’t matter even if they occupy second position right now.
Away from SC Villa, Owori dreams of becoming a mainstay it to the national team, The Cranes. He believes his time is not so far from now.