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From Bright Stars’ bench to Sofapaka – why Sebwato can succeed at new club


Nicolas Sebwato penned down a two year deal at Kenya Premier League (KPL) top side Sofapaka.

The experienced shot-stopper joined Sofapaka from StarTimes Uganda Premier League relegation-threatened side, Bright Stars FC where he has been since moving from Arua based Club, Onduparaka FC, but competition has limited his playing time.

Nicholas Sebwato featured against Express FC at the Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku, one of the few games he played for Bright Stars during the StarTimes Uganda Premier League first-round | Courtesy Photo

Sebwato had made 3 appearances for Bright Stars and these were against Vipers, Express FC, and Busoga United. However, he was later dropped due to the outstanding performances from Godwin Kiwanuka Buule

Godwin Kiwanuka Buule has been Bright Stars number one and has played most of the club’s first-round games | Courtesy photo

Speaking to Bright Stars Technical Director, Ian Mutenda about the former Onduparaka goalkeeper’s performance in relation to Sofapaka, he confirms, Sebwato remains a good player despite failing to make it off the bench after 6-games of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League first round.

The Club will miss him and he remains a good goalkeeper despite the fact that he wasn’t starting games at Bright Stars. He had a slow start and in that position, when someone comesin and performs well, they take up the role.

Said Mutenda.

Sebwato featured for Arua based side, Onduparaka FC before returning for a second stint at Bright Stars FC at the Start of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League 2019/20 season | Courtesy photo

Sebwato is now set for a tougher task as he will battle with Richard Aimo and Isaiah Wakasala for the number one spot in between the posts at the new Club. He is also expected to follow in the footsteps of fellow Ugandan goalie Mathias Kigonya (also former Bright Stars player) who put up an outstanding performance at the Kenya club which earned him the captain’s armband.

Former Bright Stars goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya played for SofaPaka before moving on in 2016 | Courtesy Photo

Kigonya was so loved by the fans and he went on to feature for the KPL’s all-star team which traveled to Spain for matches against Spanish Segunda and la Liga clubs, Cordoba and Sevilla respectively in 2017.

Sebwato joins the ‘batoto ba mungu‘ as the third Ugandan custodian after the release of Ismail Watenga and Mathias Kigonya. It is reported that Watenga was released due to underperforming alongside five other players Phillip Muchuma, Juma Collins, Derrick Wafula, and Timonah Wanyonyi, as well as defender Musa Malunda.

Asked if what he thinks of the move, Ian Mutenda remains positive Ssebwato will succeed at Sofapaka.

Sebwato hadn’t trained enough, and when Buule who had been around the club longer camein, he really did well.

Sebwato is a very good goalkeeper, and i believe he has the skill-set to be number one at Sofapaka. He just got a good deal, and i believe he knows what to do when he get’s there.

At 27years Nicholas Sebwato has so far played for KCCA FC, SC Villa, Bright Stars, Coastal Union (Tanzania) and Onduparaka FC in the Startimes Uganda Premier League before joining Bright Stars FC on the second stint at the beginning of 2019/2020 season.

Nicholas Sebwato featured for many Clubs in Uganda including defending champions KCCA FC in 2013 | Courtesy photo

He was also outstanding for Buganda province in the inaugural FUFA drum tournament where he was named best goalkeeper as Buganda emerged Champions of the inaugural Tournament.

Sofapaka who were crowned champions of the Kenya Premier League in 2009 are currently in the 8th position after collecting 21 points from 13 league games.

Sebwato’s signing is to be officially announced on 2nd January 2020 and will join fellow Ugandan Peter Lwasa.

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