Joackim Ojera – It’s my pleasure to be part of Uganda Cranes squad

Uganda Cranes and URA FC forward Joackim Ojera said that it’s a blessing for him to be part of the Uganda Cranes.

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The youngster was included in the Cranes squad which was preparing for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

However, Uganda was forced to call off their training camp following the government’s call to stop all sporting activities due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Joackim Ojera dribbles the ball during a Uganda Cranes regional tour match

“It is a great blessing to serve your country fearlessly,” Ojera was quoted saying before adding.

“I thank the coaches for the national team and my club as well as those coaches who handled me earlier.”

“They have all done a great job to teach me what to do, encourage me and move an extra mile,” he added.

Ojera joined Uganda Cranes teammates for the opening day of training ahead of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup

Uganda’s Cranes had been in camp for 17 days before it was canceled and according to Ojera, it was a good move.

They were preparing for a tri-nation tournament which had been scheduled for March 17-21 as a preparation tournament for Chan tournament.

“Yes, it is always safety and good health first. Fine, I may be hurt by the cancellation of the training camp but it was worthwhile since it is a global threat,” he noted

Ojera went ahead to say that the competition for sports within the team has helped him as a person to improve his game.

“All the coaches encouraged us to do our best. Every day was a special day of learning, joy and happiness. The healthy competition amongst the team helped me as a person to raise my personal level.

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Ojera in action

“I have had a great amazing two weeks of training and I wished we did not stop. I cannot fail to thank coach Johnathan McKinstry and his support staff.”

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 “I have learnt a lot from my fellow teammates and we are one happy family,” he further noted.

Who is Joackim Ojera?

Ojera was born on Christmas Day in 1997 to Harriet Achola and the late Alfred Nyero in Gulu Hospital, Northern Uganda.

He studied at Volcanoe Primary School in Kawempe and had his O-Level education at London College, Nansana before crossing to St Julian High School, Gayaza for A-level.

He then joined the Bright Stars Football Club Academy from where he was scouted by URA FC at the start of the 2017-2018 season.

By the first half of the 2019 – 2020, Ojera ranks among the players with most assists (7) and he has been the most fouled player by far.

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