Uganda Cranes left back Joseph Benson Ochaya claims that there are many reasons why Ugandan footballers perform poorly abroad.
There are several Ugandan players who have failed in foreign leagues and ended up coming back in Uganda Premier League.
According to the former KCCA FC player, there are many reasons that have seen his compatriots fail to leave their marks at various clubs outside Uganda.
“I don’t agree with people who say players leave when they aren’t ready and well prepared,” Joseph Benson Ochaya said in an exclusive interview with Sanyuka TV.
“There are many reasons that fail us out there that are beyond football on the pitch.”
“For example when the coach and fans don’t like you it’s hard for you to last longer in a given club.”
“In most cases, the fans have a big say and have influence in decision making,” he added.
According to Ochaya, football agents should not be blamed, agents at times have been accused of misadvising their players thus contributing to their failures.
“Agents are important people and our lawyers who help us understand and interpret the contracts well and even in case of anything like a breach in contract, they come in to advise.”
“No agent forces a player to sign anything and it’s after both parties have agreed to a particular deal that’s when we sign so people saying agents have a hand in players coming back home it’s wrong,” he added.
Who is Joseph Ochaya?
Joseph Benson Ochaya who was born on December 14th 1993 is a Ugandan professional footballer who plays for TP Mazembe and the Uganda national team as a left-back.
He began his senior career at Kampala City Council where he played for two stunts.
Elsewhere, Ochaya has played for Naivibank Saigon of Vietnam, Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko, and Lusaka Dynamos in Zambia’s Super League.
In Europe, he was at Germany’s SPVGG Greuther Furth in August 2013 while in 2016 he failed to agree on a deal with South Africa’s Bidvest Wits.
Joseph Ochaya received his first call-up to the Ugandan national team in September 2012, making his debut later that year.
He has played 46 times for the Cranes where he scored twice.