Benjamin Ochan Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • Saturday March 18, 2017
  • KCCA (Uganda) Vs Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) – Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo
  • [Sundowns lead 2-1 from the first leg]
[/media-credit] KCCA goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan shouts instructions from the goalposts at Lugogo during a previous game Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The loss of a beloved one remains one of the most hurting, painful and irreversible moments of humanity among others.

When goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan lost his father, Dominic Elepu, hours to KCCA F.C’s travel to South Africa, few thought he would swiftly recover.

Against all odds, Ochan made the trip with burial postponed until his return five days later.

To the surprise of many, Ochan was fielded in the first leg of their match against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.

Upon return, the bearded shot stopper acknowledged the tough times as the most difficult in his career.

I will admit the previous two weeks were the most challenging of my career.

I thank everyone especially my teammates, family, friends and well-wishers for all the support – moral and otherwise. These challenging times helped me to grow as a person.

Coming to the return leg this Saturday where Ochan is also expected to be in between the goal posts, he believes the pressure is on the visitors.

We do not have any pressure because we left the pressure in South Africa (during the first leg).

I think they are under the pressure. We shall do what we are supposed to do and leave the rest to God.

Each minute counts:

The former Entebbe Young, Old Kampala S.S, Super Cubs, SC Villa Jogoo and SC Victoria goalkeeper who also had a semi-professional stint in Denmark back in the days believes each minute of the Kampala game will matter.

Ochan, a staunch believer in God recently put pen to paper for a one year employment contract extension at the Lugogo club.

He also noted;

Each minute will count for sure, every decision we undertake will also matter. We have to minimize mistakes and take the right decisions.

Since the first leg ended 2-1 in favour of the Brazilians, KCCA needs a 1-0 result to advance to the lucrative group stages of the CAF Champions League.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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