By: Sinan Rajub Senoga
Uganda Cranes custodian Ismail Watenga is on the verge of joining Ethiopian topflight league giants Ethiopia Bunna.
Watenga has of late been heavily linked with a move to SC Villa after agreeing terms but turned down the move in the eleventh hour.
Reports from Ethiopia indicate that the former Vipers goalkeeper has agreed terms with Ethiopia Bunna and subsequently earned his entry visa to the horn of Africa nation yesterday.
The development comes after the Ethiopia Bunna’s deal to sign Ugandan goalkeeper Jamal Salim Magoola fell in the later stages two days ago.
Watenga is set to become the fourth Ugandan shot stopper to play in the Ethiopian league after Robert Odongkara, Denis Onyango Masinde and Hannington Kalyesubula.
He has been a free agent after his employment contract with Vipers SC expired at the end of last season putting an end to his 7 year stay at the Kitende based club. In the process, he guided Vipers to two league triumphs and one Uganda Cup.
Ethiopia Bunna, also known as Coffee, has been a home to Ugandan midfielders Kirizestom Ntambi and Boban Zirintusa Bogere last season.
The two-time Ethiopian champions finished third on the league table last season behind perennial rivals St. George and the eventual champions Jimma Aba Jifar. They are currently coached by Frenchman Didier Gomes Da Rosa.
Should the deal finalise in the hours to come, Watenga is set to join Yasser Mugerwa, Diego Hamis Kiiza (both at Fesil Kenema) and Robert Odongkara (St George) as other Ugandans in the Ethiopian league.