Sofapaka youngster eyes EPL after dream debut
Sofapaka midfielder Telvin Omutere dreams of playing in the English Premier League (EPL) in the near future.
The youngster made his senior debut recently against Western Stima, starting as the team settled for a 1-1 draw. He also featured in the dying minutes of the team's match against Ulinzi Stars and he says featuring in the top-tier is a dream come true and he hopes to achieve his biggest dream of featuring in the EPL.
“I was super excited when I came on against Ulinzi because this has always been my dream to play in the KPL. I was given a few minutes under my belt but I still managed to play well. When the coach told me I was to start against Stima, I was super excited and I did my best and I think I was impressed with how I played,” Omutere is quoted as saying by the team's official portal.
The left-footed midfielder was promoted to the senior team from the youth side at the beginning of the season and coach Medo Melis says he earned it.
“He has earned it. He works hard in training and when he came on as a sub against Ulinzi, he influenced the game positively. His performance against Stima was also very impressive. He is a young lad eager to learn and very hardworking,” coach Medo said.
Omutere also lauded coach Medo for the positive influence in his career so far. He hopes to earn call-ups to junior National teams soon.
“The coach has really had a positive influence for me because he has been teaching us how to cope under pressure, how best to dictate the tempo of the game and has also instilled a lot of confidence in me. I am working hard to get more games. Each minute I play is a challenge to be better in the next game and I will work more. If I get a chance to play I will definitely get some call-ups to the junior national teams and that’s my target for this season.”
Omutere, 18, joined Sofapaka Youth in 2016 as a 16-year old while still in school and was promoted to the senior team at the beginning of the season.