Uganda must use Ssekagya when he finally retires
Posted Friday, September 27 2013 at 01:00
Part of the problem for Ugandan football has been down to several high profile ex-footballers steering clear of the game once their careers end. Admittedly some have stayed within the game; Sam Ssimbwa, Edgar Watson, Mike Mutebi and George ‘Best’ Nsimbe being prime examples.
There are those who stayed within the soccer fold but preferred to operate in the background. Others were simply swept underneath by the struggle to make ends meet.
Football needs footballers. To grow, the game needs the input of players who have explored all levels in the country and perhaps beyond. No one fits that bill better than Ibrahim Ssekagya, the former Uganda Cranes skipper who is almost certainly on his last professional contract at New York Red Bulls.
Ssekagya ticks various boxes. He commands respect from everyone in the game and justifiably so. Despite playing the last 12 years away from home, he understands the plight of a Ugandan footballer having featured in the Super League and for the national team.
Having played in Uganda, Argentina, Austria and USA for State House, Atlético de Rafaela, Ferro Carril Oeste, Arsenal de Sarandí, Red Bull Salzburg and now New York Red Bulls, Ssekagya has experienced the highest and lowest strata of the game. He has played under several coaches, undergone countless fitness regimes, received the worst and best medical care, fed on varying diets and learnt the ever evolving tactical trends of the game.
In whatever capacity, Ugandan football would do no worse than make use of his extensive knowledge.
Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position: Defender
2001–2002: Atlético de Rafaela
2002–2005: Ferro Carril Oeste
2005–2007: Arsenal de Sarandí
2007–2013: Red Bull Salzburg