Mwesigwa lands contract in Asia

Friday February 11 2011

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Uganda Cranes defender Andy Mwesigwa has ended months of uncertainty and no club by signing a two-year deal with Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Ordabasy.
But the 26-year-old’s move will raise some eyebrows as Kazakhstan is currently ranked 137th by Fifa, 51 places behind Uganda. The Central Asian country, though, have better structures, good money and a professionally-run league.
According to the player’s agent Maric Darko, Mwesigwa is currently in Turkey training with his new club.

Mwesigwa must have hugely impressed his new bosses as foreigners in this country are always handed one-year deals. “When my agent asked me to come in Kazakhstan, I had many doubts, but I see that in this country football improving everyday. It is on a higher level than in China where I was,” said Mwesigwa, according to Maric. “Clubs have big budgets and they invest every year more and more in football.”

Better club

Mwesigwa, who has played for SC Villa and IBV Iceland, has been club-less since being released by his Chinese club Chongqing Lifan last August. Maric is hopeful his client will move to a better club in Europe soon. “We chose Ordabasy in this season as the first step but with good results here and with the Uganda national team, I am sure his (Mwesigwa’s) next club will be in Europe,” Maric told Daily Monitor by email.

The Kazakhstan league begins on March 6 with Ordabasy’s first match against current champions FC Tobol.

Meanwhile, Brian Umony brightened his chances of a permanent move to US club Portland Timbers after he scored in a one-all friendly draw with David Beckham’s LA Galaxy on Tuesday.