Dutch-based forward Ssemanda harbours Uganda Cranes dreams

Thursday January 23 2020
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Dreaming Big. Ssemanda is eager to play for his country of birth. COURTESY PHOTO

Dutch-based forward Gadhafi Ssemanda is not giving up on a call to the senior Cranes squad despite dropping down to the fifth tier of Dutch football.
The closest Ssemanda, who plays for RKVV SDO Bussum in the Hoofdklasse came to representing the country was in 2016 when he was summoned to the national U-17 squad.
“It is my dream to play for the Cranes and having been summoned to the U-17 in 2016, I am sure another chance will come knocking in the near future. At the moment, I am trying to improve my game and see that I climb up the ladder and maybe catch the coach’s attention and from there, who knows,” said Ssemanda who has scored 34 goals in the last three seasons.
He secured a move to Spain in 2014 through KJT landing trials with Spanish La Liga outfit Girona FC although he never featured for the first team.
From Girona FC, Ssemanda joined Dutch side ADO Den Haag where he had successful trials but only featured for their reserve team during the 2016/17 campaign. He was there for just one season before moving to Heracles Almelo.