Kayondo first beneficiary as well-travelled Ssepuya switches roles

Wednesday September 16 2020
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Grinding On. Kayondo is eager to make a mark at ACS Ghiroda after being recruited by Sseppuya (inset)’s player agency. PHOTO | JOHN BATANUDDE

By ELVIS SENONO

It is often stated that the success of football agents depends on the number of contacts one attains.  

And for a player whose career took him from Uganda to the US,  Armenia,  Serbia, Lithuania, Australia, Romania, and Montenegro, few associated with the domestic game boast the experience of former Uganda Cranes striker Eugene Sseppuya.
 
That is the experience the former SC Villa and Mbale Heroes striker intends to use after finally retiring from the game three years ago to set up the Sseppuya Inc Agency.

Since announcing the birth of his agency in June, Sseppuya has since signed up a number of players including former Ndejje University forward Mahadi Kayondo who earlier this month signed a two-year deal at third tier Romanian side Asociatia Club Sportiv Ghiroda.

 “The difference with Eugene is that he is hands-on, sends videos of workouts and diet programs to follow as I send videos for feedback,” Kayondo who is also an elder sibling to Vipers left-back Aziz Kayongo, offered.

“With his help, we used this lockdown period to make more preparations in terms of fitness and with his guidelines we had a lot of training sessions to keep me in good shape.  
“From the team, we had online trainings and I can see until we got back on the field I was in good shape compared to the rest of my teammates.” 

The forward is expected to be in action with Ghiroda for a Romanian Cup game this evening and like his advisor harbours hopes of representing his country of origin having departed in 2018.  

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  “Well, my targets and expectations are very high this season,” says Kayondo. “As a player, I want to help the club by scoring goals and create more opportunities to see the club collecting maximum points in all our fixtures. 
“I  also have a dream like all the professional players to represent their country at international level. 
“I am looking forward to this with the experience I have gained here in Europe its time for me to play for my national team. 

“As a player it was perfect to work with the management of Sseppuya Inc Agency since he was a professional footballer with a lot of experience in European football and has helped me improve a lot,” Kayondo added. 
Sseppuya is meanwhile also the agent of his younger sibling Aziz as well as Vipers teammate Abraham Ndugwa among several other Europe-based players from Africa and beyond.

essenono@ug.nationmedia.com

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