It’s every Ugandan player’s dream not only to go professional in Europe but cement a starting berth at their club and one player who knows exactly what it takes is Uganda Cranes winger William Luwagga Kizito who puts it down to having a dream.
Luwagga has been chasing his dream before anyone thought he had what it took to scale the heights, but one thing was certain, he was determined to keep running even if it meant running alone.
“It’s all about chasing the dream not money, if you chase the dream, every decision you make will be benefiting your football career thus developing your talent and of course we need to ask for God’s blessings,” Luwagga told Football256.
The 26 year old who started out at Vipers then Bunnamwaya turns out for Israel top flight side Hapoel Kfar Saba FC and has spent over seven seasons turning out for different European sides but what does it take for a Ugandan player to last in Europe?
“I think for starters, our local coaches need to be empowered, that way they’ll be equipped with the latest football knowledge and in turn every player will get the opportunity to be well developed and be able to fit in Europe.”
Luwagga also says that Ugandan players need to realize their strengths and work on improving them but most importantly have different technical abilities to help them succeed.
“Technique and tactical awareness are a must, then hardwork. You’ve got to be exceptional because there’s so many players around you who want to play.”
The skillful winger’s European journey has seen him play in Portugal, Kazakhstan, Romania and more prominently at Belarusian side BATE Borisov where he played alongside former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb.
Asked how life has been since his switch from Politechnica Lasi to Hapoel Kfar Saba early this year, Luwagga was optimistic about the future.
“I surely can’t complain, I settled in quickly but unfortunately got an injury at the start but am glad that now all that is in the past because things are back to normal.”
Kizito Luwagga is the second Ugandan to play in the Israel Premier League after Timothy Awany who joined Ashdod FC from KCCA FC in July 2019.