The dusty unleveled play ground at Kiira road in Kamwokya has nurtured several players but not many have left a lasting impression like Ugandan born Rwandan midfielder Andrew Buteera.
The 25-year-old creative gem started out in Kamwokya playing football as a leisure activity but it’s because of his quick instinctive-ness that caught the eye of a then newly created Proline FC.
At the time other budding talents like Gift Ali, Yusuf Mukisa, Ivan Bukenya and Patrick Edema were on the rise along with Buteera something he acknowledges.
“I started football as a hobby, to be honest I didn’t see it the way it panned out now,” Buteera told www.football-256.com.
“All my other teammates then didn’t see it pan out this way but thank God it did for the better.”
It’s after bad knee injury he picked up while playing for Amavubi Stars at the 2011 CECAFA final that Buteera made Rwanda his second home, he has since not turned back.
“I vividly remember I got injured in the 2011 CECAFA final, at the time I was contracted to Proline but Rwanda provided me with all the care I needed to get back to my feet.”
“Infact it’s the reason I felt more at home here and I didn’t look back up to this day,” a visibly calm Buteera revealed.
He also says despite winning numerous titles at club level, he has had long injury lay offs but has managed to bounce back better.
“My seven years at APR have not been a bed of roses, I’ve had surgeries on my knee in France and Morocco, infact many said I’d not return to football again but even at my lowest point I’ve always kept my faith in God,” he stressed.
APR were knocked out of the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup by DRC side AS Maniema in penalties at the quarterfinal stage but Buteera believes the team is work in progress.
“I think the expectations were high but the current APR team is new, up to 16 players were released so it’s a new slate I think it’s work in progress and we shall do better.”
Buteera hopes to start his own foundation in the near future to help develop the young generation but for now his next target is to try help Rwanda qualify for a second AFCON appearance since 2004.
The Amavubi Stars were pooled in group F alongside Mozambique, Cameroon and Cape Verde in the upcoming 2021 Nations Cup qualifiers.