Questions on why a host of Ugandan players have continuously struggled to perfectly settle in when they go for professional football will forever draw several divergent different conclusions.
However, listening in from the horse’s mouth can at least bring in a sense of truth on what exactly these players go through while aboard.
KCCA FC midfielders Allan Okello and Moses Waiswa have been at the forefront of this situation and told their story to KCCA FC TV from experience.
“Returning home is a decision I made even before my contract at Supersport United in South Africa expired and that was brought about by several reasons,” Waiswa said before adding.
“I would individually want to lean on the issue of lack of playing time because I am an outfield player and age is counting on me.”
“Supersport took care of me when I was injured and they also helped me in several other aspects but football is my career and to gain from it I should be playing which was not the case.”
“That is why I never activated the option of extending my contract for a further year I wanted to re-establish myself and there was no better place than home.”
“And, several players through the same and to overcome such scenarios one has to take bold decisions, just like I did,” he added.
On the other hand, Okello highlighted the issue of the language barrier and the change of coaches.
“While aboard we encounter several challenges depending on where you are, I was in Algeria where they speak Arabic and French mainly so communication became a problem.”
“At Paradou I signed a five-year contract but midway through we had a change in the managerial role time and again.”
“The other things for example the food I had adapted to them but you can train when the tactics are communicated in a different language.”
“You do not understand several drills this meant that I would just follow keenly what other players would be doing.”
“Waiswa or any other Ugandan player may as well have a different challenge that proved big to them but generally these issues cut across each other,” Okello noted.
Both Okello and Waiswa joined the Lugogo-based outfit at the start of the ongoing campaign with the former rejoining on a one-year loan deal while the latter signed a two-year permanent contract.
The duo has so far been influential in KCCA’s season as the Kasasiro Boys lead proceedings in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League with 22 points from 10 games.
Waiswa and Okello remain optimistic about bringing their careers back on track and returning to professional football when the time is right.