‘Dedication sees dreams come true,’ the basketball great Kobe Bryant (RIP) once said, a mantra many athletes have always believed in to get better in their careers.
Cranes forward Erisa Ssekisambu, now turning out for Rwandan side Kiyovu FC is one such dedicated athlete.
Going out of his way to hit his targets, the forward exclusively tells Football256 how he has been able to turn the tables this season.
“I gave football a lot more time to the extent of hiring a personal trainer who has helped me improve my fitness tremendously.”
“I have had to do extra sessions after training to make sure my fitness is in check which has helped me do better,” he revealed.
Ssekisambu was a direct replacement for Cranes captain Emmanuel Okwi who left the side to join Al-Zawraa SC in Iraq, a challenge he welcomed from day one.
“I joined Kiyovu FC as Emmanuel Okwi’s replacement who had done well at the club and was a fan favourite.”
“The club president also mentioned it when I joined but I assured him I would do my best which I believe I’ve done.”
Settling in well in a foreign league is another factor Ssekisambu had to endure but he had help from a familiar person.
“When I arrived, Muzamiru Mutyaba (teammate) helped me settle in a lot on and off the pitch, especially with the language.”
“Because here (in Rwanda) they mostly speak French and vernacular, my other teammates have also helped me adjust accordingly.”
With the Rwanda premier league set to resume on 20th January, Ssekisambu says his mind remains fixed on achieving his targets.
“My target is to help Kiyovu win the league or peace cup this season, I also want to score 15 goals.”
“I’ve so far managed seven in 10 games but I got injured and missed five games however I’ll continue working hard to reach my target,” he disclosed.
The 27 year old was also quick to credit the Rwandan league for attracting more foreign players and the available facilities for clubs.
“There’s a difference between the league at home and here, first the money paid here is a lot more compared to Uganda.”
“Also, most clubs have facilities, It’s artificial turf but more improved than what we have at home. The league also attracts more professionals even in the lower tiers who are paid fairly well.”
“But for the competitiveness, the Ugandan league is a bit better, here the competition is mostly in the top seven teams but back home even the struggling teams compete,” he added.
Kiyovu FC are seven time Rwanda premier league champions who last won the league in 1993.
They are currently second on 30 points level with table leaders AS Kigali who have a better goal difference after fifteen match days.