Police FC forward Duncan Sseninde is eagerly apprehending putting on the club’s shirt but admits that getting into Abdallah Mubiru’s team will not be a walk through the park.
Sseninde is one of 10 new arrivals at Police FC ahead of the new season, and the former Vipers player says he wants to use his time at the club as a stepping stone to further his career.
“I want to use my time at Police FC as a stepping stone to fulfil my ambitions,” Sseninde told Football256.
“I want to be one of the best players for the team this season and I want to get selected for the national team,” he added.
The left-footed forward was one of the bright talents that came through at Vipers, following a move to the club from Kampala Junior Team as a teenager in 2015.
He won the league in 2017 but soon saw himself on the outside looking in with playing time growing ever so small from one manager to the next.
A loan move to Wakiso Giants followed but that did not quite work out as planned as Sseninde was limited to only 12 games in the league.
With the loan move coming in the last year of his contract at Vipers, it effectively ended his time at the club. Additionally, while Wakiso had the first option to retain the player, they opted out of a new deal.
Express, SC Villa, UPDF and Botswana’s Township Rollers all chased for the player’s signature, but when Police came calling, it was hard for Sseninde to turn down another opportunity to work with Mubiru.
“As soon as I heard about it, I said this needs to happen, I wanted it to happen,” Sseninde said of when he heard about the links to Police FC.
“The coach (Mubiru) and I have a good relationship. This is going to be my second time working with him. I think he is a great coach who gives time to players.”
“He encourages his players to showcase their true self and nature on the football pitch and given such freedom, it will help me and my game.”
“We have kept contact with him (since working at Vipers) and he has asked me to work with him again in the past seasons and somehow it hadn’t happened, but the time is now,” he said.
Sseninde continues to work on different aspects of his game, as he also tries to get a hold of the specific roles he is expected to accomplish within the team.
“My focus is now here and that’s my priority. I am excited though because it has been a good process so far,” Sseninde exclaimed.
“The lads have warmed up to me very well, I am still learning and adopting to the team’s playing style and the game mode.”
“We have a good bond with the players and it is nice. We are now the Cops family now with big ambitions ahead of us,” he added.
Police survived relegation by a single point last season, but they will be looking at improving on their performance, and have lined up an impressive squad for the 2020/21 season.
Big names like club captain Tony Mawejje, Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, goalkeepers Tom Ikara and Sseninde’s former teammate Derrick Ochan plus defender Hassan Muhamood have beefed up the Cops squad.
The club has also managed to keep a hold of its better players from last season most importantly the club’s leading goal scorer Ben Ocen, defender Denis Rukundo while Henry Katongole also made a permanent move after serving on loan from Vipers last season.