Five Ugandan football players who found life difficult abroad

It’s every player’s dream in Ugandan football to ply their trade outside the country and for this matter therefore, they work hard to achieve it.

Unfortunately, the biggest percentage of these players find it difficult to settle to life when they get lucrative deals especially in more competitive leagues.

In this article, Herman Nnyanzi, the sports analyst and writer at brought the most recent five players who found life outside Uganda more difficult and ended up coming back home.

Milton Karisa

The striker has just returned to Vipers SC in the January transfer window after an unsuccessful outing in North Africa.

Karisa after signing for Vipers

He had joined Mouloudia Club of Oujda, Morocco two years ago after a sensational season with The Venoms.

However, life in Morocco has not been good for the former BUL FC and JMC Hippos player, he managed only 22 appearances, scoring just four goals which forced him to return home.

Milton Karisa in action for Mouloudia Club of Oujda (Courtesy Photo)

In his last season at the Kitende-based club, he had scored 15 goals in 48 matches to help them win the Uganda Premier League under coach Miguel da Costa.

Fahad Bayo

The lanky striker joined Vipers SC after a nightmare stint at Zambian outfits Buildcon a club he signed for in 2018.

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Bayo looks rejuvenated at Vipers SC

Buildcon got interested in Bayo’s services after scoring 30 goals from 60 appearances for Proline FC.

However, his spell at Team Kopala saw him scoring just six goals from 39 appearances which prompted him to return home in order to revive his career.

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He failed to make a landmark at Buildcon FC in Zambia

At Vipers, so far he has scored 11 goals in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League with nine games to play.

Bayo’s goal for Uganda Cranes

Geoffrey Sserunkuma

The veteran striker is another victim of failed spell outside Uganda Premier League after giving it a trial on several occasions.

He joined Wakiso Giants at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season after a one year term at Zambian club Napsters F.C where he scored just once in seven appearances.

Sserunkuuma joined Wakiso Giants at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season

Before joining Napsters he had spent one year at Buildcon FC where he scored eight goals from 14 appearances which was not impressive to his bosses.

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Sserunkuuma celebrating after scoring for Buildcon FC

Elsewhere, he played for Ethiopian outfits Saint-George SA, Bloemfontein Celtic, Bidvest Wits and Vasco da Gama in South Africa but he failed to impress in all.

Muhammad Shaban

The 22-year-old striker was tipped as one of the complete strikers this country has ever produced when he rose to fame in 2015 at Onduparaka FC due to his aerial ability, height, size, dribbling skills and capability of using both feet.

Striker Shaban and Club President Lawrence Mulindwa were all smiles after the deal was concluded

After two years at Onduparaka, he joined KCCA FC where he scored 18 goals which attracted attention from several clubs.

He joined Raja Club Athletic Casablanca in 2018 but he made just seven appearances and scored one goal for the senior side.

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He had a stint to forget at Raja Club Athletic Casablanca

The Moroccan side decided to release him at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season and he signed for Vipers where he is yet to make any appearance due to niggling knee injury.

Erisa Ssekisambu

Ssekisambu joined KCCA FC at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season after being released by Kenyan giants Gor Mahia.

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Ssekisambu scoring after scoring for KCCA against Kyetume FC

He joined Gor Mahia after a successful stint at Vipers SC which saw him scoring 46 goals in a total of 78 matches between 2015 and 2018.

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However, he failed to make the cut into the starting team

However, the former SC Villa, URA FC and Express FC former player found playing time limited at K’Ogalo due to competition from Nicholas Kipkrui, Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Mustapha.

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