For those that have religiously followed Ugandan football in recent years, you must have observed that most of our exports abroad have returned home after just a season or two. Surprisingly, the returnees are young men whose good years seem to be ahead of them. Save for a few like Ibrahim Ssekagya, David Obua, Nestroy Kizito, Timothy Batabaire and Posnet Omony among others that have persistently played abroad, many have returned to ply their trade home after failing to impress at their clubs.
The bad thing is that when they return home, we just leave it at that and not ask why? Between 2007 and now, over 80% of our football exports are back home playing in the local league.
Below is the list of returnees; Steven Bengo from Yanga to URA FC and now at Villa Park. Robert Ssentongo from Simba SC (TZ) to URA FC, Derrick Walulya from Yanga FC to URA FC, Owen Kasule from Vietnam to URA FC, Hamis Kitagenda from Rwanda’s Atraco to URA FC, Ndaula Moses and Noah Ssemakula from Vietnam to Express FC and then Villa, Peter Ssenyonjo from Tanzania to URA FC, Vincent Kayizzi from Serbia to URA FC and now club less, Ibrahim Saddam Juma from Vietnam to Victoria University, Phillip Ssozi also had stints in Rwanda, Serbia before returning home and most recently Yuda Mugalu from DRC’s Motema Pembe to KCC FC.
From the above list, you can reliably identify that those players are talented but why have they failed to establish themselves away from home? Need your opinions readers.