Born and raised in the central district of Masaka, Herman Wasswa is proving to be one of the best strikers in Ugandan football at the moment. Powerful, strong with pace, Wasswa came to the limelight in the 2010/11 season after netting 12 league goals in just 14 second round matches finishing as the runners up top scorer behind Robert Ssentongo.
He is versatile and can play on both the left and right flank as exhibited in his first season at Villa where he was consistently fielded on the right side in a three man attack. His ability to track back when his team loses possession is also another attribute that the soft spoken striker is blessed with.
He is a striker who can score using either feet, his head and is also a dead ball specialist as he showed with his free kick goals against SC Villa, KCC FC and URA FC in the 2010/11 season while still at Masaka LC.
Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga talked to him and writes what you didn’t know about Wasswa. Let’s get started;
Name: Herman Wasswa
Date of Birth: 14th.Dec.1993
Playing position: Forward
Current Club: SC Villa (2011 to date)
Previous Clubs: Masaka LC (2009 – 2011) and Young Lads FC (2007 – 2009)
Preferred Shirt Number: I don shirt number 9 at the moment but my preferred number has always been 14. It’s my lucky number and has been my jersey since I started playing in the super league. Besides, great players like Johan Cruyff and Thierry Henry have also donned it.
Club supported: In Uganda, I support Masaka LC since it’s my home side and it gave me the first opportunity to play in the top flight. Internationally, its Manchester United FC of England. From my childhood, I had a strong admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs and the duo inspired me to support the club.
Best player played with: My captain at SC Villa Steven Bengo is the best player I have ever played with. He is so talented that he makes playing football look easy. Bengo does awesome things with the ball at his feet that even some praised players in Europe don’t do. I’m happy to be playing alongside him at Villa.
Toughest opponent: SC Victoria University assistant captain Denis Guma fits that description. I have played against many good defenders but none beats Guma’s intelligence, calmness, game reading and tackling. He is a rare breed for a defender.
Best moment in soccer career so far: I don’t think there is something that deserves the best moment description so far. I still feel I have not done enough to have that moment come though.
Worst moment so far: One thing still hurts even at the moment, failure to win the golden boot in the 2010/11 season. I had set it as my goal before the kick off of that particular season but I suffered an injury that ruled me out of the game for the entire first round. I tried my best in the second round but it was too little too late.
Who inspired you to play football? Football is just within my blood. It’s a family sport. It was simple taking it up since my dad and brothers all played football though for all the talent they have, no one took it seriously and this forced to stand out.
Who is your idol? Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the player I look up to. I love his attitude, commitment and hard work. He is a good example to even the most talented of players. From him, I learn that being talented is simply not enough but hard work and focus to lift the talent.
Best Meal: Matooke and Meat
Best Music: I love gospel music so much.
Best Comedian/Practical joker: Hajji Ashraf Ssemwogerere is a class act when it comes to cracking jokes in his plays.
Best T.V programme: Footie skills
Wheels: I don’t drive at the moment but I love the new model Toyota Prado. They are comfortable and strong.
Your dream in the next five years: I don’t prefer calling it a dream; it’s a goal I want to achieve and working towards achieving it since I took football serious. I see myself playing regularly for the national team – Uganda Cranes and also plying my trade in Europe as a professional God willing.