Uganda Cranes winger, William Luwagga Kizito has concluded the signing of a 3 Year Deal at Portuguese top flight side, Rio Ave football club from Sporting Colvilha.

An excited Luwagga attested to Kawowo Sports at Entebbe International Airport upon arrival, 24 hours to Uganda’s first AFCON group D qualifier against Botswana.

It has been a long football journey in my life. I am so happy. It has been hard work from wherever I started my career.

“I remember having walked from Zana to Wankulukuku for training with Wembly F.C. All that is now history,” Luwagga, who nearly shed tears said in an exclusive interview.

Rio Ave F.C finished 10th of the 18 teams in the league, 41 points adrift of champions, Benfica who ended the 2014/15 season with 85 points.

Luwagga will join another William, a Liberian born striker, Jebor and a Ghanaian, Wakaso. Jebor is also back in Africa to prepare for his country’s upcoming match against Togo.

Luwagga has previously played at Wembley F.C (Kampala Regional league), Vipers sports club in the Uganda Premier league before he transferred to, Leixoes and Sporting Covilha in the Portuguese Segunda, the version of the FUFA Big league in Uganda.

The winger had an impressive season with Sporting Covilha, where he scored vital goals for the club.

His former club finished a point behind the league winners, Tondela (81) but tied joint second with two other clubs, Uniao Madeira and Chaves.

Sporting Covilha, Uniao Madeira and Chaves all finished on 80 points but Luwagga’s side was beaten on a head to head record for a slot to the top flight league.

Coaches’ Praise

Luwugga lauds his coaches right from Uganda to the Portuguese league. “Without the effort of my grass root and current coaches, I would not be where I am today.” He added.

On Life in Portugal

Luwagga hails his teammates for developmental trend he has undertaken over the seasons.

Teammates play a crucial aspect in ones’ game. They have been incredible. The media too has been supportive. In Portugal, you play your best game in a game, you will win the favour of the media for the next ten matches, unlike in Uganda where reporters are never appreciative. I therefore call upon the Ugandan media to support the careers of sportsmen

Luwagga added.

He is ready to play in Uganda Cranes’ match against Botswana in the AFCON group D match at Nelson Mandela Stadium.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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