The flashy smile off the teary face of footballer Herman Wasswa as he bid farewell to friends and family at the Entebbe International Airport departure lounge on Thursday night obviously harboured a deep lying message there in.
A visibly delighted Wasswa, on course to complete one of his prime dream – playing professional football flew to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The main purpose of travel is to authenticate the documentation confirming his long awaited transfer to Kenyan premier league outfit – Sofapaka Football Club.
This is a dream come true but the glory goes back to God. I thank everyone who has been helpful in my life to this success
The soft spoken forward, who finished with 8 goals in the 2014/15 Uganda Premier League season attested to Kawowo Sports.
Wasswa was accompanied by his personal manager, agent cum representative, Geofrey Ssolo Kayemba as they boarded Kenya Airlines on flight KQ 417 to Nairobi for the final seal of the deal with club president, Elly Kalekwa.
Herman Wasswa (left) and his agent, Geoffrey Solo Kayemba at the Entebbe International Departure front
Kalekwa had been in Kampala for the last two weeks for the initial negotiations with the player’s agent that witnessed Sofapaka table $ 20,000.
The chairman (Kalekwa) left when he had paid a commitment fee. He then sent us the travel tickets so that we finish the signing exercise on Friday. My client (Herman Wasswa) will surely get a great deal
Wasswa, a former Masaka Local Council, SC Villa and Kampala City Council player is reportedly said to have agreed a $ 22,000 sign on fee with Sofapaka with a 2 year renewable contract with a monthly remuneration of U.shs 3M minus match allowances and winning bonuses.
The sharp goal scorer joins a long list of Ugandans plying their professional with several Kenyan sides.
On Thursday, Western Stiima confirmed the capture of two Uganda left footed players, Shafik Bachu Batambuze and Ivan Ssekazza from Sofapaka and Express F.C respectively.
At Sofapaka, he joins former Uganda Cranes assistant coach, Sam Timbe, who is the club head tactician.
Herman Wasswa Fact file: Date of Birth – 1st January 1993
2 League titles – 2012/13 & 2013/14
1 Mapinduzi Cup title – 2013
2 Uganda Cup Runners up – 2014 & 2015
2012/13 – Uganda Premier League Top scorer (20 goals)
2014 – Uganda Cup top scorer (7 goals)
Wasswa’s goal scoring Records at KCC FC
2012/13 – 9 league goals (joined mid-season)
2013/14 – 9 league goals, 7 Uganda Cup Goals, 3 Mapinduzi Cup Goals, 1 CAF Champions League goal
2014/15 – 8 league goals, 4 Uganda Cup Goals, 2 Mapinduzi Cup Goals, 1 CAF Champions Leaguegoal.
Clubs league appearance (goals):
2010-2011:Masaka LC -12 goals in 18 matches
2011-2013: SC Villa – 20 goals in 38 matches
2013-2015: KCCA – 26 goals in 55 games
Total goals: 58 goals in 111 games