KCCA's midfielder Ivan Ntege in an aerial challenge. He turned in a man of the match performance Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
Ivan Ntege (4) passes the ball during a test match with the Uganda Cranes last month

Uganda Cranes hardworking midfielder Ivan ‘Kojja’ Ntege has signed a two-year deal at the reigning Botswana Premier League champions Township Rollers.

Ntege was a free agent after being let go by 12-time Uganda Premier League champions KCCA.

A fortnight ago, he had traveled to the Southern Africa country to complete the deal.

He was part of the ‘Popa Popa EA Ipopa’ contingent for the Maize Cup in South Africa. He also played in a number of  training sessions and friendly matches, impressing the technical department with his famous wall pass, tackling efficiency and box to box mentality.

His agent, Musa Ssebulime is full of praise for him.

“Ivan Ntege’s transfer is a dream come true for many footballers who work their way to success. He loves the job and gives 110 percent when on the playing field. I am so happy for him,” Ssebulime stated.

The defensive midfield player with good passing ability, also possesses unrivaled work ethic.

He won two Uganda Premier League titles and one Uganda Cup with KCCA Football Club.

Ntege has also played at the CAF Champions and Confederation Cup tournaments.

For the national team, Uganda Cranes, has earned 8 caps.

He played at the 2014 CHAN tournament in South Africa, featuring against Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe and Morocco.

Ntege is expected to play in the club’s international friendly match against Kaizer Chiefs at the Francistown Sports Complex on Saturday.

Township Rollers won the domestic league last season with 66 points, eight ahead of second placed  Jwaneng Galaxy.

They will represent the country at next year’s CAF Champions League.

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

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