Many holding midfielders in a football team are typical dark horses.
These are characters that cover acres of space, tackle, commit the void areas, defend gallantly, attack, assist and seldom, they celebrate a goal after finding the back of the net.
Holding midfielders are often unsung heroes of football for their contribution executed.
Soltilo Bright Stars player Derrick Kiggundu is one such of a kind.
The Uganda U-20 international who represented the country at the 2019 CECAFA U-20 tourney hosted in Gulu and Njeru is eager and keen to learn each other passing day.
I am humbled to be a footballer first of all; particularly in central midfield. As a person, I am lways willing to learn, work hard and become a better player than I am today.Derrick Kiggundu, Soltilo Bright Stars midfielder
Kiggundu is the first born child in the family of six children to Patrick Ssekizzivu and Zaitun Nakivumbi.
He started playing his budding football journey at Chain Soccer Academy under coach Ali Ssenkunda (now at Everton Uganda Academy).
Kiggundu them transferred to KAYOSA Soccer Academy in Kanyanya with coach Siraje Bomba.
After academy football, Kiggundu was signed by Kyabando Football Club (fifth division), Lugazi Municipal (third division), Nyamityobora (second division) before he was signed by Soltilo Bright Stars in 2019.
Kiggundu enrolled at Pioneer Primary School in Kanyanya for the elementary classes (Nursery to primary three), he then moved to St Peter’s Kanyanya for P4 until he completed his primary leaving examinations.
He then elevated to secondary education level which he completed at six different schools; Oxford High School, Kawempe (S1), Blessed Sacrament Kimanya (S2), Masaka Secondary School (S3), Amus College School – Bukedea (S4), Nakaseke International School (S5) and Buddo SS (S6).
Kiggundu’s target as a player is to better his performances as he aspires to turn professional in the tomorrow-years.
“My target is to play professional football. I want to remain composed at all times, train hard and turn professional, possibly in one of Africa and European leagues” Kiggundu dreams.
Kiggundu boldly attests that Uganda Cranes midfielder Allan Kyambadde inspired him as he was growing up and internationally, his pick is French and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
“As I was growing up, I used to admire the way Allan Kyambadde played. He was also born from the same area I stay in – Kanyanya. He made me love the game. Globally, I love Paul Pogba for his confidence” Kiggundu speaks of his role models.
Kiggundu vividly recounts his best games in the Star Times Uganda Premier League as being against Police and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
One opponent that has given him a troublesome time on the field of play is Allan Okello.
Full Names: Derrick Kiggundu
Parents: Patrick Ssekizziyivu and Zaitun Nakivumbi
Nick name: Mehta
Date of Birth: 14th September 1999
Place of Birth: Mulago, Kampala
Residence: Kanyanya, Kampala
Education: Pioneer Primary School, Kanyanya (Nursery – P3), St Peter’s Kanyanya (P4-P7), Oxford High School, Kawempe (S1), Blessed Sacrament Kimanya (S2), Masaka Secondary School (S3), Amus College School – Bukedea (S4), Nakaseke International School (S5) and Buddo SS (S6)
Football Journey: Chain Soccer Academy, KAYOSA Soccer Academy – Kanyanya, Kyabando Football Club (fifth division), Lugazi Municipal (third division), Nyamityobora (second division), Uganda U-20 (2019), Soltilo Bright Stars (2019 – Todate)
Strong foot: Right
Key Attributes: Close ball control, passing (short and long diagonal), game awareness, tackling, man-marking
Best matches played: Against Police and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)
Toughest opponent: Allan Okello
Role Models: Allan Kyambadde & Paul Pogba