L-R: Alvin Ssenyonga, Regina Nantume and Alex Yiga at Entebbe International Airport moments before Yiga bid good-bye | Credit: David Isabirye


Regina Nantume (mother of Alex Yiga) shed tears of joy as she bid farewell at Entebbe International Airport, wishing the son the best out of the trials at Scottish giants Rangers Football Club.

Many a time, the role of parents and guardians has never been under-estimated in the development path of the skills for their children in the box.

Besides perfecting the parental up-bringing roles, parents and guardians support, guide, bless and jealously protect their children.

As 16-year-old Alex Yiga left Uganda for Scotland prior to trials at giants and historic club Rangers (Glasgow), he was accompanied by the dear mother Regina Nantume, a widow who lives in Busunjju.

Along with them was also a 7-year-old Alvin Ssenyonga, one of the young brothers of Yiga.

Nantume shed tears of joy as she bid farewell at Entebbe International Airport, wishing the son the best out of the trials.

“I have always encouraged my sons to play football. Yiga has been on a bursary scheme since he was in primary school. I pray he succeeds in this career to uplift the family” Nantume, a mother of five remarked.

Nantume’s husband, Geofrey Tamaliggwe is now deceased and has struggled to raise the five children.

Yiga is a creative midfielder at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Soccer Academy and currently a S.5 student at Mukono based Dynamic Secondary School.

He is expected to commence the trials at the 1872 founded club during the coming week.

For starters Rangers has won a record 55 national league titles in Scotland , 34 Scottish cups, 27 Scottish league cups (record) and one UEFA Champions League (1971-1972).

The young brother Ssenyonga is also a promising footballer (inverted winger off the left flank), currently in primary five (on a bursary scheme) at Broadway Primary School in Mityana.

Veteran sports journalist Francisco Bwambale interviews Alex Yiga at Entebbe International Airport | Credit: David Isabirye

Yiga is among the three footballers who departed Uganda for Scotland under the Festoweb sports management.

Uganda U-20, St Mary’s Kitende and Soltilo Bright Stars midfielder Ivan Irinimbabazi and Proline attacker Hakim Kiwanuka are the other two players.

Irinimbabazi will have trials at Dundee United whilst Kiwanuka will be at St Mireen.

The trio was accompanied by intermediary Herbert Ella Angura.

They left Entebbe International Airport aboard Emirates Airlines via Dubai and Manchester before they will reach their final destinations in Scotland.

Hon Fredrick Angura hands over the Uganda national flag to youngsters Alex Yiga (middle) and Hakim Kiwanuka at Entebbe International Airport | Credit: David Isabirye

They were officially flagged off by Tororo South Member of Parliament, Hon. Fredrick Angura.

“I am glad that program which started 17 years ago in Tororo is starting to yield fruits. After successfully managing to export two players (Sadat Happy Anaku and Enock Walusimbi) to Scotland, another three (Ivan Irinimbabazi, Hakim Kiwanuka and Alex Yiga) are also heading to Scotland. In the coming weeks, two more will travel to Spain. This is good for our football as we take players to Europe where the pay is great, with a competitive environment and facilities are excellent. I thank the Government of Uganda and His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for all the necessary support. I however appeal for more increment in the sports budget to finance the sector.” Hon Angura stated.

For Festoweb Sports Management has successfully managed to effect the transfers of Sadat Happy Anaku and Enock Walusimbi to Dundee United and Peterhead respectively, both in Scotland.

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

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