In recent years, we have seen a whole host of former players that are struggling after having retired from the game that they so much gave their lives and time to, and Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango has spoken out on the matter.
Fimbo Mukasa is one of the names that will ring a bell for many fans for the number of goals that he scored throughout his career but now finds himself struggling to make ends meet. One player we can all look at now is Semakula Obadia, who is currently battling kidney disease and is calling all the football community to come to his rescue.
While appearing on NBS The Score yesterday night, the Uganda Cranes skipper had his own opinion on how ex-players can be appreciated.
“Clubs should always rescue their former players before government & FUFA can intervene”. – said Denis Onyango.
He went on to say “but it also depends on how your former employees valued you during your stint at that respective club”.
Even though sports in Uganda, in general, are yet to grow to the lengths where clubs can facilitate former players. Denis Onyango says that clubs can find positions in the clubs that they can assign to former players and earn something.
“All this can be done through giving available opportunities at those clubs such as scouting, player agents, club instructors and so much more”. Onyango added.
Denis Onyango Calls for More Involvement in Player Development
Onyango has also called on clubs to become proactive in educating the young players from the grassroots so that they can be well prepared for the future.
“Educating & motivating players is very important for players to be more effective during their playing time and have successful careers even when they retire”.
On the same panel, former Wakiso Giants head coach, Faridah Bulega said: “Not all ex-players need handouts from FUFA, some need mentorship and guidance”.
“Because they already have the football knowledge & technical abilities”. – he added.
We all know it can be extremely hard to get players to stay focused, motivated, and work hard during their playing careers. But all this comes down to the level of understanding between players and their managers at their respective clubs.
Do you share the sentiments of the Uganda Cranes captain? If so, let us know what you think in the comments section. We will be happy to hear from you.
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Author: Hope Mugisha
Hope Mugisha is a determined sports analyst with the love for adventure, writing and travel. She is also a leading talk show sports analyst for Urban TV and Sanyu FM respectively.