Bite the dust is a famous phrase or idiom that can be used when life presents you with a decent opportunity for you to prove yourself and you still fail.
Surprisingly this phrase is music to the ears of many football lovers in Uganda due to the repetitive series of Uganda footballers failing miserably in the Maghreb countries.
The latest to be added to the list is Tadeo Lwanga, former SC Villa, Express FC and Vipers SC player from where he joined Tanta SC in the Egyptian Premier League at the start of last season before he was released yesterday alongside his teammate Mario Bernard from Gabon.
Tadeo Lwanga managed to register 11 appearances for his former club Tanta SC and 1 assist before he became club less. But those statistics are alarming especially coming from a player many considered to be Uganda Cranes future midfield brain.
It all remains a strange mystery to solve like the case of Madondo Joel cutting his stint at Wydad AC short last week, Khalid Aucho not receiving his salary for the last 7 months yet he’s been a regular for his club Misr El Makasa, and no one has seen a simple graphic of Patrick Kaddu at Ismaily apart from that when he was unveiled at the club.
Tadeo Lwanga’s departure from Tanta SC posses a lot of questions but who Is to blame? Players or agents?
Is it the case of agents pushing players to continue making ill-advised moves in the name of advancing their careers and making more money? Or Players don’t consider crucial factors and requirements like getting sports psychologists to take them through techniques on how to enhance their mental game.
Others would argue that North African leagues require these players to have high standards of performance and good fitness levels probably most of our players don’t possess.
The track record of Ugandan players in the North African countries remains unsatisfying and something that continues to worry Ugandans as to why our future prospects have failed to make the cut at their respective clubs.
Going forward, a good strategy should be put in place to avoid such situations in the future so that the players are taken through the right set up before signing those lucrative deals.
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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.