Professional and semi-professional football is quite a tricky venture for many Ugandan Footballers.
That’s why searching for greener pastures abroad for local players provokes many stories to tell.
And Uganda Cranes and South Africa based midfielder Moses Waiswa has talked life in South African football as he targets Playing in Europe as his next destination.
The former Vipers midfielder joined Supersport United from Vipers in July 2019, penning a two year deal that will keep him at the club up to 2022. Unfortunately, he sustained a knee injury while featuring for the National team (Cranes) that was preparing for the 2019 Afcon finals.
Speaking at the Endiba Yaffe Show at Sanyuka Tv on Wednesday, Waiswa says it has been a gradual process to get playing since recovering from the horrific injury.
“It has been a gradual process since in my first season, I was just coming from surgery. So am just building my confidence, Waiswa stated.”
Last season, SuperSport United finished in the fifth place with 45 points of the 2020/21 South African Premier League.
In almost his full first season at the club, Waiswa played 13 games something he feels was ” enough playing time”.
“I have got enough playing time and I can’t wait for the next season as I feel much better now”
He added “Before I got injured, I had to go to Red Bull Salzburg, but when I got a knee injury my focus was to first recover. Then Supersport was willing to take care of my medical expenses so I had to take on the decision to see myself go back on the top so that I can go to the league I desire”.
Earning a new experience elsewhere in a football career is always an added advantage as many get exposed to many different aspects of the game.
And for Waiswa, he says playing for the South African based club has helped him improve on his game.
“My weakness was having strength on the ball. My coach knew my weakness and he has tried to work on it. I have also tried to work on it as well as increase on the speed, going forward and score more goals.”
Many Ugandan players that have had a chance to play in the South African premier league have all praised former Cranes Captain Denis Onyango for helping them feel at home.
They include Martin Kizza, Daniel Isiagi, Allan Kateregga who have plied trade in the same league. And for Waiswa he has also reserved respect and praise for Onyango, saying he has offered a helping hand to him since moving to South Africa.
“Denis has been here for so long, so he knows them, so he tells you every situation since he went through the same. He advises us as a parent, as a friend and giving us company since we don’t have our families this side. So he does a great job, and it helps us focus on the job.”
Waiswa targets Europe as the next destination in his football career.
“I want to go to Europe that’s my next move. I will keep training, working hard and also playing at the World Cup qualifiers with the Cranes, God should see us through so that we can qualify. I want to keep moving forward.”
Back to Uganda, the Super Sport midfielder reserved some praise for the Ugandan fans and urged them to keep safe in these Covid times.
“I thank all Ugandans for supporting us, and putting us where we are right now. Keep supporting Ugandan football, love the players, it’s now a hard time but keep safe and I love you so much”.
When fully fit, Waiswa, whose talent is undoubted will be key for his club as well as the National team the Cranes that will be preparing for the World Cup Qualifiers.