Defender Yeseri Waibi has finally announced his retirement from the beautiful game.
The left back last featured for URA FC in the Uganda Premier League in 2020 under coach Sam Ssimbwa.
He saluted the gaffer in his farewell message, who he branded his ‘football father.”
“Special thanks to Coach Sam Ssimbwa my football father, no word can explain my gratefulness to you my Mulangila, you gave me a platform, mentored me, loved me even when others rejected me, you welcomed me and no one is like you coach,” Waibi wrote.
Waibi was signed by the Tax Collectors in 2018 after ending his spell at Mbarara City.
The lanky defender also commended a couple of other coaches including Ibrahim Buwembo, Frank Anyau, Samadu Musafili, Charles Ayiekho, Viali Bainomugisha, Asuman Buyinza among others.
His football journey started out at Wanyange United.
“It started as a dream, I believed, worked hard, endured to reach this far I have reached in playing football, my life is full of memories both good and bad on and off the pitch,” he added.
“A village boy from Wanyange (Jinja) Wagadugu Stadium to the World, no one knew I would reach this far I thank God for helping me achieve this.”
He also played for Express, Simba, Sadolin, SC Villa, BUL and Rwandan sides Nyanza and Rayon Sports.
“To you my fellow players, friends and managers in all clubs I played for both in Uganda and outside Uganda, thank you so much for the encouragement, challenge, healthy competition you gave me.”
The defender, after his URA FC spell, went in UK and featured for reserve sides of Red Velvets and Aldershot.
It should be noted that Waibi scored one of the goals as Villa beat KCCA 3-0 to lift the Uganda Cup at Namboole. Augustine Nsumba and Abdul Karim Kasule were also on target in 2015.