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Frank Ssenyondo: Pint-sized Express forward and terrific buzz from first season

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Express FC’s Frank Senyondo had not played in the first or second division before by the time he joined the Wankulukuku based side.

Always keen to go forward, the pint-sized former Terra Nova Academy forward stands less than 5ft. likes to track back some yards into his own half to support his defense.

He was part of that incredible attacking trio that took the StarTimes UPL by storm with Frank Kalanda and Disan Galiwango scoring 24 goals of Express’ 30 in 25 games.

That is just how the small man, Frank Ssenyondo found himself dining with the big men on the table of the StarTimes UPL in the 2019/20 season.

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The formidable trio of Frank Ssenyondo, Frank Kalanda, and Disan Galiwango scored 80% of Express FC’s goals last season. They were all playing their ‘first’ at the club. Ssenyondo was playing for the very first time, Kalanda was playing his first season since returning while Disan Galiwango was playing his first season as a forward | Courtesy of Sanyuka TV

A story of the Pint-sized Express forward and terrific buzz from his first season.

Born in 1997 in Lungujja and growing up in Bunga, Ssenyondo is the second born in a family of nine to Sande Sazzi (father) and Nakalanda Mary (mother).

Ssenyondo started school in 2002 and attended Gapa Parents school for his Primary level education before joining Kiboga Progressive Secondary for ordinary level education.

He left Kiboga Progressive after form one and joined Exodus College Secondary School which he also left for Hawa Secondary School from where he sat for his ordinary level exams.

He went to Kakungulu Memorial School in 2015 where he completed his Advanced level Education in 2016.

Ssenyondo started playing football at a tender age but wasn’t exposed and well guided until when he joined coach Abdul Damron Sseruyange’s Terra Nova Academy in 2016. That is where he was introduced to competitive football, playing in the Makindye ‘first division’ (literally the 4th division as per the FUFA convention).

The ranting runner intimated to The Touchline Sports the impact his coach at Terra Nova academy had in his footballing career.

I take coach Sseruyange as my father and everything in football. He is the reason why I am playing football now.

It was at Terra Nova Academy when Express spotted him and signed him up in 2019.

Before joining Express, Ssenyondo and some teammates from the same academy (Terra Nova) turned up for trials at Wankulukuku but he was among the only three players to have impressed and were signed up by the club for the 2019-2020 season by the then-coach George Ssimwogerere. The other two were Cyrus Kibande and Joshua Musoke.

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Frank Ssenyondo during a training session at Terra Nova Academy with coach Sseruyange | Courtesy of Terra Nova Academy media

In his first season in the StarTimes UPL, Ssenyondo featured in 25 games, finding the back of the net on eight occasions and helped his teammates five times.

There are so many challenges a footballer goes through and this is the same case with Frank Ssenyondo.

“Being short and small, I am always undermined by most of my coaches, teammates, and the opponents as well,” he says.

“ako kannabumpi kajjeeko omupiira gwaffe, (loosely translated as he is just a short boy, get our ball away from him).”

“It hurts me, but I have to keep working hard to prove these people wrong,” he added.

On his career targets,

“I want to replicate the form I have had in my first season in order to play for a better club and play for the national team once the time comes.”

“I admire Allan Okello, Julius Poloto, Emmanuel Okwi, Abdul Lumala, and internationally it’s Juventus’, Cristiano Ronaldo.”

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