Express FC striker George Ssenkaaba has attributed last season’s 2020/21 Startimes Uganda Premier League season achievements to his teammate Murushid Jjuuko and his Head Coach Wasswa Bbosa.
In a one on one interview with the Touchline Sports, Ssenkaaba who finished the season with an injury said he had always wanted to win a top-flight title in his career.
“First of all, I thank the almighty God who has enabled us to end the season as champions,” he was quick to mention.
“I have always wanted to be a champion more so a “Ssalongo” for taking league title and a domestic cup but I thank God some of my dreams are being answered,” he added.
Ssenkaaba joined the Red Eagles from Hoima based side Kitara FC at the start of the 2020/21 season on a two-year contract, reuniting with his former boss, Wasswa Bbosa who he last played for while at SC Villa in 2017/18, something he is so grateful for.
“Joining Express, I would like to thank the management, CEO, Coaches most importantly Wasswa Bbosa who entrusted me and got me from where I was and brought me to a team with great ambitions,“ the striker intimated before adding that; “He taught me the team’s philosophies and guided me on its great ambitions.”
On joining the Red Eagles, Ssenkaaba joined a pool of former teammates at SC Villa who included Godfrey Lwesibawa, Etrude Abel, Mahad Yaya, among others. he describes this as a great opportunity.
“It was a great opportunity for me to find the people I have worked with in the past from different teams especially SC Villa. So, I found no trouble settling in.”
“ We were joined by a pool of other experienced players like Murushid Jjuuko who guided us and enabled us to execute a proper job.”
Ssenkaaba found a list of proven attackers at Express like Frank Kalanda, Frank Ssenyondo who had banged several goals in the previous season which meant that cementing a starting place was set to be an uphill task.
“I joined a big club, with a huge fan base. Like any other player, I had to give my all, I had to give 100% in order to get a starting place in that team.”
“As you well know, I used to start on the bench but fortunately my time came when I had to start games, the coach had confidence in me and I never disappointed him.”
The former Kitara FC forward netted six league goals before he was hit with a nagging injury which kept him out of action until the end of the season.
“It was very unfortunate that I got injured, I had my season targets, I was working to be the league top scorer but because of injuries, something that I got no control over, my targets were cut short.”
“I have been on the sidelines for all this long, it had never happened to me, it’s so challenging to me as a player and the timing wasn’t right.”
“I was really shocked. It’s something that I have never expected to happen to me. however, I learnt that it was God’s plan and I had to settle down and pray for the team to win games.”
The striker says that he has not lost hope as he continues to work hard to recover and will get back stronger and in a special way thanked his fellow teammate Murushid Juuko.
“In a special way, I would like to thank Mr Murushid Juuko for the services he has rendered to us as his teammates.”
“He has been a great pillar, he has tried to guide us in everything and am sure this was just the beginning, I wish we all stay together, we are destined for greatness.”
Ssenkaba also thanked the Red Eagles fans for supporting the team and helping them achieve a seventh title after a few torrid seasons that were marred by fighting relegation.
Express will represent Uganda in the 2021/22 CAF Champions League and they will lean on forwards like George Ssenkaaba to compete on the continent.