Hassan Ssenyonjo: Origins and meteoric rise of Uganda’s next icon


Hassan Ssenyonjo continues to prove himself to be one of Uganda’s best young players on the rise – his origins and meteoric rise are akin to a fairytale. It is almost as though he is destined to become Uganda’s next icon.

Ssenyonjo plays for Wakiso Giants as a midfielder, a team he joined one season ago from Aspire Football dreams from Qatar.

Ssenyonjo was born on 4th May 2000 at Mulago hospital and spent most of his childhood time in Makindye, a Kampala suburb.

Ssenyonjo was raised in an extended family with many siblings Hajji Ali Kazibwe Muyanja (father), and Mrs. Namubiru Rahma (mother).

He attended Hope Primary School in Kawaala for his Primary level education before sitting for his Primary Leaving Exams (PLE) at Kibuye Primary School. He joined Talents College, Mukono for Ordinary level education but left in form two to join Dynamic Secondary School – Sonde, for the rest of his ordinary education.

Ssenyonjo started his football journey at African Tiger Academy under Ali Kasirye in Makindye and switched to Makindye Soccer Academy later on.

After some time while at Makindye Soccer Academy, Ssenyonjo was scouted by Qatar’s Aspire Football Academy in 2014.

Ssenyonjo then traveled to Qatar in 2014 where he spent four years and six months under the watchful eye of the academy coach Spanish football coach, Jordi Gratacos Gayola.

At Aspire, Ssenyonjo was with fellow Ugandan Musa Matovu, Ivorian Konan Ignace Jocelyn N’dri who now plays for Belgium’s KAS Eupen, David Ogobo and many other players who had been scouted under the system.

Hassan Ssenyonjo was part of that U17 team that played the CAF U17 qualifier match against Rwanda in 2014 alongside Frank Zaga Tumwesigye, under coach Matia Lule.

Ssenyonjo returned from Qatar in 2018 and joined Wakiso Giants at the beginning of 2019-2020 StarTimes UPL season under Kefa Kisala. During this time he played almost all games including captaining the Purple Sharks against Onduparaka FC.

Hassan Ssenyonjo poses with coach Kefa Kisala after signing for Wakiso giants at the start of the 2019/20 season

After his first season in Uganda’s top flight, Ssenyonjo has been widely regarded as one of the best players of the recently concluded 2019/20 StarTimes UPL season. He was named in the StarTimes UPL prematch analysis host Serugo Pius’ best XI of the season.

Ssenyonjo has set his career targets straight,

I want to become a good player in world football and play for the national team.

On his favorite position,

“I feel so comfortable when I am deployed as an attacking midfielder, particularly as a number 8,” he says.

He likes to carry the ball but does not like playing against rough opponents,

“I feel angry whenever I play against an opponent who is rough. I also don’t like long balls.”

France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was Hassan Ssenyonjo’s role model while growing up, and that is the reason he started out while playing as a winger before switching into a more central role.

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  1. This young man really talented, may God bless him.

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