Ssenyonga Mikidadi: First top flight experience after 5-years of Masaza

Mikdad Ssenyonga

Mikidadi Ssenyonga’s first season at URA FC has been full of ups and downs.  Going from being a fringe player (most of the time), to helping his team win against resilient Express FC at Wankulukuku when he netted his only goal of the season in 2-1 away win.

Mikidad Ssenyonga is the last born in the family of 5 (3 boys and 2 girls) raised by Ssenyonjo Bruhan and Nalwanga Salima in Kyengera, Wakiso district.

He went to Kyengera Muslim Primary school for his Primary level education and joined Kinaawa High school (for only 1 term)  from where he later joined Buddo Secondary for Universal and Advanced level education.

Ssenyonga’s potential was discovered by Richard Salugado who was the coach at Happy Boys football Academy, Kyengera where the URA FC forward started playing football. He later joined the Express Junior team for a period of 2 years before joining Kampala Junior Team (KJT) where he played his first division football.

“I take coach Salugado Richard as my parent in football and he is a reason I am playing football,” he says.

‘Miki’, as commonly known by his fellow football friends, has been a common figure in the Buganda Masaza cup, but he was unlucky not to have won any of the 4 finals he played in during his 5-year period.

He helped Ssingo to the 2014 finals, but Gomba emerged winners for that year before joining ‘The Lions’ in 2017, and again losing the another final in 2017 to Buddu via penalties

Mikidadi joined 2017 champions Buddu in 2018 but still couldn’t get his hands on the trophy. Buddu lost to Ssingo before losing his 4th final in 2019 when his side, Busiro lost to Bulemeezi, Courtesy of an Emmanuel Loki lone strike.

Mikidadi Ssenyonga signed 3-year deal at URA FC in August 2019 | Courtesy Photo

Traveling long distances to training is one of the challenges which have affected Mikdad in his football playing career

“I have never stayed near the training ground for all the teams I have played for including my current team URA FC.  I have to travel from Kyengera to Gayaza every day for training,” he says.

On his favorite position, Mikdad says he prefers to play in the Central attacking midfield but can play in the wing if tasked to.

” I prefer playing as a central  attacking midfielder (number 10) although I can also offer something if I am played as an inverted right winger (number 7).”

“My dream is to play for the National team and maybe playing professional football. That is why I work hard and use every chance I get to play,” he says.

Mikdad says that there is a big difference between the Masaza Cup and the top tier league, StarTimes UPL.

“For the period I have spent in the league I see there is a difference between league football and Masaza football. In the league, you need to work extra hard as all the time you will face good and hard players unlike in Masaza,” he narrates.

Steven Bengo and Leonel Messi are an inspiration to Mikdadi Ssenyonga because, according to him, their talents are exceptional in this world. The forward wants to emulate them.

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