USSSA-U16 Football Competition: A Crucial Pathway for Uganda’s Future U20 Players

USSSA-U16 Football Competition: A Crucial Pathway for Uganda’s Future U20 Players

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  • July 5, 2024
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By Emmanuel Sekago

Luweero, Uganda — The USSSA-U16 football competition is proving to be a pivotal platform for nurturing future talent and ensuring that Uganda’s secondary schools have a strong pool of players for the U20 category by 2025. The recent USSSA-Luweero zone qualifiers, held at Nakaseke PTC grounds, unearthed a plethora of talent, showcasing the bright future of Ugandan football.

During the qualifiers, one player stood out above the rest: Jonathan Ainebabazi, a Senior -1 student from Standard High School-Zaana (Ndejje Campus). Ainebabazi, hailing from the family of Mr. David Talemwa and Mrs. Jane Kyakuzire of Rubirizi district, displayed exceptional skill and potential throughout the competition.

In an interview with Wallnetnews, Ainebabazi expressed his passion for football and his dream of playing for Viper Sports Club and its academy.

His performances on the field were nothing short of stellar, making him a standout star in the entire tournament.

Ainebabazi’s Dream, “If I continue playing football, my main dream is to play for Viper Sports Club and its academy,” Ainebabazi said, reflecting his ambition and dedication to the sport.

Jonathan Ainebabazi, a Senior 1 student from Standard High School-Zaana (Ndejje Campus), couldn’t hide his smile during an interview after helping his school team qualify for the nationals for the first time in the USSSA-Luweero zone U16 football qualifiers.

His joy and pride were palpable as he recounted his experiences on the field.

“The game against Ndejje Secondary School was the toughest,” Ainebabazi shared.

When asked about his favorite European club, Ainebabazi didn’t hesitate to say, “Arsenal.” He also revealed his admiration for Vipers SC striker Yunus Sentamu, calling him his idol.

Ainebabazi expressed heartfelt gratitude towards Mr. Justus Mugisha for discovering his talent in Rubirizi and offering him a scholarship.

“I am so proud and grateful to Mr. Justus Mugisha for spotting me and giving me this opportunity,” he said.

His ambition is clear: “My goal is to win the National Schools U16 football trophy. It’s the only gift I can give back to my Director, Justus Mugisha.”

The USSSA-U16 football competition is proving to be an invaluable initiative for identifying and nurturing young talent in Uganda.

With promising players like Jonathan Ainebabazi emerging from these tournaments, the future of Ugandan football looks bright.

These competitions provide a crucial platform for young athletes to showcase their abilities and pave the way for their professional careers.

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