The ‘forced’ Covid-19 lockdown stays for sports with many other sectors enjoy some relief. But there is renewed hope that the sports sector, especially soccer, will return to the good olden days. We caught up with Abraham Ndugwa and he lightened up the mood as he spoke about different aspects of his game, teammates and ambitions. Enjoy our little exchange;
1. Describe a typical day in your life right now.
Ndugwa: I usually get up a bit late lately because of the Covid-19 lockdown although I remain an early riser. I stretch for 15 minutes, check my phone for any new messages or communication. Later in the day is when I do my practice from 5pm using the training program that was given to us as well as incorporating in new ones.
2. Why do you always celebrate the way you do whenever you score. Is it a message to someone special?
Ndugwa: My celebration is for all the special people in my life, including the fans that support me through the tough days in office.
3. Name one interesting thing you did this previous season. Why did you choose to do it?
Ndugwa: The looped pass for Tito Okello in the Pilsner Super 8 semifinal against Mbarara City for the equaliser. We actually conceded during the last 15 minutes after dominating the game for so long and I told Zaga (Frank Tumwesigye); “’we can’t lose this just play close to me.” He gave me the ball which I chipped for Tito who coolly finished it off and helped book our place in the final.
4. Name a player on the team that will surprise many next season and why?
Ndugwa: Abraham Ndugwa will. Hahaha!!! Honestly it’s a very competitive team making it hard to choose one. However, I will go with Umar Kyebatala. The guy has an eye for goal.
5. What was that game or thing that you were looking forward to last season?
Ndugwa: I was looking forward to the KCCA game at home in the just concluded season. Since I was out injured at the start of the Second Round, I trained hard and got back to a level I felt I was ready for that return leg. Unfortunately I didn’t make the squad.
6. What are you working on the most this pre-season?
Ndugwa: I am actually limited by this current lockdown on what I would love to continue perfecting like finishing and shooting because I can’t get access to some things, so with the limited space all I get is doing ball mastery and a few ball tricks.
7. If you were not a football player, what would you be?
Ndugwa: I have two things I like; owning a farm and architectural drawing. I actually did some introduction in one of the course units while doing my Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering at Kyambogo University and got fascinated by it.
8. Who do you think is the funniest person on the team?
Ndugwa: Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye makes my training days lively. He can silence any player with his banter. Quite a cheeky fellow. I even try to avoid him at times, to prevent him turning the jokes on me.
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