Ugandans abroad must have a better mindset – Mawejje

Ugandans abroad must have a better mindset – Mawejje
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by Graeme Jackson

Friday Jul 10, 2020. 09:00

Veteran Ugandan midfielder Tony Mawejje has called for his compatriots, who want to make a career for themselves abroad, to have a better mindset and professionalism in order to succeed.

Mawejje, 29, has returned to Ugandan football by signing for Police FC, ending a successful foreign-based tenure in which he played in Iceland, Norway, South Africa, Albania and Kuwait in the past 11 years.

Few players manage to establish themselves abroad for such an extended spell, and Mawejje has explained that discipline and preparation are key.

“As a professional, you have to prepare yourself to be at the top at all times,” Mawejje said as quoted by Kawowo Sports.

“In professional football, you are paid because you must deliver and give 100%. It is like in every other profession where someone is paid to do a job.

“Secondly, the mind-set has to change. For instance, when I went to Iceland, the weather was very different from what we experience here in Uganda.

“There was a time while at URA FC, we were having a training session and it started raining, the coaches called off training but in Iceland, however cold it was, I had to go out and train.

“So, for any Ugandan player who wants to become professional, the road is rough but you must carry on if you want to achieve.”

The midfielder explained why he has re-joined Police, a club he represented more than a decade ago.

“I believe Police FC gave me a good platform for the world to see my potential and we went ahead to win the Cecafa Club Championship in 2006 when I was just starting my career,” he said.

“So, it feels like I’m coming back home. Besides, the club chairman has always been my friend while coach [Abdalla] Mubiru was at KCCA FC when I joined the team from Masaka LC.

“He knows me very well. When the opportunity was availed for me to play for Police FC, it was very easy for me to agree.”

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