Obadiah Ssemakula conducting Uganda Cup draw. FUFA
Uganda Cranes legend Obadiah Ssemakula has advised the current crop of players to stay away from Alcohol and women.
Obadiah was a member of the historical Uganda Cranes team that played and lost the Africa cup of nations cup final in 1978 to Ghana.
He explained on how they benefited a lot on focusing on football.
“During our day we avoided alcohol, women, clubing and we were greater listeners to our coaches that made us successful throughout our football career. I advise the current players to do the same as well,” Obadiah said.
Obadiah claimed that the major problem facing the players of nowadays is that they can’t sacrifice for their career.
“They are too drunk! usual scorers for women and they cannot accept to be advised by us as well as not listening to their coaches but if they need to succeed they have to change their attitudes.”
Obadiah who spent his entire footballing career at Coffee united where he played as a right winger is known for his speed, dribbling and accurate crosses.
He was part of Coffee team that won the Uganda super league in 1971.
He also guided Coffee to four Uganda cup finals – He won two finals over Simba FC in 1971 and UCB in 1981 but lost to Gangama in 1976 and to KCC FC in 1984.
It is also suggested that Obadiah is the longest serving Cranes player having joined the national team in 1970s and stayed their until 1990s.
During his long stay, he earned himself a nickname of Musanvu we gwanga (national team’s right winger)
He is now 62 year old serving as assistant technical director for big league outfit Ndejje University.