Uganda Cranes midfielder Tony Mawejje says that most Ugandan players are not well prepared for Professional football abroad.
He explained that succeeding abroad takes a lot, not just your playing ability.
Mawejje who has returned to play for Police FC, has played outside Uganda since 2009 when he left URA FC to join Iceland’s IVB Vestmannaeyjar.
“First of all, I want to tell Ugandans that not all players who return home are not good in terms of playing ability,” Mawejje said on Bukedde FM.
“If you observe very well, you will understand that our players are not just prepared enough. They want to go abroad and play without going through the right development means.
“There are actually not so many good academies to mould the players right from the tender age while the same cannot be said to the foreigners which you are going to compete with for places.”
Mawejje said that the foreign players are mentally prepared and organised right from the start.
“There are many challenges outside Uganda, for example, you go to a team and that team is full of home players who will look at you as a threat and are always ready to do anything to frustrate you and make sure that you fail.”
Mawejje also added that the Players intermediaries are more money-minded and always neglect their clients when they need them the most. “If the payer is not paid his salary, it is the role of the agent to come and talk to the team’s management”.
Muhammed Shaban and Milton Karisa saw their journeys abroad cut short, while Joel Madondo, Khalid Aucho and Taddeo Lwanga are recent victims.
Mawejje who has played for Haugesund, Tirana and Al-Arabi among others, has stated that he is in his retirement days and commended Police FC for having given him his last chance.