In the successful world, they say, it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how many times you rise again when you fall.
At the peak of his career, the former Uganda Cranes defender turned midfielder, Denis Iguma, got a career-threatening injury that denied him a place on the biggest stage in African football.
Barely two years later, Iguma is back to fight for his place.
Having played every game of the qualifiers as Uganda made it to the second consecutive AFCON finals, the Iguma was almost certain of a place in Sebastien Desabre’s final squad for the tournament in Egypt, but fate had other ideas.
While featuring for his club Kazma FC in the Kuwait top flight, Iguma suffered an injury that left his ligament torn.
‘Missing the AFCON finals in Egypt was painful,’ he says, but he was impressed with the team’s performance.
Luckily, his recovery process went on without further complications, and was hoping to return to action in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League with his former side Sports Club Villa, but was denied due to the lack of an International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
He, however, remains positive that his agent will get him a deal after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.
The former Sports Club Villa, Sports Club Victoria University, and Al Ahed Sc player found himself back to Square one, almost having to start again, but with the hard work, belief, and focus that has defined his career over the years, the 26-year-old believes he will make it back into the national team set up sooner rather than later.