Category : Opinion | Posted on 2020-06-10 By : Timothy Batabaire Image : Google
The year was 2006 when I hoped to secure a professional contract in the professional ranks of the South African Premier League. The new generation of footballers sweeping through Uganda had embarked on a mission to turn professional and with few successful role models in the likes of David Obua (Kaizer Chiefs) and Timothy Batabaire(Bloemfontein Celtic) I dreamt of making it too.
To this effect, the journey to dream started in Ethiopia with St. George and soon one serious player agent in Ivica stankovic who by then represented Obua and Batabaire was interested in me coming over for trials.
The destined club was SuperSport United because coach Pitso Mosimane, who by the way brought Batabaire to South Africa through Mr. Ivica Stankovic, was interested in having a keen look at me. For the first time experiencing winter wasn't easy but the dream was on.
The club was interested but Ugandan players we were less known and few were willing to take a gamble. The interest was sold but now as a player I had become a commodity to be traded. My club wanted to recoup money invested, the agent was in business for myself as my representative and himself but he wasn't willing to get less than his valuation.
The sense of a realization of a dream, joining the paid ranks at the time was coming a reality and to be honest, at that time money was secondary as the passion and desire over rode more or I naively didn't know. Then my agent struck a master stroke of a deal to sign for 6 months of probation with interesting terms of payment.
What followed next was a contract at SuperSport United and I was sold to the now-defunct Mpumalanga Black Aces. Amazulu wanted to sign me but we didn't agree on the money and Aces was willing to pay me. Then I was bought by Mamelodi Sundowns but again didn't make an immediate impact so I was loaned to Bidvest Wits.
The above storyline if you're still following underlines the frustration, hardwork, perseverance and determination to succeed no matter what it takes to become ONE OF THE BEST PSL GOAL KEEPERS, AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND A WELL DECORATED CHAMPION.
He is non other than Dennis ONYANGO. Today as you fantasize, aspire and celebrate him remember that SUCCESS AT THE TOP IN ITS FORM CAN BE DECEPTIVE TO THOSE WHO THINK IT'S A WALK IN THE PARK.
To Dennis may you not tire and those pondering giving up, know that your destiny is in your hands and you never get to know when your breakthrough is about but only when you don't give up.