Renowned midfield maestro, both at club level and on the national team in Uganda, Tonny Mawejje, a popular football legend in the country, on Tuesday 30th, September 2022, visited Rays of Grace Academy and had warm interactions and shared moments with the Academy’s players.
Tonny Mawejje, who hanged his boots early this year, took the “stars of tomorrow” through tips on how they can become successful players.
“It is a great opportunity for all of us that we are meeting after paying a visit to this institution (Rays of Grace). I came here basically to inspire these young boys, to speak to them,” Mawejje noted.
“There are those that have got to ask me questions and I answered them. I loved the structures at Rays of Grace Academy because everything is professional, starting from the way they (players) are prepared,” Mawejje added.
“I call upon all former players, coaches, and all that can come here and speak to the boys, advise them on how to manage and become what they want to become, achieve their goals and dreams, to come and talk to them (the boys),” Mawejje requested.
“The Boys are focused and have the desire to become professionals, and I think with what I have seen here, the future of Ugandan football is bright,” Mawejje concluded.
Rays of Grace Director, Roberts Kiwanuka, could not hide his excitement for hosting such an historical football player in the country.
“We are very excited to welcome Tonny Mawejje at our institution. What inspired me is when I went to watch the National team (Uganda Cranes), and during his regime is where we watched a person who was highly disciplined, with high level of integrity, and professional, with his behaviour being determined by his characters, and at the end making it at all levels,” Mr Kiwanuka spoke in utter elation.
“Mawejje is a kind of person who is down to earth, approachable, welcomes and respects people, and such a characters are why we brought him to talk to our players and give them inspiration, career guidance, because he served the nation (Uganda), and to many here, he is a role model,” Mr Kiwanuka added.
Disan Mwebe, an academy player, who is inspired by Farouk Miya and Cristiano Ronaldo, stated that the interaction with Tonny Mawejje, was one of his dreams coming true, and the conversation will have yields in the near future.
“My dream is to become a professional player. His (Tonny Mawejje’s) words are inspirational because we have been hearing about him on radios and TVs, and seeing him physically is a dream come true to me,” Disan said.
“I wish to thank our dear director for bringing us such a visitor at our institution because all of us admire him for his tremendous work and efforts in serving the country, and I want to, like him, and turn out to be a professional player,” Disan added.