For the three years he was at Gor Mahia (2012-2014) , a few players graced the headlines more often than one Daniel Muzeyi ‘Dan’ Sserunkuma.
Nicknamed ‘Sserenginene’, better not translated, by the club’s fans, the pint-sized Ugandan knew where the back of the opposition net was.
Blessed with great balance, power, tight-knit control and more importantly, a football brain, the 26-year-old forward had a few peers in the Kenyan Premier League which he entertained for four straight years.
Against no club did he love punishing than AFC Leopards, something which endeared him further to the Gor Mahia faithful.
It was tear-jerking that he had to leave at the end of the 2014 season but not before helping Kogalo win back-to-back league titles. It was a bad move though as he barely lasted half a year with his new employers, Tanzanian giants Simba SC, before he moved to Armenian side Ulisses, another deal that never paid off.
As he prepares to make his return to the Kenyan topflight having been snapped up by Bandari FC during the pre-season transfer window, Sserunkuma says he is ready to hit the ground running.
“I have already made new friends and I am very positive about the coming season,” he told the league’s official portal.
“We (Bandari) have set some very high targets as a team, and I intend to play my part.
“I have also had a personal conversation with the coach (Twahir Muhiddin) and he understands me and the plans that I have for the future.
“There are some very good players that Bandari have also signed, and I am looking forward to playing alongside them. I think we shall do very well this season, especially in the league. We have a good team.”
His new employers, Bandari, had their best ever run in the topflight last season which they finished fourth.
They also won the Gotv Shield competition, giving them the opportunity to play continental football in the shape of the CAF Confederations Cup.
Bandari have signed well with Sserunkuma, the 2014 KPL MVP, among the new faces at the club. Felly Mulumba (Sofapaka), Bernard Mang’oli, Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards), Meshack Karani (Chemelil), and Edwin Lavatsa (Mathare United) make the Dockers a frightening prospect considering they also have the likes of Shariff Mohammed, Antony Kimani, David Kin’gatua and Shaban Kenga in the team.
Could this be the year of the Dockers? Don’t bet against it.
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