As we prepare for the African Cup of Nations tournament due to start next week, One would wonder how far African football has developed and the opportunities left for the talented young stars.
From one of the articles I was reading yesterday of many young Africans footballers who are prisoners of their own dreams on the streets of Europe hoping to one day have a chance to play for a professional club in one of the European countries; there are still many who would love to persue more than football.
Meet Tumussime Aloysius, a Rwandan raised in the suburbs on Mubende district in Uganda, he started playing soccer as early as the age of 6 years, went through primary and secondary on soccer scholarships due to his talent.
‘Tumu’ as known to his peers and family currently play for the Uganda Curbs, a team for the Ugandan aged below 17, on the other hand also plays for the Rwandan under 17 team which he trains with all his holidays. At the age of 17 years, he plays for two countries with a dilemma of which one to play for when he completes his High School.
One Saturday evening while watching soccer with Tumusiime, he rejoiced on hearing Uganda had scooped the National team of the year award whereas on the other hand he still rejoiced a year ago seeing Rwanda take the lead against Ivory coast during the CHAN tournament held in Kigali.
But that’s not only what the 17 year is passionate about. Besides football he hopes to get into ' Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)' or a technology institute to help him become a better engineer. Now for Tumu, he spends most of his time off the football pitch fixing phones and learning more about technology. He has a dream to play for a professional soccer club, but his dream to build robbots also stands firm.
Lost in the world of football and technology Tumu looks forward to achieving both in the near future, Tumu belives that pinning his hopes on the sport and technology will not only earn him money but also set an example for many young stars lured into dropping out of school to pursue football alone.