The world is facing its biggest challenge in 80 years since the second world war, with economists forecasting that the world will lose over one trillion USD in income due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Football is among the big industries that have been affected by the pandemic, jeopardizing the eco-system that provides income to thousands of clubs, players and peripheral businesses as countries have gone under lockdown.
With players having to look elsewhere for income, Uganda Cranes defender Savio Kabugo has found a new adventure to help fill the income gap during this lockdown.
“I have engaged myself in agriculture,” Kabugo told New Vision, before adding “I am growing watermelon and pineapples in Mukono to improve on my income.”
Kabugo was quick to throw a word of advice to his fellow players to try and find alternative means of earning extra income even after the situation clears and reduce on dependence on wages from football.
“At the moment, we are not playing football, that means you will starve if you didn’t save,” he said.
“But if you have a side business, it can support you so you don’t have to depend on only playing football since you might be in a situation when you are not playing – like now,” the defender stated.
The defender who currently plays for Ethiopian top division club Sebeta Kenema which he joined in October 2019 from DRC’s AS Vita is also keeping a keen watch on his fitness while juggling his work on the farm.
“When I am not fit, my family will not get what to eat, that’s why even in this period I train so hard to be fit.”
“So fellow players, don’t relax, try to work out, this leaves your body in good shape and by the time you return to club training, you are not badly off,” Kabugo noted.
Kabugo is also targeting a return to the national team fold, where he has fond memories including his winner against Ghana at Namboole in 2014 for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifers.
A series of recurring injuries have stalled his progress since then, with his last involvement with the Cranes coming in 2017 during the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifiers.
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