Ezra Bida: Youngest lad in the Uganda U-17 squad

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Ezra Bida

.He is just 14 years old

.He loves KCC FC but has never watched them ‘live’ in action

.He credits Mike Letti for opening up an opportunity for him to play at the bigger stage

.The furthest he has traveled away from his parents-is from Koboko to Gisenyi when Uganda played Rwanda.

.He local football idol is Cranes striker Emma Okwi

.MVP Airtel Rising Stars 2013

.Top scorer with 5 goals in the 2014 Airtel Rising Stars-West Nile region

Some people consider football a luxury sport while others openly believe that it is business which can help them achieve their dreams. Ezra Bida is not a prominent name when you talk about Uganda football but he is popular among his folks falling in his age group.

He is a member of the 27 man squad for Uganda U-17 team-Cubs preparing for a two legged affair with Zambia in 12 days’ time.

The 14 year old Bida says football is a game of passion and desire-no one forces you to play it. Fufa.co.ug caught up with Bida at the FUFA technical centre, Njeru and this is what he had to say.

Extreme right in Orange bib: Ezra Bida in training at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.

‘If you try to follow the background of some senior players keenly more so here in Uganda or abroad, you will find out that most of them have a negative side of the story to tell but they did not retreat and what inspires me is the talent we have in Uganda’

The pint sized but talented is confident that he will represent his country at senior level.

‘Yes I have talent and now I want to help myself realize my dreams by using this platform in the Uganda U-17’ said Bida who was on target on Saturday when Uganda hammered Tranova Academy 5-1.

When fufa.co.ug staff made a visit to the team’s training sessions in Njeru, Bida was on the pitch but his frightening skills and talent were evident with the way he controlled the ball with ease.

Fufa.co.ug meets Ezra Bida:
Fufa.co.ug: How do you feel being part of this team?
Bida: Of course I feel happy because I know very many boys out there want to be here however I am working hard to penetrate into the starting team.

Fufa.co.ug: Who inspired you to play football?
Bida: My brother Samuel Bida who taught me how to play football deep in Koboko district

Fufa.co.ug: Who do you dedicate this achievement to?
Bida: Of course my brother Samuel Bida and FUFA delegate Mr. Mike Letti who spotted me playing in during the Airtel rising stars tournament. Without these two I would be nothing.
Note: Mike Letti is a member on FUFA Youth Football committee and International Match Organising Committee

Fufa.co.ug: Who is your idol(s) in football?
Bida: Uganda Cranes striker Emma Okwi and Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina) I like their style of play.

Ezra Bida with Uganda U-17 head coach Matia Lule

Fufa.co.ug: Do you miss your parents while you are with the National team?
Bida: Yes, I miss them very much especially my Mother, brothers, sisters and friends

Fufa.co.ug: What is your best dish?
Bida: Posho and fish

Fufa.co.ug: What is your best movie?
Bida: Nigerian movies make my day

Fufa.co.ug: Your future dream?
Bida: To become a professional player

Fufa.co.ug: Which football team do you support?
Bida: KCC FC and Arsenal though I have never watched KCC FC playing (he then smiles)

Fufa.co.ug: What do you wish to be after playing football?
Bida: A football coach

Fufa.co.ug: What if you didn’t take up football?
Bida: I would wish to be businessman

Brief profile about Ezra Bida
Full name: Ezra Bida
Class: Primary seven

School: Teremwa Primary School (P.7)
Born: 1999
Father: Samuel Bida
Mother: Lucia Sadia

MAIN PHOTO: Eza Bida’s first official photo taken by fufa.co.ug team at FUFA House before traveling to Njeru to start preparations for the away fixture against Seychelles.

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