Being a student in university often cramps up one’s schedule. Some students however still manage to do other things as they study. Twenty year old Ashirafa Bushuru (Buju) from the Technical University of Kenya is a footballer. He shares his journey so far.
1. What sport do you participate in and which club do you play for?
I play soccer for Red Eagles FC popularly known as Terror Squad FC, Kasarani. The team currently participates in the FKF Nairobi Provincial League.
2. What encouraged you to join sports?
My uncle loved football so much. When I was younger he would bring take me to watch football matches with him on weekends. I admired the players during the game and slowly developed an interest for the game. I told him during the game that I wanted to play like them someday.
3.Does it ever collide with school work or anything else you do?
Yes, it often collides with school work.
4. What have your achievements as a sportsman been so far?
In 2006, I was part of the team that won the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) Championship under 12 categories in Nairobi. I was also awarded the best player.
In 2008, I was selected in the team that represented MYSA at the Eastern Africa Cup in Tanzania where we managed to become runners up in the tournament. In 2015, I was part of the team that won the Nairobi Champions Cup, Terror Squad Fc. We managed to beat Gor Mahia youth in the finals.
5. What are your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge is juggling school and football. Sometimes I am supposed to attend a class and a training session or a competitive match at the same time.
6. Have you overcome them? How?
My first priority is school. During weekdays I attend evening practice sessions and miss the morning sessions. On weekends I’m free so I manage to play the matches if they are on schedule.
7. Are you in a relationship?
8. What advice would you give anyone looking to do the same thing you are?
The only reason I have never thought of quitting football is my love and passion it. Throughout my journey as a player, I have learnt that hard work and determination always will lead to success. That is what gets us to win matches as well as trusting in God.