Monday, January 19, 2009

East African Soccer Players in Europe

These are all the players currently with clubs in Europe from the area of Africa known as the East African Community (EAC).

Nation (African Rank:World Rank)

Burundi (38:128)
Kassim Bizimana - BV Veendam (Netherlands)
Cédric Ciza - RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)
David Habarugira - RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)
Omar Mussa - SK Wilrijk (Belgium)
Dugary Ndabashinze - KRC Genk (Belgium)
Selemani Ndikumana - Lierse SK (Belgium)
Christian Nduwimana - Herk FC (Belgium)
Emmanuel Ngama - FCV Dender EH (Belgium)
Saidi Ntibazonkiza - NEC Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Faty Papy - Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Musaba Selemani - R. Union Saint-Gilloise (Belgium)
Mohammed Tchité* - Racing de Santander (Spain)

*Mohammed 'Mémé' Tchité, perhaps the top current player from the East African region, was the second leading scorer in Belgium with Standard Liege before transferring to Racing de Santander in Spain. He scored a memorable hat trick early this season against Valencia. Tchité had stated his desire to play for Belgium where he acquired citizenship while with Standard Liege. However, FIFA intervened because he had already chosen to represent Burundi and Rwanda earlier in his career.

Kenya (21:84)
Amos Ekhalie - IFK Mariehamn (Finland)
Robert Mambo Mumba - GIF Sundsvall (Sweden)
Dennis Oliech - AJ Auxerre (France)
Willis Ochieng - IFK Mariehamn (Finland)

Rwanda (24:91)
Fritz Emeran - Levadiakos (Greece)
Olivier Karekzi - Ham-Kam (Norway)
Henri Munyaneza - Germinal Beerschot (Belgium)
Hamad Ndikumana - AC Omonia (Cyprus)

Tanzania (29:101)
Kali Ongala - GIF Sundsvall (Sweden)

Uganda (15:68)
Noah Babadi Kasule - FC Banants (Armenia)
Nestroy Kizito - FK Vojvodina (Serbia)
David Obua* - Hearts (Scotland)
Ibrahim Sekagya - Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)
Eugene Ssepuuya - FK Vojvodina (Serbia)
Michael Sserumagga - Helsingborgs IF (Sweden)
Abubaker Tabula - GIF Sundsvall (Sweden)

*Uganda's David Obua has had an interesting career progression. He spent some time with the Wilmington Hammerheads in the United States USL-2 (3rd division) before moving back to Africa and becoming one of the top players in the South African league with the Kaizer Chiefs. That success led him to a trial with West Ham United before he signed with Hearts in Scotland.


  1. I think there are many more kenyans than as listed above.

  2. kim, its true it does not reflect the reality

  3. where is mariga, victor, our no.keeper to name but a few>>>>>>>>>

  4. This post is from nearly 3 years ago so it is out of date (and I think you're right, I missed a couple of players at that time).

    I just created a new complete list to reflect the current (Dec 2011) East African players in Europe.

    Here is the link
    East African Players in Europe

    Thanks for Reading and Commenting.

  5. I agree with kim...we have a couple of players out there in europe...

  6. where are other kenyans?