By Peter Senyonjo
Sports Club Villa’s left-back Derrick Ndahiro may not be at the club for very long considering how many suitors he is attracting. Arguably, the best Villa player over the last two seasons, the youthful player has had Zambia’s Power Dynamo football club, Rwanda’s Rayon Sport and DR Congo’s AS Vita asking about him.
According to Ronnie Santos (Ronnie Santos management), who is a business partner with Zaabu Sports agency, Ndahiro is at such a prime stage in his career, where he is attracting much football interest. Santos said: “While Ndahiro still has a year on his contract at Villa, a good offer may be so hard to resist, especially, when there a danger, that he could move on a free in a year’s time.”
Santos, who is also the agent of Muhammad Shaban, Paul Mucureezi, Saidi Kyeyune and Erisa Ssekisambu added, that even for the player, a move that will boost his chances of improving as a player from a technical point of view, is hard to turn down. Yet, it goes without saying, that Zambia has such a competitive league, for any player with dreams, to overlook it.
Evidently, Ndahiro has been among Villa’s best players in the league. This is owed largely to his fine football technique and game intelligence. Although he is a lanky player, Ndahiro’s game awareness, coupled with brilliant decision, points to a really talented footballer, and one with a really bright future ahead of him.
Ndahiro joined Villa in the 2018/2019 under coach Moses Basena. Although he was largely unknown, he set a marker at Villa, following his top ability to maraud effectively, as all top left-backs around the world are expected to. His crosses are precise, even though he is not the fastest of the lot.
In addition, Ndahiro comes across as a good ball passer, making him effective in picking out teammates in goal-scoring positions. Ndahiro is also good at delivering in dead ball situations. Last season, he had some assists from free-kicks and corner-kicks.
Despite all these great attributes going forward, Ndahiro is above everything else, a top defender; hard, solid and tenacious. Needless to say, Ndahiro is a player of character. He has a big heart, and is fearless; unrelenting, and will not fazed by a challenge. He is confident in himself, and his ability.
That makes him a player for the top. Yet, because he is a good trainer, a key attribute seen in him by Cranes coach, Johnathan McKinstry, Ndahiro was an easy pick for the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) tournament squad in March. Unfortunately, because of the covid19 pandemic, the Chan tournament, that was due in April, was called off.
The Chan tournament would have been a good platform to test Ndahiro’s wits. That said, Ndahiro’s coming up in leaps and bounds in such a short spell, has happened rather quickly. Aged just 20 years, Ndahiro has shown what an exciting prospect he is. He has only played in the Uganda Premier League for two seasons.
Notably, Ndahiro is not only attracting the attention of teams across borders. There is actually keen interest in his services domestically too, and only time will tell where he plies his trade in the 2020/2021 season. And whoever will have him, it is such an asset they will have in their ranks.