We have all had different visions throughout our childhood. Many of us have been able to live up to their dreams while others have changed completely their dreamed careers. It is clear that as a little boy or girl you always wanted to be someone like a dancer to perform all over the world and impacts people’s lives in various ways or you always dreamed to be a professional football player like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Kevin De Bruyne. However, none will ever be able to reach to his visions without investing his energy, time, and passion consistently. Veco Serugo is no exception.
Veco Serugo has always dreamed to be a footballer since he was a kid regardless different trials he encountered in his way. He was born in D R. Congo specifically in southern province – Uvira town where his family left in 2002 due to political instability. Life has never been easy for the young boy who wanted to play for his national team (Leopard) in the future after finding himself living as a refugee in Rwanda. Serugo who was young by the time didn’t let his current status define his future. He used the available resources and started to play soccer at young age.
Boncouer Kayira, a former teammate of Veco Serugo told Kigalisight, “I remember we used to wake up early in the morning and go to the playground during the weekends. We all have one common dream which was being professional players. But, he was always eager and willing to outperform us every day. He could eliminate more than two to three people in a row. He was so talented.”
As other parents who constantly wished the best for their children, his parents didn’t want him to spend more time in football than in school. They wanted him to focus on studies because it was the only available opportunity for refugees that all parents believed to be the cornerstone of their children’s future. So, there was no negotiation. He had to study five days a week and only play football in the weekends with a limited time.
In 2012, he was resettled to Australia when he was only 14 years of age. It was an amazing opportunity for the talented young man who already knew that things were going to be better and better. He started playing in High School competitions where he caught the attention of many coaches. Lately, he was signed by Rockville Rovers FC which plays in fourth division in Australia.
After an outstanding performance in 4th division, the midfielder who impressed many teams was signed by South West Queensland Thunder FC which competes in Football Queensland Premier League (3th division) last year. The 23 years old was nominated in a team of the year and won the most valuable player of the year 2019-2020 (MVP) in his first season with the team.
“For me personally I felt really good to be nominated in the team of the year and being among the best players of the season. But, I feel I haven’t done anything until I reach top league and show what I can do.” Serugo told Kigalisight on Tuesday.
South West Queensland player is now eager and willing to push himself to work hard in this season to help his team and probably sign for a big club. Due to patience and persistence, everyone can predict that in the upcoming days he will definitely register his name in 1st division.
“The challenges that I faced was being a student and play football as a professional. It was so hard to actually get time for practice and attend normal class on a daily basis.” The 23 years old told Kigalisight when he was asked about challenges that he faced and still faces in his way.
He continued, “I started playing in 4th division and I couldn’t believe how I will make it to the 1st division. But, now I have faith that soon I will play in the big league since I am now getting offers from many teams in Australia and even outside.”
It’s indeed good as a player to always aim high and keep yourself away from any other thing which can distract you. Everyone can be talented, however, it’s nothing if you don’t combine the talent with discipline, passion, hard work, and determination. The only way to be the person you always dreamed to be is to actually recognize your self-worth. Self-worth doesn’t come from what people say you are worth and it doesn’t also come from the nights you go out with your friends. Remember it is called worth for a reason; and your worth comes from you. It comes from being yourself and appreciate the person you chose to be.