On Friday, February 3rd Ian Sendi touched down at MSP International Airport at 12:01 pm and looked every inch ready to join the City Lions camp amidst ongoing preparations for the 2017 summer season.
Prior to his departure, Sendi was expected in Leeds of the United Kingdom where he was supposed to train for about 2 months before returning to Minneapolis for his club duties but the Ugandan instead requested to go to Africa so as to spend some time with children, teens, and women of the last mile; those who he says are economically and socially outside the reach of mainstream services and support such as orphans, child labourers, widows and street children.
Sendi also would have gone to Gabon to watch his country play live in AFCON after several years but he explicitly chose to spend his short vacation with those children and people of Africa society would have considered last.
In his Statement to our media he explained how difficult it was for him to get by each day. He was especially bothered by the extreme dust and heat which made him ill almost every week but he didn’t waiver in his commitment to spending time with his people. No wonder even just 3 hours to his flight Sendi was somewhere in Africa still teaching, motivating, and encouraging the young people he loves.
Coming back to Minneapolis, he has already fired up ahead of the coming season and he has also distanced himself from any rumors that he will be leaving for Europe this month.
Head Coach Varney cole has urged all players to borrow a leaf from Sendi’s way of life.
“He’s so down to earth. He represents so much of the goodness we all need in this world and I am sure we as the people of Minneapolis are so blessed to have crossed his path.” Said Varney Cole.