Take 5 with Football Star James Situma
This week, media student and Zetech Titans Footballer Derrick Ambudo talks to former international player James Situma, who is currently a business student at Zetech University. the enthusiastic Star shares with us how he balances his life and why he thinks sports men and women should enroll for higher education.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am Business man, a student at Zetech pursuing a course in business and the current president of the Kenya Football Welfare Association (KEFWA). Additionally, I’m a retired international and local footballer, lucky to have played for the national team with a record of 32 appearances. I’ve played for Nzoia Sugar, Tusker F.C, Mathare F.C, AFC leopards, Homeboyz FC, SofaPaka FC, and FK Tirana of Albania.
2. Why did you enroll for a course at Zetech?
I decided to go back to school because I realised life after football has to be enriching and rewarding. I chose Zetech University because it connects sports and academics with admirable ease and empowers sports men and women to get the skills they need to manage their talent. Also, since I’m in business, I get to acquire the right skills to grow and maintain my business
3. How would you define your Zetech experience?
My experience has been awesome and I have specifically enjoyed making friends at a different level and interacting with my fans very closely. Moreover, I get to work with younger players every day who are also studying here and interact with them on the ground while they challenge me to continue inspiring upcoming players.
4. How do you balance life with all these commitments?
Balancing my studies, business and my work at KEFWA hasn’t been a problem because I plan. A focused man must learn to plan himself. I always check my class time table before undertaking any other commitment and thereafter I schedule my other engagements.
5. There has been a rallying call by Zetech to enroll footballers for their programmes of choice. What is your take on this?
The Kenyan football industry can expand immensely if more footballers join higher learning institutions. As it stands, many think players don’t like to study but it should not be this way. If we change this trend and collaborate with Zetech in this venture, then our game will move to greater heights. I trust that I am serving as an example to my colleagues to combine talent and education, to enjoy an outstanding career.