When Cranes coach Sebastian Desabre announced his 46-provisional man squad to prepare for Uganda’s closing 2019 Afcon qualifier away to Tanzania, there was a conspicuous name that left the local football audience bemused. Herbert Bockhorn.
The 24-year old defender currently features for Regional Liga West side Borussia Dortmund II, a reserve team for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in Germany. He was named among the 15 foreign based players that were summoned by Desabre.
It is reported that the Frenchman has been monitoring the player with keen interest and was left impressed with his performances when he watched him in Germany last month.
He found him an ideal option for the right back position where marauding Nicholas Wakiro Wadada has been the only viable option.
The high towering player has a lot in his locker. He’s agile, good at game reading, dominant in air, good with ball at his feet and superb going forward. And Bockhorn’s availability left Desabre twiddling his fingers at the prospect of working with the player.
Bockhorn was born in Uganda at Nsambya Hospital on 31st, January 1995 to a German father, Hartwig Bockhorn and a Ugandan mum, Jean Marion Nansubuga.
Later, the family moved to Germany where Bockhorn started his career as a footballer at TSV Melsdorf in 2002.
According to a senior FUFA official who talked to Airtel Football on the condition of anonymity, Bockhorn’s mother wants his son to play for Uganda.
“We almost talk to her on a daily basis and she hopes the process is smooth. The family is positive about Bockhorn featuring for the national team and we only hope that can happen,” the official revealed.
Consequently, the Federation is racing against time to secure dual citizenship for the player a head of the Taifa Stars contest.
“We are in the process of frantically securing for him dual citizenship because he currently holds Germany citizenship. The coach wants him to play the game against Tanzania on 24th March in Dar es Salaam,” the Fufa official said.
Bockhorn will join a long list of foreign players with Ugandan decent who want to feature for the Uganda Cranes in the past years.
Melvyn Lorezen, Bevis Mugabi, Moses Opondo, Martin Kayongo Mutumba, and Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi have all tried their luck with the national team.
Name: Herbert Bockhorn
Date of Birth: 31st, January 1995
Place of Birth: Nsambya Hospital, Kampala
Current Team: Borussia Dortmund II
Teams Played for Youth ClubsTSV Melsdorf – 2000- 2002
FC Kilia Kiel – 2002-2006
SV Werder Bremen Youth – 2006- 2011
SV Werder Bremen U17 – 2011/2012
SV Werder Bremen U18- 2012/2013
SV Werder Bremen II – 2014/15
SC Wiedenbrück – 2015/16
Borussia Dortmund II- 2016-