In October 2019, Proline FC striker then Ivan Bogere vanished from the club only to mysteriously be sighted in Dubai at United Arab Emirates giants Al-Nasr SC.
At that moment, everything seemed well with indicators of him to realise a dream move clear and glittering after the club getting impressed in his ability at just 17 years.
Infact Bogere’s parent club Proline FC at that time came out with a statement showing their unawareness about the matter before later accepting to negotiate with Al-Nasr for a move that seemed very possible.
Like the saying “It’s not over until it’s over” goes, the deal eventually hit a dead end before the U-20 Hippos forward returned back to Uganda a scenario he (Bogere) disclosed to www.bigwhalesports.com.
“The experience at Al-Nasr was massive and the best so far in my career as everything was new to me but with time I started adapting and I must say it was a great learning lesson for me which will help me in my career progress.”
“The club was very much interested in me and during the trials I never disappointed as the results were positive and infact they wanted me to change nationality but they feared as i had featured for my national team U-20 side which is okay by law but they got scared and also the financial negotiations affected my move as my club and representatives asked for money Al-Nasr said it wasn’t worth.”
At Al-Nasr, Bogere who was in company of another Ugandan player Pius Akena got a rare opportunity to be taken through training by Dutch, AC Milan and Real Madrid legend Clarence Seerdorf something he believes never left him the same and will without a doubt impact positively on his career.
“I never watched Seedorf playing but I watched his videos and I must say he was brilliant and me getting an opportunity to be coached by him was something I will forever treasure in my career as he taught me alot of things from shooting the ball, making runs upfront, heading and many more which will help me in my career going forward.”
During his short training stint at Al-Nasr, he rubbed shoulders with former Real Madrid, Seville and Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo under the management of 49-year-old former Dynamo Zagreb player manager Krunoslav Jurcic.
Bogere who is currently in Uganda has another chance to land a foreign move this time at Spanish side Villarreal were he is set to conduct trials as soon as the airports are opened after securing an invitation as well as visas all fully paid for by the La liga side.