Herman Kizito Ssebazza
Herman Kizito Ssebazza
Hometown: Uganda
Team: Soccer

Herman Kizito Ssebazza '70
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As a small boy in Uganda, Herman Kizito Ssebazza ’70shaped a ball out of banana fibers and kicked it around. It was aportent of greater things to come. Ssebazza was a good enoughwinger on his school team to play for the Ugandan national soccerteam in 1966. He continued his brilliant brand of ball-handling atBrown, where he played on several of the University’s finestsoccer teams. Two of those teams won Ivy titles, and the 1968 squadwas a NCAA semi-finalist. Ssebazza’s fine play brought himindividual honors as well. In both 1968 and 1969 he was named tothe first-team All-Ivy and second-team All-American squads. As asenior, Ssebazza served as co-captain and was a steadying influenceon a team loaded with sophomores. “He has the ability toalways lay a pass on a teammate’s foot, and is uncanny onheadballs,” observed one sportswriter in 1969. Not only that,but Ssebazza was admired by virtually an entire campus for hispersonal as well as his athletic qualities. “Herm could dojust about anything and he would be well-liked,” said hiscoach, Cliff Stevenson. Ssebazza is now an airworthiness engineerand expert adviser to the Mozambique Department of Civil Aviation,working under the United Nations Technical Assistance Programme. Heand his wife, Robinah, and the youngest of Herman’s threechildren visited soccer teammate George Gerdts ’69 in Seattlelast spring. “George and I are like brothers,” Ssebazzasays. “This, to me, best exemplifies what I value most aboutmy soccer years at Brown. To me, life, with all its complexity, issimilar to a big soccer game. As I face its challenges, I cansometimes still hear Coach cliff’s voice urging me to hustleon.”