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SEKAJJA OUT TO IMPRESS

11 January 2013

Ibra Sekajja is hoping to have a big impact during his time at Barnet Football Club

Ibra Sekajja hopes to have a big impact after joining the club on a one-month loan deal from Crystal Palace.

The striker also revealed his delight at getting a second opportunity to work with Edgar Davids after the duo struck up a close relationship at Selhurst Park. 

Speaking exclusively to Barnetfc.com, Sekajja highlighted Davids’ vision for the club as the determining factor behind his decision to join the Bees. 

 “I spent a lot of time with him at Palace so it is great to link up with him again, we know each other well and were very close so hopefully that can benefit both of us and the club. 

“Edgar being here was a big thing for me when making my decision, when I spoke to him he outlined his vision for the club and for me as a player I can see myself fitting into his plans.”

The 20-year-old has already been loaned out by the Eagles once this season to MK Dons but his chances were limited and he hopes a spell at Underhill will lead to more first-team opportunities.

 “I have already been out on loan once this season to MK Dons but to be honest I did not play that much, hopefully this will not be the case at Barnet.

“It was frustrating but you have to leave the bad out of it and take the positives, it was a good experience but I would have liked to have played more.”

He has also featured in the Barclays Under-21 Development League but believes playing in League Two will make him a better player as he continues to forge his career. 

 “I have played a few games in the Under-21 league this season but coming here into a first-team environment is a completely different challenge.

“If I can learn as much from Edgar as I did at Crystal Palace then I will become a better player who can hopefully help Barnet progress up the league table.”

At the age of 18 Sekajja exploded onto the scene by scoring an 88th minute equaliser against Hull City to ensure the Eagles Championship status with his first touch in professional football. 

“It was a dream and words really cannot do it justice because it is something that you never think will happen, it just blew me away.

“Football is my passion and it is something I love to do, hopefully I will get the opportunity to do that here because I love being out there playing.”

Another area in which the youngster is keen to progress is within the England set-up, he has already featured for England at youth level and hopes first-team football will lead to fresh opportunities. 

“I have not had a call up recently but I think that is down to me not playing very much first-team football. 

“The England staff are always assessing players to come in at different levels but it is one of those things that can happen in an instant, you just have to make sure you are ready when called upon.”

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