Ibrahim Sekagya to join New York Red Bulls technical staff

HARRISON, NJ (February 16, 2015) – The New York Red Bulls announced today the addition of former player Ibrahim Sekagya to the organization’s technical staff. Sekagya announced his retirement from professional soccer last week.

"Ibrahim had a great playing career and is also a great person. He is a true professional," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. "His successes for both club and country speak for themselves, and the length of his career is a testament to his character and work ethic. We thank him for his service to the New York Red Bulls, and we look forward to working with him and integrating his knowledge and experience into helping both our coaching staff and our young players at all levels."

Sekagya joined New York in the summer of 2013 from Red Bull Salzburg. He played in eight games during the late season push to win the 2013 Supporters Shield. In 2014 the veteran helped solidify the back line, making 25 appearances, including 23 starts, as well as starting all five playoff games during the team’s run to the Eastern Conference Championship.

“Ibrahim understands the game incredibly well,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch. “That’s what allowed him to play at a high level for so many years. He will be a great resource to our staff, and I expect him to have a very strong impact on our young players, especially our young defenders.”

In Salzburg, Sekagya helped the team to three Austrian Bundesliga titles, and one Austrian Cup championship. He served as captain for the club, and in 2008-09 was named the fan’s player of the year.

“I appreciate this opportunity. This is something that I wanted to do in my career. It’s a good opportunity, it will be a bit of a transition, so it’s good to do this at a club I know. Staying within the family of Red Bull was important to me. It’s almost eight years between my time here and Salzburg.”

The center back also served as captain of the Ugandan national team. The Kampala, Uganda, native has 35 caps for his country, including World Cup Qualifying in 2006 and 2010.