Meet the Ugandan born – South Sudanese at the World
Everytime Pione Sisto Ifolo Emirmija touches the ball, football commentators at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia mention his Ugandan roots to the excitement of Ugandan soccer fans.
Pione Sisto was born in 1995 in Uganda to South Sudanese refugee parents.
When he made two months, his parents relocated to Denmark, settling at Hoejslev Stationsby.
It is here that Sisto’s football talent was spotted at seven years by Tjorrina a team he played for, for a while.
He was later spotted by Glen Riddersholm who recommended him to join Midtjylland one of the elite clubs that he believed offered better opportunity for young South Sudanese footballer’s talent development.
In 2010, Sisto joined their youth team until 2013 when he graduated to the senior team.
Riddersholm saw Sisto is a very hardworking player who always worked to perfect his skills on pitch.
During his youth time at Midtyjlland he used to have over 12 hour a week of training.
Just one year after graduating to the Midtyjlland senior team he was voted player of the year by a magazine in Denmark.
The under 21 Danish national team coach wanted him to play for Denmark but it was hard since he had not acquired the Danish citizenship yet.
Sisto officially become Danish citizen in 2014 from there he was summoned for the under 21 team where he played six games before graduating to the senior team.
Since 2016, after he scored against Manchester united home and away in Europa League, Sisto has not missed any Denmark international game.
He has only scored once for Danish national soccer team.
He joined Spanish side Celta Vigo in 2016 from Midtyjlland on a transfer fee of €5m (Shs 22.5bn) and has since attracted interest from clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona and Ajax.
He comes from a family of eight siblings who are all in Denmark.