Brian Umony: World Cup Dream Alive


capsule geneva; font-size: small;”>Chimp Corp Elly Kyeyune had a one-on-one with the star (BU) recently in Kampala.

illness geneva;”>Excerpts:

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CHIMP CORP: Tell me how you find Azam FC in Tanzania?

BU: I moved to Azam early this year when they identified me after the 2012 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. I am having a good time at the Club because they are very professional. However, I only played four league games for them and some CAF Confederation ties before I got injured.

CHIMP CORP: What kind of injury did you suffer?

BU: I picked a metatarsal problem and it was identified late. It has taken me three months off football. But the doctors in Dar es Salaam are handing it well and I hope to be back to action soon.

CHIMP CORP: What is your view on change of coaches for the Cranes?

BU: That is something which is always left to the FA to decide, but I believe just like how players move, it is also good to make some changes on coaching staff when the timing is right. The new coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is a nice guy and I am sure we shall work well with him and achieve something.

CHIMP CORP: How do you compare league football in Tanzania and Uganda?

BU: I can confidently say that football in Tanzania is more competitive than in Uganda because teams have big sponsorship and the league also has a big sponsor. Because the teams invest a lot in the players, they expect good performances, thus making matches very competitive.

The fans in Tanzania are also very passionate unlike Uganda and support the game in big numbers which has an impact on performance.

CHIMP CORP: Tell us which teams you have played for before joining Azam FC?

BU: I started football while in school although I was always over looked because of my small stature. I joined first Division sides Naguru United and Naguru Avis 2003 to 2007.

I then signed for premier league side KCC FC in 2007, before making a professional switch to South Africa’s Super Sport in 2009. However after one season in Supersport, I moved to Pretoria University and later Portland Timbers in the US. I joined Bicamex Binh Duong in Vietnam before returning to KCCA FC in 2012.

CHIMP CORP: How do you rate the Cranes chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup?

BU: It is a tough hurdle, but with change of a coach and fighting back to win two back to back matches, I think our chances are as open as other teams. We should take every game as it comes starting with the one against Senegal in September.

CHIMP CORP: What is your take on Uganda missing out of Afcon since 1978?

BU: We have taken really many years without being in Africa’s biggest showpiece, but my prayer is that we achieve that when I am still an active footballer. We have come close to qualifying twice under coach Bobby Williamson, but I think we are close to getting there.

CHIMP CORP: How many times have you featured for the national team?

BU: I have played 13 times for the national team, but also made one appearance for the national Under 20 team. But I also remember being the top scorer in 2009 when Uganda lifted the 10th Cecafa Tusker senior Challenge Cup and player of the tournament in last year’s Edition.

CHIMP CORP: What are your plans after football?

BU: I plan to go into business after football, but also to go for further education since I already hold a degree from Kyambogo University in Kampala.

CHIMP CORP: How do you see football in Uganda in the next five years?

BU: I think football in Uganda is getting better and better. I think it will be of high standard if there is only one league, more corporate companies injecting money and players paid good wages.


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