The Bible in ecclesiasts 3:1 indicates “To Everything There is a Season. 1There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven– 2A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.…”
And it is time for assistant referee Samuel Kayondo to retire from the call he has served with loyalty for the last 22 years.
Kayondo announced that he will officially retire on Thursday 15th June 2017 with his final game in charge as a referee coming in the Uganda Cup between Paidha Black Angels and KCCA FC at Greenlight stadium in Arua.
The match official intimated to this website that he has had a wonderful journey and believes it is time to leave the stage
“Today is my last day as a referee in the world, pill the job I have done with one heart for 22 years. Imagine referring is a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. These are work, health, family, friends and spirit. You are keeping all balls in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop the ball, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. So you must as a referee understand that and strive for it.” stated Kayondo.
Kayondo has not only officiated at the local level but has gone a notch higher to handle regional and continental engamements.
Who is Kayondo?
Born in 1970 to Mr. Kefa Kigero Ssekibuule and Mrs. Joyce Nalubega, Samuel Kayondo attended SSI Primary School in Bukunja, present day Buikwe District for his elementary studies.
He joined Ngogwe Baskerville SS and later Bishop SS Mukono where he completed his secondary school education before enrolling for a diploma in Journalism at UMCAT.
Picking interest in officiating
Kayondo notes that he picked interest in becoming a referee at the age of 24 in 1994 because he had the passion and love for the game of football.
At that time, Nelson Mubanda Nsubuga a respected and celebrated referee in Uganda picked Kayondo and took him to Mukono where he enrolled in the beginners courses.
A year later, Kayondo due to his willingness and ability at interpreting the laws of the game had fast risen to promise and started officiating games as an assistant referee(Linesman).
He would go on to affirm his prowess hence earning him a CAF badge and by 2004, Kayondo had acquired the prestigious FIFA referee’s badge.
This meant, the calm and composed referee had earned himself the opportunity to officiate games on the continent including national team qualifiers and club engagements a thing he has done for the last 13 years.
Kayondo cannot figure out the numerous awards he has got in the 22 years but notable among them are the Fufa, CAF, FIFA certificates and two CECAFA medals won in 2008 and 2009 in Sudan and Rwanda respectively.
The ever joyful official does not regret the time he has spent as an assistant referee due to the various achievements attained including friends, educating his children and living a reasonable life.
Life after referring
Kayondo states that he has several commitments ahead of him that includes his businesses, caring for his family more but also harbors plans of becoming a referees assessor or instructor.