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Douglas Kisembo: Unsure of future at UPDF plus dreams of emulating Onyango

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Born in 1990 to Mwesige George John and Nanyage Prossy in Bweyogerere, Wakiso district, Douglas Kisembo began playing soccer in school but never got enough chance to express his talent because his parents were so strict on him – they needed him to concentrate on his academics.

It was not until 2006 when he joined African Youth Academy, a Bweyogerere based academy which was then coached by Coach Kimbowa. He spent six years at African Youth Academy and was later taken up by Kampala Regional side Bweyogere United before the 2012-13 Regional League.

It was Sam Timbe’s Police FC who gave Kisembo the first opportunity to feature for a topflight team and he took it with both hands becoming one of the best players in the team. His heroics managed to turn him into one of the most thought about players at the club for a period of three years.

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His performance at Police FC impressed KCCA FC manager, Mike Mutebi who there and then handed him a three-year deal at the StarTimes Stadium in 2016. This happened after the shot-stopper running down his contract with Police FC.

Douglas Kisembo ( suit) being unveiled by KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi after signing from Police in 2016

However, just after one year at KCCA FC, Kisembo was sent back to Police FC, this time on loan, after failing to find a starting place at Lugogo as a result of stiff competition in the position.

After terminating his contract with KCCA FC in 2018, Douglas Kisembo joined Tanzania’s African Lyon for a period of one year (2018 to 2019) before moving on to Bishara United FC on a short term deal before returning home to join StarTimes FUFA Big league outfit UPDF FC for their second round of the 2019-20 season.

Kisembo says he dreams of emulating Cranes’ number one and Captain Denis Masinde Onyango.

Denis Onyango Masinde - Douglas Kisembo - The Touchline Sports

Kisembo looks up to Denis Masinde Onyango who has won the CAF champions league with Mamelodi Sundowns and was named Best African goalkeeper of the year in 2019 by CAF | Courtesy photo

He also made a mention of the late Abbey Dhaira and Yasin Mugabi as some of the players he also looks up to, however, he emphasizes that he would wish to emulate Onyango, who currently plies his trade with South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.

“My role models are Dennis Onyango, Abbey Dhaira, and Yasin Mugume but I want to emulate Dennis Onyango more,” he tells The Touchline Sports,” Kamardin Shero.

After helping UPDF to finish top of the Rwenzori group of the FUFA Big league by the time FUFA ended all football competitions due to coronavirus crisis.

UPDF’s automatic qualification for next season’s StarTimes UPL was contested by Ndejje University and we await to see what FUFA’s final decision on the matter will be.

Douglas Kisembo is not sure he will be at the Bombo barracks based club next season.

“I am not sure I will be with UPDF FC next season.”

“But in case I am with them, I will make sure we survive relegation, fight for a good position on the table and make the team win more games so as we prolong our stay in the top tier”

Kisembo also highlights the first time he was summoned to the national team and the head injury as his best and worst moments respectively in his football career.

“My best moment in my football career was when I was summoned to the National team by Coach Micho ahead of the 2016 CHAN tournament in Rwanda. My worst is when I got a head injury in training while at KCCA FC.”

Douglas Kisembo - KCCA FC

Kisembo donned the protective head gear after sustaining a head injury while at KCCA FC ! Courtesy of KCCA FC media

On his career targets,

“I want to play for Uganda Cranes again and better my goalkeeping skills so as to play for another team outside Uganda,” Kisembo narrates.


Fact File

Name: Kisembo Douglas

Date of birth: 9th October 1990 (29 Yrs)

Place of Birth: Mulago Hospital

Position: Goalkeeper

Strong Foot: Right


Education Background

Nursery – Muto Nursery School- Bweyogerere

Primary – Ntake Infant Sch (P.1), Bweyogerere Unique Public Sch (P.2- P.3), Bweyogerere CoU Primary Sch (P.4- P.7)

Secondary – Kasana Town Academy Boys (S 1), St John’s SSS (S.2- S.4), Lugazi Homeland College (S.5- S.6)

Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in development studies- Ndejje University


Special Honors
  • Won the Super Cup with KCCA FC
  • Won the League title with KCCA FC
  • Won Uganda Cup with KCCA FC

Football Career
  • Bweyogerere United (2012-2013)
  • Police FC (2013-2016)
  • KCCA FC (2016-2017)
  • Police FC on loan from KCCA (2017-2018)
  • African Lyon – Tanzania (2018-2019)
  • Biashara United (2019-2020)
  • UPDF FC FC (2020 up to date)

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