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Hassan Matovu: Kyambadde discovered my potential

Matovu during a training session with Proline FC at the Startimes Stadium in Lugogo | PFC Media

Hassan Matovu is a Ugandan Football player who plays for the Lugogo-based side, Proline FC. Matovu is currently one of the burgeoning promising goalkeepers in Ugandan football.

Matovu during a training session with Proline FC at the Startimes Stadium in Lugogo | PFC Media

Hassan started playing football as a forward but was converted to goalkeeping by his coach then, Yusuf Kyambadde, a position he has maintained till now.

He was born in Mulago hospital and raised in Nagulu. He is the fourth in a family of six groomed by Abdul Muyomba and Mwajuma Nakazzi.

Hassan started his primary education at Kito Pioneer school (2001- 2003) before he attended and concluded his Primary leaving Examinations at Shimon Demonstration Primary School (2004- 2010). He went to Old Kampala SSS for his Secondary level education.

He started playing football at an immature age and was always animated by his fellow kids who were playing at the Football Talent Academy in Naguru.

The fact that Naguru nurtured a lot of football players, during this time I looked up to these players. This forced me to start playing football at a tender age as a forward.

Surprisingly, Hassan started playing football as a forward and later transformed into a goalkeeper

“It was at Old Kampala SS during the interclass competitions, my class turned up with no goalkeeper. So, I volunteered and fortunately, I had a good game on my first day.”

Our school coach then, Yusuf Kyambadde saw me putting up enormous performances and he asked me to join the school team and get molded into the school’s goalkeeper, which I agreed to. Since then, I am a goalkeeper.

After his tremendous performances for the school, it was again his coach at the school, Kyambadde that linked him to the KCCA FC junior team.

“Kyambadde took me to KCCA FC where I joined the junior team. After a stint with the junior team, I was elevated to the senior team in 2016 and I became the third choice to Benjamin Ochan and Emmanuel Opio.”

Through his time with the senior team, Matovu failed to call a starting slot and he moved on to Miracle FC, where he was scouted by Proline FC.

“I was with the senior team up to 2018 but I never got enough playing time. In 2018, I moved on to Kampala 1st Division side Miracle FC, but still, I kept on training with KCCA FC.”

“It is while at Miracle FC that Proline FC spotted me. I was given a go-ahead by Mike Mutebi to join them on loan for a year in the FUFA Big League.

Matovu played a key role as Proline FC gained promotion to the Startimes Uganda Premier League | PFC Media

Matovu helped Proline FC gain promotion to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League and also win Stanbic Uganda Cup in the same season from which he got an opportunity to play on a continental level.

He says;

“I got an opportunity of playing at the continental level because Proline FC had won the Uganda Cup title. So, I went back to Coach Mike Mutebi and I requested for another season with Proline FC so that I can play more and expose myself on the continent.”

Matovu in an aerial challenge during the CAF Confederations Cup against Al Masry in Egypt | PFC Media

However, he says, goalkeeping is the most challenging position on the field of play as they face a lot of difficulties during the game.

“We are vulnerable to getting injuries due to the poor playing surfaces and we are also the victims of the rough one on one challenges. The only good thing about goalkeeping is that we can use all the body parts, unlike other outfield players.”

When asked about his most difficult games, Matovu was quick to respond;

“So far, there are two games which have given me a real challenge, one was against APR FC in the CECAFA tournament in Rwanda and another was a Startimes Uganda Premier League game where we lost 4-2 to Vipers SC.”

The youngster says his dream is to become KCCA FC’s first-choice goalkeeper and playing on the national team.

His idols are Charles Lukwago of KCCA FC, Denis Masinde Onyango who currently plays for Mamelodi Sundowns, and Ter Stegen of Barcelona.

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