Hilary Panuel Mukundane is the captain of Mbarara City FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, a Club he joined from Ntonda FC in 2016.
Born in Kyeizooba, Igala Bushenyi District, Mukundane was raised in a family of 3 brothers and 2 sisters by Benet Karukiiko (father) and Winnie Karukiiko (mother).
He attended Bugonji Modern Primary School up to P.6 before completing his Primary Leaving Exams at Mweguri Primary School. He went to Bugongi SS for part of his O-Level but sat for his UCE examinations at Vine High School.
He attended Kitagata SS for A-Level before graduating at Bishop Stuart University.
Mukundane did not play any football at the Primary level,
“I was selected to play for the school team but being too small I was turned into a ball-boy,” Mukundane reveals to The Touchline Sports
“At A-Level, it’s where I started playing serious football with Kitagata SS and later at Bishop Stuart University where I spent two years.”
Mukundane started club football at Kamoma FC in the Western Regional League in 2015, before crossing to Ntoda FC in 2016.
He joined Mbarara City for the 2016/17 season in the FUFA Big League, a side he helped gain promotion to the Uganda Premier League after knocking out Synergy FC 2-1 in the playoff final at Startimes Stadium, Lugogo.
Mbarara City and Mukundane have so far spent 3 seasons in the Startimes Uganda Premier League since gaining promotion in 2017 and the right-footed center-half has been an integral figure in the Ankole Lions squad. He has so far scored a total of 9 goals with 3 of them coming in the just-concluded 2019/20 season.
Mukundane admits that playing against Vipers SC forward Dan Sserunkuma has been one his most difficult tasks,
“Mzee is very short,” he told the website before adding “but he knows how to use the ball, he dribbles well and he’s ever-present upfront. He is not easy to monitor.”
Being the most sought after player in Western Uganda, Mukundane has set his targets straight,
“I want to play for a team better than Mbarara City,” he reveals.
“When you play for a better club, your chances of playing for the National team are very high, in the next 3-5 years I want to be a regular in the National team set up.”
Mukundane is inspired by Uganda Cranes Assistant Captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda locally due to his mobility and leadership skills and Arsenal’s David Luiz internationally.
Hilary Mukundane’s fact file
Date of birth: 09/12/2000
Strongest foot: Right.
- Bugongi Modern Primary School
- Mweguri Primary School
- Bugongi Secondary School
- Vine High School
- Kitagata Secondary School, and
- Bishop Stuart University
Teams played for;
- Six O’Clock FC
- Kamoma FC
- Ntoda FC
- Mbarara City FC
Dan Mzei Sserukuma
Hassan Wasswa Mawadda and David Luiz (Arsenal)