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Kenneth Kimera: I was so scared in my first Uganda Premier League game


Kenneth Kimera, the youngster who has just pushed Gomba county to their nineth(9) Masaza Cup final with four goals joined Wakiso Giants ahead of the 2023/24 season.

In an interview with The Touchline sports, Kenneth kimera, the Wakiso Giants striker discussed his his footballing journey.

Kimera started his life with football an as a young boy aged 7yrs when he joined Rising Stars Academy, a football institution that was established by a white man in his locality, Gayaza.

He developed through the ranks of the academy playing in the U10, U12 and U15 upto the senior team.

Kimera then joined KCCA FC Junior team for two years under coach, Jackson Magera. He failed to breakthrough and decided to return to his home side, Rising Stars in Gayaza.

After returning to Rising Stars Academy, he got a chance to feature in the first team that played in the first division for one year before the academy was dissolved.

Kyadondo Eagles was his next side playing in the first division of Wakiso district for the next one year.

Kimera got his first call for the Buganda Masaza cup in 2021 playing for Kyadondo saza FC where he ended the tournament with an impressive five goals tally.

Kimera celebrating a goal in Kyadondo colours.

His performance at Kyadondo saza FC attracted Gomba saza FC in 2022 where signed, featured and became the second top scorer with 7 goals falling behind the top scorer with only one goal.

Kimera in Gomba colours.

Kimera had to play for Gomba saza FC for the second year after his move to Butambala saza FC failed.

“Butambala is the county I wanted to play for in 2023 Masaza Cup but a law was passed, one which restricts a player from leaving team to another before playing for it for atleast two years”. Kimera said

He added that he had been in the Butambala camp and featured in all their friendlies before the law was passed.

However he appaulds Gomba for giving him chance to be spotted by the Star Times UPL teams.

“It’s from Masaza cup that Wakiso Giants spotted me”. Kimera added

After playing his three seasons in the Buganda Masaza Cup, will no longer play in the Buganda Kingdom top football tournament as per the law.

From the Masaza side Gomba, the youngster joined Wakiso Giants where he says he warmly welcomed by his teammates lead by the Club Captain Hassan Ssenyonjo who he holds in high regard naming him his best teammate so far.

Kimera featuring for Wakiso Giants FC.

Kimera went on to say that he was scared in his first Uganda premier league game .

“I was so scared in my first game when the coach put me in the first line up against Bright stars which ended in a 1-1 draw.” Kimera added

The youngster scored his first goal in Uganda Premier league when his team played against UPDF.

Kimera celebrating his goal against against UPDF.

Kimera has also featured in the secondary schools football competitions (USSSA) and East Africa football competition (FEASSSA) under Kibuli Senior Secondary School.

Kimera (extreme Left) with Kibuli SS.

When asked if he will be able to future for the school the youngster said confirmed that he still has intentions of playing for Kibuli Senior Secondary school and appreciates them for the help they rendered to him.

In conclusion, Kimera acknowledged that his has dreams of playing for the Uganda Cranes and professional football leagues abroad.

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