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Keziron Kizito: An extraordinary talent that has not lived to expectation

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KCCA FC playmaker Keziron Kizito remains a big prospect to many at Lugogo even after struggling for regular game time last season.

More was expected of the 2014/15 Uganda Premier League winner (with Vipers) when he returned from the Indian Super League’s Kerala Blasters FC to join thirteen-time winners KCCA FC.

Now, the agile midfielder with a soft passing right foot remains so much remembered for his at Vipers SC where he had spent most of his career after joining the four-time league champions in 2014 from St. Mary’s Kitende, than where he has been.

Born on 17th January 1997 by Mary Mugisha and Simon Mukasa in Fort portal, he is the elder brother to another talented midfielder, Ronald Kikonyogo, with other three boys and two girls in the family of seven.

Before finishing his education at St. Mary’s Kitende in 2013 he had attended Kahungabunyonyi Primary School up to 2007. He went to Mpanga Secondary School from 2008 to 2009 before joining Old Kampala Secondary school where he completed 0′ level in 2011.

Kizito joined St. Mary’s SS – Kitende and played for the School team alongside
Alitho James, Kityo Edward, Dan Bilikwalira, Olwochi Bob, Halid Lwaliwa, Waiswa Moses, Sadat Ssekajja, Miya Farouk, Yunus Sentamu, Jungu Methodius among others.

Keziron Kizito spent 3 seasons at Vipers (2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017). He made his debut for Vipers SC in September 2014 against Entebbe FC and scoring his first goal in the same match.

Keziron Kizito celebrate after scoring for Vipers SC at Namboole Stadium | Courtesy Photo

He made 14 assists for the Kitende based side guiding them to the 2014/2015 league title and the Uganda Cup the following season.

Kizito says he refused to renew with Vipers in 2017 because he needed a change of environment.

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“In 2017, I rejected to renew my contract with Vipers SC because I wanted to seek competition elsewhere and of course improving myself. It is not true that I had fallen out of the team as many people said.”

He then moved to the Kenyan Premier League as a free agent, where he joined AFC Leopards, making his debut on 27 July 2017 against Bidco United coming off the bench to score his first goal as AFC Leopards edged Bidco United 2-1 in the GOtv Cup round of 16 at the Thika Municipal Stadium.

He played only four games and moved on to the Indian Super League’s Kerala Blasters in 2017. He made his debut for Blasters on 4 January 2018 against FC Pune City coming as a substitute replacing Dimitar Berbatov in the 46th minute.

Keziron in action as Kerala Blasters took on Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super league.

He could not play the entire season after picking up an injury midway through the 2017-18 season. He continued at the club Blasters through 2018-19, making 17 appearances, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists before returning to Uganda to join Mike Mutebi’s KCCA FC.

He says he left Kerala Blasters after his contract had ended. He had some offers in Europe, but they did not go on well. That is why he decided to look back at the local market.

While at KCCA FC, Keziron Kizito played with fellow former Venoms Mike Sulaiman Mutyaba and Erisa Ssekisambu. He made his debut for the Kasasiro Boys on 2nd October 2019, against Tooro United FC. He guided KCCA FC to the second position.

Keziron poses for a photo moment after inking a two-year deal at KCCA in 2019

He says he is yet to exhibited his full potential at the club.

I have been having a problem with my fitness levels because he did not do attend pre-season with the team.”

He termes Mike “Ray” Mutebi as the Uganda version of Pep Guardiola.

Kizito started playing for the national team in 2015 with a friendly game against Ethiopia, he played CHAN 2016 in Rwanda, played for the U23, in 2016 he won CECAFA senior Challenge cup in Ethiopia.

He scored his first goal for Uganda National Team on 4 July 2015 against Tanzania in CHAN 2016 qualifying Round.

Keziron featured for the Uganda cranes in the 2016 CHAN tournament in Rwanda

He also Keziron talked about the one person who discovered his talent.

“It was Coach Gore Mohammed who discovered me at Primary three-level while I was still in Fort portal,” Keziron reveals to the Touchline.

When asked how the Ugandan league can be improved Kizito says,

“I would make sure each club shows its bank statements as proof that they can really take care of the player’s salaries because there can not be competition if players from different teams demand salaries for like 4 months and playing against the well paid off players from other teams, it is not fair.”

“In India, the league is more professional, players are paid on time, they have good pitches, better facilities, and high-intensity competition.”

On his best teammate, Kizito says Vipers’ Sirajje Sentamu remains his all-time best partner in midfield.

“Ssentamuhas has a tremendous recovery and his work rate in the middle of the pitch is top class, he can make you look good on a day.”

Away from football, Kizito does other businesses which include farming and Real Estate in Matuga and Fort portal respectively.

His role models in world football are Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.

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