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Shariph Kimbowa: A forward yet to be challenged, wants to play for Cranes

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Busoga United forward Shariph Kimbowa joined Busoga United from Lungujja Galaxy after a series of stunning performances in the regional league as a possible replacement for Joel Madondo at the start of the StarTimes UPL second round.

He tells The Touchline Sports about his dreams, preference for Ronaldo, football journey, disappointments, and his first season in the StarTimes UPL.

Born in Masaka, a third born in a family of six raised by the late Nuuhu Kyanika (father) and Nabatanzi Emmy Gombya(mother), Kimbowa started his football journey at Masaka SS in 2008 and featured in several Post-Primary tournaments before switching to Blessed Sacrament Kimanya in 2012.

Kimbowa (shirt number 17) in action for Blessed Sacrament Kimanya in the 2013 Copa tournament in Kabale

While still at Kimanya, he spent most of his holiday time training and playing for Synergy FC, a team he played for four years and helped them gain FUFA Big league promotion in 2014.

Due to his incredible performance while at Synergy in 2015, Sheen Magoolo as nicknamed by his peers was recruited by Nkumba University to further his studies while playing soccer for the University side.

He scored multiple goals in the University Football League in his 4 years at the institution and was the second-best top scorer at the 2017 tournament.

He also featured for Regional side Doves FC and helped them gain FUFA Big League promotion in the 2017-18 season before joining Kampala Regional side, Lungujja Galaxy FC ahead of the 2018-19 season.

From Lungujja Galaxy, he was spotted by Busoga United’s coach Abbey Bogere Kikomeko and was signed up to the Jinja based club ahead of the 2019-20 StarTimes UPL season.

Shariph Kimbowa “Sheen” after putting pen to paper on Busoga United’s contract before the 2019-20 season

Winning flows in Sheen’s veins like blood since joining the Jinja based club, where he lost only once and won the remaining 4 of the 5 games he featured in last season.

Although he has been a fantastic player in the lower leagues and the UFL, Sheen’s journey in the StarTimes UPL hasn’t been rosy.

“Getting a Super League club was not easy for me. They were undermining me because I was coming from University league,” Kimbowa narrates to The Touchline Sports.

“I had no experience in the league so they thought I can’t make it yet I had at least had a good experience in these other leagues. So, I had to work hard to prove my coach that I can,” He adds.

He says his first game did not go as a first-timer would have wished.

“My first league game was a nightmare. We lost 3-0 Bright Star FC but I had a good game and put a good show in the second game. We were playing against URA at home and won 3-0 even after being reduced to 10 men before halftime.”

On whether he achieved the target for the 2019-20 season, Sheen says it was only the coronavirus crisis that prevented him from achieving it.

“My targets were not achieved because by the time I felt like I was fit and ready to harm any big club the league was halted. I thought I could make my team finish in the top 2 or 3,” a disappointed Kimbowa says.

Not being called up to Kampala Regional team that played against the Uganda Cranes in 2019 at Lugogo was another problem for the youngster.

“When I missed being on the Kampala Regional team that played against the Uganda cranes last year at Lugogo yet I was among the best strikers in the League and my team (Lungujja Galaxy) was second on the table.”

“They called up players from clubs which were close to being relegated and I was left out. I felt disappointed.”

Sheen is yet to find a hard time playing against any defenders in his career.

“In Uganda, I have not found any tough opponent,” He says before adding “The one felt like could be a big challenge was my teammate and it was always during training. We used to challenge one another at Buddu Ssaza and at high school. It is Mustafa Mujuzi (who currently plays for Proline FC).”

“He was always physical. I learned from him how to play against physical defenders. Because he didn’t want to be challenged, he was always bitter on me. He knocked and tackled me harder so he taught me a lot.”

“To me, football is a business. When we are opponents, even if you are my brother in a game, I mean business.”

Nkumba’s Sheen Magoolo rushes on the ball before Kampala University’s goalie | Courtesy Photo

In the next 5 years, Kimbowa wants to be playing for the National Team, the Uganda Cranes.

“I want to be an established player in the world and a national team material,” he says.

“I hope to be playing for a team that is in one of the top professional leagues in Europe,” he adds.

Malidad Zama Bukenya and Vicent Kayiizi are his local inspirations while Thiery Henry, Sergio Agüero and Cristiano Ronaldo are the international ones.

“I grew up in Masaka. I used to watch Malidadi Bukenya most of the time. I liked his speed on the ball. Vincent Kayizzi used to come to school, so I  loved the way he plays. The good thing is both are wingers.”

“I watched Thierry Henry. He was good at finishing. I like Kun Aguero because he is powerful and has that eye for the goal.”

“Ronaldo is the best for me because he has all the attributes I like to emulate both in the box and outside it, So he is my favorite.”


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