Friendships are born in a million different ways. Finding a true friend feels like a gift that keeps on giving, even when they are thousands of miles away.
Whether you’re celebrating life or happen to experience an unexpected bump, you can always rely on your friends to be there for you. A listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or finding the silver lining in a less than ideal situation. Your best friend is always there for you.
Football is a game that preaches unity, sacrifice, and team work. Teammates may not be necessarily best of friends but the sacrifice over 90 minutes breeds undying love for each other among the players.
Ronald Lusulire brings you some of the best friends in Ugandan football.
Allan Okello, Mustafa Kiiza and Julius Poloto.
The class of 2017 graduates have gone on to have dominant performances as they have helped guide the club through one of the most successful eras in the club’s history. The trio are a symbol of the club’s continued belief in youth development.
Okello and Poloto played together at Kibuli SS while Kizza featured for their rival school Kakungulu Memorial. But its at KCCA junior team where the trio would become close.
In training, it is evident how close they are. They are always in close proximity and follow each other like young ducklings.
When one finds the youthful trio outside the pitch, it might be hard to believe they are just friends as they are so close to each other and their relationship becomes more eye catching on the field of play especially when one of them finds the back of the net. Their dance celebrations say it all.
Denis Onyango and Simon Masaba.
Only those with a keen eye and good at research will agree with me but without a doubt Onyango and Simon Masaba now coach at Onduparaka are tight buddies. When Onyango returns for holidays from South Africa, it’s rare for him to move without Masaba. Furthermore, it is believed that a number of Onyango’s property in Kampala is taken care of by Masaba. #AFriendIndeed.
Allan Kateregga and Yakubu Ramathan.
Once Playing for Sports Club Victoria University and Kenyan side AFC Leopards is what the duo share in common. Their time at AFC Leopards made them get too close as they shared the same house, same food, etc. In fact, even when Kateregga left AFC Leopards, he kept close contact with Yakubu till now.
Bright Anukani and Mustafa Mujuzi.
The duo met a few years back at Proline FC but on first sight one might think they have been together for quite a long period of time. Always together in training and sleep in the same rooms both at club and national team. What Mujuzi has, he ensures Anukani strives to acquire it.
Ivan Bukenya and Sula Matovu.
The two got to know more about each other in the 2007 Coca cola national schools post primary that were held in Jinja district.
Bukenya was at Kibuli SS while Matovu was at East high school where both put up brilliant displays and were selected amongst best players.
From their they joined Proline FC together and became more like brothers. It’s of no surprise that when Bukenya joined Iraq side Erbil FC he connected Matovu to the club. Bukenya also did the same while at South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.
Yunus Sentamu and Miya Farouk.
The duo got to know about each other while playing in the Masaza cup of Buganda. They later reunited at St. Marys SS Kitende and later Vipers sports club.
After Sentamu making news in the 2014 Chan tournament in South Africa in which he scored three goals, he was quick to alert the nation about Miya who by then wasn’t known.
The following season Vipers promoted Miya to the senior side and since then he has become a darling to most soccer lovers in the nation. It’s of no surprise that the duo shares the same agent.
Noordin Bunjo and Joshua Okiror.
The Proline FC duo have been together for most of their time on earth as the beautiful game united them to brothers since their days at Proline Soccer Academy to St.Marys Kitende SS and now Proline FC, they have been one with no signs on separating.
Savio Kabugo and Richard Kassaga.
In Ugandan football it’s hard to find best friends playing in the same department. The relationship of the duo surprises everyone.
They got to know each other in 2012 while Savio was playing for Sports club Victoria University and Kassaga for Kira Young FC.
The following year Cranes head coach Micho summoned them for the Chan qualifiers against Tanzania and they impressed, they went on to do wonders in the final tournament in 2014 that was held in South Africa which made most football lovers wish for their partnership on the senior cranes team as it reminded them of the Sekagya-Batabaire collaboration.
The two are most of the times together, do gym, swim etc together.
Kipson Atuhaire and Latif Zidane.
Despite Atuhaire changing his nationality to Rwanda, he has never forgotten his longtime friend Latif. Latif’s talent while at school with Kitende was too much but surprised many when he got lost on the football scene.
He returned to football with Lugazi regional side Mulendwe FC in 2014 and when Atuhaire got a professional deal in the Kingdom of Cambodia, he immediately recommended Latif who successfully passed his trials. Until now they’re still there.
Edema Patrick and Makoba Denis.
The duo got to know each other while in school, after they joined Proline soccer Academy, traveled with Proline to England in 2008, played together at different national levels and once stayed together.
Edema is currently playing professional football in Portugal while Makoba plays for Proline FC and every time Edema comes back in the country, he is mostly accompanied by Makoba.
Iguma Denis and Juuko Murushid.
The duo originate from the same village of Entebbe, they have played together in different schools and national competitions level and most of all share almost the safe life style.
Martin Muwanga and Ronald Muganga.
They played together at Vipers Sports club and later Muwanga left for professional football in Asia. When Sports club Villa dropped Muganga who was once tipped to be Uganda’s next big thing for his natural talent he got fed up of Ugandan football and it’s of no surprise that Muganga successfully recommended to Loei city R-Airlines and he joined him until today.
You can mention any other best friends you know…