Believed to be Uganda’s most gifted player of the past twenty years, Steven Bengo has finally retired from playing professional football today.
Bengo had a meteoric rise to star dorm from one of Uganda’s leading football schools, St. Mary’s Kitende.
He then went on to represent the traditional big three sides in Uganda; SC Villa, KCCA and Express plus Tanzanian giants Yanga FC.
Bengo confirmed that the reason behind his retirement despite being just 30 years old, was because of medical reasons.
“I quit football because of medical reason. One day, I went through a medical to join KCCA FC but the tests showed that I had a heart problem and the doctors advised me to quit the profession,” Bengo said during his press conference.
He added that initially he thought there was an error with the tests done at KCCA, so he sought professional help elsewhere, and results turned out to be similar, prompting his decision to retire.
Bengo also revealed that part of his next move includes doing charity work under his organization, The Bengo initiative that will work with street children and youth in areas of Lungujja, Kosovo and Rubaga.
“Being a football coach gives one ample time do other activities and with that I have an Initiative to help street children; The Bengo Initiative,”
“I grew up in the ghettos, mainly Rubaga Road in Muzana zone, Lungujja Kosovo where I drew the inspiration to start this initiative to extend help to people down there,”
“The people who are willing to join me in this charitable work, are highly welcome,” Bengo noted.
Bengo is currently doing his coaching badges, as well as working as a coach on Wakiso Giants technical team.
Prior to his retirement has been with Wakiso Giants FC and he was pivotal while the then big-league side fought their way to gain promotion to the Uganda premier season.
On the national team the Uganda Cranes, Steven Bengo was capped 7 times and scored 3 goals and was part of the CECAFA winning squad in 2008.
Bengo will be remembered for his silky touch, versatile football technic and skills on the ball as well as being dead ball Specialist.