Victor Aweko: An Interview With Former Bright Stars, Paidha BA Player

Name – Victor Aweko
Date of Birth – July 4, 1996
Place of Birth – Nebbi Hospital
Parents – Alworonga A. Stephen & Awachango A. Leoticia
Education – Afere Primary School (2001 to 2008), Nebbi Town SS (2009), Erussi SS, Nile High (2014 to 2015)
Position – Midfielder
Nickname – V8 I
Football Career – Young Villa United Soccer academy in Nebbi (2006-2012), Paidha Black Angels (2012-2016), Al Merriekh Juba (2014-2015), Bright Stars FC (2016-2018), Nebbi Central (2018-2019).

Victor Aweko, a fourth born in the family of seven (two boys and five girls), has played for Uganda Premier League side Bright Stars FC, Paidha Black Angels FC among others.

He started his playing career way back at Afere Primary School.

In 2006, he was spotted at Stanbic bank kids tournament to join Young Villa United Soccer Academy. Five years later, he acquired a FUFA license to play in the 4th division league.

In January transfer window of 2013, Abraham Ogussi Nega representing Paidha Black Angels negotiated with Young Villa United Soccer Academy for Aweko’s services and its where he spent four years before he was acquired by Bright Stars FC in the 2016/17 season.

He later joined Al Merriekh FC Juba from Paidha Black Angels on a three years contract but because of war where he won the league in 2016.

However, he terminated his contract later on due to insecurity in Juba.

Victor Aweko unveiled at Bright Stars

The-SportsNation: What do you think is your best game ever played?

Aweko – It is Bright Stars 1-0 URA at Champions Stadium Mwererwe in the Azam Uganda Premier League in 2017/18. And may be the West Nile 1-0 Uganda Cranes at Barokoro Stadium in Paidha Zombo District in April 2017. It was a dream come true for me to play for the national team because I promised my school teammates that I will be in the National team by 2017.

The-SportsNation: Then your worst match?
Aweko – It was SC Villa Vs Bright Stars FC at Namboole Stadium in the Azam Uganda Premier League 2016/17, we lost to SC Villa 5-3.

L-R: Jungu Methodius, Victor Aweko and Nelson Ssenkatuka

The-SportsNation: Your best goal?
Aweko – My best goal was in the FUFA Big League in 2014/15 at Kira ground between Kira United and Paidha Black Angels. We beat Kira United 4-1, I shot from the center and I scored the 2nd goal. That goal made some Paidha Black Angels fans nicknamed me Xabi Alonso and it made a man called Sabil pledge to give me Sh10000 whenever we meet up to now.

The-SportsNation: who is your toughest opponent?
Aweko – It has to be Abel Eturude, he runs a lot all over the pitch, he is aggressive and good on the ball as well. That needs maximum monitoring and it affects your play.

The-SportsNation: Who is the best teammate you have ever played with?
Aweko – I choose Oromchan Villa at Paidha Black Angels. He is a complete striker who is fast and always hungry for goal and he doesn’t waste chances. He can dribble, shoot and a hard worker. He became a close friend, Most of the time when I left my home town Nebbi to play for Paidha Black Angels he became like a brother to me. Other players are Jungu Methodius and Tabu Vitalis they also my good teammates, they are still full and talented Players, they are a joy to watch they make Football look easy.

The-SportsNation: Best Coach Played Under?
Aweko – Coach Kajoba Fred, Dudu Bosco and Effy of Nebbi Hot spring are the best managers I have played under. Kajoba is a good coach who was there for me all the time and any situation, with him you work hard and feel miles away from your competitors and doubters.

The-SportsNation: Your best football moment?
Aweko – My best football moment is playing three finals in three weeks – Losing one, and winning two of them. On Sunday May 2013, Westnile regional league final at Nebbi playground. Mvara Boys vs Paidha Black Angels we lost to Mvara Boys, on Friday Inter ITURI province final at Stade Armani Drele between FC Mabanga du Drele 3-1 Elikia we won and on Sunday Padyere Cup final between Nebbi Central 2-1 Parombo United, in all the finals that we won I scored the winning goals

The-SportsNation: That moment you will never forget?
Aweko: Scoring on all my debut in FUFA licensed league from 4th division DFA to 1st division the Uganda Premier League.

The-SportsNation: Worst Football moment?
Aweko – My worst football moment is when I got injured and stayed out for 18 months after rehabilitation. Thanks to Dr Kigundu of Police FC, Walusimbi Clinix Clinic at Villa Park, Adubango Bob Oprah of Nebbi Central FC.

The-SportsNation: Who inspired you to become a footballer?
Aweko – I was inspired by Toni Kroos and Tony Mawejje of Police FC. I have asked my agent to arrange for me to meet him (Tony Mawejje) soon before the league kicks off. Mawejje is the only complete box to box midfielder in this country and that’s my favorite position. I need something from him even if it’s just a word that’s it.

The-SportsNation: What’s the funniest teammate?
Aweko – Farouk Katongole now at Tooro United.

The-SportsNation: What’s your dream?
Aweko – My dream is to play for the National team and go for professional in Europe.

The-SportsNation: What are your achievements?
Aweko – Qualifying for FUFA Big League with Paidha Black Angels, winning the regional league in 2013-2014, Winning South Sudan league with Al Merriekh FC Juba in 2015, Winning Inter ITURI province with FC Mabanga du Drele of Congo.

The-SportsNation: What challenges have you faced as a player?
Aweko – The biggest challenge was being the only one who has taken football as a career in my family. It took time for my family to fully support me like other siblings but now it’s different because my sister called Alworonga Deborah at 15 years old has already played for Sudan Sudan U17 national team. She played for Gadaffi Intergrated School A academy and Gafford ladies FC.

The-SportsNation: What next from now?
Aweko: I am still a free agent at the moment. I have received some offers with my agent and we will consider one soon. I got an invitation to Lebanon in April for two months to train with Racing Beirut FC through agent Salto Saime but Covid situation, the program is still on hold. That’s why I can’t say my plans now because you never know what will happen.

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