UPDF FC Forward Brian Kayanja harbours dreams that many Footballers look to attain. That’s pulling on the national team jersey as well as joining the paid ranks of professional Football.
For all intents and purposes, Kayanja’s Football dreams are modest and achievable, literally.
The forward names Nelson Sentatuka as the player who inspired him to kick the onion bug.
Kayanja made revelations in an exclusive interview with The Sports Nation.
Brian Kayanja was born on 4th December 1995 in Kassanda Mubende District to Late Ssekisambu Godfrey and Mrs. Nanono Sophie.
In his Education journey, he faced the boards at Nkoba Primary School from 200-2007, Kassanda SS in 2008, Kawombe Memorial SS Seguku in 2009, Kawanda SSS in 2010, St. Lawrence Paris Pari in 2011, Kawanda SSS 2012-2013 and St Joseph Kisubi in 2015.
The UPDF talisman started out his football journey at Nkoba Primary school in Kassanda. He later went to Kawanda SSS before joining Old Kampala FC in the fourth division.
However, Kayanja narrates that starting out to play football at school without a coach made proceedings not rosy.
“It wasn’t easy at the beginning because we didn’t have a coach at school not until I joined Kawanda SSS where I met coach Ssudi who guided me during my secondary School life in football”.
He had a stint at Old Kampala FC from 2015 to 2017 from were he joined SC Lamancia in 2017.
He was later lured by Busiro FC in 2018 to feature in the Masaza Cup.
Joins upper echlones of Local Football.
In 2018 he signed for Uganda Premier League club Soltillo Bright Stars where he played until 2019 His first semi- professional stint happened with Sofapaka in the Kenya Premier League from 2019 to 2020.
In 2020 he returned home and joined Army side UPDF.
Signing his first professional contract with Sofapaka and winning the Bika tournament in 2018-2019 in Masaka are some of his standout achievements so far.
His worst moment is losing the Uganda Cup final in 2018-2019 season to Proline FC with Bright Stars at the Masaka Recreation Ground.
Kayanja picks Nelson Sentatuka as his best teammate. The duo played together at Bright Stars and Bika tournament.
Among his achievements is the Runners up medal for the Uganda Cup, being top Scorer in the Regional League twice as well as going professional.
He dreams of National Team call up and winning the league title as well as going more professional.
Express Defender Murushid Jjuuko and former KCCA Captain Timothy Awany are his toughest opponents he has ever faced.
The Arsenal and Barcelona fan was inspired by former KCCA and Bright Stars forward Nelson Sentatuka and former Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao.