Wakiso Giants midfielder Joshua Lubwama’s towering stature is a distinct feature one will notice at first sight.
Standing 6ft 4, Letti, as he is fondly called by his peers, adds a whole new meaning to his nickname “Tallest Muganda.”
However, Lubwama is a talented footballer too.
A midfielder by trade, Lubwama dreams of playing of playing for the national team one day.
He grew up admiring Uganda Cranes and now Police FC midfielder Tonny Mawejje, as he started his football journey.
The Sports Nation caught up with him for an interview on Tuesday evening.
Leti, as commonly known, was born on 25th/ May/ 1998 at Kasana Health Centre IV to the family of Mr. Kigozi Enock Ssebwalunyo in Luweero.
He went to African Outreach Academy, Luweero for his Primary education from 2001 to 2008. There after he joined Ndejje Senior Secondary school for his high school education from 2008 to 2013.
The Purple Sharks midfielder started his football journey at African Outreach Academy, later on joined
Kampala Junior Team. While at Ndejje Secondary school, he joined the school team before joining Luweero United in the Regional league.
While in his senior one, Lubwama was named on the school team feat that caught many unawares.
“Every one was surprised for a senior one student to be on the school team. I went for Copa Coca cola schools tournaments both in Arua and Fortportal.” He says.
While at regional league side Luweero United, the midfielder received many offers from big sides after his first season.
“I received many offers from big clubs like KCCA FC, Onduparaka FC, and Bul FC but I decided to join Jinja based side Bul FC at the end of my contract at Luweero.”
Growing up, he adds on that his father encouraged him to play football since he comes from a footballing family.
“My father Kigozi, always me to play football and to keep working harder.”
After his stint Bul FC, the midfielder later joined Uganda Premier league side Wakiso Giants, a club he says it has given him the best atmosphere to prosper.
“My club Wakiso Giants has given me an opportunity and best atmosphere to reach to great heights, the technical team has given me more playing time, trusted me and I really appreciate the management plus my colleagues here, Lubwama stated.”
Lubwama’s best friend is his brother Hannington Ssebwalunyo, a goalkeeper at URA football club.
His toughest opponent is Allan Okello, a former KCCA player now at Paradou FC in Algeria.
He adds on that he is still waiting the best moment in football, but he says he likes being part of a winning side and helping his side achieve.
He was inspired by former Nigerian and Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu plus Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba’s playing style even though Lubwama is an Arsenal fan.
Like any player, there is always that worst moment in a career.
For Lubwama, he says it is the day he got a career threatening injury, that kept him out for one year while at Bul FC.
“When I got a career threatening injury while at Bul FC, with a broken leg that kept me out for one year, it’s one of my worst days in football.
“I remember the game was at Njeru, when I got injured I noticed it, and cried, all I was saying is that I have become an Ex international at a young age.”
Without a doubt, Lubwama’s talent is one for the future in Ugandan football. And the future might be now.
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