In 2007, a little Joseph Janjali fell in love with football at Danida Soccer Academy because he wanted to get a bursary to continue with his studies.
And since then, he has never looked back.
The-SportsNation had an interview with Janjali, whose journey to Bright Stars has seen him play in Masaza cup, Vipers and UPDF FC.
SportsNation: Who is Janjali?
Janjali : Am Janjali Joseph, born on 25th May 1996 in Jinja. My father is called Mr. Matia Mashali and Mrs. Awori Proscovia is my mother.
SportsNation: Tell us about your Education Background.
Janjali : I started at Masese Cooperative Primary School Jinja from 2004 to 2006 before joining Lake Site Primary School in Jinja in 2007 to 2008, I then went to Walukuba West Primary School, Jinja for my Primary Six and Seven in 2009 to 2010. I joined Lugazi Homeland College Buikwe for my secondary from 2011 to 2013, from there I went to Kigezi High school, Kabale for my Senior four in 2014 before Joining Masaka SSS for my A level from 2015 to 2016.
SportsNation: and Where did you start playing football
Janjali: I started playing football in 2007 at Danida Soccer Academy with the aim of getting a bursary to continue my studies.
SportsNation: Which teams have you played for in your career
Janjali: I played for Danida FC in the Jinja Zonal League from 2009 to 2012, Njeru FC from 2012 to 2013 in the Jinja Zonal League, in 2014 i was at Bumwe FC in the Kisoro regional League before joining Masaka SSS FC in the Masaka Regional League in 2015, from 2016 to 2017 I played for Nyendo Diamonds Elite in the Masaka Regional League, I then joined UPDF FC in the Uganda Premier League from 2017 to 2018 before signing for Vipers SC from 2018 to 2019, now am playing for Soltilo Bright Stars since 2019.
SportsNation: Who are your role models both local and International
Janjali: Locally, I was inspired by Oloya Moses. Robert Firmino is my International Role Model.
SportsNation: What are your best and worst moments in football?
Janjali: My best moment was when I scored my first goal in the Uganda Premier League against Vipers SC. My worst is finishing the first round this season without a goal – This is unbelievable.
SportsNation: What are your best and worst matches
Janjali: My best match was in the 2019/2020 season between KCCA vs Bright Stars in Lugogo, it ended 1-1 and I was named the Pilsner Man of the match. My worst match was between Police and Bright Stars in Lugogo this season which we lost 5-0 to Police FC.
SportsNation: Who are the toughest opponents who have ever faced
Janjali: My toughest opponents are Mustapha Mujjuzi of Proline and Livingstone Mulondo of Vipers because they know my movements very well and they know how to defend me.
SportsNation: Who are your Best teammates
Janjali: Mbaziira Shakidu, Samuel Ssekamatte Kayongo, Nkonge Ronald, Ssempala Ronald and Jungu Methodius.