Brian Umony

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Brian Umony
Personal information
Full name Brian Umony
Date of birth (1988-12-12) 12 December 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Jinja, Uganda
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Azam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Nakawa United
2004–2007 Naguru Avis
2007–2009 Kampala City Council - (34)
2009–2010 Supersport United 12 (2)
2010–2011 University of Pretoria
2011 Portland Timbers (loan) 6 (0)
2012 Becamex Binh Duong 12 (1)
2013 Azam 0 (0)
National team
2009– Uganda 22 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2013

Brian Umony (born 12 December 1988 in Jinja) is a Ugandan footballer who is currently playing for Azam F.C. in the Tanzanian Premier League. Since 2009 he has also been a regular member of the Uganda national football team.

He is widely considered as one of the biggest talents Ugandan soccer has ever produced. Umony is known for his pace, dribbling and passing skills plus his sublime finishing.

Early life[edit]

Born 12 December 1988 to Francis Kermit and Loise Uwanchango in Jinja, Umony is the last born of four siblings. After the death of his mother in 1997, he moved to Kampala to live with his maternal uncle. He started playing football at a young age but struggled to get onto the school teams as he was constantly overlooked due to his small stature.[1]

Club career[edit]

2007-08[edit]

Umony signed for Kampala City Council FC in 2007 after failing to achieve promotion with First Division side Naguru Avis. Coming on as a second-half substitute, he scored the winning goal on his league debut for KCC against Iganga TC. In just his first season in the top-flight, Umony finished the league as joint top scorer with 15 goals to help KCC FC claim their first league title in 11 years.[2] He also received the Footballer of the Year award for his goalscoring antics.[2]

2008-09[edit]

Personally, his second season with KCC was even more successful as he managed to score 19 goals in the USL, three behind Police FC's Peter Ssenyonjo who won the league's goalscoring crown.[3] Umony was also instrumental for his club in reaching the second round of the 2009 CAF Champions League scoring a total of four goals in the process including strikes that helped eliminate fancier opponents like Ferroviário Maputo and Supersport United. He also had a 16-match goal scoring run for club and country.[4] His consistent form locally and internationally made him a transfer target of several big-named African clubs like Simba SC, Yanga, Al-Hilal, Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United.

2009-10[edit]

After undergoing a week-long trial, Umony signed a two-year deal with South African Premier Soccer League club Supersport United in late June 2009.[5] On 8 July 2010, he was released by SuperSport United.

On 31 August 2010, Umony moved to SuperSport United's city neighbours University of Pretoria on a permanent transfer. He signed a one-year deal with TUKS that will run in collaboration with the year that he had remaining on his SuperSport contract. [1]

In February 2011, having trained with the club through its pre-season, Umony signed a one-year loan deal with Portland Timbers for their debut year in Major League Soccer.[6]

Following the 2011 season, the Timbers announced that they had declined the option to purchase Umony's rights and he would not be brought back for the 2012 season.[7]

In January 2012, Umony signed with Vietnamese side Becamex Binh Duong.

In December 2012, Umony signed a two-year contract with Tanzanian club Azam F.C.[8]

International career[edit]

Umony made his debut for Uganda in 2009. He topscored at the 2008 CECAFA Cup with 5 goals that helped his country win a record 10th CECAFA Cup title.[9] He has so far scored eight goals in as many appearances.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2009-01-01 Kampala, Uganda  Rwanda 3-0 4-0 CECAFA Cup
2 2009-01-09 Kampala, Uganda  Tanzania 1-0 2-1 CECAFA Cup
3 2009-01-11 Kampala, Uganda  Burundi 1-0 5-0 CECAFA Cup
4 2009-01-11 Kampala, Uganda  Burundi 5-0 5-0 CECAFA Cup
5 2009-01-13 Kampala, Uganda  Kenya 1-0 1-0 CECAFA Cup
6 2009-03-06 Khartoum, Sudan  Sudan 1-0 2-0 Friendly match
7 2009-03-06 Khartoum, Sudan  Sudan 2-0 2-0 Friendly match
8 2009-03-21 Kampala, Uganda  Malawi 1-1 2-1 Friendly match

Off the field[edit]

Umony graduated from Kyambogo University[10] and enjoys reading Shakespeare.[1]

Playing honours[edit]

Kampala City Council[edit]

National team[edit]

Individual honours[edit]

  • Ugandan Super League Golden Boot: 2007-08 (joint)
  • Ugandan Footballer of the Year: 2008
  • CECAFA Cup Golden Boot: 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nsimbe, John Vianney (26 November 2008). "Brian Umony on road to greatness". The Weekly Observer. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Kalyango, Yasser (9 March 2009). "Umony, Uganda’s new goal hero". The Monitor. Retrieved 21 March 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Magogo, Moses (23 June 2009). "Umony, Uganda’s new goal hero". FUFA. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Kaweesi, Fred (23 March 2009). "Umony, Uganda’s new goal hero". New Vision. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Namanya, Mark (29 June 2009). "SuperSport signs Umony for Shs104m". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 29 June 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Umony secures loan deal at Portland Timbers
  7. ^ "Timbers re-sign goalkeeper Troy Perkins, defender David Horst". Portland Timbers. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/638368-brian-umony-joins-tz-side-azam.html
  9. ^ Kaweesi, Fred (13 January 2009). "Uganda: Umony Helps Country to Tenth Cecafa". New Vision. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  10. ^ Kaweesi, Fred (27 February 2009). "Cranes' striker Umony is economist". New Vision. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 

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