Tenywa Bonseu

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Tenywa Bonseu
Personal information
Full name Sulaiman Tenywa Bonseu
Date of birth (1976-10-28) October 28, 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Kampala, Uganda
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1994–1996 Horizon FC
1997–1998 Martin Methodist Red Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 51 (1)
2000 Chicago Fire 2 (0)
2001 Columbus Crew 24 (0)
2002–2003 Dallas Burn 47 (0)
2004 MetroStars 14 (0)
2005–2008 Rochester Raging Rhinos 78 (2)
2009 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 14 (2)
National team
Uganda 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 October 2009.

Tenywa "T-Bone" Bonseu (born October 28, 1976 in Kampala) is a retired Ugandan footballer, who played nine years of professional soccer in the United States.


Amateur and college[edit]

Bonseu began his career playing for Horizon FC in his native Uganda, before coming to the United States in 1997 to attend and play college soccer for Martin Methodist College in rural Tennessee.


Bonseu joined the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the A-League in 1999 and played there for two seasons, before signing with the Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.[1] Bonseu went on to spend several seasons in MLS, playing with the Columbus Crew in 2001, Dallas Burn in 2002 and 2003, and the MetroStars, who acquired Tenywa from Dallas for Steve Jolley before the 2004 season.[2] In five seasons in MLS, Bonseu played in 87 regular season and 11 playoff games (starting all but three).

After being released by the MetroStars, Bonseu played four seasons with the Rochester Rhinos in the USL First Division from 2005 through 2008, before signing for Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2009.


Bonseu was one of the youngest players ever selected to appear for the national team of Uganda. He has 21 appearances for Uganda.


  1. ^ Ziehm, Len (2000-08-31). "'A' team gives lift to Fire". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Bonseu traded to MetroStars for Jolley". AP. 2003-12-04. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 

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