Aziz Kayondo is not particularly dominant from a physical point of view (he’s 5’9 feet tall and weighs only 67kg), but his qualities in reactivity and skill make him one of the youngsters to watch out for in Ugandan football.
Kayondo made his debut against Tooro United FC earlier this year in February where he was voted Man of The Match (MoTM) after making his opponents Simon Sserunkuma, Godfrey Lwesibawa and Steven Ategeka look out of place and ordinary away at the Buhinga stadium.
This was the start of a new chapter in his career in the Vipers senior team but a lot is yet to come from him as he tells the official Vipers website.
This is what he said:
How do you feel playing at Vipers?
Am happy and thankful to the Almighty God for this great opportunity. I also feel special because there are many good players but the coaches trust and believe in me that I can contribute something to the team.
What went through your mind when you were called to the senior team?
Huh!! A mixture of feelings; anxiety and excitement. First, I did not know what to expect from the game which made me nervous. However the moment we walked onto the pitch and started to play, things changed and by half time, I had already become a pain in my opponents’ back.
How much did your life change after this game?
A lot has changed since then. My confidence has greatly improved which has boasted my performance on the pitch.
Who inspires you?
I love the way Brazil and Real Madrid’s Marcelo Vieira plays. He’s skills, runs and style are unique.
What’s that important decision you have made in your life?
I used to initially play number eleven when I was in primary school until senior two but decided to switch to the left back position and I have never regretted that.
Tell us about your best friend.
Haha, we don’t chat that much on a daily basis but I feel comfortable when talking to Halid Lwaliwa. He is a good person that has encouraged, guided and believed in me from the time I joined from the U-19 side. Halid has helped and changed me a lot.
How do you balance books and football?
I am a form five student at St Mary’s secondary boarding school, Kitende where I have to attend class first then train with the club after. It is demanding and requires focus but am doing my best to attain both.
Any challenges you have faced in your career so far?
Yes. First is the demands and responsibilities of the U-19 and the main team vary but I have to make sure I blend in and deliver for both teams. Secondly, the competition in the senior team is very stiff and you must always be the best among your competitors to play.
Any future goals you target to attain?
The future starts now for me. I have plenty to achieve like being the best player in the league and playing both on the National team and in Europe for the best clubs.
What’s that, that your friends want you to change?
Actually they tell me to improve my crosses in the box and to hit the gym and add some weight.
What should fans expect from Aziz next season?
Hhmm!!! Let them wait, I will do my talking on the pitch.