Kigonya hoping for chance in CECAFA squad

Sofapaka FC goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya is hoping he will be considered for the CECAFA Senior Challenge when the Uganda squad is named for the tournament in Nairobi in November – December.

Kigonya has been a key man for the Batoto Ba Mungu team and after a fine season, which saw Sam Ssimbwa’s side vie for the league title against eventual winners Gor Mahia, he feels a call to Cranes for the tourney will be deserved reward.

The goalkeeper says his dream is to make the strides and ply his trade in Europe in the near future.To get there, he acknowledges that participating in the CECAFA tournament will be crucial.


“I would really be happy to be part of Uganda Cranes team (that will participate in CECAFA). Indeed hard work never stops paying and I hope one day to play in Europe. I’m focused and very positive mentally,” Kigonya is quoted by Ugandan portal Kawowo Sports.

The keeper was among the chosen players by Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi for the trip to Spain a few months ago, making two appearance for the KPL All Strs team.


He joined Sofapaka in 2016 at a time when the 2009 champions were struggling to stay afloat with the current coach Sam Simbwa lauding the keeper as one of their best players in the 2016 season.

“Sofapaka success is attributed to him. When he was injured we were down,” Ssimbwa said.

Kigonya last featured for Uganda Cranes in the 2016 CHAN finals held in Rwanda.