Uganda, over the years, has embraced numerous sports, including athletics, football, boxing, motor sports, etc. Though, the national sport of our country is football, Uganda has produced some fine athletes in other games as well.
Athletes in the previous century had to suffer due to various drawbacks such as less viewership and consequently the less amount of funding. However, the current generation of players are relatively at ease due to the enormous number of people that watch and support them. One of the factors responsible for this is the increase in betting opportunities. To know more, you can click here for Uganda online sports betting available on Betway.
Unfortunately, many legendary Ugandan players no longer remain with us today, however their legacy continues. In no particular order, we present to you 6 legendary sportspersons from the country who have made us all proud.
John Akki Bua (Athletics)
Akki Bua brought the first ever Olympic Gold Medal to the country and put Uganda on the world’s sports map. In the 1972 Munich Olympics, he competed in the 400m hurdle race and set a world record of 47.82 seconds. His other feats include a gold medal in the 1973 Africa Games and a silver medal in 1987. Due to his significant impact on the country’s sports, he was inducted in the “Hall of Fame” of the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA).
Phillip Omondi (Football)
Phillip is among the finest footballers Uganda has ever seen. In the 1978 Nations Cup organised in Ghana, he was a part of the Uganda Cranes’ squad and scored the most number of goals. He also brought the championship title of the Cecafa Club to the KCC FC in the same year, and has a stadium named after him.
John “The Beast” Mugabi (Boxing)
Mugabi has been a well-known name in the world of boxing. In about 50 matches of the light-middle weight category, he won 42 matches, out of which 39 were knock-outs. At mere 16 years of age, he entered the Junior World Championship and became runner up in the Championsip. His other achievements include a silver medal in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, and holding the WBC Light Middle Weight Championship from 8th July, 1989 to 31st March, 1991.
Moses Ndiema Kipsiro (Athletics)
Moses is one of the most decorated sportspersons in the history of Uganda. He finished at the first position in both the All Africa Games in 2007 and 2011. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in the New Delhi he won gold medals in both the 5,000m and the 10,000m races, and also bagged another gold medal in the 3,000m race in 2005 Zagreb IAAF.
Sam Ssali (Motor Sport)
Sam Collins Ssali is a motor sport icon in Uganda and is considered the best rally driver from the country. He won the National Rally Championships (NRC) four times in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992. He is among the two drivers in Ugandan history to hold the title for four times, three of them consecutively.
Magid Musisi (Football)
He is among the few footballers from Uganda who have been signed by big European clubs like Pepsi and SC Villa as a striker. In addition to being the Footballer of the Year two times, he won 6 league trophies, 3 Uganda Cups and 4 golden boots.