He has only spent a season in the super league but Abege is one of the most feared strikers in the league. The big striker is currently a permanent fixture in the national U-20 side Hippos but on merit. He took the league by storm last season scoring nine goals in total with his goals against KCC FC and Water FC the highlight. He uses his height well; he has close vision, a good turn and has a knack for scoring good goals. He recently joined Sports Club Victoria University from Maroons FC and is expected to be their main man upfront ahead of the season. The former Gulu University student is our star of the day;
Full Name: George Opiyo Abege
Date of birth: 5th /March/1993
Current club: Sports Club Victoria University
Previous Clubs: Gulu University (2010) & Maroons FC (2011-12)
Shirt No: 8
Why shirt 8?
I actually have no attachment to this shirt. My preferred shirt number is 9 and it’s the one i used to don at my first club Gulu University. However, I also admire Fernando Torres who dons it at Chelsea and also during his Liverpool days.
Locally, I supported KCC FC as a child just because I loved the players in the team then. We used to hear of Jackson Mayanja and Sam Ssimbwa something that made me develop the love for the club. Internationally I support Manchester United when it comes to the premiership and Real Madrid in the Spanish Laliga simply because of strikers Dimitar Berbatov (recently joined Fulham) and Karim Benzema respectively.
Who inspired you to play football?
There are a lot of people I must admit but SC Villa and Proline FC Coaches Mike Mutebi and Abdallah Mubiru are my greatest inspirations. While at Kibuli Secondary School, the duo made me love and take football to another level. Maybe if I hadn’t met them, it would have been different.
Who is your biggest idol:
Spanish and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is my idol. On his day, he makes scoring looking easy.
Best player played with:
I have only played with him once in a competitive match but Geoffrey Kizito “Baba” is that player. He is a complete midfielder who can use the ball to make a great pass and also intercept opponents’ play. He attacks as well as defends intelligently.
Former Proline FC defender Ivan Bukenya is my toughest opponent so far. He used to be my team mate at Kibuli SS but when I played against him in the league, he was as hard as a rock.
Best moment in career so far:
That moment came in 2008 when Kibuli SS beat Old Kampala in the finals to lift the district Copa Coca Cola Championship. The game ended goal less in normal time and was decided on penalties with us (Kibuli) scoring 8 against Old Kampala’s 7. What made it sweeter is that i converted mine.
Worst moment in my career:
It still happened in the final tournament that year while playing against Nakaseke international college in the group stages. A certain player intentionally injured me and couldn’t continue playing again in the tournament. We actually bowed out against Bishop McAllister in the next round a game i missed since I was sidelined.
Irish & Chicken
I don’t drive at the moment but my dream car is a BMW because it’s nice looking and comfortable.
Patrick Idringi a.k.a Salvador is the best. I will never forget his jokes on the Bell super league awards night where he was co-emcee with Mark Ssali.
Best T.V programme:
NBS T.V’s Sunday sports show dubbed 4 4 2 is one I rarely miss.
My biggest dream:
I want to play professional football in Europe and also play for the senior national team “The Cranes”. I love my country so much and feel proud whenever I don that national jersey.