Left footed winger, Aziz Kemba is off to Iceland’s IBV. He is set to join Uganda Cranes midfielder, Tonny Mawejje at the Club, which finished third in the Iceland’s Premier league last season.

“I am happy to have realized my long time dream of playing professional football in Europe, i will strive and give the club my best”, remarked the soft spoken player.

Kemba, one of the players who was recently summoned to the Uganda Cranes CHAN team has been playing at the Jinja based Bul-Bidco club, where he scored 6 goals for the club in the 2012/13 national league.

Kemba started his football journey at Walukuba stadium ‘Tobbacco ground’. He is one of the many graduates of the famous Buganda Masaza football annual tourney, having played with Gomba in 2011 before guiding Nkumba University to the finals of the Super Mini league in 2011, where his team lost to Aurum Roses after a 1 all draw.

He featured for Proline Soccer Academy in the Uganda Premier league (2010/11 season) before he ventured the Rwandan soccer league with SEC football club (2011/12). In Rwanda, he was christened the name ‘Bizimungu’. He returned back to Uganda at his home town of Jinja where he has been before the IBV transfer.

The 22 year old player is a wonderful dribbler of the ball with amazing turns on the ball and has a fierce shot. One of his strongest weapon is quick decision making and the ability to involve other teammates into action with support and inter-play. He can play in central midfield, on the wings and as a center forward.

“Kemba got the club’s blessings and as a person, i wish him the very best in his professional football career”, remarked Kefa Kisala, a coach at Bul-Bidco and also Uganda Cranes assistant coach.

Kemba, who has been acquitted to the hot and humid Ugandan weather conditions, will need to acclimatise to the cold sub-polar Icelandic weather in a record time. Temperatures in Iceland vary from 10 degrees centigrade (highest) to -5.5 degrees (lowest). He is set to join fellow Ugandan, Tonny Mawejje at the club.Mawejje recently scored in the club’s  1-1 draw away to Valur Reykjavik.

AK, as he is fondly called by many people was recommended to IBV by fellow Cranes player, Abel Dhaira, who once featured for that same side. Kemba, who has been a student of International Relations and Diplomacy at Nkumba University is already among the listed players for the club on the official player’s rooster.

About IBV:

The Club’s full name is Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja. It has a long history as the team was founded in 1903. The club has its official home stadium at Hásteinsvöllur Vestmannaeyjar, in Iceland with a capacity of 983 people. The team is managed by Hermann Hreiðarsson.

IBV is currently 6th on the 12 team log with 19 points after 15 games. They trail the leaders, by a massive 19 points.

IBV hosts 10th placed Klafvik on 22nd August 2013. The home colours are white and black while red is the away kit. The club has won 3 Icelandic Championships (1979, 1997 and in 1998) with 4 Icelandic cups in 1968, 1972, 1981, and in 1998.

About Iceland:

Officially called the Republic of Iceland, it is a Nordic island country situated at the confluence of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The country has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km (40,000 sq mi), which makes it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík.

Iceland has excellent conditions for skiing, fishing, snowboarding, ice climbing and rock climbing, although mountain climbing and hiking are preferred by the general public. Iceland is also a world-class destination for alpine ski touring and Telemark skiing, with the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland being the main center of activity.

The main traditional sport in Iceland is Glíma, a form of wrestling thought to have originated in medieval times.


David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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