At many local fixtures that the Ugandan football platform has to offer, it is virtually hard to miss out key characters.

They could be players, fans, team and officiating officials, journalists or freelancers.

Eddie Galiwango lies in the class afore mentioned.

Seldom will you attend a football fixture around Kampala and you miss him out.

Equipped with his D900 camera and the corresponding lenses, this slender, brown gentleman will also be there.

Be it an elite premier league match, FUFA big league, regional engagement, Uganda cup, Masaza, university football, Copa Coca Cola or the inter-arcades tournaments in Kampala and the surrounding areas, you will meet him watching a match at a given time.

Galiwango quickly recounts how he started with this business of football photography;

I remember very well in the year 2008, I used to take pictures for Proline Soccer Academy. By then, I had a small hand camera. The beginning was never easy

He owes his stability in the industry to Mujib Kasule, the director of Proline Soccer Academy.

Jiba (Mujib) would encourage me to take images at the team’s training sessions, build ups and matches. Also, I thank Leone Ssenyange (former SCVU media officer) for offering me the opportunity to work with the team. From that time I picked momentum and the rest is now history

Achievements:

Ggaliwango does not regret trending the sports photography path.

The compiled list of tangible exploits from the industry is self-explanatory for the diligent and passionate football photographer.

He attests his line of duty has won him more friends than foes.

Galiwango (second from right) poses with football friends. On his immediate right is Uganda Revenue Authority F.C defender, Savio Kabugo

He does not shy away from the fact that football photography earned him his better half of life – Viola Birungi.

“Through my job, I have able to meet so many people and made new friends. Besides, the job earns the daily bread for the family. I have been able to buy a plot of land, I own a stationary shop in Luweero and a working office at Prime Complex in Kampala

Venturing In the regional tournaments:

Ggaliwango has also moved an extra step.

He has now crossed over the boarders of Uganda to cover regional and international football events.

From the CECAFA clubs, senior challenge cup, inter-cities to the CHAN tournament, he has seen it.

“The opportunity of moving to foreign countries has also come along with this type of job. I have traveled to different countries and developed a network with international friends”.

Although he does not align to a particular media house in the country, Ggaliwango is a close associate of many print and online firms.

If anybody (media houses) requests for my assistance, I normally offer them the service especially when they missed that particular event. We are brothers in the industry. Today, someone helps you; tomorrow I will offer the same service

Galiwango, who once played football up to the fourth division level sells framed and soft copy photos to clients (footballers, club officials, fans and fans).

His plan at the moment is to set up a modern photography bureau and buy more equipment as he employs quite a number of other people.

From a humble beginning where he borrowed the first hand camera he used; now Galiwango dreams of offering jobs to the unemployed.

Way to go.

Profile:

Full-Names: Eddy Galiwango

Parents: Salongo Benon Kasaato and Ruth Namwase

Date of Birth: 21st September 1986

Place of Birth: Nakasongola

Football Background: Played for Migeera Super Cubs and Migeera United

Best Food: Rice and Meat

Role Models: Col Felix Kulaigye and Emmanuel Okwi

Team supported: Sports Club Villa Jogoo

Marital Status: Engaged to Viola Birungi

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

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