Pius 'TZ Iniesta' Obuya has a lethal and enviable left foot Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
Pius Obuya in training at the Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Pius ‘TZ’ Obuya!!!

The teenage footballing sensation is not only calm on and off the field of play, but also a purposeful entity.

His left foot is as sweet and colorful as the natural paintings on the feathers of a chivalrous peacock.

He possesses an enviable quick thinking medulla oblongata as he easily executes the scrupulous dribbles past the opposition, short crispy and the eye catching diagonal balls.

The left winger, also best suited as a ghosting center forward cum attacking midfielder is a complete joy to watch.

Two years ago, Obuya was part of the Uganda national U-17 team (The Uganda Cubs) then coached by Mathias Lule.

[/media-credit] Pius Obuya (with the ball in red) in action for the Uganda U-17 national team against Zambia in the CAF U-17 qualifiers at Nakivubo War Memorial stadium Credit: Airtel Uganda Football

For the record, Obuya once revealed in an exclusive interview that his prime objective as a footballer was to play for the senior national team (Uganda Cranes) and turn professional as well.

Now done and dusted with the secondary school business, Obuya who recently turned around the fortunes for FUFA Big League club Maroons now works tooth and nail to accomplish the childhood dream.

“Sure, the dream is on,” he discloses to Kawowo Sports in a separate interview.

Nick named ‘TZ’, Obuya lets the cat out of bag as he reveals his love for training as a key ingredient towards sharpening his ball skills.

I love to train. Whether it is personal or as a team, training is one way I have learnt to perfect most things and keep in shape as well.

I am really focused towards representing my country at the senior level like I did during the U-17 days

A darling at the teams (schools and clubs) he has played for, Obuya remains a key pillar for Uganda’s intended and much publicized ‘Project 2019’.

Pius Obuya gets the better an opponent during training for the national team at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Lule, his former coach while at the Uganda U-17 national team divulges Obuya is still on learning curve, one of the many players that should be granted special care, counseling and mentorship.

Of course, you cannot down play his talent. Obuya is among the many gifted young players who are delicate and require a lot of polishing, mentoring to have the best finest final product.

He is still learning a lot of many aspects of the game.

Born to Lawrence Opolot and Dominika Eiyo, Obuya will be making 18 years on 17th July 2017 just on time to pen down a professional employment contract.

Currently attached to Maroons where he has been part and parcel of the tremendous display for the club in the Elgon Group of the FUFA Big League, Obuya, just like his footballing genius thinks and dreams big.

He admires Spanish international Andreas Iniesta and locally, he would die for the Express skipper Ibrahim Saddam Juma.

Pius Obuya (left) walks in recovery at a Uganda Cranes training session as assistant coach Moses Basena keeps a keen eye Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

He appreciates childhood friends as Emmanuel Olinga (now at Onduparaka), Bashir Asiku (Vipers), Dennis Rukundo (KCCA) and Bernard Edimu among others who have always offered a tip or two in the day to day life and career affairs.

He is among the 22 players summoned by Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic for the West Nile tour ahead a build up match against a select side in Paidha on Sunday, 23rd April 2017.

With the pedal on the accelerator, Obuya is on a lightening pace towards accomplishing the life dreams.


Full Names: Pius Obuya

Nick Name: ‘TZ’

Date of Birth: 17th July 1998

Parents: Lawrence Opolot and Dominika Eiyo

Education: Murchison Bay, Luzira (P1-P7), Risa College, Nansana (O’Level), St Mary’s Kitende (A-Level)

Role Models: Andreas Iniesta and Ibrahim Juma Saddam

Best Friends: Bashir Asiku, Denis Rukundo, Benard Edimu and Emma Olinga

Strong Foot: Left

Favorite Coaches: James Chemary, Amasha, Atiku, Asaph Mwebaze and Mathias Lule.

Best Meal: Millet Flour “Kalo” and Meat with an afia drink

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

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