Bironse (right) on duty in Thailand

One of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about many sportsmen is how they manage their lives during and after active service.

There are varying answers depending on which angle you center on. Active sportsmen for obvious reasons need to live decent healthier life styles, with less stress for high performance results.

At the end of the day, one will reap the desired fruits and take home a bigger share of the buttered bread.

In the face of former Uganda Cranes defender Abed Bironse, the workaholic center half has no regrets what so ever.

As a player, Bironse worked so hard, honestly accounting for every second of his blossom career.

He was a regular figure at the team’s training sessions and would invest hours for personal drills.

Typical of many budding footballers in the third world countries, Bironse, too hailed from a humble background.

From the upcountry Iganga based secondary school at Bukoyo, he worked his way out to the national team, Uganda Cranes before later turning professional.

He boldly attests his brave steps to stardom;

Life is all about hard work, there is no short cut.

After impressing for Iganga Town Council Football Club, he was poached by Sports Club Villa Jogoo in 1997.

His was later sent to Mbale Heroes before bouncing back to play for Express in 1999.

Bironse featured in two CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournaments, winning one and finishing with a runners up medal in the other.

He also played in two FIFA World Cup qualification matches with the Uganda Cranes against Togo and Senegal.

He played at Rwanda’s Rayon Sports, Gaborone United (Botswana), Pahang (Malaysia) before retiring in Thailand with Nakhonpathom Football Club.

Bironse on duty in a Thailand class

Now a high school teacher in Thailand, Bironse advises the young footballers to pay keen attention to their respective careers vis -a -vis education.

The graduate of education at IUIU in Mbale adds;

Personally, I would love players to balance their careers with education. It pains to live a miserable life after football.

Bironse sings praise of the late Paul Hasule, who nurtured him into the person he is today.

Hasule (RIP) shall be missed forever. He was a great person, a mentor, teacher and adviser.

Although he is now serving the education system, Bironse’s other dream is to coach football.

I have enrolled for coaching education. My dream is to coach football.

Even in Thailand, I am now a part time coach with Kalasin Football Club.

Bironse (standing third from left) during Express’ home game against Mehala of Egypt in 1999 Credit: Internet Photo

Concerning the contribution of local coaches to the development of the national team, Bironse believes they have done a good job.

Our local coaches have done some tremendous job. Look at Mike Mutebi and Charles Mbuzzi Ayiekho, they have proved their worth.

For Uganda Cranes, we need a foreign coach to handle the team at the moment.

Bironse was a keen admirer of former Uganda Cranes defender Francis Onyango. Onyango currently lives in Australia.

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

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