Richard Anyama: Up-close with Arua Hill Goalkeeper

Richard Anyama was named the FUFA Big League Best Goalkeeper last season after guiding Arua Hill to the Uganda Premier League.

In that promotion campaign, Anyama was outstanding in the season the Kongolo went unbeaten, keeping 8 cleansheets in 13 games.

Born on 25, August 1996 in Obongi District to Aloro Nicholas (RIP) and Aloro Rose, Anyama grew up in Kitintale, a Kampala suburb.

He is the third born in the family of five.

Richard Anyama in action against Maroons in FUFA Big League. Bata images

“Unfortunately I lost my Father last year,” said Anyama whose late grandmother is from South Sudan.

He went to Murchison Bay Primary School in Luzira and St Kizito SS Bugolobi for his UCE and UACE.

Though he’s a Goalkeeper now, Anyama started as a striker and he got interest in football at a young age in primary school.

He explains: “I started playing football in primary because I had passion for soccer. I started as an upfront player and I can still play there when am home I play upfront.”

The Shot-stopper has played under different levels of Ugandan football – He started with Kampala Zonal League side Mutungo FC in 2011/2012, then moved to Mukono Zonal League side Mpoma Tigers FC in 2013.

In 2013/14, he signed for Uganda Premier League side UPDF for two seasons before crossing to Big League side The Saints FC in 2015/2016 guiding them to promotion.

Anyama at Onduparaka FC. courtesy photo

From 2017 to 2019, Anyama was at Onduparaka FC before joining Wakiso Giants in 2019/2020 from where he joined Arua Hill.

On his best moments in football, Anyama reveals: “My best moments are quite many; I studied the whole Secondary school on football scholarship.”

“I guided The Saints FC to promotion to the Uganda Premier League in 2015/2016 and Arua Hill in 2020.”

“I played my first international game in Rwanda against APR with Simba (now UPDF) in the Military games”.

He adds: “I was named the best Goalkeeper of the Big League last year and a runner up with West Nile in the FUFA Drum”.

On his worst moments, he commented: “My worst moments is when I signed for Wakiso Giants and didn’t play any game as well as suspended for 3 month due to contract issues between me, Onduparaka and Wakiso Giants.”

“Also, turning down an offer from Zambia Prisons is one of the worst decisions made in football by me so far.”

Best goalkeeper – Anyama

Just like any other football in Uganda, Anyama also dreams of playing abroad.

When naming his best coach, Anyama was quick to mention Livingstone Mbabazi who is now his coach at Arua Hill as well as his goalkeping coaches.

Though Arua Hill came from behind to beat URA 3-2 at the Barifa Ground, Anyama says it’s the toughest team he has faced. “This season my toughest team is URA FC they are a composed team”.

“My best teammate up to now is Kabon Living ‘Messi’ then in Arua Hill is Innocent Maduka.”

“My funniest teammates in Arua Hill are Bright Vuni and Alfred Leku”.

Former Arua Hill coach Hussein Mbalangu on Anyama: “I refer him like Allison of Liverpool. Very talented, calm, one against one very superb. He is better than goalkeepers in Super League. The way he handles, technically, tactically, game reading, commanding he is one of the best goalkeepers I’ve seen currently in Ugandan football.”



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