Godwin Buule: Former Uganda Hippos Goalkeeper Retires


Former Uganda national Under-20 shot-stopper Godwin Buule Kiwanuka has announced his retirement from active football.

He last played for Bright Stars in the 2020/21 season, with his last piece of action coming against Vipers in a 2-0 loss at Kitende in March 2020 before picking a groin injury.

The KKL graduate made his biggest mark when he helped Uganda to win the CECAFA U20 Championship in 2010.

“Allow me to use this opportunity and thank everyone who has been part of my football journey directly or indirectly since my early days,” started Buule in a post.

“Thank you for the kindness and support. It has been one joyful journey we have shared together on and off the pitch and am glad it has moulded me into a man I am today.

“But as a player, a time reaches when you realize that you cannot push your body however much you would still want. And it’s on this note that I am announcing my retirement from active football!

“This has taken me weeks to come to terms with, and as much as I feel I have a lot left to offer on the pitch but personally I believe this is the right time for me to focus on serving football and sport in other sectors.”

Buule won the league title with Vipers (then Bunnamwaya) in 2009/10 season.

He also featured for Express twice and Proline before his final season at Bright Stars.

He added: “And once again, I thank every team that I had the honour to represent, every player I played alongside and all the fans out there, you will always be on my heart. As I open a new chapter of my life, I just cannot wait to see you in a different capacity.”

Recently, Buule has been working as an analyst at FUFA FM.

He represented Uganda at the Under 20 championship in Eritrea, Under 21 African qualifiers and Under 23 all Africa games qualifiers.

He came through the Kampala kids league, going on to win the Gothia Cup (Sweden), two Norway cups (Norway) and two Tivoli cups (Denmark).

He also won two national post primary secondary schools championship titles with St Mary’s Kitende in 2007 and 2008, adding the East African Secondary Schools championship titles in the same years.

Buule won the 2011/12 Inter University championships with Ndejje University.

“Express being in relegation struggle to the blink of being relegated is my worst moment,” Buule opens up with The-SportsNation.

On his next move, he told this website exclusively; “Looking to football/sport administration and football punditry as next step of football service.”

“I am also going back for a degree in football administration; I already have a degree in social works social administration.”

He concludes; “I have no regrets about my football career. I achieved what God set me to achieve. Now I am focused on the next phase of my life.”




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