Sunday February 26 2017

Setback as Umony now goes for knee surgery

Second chance. Umony is literally fit to play

Second chance. Umony is literally fit to play but he has decided not to take the field before having his right knee fixed for once and all. Photo by EDDIE CHICCO 

By ANDREW MWANGUHYA

KAMPALA. Brian Umony resumed running and doing light ball work this week, two months after rods fitted through his right limb to help him recover from a break leg suffered early last year, were removed.
A black strap was wrapped around his right knee as he spoke to Daily Monitor at Centenary Park this week before hitting the gym.
“It is a meniscus tear,” Umony tells this reporter, “It must have been worsened by the impact on clashing with the goalkeeper when I broke my leg.
“I could still play through the pain but I have to look at the bigger picture. I have thought through it and now I have made up my mind. I’m going for the surgery on the knee. I’m looking at perhaps March or end of April.
Umony will do the surgery with the same doctors that removed the rods from his leg at CorSU Hospital in Kisubi.
At 28, the Economics graduate from Kyambogo University – Umony - strongly believes he still has a lot to offer for himself and the game, as a player.
“I know I still have at least five more years of top level football,” he says, “So rather than play on a troublesome knee, let me do surgery and we sort it once and for all.”
Two rods were fitted through Umony’s right leg from the knee to the tibia areas through a major surgery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February last year after the striker broke his limb in a league match between his St George and Arbaminch.
The the two metals were removed 10 months later at CorSU Hospital and he has since been on steady rehabilitation.
Umony scored in the 2-0 victory over Botswana at Namboole in 2015 as the Cranes opened their 2017 Afcon qualification.

ABOUT BRIAN UMONY
Former clubs
2003–2004: Nakawa United
2004–2007: Naguru Avis
2007–2009: Kampala City Council
2009–2010: Supersport United
2010–2011: Uni. of Pretoria (S. Africa)
2011: Portland Timbers (loan, S. Africa)
2012: Becamex Binh Duong (Vietnam)
2013-2014: Azam (Tanzania)
2014: KCCA
2015: St George
National team
Since 2009: 24 caps, 10 goals
Academic tit bits
•Graduate of Economics from Kyambogo University
• Scored 20 points from his History, Economics, Geography and Divinity combination at A-level
• Scored 24 points in six subjects in his O-Level at East Kololo

amwanguhya@ug.nationmedia.com

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