NAME: Keith James Seruyange
WEIGHT: 85 kg
CURRENT CLUB: KOBS
FORMER CLUB: Impis
LEADERSHIP ROLES: Vice Captain – Impis (2012-2014), Captain – MUK (2012 – 2014), Captain 7s – KOBS (2016), Vice Captain – Budo (2010)
NATIONAL ENGAGEMENTS: Under 19 (2010), Uganda 7’s (2012 – 2015)
Keith started playing rugby at Kings College Budo in the most unorthodox of ways, he was bullied into taking part in the game by one of the already established players in the school. Funnily enough, he immediately loved the sport.
He kept playing rugby casually until S.3 when the U-16 school team was formed giving him the opportunity to taste competitive rugby early on. On getting to senior four, Keith then made the first team and became a main stay until his final year at Budo (S.6 – 2010).
As happy endings would have it, in his senior six, Kings College Budo finally won the school’s league in 2010 after an intense battle against a Namilyango college team that featured current stars such as Justin Kimono and Joseph Aredo.
That victory was just the start of a long rugby journey; he was then selected to represent Uganda in the U-19 national squad under Coach Makalama. On completing high school, he joined Pirates where he had featured for second side Sailors while in his S.4 vacation.
I was only able to play about 3 games for the senior team so I decided to move to Impis in 2011 when I joined campus in order to get more game time. In 2012, I was selected by Coach Tolbert Onyango to be a part of the 7’s Team.Keith Seruyange
During that time, Seruyange played one Africa cup tournament and three Safari 7’s tournaments. He had a successful time with the Makerere university affiliated Impis scoring lots of tries and winning over the admiration of many along with a host of nicknames such as Mr. sports day because of his speed. He then caught the attention of Legends rugby club based side; KOBS which he joined in 2014.
In 2017, he took some time off from rugby in Uganda, moving to Wales for his MSc. While in Wales, he featured for Rygbi Tawe – one of the Swansea University teams and later on played for Old illitydians, a club based in Cardiff in 2018-2019. On returning to Uganda, he came back to the Betway KOBS where he proudly dons the blue jersey to date.
Keith Seruyange experiencing different rugby cultures while in Wales
Life outside rugby
“I’m the managing director of Orbimaps Limited, a company I started.”
Favourite rugby moment
“Winning the school’s league in 2010 with Kings college Budo“
Worst rugby moment
“Losing the Uganda cup final with KOBS in 2016”
Life role model
Rugby Role model
Favourtie rugby players
local – Timothy Kisiga
international – Ben Smith
Future rugby aspirations
“Being a fan” – it whatever capacity the future holds for Keith in regards to the game, he hopes to remain a devout fan of rugby.
Message to upcoming rugby players
“Always make sure that you never lose the love for the game, it is the best motivation you can ever have and hard work always pays off”
Message to the fans
“Thank you for all the support through out my career, special shout out to the #JamesOnTheWheel crew”