Name: Asiimire Amos

Weight: 88 kgs

Height: 176 cm

Current club: Impis RFC

Position: Flanker/ Utility forward

Leadership roles: Former club chairman (2017-2019), Former captain Makerere University 7’s team.

National engagements: Part of the national university select team that represented Uganda during the world rugby university championships (7’s) held in Namibia 2018 and emerged 6th out of 12 countries.

Early life

Asiimire Amos was born in 1994 in Bushyeni but moved to Kampala in 1997 after the unfortunate passing of his mother (may her soul rest in peace). He was then raised by his loving brother who has been his support system to date and he is someone that Amos speaks of in high regard.

Rugby journey

“My Rugby journey started from Ntare school in 2008 where i was introduced to the game by Mr. Zeno Othieno Owora.” – The opinionated sports enthusiast was in form six at the time when he met Amos. Amos was ushered into the game on his 2nd day in senior one.

“Watching guys like Nsekuye Henry playing for the school team in his senior two pushed me to work harder and love the game more – by senior four, i was the school team vice captain.”

Amos then transferred to Namilyango for his A-level studies, a school with a staunch rugby tradition. It was there that he got more exposure; learning new skills along the way.

A gem ; Impis RFC’s utility forward

“I also got to play alongside future stars of the game like Ivan Magomu, Conrad wanyama and many more.”

“In senior six vacation, i joined Impis and i have been proud to represent the club up to this day.”

“I have been privileged to serve in different leadership positions and also to represent my university and country in various tournaments across the East African region.”

He shares about the things that drive him in life; pointing out aspects such as passion, loyalty and hard work. He concludes the first part of our interview by saying, “…. and forever, it will be IMPIS #ARROGANCE.”

Proudly donning the Impis RFC colours

Life outside rugby

“I majored in Banking and Finance although i am currently working independently.”
“I am the co-founder of Youth Forward Foundation (a charity) and i also love cooking.”

Favourite rugby moment

“Quite many but completing a season unbeaten and qualifying back to the top flight of Ugandan rugby and representing my club every time are at the top.”

A light moment during pre-game warm ups in the Nile Stout Rugby Premiership

Worst rugby moment

“It was 2017 at a tournament in Kenya when i dislocated a wrist in the first minute of our first game and i couldn’t continue, couldn’t bare to watch my mates have all the fun after traveling so long.”

Role model

“My big brother, Namara Obed”

Favourite rugby players

Local: “Musiimenta Antony (hardworking and committed), Muhumuza Kennedy (young kid, very talented).”

Anthony Musimenta in action for Impis RFC

International: “Dane Coles (simply amazing), Ardie Savea (very powerful, 5000 plus horse power)”

All Blacks Hooker Dane Coles in action. Photo credit : RNZ

Future rugby aspirations

“Representing Uganda on the senior national team is at the top of my list and this is a goal i am working toward.”

“Giving back to the rugby community especially the young ones through teaching them the basics. They are the future and without them, there is no Rugby.”

Message to upcoming players

“Patience, hard work and and commitment. A lot of talent is wasted especially after high school because young players are not patient enough and want to rush to the main teams of different clubs yet you have to work for that number if you really want it…”

In action for Makerere University Uganda : Africa Inter university games

Message to the fans

“I will always thank our fans immensely for the love and undying support they show towards the club and i must say we do have the truest fans in the entire league. Thank you for sticking with us and we shall not disappoint.”

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