Name : Brian Odongo
Weight : 118 Kgs
Height : 183 cm
Current Club : Kampala Old Boys (KOBS)
Leadership Roles : 2017 to-date – Secretary of KOBS Rugby Club
2016 – 2017 – Club Captain of KOBS
2014 – 2017 – National Captain (15’s)
2011 – 2016 – Team Captain of KOBS
National Engagements : Debut 2008 at RFUEA Vs KENYA – 34 Caps
Brian was born on the 29th of April 1988 to Eng. Richard Cong and Mrs. Margaret Cong. Brian is the last born in a family of sportsmen such as Eng. Steven Ogwete who featured for KOBS and the Rugby Cranes too and Moses Olobo (a basketballer who also played for the rugby side, Buffaloes).
“I grew up in the Bugolobi Flats, loved playing soccer and believe it or not, I was a goal keeper. I will not mention whether I was good or not.” – Brian humorously adds.
SMACK is where it all began for Brian, “I started playing rugby from (2001-2004)” – “a few injuries made it difficult for me; got a cracked ankle (playing soccer) in my Senior 3 and then broke my hand in senior 4.” Injuries are something that Brian is very familiar with but didn’t halt his rise to the top.
Injuries made Brian stop playing for a while, he returned in 2006 (S.6) when he was at Namilyango College. Just in time to win the schools league, where he faced his former school SMACK in a tightly contested final that featured many heavy weight names such as Barasa David and the late Katongole Kisembo for Namilyango with SMACK boasting names such as Felix Lubega and Paul Kabazi.
He later joined Boks (Junior KOBS) in 2007 in his vacation, playing for a whole season then later got promoted to KOBS in 2008. Brian was then named captain of the senior team in the 2011 season.
“I cannot say I know the caps I have for KOBS but they are definitely more than one” – Odongo adds.
He has been a member of the National Team (15’s) from 2008 to date. He also had the honor of captaining the Rugby Cranes from 2014 – 2017 ; “a role I treasured so much, I am forever grateful to Peter Magona, Robert Seguya and John Duncan who entrusted me with this role.”
Life outside Rugby
“I am an Electrical Engineer by profession and have been working with the Ministry of Education and Sports, attached to the Construction Management Unit since September 2012.”
Favorite Rugby moment
“Winning the 2012 Elgon Cup in Nairobi; please note that we lost the game but had a better aggregate score.”
Worst rugby moment
“A certain game that took place on International Women’s Day – 2019. No more details.”
Life Role Model
“Definitely my brother, Eng. Steven Ogwete.”
Favorite rugby players
Local – “Victor Wadia, The man is a soldier”
International – “Alun Wyn Jones”
Future Rugby Aspirations
“Probably Management of Uganda Rugby Union! Who Knows.”
Message to upcoming players
“Strive to be the best you can be and always put the team first”