Elvis Bwomono’s name remains ambiguous to many in Uganda’s football circles, but it’s being mentioned in corners and fan gathering around sea-side Essex, England with great hankering and expectation.
Born in Uganda in November 1998, Bwomono spent only three years in the country, before his family relocated to England where he is continuously being shaped into a fine player.
While the bulk of the players on the national team have cut their teeth from within the unforgiving, avarice and entangled environment of Ugandan football, Bwomono has been developed within the English system.
A totally unknown entity before Uganda Cranes head Johnathan McKinstry read out his name for his maiden national summon, as part of those called up for the 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifying doubleheader against South Sudan.
While we may have to wait a little longer to have a glimpse of what the right-back has to offer, with the qualifiers now indefinitely suspended, Bwomono is surely one that will excite fans.
Perhaps no one is convinced of Bwomono’s attributes than the Irishman McKinstry, who is more than cogent that the Southend defender will become a Premier League star, and will feature regularly for the Cranes.
“We have been following Bwomono for a while, and we are convinced of his quality. He is a young lad but has been developing quite well,” McKinstry said during a TV interview with NTV Pressbox recently.
“He has the genuine quality and could develop into one of the best right-backs perhaps even seeing his career reach the Premier League in England,”
Learning of his first national team summon must have felt as sweet for Bwomono who has for a while now dreamt of representing his nation.
“It would be a really proud moment for me (playing for Uganda) and my family but obviously I’m focusing on doing well for Southend,” Bwomono said in an interview with Echo news in November 2019
Currently playing in England’s League One, Bwomono showed signs of his ability to reach the top level of football at Hatch End High School in 2015.
When he signed his first professional contract at 18 years in October 2017 with Southend, his former coach at Hatch End described him as “enthusiastic and talented, knowing he would make it big in his career.”
Still, only 21, Bwomono’s career is surely heading in the right direction, he is just the second player in Southend’s 113-year history to win the club’s player of the month in three consecutive months.
He was named Southend United’s Youth Team Player of the Year in 2016, before going on to make his debut for the Shrimpers’ first team in the Checkatrade Trophy against Gillingham FC in 2017.
Within six games at the Shrimpers, he won his first man of the match accolade, but surely there is no sweeter memory than his first goal for the club, which came on February 1, 2020, against Lincoln City.
A thumping header deep into added time guided Southend to a 2-1 victory with the game seemingly headed for a stalemate after Lincoln equalised six minutes to full time.
The goal and his performances this season have earned him an even a more distinguished admirer, Arsenal and England legend Sol Campbell, who is also Bwomono’s coach at Southend United.
“He’s done unbelievably well. He showed his mental toughness and his confidence is great, there were a couple of hairy moments, but overall, he’s done really well for us,” Campbell said about Bwomono once after a league game.
Indeed, Bwomono has been inspiring and of significance to Campbell’s team that he has played 39 times in all competitions, including 34 games in League One, assisting three times.
What has perhaps got Campbell hooked is Bwomono’s ability to execute different roles with ease and comfort, coupled with his diverse technical ability, attitude, and character.
Despite being predominantly a right-back, he has also been deployed at right midfield, left-back, and central defence despite standing at just 1.75m (5ft 8in) tall.
“I saw him from the beginning and he was definitely up there, but as the games have gone on he’s had to play in different positions. He really woke me up when he started playing at the back as an auxiliary centre half.”
“He’s got good pace; he’s got a great attitude on him and he’s only going to get better and better. He’s definitely one of the guys who has been at the top of the list; a proper pro,” Campbell continued.
In the face of his current contract running out at the end of the season, Southend is understood to trigger an option for a further one year to extend his stay at the club.
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