Bunamwaya SC and Uganda Cranes attacking midfielder Owen Kasule has finally realized his professional dream after completing transfer procedures to join one of Vietnamese V League top clubs, Hoang Ahn Gia Lai FC.
Owen started his footballing career with first division Nakawa United where Coach Mayanja Jackson spotted his talent and recruited him into KCC during the 2006/07 mid season registration period.
While at KCC, he formed a formidable partnership with the likes of Umony Brian, Ssentongo Godfrey, Kamoga Ronald, Senoga Sam and Mubiru Sam among other teammates, eventually winning the 2007/08 GTV sponsored super league. George “Best” Nsimbe was in charge of KCC however, Owen didn’t stay at KCC to enjoy the fruits of his hard labour. He shortly joined Bunamwaya SC the following season missing KCC’s splendid performances in the 2009 CAF Champions league. The team played the likes of Ferrovario de Maputo and Super Sport United without Kasule’s services.
Owen continued with his impressive performances at Bunamwaya SC guiding the club to its first ever Super League trophy in 2009/10 league season with a contribution of 12 league goals and 10 assists. His performance earned him a national team call by head coach Bobby Williamson. Owen Kasule becomes the third Bunamwaya sports club player to ply his trade in Vietnam in a space of one year following earlier moves of Saddam Juma Ibrahim and Ceasar Samson Okhuti. Okhuti is however now back at Bunamwaya SC after his loan spell at Bin Dhong Vissal elapsed.
According to Bunamwaya club Secretary Haruna Kyobe, the player signed a two year contract where he will be earning 5000 US dollars monthly on top of a winning 2000 US dollars bonus for every win Gia Lai posts in the V league. Further to that, Owen is entitled to 1000 US dollars for every league goal he scores and a well furnished apartment for his stay in Vietnam. Hoang Ahn Gia Lai has an attachment to English premier league club Arsenal “The Gunners” where players with exceptional talents are enrolled into Arsenal’s reserve team for trials.
Bunamwaya SC has also pocketed 15000 US dollars from this transfer as a compensation for Owen’s last 7 months which had remained on his terminated contract.