The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Take Five - Moses Bogere

Moses Bogere, alias Brazilian, is a sports presenter and football commentator with Buddu Media group in Masaka. Since 2007, he has grown to become the people's favourite sports presenter. He filed five questions with Joseph Kimbowa.

How do you ensure that you give your listeners facts, well-knowing that they bet their money on what you say?

First, I do a job I love most; I developed a love for sports presenting when I was only 12. Therefore, whenever I open my mouth, I make sure that I say the best. I do a lot of research and my motivation comes from the audience that puts all its trust in me.

How then do you handle a scenario where a listener asks an abrupt question and you don't have an immediate answer?

I act professionally. I always tell them to allow me attend to it later such that I can get ample time to do good research about it. I then make sure that I answer it correctly the next time I go on-air. It is funny that people think we know everything but we are not angels. However, I never allow myself to mislead my audience.

What have been the driving forces behind your development over years?

My motivation is to fight everyday to do my best and be up there among the very best. I do this through lots of research, and I don't fear to seek advice from my seniors. With the internet, it's easy to read articles, blogs, follow big pundits from authentic websites and listen to fellow presenters.

Do you get biased when you are dealing with your favourite teams?

As a professional, I never get biased about any team. My job requires me to be neutral and critically expose the strengths and weaknesses of any team without putting feelings [in my analysis]. Brazil, Real Madrid and Uganda Cranes are my teams, but I don't involve sentiments when presenting.

But people say you sympathize with Arsenal?

Oh my word, I have never been a Gooner (Arsenal fan) but people think I support Arsenal. Sincerely, I like Arsenal's style since it comes near to my team, Brazil. In any case, I treat all teams equally and I cannot sound devastated by a team's performance on air.

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