YOUTH WATCH | Dembe from Lugogo to professional ranks in Sweden

By: Moses Magero
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KCCA FC and Bollklubben Häcken reached an agreement for the transfer of youngster John Paul Dembe to the Swedish-based professional football club.

Bollklubben Häcken, is a Swedish professional side more commonly known as BK Häcken.

The story of John Paul Dembe

Teenager John Paul Dembe joined KCCA FC reserve side in 2022.

He was later promoted from the KCCA FC reserve side to the senior team and signed a five-year contract until 2028.

In order to further his development, the forward was sent out on a six-month loan in July 2023 to Swedish professional side BK Häcken.

BK Hacken currently plays in the Allsvenskan, the top tier of Swedish football. They are the current champions of the Swedish League.

Dembe has mostly been featured for BK Hacken’s U19 side, where he scored ten goals in eight games for the BK Häcken U19 side in the Swedish U19 Allsvenskan.

Dembe made his long-awaited senior debut for BK Hacken in the Europa League against Molde on November 9th, 2023. He came off the bench in the 87th minute to mark his first senior appearance for the Swedish champions.

Dembe, 18, has previously featured for the KCCA FC U20 side that won the Cambiasso U20 International Tournament in Daresalam, Tanzania, in July 2022. He went on to score the lone goal in the semi-final against France’s Montpellier U20, which ensured KCCA FC U20 side made the finals. KCCA FC later won the final game of the tournament 1-0 against Azam FC U20 in a tightly contested game at Chamazi Stadium, Daresalam.

Fast forward to February 2023, Dembe made the final Uganda Hippos U20 side that played in the AFCON U20 tournament in Egypt. The forward scored in the opening game for Uganda U20 against the Central African Republic in the first game of Group B at the Suez Canal Stadium. Egypt. Uganda won the game 2-1.

Dembe joins a growing list of KCCA FC Soccer Academy graduates that have moved into the professional ranks, like Sadat Anaku, Allan Enyou, Musa Ramathan, Steven Sserwadda, and Allan Okello.

Everyone at KCCA FC wishes Dembe John Paul all the best at his new home, BK Häcken.

Dembe John Paul

FACT FILE

Name: John Paul Dembe

Position: Forward

Date of Birth: 03/07/2005

Height: 6ft

Former Clubs: KCCA FC U20 Reserve side, KCCA FC

Current Club: BK Häcken (Sweden)

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