February 2016; the last time Brian Umony played competitive football.
And it was such an excruciating experience as the striker broke his lower leg in a collision with an opposition goalkeeper while playing for St George of Ethiopia in a league match.
Surgery after surgery followed, including one on his knee; with the recuperation a mixture of promise, setback, hopelessness and finally - real hope.
After two years out of action, in which the 29-year-old has had to endure trials and tribulations, even contemplating giving up at some point, Umony is back.
The former KCCA, SuperSport United, and St George player has another shot at it after landing a one-year deal at Indian Topflight side Gokulam Kerala last week.
“Well,” he told Daily Monitor, “I’m relishing another opportunity to have a go at playing again.
“It’s exciting yet daunting given that it will be after a long lay off. It never comes easy, does it?”
The degree holder of Economics from Kyambogo University is known for his work ethic, focus and strong temperament; virtues that kept him going when giving up seemed the easier option.
“Well, that’s why I train hard everyday. I’m gonna have to give it 150% and see how it goes. Fact is I got no choice... I have to start somewhere.”
Umony trained with KCCA during his recovery, and even had some playing time with the Ugandan champions on their tour of Nairobi during the season break.
“He is one of those very few players I respect for his focus, for his character,” said KCCA manager Mike Mutebi.
“He knows what he wants. Would have loved to work with him but I wish him well in his new team.”
Taking the country by storm in a title winning year with KCCA (then KCC) in 2008, Umony cut a reputation as one of Uganda’s most potent strikers. No one expects him to hit them in with the same frequency today. What is important now is for him to learn how to do the trade allover again; to learn to walk again.