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Albert Mugisa: talented midfielder who switched from football to the army

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Albert Mugisa who preferred not to mention his parents’ names for security reasons was born at St. Francis Nsambya hospital, Kampala on the 15th August, 1995.

He is a second born in a family of 4 children (1 girl and 3 boys) who grew up in Nsambya, a Kampala Capital City suburb.

Albert Mugisa started school at AgaKhan Primary School in 2001 before shifting to Tooro Boarding Primary School to sit for his Primary Level Examinations. He then joined St. Marys College, Kisubi in 2008 from where he completed both his Ordinary and Advanced levels of education in 2014.

He is a well schooled individual, a graduate of Ndejje University holding a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering which he attained in 2018.

A product of the Edgar’s Youth Program, Mugisa’s first senior Ugandan club was SC Villa in 2014 (While in Senior 6 Vocation) before joining FUFA Big league’s Ndejje University, a team he guided to two playoff finishes in the two seasons spent there (2015-16 and 2016-17).

Albert at SC Villa | Courtesy Photo

From Ndejje, Albert Mugisa moved to Police FC in 2017 but he did not take that long before moving on to SC Villa the following year (2018) on a two-year employment contract.

He says he found insoiration in SC Villa legend Hakim Magumba, he a player he admired right from a very young age.

“Hakim Magumba inspired me to play football,  since childhood I would admire his playing abilities,” Mugisa told The Touchline’s Tom Matovu.

“How he used the ball, the speed and the agility while on the ball was second to none and whenever I could see him playing for Villa I always got a feeling that i could also play football.”

Unfortunately Mugisa had to surrender the beautiful game of football with all his talent at the end of last season to join the Army. This left many perturbed.

Albert Mugisa in any army outfit

He says he had to make that ‘strange’ decision for the good of his academic qualification.

“I had to make a strange decision and quit playing competitive football. I desire to practice my profession and now, I already have a job with The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF). I work as a civil engineer for this military body and it was not easy to decide. But some times you have to make an alarming and painful decision, I am already missing the beautiful game.”

On Abdullah Mubiru, he says his former coach remains a father figure to him even in his newly found life.

While still playing soccer, he always wanted to emulate Man City and Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

“He is my role model, I used to copy alot from this Belgian international.” Mugisa remembers.

On why Ugandan players have failed to break into the top world’s tier leagues, Mugisa says,

“Uganda has gotten alot of talented football players but they have not been helped enough to improve and develop their dreams.”

“Football administrators are instead acting like they are helping them which has killed alot of talent and has left the country in a situation of struggle football wise.”

Taddeo Lwanga is the toughest opponent Albert Mugisa has ever faced because “he was so hard and rough on the ball” that the 25-year old always had to move faster whenever he was up against the former Vipers captain.

Mugisa urges all footballers to atleast attain education if there is a chance in order to have a plan B in case of any disappointment in football.

“You can divert and try another route but it is pity that most of footballers do not want to study even when there is chance.”

I will miss football but mostly I will miss SC Villa fans they are true football fans,” he says.


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