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Mukisa Yusuf: Why defender failed to hit the big stage


Proline FC defender Yusuf Mukisa says he failed to hit the bar because he never made the right decisions in his football career.

Mukisa who once captained the Uganda Hippos team that played at the Africa U20 Youth Championship games qualifiers in 2012 was expected to be one of the top defenders. However, things have since made a U-turn and most of the players he captained have at least moved a step higher than he has in the last few years.

Yusuf Mukisa captained the Uganda hippos | Courtesy photos

That Hippos team had players like Khalid Aucho, Baba Kizito, Robert Omunuk, Nicholas Wadada, George Abege, Erisa Keith Ssekisambu, Keziron Kizito, Salim Jamal, Joseph Mpande, Gift Ali, among others.

If you have been following Ugandan football with a keen eye, you can easily tell how the players listed above have excelled to heights beyond the reach of Mukisa Yusuf. Some have been consistent with the national team while others are still having more successful stints at professional football.

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This is something Mukisa admits to;

“I admit the fact that some of the players I led at a younger level have gone to further levels than me. At first, I thought otherwise. I actually got to the extent of putting all the blame to the football politics in Uganda”

He admitted.

“While I was at Proline Football Academy, I used to think that they used to have some players playing and leaving out others without even a clear reason. But at some point, I realized that I also had some other issues.”

He added.

Mukisa says his biggest undoing was failing to make the right decisions that would have a serious impact on his football growth, development, and career.

“I failed to make the right decisions after playing for the Uganda Hippos in 2013. I got a chance to sign for URA FC but I failed to make up my mind because I still wished to play at Proline other than any other team in Uganda”

He also says that Proline Football Club Director, Mujib Kasule never wanted him to leave Proline and this contributed to his failed decision – staying at the club longer than necessary.

“Besides being close to Mujib Kasule, he was not only a manager but also the owner of the team I was playing for. So, he couldn’t help me make a decision to try my luck somewhere else. He instead wanted me to stay at Proline for my entire footballing career.”

Mukisa said.

He also says he made the wrong decision of returning to Proline when he had left Vipers.

“In 2014-2015, after playing for Vipers SC, I made a mistake and returned to Proline and this was a serious setback to my progress. I could have joined a better team in the top-flight.”

The 2008 Copa Cocacola finalist believes he is just unlucky and this could be the reason why he hasn’t made it to the level where his peers have played at.

Football career

Mukisa Yusufu started his football career in Mityana Ssaza Academy under coach Badru where he played with the likes of Sam Senkoomi, Eric Ssebuguzi Butcher, Ivan Sserunkuma and Ivan Ssekazza. He later moved to Kampala in 2002 with the late Amanko Muyingo.

It’s the late Amanko who recommended Mukisa Yusufu to coach Hamza Lutalo who was then the coach at Super Cubs, a 4th division league Club in Nateete.

Hamza Lutalo took Mukisa to Buddo Junior School where he completed his Primary education. He later joined Barklay SS in 2005 and went on to feature for a first division team called Total Africa, being that both Buddo and Barklay was owned by Mr. Kayongo. Mukisa finished his O’level at Dynamic SS , Namugongo.

He joined Mehta SS in 2008 where he played in the Post Primary schools helping the team reach the finals with St. Mary’s Kitende, a final they lost via penalty shoot-outs. While at Mehta SS he played with Wadri William (now at Kenya Ports Authority FC), henry Katongole (now at Police FC), and a host of other players.

He completed his secondary education at Mehta SS in 2009 while training with Proline FC.

He joined Vipers SC in 2014 and helped the team to the 2015 Uganda Premier League title.

He has also played for BUL FC and SC Villa.

Mukisa Yusuf playing career – Summary

Proline FC.                        2009-2014

Vipers SC.                          2014 – 2017

Proline.                              2016 – 2017

BUL FC.                               2017 – 2018

SC Villa.                               2018 – 2019

Proline                                 2019- to date

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