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Munir Saidi: University Football League player dreaming of Europe

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The 2020 Pepsi University Football League(UFL) season was halted temporarily in March due to the wide-spreading coronavirus pandemic that continues to make headway across the world.

But just before that unfortunate halt, one player had been on top of his game – MUBS’ 22-year-old forward Munir Saidi, Deguzman45 as nicknamed.

Munir, a Bachelor of Commerce student at Makerere University Business School, Nakawa, had found the back of the net 3 times in only 2 games this season.

In an Interview with the Touchline Sports’ Kamardin Shero, the lethal striker shares with us how he is balancing books and football at the University, plus, how he is keeping fit while not playing any football.

When asked how he manages to score both in football and books, Munir says the University has created conducive plans for both academics and sports activities.

“In the beginning, the campus was hard because I used to miss some lectures because of training and matches. I always tried to create my own reading time to catch up with the rest of the students. However, in my second year, the University shifted our lectures from evening to morning so I have enough time to train and revise my books.

He said.

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Asked how he keeps fit during this moment of confinement, he says he has tried his level best to do personal training while at home.

“It has been a trying moment for me but I am now getting used to doing morning road runs for 40 minutes to keep in shape. But now that we are fasting, I am doing most of my workouts from home”

He says.

Cristiano Ronaldo is his role model and he wants to mold his game around the Juventus and Portuguese star.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who inspires me because he is hard-working, believes in himself, and is confident. He is such a great leader on and off the pitch. I just want to be like him.”

 

Munir scored 8 goals as he helped MUBS win the 2019 Uganda Beach Soccer Championship | Courtesy Photo

Being called up to the Uganda Sand Cranes serves as the striker’s best football moment while failing to win the 2019 Masaza Cup with Kyadondo is the worst.

Being called up to the Uganda Sand Cranes is my biggest achievement while failing to reach the finals of the Masaza Cup last season is my worst moment in my football life.

The lanky forward dreams of playing professional football in Europe in the next 5 years.

“In the next 5 years, I want to be playing regular football  in one of the top 5 leagues in Europe”

He confidently said.

Munir Saidi Profile
  • Date Of Birth: 30th/03/1998
  • Nickname: Deguzman45
  • Strong Foot: Right
  • Education: Omach primary school, Mvara SSS, Our Lady of Africa SS and Namilyango SS, MUBS.
  • Football journeys: Pakwach young stars FC, Kyadondo Ssaza and MUBS
  • Role Model: Cristiano Ronaldo “CR7”

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