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Mustafa Mujuzi: defender’s football story and untold biography facts

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Everyone knows about his dead-ball skills especially after sending in a few from the moments last season – best examples can be drawn from when he scored against Libya’s Al-Nasr in the CAF Confederation Cup in that 2-2 draw away and StarTimes UPL against Express FC.

But only a few consider getting to know about Mustafa Mujuzi’s as that important. Well, it is important as we bring you the defender’s football story and untold biography facts.

Regarded as one of the best central defenders, Mustafa Mujuzi has been a major figure in the Proline FC setup since he joined the club in 2016 from Masaka’s Synergy FC.

Born on 5th May 1999 at Kirumba B hospital in Masaka, Mujuzi grew up in Nyendo – Ssenyange. He is the last born in a family of 2 raised by the family of Mr. Ssebutono Abdul (father) and Mrs. Namubiru Faridah (Mother).

Mujuzi started school life in 2002 at Ssaza Primary School but left in 2006 to join  St. Paul Kitovu, a school where he sat for his Primary leaving exams in 2009.

He completed his Ordinary level education at Blessed Sacrament Secondary School-Kimanya, before joining Masaka Secondary School in 2015 where he eventually finished his A’level education.

Mujuzi started playing football at a tender age at Ssaza P/S however, it was until when he Joined Blessed Sacrament, Kimanya that he got a taste of competitive football.

At Kimanya, he played with Solomon Okwalinga (Mbarara City), James Begisa (Proline FC) before playing with  Nkonge Ronald ( Bright stars), Joseph Janjali (Bright stars) and Ssemwogerere Abdul (Katwe United) at Masaka SS.

While at Masaka SS, he featured for Buddu Ssaza in the 2014 and 2015 Airtel Masaza Cup tournament and came close to guiding his Ssaza team to the title in 2015. But his team fell 5-0 to Ssingo in the finals – a brace each from Idrisa Lubega and Makweth Awol guided Ssigo to the Championship that year.

Before joining his current club, Proline FC in 2016, Mujuzi featured for Balline FC, Vision FC, and Synergy FC in the lower division leagues.

Mujjuzi (Circled) during his days at Synergy FC in the 2015-16 season in the FUFA Big league

Since he joined Proline FC, he has been a very instrumental player for Proline, helping his side to promotion from the FUFA big league to the StarTimes UPL.

He also guided his side to the 2019 Uganda Cup triumph and Captained the side that almost made the CAF confederation cup group stages.

Last season, he missed only 3 games for the Lugogo based side ( against Vipers and Bul at home, plus, URA away). He scored 7 goals for Proline FC in all competitions. In the League, Mujuzi scored against Maroons FC,  BUL FC, Express FC, and two goals against Police FC. He scored all his goals at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

Mustafa Mujjuzi battle with Vipers Daniel Sserukuma in one of the StarTimes UPL encounters last season

He scored one goal in the Uganda Cup against Admin FC while the other goal came against Al Nasri away in the CAF Confederation Cup.

At the National team, the Uganda Cranes, Mujuzi has been near the Uganda Cranes set up, having played for the country in the U23 team competitions.

Like many other football players, Mustafa Mujuzi has gone through many challenges.

“When playing football you never relax. You have to work hard every day if you are to improve in your areas of weakness. That hurts. The fans never get to know this,” Mujuzi told The Touchline Sports before adding that, “Instead they abuse you when you make a mistake. They do not recognize your effort”.

Mujuzi also points out Bisaso as his greatest coach.

“It’s Shafiq Bisaso because he has shaped me a lot and turned me into a better player. He has taught me all that I need to be a top defender.”

On his toughest opponent, Mohammed Shaban is the man he never wants to face down the years.

“Mohammed Shaban is one of the forwards I find hard to deny a chance of shooting on goal. He is so fast and has the ability to beat the last man with ease,” he says.

On the players, he would wish to emulate and career targets.

“I want to play like Murushid Jjuuko locally and John Terry internationally. I like their game reading skills and command in the defense,” he says.

“My dream is to play in one of the teams in  the best 5 European leagues and be consistent on the national team.”

“In Uganda, I want to play for one of the top 3 sides according to the 2019-20 StarTimes UPL table standings.”

On his favorite teammate, Mustafa singles out

“There is a player who was Bbaale Shafiq during my time while at School who possessed a special talent that is rare in Uganda. He could do anything with the ball, but unfortunately he didn’t continue with football after school,” Mustafa told the Touchline Sports’ Tom Matovu.

Tom Matovu

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