Shafiq Kagimu: Midfielder’s elevation and strides, move for minimum wage and emulating Iniesta and Xavi


Shafiq Kagimu is an axle in that URA FC team. There is a lot of a modern-day midfielder’s attributes in him.

All good and outstanding in terms of the qualities and attributes he possesses, but the case can be made that had his talent not been recognized and allowed to flourish so early, then his development into the player he is today may not have been quite so seamless.

A player with a great football brain. He is outrageously skillful(possesses rare ball retention, dribbling, and passing abilities), he never stops running on and off the ball and is always eager to present himself to his teammates when in possession.

Shafiq ‘Kuchi’ Kagimu joined the Uganda Revenue Authority FC from  regional league outfit Water (Majji) Football Club in 2015.

“Kuchi” is the name he adopted from Kenya at a tender age when he traveled with his first football team in life, Zebra Football Club, to Kenya in the Ndogo tournament.

Kenyan fans used to chant and call him by the name ‘Kuchi’ whenever he dribbled past defenders. Since then, his friends have continued to call him ‘Kuchi’, although up to now Kagimu can not tell what it means.

Born on 28th May 1998 at Nsambya hospital to the late Jingo Henry and late Nanyonjo Aisha with 3 other siblings. He is the second born in that family.

Shafiq Kagimu’s educational background is typical of an African footballing child. He had to turn around so many schools especially due to the footballing sponsorships that always came off his way.

Kagimu started Nursery and primary in 2001 before joining APass Secondary School for his ordinary education. He later traversed many schools including Crimson International School, St. Mbuga Secondary School, and Gombe Secondly School where he completed form six before joining Kampala University, Gaba Compass for his degree in Procurement and Logistics Management.

The stylish midfielder who started his football career at Zebra FC from 2003 to 2012 and later joined Kampala Junior Team (KJT) from 2012 to 2013 before moving on to play for Water FC in 2013.

Kagimu at Water FC in 2014 | Courtesy Photo

Shafiq Kagimu joined URA FC in 2015 where he has been a mainstay since then. He says joining URA FC was one of the best things that have ever happened in his life.

It is URA FC where he signed his first professional contract. The same club paid for his tuition at Kampala University until he graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Procurement and logistics management.

Kagimu has risen through the ranks and indeed carries all the praise at URA FC, but a case can be made that had his talent not been recognized early enough, invested in and allowed to flourish at URA FC that early, then his development into the modern-day midfielder may not have been quite so seamless.

It is URA FC that introduced him to the world when they presented him with a chance to play for the club as early as 2015. While at URA FC, Kagimu has been exposed enough and has been selected to play for the National team on many occasions right from the U20, U23, CECAFA, CHAN, and he is already knocking on the doors of the senior national team.

Kuki played almost every minute for URA FC last season. He missed only the first half of the game against Proline which was played on the neutral ground in Bombo Barracks.

He scored 3 goals for the season against BUL FC in Ndejje in the Uganda Premier League and 2 goals in the Uganda cup against Lugazi Municipal in Lugazi and Nyamityobora in Ndejje. He managed 11 assists for the club in that very season.

Ashraf Mandela joins Shafik Kagimu in celebration last season.

“I am working extremely hard, tooth and nail, and playing to the almighty Allah so I can be regular on the national team. I also want to go and play professional football,” Shafik told The Touchline Sports.

Shafiq Kagimu speaks highly of his coaches Robert Kayitare and Jamada Magasa who were with him at Kibuli. He says they taught him how to pass, dribble and control the ball.

He also says that Sadat Kyambadde and Magidu Mbaziira who played for Mbaale heroes and Victors FC respectively were inspired him to be play football.

When he was asked about the challenges he faces as a footballer, Kagimu says they are not paid well and if he was the FUFA President he would set up a minimum wage for players in the top-flight League and Big League.

He also says that playing football is also a profession like being a doctor, teacher, lawyer, engineer among others.

Kagimu says he is more comfortable playing as a balancing midfielder or playing as a number 8 or supporting midfielder (number 10), although he is at times deployed otherwise according to coach’s plans.

He gives an example of playing as a central midfielder in the just concluded CECAFA tournament which he says he played out of position.

Kagimu wishes to emulate a number of superstars.

“I want to play like Livingston Kyambadde, Willy Kyambadde, Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez,” he says.

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