Andrew ‘Fimbo’ Mukasa has weathered the worst of storms. Since his file setting days at 16-time file league champions SC Villa and their metropolis rivals Categorical, in the course of the glory years from 1998-2004, as Mukasa has largely been a forgotten man.
His time at Uganda Income Authority (URA) FC will be discounted as he was solely searching for a comeback that remained disjointed in 2011.
However just like the outdated English adage; “Each problem unlocks a possibility”, so has been the case for Mukasa and a few different former Uganda Cranes Internationals.
The Covid-19 world pandemic has considerably been a blessing in disguise for the trio of Obadiah Ssemakula, Jamil Kasirye and extra lately Mukasa because it has enabled their totally different plights come to gentle.
Mukasa, whose lavish and explosive goal-scoring exploits lit up many stadiums and had been celebrated wildly, has been on a downward spiral however may spring again to life if the latest happenings are something to go by.
SC Villa followers have been frequenting Mukasa’s residence with primary wants and money tonics as a contribution to his welfare and medical payments for his psychological sickness – one thing that his mom Grace Nandawula says has been a discomforting mainstay since 2000 as an alleged results of drug abuse and sorcery from the in-laws.
Well timed intervention
One specific SC Villa fan – Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayeebwa – is the most recent among the many followers which might be decided to place an finish to Mukasa’s woes.
“I noticed a put up on social media with Mukasa begging well-wishers for a smartphone in order that he will be on whatsapp and join with the world and I used to be touched,” Tayeebwa mentioned on his go to to Mukasa’s residence in Wakaliga.
Tayeebwa within the firm of his pals was heeding a name from the goal-scoring machine of yesteryear. Apart from a glossy Samsung S10 Galaxy smartphone, he carried alongside reduction meals and primary gadgets price Shs1m.
The place the 1999 Uganda Premier League (UPL) record-setting 45-goal hero calls house is in shambles and never worthy of his standing. It may move for dingy grain retailer and but he has to share it along with his mom, grandmother and brother.
Archived media experiences again in 2012 present that Villa and later URA had organised funds to construct Mukasa a house nevertheless it stays a case of unkept guarantees with the sums of cash being talked about – starting from Shs2m to Shs50m – altering with each supply interviewed.
“What pleases me is that Mukasa is upbeat. He desires a household and desires a house the place he can keep with out his mom, grandmother and brother,” provides Tayeebwa, who additionally pledged to connect Mukasa to one in all his undisclosed corporations for a month-to-month stipend of Shs500, 000 to assist him maintain abreast.
Pleasure of our nation
“Mukasa is a delight of our nation and as a rustic we have to comply with up on such individuals.
“He hates to remain at residence and I’m decided to make life higher for him. I’m going to take his plight to the Speaker of Parliament and see how we may help. He’s simply 38 years outdated and might coach the Parliamentary Crew. Mukasa wants a second probability in life. We have to repackage him. Corporations may also use him as a model ambassador.” And for a person who by no means noticed Mukasa break up defences and go away goalkeepers at sea however solely heard of his industriousness on soccer pitches by way of radio commentary in Mitooma village, Tayeebwa is fast to clear the air that he’s not searching for private glory however solely wellness of Mukasa.
“I don’t have any ambitions to take over at Villa. No, I don’t. Many individuals will assume I do. I additionally don’t want something from Mukasa,” Tayeebwa, with a daring tone, says.
“I simply wish to be among the many pioneer of those who begin the tradition of Ugandans remembering and looking for our sporting giants. I do know if I sacrifice one thing when I’m in a position now, I can’t be forgotten. Possibly that will likely be my profit.”
Fimbo’s world of needs
For Mukasa, who regarded appreciative with the supply to date, hinted at a possibility to coach once more at Villa Park, with out essentially enjoying competitively and in addition made a plea for extra assist in the direction of the medication and feeding payments. “The drugs is making me really feel higher,” Mukasa mentioned with a smile. “Nevertheless it’s too robust and it wants me to be feeding properly. I want these fruits, too,” mentioned the person who topped the league goal-scoring charts for 2 consecutive seasons in 1999 (45 objectives) and 2000 (27 objectives) whereas at SC Villa. Mukasa has a fortnight appointment with Butabika Hospital who prescribe medication for him that he has to choose from pharmacies in Wandegeya.
“The medication are costly. Any assistance is welcome,” says Mukasa whereas one other Villa fan interrupted our chat as he arrived with presents – presenting Mukasa with a small telephone (Alcatel) and a pair of sneakers.
“Now I can join with the coaches and I’ve new sneakers to put on once I go to coach at Villa Park. I can nonetheless rating objectives,” says Uganda’s 1999 All Africa Video games hero – his face lightening right into a hearty giggle.
“I now want a TV in order that I can watch sports activities and information. My future dream is to have my very own home and assist my mom inventory her store with good issues,” he concludes.
Mukasa’s record of needs – like again within the day when he signed for golf equipment after simply receiving a mountain bike and MP3 walk-man participant – is a mockery of the free-willed participant that had the world at his toes. Nevertheless it presents an enormous classes to the trendy day athletes to at all times plan for the back-end of their careers.