To many who watched him during his prime, the name Fimbo Mukasa will always remind them of a temperamental but talented striker. When at his best both physically and mentally, no defender can stop him from scoring a goal. Every one can have different fond memories of the current URA striker but some of the things he did on the pitch will never be forgotten. For instance, who will ever forget that wonder goal against Nigeria’s Julius Berger at Namboole stadium? What about his league record of 45 goals in a single season?
This boy was a phenomenal and one that always fulfilled promises he made before the game.
Some of the promises he made prior to the 1999 season kick off included promising to be the top scorer that same season. In addition to fulfilling it this promise, he erased Jimmy Kirunda’s Super League goal record that had until then lasted for over two decades. He rewrote history by setting his own incredible 45 goal mark.
The U-23 national team, the Kobs traveled to Lusaka, Zambia in 1999 for the 2nd leg of the All African Games qualifiers with a slim 1-0 cushion. Before the team’s departure, he promised the nation that he would, by all means, get Uganda a goal in Zambia and leave the rest to the team’s defence department. He scored the promised goal to end the game 1-1 and helped the Kobs to progress.
Mukasa was born in 1981 to Grace Namuguzi of Wakaliga, Natete, a suburb south of Kampala. Grace says that Fimbo’s father passed away when Fimbo was still an infant. However some people have claimed that the said father wasn’t his real father and this explains Mukasa’s mental state.
He started his footballing career at Kyagwe Road Primary School by featuring in small three-a-side games as early as at five years of age. In 1994 he briefly joined Baggery FC; a former 2nd division side that he helped get promoted to the 1st division.
He later joined a Nakawa based 1st division side, Puma FC, where he started his heroics. In the 1995 season, Mukasa was the top scorer in this 1st division league with 33 goals.
Because of his scorching shots while at Puma, his fans tagged him ‘Fimbo’, Swahili for a caning rod. This nickname more or less replaced his surname and very few people up to this day are aware that Kalyango is his surname.
In 1996 Fimbo was invited to Uganda’s U-18 squad that took part in the Coca-Cola East and Central African Junior Championships in Ethiopia under Coach Paul Saali. This was very unusual in Ugandan football because summoning a player from a lower division for national duty is quite rare. He didn’t only spear head Uganda’s efforts into the finals but managed to score three goals in the tournament. From then on, it was evident that his days at the Nakawa based side were numbered as the all three Ugandan football giant clubs; SC Villa, Express and KCC FC, started scrambling for his signature. Despite KCC being the club he supported from childhood, Fimbo opted to cross over to Villa Park under the era of tactician David Otti.
Although he continued his magical scoring streak at the Nsambya based side, the then 17-year-old net sniper didn’t find it easy squeezing his way into the first eleven as coach Hasule preferred the more experienced striking pair of Charles Kayemba (RIP) and the emerging Hassan Mubiru. Within a short period, however much Hasule loved Kayemba, he had no option but to play him as second fiddle because Fimbo’s scoring skills at the training sessions were above normal. This resulted in the ‘MU-MU’ (Mubiru- Mukasa) partnership that ruled the country for long.
Some of Fimbo’s awkward memories
In 1999 during the All Africa Games in South Africa, Fimbo missed a chance to score in one of the games and this did not go down well with the Kobs defence in particular Ibrahim ssekajja. It is alleged that the current cranes captain blamed the striker for failure to put away the chance and in retaliation of the highest order, Mukasa did get a ball in the next game, rounded off all the defenders and as as every one was anticipating a goal, he left the ball and invited Ibra Ssekajja to score the goal. The opposition defenders cleared away the ball to the amusement of the crowd. Its one of the reasons the lad had a poor tournament indeed.
In 2000, Fimbo absconded from Villa training and decided to train with Express and later KCC F.C. This stirred the already existing rivaly amongst the sides with Villa officials alleging that Express and KCC influenced such happenings.
In 2001 he went for professional trials in Istanbul, Turkey and returned home loaded financially. He is alleged to have caused near inflation in the city when he started disbursing money to street kids, one by one soon after his arrival.
In 2001 he deliberately refused to pass the ball to his twin striker Mubiru who was in a better position to tap in an equalizer against Nile FC at Kakindu stadium in the Nile Special Super League encounter. Villa lost it 1-0 thanks to Mike Ssebalinga’s stunning free-kick. The two are said to have had misunderstandings before the tie.
In the same year he declined to report to the Cranes camp after FUFA refused to clear his street kid bag boy to stay with him in the residential camp.
Recently, the record goal scorer fumbled when his team URA was up against Maroons after he received information coach Isabirye was planning to use him for the game. He claimed to be suffering from malaria though medics latter confirmed he wasn’t.
CLUBS HE PLAYED FOR:
Baggery f.c 1994-1995
Puma f.c 1995-1997
Express F.C 2001-2001
URA 2011 – present
4 League tittles, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 (SC Villa)
2 Kakungulu Cups 1998, 2000 (SC Villa)
League Top scorer 1999, 2000 (SC villa)
East African Hedex Cup (SC Villa)
Led SC villa to CECAFA finals (1999)
East African Hedex Cup (Express)
Inspired Uganda’s U-23 national team into the 1999 All African Games