Born 40 years ago to Jackson and Margret Ndaula in Kampala, Edgar Watson Ssuubi was a player who almost won everything there is to compete for both domestically and in the cecafa region. The soft spoken current Fufa Chief Executive Officer announced his arrival to Ugandan football at Miracle F.C in the early 1990s under coach Eddie Butindo (SC.Villa’s current chief scout).
However before joining miracle FC, the slow but intelligent versatile player had to feature for lower division sides like Namirembe F.C, Kyewagula F.C, St. Matia Mulumba, Puma F.C and Baggery F.C.
MIRACLE F.C CAREER:
At Miracle, Butindo oftenly used Watson as a talisman helping the side to topflight division the super league. Like it is a norm for new sides in the league, Miracle struggled and this forced management to hire services of then youthful coach Mike Mutebi to bring sanity at the club. It indeed worked as Mutebi used Watson’s versatility to ensure the club survived relegation. He could use the player once he described as a Xavi Alonso in defence, midfield or attack and the light skinned man could perform as a required.
In 1996, Watson joined trophy hungry SC Villa. It was a move that didn’t excite many Villa fans as they saw his style of play as less of one hoped to take the Jogoos to greater heights. This could later change as slowly by slowly, the versatile man won the hearts of the Villa Park crowd.
WATSON IS HANDED THE VILLA ARM BAND:
When the Blues hired their former legend Paul Hasule as coach in 1998, the first notable thing he did was appointing Edgar as the team captain. This improved Watson’s leadership abilities and his game of football in general. His level of passing became a joy to watch and developed a knack for beautifully laid killer passes which marked him out of the rest. It is believed that during that season, no player had more assists than Watson. SC. Villa went on to lift the title that season. Villa won a league and cup double that season. The same scenes continued in the 1999 season when the blues retained the crown scoring a record 108 goals with captain Watson the architect of the midfield moves that culminated in Villa player Andrew Mukasa scoring a record 45 league goals that shattered Jimmy Kirunda’s 21 year old record of 32 league goals. The trend continued with Watson lifting doubles for the club again in 2000 and 2003. In year 2003, he became Villa’s most successful captain when he helped the club win the cecafa title – some thing that had last happened in 1987 breaking a 16 year old regional jinx when Villa under the stewardship of Serbian coach Mitcho Sredojevich who had replaced Hasule in 2002 beat Tanzania’s giants Simba SC 1-0 at Namboole thanks to Vicent Tendwa’s solitary strike in the finals.
UGANDA CRANES CAREER:
He made his national team debut in a friendly game versus Kenya in 1995. He was a mainstay in the Cranes side that lifted the cecafa title in 1996 in Sudan. He was part of the Cranes side that whipped Rwanda 5-0 in the preliminary round of AFCON qualifiers in 1998. He captain the national team between 2002 and 2003 and his high light of the captainancy was beating Ghana 1-0 in AFCON qualifier in 2003 but lowest came when the team lost to Rwanda 1-0 at Nambóole to end the Cranes chances of qualification on 7th June 2003. His last game for the national team was November 2003 against Mauritius when the Cranes lost 3 -1 away but qualified for the group stages on a 4-3 aggregate having won 3-0 in Kampala. David Obua scored the all important goal in extra time.
WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT WATSON:
He supports Express F.C but never played for them. Before joining Villa, he scored the önly goal that eliminated the team from Kakungulu cup in 1993.
Played for Namirembe, Kyewagula, St. Matia Mulumba, Puma, Baggery, Miracle f.c and Sc.villa.
Won seven league titles for Villa (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004)
Won three Uganda cup titles (1998, 2002 and 2003).
Won one Cecafa title with Villa (2003).
Won two Cecafa titles with the Cranes (1996 and 2000).
He captained Villa between 1998 -2004 and the Cranes between 2002 – 2003.
He worked as the Fufa national team cordinator 2006, Technical director (2008-2009) and he is the current Fufa CEO.
He is the brains behìnd Edgar Youth Academy.
He holds a B.A degree in SWASA and a advanced CAF coaching certificate