Nicknamed V8 in reference to Toyota Landcruiser V8, Paul Edwin Hasule was born on the 20th/Nov/1959 to Mr and Mrs John Haumba Kango Petwa.
He went to Tororo College before joining Makerere University for his studies. While at Tororo, Hasule was played as a central striker and those who saw him during that time concur
that he was a great net buster who used his big frame to torment defences.
Hasule began his career at Gangama FC that was later renamed Mbale heroes FC and also played as a centre forward there but was transformed into a right full back at Villa. It was from there that SC Villa snapped him in November 1981.
At SC Villa
Hasule made his Villa debut against Nile FC in the Jesse Owens Cup. By then, the Villa Park outfit was under George Mukasa as coach.
In the 1982 season, Hasule scored a vital goal to help Villa maintain its leagueun beaten run and also win Masaka Union 2-1. That season, SC Villa won the league title un beaten a record that has never been broken since then.
The following year, SC Villa failed to retain the league title but Hasule and company managed to win the Uganda Cup after beating rivals KCC FC 1-0 in the finals.
In 1984, SC Villa reclaimed the league but failed to retain the Uganda Cup.
Hasule is named club captain
In 1985, Hasule was given the club’s arm band. Un fortunately, he won nothing that year something that forced legendary Coach David Otti (RIP) to resign as head coach and Polly Ouma took over the.
As fate would have it, Hasule inspired SC Villa won a double in 1986, the first in the club’s history and the country at large. The skipper was more instrumental in the finals of the Uganda Cup after creating two goals that sunk Tobacco FC to ensure the Villa Park outfit won the game 2-0.
In 1987, Paul Hasule became the first SC Villa skipper to lift the Cecafa club Championship title following a 1-0 win over of Sudan’s El Merrick in the finals played at Nakivubo stadium. Sula Kato scored the all-important winner. It took the Jogoos 14 years to repeat that feat in 2003 when a 1-0 win over Tanzania’s Simba SC helped them to only their second regional title.
The Blue still retained their league title that year but lost to KCC FC in the finals of Uganda Cup by 1-0 to miss out on a precedent treble.
In 1988, Hasule was still instrumental helping SC Villa win another double by retaining the league and also beat Express FC 3-1 in the Uganda Cup finals. He became the first skipper ever to win two doubles.
The dominance of the club was not about to end as Hasule again inspired Villa to another double the following season. The Villa Park side again beat bitter rivals Express FC 4-2 in the finals and also managed to retain the league title for a third time in a row.
In 1990, SC Villa under Paul Hasule as skipper won the league title for a record fourth consecutive time but lost to KCC FC 3-0 in the finals of the Uganda Cup.
In 1991, SC Villa won nothing but the Hasule led side were beaten semi-finalists in the African Club Championship (now Orange CAF Champions League) and lost at semi-final stage in the CAF Cup the following year.
In 1993, Paul Hasule hang up his boots and retired from the beautiful game
Uganda Cranes Career
When he was summoned to the Cranes in early 80s, Hasule made the right back his own but still popped up with important goals for the national team.
In 1982, Paul Hasule scored the winner as Uganda beat neighbours Tanzania 3-2 in an AFCON.
In 1984, Hasule scored a brace against Algeria in the 4-1 win over the North African side in an Olympic qualifier and also laid assists for Phillip Omondi and Isa Ssekatawa for the other two goals.
In 1988, the SC Villa skipper was also handed the national team arm band following the retiring of John Latigo.
In 1989, Hasule scored a cracker against Kuwait in the Iraq organised Peace Cup at the semi-finals. Hasule waited for the rebound and he was from some distance – and struck it hard into the net. The goal was made more memorable because of the stage at which it was scored.
He skippered the Cranes to Cecafa Senior challenge Cup in 1989 and 1990.
After retiring in 1993, Hasule stayed part of the Villa technical team that was headed by British Geoff Hudson. Two years later, he left SC Villa to coach state house and Simba SC.
In 1998, Hasule returned to Villa Park as Head Coach and helped the club to league titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000 before he was sacked in April 2001 for failure to create an empire that could penetrate the African continent.
Hasule also won the Bell Uganda Cup in 1998 when Villa thumped Simba SC 2-0 in the finals and also in 2000 following a 1-0 win over Military Police FC in the finals.
During his spell at Villa Park, he built a strong team that had the likes of Hassan Mubiru, Andrew Mukasa, Hakim Magumba, James Kayimba, Nestroy Kizito, Robert Tumusime, Arthur Byansiima, Aggrey Bigala, Edgar Watson, Phillip Ssozi and Godfrey Katerega among others.
He also coached the national team with his highest achievement being the 1-0 win over Ghana in 2004 AFCON qualifiers before drawing away to Rwanda a result that led to his sacking.
After the Ghana win, many fans knighted him with a title of a ‘’SIR’’.
He later coached Police FC
The controversial Hasule
The SC Villa captain was handed a one year ban 1n 1991 that was later rescinded to three months for beating up referee Wanyama Fred in a league game.
After being sacked by SC Villa, it’s alleged that then Express FC supremo Godfrey Kirumira asked Hasule to coach The Red eagles. In a bid to lure him to Wankulukuku, Kirumira offered Hasule Shs 25 million. Hasule took the money and asked Kirumira to patiently wait on his decision. After one week, Hasule gave Shs 24 million back to Kirumira through his brother informing him that he feels so much attachment to Villa that he can’t stand in the dugout as an Express FC Coach. The chairman eventually gave up.
What they say about him?
“When he was on the pitch you felt that sense of security. He was very fast as a player, a game reader, steady, confident and strong – one of the best defenders in our history, no doubt.He was never mechanical at all. He was a true footballer, a thinking footballer; he would defend, dribble, pass and score. I played with him in the Cranes for a short spell before I retired but I tell you Hasule was a great leader”, former Cranes and KCC FC legend Tom Lwanga.
“Hasule was a hardworking and commanding man. He guided us, encouraged us, and whenever we needed that winning goal, he always urged us on with his overlaps”, said Sula Kato, a former team mate at Villa.
“If u don’t stop Hasule, you don’t stop Villa”, said legendary sports journalist Hassan Badru Zziwa of Hasule’s attributes.
‘’Hasule was not only a coach but also a father figure for most of us. He understood the basics of football and made me what I was as a player. He always told us to respect the Villa shirt’’, Phillip Ssozi, Hasule’s former student at Villa.
Hasule passed away on 29th/04/2004 and was buried at his ancestral home in Tororo. May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace
SCVilla.com, Hassan Badru Zziwa – The Observer Media Ltd, Andrew Mwanguhya – The Daily Monitor Publications, Phillip Ssozi – Former SC Villa player.