He is a rare talent for a central defender. He is calm, composed and solid at the back with good game reading abilities. He is versatile in that he can and has been played as a forward or midfielder in his career so far but he prefers central defence where he is currently played at his club.
“I can play anywhere on the pitch (forward or midfield) but I feel more comfortable at centre back”, he said with a smile. Following his showing against KCC FC in the Fufa Super league opener on Tuesday where he kept the talented striking line (Brian Umony, Tony Odur, Titus Lubega, Ibrahim Jingo and Micheal Birungi) of the Lugogo based side silent for the time he spent on the pitch before suffering an injury that forced him off in the closing stages of the game, he has been chosen as our player of the week and below is his profile.
Name: Kabugo Savio “Ginola”
Date of Birth: 20th. Jan. 1992
Current club: Sports Club Victoria University
Previous Clubs: Kamwokya Football Academy, Mulusa Academy Wobulenzi and Proline Soccer Academy
Playing position: Central defence
Shirt No: 13
Why shirt No: 13? The reason is simple. I like Micheal Ballack the retired German international who used to don the jersey for club and country. He is one of the few talented midfielders I have watched play. I chose that shirt number simply because of him.
Club supported as a kid: Locally, it’s SC Villa. While young, I associated with SC Villa because of house hold names in Ugandan football like Magid Musisi, Andrew Mukasa, Hassan Mubiru, Steven Bogere and Charles Kayemba among others. There is no way I could opt for another club and leave SC Villa
Internationally, its Manchester United. The history of the club is rich and their manager Sir Alex Ferguson is unrivalled in the game. Besides, the club has Rio Ferdinand. To me, he is the best defender I have watched play in my life.
Who inspired you to play football? My late dad always wanted me to play football. He used to buy me balls and soccer kits. He passed his love for the game to me indeed.
Who is your biggest idol? Manchester United and England centre back Rio Ferdinand is one play I have strong admiration for. He is calm, composed and intelligent. He has the ability to organise the rear guard regardless of his partner at the heart of defence. He has lost a yard of pace due to age of recent but a fully fit Rio is the best defender in the world. I look up to him indeed.
Best player played with: My team mate Denis Guma is the best I have played with. He is an intelligent game reader and with him on the pitch, you feel secure as a team. My love for ball playing central defenders is high I must admit.
Toughest opponent played against: URA FC winger Erukana Nkugwa is the toughest opponent I have played against. However, it was during post primary competitions and he gave me a hell of time.
Best moment in your career: It was when I made my international debut with the national U-17 side against Zambia.
Worst moment in your career: It was last season when we (Victoria University) lost to Boro Boro Tigers FC 0-1 in a big league game away from home. We got a lot of stick from the technical team especially Coach Ivan Zoric blaming us for the loss. It was silence on the bus from Gulu to Kampala as we couldn’t freely talk to each other for fear of reprimand.
Favourite Meal: Matooke, rice and Meat.
Favourite Music: Ragga and Reggae especially by Bebe Cool
Wheels: I don’t drive at the moment but my dream car is Escalade. I like monster machines and Escalade fits the tag most.
Best Comedian: Amooti of the Amarula family is the best practical joker I have ever seen do his anything.
Best TV programme: I used to like to love watching the “Sports Bar” but it’s no longer on NTV now.
My biggest dream: I want to play professional football in Europe. It’s my biggest target and with commitment, hard work and discipline, I feel confident I will make it.