Kent Soccer Academy Grand Launch:

At Sendi’s Ground – Kabowa

On Tues, 7th January 2013

At 10 a.m

Uganda Cranes International, also a T.P Mazembe player on loan to Vipers Football Club, Mike ‘Sulaiman’ Mutyaba is set to launch his soccer Academy, Kent Football Academy this Tuesday at the Kabowa –Ssendi’s sports grounds.

“After playing football at the Manchester United and Fulham Academies, Yoevil City F.C, El-Merrick , T.P Mazembe and the Uganda Cranes, I felt it is time to pay back to the game that has rewarded me with fame and fortune”, Mutyaba reveals to Kawowo Sports at the Kabowa grounds.

According to the launch programme that Kawowo Sports peeped through, Mutyaba, who is the programme director has invited high profile guests that include former Former FUFA president, Lawrence Mulindwa, Ssalongo Kasawuli of the Samona Jelly Product , local leaders among others.

Mutyaba, who recently converted to Islam while playing professionally in El Merrick, aspires to construct an orphanage center that will provide free education to at least 100 children aged 6 to 18 years.

“Everything is possible, I secured the land and the buildings are nearing construction. We are now in the final stages of recruitment of talented young boys”, Mutyaba who is on a one year loan deal to Vipers from T.P Mazembe says.

During an exclusive interview with the diminutive but pacy tricky midfielder, he reveals that the youngesters recruited will be well groomed and put under special care to make great future players.

“When I was in Europe, I realized, my height and size was a disadvantage to my professional career. Therefore, I will put these players under a special diet, training and expose them to various competitions like the 2014 Tivoli, Gothia and Norway Cups”, he says of his future plan for Kent Football Academy.

Already, over 200 kids are on trials under over 7 coaches. Ronald Ssali, one of the coaches says, transparency and professionalism will be used to select talented boys.

“Here, we do not discriminate. All you have is to exhibit your talent and you will be selected without any fear, influence or bias”, Ssali, who once coached Mutyaba as he was growing up spoke to Kawowo Sports.

Ssali handles the coaching duties with Simon Ddungu, Muhamed Ssembatya, Juilus Lubega, Patrick Odiambo and Godfrey Ssebyala among others.

Mutyaba himself reserves special praise for Former FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa for his fatherly gesture towards him. He thanks all those who have offered the material, cash and moral support. ” I thank Mr Mulindwa Lawrence for being my father (he built me a house, paid my fees and bought me my first car), Godfrey Ssebyala, Bagimu Investments, Refaso Entrepises, the parents of the children in the academy and all the media groups [Ssubi fm, CBS radio, Beat, Impact, Capital, Kingdom, Juice and all those am i yet to visit] for the work done”, he says.

Details About Mutyaba:

Full Names: Mike Sulaiman Mutyaba

Date of Birth: 23rd March 1991

Parents: Robert Sserunjogi and Josephine Nakazzi (Both Deceased)

Place of Birth: Kijjabwemi, Masaka Distict

Education: Baptist Masaka Primary School (P1-P2), Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road Primary School (P3-P6), Kyambogo Primary School (P7), Standard High School Zana (S.1), St Mary’s Kitende (S.2-26)

Football Career: Wembly Football Academy, Standard O.B’S, St. Mary’s Kitende Football Team, Bunamwaya Football Club, Manchester United Academy, Fulham Football Club Academy, Yoevil City Football Club, El-Merrick (Sudan), T.P Mazembe Football Club (Democratic Republic of Congo), Vipers (Currently on 1 year loan from T.P Mazembe)

Strong Links as a player: Great Speed, Eye Catching Skills on the ball and amazing runs off the ball.

Weaknesses: His Height and Diminutive Size. Racile temperament.

Honours: Winner and Top Scorer, Gothia Cup,  (36 Goals in 16 Games – 2007), Winner, Masaza Cup (With Mawokota Ssaza-2007), Winner Uganda Super League (With Bunamwaya), Winner Democratic Republic of Cong o National League (With TP Mazembe – 2012), Winner, U-17 (National Under Age Team in Sudan), Runners- Up, Nile Basin Tournament (With Uganda Cranes), Captain U 20 National Team, Quarter-finalist, All African Games in Mozambique (with Uganda Cranes)

Best Match: Uganda 1 – 1 Sudan (LG Cup, Uganda Won in penalties)

Worst Match: Liberia 2 – 0 Uganda (World Cup Qualifer in Monorvia)

Most Memorable Match: Uganda 0 – 0 Kenya (At Namboole, where he missed a goal in that AFCON qualifier where Uganda needed just one goal to qualify)

Role Models: David Obua, Ibrahim Ssekagya and Thierry Henry

Coaches Praised: Master Peter (of Masaka), Eddie Butindo (Youth Football Coach, also a lecturer at Kyambogo and Nkumba Universities), Ronald Ssali, Simon Ddungu, Edward Kaziba, Edward Golola Richard Wasswa, Edirisa Rufai, George Ssemwogerere, Fred Kajoba, Frank Video Anyau, Jackson Mayanja and Bobby Williamson.

Best Dish: Matooke and Ground Nuts

Best Drink: Fresh Water

On facebook: Yes [Mike Mutyaba]

 On Twitter: No

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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