What started as a fun-filled historic day for the Hakim Magumba Testimonial match punctuated by several hilarious jokes on and off the playing arena ended in tears for the main man and many of his ardent followers over the years.
On an eventful day when the Ex-International footballer aged 34 years was officially bidding farewell to the sport, he bagged a hat-trick, was showered with money but he painfully broke down during his speech.
The gifted fast paced midfielder still exhibited his old flashes of brilliance as he out sprinted active footballers with the ease of sharp sword on a slaughter mission.
He could still perfect his customary wall pass, dribble, no-look pass and shoot the ball much to the delight of the enthusiastic crowd.
Friends in the media, terraces and the other clubs did not disappoint too on a day the national league officially kicked off.
Magumba touching moment ironically arrived with tears came at a time he was submitting a narration of his football path since he was a ball boy at Iganga Town Council football club to the much adored player at SC Villa and for the Uganda Cranes.
The Ex-international player used the plat form to warn the active players on how best they should live in harmony with all the people at the clubs they are playing in alongside unfavorable conditions.
Without mentioning names, Magumba hinted on how some SC Villa club officials who had acted to frustrate him at the club he has loved at heart.
As he shed tears, Magumba stammered in a mixture of Luganda and Lusoga, to the grief of many following;
I thank SC Villa and the fans. I thank Edgar Watson for welcoming me at SC Villa as i was a young child from Iganga. I have played in five different generations at SC Villa and it is a big lesson to current players on how they should behave. I will remain an SC Villa life supporter for life and i am soon booking my seat in the Kirassia wing. I was signed at 500,000/- and played with passion throughout. Towards the end, i have spent a season at SC Villa without a salary nor transport at times but i remained committed to the club. I thank God for my special talent where i could use more brain power than energy, which means i can even serve more three good seasons.Whether there are many haters who have frustrated me, i will remain loyal to SC Villa till death
It took the intervention of the day’s M.C, Hassan Kirunda Kakaire and the FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson who comforted Magumba for close to five minutes to continue with his speech.
He appreciated the entire SC Villa family, friends and the media for the support along his glittering career that witnessed him win 6 league titles, 3 Uganda Cup honours and two CECAFA club championship.
Meanwhile, many more fans who were attentively following the speech broke down too.
The testimonial was graced by former players, Mathias Kawesa, Kefa Kisala, Willy Jamil Kyambadde, Alex Isabirye, Phillip Obwinyi, Herbert ‘Masanda’ Nsubuga, Sam Kawalya, Edgar Watson, Ibrahim Buwembo, Ronald Mugabi, Deo Sserwadda, James Odoch, James Kakooza, Jimmy Kidega and many others.
A few active players like Andrew Mwesigwa, Derrick ‘Rasta’ Walulya, Simone Masaba, Steven Bengo played in the Magumba friends’ team.
Celebrated footballing musicians, Eddy Kenzo and Mathias Walukagga granted the football fans a raw taste of their unquestionable football expliots.
He surely leaves behind a legacy that ought to be emulated religiously by the active players – first to retire gracefully and then, serve with diligence and passion.