Raised in Mulago a Kampala suburb, Magid Musisi is among Uganda’s greatest soccer talents. Born to Mr. Siraje Katende and Deborah Namutebi on the 15th/09/1967, Magid began his career at Mulago play ground a.k.a Maracana like many other players.
He went to New Mulago Primary School and later joined Bashir High School in Wandegeya where he quit school to persue a career in football.
Musisi’s first club was second division side Pepsi FC which he joined in 1983. After close to two seasons, Villa Coach David Otti noticed his special talent and talked to Club Chairman Patrick Kawooya who signed
After joining the club, Otti immediately enrolled him into the squad that was traveling for CECAFA Club Championships but missed the trip as his passport was delayed.
Interestingly, Villa fans wondered why he was signed since they had lots of top strikers in Shaban Mwinda, Ronald Vvubya, Nsubuga Rogers, Muwanguzi George and Kawooya Issa.
Due to poor results at the club, Otti was sacked and replaced by Timothy Ayiekho. As the club had many good strikers, Ayiekho mainly used Musisi as a winger in most games preferring Vvubya and Nsubuga as central strikers in his favored 4 4 2 formation.
On his debut, Musisi hit a brace against Maroons FC and a goal in his second game against Mbale Heroes.
MAGICAL FOUR MINUTES BRACE AGAINST EXPRESS FC:
In August 1985, SC.Villa was facing Express FC at Nakivubo and given the magnitude of the game then, a mammoth crowd flocked to catch the game.
However, as many were still outside in ques leading into the stadium, Musisi fired in two quick goals in the first four minutes to hand Villa a 2-0 win. After the game, he became the major talking point as fans started to ask who Musisi was.
Though Villa won no silverware that season, Musisi debuted with six goals. His tally improved to eight the following season as Villa won the first league and Cup double.
In 1987, goals started to flow and scored three goals as SC.Villa won the CECAFA Cup beating El-Merrickh in the finals.
Injury to Nsubuga Rogers forced new Coach Polly Ouma to shift Musisi to the central striking role in partnership with Vvubya. Amazingly, he scored 8 goals in his first 6 league games in the season.
Musisi found a perfect partner in Vvubya and the duo formed a deadly striking partnership. Vvubya occupied opponents and picked out Musisi’s intelligent runs with inch perfect passes.
Eventually, Musisi won the golden boot with 28 goals that season.
In 1988, Musisi’s formed dipped and he only scored 13 goals that season. However, his goals still guided the club to the league and Cup double.
While Villa was playing KCC FC in a league game, Musisi missed lots of chances including a penalty as the Lugogo side was leading 2-1. Vvubya later scored an equaliser with a few minutes left.
This prompted Kawooya to assume the powers of Coach Geof Hudson and asked him to withdraw Musisi. He told John Kaweesi to warm up and as he was waiting for a dead ball situation to come on, Musisi netted the winner which prompted Kawooya to race the full length of the pitch and carried Musisi shoulder high.
The Villa fans nicked named him ‘Magic’ while others referred to him as ‘Tyson’ due to his power and skills on the ball in reference to boxer Mike Tyson.
During that season, he scored a brace that eliminated KCC FC from the Uganda Cup and later a spectacular against Express FC in the finals.
The following season, Musisi won the golden boot with 15 goals as Villa won the league and Cup double for a third time.
In 1990, the ‘Magic’ won a third golden boot scoring 28 goals and equaled Issa Ssekatawa’s record.
In 1991, Musisi helped Villa finish runners up in the African Club Championship by scoring important goals. The unforgettable was his diving header against Nigeria’s Iwuanyanwa Nationale in the semi-finals. He also became the first player to score 100 league goals.
In 1992, Musisi netted 29 league goals in only the first round of the league and had he completed the league, he would have broken Jimmy Kirunda’s record of 32 league goals.
MAGIC AGAINST KCC FC:
In what was his final appearance in the league that season before moving to Europe, Musisi scored four times against KCC FC in the 5-0 win. Interestingly, he walked off the pitch after scoring the forth. He played half season before moving to Stade Rennes of France for a fee believed to be $180,000. He later joined Turkish side Bursaspor in 1997 for a reported fee of $1m and also had a stint with Dardenelspor.
Musisi made his Cranes debut in July 1987 in an olympic qualifier against Mozambique. Him and Omondi formed a fearful combo upfront and each bagged a brace in the 4-1 win and later one a piece in the 2-0 win the return leg.
He scored a hat trick against Zambia in the CECAFA Cup later that year and also finished the tourney as the top scorer. He was Voted Footballer of the Year. He also helped Uganda win the CECAFA Cup after a 12 year wait in 1989. He also converted from the spot in the finals against Malawi. Won the golden boot with 4 goals.
In September, 1990, he scored a late winner as Uganda beat DR. Congo in the Nations Cup qualifier. He also scored in the 2-0 win over Sudan to help the Cranes retain the CECAFA title. His exploits were recognized as he won the Footballer of the Year accolade. He hit his third hat trick for the Cranes in 1998 in a 5-0 win over Rwanda.
THE CONTROVERSIAL MUSISI:
In 1987, Musisi and Vvubya defied FUFA directives and featured for Lugave in the Biika Football tournament a few days before a crucial olympics qualifier against Zambia and FUFA suspended them but due to public outcry, FUFA pardoned them and were the key men as Uganda won 2-1.
In 1991, FUFA suspended Paul Hasule for indiscipline ahead of a nations Cup qualifier against Dr. Congo, this prompted Villa players to stay away from the Cranes.
When Musisi was summoned, he famously said “Mugende Mu kafiremu” loosely translated to ‘go and die on your own.’ Uganda eventually lost 1-0.
In 2000, he unceremoniously retired from international football after Coach Harrison Okagbue chased him from camp for allegedly breaking the rules.
After spells in France and Turkey, Musisi returned to Villa Park in 2001 but he failed to regain his touch which prompted him to join semi-professional football in Vietnam a year later featuring for Da Nang before joining Ggaba United in 2004 where he retired from the game.
Despite a blistering career, Musisi’s only undoing was that he never took Uganda to the Cup Of Nations. It is amazing that the bold Musisi shied away from taking a penalty in the goal less draw with Nigeria in 1993. Adam Ssemugabi missed it and the AFCON dream was shattered.
Musisi’s last public appearance was on 23rd/09/2005 at Namboole when Villa lost to Police FC on penalties to win the league. He passed away on 5th/12/2005 as his family was driving him to Nsambya Hospital.
Contrary to media reports, Musisi died a rich man owning a fleet of cars and a house in Bukasa Muyenga, a posh suburb of Kampala.
He also left commercial houses. On many occasions, those who watched him play fail to find an adjective that fits Musisi’s description.
In summary, he was an orthodox forward, a natural finisher, dead ball specialist, a tireless work horse who had exceptional fire power, pacy, dribbler, great aerial presence and a composed striker who never lost his temper. A legend indeed. May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
MAGID MUSISI FACTFILE:
Played for Pepsi, SC Villa, Stade Rennes, Bursaspor, Dardenelspor, Da Nang and Ggaba Utd.
Won 2 CECAFA titles with the Cranes 1989 and 1990. Won 6 league titles, 3 Uganda Cups and 1 Cecafa title with Villa.
Won the league golden boot four times 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1992.
Won the CECAFA golden boot twice 1987 and 1990. Won 2 CECAFA titles with the Cranes 1989 and 1990.
Scored a hat trick for the Cranes on three occasions 1987 vs Zambia, 1991 vs Tanzania and 1998 vs Rwanda.
Twice Voted Footballer of the Year 1987 and 1990.
First Ugandan to play professional football in Europe.