A kettle is boiling in the background and the windows are beginning to steam up as former Uganda Cranes creative gem Mike Suliaman Mutyaba takes his seat and offers a polite firm handshake.
First impressions? That he seems remarkably unassuming for a former Uganda Cranes star who also featured at two of Africa’s bigger clubs – El Merriekh and TP Mazembe and an English league one club.
But then there is the story of him berating a team-mate – “where’s your touch?” – in one of his first training sessions at St Mary’s Kitende so maybe there is more to him than meets the eye.
Mutyaba is an intriguing and polite character, as humbled as a cucumber.
The bold fact that he will make just 28 in the next months, you could easily think he is even younger.
Now a converted and staunch practicing muslim, Mutyaba often carries a copy of the Holy Koran and has a routine where he finds a quiet spot for his daily five prayers.
He has a boyish, slightly buck-toothed smile and you want to put an arm round him when he explains how, before he swiftly graduated up the ranks from Express, St Mary’s Kitende, Bunamwaya (now Vipers), Yoevil Town, El Merriekh to TP Mazembe and back to Vipers before he recently retired at the Wankulukuku side.
That said, Mutyaba, now retired after a career threatening knee injury has started his own foundation – Sulaiman Mutyaba Foundation.
The idea to start a foundation has been a childhood plan.
Now, that I am done and dusted with the active playing, it is time to realize my other dream in life.
Embedded at the back of his mind are core humanitarian reasons among which is the basis onto the start of the foundation.
The Mutyaba foundation would love to see well managed football players and coaches. Uganda has lots of potential.
We shall also sensitize the players on how to prepare for retirement as well as fronting effective scouting polices for the huge crop of footballers.
Structure of the foundation:
As the founding brain behind the whole project, Mutyaba is the chairperson, Hajji Hussein Kato Kalibala (also the chairman Proline F.C), Hamzah Jjunju is the Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Mugera the chief financing officer and Hussein Young as the operations manager.
Current KCCA football club manager, Mike Mutebi is among the domestic coaches being worked with under the project with a variety of regional and diaspora agents and coaches.
The mandatory paper work and all the crucial documentations have been fulfilled and what remains is the execution – with the desired plans.
Who is 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),
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), Uganda Cup (Vipers 2016/17)
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: Mike Mutebi (KCCA F.C Head coach), 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