Ibrahim "Owen Baba" Kasule

Many football spectators throng the stadia terraces to quench their thirst of the beautiful game as a passion, stress relieving pill, hobby and for sheer entertainment.

Others rarely skip a match or two on the television screens and with modernity, majority keep their eyes glued to their phones for any football action.

A large fraction of these fans are enthused by wonder ball players, a particular crop who thrill with their exceptional skills on the ball, off ball movements, explicit passes and unique eye for the goal.

Offensive midfielder Owen “Baba” Kasule is classified under the cluster of “the entertainers on the ball with purpose”.

Owen “Baba” Kasule is an entertainer with the ball on his feet

Like a typical skilled organist on duty working with an orchestra, Kasule is that decent football artist who can easily woo the heart of the most critical mean fan.

Kasule has enviable close ball control, blessed with quick change of pace, fancy dribbles and can pass the ball from all ranges.

i am offensive minded and every time i RECEIVE the ball, i always think of troubling the opposition

Owen “Baba” Kasule, attacking midfielder
Owen “Baba” Kasule during a limbering session

He was nick-named “Baba” by his St Lawrence University peers, Kasule was inspired to play the beautiful game by former Uganda Cranes left footed midfielder-cum-forward Mike Sserumaga.

He was born in Buikwe to the family of Abdul Rafik Balaba and Sarah Nalwoga on 7th February 2000.

EYES ON THE BALL: Kasule with the ball on his feet


Throughout his elementary education to the university where he is, Kasule has been on a bursary scheme courtesy of his football talent.

He held his entire primary education at Njeru Primary school. For his Ordinary level, he studied in four different schools.

In S1, he moved to Namwezi SS in Buikwe, crossed to Excel SS – Buikwe in S2, Risah College – Lugazi (S3) and completed the S4 at London College, Nansana.

It was at London College, Nansana where he completed his “A” level studies.

At St Lawrence University, Kasule is a second year student of Industrial Art and Design.

Owen “Baba” Kasule
Owen “Baba” Kasule the magician

Football Career:

Kasule has played lower division football at All Stars Mbiko, Mbiko United, Athletico Club – Ntinda, Nansana United and lately Kampala Junior Team (KJT).

He rates London College Nansana’s 3-1 victory over Standard High Zana in the Wakiso District copa cola qualifiers as his best match ever.

In the aforementioned match, Kasule was among the scorers with one goal as they booked a berth to be among the schools to represent Wakiso District at the nationals.

His worst match came during Kampala Select’s 4-0 humiliation by the Uganda Cranes at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo during a regional tour match.

Owen Kasule being attacked by Tadeo Lwanga, one of the toughest players he has faced. The other is Hassan Wasswa Mawanda

Role Models and Toughest Opponents:

Kasule was inspired by two former Uganda Cranes players. Mike Sserumaga and name-sake Owen Kasule are his best players on the local scene.

Internationally, Spanish and Barcelona star player Lionel Messi is his bold pick.

The two players who have troubled Kasule are both holding midfielders Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Tadeo Lwanga.

Owen “Baba” Kasule during a warm up drill
Kasule leaves an opponent grounded

For two years now, Kasule has been featuring for Buddu Ssaza in the Airtel sponsored Masaza football cup.

In 2018, Buddu lost the final to Ssingo and during the subsequent year, he finished fourth after falling short in the third place play-off match at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

He has the decided to give the Masaza cup one final shot with the 2020 as he bids farewell to this tourney for greater heights, most probably  in the Uganda Premier League where many clubs have come knocking for his treasured signature.

Owen “Baba” Kasule with a trophy

i want to play in the masaza cup for one more season before i call it quits. i will still play at buddu ssaza.

Owen “Baba” Kasule, offensive midfielder
Kasule curls he ball
Owen “Baba” Kasule


  • Full-Names:  Owen Kasule
  • Nick-name: Baba
  • Place of Birth: Buikwe
  • Parents: Abdul Rafik Balaba and Sarah Nalwoga
  • Date of Birth: 7th February 2000
  • Education: Njeru Primary school (P1-P7), Namwezi SS, Buikwe (S1), Excel SS, Buikwe (S2), Risah College, Lugazi (S3), London College, Nansana (S4, S5 & S6), St Lawrence University (Second year student of Industrial Art and Design)
  • Strong Foot: Right
  • Football Career: All Stars Mbiko, Mbiko United, Atletico Club – Ntinda, Nansana United and currently Kampala Junior Team (KJT).
  • Best Match: London College Nansana 3-1 Standard High Zana (2018 Wakiso District copa cola qualifiers)
  • Worst Match: Kampala Select 0-4 Uganda Cranes (National Team’s regional tours)
Owen “Baba” Kasule

Achievements: Most Valuable Player – University Football League (2019), Most Valuable Player – Masaza Cup (2018), Best Midfielder – University Football League (2019)

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

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