Isa "Essien" Mubiru in action for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Football Club (Credit: Prince Juuko)

Most left footed footballers world over are a joy to watch during play in training or matches proper.

From the sublime first touch on the ball, passing, dribbling skills, ball protection technique and the fierce shots, left footed players have it all in abundance.

Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) left back Isa Mubiru possesses all the aforementioned skills to perfection.

Despite the diminutive stature, Mubiru’s energy levels and skill on the ball surpass the bare minimum.

Mubiru is christened  “Essien”, after Ghana and Chelsea’s  retired midfielder, Michael Kojo Essien.

He is a technically gifted, mobile and offensive minded left full back.

UPDF’s Issa Mubiru in action during their 1-0 loss away to Kyetume at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru (Credit: David Isabirye)

What the 24 year old misses in size, is easily compensated by his quick game reading, tenacity, passing accuracy as he rolls on the touchline to assist with a cross, a cut back or a long diagonal cris-crossing pass.

He yearns to maintain the status quo and improve for the better in every aspect of the game as he aspires to play for the senior national team (Uganda Cranes) as well as in the professional leagues on the African continent and beyond.

First and foremost, I am humbled to be a footballer. Everyday, I look forward playing well, training so hard and giving 100 percent in matches proper. I have a target to play for the national senior team (Uganda Cranes) and playing professional football in the best leagues on the African continent and elsewhere.

Isa Mubiru, UPDF F.C Left back
Isa Mubiru takes on Vipers’ Denis Mwemezi at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (Credit: Prince Juuko)

Early life:

Mubiru was born on 1st October 1996 in Kajjansi to Hamidu Nsubuga and Nulu Nakazzi as the last born child in the family of 12.

He had his elementary education at Zana Mixed school for the entire primary education.

He then elevated to the secondary school at Agro Links Namasuba for S1, Buddo Secondary School (S2-S3), Zana Mixed (S4) before he completed his A-Level studies at St. Mary’s SSS – Kitende.

UPDF duo Brian Kayanja and Isa Mubiru celebrate a goal against BUL at the Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe in Jinja city (Credit: Kawowo Sports)

Football Journey:

Mubiru started his football journey at MS Soccer Academy, Namasuba.

He played football for the all the school teams at primary and secondary level where he impressed immensely.

He was recruited for the Soana Junior team in the FUFA Juniors League from he was promoted to the Soana Senior team in the Uganda Premier League.

When the club rebranded to Tooro United Football, Mubiru remained part of the club and when it was relegated to the second tier (FUFA Big League), he switched allegiance to Uganda Peoples Defences Forces (UPDF) Football Club.

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Isa Mubiru highlights against Kyetume at Bombo (Credit: Isa Mubiru Youtube channel)

For the past two seasons, Mubiru was plying his trade at former Uganda Premier League side Soana Football Club (now Tooro United).

Following the expiry of his employment contract at Tooro United, he sought for greener pastures at army side Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Football Club.

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Isa Mubiru highlights against Kitara (Credit: Isa Mubiru Youtube channel)

At UPDF, Mubiru has been the focal point of the club as he has registered a lion’s share of goal assists (14 in 19 matches) with his equal measure of offense and defensive approach to the matches.

The assists thus far have come against Busoga United (2), Kitara (3), Mbarara City (2), Sports Club Villa (1), KCCA (1), Express (1), MYDA (1) , BUL (1) and Kyetume (3).

This current season (2020-21), Mubiru has so far won two pilsner man of the match accolades against Busoga United and Express.

With determination and enthusiasm, Mubiru’s stardom is anticipated to keep rising owing to the current work rate.

Detailed Profile:

  • Full Names: Isa Mubiru
  • Nick-name: Essien
  • Date of Birth: 1st  October 1996
  • Place of Birth: Kajjansi, Katabi Town Council – Wakiso
  • Parents: Hamidu Nsubuga and Nulu Nakazzi
  • Education: Zana Mixed Primary school (P1-P7), Agro Links Namasuba (S1), Buddo Secondary School (S2-S3), Zana Mixed (S4), St. Mary’s SSS – Kitende (S5-S6)
  • Football Journey: MS Soccer Academy, Namasuba; Soana Junior team, Soana Football Club (now Tooro United), UPDF (Current)
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Isa Mubiru highlights against Vipers (Credit: Isa Mubiru Youtube channel)

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

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