Marvin "Rash" Oshaba

When the Uganda Copa Coca cola select team in the 2014 visited South Africa, this side was skippered by a little boy, Marvin Oshaba.

Back then, Oshaba was an S.2 student at the Mbarara based Ntare School on a team that had the likes of former Uganda U-17 captain Emmanuel Olinga, Solomon Mwebe, Godfrey Mbaziira, Godfrey Ssekyeewa and others.

While on the tour in South Africa, team Uganda reached the finals and lost 3-0 to Zimbabwe.

Oshaba, popularly referred to as “Rash” was the only Ugandan selected to travel to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

Marvin Oshaba passes the ball

While in Rio De Janiero city, he interacted with several legends of the beautiful game as former Brazilian forward José Roberto Gama de Oliveira, popularly known as Bebeto, Timothy Batabaire, Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene among others.

Bebeto, a FIFA World Cup winner in 1994 and finalist in 1998, advised the youngsters to work hard, respect the game and always follow the advice of their coaches to the dot, among other things.

José Roberto “Bebeto” Gama de Oliveira

Six years down the road, Oshaba is now second year student of a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BLIS) at Makerere University (on full Government sponsorship), at the same time a forward with FUFA Big League entity, Tooro United Football Club, a second division side in the pyramid of Uganda’s football.

By the half way stage of the 2021 FUFA Big League season, Oshaba leads the top scorers charts with 7 goals to his name.

Marvin Oshaba tries to go past Nyamityobora midfielder Sharif Kyandiga

He has boldly confessed that the advice received from Bebeto encouraged him and kept on track.

“I was motivated by the inspirational talk from Bebeto when I was captain of the Uganda Copa Coca Cola select team to South Africa in 2014. He talked of hard work, commitment, self-discipline and respect for the coaches. I have always followed that advise and helped me reach this far” Oshaba confesses.

Early life:

Oshaba was born in Kigarama town, Ibanda District in Western Uganda on 23rd June 1999 to Newton Twesigye (now deceased) and Immaculate Kiconco.

He is the last born child in the family of three, the only boy. His other siblings include Bonita Musiimenta and Diana Karungi.

Marvin Oshaba

Education:

Oshaba started his elementary education at Ibanda Town School (Nursey to primary two) before shifting to Mbarara Municipal School where he also completed his Primary Leaving Examinations where he registered 8 aggregates.

He was enrolled to Ntare Secondary School for  S1 and S2 classes between 2013 and 2015.

Under the advice of the mother, he was shifted to St Mary’s Secondary School – Kitende for O and A level studies.

In O-level, he scored 16 aggregates in 8 subjects and returned for A-Level at the same school where he scored 18 points in Mathematics, Economics, Entrepreneurship with ICT (MEE/ICT).

He was then admitted to the mighty Makerere University on full Government sponsorship where he is currently in second year for a Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS).

Nyamityobora’s Kato Hussein tackles Tooro United’s Marvin Oshaba

Football Career:

Besides playing football in primary and secondary schools, Oshaba has also played football for the Makerere University Football team.

He also played academy football with Mbarara Sports Academy (MSA), Kafunjo Football Club in Ibanda (Western Regional League), Ibanda Municipal Sports Club (Western Regional League) and most recently at Tooro United Football Club (FUFA Big League).

On how he balances the demanding course at Makerere University and the football career at Tooro United, Oshaba attributes it to good planning.

“I plan for my time well. Some-times, we have had many on-line classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic and I have been engaged with classes online. Good enough, the coaches at Tooro United have been supportive and offered the due assistance at all times” he says.

Mbarara Sports Academy (Marvin Oshaba with red boots as a teenager)
Mbarara Sports Academy (Marvin Oshaba with Orange Boots, third from left)

He has special praise for all the parents, guardian, coaches, fellow players, media and personal managers for all the assistance in the career.

Specially, he cites coaches Salim Blanden, William Twinamatisko, Matia Lule, Frank, Denis Kizito and Edward Golola for all the efforts of shaping him into a better player he is today.

Oshaba has set his personal targets and anticipates to surpass the bar, God willing.

He yearns to complete education at the university with a year left on the calendar, top score in the current FUFA Big League season and play professional football come the next two years.

Mbarara Sports Academy players show up a message of hope (Marvin Oshaba is on the extreme right with orange boots)

“I want to score as many goals as possible so that I take the Golden boot in the 2021 FUFA Big League season and see Tooro United Football Club get promoted to the Uganda Premier League as well as perform well in the Stanbic Uganda Cup. I want to complete my degree and also play professional football” he dreams.

His best game was played against Proline at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo where he scored the strike of the game.

“I will forever remember the goal against Proline at Lugogo. This was my first goal of the season and in my debut season in the FUFA Big League” Oshaba recalls.

He admires Uganda Cranes’ and Konyaspor forward Farouk Miya and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.

Oshaba is known for his game intelligence manifested in the sublime first touch on the ball, passing skills, exceptional shooting abilities, dribbling expertise and team work mentality.

Detailed Profile:

  • Full Names: Marvin Oshaba
  • Nick-name: Rash
  • Place of Birth: Kigarama, Ibanda District
  • Date of Birth: 23rd June 1999
  • Parents: Newton Twesigye (Deceased) and Immaculate Kiconco
  • Education: Ibanda Town School (Nursey to P2), Mbarara Municipal School – P4 to P7;(2008-2012), Ntare School – S1-S2 (2013-2015), St Mary’s Kitende – S3 – S6;(2015-2018),  Makerere University (Currently in second year, for Library and Information Science)
  • Playing Position: Striker
  • Strong Foot: Right
  • Career: Mbarara Sports Academy (MSA), Kafunjo Football Club – Ibanda (Regional League),  Ibanda Municipal Sports Club (Regional League), Tooro United Football Club (FUFA Big League)
  • Toughest opponent: Juma
  • Best match: Against Proline (In 2021 FUFA Big League)
  • Role Models: Faruku Miya (Konyaspor and Uganda Cranes), Marcus Rashford (England & Manchester United)
  • Favourite Dish: Chicken

Marvin Oshaba is a good talented player who is disciplined. He is ever willing to learn and improve. He is too quick with an odd eye for the goal. He has strength in both feet.

Salim Blanden, Mbarara Sports Academy Director

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

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