Jude Semugabi during Uganda Cranes training at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo. He starts alongside Sadat Happy Anaku and Julius Poloto upfront

Mbarara City Football Club forward Jude Ssemugabi has confessed that the first summon to the national senior team (Uganda Cranes) shocked him.

Ssemugabi was one of the rookies on the team preparing for the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, alongside Express’ Arthur Kiggundu.

He takes the honour as a special blessing which he envisages as a stepping stone to achieving a lot more things in life.

Jude Ssemugabi goes through the paces during a training session at Lugogo
Jude Ssemugabi shoots during training for the Uganda Cranes at Lugogo

“I was shocked and happy to be called to the national senior team (Uganda Cranes). This is a great platform to develop further as a player” he noted.

Ssemugabi believes that this summon will further boost his ability to work hard in the domestic league.

“For sure this summon will not leave me alone. I have learnt a lot from the senior players and coaches. Therefore, I would like to maintain the status quo and learn a lot many things” he adds.

He is the last born child in the family of 8 to Leonard Kasujju and Agness Nalweyiso.

Jude Ssemugabi (extreme left) in work outs

Football Career:

Ssemugabi kicked off his football career at Wabigalo sports academy under coaches Kizza and Martin Kawooya.

He then featured at the Lake Victoria soccer academy in Entebbe under coach Allan Kabong.

For four seasons, he played at Kiboga Young FC (Under coach Felix Ssekabuzza) from the local divisions before he poached by Ssingo Ssaza (Under Coach Shafik Bisaso) before making the grade to the Uganda Premier League at Mbarara City Football Club (2018 – Todate) .

Jude Ssemugabi celebrates the goal against Vipers at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (Credit: John Batanudde)

Detailed Profile:

Full Names: Jude Ssemugabi

Nickname: Judinho

Parents: Leonald Kasujju and Agness Nalweyiso

Place of Birth: Mityana

Education: St Denis primary school (Nursery), Butega primary school (P1), Mbaliga primary school (P2), ABC Primary school, Nateete (P2), Kawaala SDA Primary school (P.3-P.4), Maganjjo SDA Primary school (P.5), St. Kigero primary school, Entebbe P.6-P.7, Creamland High School (Tagi High School, Entebbe), Kiboga Progressive School (O & A Level)

Football Career: Wabigalo sports academy under coaches Kizza and Martin Kawooya; -Lake Victoria soccer academ, Entebbe under coach Allan Kabonge, Kiboga Young FC (Under coach Felix Ssekabuzza), Ssingo Ssaza (Under Coach Shafik Bisaso), Mbarara City (2018 – Todate)

Role model: Cristiano Ronaldo

Jude Ssemugabi in Uganda Cranes training kit

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

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