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Uganda Cranes Defender Mugabi Joins Scotland’s Motherwell

05 July 2019, Egypt, Cairo: Uganda's Micheal Azira (L) and Bevis Mugabi (Up) battles for the ball with Senegal's Sadio Mane during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 soccer match between Uganda and Senegal at Cairo International Stadium. Photo: Gehad Hamdy/dpa (Photo by Gehad Hamdy/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Uganda Cranes Defender Bevis Mugabi has joined Scotland side Motherwell, it’s official.

The lanky defender has signed a short deal until January 2020 after impressing on trials.

Motherwell, a club that plays in the top tier of Scottish league, has confirmed the development and revealed that the deal is subject to international clearance.

Mugabi played for England’s Yeovil Town last season and was among the nine players that were released after the club was relegated.

“I’m excited for a new challenge at Motherwell,” noted Mugabi as quoted by Motherwell.. “I can’t wait to get started.

“I spoke to some of my old team-mates who had played in Scotland, including Alex Fisher.

“They told me it was a great opportunity, with Alex telling me how great a place Motherwell was.”

Bevis Mugabi (red) in AFCON against Zimbabwe at Cairo International Stadium on June 26, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Mugabi who can play as a centre and left back, was born in London, UK but his parents were born in Uganda.

DR Congo’s forward Yannick Bolasie (L) fights for the ball with Uganda’s defender Bevis Mugabi (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

He was part of the Uganda Cranes team that reached 2019 AFCON knockout round for the first time since 1978.

He becomes the second Ugandan to play in Scottish league after David Obua who played for Hearts.

Uganda’s defender Bevis Mugabi (L) vies for the ball against Senegal’s forward Sadio Mane (R). (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)

Motherwell are fifth on the log with seven points after four games and the club will be facing Hearts on Saturday.


Did You Know?

 Mugabi earned his first cap for Uganda Cranes during the March 2018 international break against West African opposition Sao Tome and Principe at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

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