Former Uganda Cranes and SC Villa legend Andrew ‘Fimbo’ Mukasa has cried out for more help as he continues on his long road to recovery.
Fimbo, is greatly known for his scoring exploits, with his 45-goal season in 1999 still yet to be broken.
However, his career was greatly put to a dramatic and sad end because of his mental illness, and his popularity and achievements on the pitch failed to yield financial gains.
The player has been stating with Brother (Pastor) Ronnie Makbayi but during the Covid19 pandemic, he had to return to his home in Wakaliga.
In his conversation with Record FM journalist David Kalyango who paid him a courtesy visit on Friday morning, Fimbo said that he has improved.
“I am doing fine. There is a big change now as compared to the past.”
“Although am still struggling financially. I need like money to buy medicine, new clothing and may be a small phone.”
In the conversation, he named Magidu Musisi and Jackson Mayanja as his best players and advised the current generation of strikers to work harder and break his scoring records.
He hinted about his desire of returning to football as a coach if all can go as planned and roared that he is “back on the map.”
He reluctantly talked about that infamous incident when he intentionally refuses to score with a goal at his mercy against Cameroon when he received from Jamil Kyambadde during the 1999 All Africa Games semis, saying that he regrets that moment.
Fimbo joined Villa in 1998 from Puma FC and went on to become the league top scorer twice – 1999 and 2000.
Mother Speaks Out
Grace Nandawula Namujjuzi says that his son is doing okay and thanked everyone who has done everything to see that the situation returns to normal.
“I have to thank God and Brother Ronnie Makabai who have been there for me, and everyone who has done his best to see that my son recovers up to this stage,” Fimbo’s Mum said.
“Fimbo is now doing well, he can wash his clothes, we can have good conversations and he is that patient who even asks for his meds, and he is a smart person who now loves his God.
“However, there challenges we face especially getting his medicine, food, clothing’s and the of course the house where he sleeps in is in a worrying state. I request those with ability, to send what they can on my number 0789087977 and we will be grateful.”
The mother admitted that Fimbo was not just bewitched, but its something that rose from his maternal side.
She also revealed that Fimbo’s dad predicted that his son will be a good footballer when he was just four years and advised against taking him to school.
After leaving the game in 2004, Fimbo made some appearances for KB Lions. He later made a comeback with URA FC in 2011 and the club built him a one-bedroom house.
Fimbo still remembers Philip Ssozi and Edgar Watson as his best teammates at SC Villa.
Fimbo won the League title four times (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001) with SC Villa, winning the Uganda Cup twice as well with the Jogoos.
He was named Uganda’s best footballer of the year in 1999, won the Hedex Cup with Villa and Express. His partnership with Hassan Mubiru is still held in high regard in Ugandan football.