When Paul Mukatabala was unveiled as Villa assistant coach. Courtesy photo
SC Villa is my life and blood – Paul Mukatabala has repeatedly said. No one can dispute his love and contribution for Villa, the record league winners with 16 titles.
Mukatabala is currently the National teams officer and a CEO for the Uganda Football Players’ Association (UFPA).
He played for the Jogoos from 1990 to 1997 in what is described by many as one of the most colourful career.
He was the assistant coach for Villa under Srdan Zivojnov in 2011 and returned in the same capacity under Wasswa Bbosa in 2017.
In an exclusive interview with this website, the Villa icon who inspired a generation, took us through his fondest memories.
From arriving at Villa as a youngster from school, to his first league hat-trick against Natete FC in 1997, here are Paul Mukatabala’s five best memories in Villa jersey.
- League Debut
Making my league debut for SC Villa in 1990 just weeks after signing for the club as a youngster in April. Made even sweeter by the fact that I provided the assist for the winning goal, thumped home by the great Magid Musisi(RIP) in a 1-0 win against a stubborn Uganda Airlines at Nakivubo stadium.
- Playing on the continent
Being named in the starting X1 and playing in two consecutive Africa Cup Competitions. The 1991 Africa Cup of Champion Clubs(CAF CL) vs Club Africaine of Tunisia and the 1992 CAF Abiola Cup(now Confederations Cup) vs Shooting Stars of Nigeria
- Continental hat-trick
Scoring my first hattrick in international club football vs AS Sotema of Madagascar in the 1993 CAF Champions League at Nakivubo stadium, infront of my own club adoring fans
- Carrying ‘weak’ Villa to 1994 league title
After the departure, and, or retirement of a majority of the stars of the SC Villa great side of 1990-1993, leading SC Villa to the 1994 League title as the star player in a squad of mainly a young team that had been given no chance when pitted against the experienced international players at Express FC. This was my third league title after earlier triumphs in 1990 and 1992.
- Hat-trick against Nakivubo
I was a regular goal scoring midfielder at SC Villa, but getting my first hat-trick in a league match and walking away with the Match Day ball was pretty special for me. And that was against Nate FC at Nakivubo stadium in 1997.