Saddam Juma and Mike Mutyaba (R) during the days at Express. Monitor photo
KCCA FC midfielder Ibrahim Saddam Juma has said that former teammate Mike Mutyaba’s retirement comes as a sad moment.
Mutyaba announced retirement recently on doctors advise due to a heart problem, his second retirement since walking back on initial decision made in 2016.
Juma has also advised young talents to pick a leaf from Mutyaba’s active football journey.
Juma has played with Mutyaba for three different teams – Vipers (Bunamwaya), Express and KCCA.
“First of all his (Mutyaba) talent will be missed,” Juma told this website. “Mike is the most talented and skillful player I have grown up with, his talent will be dearly missed in the league most especially to the young talent at the team and in the league because his experience adds a lot to them. He added a lot to the dressing room.”
“Mike’s retirement came a little bit early, He is my only football friend and I wish him success in his future endeavors but we will miss him as a player because of his football knowledge.
“As a player, I felt happy when we reunited at KCCA FC because I was with him at Bunamwaya (Vipers), and Express where he announced retirement in 2017 before his comeback.
“It was a sad moment seeing Mike announce retirement because of health issues yet he still had a lot to offer the game but I talked to him and he came back but its again sad he is retiring because of similar issues.”
Both players were key figures in 2015 as Vipers SC clinched the league championship.
Mutyaba has also featured for Sudan’s Al Merriekh and DR Congo’s TP Mazembe.
Juma advised young talents to look up to Mike’s legacy if they want to make it in the game.
“Young players need to be determined, never to give up and discipline was key for him and he never undermined anyone at any level.”
Juma urged Mutyaba to remain actively involved in the game.
It is said that Mutyaba is weighing on Football administration and player intermediary roles.
Did You Know?
- Mike Mutyaba was the first player to score a hat-trick last season as KCCA FC beat Onduparaka 4-1 at the Startimes Stadium.