Salim Abdallah is one of the biggest prospects out of the SC Villa Academy in recent years.
Commonly known as “Muwarabu” by his teammates, Salim is rising to the top steadily and as his abilities are starting to be recognized.
Salim was the hero for his side SC Villa, this week, netting a brace as they came from behind to earn a point against Wakiso Giants in the previous game.
Like any other young star, Salim spoke about his journey to the senior team.
After great displays with the Jogoos in the Junior league, Salim was promoted to the senior team ahead of the 2019/2020 season.
Although he has been mainly limited to a bench role, he has shown that he has a lot of potential to become one of the best whenever given the chance to come on.
“My parents have been very supportive in my football journey. He started.
“While he was still alive, my father always encouraged me that I have to play professional football when I grew up.
Salim who bares a tattoo for the number ’10’ which is a sign to remember his late dad also adds that his mother has been a pillar in his career growth.
“My mother on the other hand continues to support my career up to this day.
“Growing up, she bought me all the necessary attires to play.”
On his transition to the senior team, Salim says it’s every player’s dream to be at the top.
“Transitioning from the Junior to senior team is every youth player’s dream.
“It is a long journey both physically and mentally because the priorities of the junior team differ from those of the senior team.
“In the Junior team, the main emphasis is on building the style of play and there is little competition.
“At the senior team, there is a new challenge which needs to be mentally strong.
“From the Junior Team, I learned very many important things from the coaches, which I have carried forward to the senior team.”
Even though he is at the senior team, Salim has been limited to substitute appearances in the league but has always tries to prove his worth.
About the limited playing time, Salim says his time will come to shine and he is not trimming to rash the issue.
“I know very many people think I should be getting more game time and even be able to start games but that is for the technical team to decide.
“I am putting in all the hard work and concentration so that when the time comes for me to feature more often, I perform exceptionally.
” I am patient, my time to shine will come and I urge the fans to be patient too, he added.”
Salim also adds that the playing time he so-far gets, calls for going an extra mile to work on crucial elements in the game.
“But as I wait for my time to come, I am working on some crucial elements of my game as I prepare for when I am a consistent feature in the first eleven.
Abdallah is also very happy that his journey from SC Villa Junior Team to the Senior Team has not been a lone stride.
He is happy that he has managed to have some of his former teammates also at the senior team.
“I am always happy seeing others succeed.
“It is good seeing Muyindo Benson, Ssekandi and Kizito Gavin become integral members of the senior side and having been with them earlier, it motivates me further.”
About the future, Salim confidently said;
“I will most definitely feature more often for my team as it has been this season.
“I would like to thank the coaches and my teammates for the enormous support overtime.”
Salim Abdallah undoubtedly has lots of abilities on the ball, passing with ease, and good game reading and he is one for the future.