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Masaza Cup MVP Lauds Former Vipers Custodian For Encouragement

Masaza Cup MVP Usama Arafat has thanked his brother Ismail Watenga and Sister Shady “Bae” Nambooze for the encouragement in his football journey.

Usama was crowned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the just concluded Masaza Cup 2020 following a great performance at the tournament.

In the six games he played at the tournament, Usama netted four goals and assisted as many as his side-Busiro FC finished third after beating Bulemeezi 5-3 on penalties in the third Play off Match.

Gomba were crowned Champions after beating Buddu 3-1 in the finals of the Masaza cup 2020 played at the St.Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

Speaking to the Sports Nation, Usama extended his thanks to Watenga and SNambooze for encouraging him, always.

“I thank my elder brother Watenga a goal keeper at Chippa United in South Africa for always encouraging me.

“While in the camp, he (Watenga) could call me every morning on a video chat telling me go and play, enjoy my self so as to be a better player and now I am here.

“I also thank my sister Shady ‘Bae’ who would always call me and pray for me while at the tournament.”

Making his debut season in the Masaza Cup tournament, Arafat put up a good performance for his side and i came as no surprise when he was named the MVP.

“It was a great feeling for me to be the MVP of the tournament.

“Despite being my first time in the tournament, I managed to score four goals and four assists in six games. I am happy for that and give thanks to Allah.”

Like any other player in a team, Arafat thanked his fellow teammates for pushing him and the help they offered him.

“Having great players the like Malida Kuteesa, Kabanda, Hadadi Mutumba and the entire team plus management and of Busiro FC helped push me.”

Due to his abilities on the ball, excellent dribbling, good ball control, he was nicknamed “Jabulani ” a trade mark name of a famous ball that was manufactured by addidas in the 2010 world Cup played in South Africa.

On his nickname, Arafat says he got the name way back in his school days from his colleagues.

“I was named ‘Jabulani boy’ back in my school days while at St. Mary’s SS Kitende by Derrick Kakooza the Afcon U20 top scorer, who speared the name due to my abilities on the ball. I made it look easy playing with the ball.”

Playing professional football is a dream to every player, but in his view, Arafat who also has the same dream says it’s a gradual process to get there.

“It’s a gradual process to get there (Professional football). For me I take every opportunity and set up targets per stage in football.”

Besides playing football, Arafat enjoys playing pool in his free time and he is also a first year Student at Kampala International University (KIU) pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology (IT).

Undoubtedly with his abilities on the ball, Arafat is one of the hot talents in the country and he is one for the Future.

He currently plays for Third Division side Kajjansi United Footall Club.

Player Profile

Names : Usama Arafat
Date of birth: 29th/ September/2002
Nick Names: Jabulani
Place of Birth: Mbale Eastern Uganda
Education Background: Nakaloki Islamic Primary School (P1- P7), Mbale SS (S.1-S4), St. Mary’s SS Kitende (S5-S6), Kampala International University (Bachelor of Information Technology, 1st Year)
Football Career: Mbale Tigers Soccer Academy, CRO Soccer Academy, St. Mary’s SS Kitende, Kajjansi United Football Club (Current Club).
Role Models home: Mohammed Shaban (Vipers Sc & Cranes), Milton Kariisa (Vipers Sc & Cranes), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs South Africa & Zimbabwe), Ryad Mahrez ( Manchester City & Algeria), Neymar Santos Junior ( Brazil & PSG)

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