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Monday, 23rd March 2020 marked the day KCCA Football Club attacker Mike ‘Sulaiman’ Mutyaba made 29 years.
Mutyaba hailing from the eminent Buganda Clan (Lugave) started his footballing career with Vipers SC (then Bunamwaya) in 2008 proving instrumental in their first league triumph in 2010.
He also had stints with England based Yeovile Town, El Merriekh (Sudan) between 2011 and 2013 before he could complete his move to former African champions, TP Mazembe in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well in Congo leaving him devastated before being loaned back to Vipers in 2014 where he retained joy and successful helped the side to the title on his immediate return.
He also played for the Uganda Premier League historic giants Express Football Club where he spent a six month spell before announcing his retirement in 2017 (later rescinded).
Mutyaba is a second born in a family of seven, to Sserunjogi Robert and Nakkazi Josephine.
In an exclusive interview with ChimpReports, the playmaker disclosed why he made a U-turn on his retirement and returned a completely rejuvenated player, a decision he does not regret.
“I had decided to retire from active football in 2017 because I was fed up with routine injuries. So I decided to play in the Futsal Super League so as to maintain my fitness,” He narrated.
He added, “Now a one Gibby Kalule who serves as a Players’ representative/agent convinced me to return to serious action, before he could connect me to KCCA for training. Coach Mike Mutebi was impressed with me and gave me a contract.”
Since his return, Mutyaba has been impressive for KCCA and didn’t mince his words on praising his versatility.
“I’m a typical attacking winger and I can play on either wing. Though Coach Mike Mutebi discovered a striking character in me and made me play upfront.”
Before domestic action was halted, Mutyaba had managed to score seven goals for the Kasassiro Boys, a stellar performance that recently earned him a National team call-up in preparation for the 2020 African Nations Championship.
Mutyaba was later omitted from the provisional squad having failed to recover from an injury, but postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 outbreak gives him a chance to make it back in time of the championship.
On the secret to his rejuvenation after returning from retirement, the lanky forward shares insights on what has made him a special player.
“Training extremely hard and holding personal training sessions has kept me fit. It’s not all about a team training but going an extra mile. So with that accompanied by discipline, you can be exceptional,” said a boastful Mutyaba
He continued, “I urge all other players not to rely on football as the main source of income. It’s always good to set up a business aside which can back up your main income avenue. Also be disciplined and focused.”
Full Names: Mike Mutyaba
Nick Name: Sulaiman
Place of Birth: Masaka Hospital, Masaka Town
Parents: Sserunjogi Robert and Nakkazi Josephine
Maritual Status: Married (Mrs. Namukwaya Janat)
Children: Imran Mutyaba, Yahya Mutyaba and Shatra Atfu Mutyaba
Brothers: Ndugwa Geoffrey, Katende Joseph and the Late Mukiibi Tony
Sisters: Najjuma Margaret, Nabukalu Jane and Mary Phiona
Kasijjagirwa Nursery School, Masaka Baptist Church Primary School (P1 – P4), Sir Apollo Kaggwa Primary School (P5 – P6), Kyambogo Primary School (P7), Standard High School Zzana – STAHIZA (S1 – S2), St Mary’s Kitende (S3 – S6)
Best Coaches: Abdallah Mubiru and Matia Lule
Best Match Ever
Simba SC Vs Bunamwaya in the CECAFA Kagame Cup tournament Bunamwaya. Simba won
2-1 in the extra time after a 1-1 normal time draw.
Role Models: David Obua and Ibrahim Sekajja
Mentors: Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa and Mujib Kasule
Best Dish: Fish, G.nuts and Matooke
Best Phone: iPhone Max
Dream Car: None, so long as it can move