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Majid Musisi: The iconic Crocodile celebration by the Uganda Cranes legend lives on at Bursaspor in Turkey

The legacy of former Uganda Cranes captain Majid ‘Magic’ Musisi as a professional footballer is well cast out in bold for country and all the clubs he played for.

Right from the parent club Mulago, Pepsi to Sports Club Villa through to France at Stade Rennes, Bursaspor, Dardenelspor (Turkey), Da Nang (Vietnam) and finally back in Uganda at Ggaba United, Musisi was an icon.

Magid Musisi
Magid Musisi in action for Uganda Cranes against Rwanda Amavubi Stars at Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium in 1998

At Bursaspor, his first club in Turkey, Musisi’s iconic crocodile celebration lives on to-date.

Every time he found the back of the net, Musisi would crawl on his knees with the hands on the ground, followed by delighted teammates in momentous scenes that lifted the entire stadium and those following on Television.

Today, the Timsah Arena, the home of Bursaspor Football Club in Turkey was built in a design of the Club’s nickname ‘Green Crocodiles’.

Aerial view of the Timsah Arena ina crocodile design, the home of Bursaspor Football Club

The club made sure this iconic celebration was captured with a huge photo designed inside the stadium.

The FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo paid a courtesy visit to this gigantic stadium for a guided tour.

Majid Musisi’s iconic celebration was captured during the designing of the new stadium. FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo points to the wall.

 

Eng. Moses Magogo during a guided tour around the Timsah Arena, the home of Bursaspor Football Club
The famous Crocodile celebration lives on to-date in Turkey
Eng. Moses Magogo outside the Timsah Arena making a phone call

Musisi remains a big inspiration to many Ugandan footballers and sportsmen at large who have the hope of exceling on the global platform.

Individual brilliance aside, Musisi was also a team player who skippered Sports Club Villa and the Uganda Cranes without fear or favour.

Musisi with Bursaspor teammates

During the 2019 Airtel-FUFA Awards at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Magid Musisi was honoured with the Life time Achievement Award,  a special honour given out by the FUFA President.

He died on 13th December 2005, aged 38 years old.

May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

MAGID MUSISI FACTFILE:

  • Parents: Mr. Siraje Katende & Miss Deborah Namutebi
  • Date of Birth: 15th September 1967
  • Place of Birth: Mulago, Kampala
  • Education: New Mulago Primary School, Bashir High School in Wandegeya
  • Football Club Career: Mulago, Pepsi, Sports Club Villa, Stade Rennes (France), Bursaspor, Dardenelspor (Turkey), Da Nang (Vietnam) and Ggaba United
  • Won 2 CECAFA titles with the Cranes 1989 and 1990. Won 6 league titles, 3 Uganda Cups and 1 Cecafa title with Sports Club Villa
  • Won the league golden boot four times 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1992
  • Won the CECAFA golden boot twice 1987 and 1990. Won 2 CECAFA titles with the Cranes 1989 and 1990
  • Scored hat tricks for the Ugandan Cranes on three occasions 1987 versus Zambia, 1991 against Tanzania and 1998 against Rwanda
  • Twice Voted Footballer of the Year 1987 and 1990
  • First Ugandan to play professional football in Europe
  • Date of Death: 13th December 2005, aged 38 years
Timsah Arena Arena view in Turkey
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