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Musa Walangalira; a loyal servant of the beautiful game

Musa Walangalira is that solid rock defender any attacker in the Star Times Uganda Premier League wouldn’t wish to face.

Despite of his age, he thinks he’s yet to hit his dream as a football player before hanging up the boots.

Walangalira is a tall nonsense defender born in Budondo at the outskirts of Jinja City in Jinja district, a second born in the family of nine.

Every December 25, Walangalira celebrates his birth-date anniversary.

He was born in Jinja on 25th December 1980 to his late dad Abdul Walangalira (RIP) and mom Mayimuna Nantambi a prominent businesswoman in Jinja central market.

Musa Walangalira (right) tackles during BUL’s game against Police

Just like the bible states it in 1 Kings 2:3 “And observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.”

Walangalira being a God fearing person is the visible trick behind his success as he attributes everything he has achieved in football and outside football to the Almighty Allah.

“Of course I am one of those most disciplined players any coach would want to work with. But discipline alone is not enough to see you prosper to any level of playing football if you don’t work hard.” Opens up Walangalira.

Walangalira (left) in action against Vipers at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru

Educational Background:

Walangalira started school at a tender age in Budondo, Jinja where he studied and wrote his Primary Leaving Examinations in 1997.

For his secondary school education, Walangalira in 1998 joined Mulusa Academy, Luwero where he studied S.1 to S.3. It’s from there then that Musa Walangalira started playing serious football and he was given bursary for the three years he spent in there till 2000.

In 2001, Walangalira was identified by the late Sheikh Jamil Kaketo of Nagalama Islamic Senior Secondary School given the fact that he had an extra ordinary talent.

He thus wrote UCE and UACE final examinations from there.

During 2005-07, Walangalira joined Makerere University Business School (MUBS) for a Diploma in Local Government Finance.

Musa Walangalira leads the BUL FC teammates against Busoga United in the famous Jinja derby

Football Career:

Walangalira started playing active football that earned him moneys in secondary school.

Surprisingly, he has no sports attachment and background in primary school. Literally he started in Mulusa Academy to play football.

He then moved to Nagalama Islamic Senior Secondary School before joining MUBS.

While at MUBS, he was signed by Uganda Premier league side Police FC through coach Timbe as head coach then.

“I could study in the morning and train in the afternoon with my club Police fc.However, I concurrently played for my village team Budondo United too during holidays while at home.” He recounts.

In 2003, Walangalira joined Old Timers FC in Bugiri and that very season the team got relegated unfortunately.

The following year, Walangalira joined Buwenda United fc though he never lasted there for a while before switching to Police FC for one season.

Come the 2007/08 season, he crossed to Iganga Municipal Council during the Kefa Kisala’s reign

Then later he joined Jinja Municipal Council in 2008 up to 2018.

“It’s the club I served for so long in my playing career.” Musa confides

Then in 2018, he joined BUL Football Club where he is at the moment.

Tricky players he has encountered:

Walangalira gives credit to three forwards; Mike Mutyaba, Allan Okello and Tito Okello because of their frightening speed and agility.

“These players are brave and rarely receive the ball close to opponent. So you must be so intelligent to stop them anyway.” He speaks of the trio.

Best Moments:

Walangalira still vividly recalls the evening when BUL triumphed 3-0 over KCCA at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru during the 2019/20 season.

He also remembers that sweet 2-1 away win over Tooro United at the St Paul’s Seminary Play ground in Fort Portal in the same season.

Worst Moments:

Walangalira’s worst moment was when they lost to URA before their at home infront of our fans. The worst game of my career. “I actually felt like I should quit playing football. At home I cried at night. It was so hurting and painful” he speaks.

He acknowledges that he hates losing in his life, emphasizing this further by saying he even put up winning bonus for a winning side in every training session for his side if they won. That is how he hates losing.

Walangalira during a warm up session at BUL

Special Message to young players

  • Each player should always have a target wherever given chance to play. It helps one to perform better.
  • They should play knowing there is life after active football

Career Dream: Winning trophies and representing the country on the continent

Honours and Achievements:

2016 – Azam Uganda Premier League Best defender

2019/20 SUPL season – Man of the Match accolade (Wakiso Giants Vs BUL FC)

2015/16 Helped JMC Hippos Football Club to gain promotion

2003- Guided Nagalama Islamic to Buganda Cup victory

Future:

“I feel I have one season from now. I will then concentrate on personal businesses immediately when I retire. I have a retail electronic shop business in Jinja Central market.” he opens up of the future.

Favourite Club: Kampala City Council Authority  FC

Best Dish: Posho, Beans and fish with lots of fluids.

Best Colour: Green

What if you never played football?

I would do business. I love financial business independence. I learnt from my dad

Idols: Ibrahim Ssekajja (Former Uganda cranes captain and Rio Gavin Ferdinand, former Manchester United defender)

Best Musician: Am not a fun of music

Hero: Former Jinja Mayor Mohammed Kezaala Baswali. He paid my first tuition at the university

Strength for pushing this far:

  • I  give coaches utmost respect they deserve. I don’t pretend but I was brought up like that.
  • Meanwhile my on pitch strength is to balance the defence, clearing aerial balls and game reading
  • Self-discipline for instance foregoing women, alcohol, and avoiding wrongful and misleading peer groups.
  • Otherwise am hard but not rough like many say and that is why I rarely get yellow cards.

Future of Uganda’s stars:

Change is coming – Gone are the days when football was built at only at the top. I mean super league levels but now the reverse is true.

Structures are put in place and will see everyone realize his/her potential in the beautiful game

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