Proline Soccer Academy director Mujib Kasule has come out in defence of Alpha Thierry Ssali whose inclusion in the Uganda U20 squad that is taking part in the AFCON U20 Zonal Qualifiers in Tanzania has drawn divided opinion.
Opinions have been floated that the 16-year-old’s inclusion on the Hippos squad by head coach Morley Byekwaso was down to the popularity of his father Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool.
However, Kasule argues that the Bebe Cool’s fame through his music and his political influence has drawn ‘unfair criticism’ of the youngster.
“Alpha is judged because of his father. People are criticizing him because his father engages himself in the politics of this country,” Kasule said while on Record Radio on Sunday before adding.
“But this is wrong on humanitarian grounds because Alpha is taking a different path from that of his father which is football,” he added.
The former Uganda Cranes and KCCA player Kasule has seen the right footed midfielder develop through the age groups at Proline Soccer Academy, going on to captain the Academy’s U17 side.
“Bebe Cool brought Alpha to Proline Soccer Academy when he was three-and-a-half years old and said that he wants his son to be a footballer.”
“Alpha is the Proline U17 captain, he has been playing in the U17 league since he was 13-years-old,” Kasule noted.
Alpha was introduced as a late substitute in Uganda’s 6-1 thumping of South Sudan for his first appearance with the U20 side.
He will be cutting his teeth in the FUFA Big League next season after he was promoted to the Proline FC senior team this year.
“In April this year we promoted him to the senior team meaning that he is on steady progress.”
“So, him being with the Uganda Hippos team is on merit not anything else. He deserves an opportunity like any other footballer,” Kasule further noted.
Alpha has been described to possess a sweet right foot and holds deep passion and dedication for the game and is very much on the path of achieving his dream of becoming a professional footballer.