By Baron Kironde
Born some 25 years ago on March 11, 1996, to Nabuduuda Juliet and James Magomu in Bumuddu, Buwalasi, Sironko district, Ronald Magwali is a beast mode striker, who has played football at the top level in Uganda.
Magwali’s name became synonymous with the football fraternity during his time with record Uganda Premier League (UPL) champions SC Villa.
Currently with Big League side Mbale Heroes, Magwali also plays for Buganda Royal Beach Soccer Club in the Beach Soccer League.
Between 2011-2018, Magwali had a stint with Gomba Lions FC in the Buganda Masaza Cup and turned out for other clubs like Nakivubo Boys, Kampala Junior Team, and Kabalagala Rangers.
Even so, until barely two years back when he joined SC Villa, Magwali ‘never really played serious football’.
“I did not even feature for the soccer team back at school,” Magwali narrated during an online interview.
“Despite my capability. My mom would never let me. She felt football could not take me anywhere,” he added.
Magwali’s hardworking nature has rewarded him with the privilege to don national colours and fly the national flag outside the country.
The forward is among the selected team of 15 players who travelled to represent Uganda at the 2021 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Senegal due May 23-29, 2021.
In Beach Soccer, Magwali is notably remembered for topping the scorer’s charts in the 2017 COPA DAR tourney with 12 goals.
Magwali owes it all to his commitment. He had to give up his fire fighting job at Fire Masters to pursue his dream of playing football. It is what his heart desired, and he would never have peace until he had it.
Growing up, he idolized Chelsea’s Didier Drogba. No wonder he plays with a physique alike to the Ivorian’s. He also scores quite a lot with his head from crosses, set pieces, and curling shots.
Magwali has trained as a boxer and says he would be playing boxing as a sport if he was not playing football.
For a boy who almost gave up his passion, playing a game for the national team is a dream come true.
However, Magwali’s prospects are as big as plying his trade outside Uganda and representing the senior national team (Cranes).