Barely four months ago, Uganda Cranes defender Bevis Mugabi, was a free agent after his former club Yeovil Town released him following their relegation from the English League Two.
By then, Mugabi had embarked on a rather successful Africa Cup of Nations campaign with the Cranes in Egypt, after Uganda progressed to the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time since 1978.
Mugabi featured in three games at the AFCON, enough to earn him a six month contract at Scottish Premier League side Motherwell FC.
Mugabi has so far only played four games for Motherwell and is yet to score a goal for his new side, but he’s already looking ahead to the future.
The lanky defender who can play at both right back and central defence has backed himself to play for European champions Liverpool one day in his career.
“Maybe it will get me a move to Liverpool,” Mugabi was quoted by the Daily record
“I definitely feel that I have the attributes to make that step up too. I just need the right coaching, and I feel like I’ve developed here [at Motherwell] as a player already with the gaffer’s style of play.” He added.
The 24-year-old who has just signed a new one year contract extension at Motherwell, has shared a dressing room with a couple of Liverpool stars during his time at Southampton.
And in particular Sadio Mane, who he watched make his mark at St. Mary’s stadium before making the move to Anfield. As well as facing him at the AFCON as Mane’s Senegal knocked out Uganda at the round of 16.
“I was at Southampton with him as well, so I’ve seen his progression from being at Southampton to making that step up to Liverpool, and now he’s probably one of the best players in the world.
“His sharpness in the game and his decision-making was so much quicker than everyone else’s, and that’s borne out in the number of goals that he’s scored.
“I played against Sadio Mane in the last 16 of the African Cup of Nations and that was a good experience. I think he’s still in my pocket!” Mugabi continued.
The Premier league world might not be alien to Mugabi who developed through the systems in England, but he will need to first nail down a regular starting berth at Motherwell, before the scouts at Melwood consider him as a potential transfer target.