By Edwin Kyle Kule
Muhammad Shaban has confessed that he is happy with the progress towards his rehabilitation programme to return to full fitness after his initial fears of being sidelined for an even longer period.
Shaban is yet to make his debut for the champions since his arrival from Raja Casablanca FC at the start of the 2019/20 season.
The former Onduparaka and KCCA FC forward arrived at the St Mary’s Stadium with so much hope and ambitions but fate befell him with a horror knee injury just a few days after his arrival at Kitende.
“The fans should forget the old me. There is a different Shaban coming. A better one who will play with more purpose and drive,” Shaban told Vipers SC website.
“I have kept them waiting because of injury but I am going entertain them. I promise to do my best for both club and country if I am recalled again, In Sha Allah.”
Although he is yet to play a minute for the reigning champions, the 22-year-old has held his head high as he keeps positive.
He feels re-energised to restart his career with flawless ignition and sends thanks to those who have had his back with support.
“I want to thank my teammates, the coaches and the club administration for the great work they have done, not forgetting the club doctor for always having my back,” Shaban noted.
“It has been painful and a lonely feeling seating out in the stands for the entire season watching your teammates playing.”
“At times I felt like I could do something to help the team deliver victories but then again I couldn’t do much because of injury.”
He stressed: “It was a tough season but with the help of God, we have been crowned champions (May Allah’s name be praised always).”
“We now focus on the next stage that’s the CAF Champions League and I will not watch football from the stands In Sha Allah.”
The 22-year-old further noted that he is not far off from returning to full fitness following surgery to his knee in November and can’t wait to dust off his boats and get back to action.
“I cannot really tell when I will be fully fit but I know it won’t take me very long because I have been working overtime.”
“I need a run out there to see how I will fare. The stage we are going to play at is tough and I need to be up there in terms of fitness – both physically and psychologically.” Shaban added.
The former Caterpillar skipper noted that there is a healthy bond with the coach, Fred Kajoba and the striker revealed that the coach has provided him with moral support and has helped build back his confidence.
“Yes, I have talked to the coach. He advised me to be patient and keep working hard. His words were also full of encouragement and he told me not to drop my shoulders because I still have a full career ahead of me.”
“The most important thing, to him, was my recovery and then other things would follow,” Shaban affirmed.
Every ambitious player has well-articulated dreams and so is Shaban who can’t wait to execute them with great vigour and freshness.
“I want the top scorer’s gong of the Uganda Premier League (UPL) and also help my team qualify for the group stages of the CAF Champions League, In Sha Allah.”
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hindering football and sports at large, new signing Shaban was gradually working towards a full return after recovering from a knee ligament injury that had kept him out since April 2019.
Muhammad Shaban Profile
Full names: Muhammad Shaban
Date of Birth: Jan 11, 1998
Age: 22 years
Weight: 68 kgs
Team: Vipers SC
Jersey No: 28