July 7, 2022

Ndugwa, BUL’s Uganda Cup hero who nearly retired

By Brian Aheebwa
BUL's Karim Ndugwa (R) celebrates one of his two goals against Vipers in Masindi with a teammate | Red Rhino Image

Everyone needs guidance on what next when caught up in a hard situation and here we are speaking of BUL FC striker Karim Ndugwa.

Ndugwa had made up his mind to retire from football when BUL picked him up in January 2022 and after half a year he delivered a trophy.

He bagged a brace in a 3-1 victory over Vipers SC in the Uganda Cup final on Sunday. In total, he scored nine goals and finished as the tournament’s top scorer as the Oil Manufacturers landed their first-ever silverware.

“He had decided to retire before I brought him here,” BUL head coach Alex Isabirye revealed after the game.

“Ndugwa was frustrated but as a football coach and one who had worked with him before I talked to him and made him believe that wasn’t the end of his career.”

“There was still more to come out of him, It was hard convincing him but later he accepted to join the club and the rest is history.”

“With his experience, he has helped a lot in guiding these young players and the bond has improved him individually and the entire team and I am looking forward to seeing much more from him,” he added.

After the expiry of his contract with Somalian side Horseed SC in the latter stages of 2021, Ndugwa was a free agent before BUL captured him.

The fact that Ndugwa and Isabirye had worked together at Horseed must have been a factor in the latter bringing the former to Jinja.

Ndugwa also scored three goals as BUL finished fourth in the Uganda Premier League their best position ever in the league.

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