Saturday 15th November 2014 is so fresh in the memory of defender Savio Kabugo. He then a novice coming through the ranks netted the all-important strike that gave Uganda Cranes a vital 1-0 win over Africa powerhouse Ghana in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Namboole.
The former AS Vita defender arrived in time to connect Mike Sserumaga’s searching corner in the ninth minute after a run that underlined the hard work he has put in during training.
As if that wasn’t enough, he went on to put up a solid display at the back, partnering skipper then Andrew Mwesigwa and successfully shut down the Black Stars forward line that was led by Andre Ayew.
Since then, the defender confesses how that goal changed his life to date despite being hit by nagging sheen injuries in that very year that put him out of action for almost a year at a time he had cemented a place on the national side.
“It’s was a special moment which I vividly recall and the best in my career so far because it was my first game in the senior national side against strong nations like Ghana and Togo with world-class players,” Kabugo told Football256.
“That goal changed my life a lot as it introduced me to many who matter and big opportunities which up to date are still positively impacting on my life.”
“It also made me so popular in my home area and country at large which status I still enjoy to date,” he added.
The Sebeta Kenema FC defender also reflected on how that very strike against Ghana helped him realise his first professional transfer to DRC side AS Vita.
“Before I got injured in 2014, I was at my best and I knew I was destined for greatness but God had other plans for me.”
“It wasn’t easy for me but agents kept pushing for a move and when the Vita opportunity came it wasn’t so hard for me to get in because they knew my potential from the match against Ghana.”
Kabugo is currently in Uganda because of the coronavirus pandemic has also featured for Proline and URA here in Uganda.