July 5, 2022

Shaban calls leaving Vipers a career reviving decision

By Brian Aheebwa
Onduparaka's Shaban Mohammed

Muhammad Shaban has shown his heartfelt appreciation to Vipers SC President Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa for allowing him leave the club and go and revive his career somewhere else.

Life at St. Mary’s Kitende had turned toxic for both parties and Shaban left in the August transfer window to rejoin his boyhood club Onduparaka FC.

One season later, the 24-year-old has his career back on track, having finished the 2021/22 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season with 15 goals, only three adrift of the eventual top scorer Cesar Manzoki of Vipers.

“I want to thank Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa for letting me go to revive my career. With all factors held constant, he would have refused to allow me to leave,” Shaban told the media.

“But he treated me as his child and said son you go and try to review your career maybe some other time we could do business together again and I am thankful for that.”

The former KCCA FC forward struggled in the early stages of his return to Onduparaka going six games minus scoring something that tortured him as he explains.

“I did not score in the first six games and at one point it tortured my brain to an extent that I wanted to give up but by the courage of the people around the club I kept strong.”

“I realized that it happens players can even go up to ten games minus scoring but when they start scoring, goals start flowing in.”

“And indeed after the six-game drought, when I scored my first goal what followed next was scoring goals consistently,” Shaban noted.

His performance in the just-concluded season earned him a call-up in the Uganda Cranes provisional squad that is preparing for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

“Returning to the national team has always been on my mind and I have been fighting and working hard to ensure that they call me again.”

“Part one is done I am back in the fold but that is not enough I am looking forward to making it to the final squad and I know with God and more hard work it will happen,” Shaban stated.

The former Wydad Casablanca striker made his Cranes debut in 2016 and was part of the Cranes squad that played in the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.

Uganda will be hoping to return to the continental scene after missing out on the 2021 edition.

Their qualification campaign for the next tournament due to take place in Ivory Coast in 2023 finds them in Group F alongside Algeria, Niger, and Tanzania.

Milutin Sredojević’s charges will start with a trip to Algeria on June 4 before they host Niger four days later on June 8.

Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (St.George-Ethiopia), Giouse Bellagambi (Huddersfield Town, England), Alionzi Nafian (URA FC Uganda)

Defenders: Elvis Bwomono (IBV Iceland), Gavin Kizito (Sc Villa Uganda), James Begisa (UPDF FC, Uganda), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov Czech Rep), Abdu Azizi Kayondo (Real Monarchs USA), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Timothy Awanyi (Ashdod Israel), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC Uganda), Musa Ramadan (Cincinnati USA), Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers SC Uganda) Enoch Walusimbi, (Express FC Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Yanga Tanzania), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC Uganda), Marvin Joseph Youngman (Bright Stars FC Uganda), Steven Sserwadda (New York Red Bulls USA), Muzamil Mutyaba (Kiyovu Sports Rwanda), Rogers Mato (KCCA FC, Uganda), Faruku Miya (Lviv Ukraine), Allan Okello (Paradou, Algeria)

Forwards: Milton Karisa (Vipers SC Uganda), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC Uganda), Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC Uganda), Yiga Najib (Vipers SC Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (Gouna Egypt), Martin Kizza (Express FC Uganda), Emmanuel Okwi (Kiyovu Sports Rwanda), Fahad Bayo (Bnei Sakhin Israel), Derrick Kakooza (Valmiera Latvia), Sadat Anaku (KCCA FC Uganda), Muhammad Shaban (Onduparaka FC Uganda)

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