Two years down the road, the story of how then Express FC budding midfielder Abubaker Kasule was sold unknowingly remains just in the corridors of football lovers. But what happened?
The student midfielder in the USA opens up on how his career was hampered with, almost giving up in the process while playing at Kibuli SS.
Just like any other talented footballer, Kasule’s golden dream was to play professional football at the highest level there is.
With offers flowing in from a pool of both local and international clubs, that dream was just delayed by studies.
The chance to feature for the national team in the COSAFA U20 tournament was yet another opportunity for the upcoming midfielder to showcase his potential.
But that was before football agent, Dan Ntale appeared in the equation, and the once glittering dream hit a snag.
“I played in the COSAFA U20 tournament and got several offers but had to come back to my club Express FC,” Kasule told Football256.
“Within a short time, I got summoned for the CHAN team to Morocco which was a good outing for me.”
Kasule adds: “On return, I was informed that am no longer an Express FC player that my agent came for my release and paid money. Asking who that unknown to me agent was, I was told its Dan Ntale.”
“This was a shock to me because Dan had never been my agent, he was just an elderly person I knew in football circles just.”
Everything started moving very fast for Kasule as Zambian outfit Buildcon FC considered him their player even though he had not put pen to paper officially.
“They (Buildcon) refused me to train again from Wankulukuku since I was no longer an Express FC player. The club informed me that my new home was Buildcon FC, a Zambian side.”
“Since I had not signed anywhere, my family advised me not to join the club, that is when Buildcon CEO sent me pictures of my signature and to my shock, Dan Ntale had forged my signature, and accompanied it with his account number.”
Kasule further told this reporter: “Dan Ntale started intimidating me and questioning my intellect of how stupid I could be to refuse to play abroad.”
“Even up to this moment, he (Ntale) was still instructing me to play for Buildcon, on one condition that he gets half my salary, threatening to break my legs and end my career if I objected.”
Kasule says he was told he couldn’t play football anywhere since he was a Buildcon player.
“It was a trying moment for me in my career, had to sit out for a year for the Zambian contract to end. My family stood with me and I am here in the states, trying to rebuild my career.”
Kasule now plies his trade at Cincinnati FC, playing for the U23s in the Major League Soccer.
Efforts to reach Ntale through his known contacts by this writer were futile.