The day of Thursday 8th September started on a sad note with the news of the passing away of former Uganda Cranes midfielder Jimmy Muguwa and here we break into his legacy in Uganda’s football.
Born in 1954, Muguwas starry football as a young boy in Mombasa Kenya where his love for the game saw him join Hudson Bay FC, Faisal FC before before making a return to Uganda in 1971.
On return to Uganda, he linked up with the likes of Tom Lwanga and Jimmy Kirunda who at first under looked him fir his small size.
On return to Uganda, he played for Lint FC who he left for UCB after ditching an offer from Express FC. At UCB, he managed to finish second on top scorers list with 24 goals behind Jimmy Kirunda of KCCA FC with who had 32 goals.
It is on this merit that he was summoned to the Uganda Cranes aqua that played in the AFCON 1978 tournament in Ghana where Uganda finished second to hosts who won 2:0 in Accra.
His most successful stint came when playing for Express FC who he joined in 1982. He was later appointed the club captain the next and helped Express FC Win the Uganda cup final against KCCA FC, scoring the third goal in a 3:1 wrought.
After serving as player, Miguel was later named the club assistant coach in 1993 before taking the reigns permanently three years later. As a coach, he helped Express FC Win a double in 1995, the Uganda Premier League and Uganda Cup.
His wonderful performance as a coach at Express FC saw him named assistant coach of the Uganda Cranes.
By the time of his death, Muguwa had suffered from a poor health for a while and many have always pin pointed at FUFA for always not lending a helping hand to former ex-internationals who raised the beautiful game.
A hero of the AFCON 1978 Uganda Cranes squad was recently seen working as a cleaner at Nakivubo Playground, a thing that left many wondering why FUFA has no plans after retirement for such big names.