By Sabiiti Muwanga and Douglas Mazune
Honours with SC Villa
- League champions 1984
- League champions 1986
- League champions 1987
- League champions 1988
- League champions 1989
- League champions 1990
League Top scorer
Honours with Cranes
l CECAFA title 1989
l CECAFA title 1990
Honours on the continent
l â€˜91Club championship final
FORMER Cranes and SC Villa striker Majid Musisi is dead.
Musisi 38, died on Tuesday night in Kampala after a long illness. He died at his motherâ€™s home in Bwaise, a city suburb, where he has been staying after his condition worsened. His body was transferred to his Muyenga home, from where it will be taken to neighbouring Bukasa for burial at 4pm today.
Musisi, Ugandaâ€™s first professional footballer to make it to Europe, started his career with second division side Mulago. His eye for goals caught the eye of several top clubs, with SC Villa getting the most out of him.
The burly teenage striker was taken up by SC Villa in 1984 from Pepsi.
He had several nicknames, the most prominent being â€˜Tysonâ€™ and â€˜Magicâ€™ and with Paul Hasule, were training-aholics and therefore rarely got injured.
He had a successful eight-year stint at Villa Park before joining Stade Rennes in France in 1992.
The next season he joined Turkish premier league giants Bursaspor. He then moved to Dardanelspor for a record Ugandan transfer fee of $1m (sh 1.8bn)for two seasons, ending his professional career there.
He relocated to London and returned to Kampala three years ago. He joined Ggaba United.
Condolence messages were received from KCC FC, Express FC and FUFAâ€™s president-in-waiting Lawrence Mulindwa.
Mulindwa hailed Musisi as one of the most diligent players the country has ever had. â€œWe have lost a great player,â€ he said.
He said his manifesto has programmes to help retired players, and he plans to encourage clubs to give footballers several life skills and tips like in business, financial management, technical skills, computers, photography, besides the usual soccer skills.
Soccer columnist Aldrine Nsubuga hailed Musisi as one of the greatest finishers Uganda has produced.
â€œHe is the only striker I have seen who was good for a goal in every game he played. At his peak he could hardly be handled by any defence because he was physically strong, good both in the air and ground and could score from anywhere, within and outside the box, even from free kicks,â€ Nsubuga said.