The former SC Villa and Express player had his career end in a sad manner due to mental illness
Former Uganda Cranes striker Andrew 'Fimbo' Mukasa has advised players that they have put in extra effort if they are to excel.
While being hosted on Bukedde FM on Monday, Mukasa who holds the record of scoring the highest of number goals (45 goals) in a single league season said players need to give their best if they to stand out.
"There are so many players in the country that are talented and play well. In fact, I have also managed to train with some of them. But they have to take football as a sport that is easy to do. However the sport will be easy for you so long as you train and stay committed and determined in what you do," stated Mukasa.
The former SC Villa and Express player had his career end in a sad manner due to mental illness but he has since managed to recover with the support from Ronnie Makbayi.
Different people have come out to support Mukasa with foodstuffs and money during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mukasa has called upon well-wishers to build him a house and he prefers it to be in Makindye.
During the interview, he talked about his regret for infamously deciding not to score against Cameroon and booting the ball wide during the 1999 All African Games in South Africa.
"I did it intentionally without having mental problems. This was because I had earlier had a misunderstanding between the team managers and Sekagya (Ibrahim). In fact, with Sekagya we quarrelled and also fought. However I regret why I did that," Mukasa added.
Mukasa who is currently living with his mother Grace Nandawula at Wakaliga, hinted at joining the coaching ranks since he said the passion of the game is still there.
His first touch, vision and above all, an eye for goal were some of the strengths during his playing time.
Despite his impressive career, Mukasa didn't have the best of starts at Villa even when the coach Paul Hasule said he believed in his ability. Hasule preferred the more experienced Charles Kayemba and upstart Hassan Mubiru.
However, his scoring abilities left Hasule with no option but to drop Kayemba and promote Mukasa.