After being Villa’s 2018/19 top scorer and arguably their MVP, Villa fans were very optimistic of watching more flamboyant performances from the 23-year-old but their expectations were cut short by a string of injuries. For the 2019/20 season, Mutanda will mainly be remembered for the match-winning goal against Vipers SC in January.
Since the beginning of this week, reports have been flying around that Bashir Mutanda will not be renewing his contract with the Jogoos. In order to find out more information and get the facts right, we had a sit down with Mutanda the man himself and below is how it all went:
Bashir Mutanda had a sit down with the News Libre team to explore what was been going on with the star player
1. First, what’s your comment about the premature end of the 2019/20 UPL season?
I can not say much about it so, it is good we let it go like that.
2. What is your COVID-19 lockdown routine as a footballer like?
At the beginning of the lockdown, I was still nursing the injury I had then, later on, I started training slowly. Today I am fully okay and in good shape. I am fully training somewhere.
3. Comment about your club, S.C Villa’s 2019/20 season:
Villa did well, and all players gave in 100%.
4. What is your best moment in a Villa shirt?
The month of November 2018 when I scored a brace against eternal rivals Express FC. The same month I went on to become the footballer of the year in the Real Star Football Awards.
5. What was your worst moment in a Villa jersey?
The whole of this season (2019/20) was my worst 😥 😐 because I was injured and if my memory serves me right, I played only 5 games or less.
6. As a footballer with career goals and objectives, how have the two seasons at S.C Villa impacted your career?
Indeed, Villa is my best so far because they gave me their trust and believed in me. I improved much at Villa and the support was paramount.
7. What are your plans for the future? Are you looking at staying in the UPL or seeking a new challenge abroad?
I have been contacted with many different opportunities abroad but the airports are closed, and the situation of the pandemic will affect the programs but if I get a chance in the UPL (Uganda Premier League), I will take it up.
8. Speaking of a new challenge abroad, in the previous summer transfer window, you had a prospective transfer abroad fall through, how did you cope with the challenge of being denied the chance of taking a new path in your career?
I was hurt, to be honest, but I had nothing to do so I came back and trained with the club though I had a bad season due to injuries.
9. Any message you would love to share with the fans of S.C Villa?
I wish the club all the best of luck, my heart and soul will always remain there 😀 😀
10. And lastly, for the fans and followers, what are your social media pages on which they can always keep tabs on you?
Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.