Vocal, boisterous and gritty is what can best describe Noah Babadi Kasule. A defensive midfielder who left nothing on the pitch as he gave every ounce of energy within him to make sure he thwarted attacks as he shielded the backline.
Born in Kampala, Uganda, Kasule started his career with Kampala City Council FC (KCCA FC) in 2001 and went on to spend four years there. In 2006, his exploits caught the eye of Uganda Revenue Authority FC (URA FC) coach, Deo Serwadda who did not hesitate to sign him on board. A change in management meant Frank ‘Video’ Anyau took over from Serwadda and under Anyau’s guidance, URA defended their league title in 2007.
What Kind of Player was Noah Babadi Kasule?
His club form didn’t go unnoticed too as Kasule featured heavily in the Cranes setup for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers held in Ghana. Uganda were pitted alongside African giants Nigeria and their West African neighbours Niger plus South African lesser known nation in Lesotho. Kasule marshaled the midfield alongside the skilled Asani Bajope and together the two formed a dynamic midfield duo at the heart of Cranes midfield.
The game that really got Cranes fans wagging their tongues in praise of the rugged midfielder was when Uganda hosted the Super Eagles in June 2007. Nigeria took an early lead courtesy of John Utaka and Uganda rallied back in the second half to win it 2-1 courtesy of two penalties converted by Obua and Sekagya but Kasule was the unsung hero on the day.
Kasule who was tasked and halting attacks managed to keep Sani Kaita and Onyekachi ‘Tico’ Okonkwo quiet all evening which meant that the Super Eagles lost their offensive thrust. This in turn allowed the game tip over towards the Cranes favour thus giving that much needed impetus which eventually saw them through the line at the final whistle.
Kasule’s time had surely arrived and shortly after, he made the move to play professional football in Armenia for Banants FC. He played on for three years and featured 79 times with a return of one goal. By now, Kasule had long lost his berth on the national team as players such as Tony Mawejje and Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito had upped their game hence deeming the combative midfielders talents surplus to requirements.
For all his ridiculous talents, Kasule encountered many incredulous critics who just never seemed to take to his qualities and style of play. In a period when Uganda struggled a lot, it’s absurd to know that the midfielder only mustered a paltry 26 caps and it’s even sadder to know that he just vanished into oblivion without much of a closing shout.
He’s lack of significant silverware too is an achilles heel many front against the dreadlocked midfielder. Bar the 2007 championship, Kasule miserably comes short on the medal count especially for a player who played for some of the top local sides and that’s probably something that will haunt him for times to come.
But like the old age adage goes, not all good players make decent managers. Kasule had his back up against the wall to prove all and sundry that he can still achieve a lot more of what he failed to win during his playing days. For a person with a penchant for talking, management would be a sumptuous prospect for Noah Babadi Kasule.
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Programs Manager at the Craft Silicon Foundation. He loves writing about sports, politics and news around the globe and Inspiring new young people!!