KNOW YOUR STARS : Enterprising and gifted left footed Musisi Farouk

By: Senoga Sinan Rajub 

Profile
Name : Musisi Farouk
Date of Birth : 10th April 1995
Weight : 67kg
Height : 5.9ft
Club : SC Villa
Shirt number: 3
Position : Left back / Left winger

Musisi Farouk is a versatile left back oftenly employed as a left winger. His exceptional ball crossing and work rate has always been the major reason why he is at times employed in a more advanced role. His strong accurate left foot makes him a recommended set piece taker and a dead ball situation expert. Musisi’s flexibility provides the team with width and broad playing options.

FAMILY BACKGROUND
Musisi Farouk is a son of Hajji Abubaker Kizito and Namuli Fatuma of Bukoto Masaka District. He is the fifth born in a family of six offsprings. He has one sister Nakazzi Nuliat and four brothers Wagana Rashid, Galiwango Manisul, Mukasa Twaha and Mubiru Swaibu

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

Musisi started his education career at Bukoto Primary School before joining KY Primary School Masaka for P.6 and P.7. He then had his O’Level at Hassan Tulabi School in Bweyogerere and later joined Kakungulu Memorial in Kibuli where he completed his A’level from and finally pursued a degree in Information Technology at IUIU.

MASAZA FOOTBALL
He first played in Masaza Cup in 2011 with Kkooki helping them reach Quarter finals and then moved to Buddu a year later. He helped Buddu qualify from the group stages that year (2012) progressing to the quarter finals for the first time ever.

BIKA FOOTBALL

Musisi recieving his medal from Ssabasajja kabaka after winning the royal shield.
Musisi has been so influential in the Mmamba Gabunga clan football team. In 2014, He is remembered for scoring the first goal of the tournament against Ngo clan at Wankulukuku and later helping Mmamba Gabunga win the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Mbogo clan in Mityana but also emerging man of the match in the final.

CLUB FOOTBALL
The flying left back has played for 6 clubs which include Katale FC, Bazoopa/Kobooko FC, Lweza FC, Artland Katale, Proline FC and his current club SC Villa.

He rose to fame with Kajjansi based Lweza FC securing a place in the 2014-15 Uganda Premier League season finishing 10th and a Uganda Cup 2014 semi final bowing out at the hands of KCCA FC with a 2-0 aggregate score.

On 21st October 2014, Musisi scored his first ever goal in the top flight as Lweza FC edged Soana FC 1-0 in Kavumba.

Musisi far right,  celebrates with Villa teammates Ambrose Kirya,  Taddeo Lwanga,  Emmanuel Okwi is one of Villa’s victories 

While playing, Musisi is equally adept at defending and going forward as a continuous attacking threat for the opponents. Runs up the flank and excellent crosses are the trademark of his playing style.

He then took notoriety in the Lweza FC fairytale on 19th December 2014 as a seemingly inferior side in Lweza FC tamed league giants KCCA FC at Wankulukuku. Musisi scored the only goal of the game in what looked like a David vs Goliath affair with an exquisite inswing effort in the 62nd minute.

The mid-season of 2015-16 saw him leave topflight to join his native club Artland Katale ending an unforgettable attachment with Lweza leaving behind 8 goals onto his name.

At the start of 2016-17 season, Musisi was signed back to the super division by newly promoted side Proline FC alongside midfielder Sam Tio Kintu and defenders Mukisa Yusuf and Mujuzi Mustafa.
He started his duties at Proline in style curving a direct corner kick into the net against Express FC at the Phillip Omondi Stadium on match day two.

After scoring 2 goals and spending 5 months and at Proline FC, Musisi joined record champions SC Villa in the January transfer market.
However playing time at SC Villa has been an inadequate facing competition from Adriko John.

On 22nd April, He was brought off the bench and turned fortunes for Villa who were trailing against direct title opponents KCCA FC in a do or die tie at Masaka Recreation grounds. An overlapping Musisi was brought down in the 18 yard box by Benjamin Ochan to earn a penalty which striker Emma Okwi converted flawlessly to tie the scoreline in the 72nd minute.

BEST MOMENT
Musisi identifies his qualification from the Big League to Uganda Premier League in 2014 with Lweza FC as his best moment. Lweza beat Sadolin Paints 2-1 at Lugogo to emerge as champions of the FUFA Big League 2013 – 2014 after topping the Rwenzori group courtesy of Musisi’s efforts alongside teammates like Captain Ibrahim Kiyemba, Henry Wamala, Rajab Kakooza, Fred Kalanzi, Mulindwa Frank, Swaib Mudde, Julius Mutyaba, Kisakye John Wesley, Saad Kibirango, Sseguya Julius, Eric Mutebi among others.

Musisi was a pivotal figure in helping Lweza FC secure promotion in 2014

Musisi attributes his success in and out football to his elder brother Mukasa Twaha who has always encouraged and supported him in all ways even when it called for his quitting from the beautiful game. Mukasa Twaha also played football and flourished at Kibuli SS and Masaka SS in the prestigious Copa Coca Cola schools tournament scooping the Golden Boot in 2005 and 2006.

Locally, Musisi fancies KCCA FC midfielder Ibrahim Saddam Juma as the best player apparently but also adores Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo so much. More so, He hails tacticians Tamale Pinto and Steven Bogere as the best coaches he has ever had.

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT HIM

Coach Steven Bogere.

Farouk Musisi regards Coach Steven Bogere as one of the figures who have had a big impact on his career 

Most football people today have a knack of dismissing Utility players in preference for positional specialists to the extent that when you describe one as a ‘utility man’ even coaches infer that he’s good in a number of positions but not good enough to make one of those his own.

To Steven Bogere however, this is extremely wrong and he believes a player of this quality is a special asset to the team and that’s why he holds Farouk Musisi in high regard. He says

There is a rare breed of players that are very comfortable in almost every position across the field of play. Musisi can play left full back, the “anchor man role” , the “schemer role”, the wing back role, the number 10 role and as a number 8, he performs all these with ease. Very few left footed intelligent players can perform these tasks coupled with a high engine and work rate”.

Steven Bogere adds that,

“I rate Musisi’s talent in the same breath as Mike Sserumaga and I believe he is ripe for the national duty. His only notable weakness to me is that, Musisi is not the best header of the ball and It’s quite unfortunate his career hit a snag during his time at Lweza FC but I believe he is such a potent weapon to Ugandan football”.

Steven Bogere is currently head coach Buddu FC and he has previously coached at Mbale Heroes, UPDF, Proline FC, Victoria University and SC Villa.

Former teammate Henry Wamala.

“He is a determined fellow and a hard working wing back who helps his team in both attack and defense. Farouk was so helpful to our team in the Big League campaign scoring vital goals and creating scoring opportunities but also keeping it tight at the back.” Says Henry Wamala.

In the demanding and dynamic modern football, the choice in any of the fullback positions depends on a player’s offensiveness, the ability to move forward effectively one of the qualities Musisi exhibits. With age still on his side, Musisi Farouk remains patient and highly expectant of any national consideration very soon.

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