By: KAYONDO ERIAS
Name: Ibrahim Saddam Juma
D.O.B: 1st / Oct / 1993
Height: 1.78 Mtrs (5.10 inch)
Shirt number: 23
Club: Kcca fc
Saddam Juma Nature as he usually refers to himself is a graduate of the Kampala Kids League with whom he went to Sweden under the Kampala Kids League arrangement alongside the likes of Balinnya Juma (Lweza fc), Lubega Titus (BUL fc) and former Gor Mahia striker Daniel Sserunkuuma. There, they played against other youngsters who included Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas.
Later on, Coach Eddie Butindo the then Kampala Kids League coach linked him to Old Kampala Secondary School where he played in the National Post Primary competitions helping them to reach the semi finals twice. Notable among them was in 2008 in Arua where he single handedly brought many defenders to their knees.
While still at Old Kampala Saddam played for both SC Villa and Maroons football club.
But he also had a brief stint at Cray Wanderers in the Isthsmian league of England in 2008. After completing his A’ level , Saddam joined Bunamwaya fc (now Vipers) which he helped to win the league trophy in 2010 alongside the likes of Muwonge Hamuzah, Muganga Ronald, Owen Kasule among others.
Juma joined Vietnamese First Division club Sài Gòn Xuân Thành in June 2011 whom he helped gain promotion to the V league.
In national colours, Saddam is very much remembered for the CECAFA championship he won with the U20s in 2010, where he also scored the opener in a 1-1 draw against Eritrea, a game Uganda won 5-4 on penalties, He was also part of the Cranes contingent that represented Uganda in the CHAN championships, where he scored Uganda’s solitary goal in the whole tournament in a 2-1 loss against Gabon.
His cranes debut came as early as 2010 versus the Taifa stars of Tanzania where he also scored in a 3-2 win, Yuda Mugalu and Noah Ssemakula scoring the other goals, he has had a longer spell on the cranes sidelines due to a dip in form and stiff competition in his favoured position, but he recently earned some call ups and he was included in Micho’s AFCON provisional squad.
In 2016, when Vipers acquired the services of Coach Abdullah Mubiru, Saddam was released together with Sulaiman Mutyaba, John Ssemazzi and Kyambadde Allan and they all joined Express fc.
The move to Kcca: When KCCA FC qualified for the CAF confederations cup group stages,Coach Mike Mutebi saw the need to strengthen his team with a creative player with a solid composure and an unequaled talent and Saddam was the guy.
He is said to have had only one month remaining for his contract at Wankulukuku to expire. Express fc chose to release him at an undisclosed fee but they are said to have put a clause of 10% gain on the resale of the same player incase KCCA fc chooses to sale him in future.
Whether Saddam’s inclusion in Mike Mutebi’s team will boost it’s performance or not remains an unanswered question.