Submitted November 24, 2001.
Ugandans in U.S. lead teams to success
By Carl Bialik
The Ugandan-rich teams at Alabama A&M and Virginia Intermont finished the season successfully, despite many injuries to some of their leading Ugandan players.
The Alabama A&M Bulldogs, captained by former KCC striker Mujib Kasule and including seven other Ugandans, finished 13-3-2 and narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Division I tournament. That is the postseason consisting of the best university teams in the country.
Kasule was out for most of the season with a dislocated right shoulder; he expects to have surgery in January. New Bulldogs Andrew Jjombwe and Wilbur Musika, formerly of Villa, also both suffered injuries but played well when not sidelined.
Kasule, who will graduate in July, was disappointed to miss much of this season, but he expressed overall satisfaction with his U.S. university career. "Injury is part of the game," Kasule said. "I still did pretty good. Iím happy." He reflected on his previous successes, his MVP awards at many tournaments, and, most satisfying to him, his securing of places for a number of Ugandan players on the Alabama A&M squad.
Virginia Intermontís season ended in NAIA regionals in a 1-1 (5-3 penalty kicks) loss to Tennessee Wesleyan. A win would have secured the Cobras a second consecutive berth in nationals. Defender Geoffrey Bukohore sprained his left ankle and could only play approximately five games in his final season, but he was happy to see the team overcome injuries and win the conference. The team ranked No. 18 in the country at the end of the season.
Robert Ssejjemba missed the season because of academic problems.
Tiffin, led by Ugandans Ronald Mugabi and Ali Lukungu, finished 14-6-1. The Dragons, like the Cobras, were eliminated from postseason NAIA play at the regional level.Copyright © 2002 Carl Bialik
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