Former Uganda Cranes midfielder Saddam Juma has reflected on his failed moves to Fulham and Nottingham Forest.
Juma failed trials at Fulham before his deal to Nottingham hit a dead end in 2010.
During an interview with NBS Sport, the SC Villa Midfielder said that former Cranes coach Bobby Williamson recommended him to Fulham.
“Fulham connected with my club Bunnamwaya (now Vipers) then. I was 17 years old at the time. and it’s why I did not sign my contract at Nottingham,” Juma said during an interview with Rita Tsirize.
“Every thing was totally different from the set up we have here, starting from the food, the culture and I have to admit that from then my game understanding and reasoning changed.
“I may not be the best footballer here but I can analyse situations quickly when I am playing.”
He admitted that he failed trials at Fulham: “I went to Fulham (then playing in Premier League) and did not pass trials because I was lacking basics of the game.”
After, Juma was recommended to Nottingham Forest then in English Championship.
He narrates: “I was recommended by Fulham chief scout to Nottingham forest. Actually I was meant to go to Hearts of Scotland because of (David) Obua.
“They heard about me having trials there (Fulham) and they asked Obua who is this Ugandan player in Fulham at Trials. can we bring him over? I was divided either to go to Nottingham or Fulham.”
Juma says he was advised by his agent to choose Nottingham ahead of Hearts.
Juma narrated that he used to travel with the Nottingham squad to the games.
He explained how the deal to Nottingham fell through: “I was about to be put into the system but something happened between! There was some miscommunication between Bunamwaya and Nottingham Forest.
“My contract with Bunnamwaya, I was not 18 then so I had to go out of contract and go as a free agent to sign for their reserve, play some games and then get a Visa over sports merit.
“But these guys (Bunnamwaya) couldn’t accept that. They basically failed me. We used to make calls to the big man (Mulindwa) but in vain.
“Nottingham Forest chief scout actually was going to fly in and finalise the deal because they wanted to get into a memorandum of understanding when I get my pro contract they would of course compensate them.”
Juma says that it was really hard to regain him self and describes the situation as “a major set back.”
“When I came back from UK to Bunnamwaya, I was totally frustrated. I didnt want to play anymore for them. I spent over three months without going for games or training.
“I had to first compose myself then returned though I wasn’t feeling myself and had to see my way out and I ended up in Vietnam.”
Juma, 29, born in Luzira, also featured for KCCA and Express is considered by many as one of the best Creative Midfielders Uganda has ever produced.