Ugandan Kataka FC star player Emmanuel ‘Messi’ Mukisa has left the country for other opportunities in the USA.
The former Uganda U-20 player will understandably be furthering his studies as well as continue with his football career in the USA, though details to that development are still scanty.
Christened ‘Messi’ in likeness to the Argentine’s agility and speed, Mukisa has the enviable ability to change pace and direction with the ball, effortlessly! He has been demonstrating that in all his Kataka games – consistently and effectively.
The team has been looking upto him to ‘produce some magic’ in times where they seemingly ran out of options, and he would somehow always appear and deliver, living upto to the billing of all the ‘Messi’ hype at the Mbale-based second division club.
He’s obviously among the best players the club has produced so far, and arguably the best to ever play for the club, talking about skills, speed and productivity.
Mukisa was part of Uganda U20 Men’s National Team that was so close to making history in the 2023 U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Had Uganda beaten Nigeria in the quarterfinal clash, they would not have only progressed to the semifinals but also sealed the country’s first ever ticket to the U20 FIFA World Cup. The Hippos however agonizingly lost by a goal to nil.
In the on-going FUFA Drum tournament, Mukisa has scored both of Bugisu Province’s only two goals in the tournament; one in the 2-1 loss to Westnile, and another in the one-all draw with Busoga.
The youngster, who completed his secondary education at Amus College School has relevantly played for only one club – Kataka. At the time of his departure, however, he had drawn significant respect from city rivals Mbale Heroes FC.
Apparently, according to Wabomba Sports, the newly promoted FUFA Big League side attempted to sign Mukisa ahead of the 2023-2024 season.
Kataka reportedly demanded for UGX 7million plus two players, Musa Malunda and Stephen Makumba in exchange for Mukisa’s services, which wasn’t granted.