Viper’s forward Najib Iga has revealed his hopes of emulating former Uganda international Andrew “Fimbo” Mukasa as well as Farouk Miya
The St. Mary’s school student is already known as Fimbo in reference to his love for the retired Crane and since he has been promoted to the senior team, he just wants to be like Mukasa
Iga said that while growing up his dad and his friends always talked about Andrew Mukasa and heaped so much praise on his style of play and eye for goal. Najib said that despite the fact he did not watch Mukasa play the talk from his father and his friends made him love him so much to the extent that they nicknamed him “fimbo” too.
Iga also said that the other player whose character and humility inspire me.
The youngster has likened his playing style to French world cup winner Antoine Griezmann who also plays for Barcelona FC because he is also lethal in front of the goal.
The 18-year old left-footed forward was part of the U17 team that featured in the CAF tournament and has shared his experience.
“It was total learning experience for me”,he added. “I remember my debut was against Ethipia during the CAF U17 regional qualifiers in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. I was shy, nervous and really struggled to settle into the side.
“I was subsequently benched in the second game but got back into starting eleven against Kenya in a must win group game. I scored and felt so happy. It gave me confidence and things got better for me since then.”
Iga also spoke about his expectations of new season where viper will take part in the CAF champions league. “of course, I’m ready for a new challenge,” he concluded.
“my confidence and game have improved tremendously. Besides I am not afraid of competition so there is no better time than now”
Iga is among several youngsters who have been graduating from the St.Mary’s Kitende School which acts as the feeder team for Vipers.