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    Revealed: Mystery Behind Villa Wonder-kid Salim Abdallah’s No.10 Tattoo On His Right Foot Decoded…



    Salim Abdallah (R) in action left, other superstars who have worn shirt No.10

    Shirt number 10 in football, since the inception of numbering shirts in the 1920’s, has always typically been worn by forwards, specifically advanced midfielders and up-top strikers.

    Players in these positions have always been considered as some of the all-around best and most creative offensive players on the team.

    The aura around the number 10 shirt has since become a traditional trait, and trendy for teams across the globe to reserve that kit number for their best player.

    The number 10 shirt has been worn by many football legends and icons, including Diego Maradona, Pele and Lionel Messi.

    They wore No. 10 while starring on the biggest stages for their countries and were vital to giving the number its meaning and sense of mystique.

    Ronaldinho, Zidane, Neymar, Rooney, Kaka Totti, Baggio, Owen among other many big players made history in it.

    World stars who shone in the No. 10 shirt

    World stars who shone in the No. 10 shirtFor SC Villa, a Ugandan traditional soccer giant, 20 year old slim sleek midfielder Salim Abdallah dons it with so much pride and satisfaction.

    Like his predecessors, Salim at arguably Uganda’s most prestigious club, SC Villa, has a very heavy burden on his shoulders to play with a big No. 10 just below his name at the back of a blue shirt of the Jogoos. It comes with a lot of expectations and Salim knows it quite well.

    “Of course I feel the pressure and I have to prove to everyone that I’m so capable and I deserve the No. 10 shirt. I have to work so hard to impress,” Salim told the Grapevine.

    Like Lionel Messi on his left foot, Salim has a bold No. 10 tattooed on his right foot. For Salim, it’s a key motivating factor, and a living memory of his late dad who was so supportive to his career.

    “My parents have been very supportive in my football journey: while he was still alive, my father always inspired and encouraged me to achieve my dream to play professional football when I grow up. He also wished to see me put on the number 10 in competitive football one day. My dad is not around today but number 10 tattooed right leg reminds of him everyday,” Salim narrated.

    Salim's No. 10 tattoo on his right foot

    Salim’s No. 10 tattoo on his right foot

    Salim wore No. 21 in his first season for the club, and when Villa’s most previous number 10 Bashir Mutanda left for greener pastures, Salim reached out to the board for it and they let him have it right away, just after a season on the senior team having made a budding statement with Villa’s junior side. He is one of the biggest prospects out of the SC Villa Academy over the recent years.

    Muwarabu, as his peers and some fans refer to him, has a very huge admiration for Cranes international Moses Waiswa, who now plies his trade with South Africa side SuperSport United.

    Waiswa’s flashy passing of the ball and quick feet awed Salim so much that he couldn’t help but fall in love with the midfielder’s posh style of play.

    Salim most preferably plays as an attacking midfielder role, and his love for Spanish central midfielder Thiago Alcantara is undeniable.

    Salim disclosed that he learned very many important things which he has since carried forward to the senior team.

    He said that; “I learned discipline on and off the pitch. My coaches also taught me very well about positional play, that on and off ball movements while on the pitch, I thank them for that. These skills have helped me a lot settle into the senior team without struggling.”

    Salim admits that getting enough playing time on the senior side is a big challenge that he’s however taking positive notes from to improve his game even better.

    Salim taking instructions from the bench in his debit season for Villa

    Salim taking instructions from the bench in his debit season for SC Villa



    By Baron Kironde


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    Why M7 Appointed Trusted Brother Gen. Saleh To Command Fight Against Gunmen Attacks On Security Forces …



    President Museveni and his brother Gen. Salim Saleh

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander in Chief has assigned his young trusted brother and special senior presidential advisor Gen. Salim Saleh to supervise the fight against gunmen who are attacking security installations and forces.

    Credible security sources have intimated to theGrapevine that Museveni was briefed by his confidant intelligence team that security agencies have failed to defeat the armed men who attack police posts and military barracks.

    Internal Affairs State Minister Gen. David Muhoozi briefed parliament that 22 suspects including UPDF soldiers and two police officers were charged before the court martial on offences related to the recent attacks on police stations and military barracks. The minister said that within a period of 12 months, 13 attacks have been reported, 15 guns were stolen and 6 of these have not yet been recovered.

    “According to available intelligence, the motives for these actions are acquisition of arms for subversive activities, as well as for other criminal ends other than subversion,” the minister said.

    However, the minister explained that some of the attacks were as a result of laxity in the security forces and sources have said that it is this laxity that has forced President Museveni to bring back Gen. Saleh after establishing that his security forces were carrying out uncoordinated operations against the said gunmen.

    Sources added that the big man was very bitter with some security bosses for giving uncoordinated statements, he gave an example of the statement issued by police identifying the gunmen as rebels which the army rubbished and insisted that the attackers are criminal gangs.

    Sources said that Museveni directed all security bosses that before an operation is carried out, Gen. Saleh has to be informed and if it is an emergency, he has to be briefed not beyond five hours after the operation.

    “You know these gangs have started using tactics which President Museveni’s NRA rebels used especially when they started attacking security installation with the aim of stealing guns, didn’t you hear that the attackers at Gaddafi barracks in Jinja first strangled the UPDF soldier before firing bullets on his dead body?” a source said.

    He added that Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to use the same tactics they have previously used to fight gunmen.

    Another source said that there is a sharp division within security agencies and the president wants Gen. Saleh to fix it and save the situation.

    Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the special presidential senior advisor on operation, has been the supervisor of all the operations in the country.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Has Bobi Wine Finally Made Up His Mind To Replace Mpuuga With Zaake? Battle For LOP Position Rages On, NUP Speaks out…



    L-R: Mityana municipality MP Zaake, LOP Mpuuga and NUP boss Bobi Wine

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General has rubbished allegations that his party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has written to Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, appointing Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament replacing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba.

    Rubongoya said that the aim of people who are circulating allegations that Bobi Wine has fired Mpuuga is to disorganise opposition legislators and NUP members at large which they cannot accept as NUP leadership.

    The allegation come at a time when Bobi Wine has just blasted some of his party MPs and opposition at large for not supporting Zaake when he was protesting on the floor of parliament over the kidnapping of opposition supporters especially in Buganda.

    Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of parliament early this week sent Zaake to the parliament’s disciplinary committee for violating his orders when he insisted on commenting on the ongoing kidnaps in the country even after advising him on the right procedure to follow.

    However, Bobi Wine claims that it was wrong for Tayebwa to frustrate Zaake and praised Makindye West legislator Derrick Nyeko, Kasanda South’s Frank Kabuye, Nakaseke Central’s Allan Mayanja and Kilak South’s Gilbert Olanyah who stood with Zaake when he was protesting.

    Sources inside NUP revealed that Bobi Wine is very determined to drop all the opposition leadership in parliament because they are not respecting his orders and are in bed with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party which he says is betrayal.

    Sources added that apart from Zaake, other people who are being vetted to replace Mpuuga include Busiro East’s Medard Lubega Ssegona and Kasanda North’s Patrick Oshabe Nsamba.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Buganda Premier Mayiga In Panic Over City Businessman Who Wants To Finish Him…



    Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga

    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has revealed that detectives from Old Kampala police station have kicked off investigation against a controversial city businessman for inciting Kisekka market youths against Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Onyango said that on Monday morning, Old Kampala police received information about angry Buganda youths who were threatening to cause insecurity at Bulange building which houses Buganda Kingdom headquarters.

    Onyango said that his police quickly saved the situation and arrested some of the youths who led the attack.

    He explained that preliminary investigation show that there might be a big man behind the goons who were hired from Kisekka market to bring tension and panic at Bulange building and against the person of Mayiga.

    “They are going to be charged with the offences of criminal trespass and inciting violence. However, investigations are ongoing and we might charge them with other offences because we are still looking for that person who is behind them,” Onyango said.

    Detectives at Old Kampala police told theGrapevine that they suspect that there is a top city tycoon who facilitated these youths to attack Buganda Kingdom.

    He added that they might be the ones who forged the signature of the Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi that was put on the letter suspending all works at all Kingdom institutions including clans headquarters, his palaces and at the Kingdom headquarters.

    In the forged letter, there were instructions directing UPDF and Uganda Police with immediate effect to stop providing security at the said Kingdom headquarters.

    Detectives added that the youths identified themselves as Kabaka Munyango and are the ones who normally escort Kabaka Mutebi when he is travelling internally.

    It is alleged the suspects wanted to stage a deadly protest against Kabaka as a way of provoking his security to fire bullets at them which would have resulted in bloodshed.

    The suspects were found with machetes and placards with writings pleading to Kabaka Mutebi to fire Mayiga over incompetence and corruption.

    Buganda Kingdom disowned the said letter insisting that it was not signed by Kabaka.

    However, sources within Mengo revealed that the letter was authored within Bulange by Mayiga’s enemies.

    Efforts to get a comment from Buganda Kingdom were futile as Noor Kiyimba, the Kingdom’s information and cabinet minister was not picking our calls by press time.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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