Joseph Nsubuga is set to join SC Villa from Bright Stars after the two clubs struck a 'special arrangement’

Uganda Cranes and Bright Stars right back Joseph Nsubuga looks set to join SC Villa from Bright Stars after the two clubs reached a deal, Jogoo fans attaché Perez Ngasirwaki revealed on Thursday.

Nsubuga, 22, is expected to sign a two-year deal for a transfer fee of some 10 million shillings.

Nsubuga got his full international debut during Uganda’s surprise 1-0 win over Nigeria last year
Nsubuga got his full international debut during Uganda’s surprise 1-0 win over Nigeria last year

He joins SC Villa set for another massive player turnover with skipper Jonathan Mugabi, Nicholas Ssebwato, Misi Katende, Karim Ndugwa,Sulaiman Ochero and Isaac Muleme all leaving. Apart from Muleme, the other five players released have been under suspension since mid-last month for what the club describes as “indiscipline.”

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Nsubuga got his full international debut during Uganda’s surprise 1-0 win over Nigeria in March 2015 which was met with astonishment around the continent.

Nsubuga’s rise to fame started when he turned out for the national under-23 side, Kobs against Mozambique recently in the All Africa Games qualifiers.

He is a regular figure on the national team. Here pictured celebrating at the 2015 CECAFA finals with Murushid Jjuuko,  and goalkeeper  Ismail Watenga
He is a regular figure on the national team. Here pictured celebrating at the 2015 CECAFA finals with Murushid Jjuuko, and goalkeeper Ismail Watenga

The former Lubaga boys defender honed his skills competing in the La-Mennais Cup that pits schools of the Brothers of Christian Instruction like St Mary’s College Kisubi, St Henry’s College Kitovu and Kasasa SS among others, against each other every year in football competitions.

It’s from there that he played for Kyadondo and Buwekula in the Masaza Cup between 2011 and 2013 and then later joined Bright Stars FC. Nsubuga is known for being a humble and disciplined young man, but very tough and tenacious in defence.

Observers said he doesn’t look comfortable as a right-back. He doesn’t move easily with the ball at his feet and has been criticized for playing so many back passes to the goalkeeper on top of his many long balls, some of which came as a result of unnecessary early crossing. He will need to work on that if he is to be a mainstay in the team.