Uganda Cranes player Abdul Lumala today paid a visit to his former school, St Mary’s Senior Secondary Boarding School – Kitende (SMASK) and met with our club President and school executive director Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa.
Having made a big impact at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations competition in Egypt, making his national team debut against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr. Mulindwa was beyond thrilled to meet his former student.
Upon arrival, Lumala was accompanied by Vipers U19 and SMASK coach Ronald Ssali,was met welcomed by the Vipers club president.
“I am very happy to see you again son,” said Dr. Mulindwa upon receiving Lumala. “You have always been a determined and a resilient child and your success in your career is not a surprise.”
“It’s wonderful to see him succeed as a professional footballer. We would like to thank you for making us proud as a school and being a true ambassador of SMASK,” added the elated Mulindwa.
Lumala presented his AFCON jersey number ’22’ to Mulindwa as a gift and memorabilia for the contribution the school had to his career.
The Sweden based winger said “This gift is in honor of what you have done for me, you inspired and groomed me to be the person I have become today. I am so proud of you.”
Ronald Ssali who was his former coach during his two years at school revealed how committed and focused the Syrianska player was.
“Lumala always worked hard and listened to all our instructions.” explained Ssali.
He played for Kitende which also doubles as Vipers academy from 2011-2013 and won the Copa Coca Cola National secondary schools tournament in his final year before moving to Sweden.