Bevis Kizito Mugabi

Bevis Kizito Mugabi

While the former Cranes captain was clearing up his locker and preparing for coaching duties at the New York-based club, Mugabi was putting pen to paper on a new two-and-a-half year contract with English Premiership side Southampton Football Club.

The 19-year-old, who has returned from a long-term injury to play a key role for reserve coach Martin Hunter?s Under-21 side this season, has extended his stay until 2017 with hope of breaking through to the first team.

?I am delighted to get it actually signed and all sorted so I can now just focus on my football and prove my place,? Mugabi told Southampton?s official website

?The next progression for me is first team football, so hopefully I can carry on working hard and prove myself in training and matches,? he added.

His wages were not disclosed.

Mugabi is a dual citizen (England and Uganda) and could feature for the Cranes if he chooses to. But like it is for all upcoming youngsters, the onus falls on FUFA to convince the youngster before England steps forward.

Mugabi is a tall and physical competitor who is comfortable both in defence and midfield. He also boasts of good game reading skills.

He moved to Southampton in July 2011 after being released by Fulham, with whom he had progressed through the ranks.

His form for the Under-18 side saw him named on the standby list for two England Under-17 squads. A long-term knee injury curtailed his progression, but he returned in late- 2014 and has since made his mark for Hunter?s development side.

?The club gave me my chance when Fulham let me go. It?s the place to be for any young footballer. Southampton have produced loads of players and hopefully I can be one of them to come through,? said Mugabi.

Mugabi, who can play in defence and holding midfield, has registered eight appearances so far this season, scoring three goals, including two in two games, against Chelsea and then Everton.

If Mugabi can progress through the celebrated Southampton reserve team that has produced world star players like Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw, Alan Shearer, Ox-Chamberlain, Calum Chambers, he could be a huge addition to the Cranes central defence.

Team captain Andrew Mwesigwa is expected to retire while Savio Kabugo is still a work in progress.

Kaizer Chiefs defender Ivan Bukenya, Denis Iguma are the other candidates for the same role.

Name: Bevis Kizito Mugabi
Date of birth: May 1, 1995
Nationality: England/Uganda
Position: Midfield/Central midfield

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