Had he not sprouted at a time when Denis Onyango was around, Salim Jamal Magoola would surely have been the undoubted goalkeeper of the National team, the Uganda Cranes.
He however had to settle for a back up spot which and somehow dwindled away even after Onyango retired from the national team.
Jamal however seems on the road to return back to the national team. This is after putting up impressive performances for his side, Richards Bay which plays in South Africa’s Premier League Soccer.
He’s so far kept 3 cleansheets in 4 games. The only game he was scored past was the 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs and these needed a penalty.
Jamal expressed his desire to return to the national team and represent the country.
“Sure, I look forward to a return to the national team,” confessed Jamal in an interview with Football256.
“I’m a Ugandan and I have to represent my country, when there is a chance to represent the nation, I’ll be available,” he added.
Jamal last appeared in the national team camp in March 2021 in the AFCON campaign where the Cranes failed to make it to Cameroon.
He was then at Sudan’s Al-Hilal but his contract was not renewed after it expired.
Several clubs picked up interest in him including those back in Uganda. He however opted not to return to the country.
“Several clubs in Uganda wanted me but, I believed in my talent and wanted to pull myself for bigger challenges and club,” said the custodian.
Despite moving to a new country which is usually a challenge for most sportsmen, the 27 year old has impressed and he has applauded fellow Ugandans in South Africa for helping him settle in.
So far the battle for the Cranes number one spot is between Ismail Watenga and Charles Lukwago. This is despite Salim Jamal having been touted as Onyango’s successor.