Charles Livingstone Mbabazi

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Charles Livingstone Mbabazi
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Mbabazi celebrates St Patrick's Athletic's FAI Cup semi-final win in 2003
Personal information
Full name Charles Livingstone Mbabazi
Date of birth (1980-10-18) 18 October 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Uganda
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Binh Duong F.C.
Number 29
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Kampala City Council FC
1999–2003 St Patrick's Athletic 86 (20)
2006–2008 Hà Nội ACB
2009– Binh Duong F.C.
National team
1998–2003 Uganda 36 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charles Livingstone Mbabazi (born 18 October 1980) is a footballer from Uganda who achieved fame at St Patrick's Athletic Football Club in Ireland. Mbabazi is a versatile player with the ability to play on either wing or as a forward. During his time at the club he used the name Mbabazi on the back of his jersey.

Life and career[edit]

Mbabzai was introduced to St Patrick's by his then agent John Fashanu. He had previously been playing for Al Ahly SC in the Egyptian Premier League. After protracted negotiations for his international release with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations, he made his Saints debut on St Stephen's Day 1999 against Athlone Town in the Leinster Senior Cup. Mbabazi became a huge fans' favourite, scoring his first goal against Longford Town in a League match at Richmond Park. Memorably, he scored a goal at home to Bray Wanderers, just four days after the death of his father and brother in Uganda.

In June 2002, Mbabzai scored against HNK Rijeka in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup.[1] This game went down in history for Saints as their first ever win in European club competition. After going through on away goals, Charles again netted in the next round in the home tie against K.A.A. Gent.[2]

In 2003, he was forced to retire due to a heart problem after collapsing on the pitch in a league game versus Bohemians. His testimonial against a Brian Kerr select took place in November 2004 before his return to Uganda. Mbabazi won over twenty caps for Uganda.

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