Charles Livingstone Mbabazi
Mbabazi celebrates St Patrick's Athletic's FAI Cup semi-final win in 2003
|Full name||Charles Livingstone Mbabazi|
|Date of birth||18 October 1980|
|Place of birth||Uganda|
|1999||Kampala City Council FC|
|1999–2003||St Patrick's Athletic||86||(20)|
|2006–2008||Hà Nội ACB|
|2009–2010||Bình Dương F.C.|
|2013–2014||Bright Stars FC|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Charles Livingstone Mbabazi (born 18 October 1980) is a former Uganda international footballer and current coach who played for St Patrick's Athletic in the League of Ireland Premier Division. 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
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. 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.
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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