Uganda legend Jimmy Kirunda passed away on Monday (25 May 2020), the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed.
The 70-year old collapsed whilst walking in Bwaise, a suburb of the capital, Kampala, and was pronounced dead moments later.
Kirunda was captain of the Uganda team that reached the final of the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, losing to host Ghana. He also featured at the 1974 and 1976 in Egypt and Ethiopia respectively during the ten-year period he captained the national team.
“It is saddening that we have lost Uganda’s best ever footballer. He served the beautiful game with all his heart. This is heartbreaking,” said Paul Ssali, goalkeeper of the Cranes Class of 1978, in a glowing tribute to his former teammate.
Revered as one of the best players ever have come out of Uganda, he featured for local sides Express, KCCA and SC Villa, as well a stint with Abu Dhabi Sports in the United Arab Emirates.
He also served as Uganda coach between 1989 and 1996.
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