SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
On Friday May 31st 2019, Ugandan Women Football fraternity was shocked by the untimely death of Kawempe Muslim defender Rehema Adubango.
Coincidentally but sad, Adubango played her final game on Thursday before breathing her last the following day after suffering an electric shock that ended her life at Kawanda.
30 minutes into her final game, Adubango unfortunately scored in her own net as UCU Lady Cardinals humbled her Kawempe Muslim side 4-2 in the FUFA Women Elite League semi final playoffs at Lugogo.
Just like any other player would react, Adubango buried her head in the Lugogo turf in disappointment after deflecting the ball into her net as UCU stretched their lead to 3-0.
It feels like yesterday but it’s exactly a year since she passed on.
Adubango was integral in Kawempe’s defense since 2017 forming an formidable partnership with team skipper Mariam Nakabugo.
Their partnership ensured a great defensive cover any goalkeeper would wish for. She always tracked down opponents with a great enthusiasm and pace when need be.
Adubango was in her senior six then but had been a squad player at Kawempe for three seasons until she broke into the first team set up in the 2017/18 season following the departure of Yudaya Nakayenze who joined UCU.
In fact, she was a key figure as the school side won their fourth straight FUFA Women Elite League championship (2017-18) despite losing a host of their first team players in the pre-season.
She was known for her cheerful and supportive character by her teammates and coaches. A person who had joy and always maintained a smile on her face.
Adubango was laid to rest at her ancestral home in Zombo in the wee hours of Sunday, June 2nd 2019.
She’s gone but not forgotten.