Ssimbwa expresses discontent as Jimmy Kirunda is laid to rest

DAVID GOMBE

On Monday, 25th May darkness engulfed the Uganda football fraternity when legendary Uganda Cranes captain and team manager Jimmy Kirunda passed on after collapsing in Bwaise.

Following his death, former players, coaches and administrators have attacked the federation for failing to support the deceased when he was still alive.

URA FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa has joined former records officer Haruna Kyobe and Gibby Kalule to attack the federation for only coming out to praise heroes during times of death.

” Kirunda has been suffering a lot and the federation has not supported him when he was still alive. They have now come out at a time of his death, bought coffins yet they are the same people who sacked him when he was working for the sport. It hurts and I cannot keep quiet on such an issue.”

Kirunda served as a personal assistant during Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa’s reign as FUFA President.

He was laid to rest on Wednesday, 27th May at Mayirye Bulesa, Kyadondo.

FUFA officials including CEO Edgar Watson, Vice President Justus Mugisha, Ahmed Hussein, Ali Mwebe, Ronnie Kalema, Ali Kalyango attended the event. Coaches Kiwanuka, Matia Lule, Sam Ssimbwa, ex-players Tom Masiko, Geoffrey Nyola, George Mukasa and Vipers president Lawrence Mulindwa were some who represented the football fraternity.

The deceased captained the Uganda in three Africa Cup of Nations finals (1974, 1976, 1978) and won the CECAFA championship on five occasions (1969,1970,1973,1976 and 1977).

At club level, he played for all the VEK teams SC Villa, Express FC and KCCA FC and won four league titles and three Uganda Cups.

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