First Ugandan Football Professional Passes On

visit geneva;”>The football Great was on Sunday laid to rest at his ancestral home in Kitagobwa-Butambala in Mpigi District with thousands of mourners in tow after losing a long battle to liver cancer.

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The ‘Speed Merchant’ as he was famously known in his heydays personally posses the record of being the only player to score a hat trick against Egypt at Nakivubo stadium as Uganda mauled The Pharaohs 4-1 to make it to the inaugural 1965 All Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville.

Kitonsa earned his first national cap on December 9 1961 against Tanzania before scoring six goals in the famous 8-0 demolition of Zanzibar at Nakivubo a year later in 1962.

The Express FC legend signed by Joseph ‘Jolly Joe’ Kiwanuka as part of the pioneer team of the club on September 17th 1959 helped the infant club gain promotion immediately.


It is believed that Kitonsa scored a brilliant 54 goals in 18 games for Express in 1964 though Andrew ‘Fimbo’ Mukasa holds the officially known league scoring record of 45 goals in 1999.

The Group J World Cup clash between Liberia and Uganda Cranes in Samuel Doe Kanyon Stadium Pansyeville Liberia was conceded by a minute-long moment of silence in remembrance of the Late Ali Kitonsa’s soul.

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