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Former Uganda Cranes Player Lucha Passes on

Not known to so many today but Matthew Lucha was a talented footballer and a gem during his playing time in the 70s and 80s.

A lanky dark skinned midfielder who was adept at run the entire length of the pitch linking the midfield to the attack(present day box to box midfielder), Lucha was as talented as the word comes.

Popularly referred to as the little Phillip Omondi or Zagallo, the Brazilian legend, Lucha was good at tackling, interceptions and had an eye for goal.

Lucha breathed his last on Friday at Jinja Main Hospital after struggling a long time with a heart problem.

Reports indicate, the former footballer fell in a bathroom while showering at his home in Walukuba and hit his head on the ground.

Attempts to rush him to hospital seemed futile as he was later announced dead at Jinja Main Hospital.

Who is Matthew Lucha

Born in July 1959 to late Marino Okot and Deresia Adwar of Kitgum District but who later settled at Kakira Sugar Works, Lucha grew up in Kakira and had his education at the Madhavani Group of Companies-operated Kakira

Primary and Secondary Schools

He went through the schools’ academies together with former Nile and Uganda Cranes star, Tadeo Azabo.

Playing career

In 1974 while at Kakira SSS, Lucha started playing football for Black Eagles, a local team. His prowess was quickly recognized as he was summoned to Busoga Province side that played against Buganda in 1975.

He broke to the limelight in 1978 at Nile FC making his debut against NIC FC at Kakindu a game where he scored.

He went ahead to be one of the key pillars in the Nile FC team that won the league in 1980 playing alongside stars like Chris Ddungu, Elias Wapicho, Azabo among others.

He later played for SC Villa and went ahead to feature for the national team earning his debut in 1979.

He later on became a coach managing clubs like Nile FC, Kirinya Jinja SS and JMC Hippos among others.

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