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FUFA President Pays Tribute to Fallen Ex-Crane Jimmy Kirunda

On Monday 25th May, 2020, former Uganda Cranes captain Jimmy Kirunda was confirmed dead having collapsed near La Grande Hotel in Bwaise during a routine walk.

Since the demise of the legendary crane, different football stakeholders have continued to pay tribute to the fallen hero.

Federation of Uganda Football Associations president, Moses Magogo has come out to describe him as a legend whose National team heroics are unmatched.

He said, “Ugandan football has lost many gallant sons and daughters but 25th May is another dark day in our history.”

“I am so unlucky that I never saw Jimmy Kirunda play football but what is said about him by everyone who lived at his time has never been matched by any Ugandan Footballer,” Magogo added.

Notably, sensational Kirunda held a 1978 record for being the top league scorer with 32 goals which lasted for 21 years in Uganda’s professional football.

Magogo insisted that that stellar performance is just a tip of the iceberg as Kirundi rised to captain the Cranes that put in Uganda’s best ever performance in AFCON. The towering defender had scored the last minute goal to enable the Uganda Cranes qualify for AFCON Tournament.

ChimpReports understands that FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson has been assigned to engage the family of the Late Kirunda and establish what role FUFA can play in performing the perfect sendoff for the fallen hero.

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About Jimmy Kirunda

Kirunda, born in 1950, captained Uganda Cranes for a period of 10 years, leading the team to three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments in 1974, 1976 and 1978.

He also won Five 5 CECAFA championships in 1969, 1970, 1973, 1976 and 1977, winning the latter two as captain.

He also played for three Uganda Premier League clubs in Express (1968 – 1969), KCC (1969 – 1979), and Sports Club Villa.

Kirunda aka “Kaizer” had professional stints in the United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi Sports Club between 1979 – 1980.

His coaching career saw him manage Bell FC, Buikwe Red Stars, and Cooperatives. As a Uganda Cranes national team manager, he lifted the CECAFA titles in 1989, 1990 and 1992.

He also possessed a sublime scoring touch becoming the top scorer in the 1978 Uganda Super League with 32 goals.

According to FUFA, the deceased will be laid to rest on Wednesday 27th May 2020 at the family’s ancestral home in Nature, Bulesa in Kyadondo at 2pm.

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