Abel Dhaira, Ugnadan international goal keeper has been confirmed dead by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA). He died on Sunday 27th March after losing his battle to cancer.
The 28 year old who also played for the Icelandic Premier League club, IBV Vestmannaeyjar was diagnosed with a rare type of abdominal cancer some months ago. He was granted permission to travel to his home country to receive treatments for what was thought to be a kind of Ulcer.
He was hospitalized at the Nsambya Hospital in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. He was later transferred to the University of Iceland hospital for treatments, sponsored by IBV Vestmannaeyjar, but unfortunately he passed away before he could be transferred to Germany for further treatments.
He made his big debut for the Ugandan national team in 2009 in which he helped secure a win in the regional Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup in 2012 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
A statement made by the FUFA on his passing read;
“Dhaira was a magnificent goalkeeper with so many tricks and always put on a smile irrespective of the results for his team.
“We are saddened by the death of Dhaira and football will miss a keeper many people loved seeing saving penalties.
“These are trying moments for the family of Abel Dhaira and football. When a loved one is gone, words of comfort mean a lot.”
Dhaira began his football career in his home town, Walukuba in Jinja for Walukuba. He played with the Red Stars as a striker before joining Boca Juniors, Wama FC and Aldinah FC. He also played for Express FC in the Uganda Premier League before joining DR Congo’s AS Vita and later Tanzania’s Simba SC.
A minute’s silence will be held for the keeper before Uganda’s AFCON match against Burkina Faso on Tuesday.
Fans have taken to twitter to show their condolences for the Cranes with