Abel Dhaira was born on 9th September 1987. He was the son of former Uganda Cranes goal keeper, Bright Dhaira. Bright is currently an assistant coach for a Football Club.
Abel Dhaira made his international debut in 2009 while playing for his country. Soon he became an international football star and played as a goalkeeper for Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja– IBV- club in Iceland. Owing to his ill health, the Ugandan star last played for the club in October 2015. He had been complaining of stomach problems. Report says the deceased was diagnosed of cancer in Iceland a few months ago.
Dhaira has featured for Express FC in the Uganda Premier League, DR Congo’s AS Vita and Tanzania’s Simba SC. He helped the Cranes win the regional Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup in 2012. He made his last appearance at the Cranes in 2013, but was hoping to make a come back.
As a goodwill gesture, Family, friends and well-wishers gathered together on Good Friday by 3pm to pray for the star in his father’s residence in Walukuba, Jinja district. The occasion had several dignitaries in attendance.
During the gathering, donations were also made to support the medication of the Ugandan star whose health was seriously deteriorating. FUFA President, Magogo had pledged $1000(Sh 3.5 million) to the noble course. Likewise Jinja Municipal Council Hippos team chairperson Fizal Mohammed also pledged Sh1 million.
Sharing the state of his health via phone on Friday during the prayer and fund raising gathering, his sister who was with him at the hospital said “Dhaira has not yet woken up from sleep since Tuesday; he cannot talk, walk, but continue praying for us as much as you can”. Little did we know he would end the journey on Easter Sunday, 2016.
As a testament of the Pastor present, Abel Dhaira was a practicing christian who had reverence for his faith.
“Dhaira committed his life to God; he has no girlfriend, does not club and does not go for Karaokes…”- Pastor Moses Ssemambo
The Pastor had hoped that Dhaira’s case will be a success story like Kanu Nwankwo’s victory over his heart problem. But as fate would have it, the Ugandan soccer star has permanently ended his soccer and lifetime career. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.