Uganda football fraternity is mourning the passing of football legend Jimmy Kirunda.
FUFA on Monday announced that the 70-year-old Kirunda collapsed while walking in a Kampala suburb and was pronounced dead moments later.
LATEST UPDATE:— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) May 27, 2020
The burial of Jimmy Kirunda
Funeral service 11am
Burial time: 2pm
Date: Wednesday 27th May 2020
All activites at his ancestral home in Mayire, Bulesa-Kyadondo#RIPLegend pic.twitter.com/wtFAodkRxo
Kirunda was captain of the Uganda team that reached the final of the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, losing to host Ghana. He also featured at the 1974 and 1976 in Egypt and Ethiopia respectively during the ten-year period he captained the national team.
“It is saddening that we have lost Uganda’s best ever footballer. He served the beautiful game with all his heart. This is heartbreaking,” said Paul Ssali, goalkeeper of the Cranes Class of 1978, in a glowing tribute to his former teammate.
Revered as one of the best players ever have come out of Uganda, he featured for local sides Express, KCCA and SC Villa, as well a stint with Abu Dhabi Sports in the United Arab Emirates.
He also served as Uganda coach between 1989 and 1996.