Museveni: Govt will bring fallen Cranes keeper Dhaira home

Museveni: Govt will bring fallen Cranes keeper Dhaira home

President, Yoweri Museveni has announced Monday that his Government will cater for all expenses to bring the body of fallen Uganda Cranes goalkeeper, Abel Dhaira, who succumbed to cancer at the tender age of 28 on Sunday.

Museveni joined the nation in mourning the custodian who passed away in Iceland where he was playing his professional football.

“I have received the sad news of the passing of our Ug Cranes goalkeeper Abel Dhaira who succumbed to cancer in Iceland. He’s gone too soon!

“However, we celebrate his contribution to the country. The Gov’t will meet all expenses involved in returning his body. May his soul R.I.P,” Museveni posted on his official handle, @KagutaMuseveni on social micro-blogging site Tweeter on Monday evening.

Dhaira commonly known as Abbey Dhaira was born on September 9, 1987 in Jinja and is the son of former Cranes custodian, Dhaira Bright who also passed on.

He began his professional career aged 18 at Ugandan league giants, Express FC before he switched to Uganda Revenue Authority where he was capped for the first time by the Cranes.

Moves to Congolese side, AS Vita and after a year, to Icelandic side, IBV followed before he was released to Tanzanian giants, Simba AC after playing 31 times for them in 2013.

Dhira returned to IBV in 2014 and went on to make 27 appearances before his passing.

He is best remembered for helping the Cranes win the regional Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup in 2012 at the Mandela Stadium in Nambole.

In October last year Dhaira started developing stomach complications and took sick leave from IBV and came back home in Jinja, Uganda where he was admitted at Nsambya Hospital, the largest private medical institution in Uganda in January.

He decided to fly back to Iceland and continued to receive medication with the club footing his costs and it was discovered by the doctors he was suffering from abdominal cancer.

His family was advised to move him to Germany but as the fundraising effort was going on, the keeper was admitted to the ICU last Monday before succumbing to his illness six days later.

Report sourced from Twitter/