Tanzanians Join Ugandans to Mourn Dhaira Loss

T Former Uganda Cranes player Ibrahim Sekagya eulogised the deceased: "Rest in peace Abel, You have fought one of the toughest battles, Gone so young..!" He added: "My soldier. Ina lillahi wa in lillahi Rajoun.(From HIM we come and to HIM we go) Sleep well brother until we meet again."

Dhaira last played for IBV in October 2015 where he started complaining of stomach ache. He later requested the club for a sick leave before returning to his home in Walukuba Jinja.

The keeper's health did not improve, prompting his family to secure his admission at Nsambya Hospital early in January. He was later flown back to Iceland where his club took responsibility to treat him.

Doctors in Iceland confirmed that he was diagnosed with abdominal cancer and immediately commenced medical care. On Monday last week, Dhaira was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Abel, a son of legendary former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Bright Dhaira is the first Ugandan goalkeeper to play in Europa League and top league in Europe. He won 3 CECAFA Cups in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and one league with URA in 2009.

Family and friends had held prayers on Good Friday and contributed money even including FUFA to cater the medical cost of ailing goalkeeper who's his penalty stopping antics cast him into the limelight.

Uganda Cranes players were to don special T-shirts before warm up today in honor of Dhaira during their return leg match of 2017 AFCON qualifiers against Burkina Faso. Dhaira started his football career in his hometown Walukuba in Jinja for Walukuba Red Stars in the first division as a striker before joining Boca Juniors, Wama FC and Aldinah FC.

He later switched to goalkeeping at Mbale Industrial before topflight side Express FC signed him in 2006 where he featured for two seasons. He later joined the tax collectors URA FC from 2008-2010.

His quick rise through the ranks saw DR Congo side AS Vita sign him in 2010 before he made his big career move to Europe signing for IBV in Iceland where he featured between 2011 and 2012 before joining Tanzanian giants Simba.

A fruitless stint at Simba saw him return to IBV in 2014 where he has been for the last two years. Dhaira was a man of faith and believed that he would overcome cancer. Burial arrangements will be communicated at a later date.

anzanian football fraternity joined their Ugandan compatriots in mourning the loss of the former Simba SC and Uganda Cranes goalkeeper, Abel Dhaira. Dhaira breathed his last at the age of 28 on Sunday after losing his battle to abdominal cancer at his base in Iceland.

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) President Jamal Malinzi sent condolences to FUFA following the death of Dhaira. "It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing on of Abel Dhaira.

It is a great loss to FUFA, his family and Ugandan football in general. Our thoughts are with you," Malinzi said. As condolences continue to pour for the departed Dhaira, Uganda Cranes national head coach Milutin Sredejovic also sent his own condolence to the family.

Micho was one of the many people who encouraged the former Simba SC goalkeeper to stay strong and 'save this last penalty' His tweet from a few days ago: "Devasted by terrible news our GK Dhaira diagnosed cancer. We are with u in hard times.

Abel save this penalty and win most important match of life." After the keeper's departure, Micho urged his Cranes players to win their next AFCON Qualifiers fixture at least in honour of Dhaira. "Deeply saddened by passing away of great GK Abel Dhaira (RIP). He will remain inside us with extra efforts to show respect and get result tomorrow," Micho tweeted.

Source: All Africa

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