Fallen Uganda Cranes National goal Keeper Abel Dhaira has been described as a God fearing and disciplined player.
The Cranes Coach Micho has told mourners at a funeral service held today at All Saints Church in Nakasero that Uganda has lost a young talented player who has been a goal keeper role model to many.
He said Daira will always be remembered as a one the best players who combined talent and entertainment as he served the national team.
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in his speech noted that although Abel Dhaira had gone soon, he has made a mark in the History of Uganda’s soccer.
Lukwago has appealed to FUFA and Cranes coach Micho to do their best to qualify for the AFCON 2017 tournament in memory of the late goal keeper.
Lukwago has also asked government and policy makers preserve soccer facilities in country which he noted were fast being lost. He has asked Ugandans to join hands in the fight against cancer.
Minister for Sports Bakabulinde in his message said the country had lost a son who combined skills and discipline to serve his country.
He noted that Ugandans will remember Dhaira for his for his selfless service to the nation in the field of sports as he hoisted the national flag high at international level.
Meanwhile friends of the late Dhaira have announced an initiative to fight cancer. Siras Wekia his manager and friend says the Abel Dhaira foundation will be used to create awareness and fight against cancer disease.
In Walukuba the main hospital has announced that they will make land available for establishing the Abel Dhaira cancer ward.
Abel Dhaira succumbed to abdominal cancer in Iceland on the 27th of March. His body has been taken to Nakivubo stadium for the public viewing and will later be transported to his home Jinja Walukuba. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday