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    INTERVIEW: Football Legend Jimmy Kirunda’s Son Speaks Out On The Man The World And Ugandans Will Miss…



    The late Jimmy Kirunda

    KAGGWA IVAN KIRUNDA, the son to the late Ugandan football legend Jimmy Kirunda has shared with Grapevine Sports the truth about his father who recently collapsed dead at Bwaise as he went to pay his water bills.

    Kaggwa, who is 40 years old says that his father had a big family with well-off relatives in Uganda, England and United States.

    “Dad helped most of those people in his prime days and they have been supporting him,” Kaggwa said.

    Kaggwa is also a talented footballer; he played with the likes of Wilber Musika at Naguru and Kololo SSS.

    We sat him down for a chat and this is what he told us:

    The Grapevine: Why did Kirunda leave FUFA was he sacked?

    Kirunda’s son: He told us that it was time to hand over to the new generation.

    Kirunda’s Farm

    The Grapevine: What was his source of income before he died?

    Kirunda’s son: He got his income from his investments like rental houses in Mulago, Mayire Estates, rental shops in Kiwenda and a Poultry farm in Mayire his second home where he was laid to rest.

    He was also getting some money from Nakasero hardware as a founder which is now run by his Children.

    The Grapevine: Has any media platform come out to show these investments?

    Kirunda’s son: No, they have been focusing on the negative side but our father never died a poor man.

    The Grapevine: Did your Dad leave a will showing how his property will be distributed?

    Kirunda’s son: We have not seen it yet but as a Muganda man, those documents always come up during the last funeral rites (Okwabya Olumbe).

    Kirunda’s house

    The Grapevine: We saw your father’s doctor saying that he had accumulated a big unpaid hospital bill, is this true?

    Kirunda’s son: Dr Ntege has been treating our Dad from the 70s and his medical bill have always been cleared through our brother Patrick and in his books we are clean as a family.

    The Grapevine: Describe your Dad in a few words?

    Kirunda’s son: He has been a very principled Mzee, reserved, calm and a loving and caring parent.

    The Grapevine: What were his words when he always had wars taking place at FUFA?

    Kirunda’s son: He never liked wars and he always got annoyed seeing people fighting wars at FUFA.


    By Kussam Kalema



    FUFA Bans All Fans From Stadiums!…



    Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium-Namboole

    FUFA has issued Circular number 1136 directing all clubs not to admit fans to the stadiums until further notice.

    The communication signed off by the FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza was issued on Thursday 3rd June 2021.

    The circular addressed to FUFA Members, Special Interest Groups of FUFA and Stakeholders reads;

    As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda.

    FUFA had earlier allowed up to 200 fans to watch FUFA organised and FUFA authorized competitions with strong adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This is no longer tenable in the current situation.

    Therefore, in order to ensure the Health and Safety of players, Technical staff and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.

    “As we wind up the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the Uganda Cup there shall be no fans in the stadiums,” FUFA emphasised, encouraging teams to limit all other authorized personnel to the bear minimum.

    As per the warning, SOPs must be strictly observed and COVID-19 vaccination enhanced by football officials and players throughout the country.


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    Mukwala Joins Cranes Camp!…



    URA striker Steven Mukwala has been summoned to the Cranes camp

    URA FC striker Steven Mukwala has joined the Uganda Cranes camp after a late call up by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.

    The summoned squad of 34 players is preparing for an international friendly match against Bafana Bafana slated for 10th June 2021 in South Africa.

    Mukwala now joins three other tax collectors in the Cranes camp including his club captain Shafik Kagimu, Patrick Mbowa and Ivan Sserubiri to bring the number to four.

    URA’s number nine has so far had 20 goal involvements in 24 league appearances this season. Second, on the top scorers’ chart with only two goals less, Mukwala has scored 14 goals and assisted up to six times.

    The striker has already surpassed his last season’s tally where he scored 13 goals in 21 games hence finishing as the league’s top scorer of the 2019/20 season. The season was abandoned after 25 games due to the emergence of the Covid19 pandemic.

    The 21-year-old joins Mubiru’s side outfit hugely dominated by young players mostly featuring in the domestic league, while others make their debut appearances on the National team.


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    Fred Kajoba Deserts Vipers SC After Argument With His Boss…



    Fred Kajoba

    Fred Kajoba has definitely left his role as head coach of Vipers Sports.

    According to local sports website Footbal256, Kajoba decided to end his relationship with Vipers SC after the club’s technical director Charles Masembe asked him to decide between Vipers and the Uganda Cranes.

    “When I went for our afternoon training session at Vipers, Mr. Masembe called me in his office and asked me to choose between Vipers and Uganda,” Kajoba told Football256.

    “Without thinking twice, I told him I choose Uganda, when Vipers hired me I was working with the Uganda Cranes and I will always choose the Cranes any day over any club job.”

    “So I have resigned from the job, I have said my good byes to the players and I am leaving the premises now,” Kajoba added as he left St Mary’s Stadium.

    Apparently, Kajoba at the expense of Vipers’ training had earlier today been part of the Cranes training at the MTN Omondi Stadium Lugogo as the side commenced preparations for their June 10th friendly with South Africa in Johannesburg.

    Trouble ensued there, provided that there is less than 48 hours to Viper’s Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal return leg against SC Villa at the Military barracks in Bombo.

    Kajoba joined Vipers midway the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season and led them to their fourth title much as the season was cancelled with five games to.

    It is not yet clear whether Kajoba leaves with his trusted right hand man Paul Kiwanuka or the latter will stay to see Vipers through the reminder of the season together with Francis Mugerwa and goalkeeping coach Ibrahim Mugisha.

    Before his resignation, Vipers were third on the Premier League log on 56 points, two points behind log leaders Express and one point behind second placed URA.


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