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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



COVID19 Has Left Us Penniless, We Now Need Support – Boxing Council Boss Katongole Cries Out…



Uganda Professional Boxing Council (UPBC) Vice President, Simon Katongole has said that their lives have been negatively affected since the outbreak of the COVID19.

In an interview with theGrapevine, Katongole said that the cancellation of all boxing fights buried their source of income.

Katongole disclosed that before the lockdown, three international fights had been arranged, one at Hotel Africana and two at International University of East Africa (IUEA).

Frank Kiwalabye was scheduled to take on a South African opponent while heavy weight boxer Shafic Kiwanuka was set to face an Egyptian.

Katongole said that they now need support like all the other organisations that have been affected by COVID19, “We are broke, we don’t have anything in our pockets.”

Katongole further hinted that even if government opens up sporting activities including boxing, as long as fans are excluded from attending these events, they will still struggle financially.


By Juma Ali


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Express FC Boss Bbosa Saved My Football Career After Being Frustrated And Fought By Onduparaka – Etrude Narrates…



New Express signing Abel Etrude

Former SC Villa and Ondupraka FC midfielder Abel Etrude has praised Express FC head coach Wasswa Bbosa for saving his football career.

Etrude says that after leaving Ondupraka FC, upon having a disagreement with his bosses for not paying him for five months, he spent a year without playing football because his former bosses were frustrating his moves.

The midfielder says that Onduparaka blocked his moves to BUL FC and to SC Villa claiming that he had to first complete the two years left on his contract which forced him to first hang up his boots.

He narrates that fortunately, coach Bbosa called him and asked him what happened.

“I told him everything. He discussed my issue with Express FC chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka and FUFA. We later met and agreed on a two year contract with Express,” Etrude told theGrapevine.

“I did not think that one day I will play football again, that’s why I call coach Bbosa my father in football,” a happy Etrude told this website.

Etrude says that he is now going to concentrate on working hard to compete for a place on the national team, “I know coach Bbosa will work on my fitness because he knows my strength and weaknesses.”

Etrude, a resident of Luzira, a Kampala suburb started his football career at Kampala University, he then joined Maroons FC, SC Villa and Ondupraka FC.


By Juma Ali


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My Landlord Is Chasing Me Out Of The House – Ladies Boxing Champion Nakalema…



Emily Nakalema (in Red) against Joy Namabiro in the Welter Weight bout recently

Welter weight National Open boxing champion and bomber ladies captain Emily Nakalema has told theGrapevine that her landlord is chasing her out of the house because of the Covid19 lockdown.

Emily says that since the lockdown started in March, she has lost one million two hundred fifty thousand shillings (1,250,000/=) from the Somali community in Kisenyi which she used to pay her rent and take care of herself.

Emily says that as an instructor at Gold gym in Kisenyi, she used to earn two hundred and fifty thousand shillings (250,000/=) per month from training youth from the Somali community physical fitness and some boxing skills.

Emily Nakalema (in Red) against Joy Namabiro in the Welter Weight bout recently (Photo:

She says that now that she can no longer earn that money, her landlord is breathing down her neck and threatening to throw her out of the house.

She however says that despite such challenges, she is still training hard and focused on the Olympics qualifiers in Paris.

“Despite all this, I train everyday with my coach Abdu Kabuye in preparations for the Olympics qualifiers in Paris,” Nakalema says.

Emily, who missed a chance of qualify for Olympics in Senegal this year after losing in the semifinals said that once she qualifies for the Olympics, her life will change for the better since she hopes to get good scouts and promoters after qualifying.


By Juma Ali


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