Uganda Cranes legendary footballer Kirunda dies aged 70

Jimmy Kirunda, a former Uganda Cranes player and manager has died, aged 70 years,

Kirunda collapsed and died instantly at Hotel La Grande in Bwaise, a Kampala suburb on Monday.

He was pronounced dead a few moments later.

The demise of Jimmy Kirunda will leave a huge gap in our game. He made his contribution on the pitch as a player, Manager, administrator and advisor. On the eve of the Uganda Cranes vs Comoros match in 2016, Kirunda and other legends of the 1978 AFCON Squad talked to the Cranes team on how they were on the verge to to take Uganda back to the Continent. He will remain a legend of the game who contributed tirelessly with a good return of results on and off the pitch” the FUFA President Moses Magogo eulogized.

He won the CECAFA Cup with Uganda in (1969, 1970, 1973, 1976 & 1977.

As Cranes Team Manager, he won three CECAFA Cup titles (1989, 1990 & 1992).

Kirunda played for all the three ‘traditional’ clubs in Uganda; SC Villa, Express and KCCA, winning three league titles with KCC (1976, 1977 and 1981) and two Uganda Cups (1980 & 1984).

He also won a league title with Villa (1982) and one Uganda Cup (1983).

His brothers William Kityo and Dick Bintanula played for KCC and Mulago respectively.

He top-scored the league in 1978 with 32 goals.

He coached three clubs (Bell, Buikwe & Cooperative).

By the time of his death, Kirunda had been residing at his Mulago based home with another upcountry base at Busiki.

He returned to football in 1997 and featured for his Ngeye clan team.

Burial will take place on Wednesday, 27th May 2020 at 2 PM at his ancestral home in Mayire, Bulesa – Kyadondo.

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