A dark cloud has risen over the Ugandan football family with the ill-timed demise of legendary defender Jimmy Kirunda.
The soccers star legend collapsed near Le Grande Hotel, earlier today. Kirunda was having his routine walk from Bwaise where he had business, he died immediately before he brought to Mulago hospital.
He was having his daily routine walk when his heart finally gave away said his Ivan”.
Jimmy Kirunda alias the Kaizer is arguably Uganda’s greatest defender ever. He captained the Cranes for 10 years, leading Uganda to 3 AFCON tournaments (1974, ’76 and ’78), winning 5 CECAFA titles in 1969, ’70, ’73, ’76 and ’77 (the latter two as captain)
As a KCC player, he had a formidable partnership with Tom Lwanga winning the league in 1976, ’77 and ’81; the Uganda Cup in 1980 and ’84 plus the CECAFA Club championship in 1978.
Upon his death, Kirunda had disagreements with the federation, and most occasions he was heard talking ill of the federation.
About Jimmy Kirunda
Born in 1950 to late Henry Kirunda and Constance Nawalu,
Studied at Mengo Primary School, Naggalama and later Old Kampala SSS,
The lucrative defender joined Mulago FC in 1965, he moved to Abu Dhabi sports club in 1979, a year after leading the Cranes to the AFCON final.
Three league titles with KCC FC and one with S.C Villa in 1982 where they went the entire season unbeaten are just a few of many accolades the former Cranes team manager amassed in his career.
Kaizer held the record of league top scorer with 32 goals in a season, a record he had for moany years which was broken by Andrew Fimbo Mukasa in 1999 with 45 goals.
As a coach, he handled Bell FC, Buikwe Red Stars and Coorperatives while as the Uganda Cranes national team manager, he lifted the CECAFA titles in 1989, ’90 and ’92.
He worked at the Federation of Uganda Football Associations as PA to the president upon his return from UK where he was credited for having started the London Cranes.
May his soul rest in peace.