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CAF mourns Abel Dhaira, grants minute of silence for the fallen star



Tuesday, 29th March 2016

Uganda Vs Burkina Faso

Nelson Mandela National Stadium 7 p.m

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has written Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) extending condolence message to the local football fraternity on the loss of former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Abel Dhaira.
The message from CAF was signed by CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani.
Part of the message read; ‘First of all please accept our heartfelt condolences on behalf of President Issa Hayatou and the CAF Executive Committee for this terrible loss. May God bless his Soul and give patience to his Family’
The communication further read ‘Your request for the moment of silence is of course approved. My colleagues will make sure the Match Commissioner is informed’.
A minute of silence will be observed before kick off of Uganda vs Burkina Faso matchon Tuesday night at Namboole stadium as visuals of Abel Dhaira run on the stadium’s giant screen.
Uganda Cranes players will also wear t-shirts during warm up carrying special message in memory of the departed keeper.

Five man committee formed to handle Dhaira’s burial arrangements

The FUFA Emergency Committee has appointed a 5 man committee  to handle the programme for the return of the remains and burial of Abel Dhaira.

The committee has FUFA 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha, Rugyendo Arinaitwe (Chairman FUFA Super League Limited Board), Norah Nassimbwa (State House), Katende Ssemakula (National Council of sports), Mayemba Faisal (Abel Dhaira’s family Member).

State House will meet all the costs of bringing back the body to Uganda while FUFA will take care of the burial and funeral arrangements in Uganda.

The responsibilities for the committee are;

  • Draw programme and mobilisation of resources required in the arrangement
  • Bringing back the body from Iceland
  • Handle arrangements for the funeral service in Uganda

FUFA cautions the public that no individuals or groups are allowed to carry out any fundraising drives for this arrangement.

All arrangements are being handled by the 5 man committee named by the FUFA Emergency committee. Any further communication on this matter will be done through FUFA official channels.


2 Replies to “CAF mourns Abel Dhaira, grants minute of silence for the fallen star”

  1. Abel, our hearts mourn for your untimely departure but its only the Creator who knows the secrets why He has called you too soon. We love you and you will always remain in our hearts. May your soul rest in eternal peace, Amen.

  2. To all the football loving Ugandans and more especially, the Uganda Cranes fans, I may not be a football coach or manager but I think we have so often been let down by naivety in the technical areas of the Uganda Cranes team. If we ever think of being counted among the footballing nations on this continent, then we should stop thinking there are better teams than us on the continent. Many at times we have given too much respect for certain teams and a good example was on Saturday when we decided to defend nothing, too deep inside our 28 yards box and the result was a penalty because we were living dangerously.

    I keep imagining that every home team thinks ‘small’ teams like Uganda Cranes would go to defend because they think they cannot win away. If I were a coach, I would opt for my best attacking players and we fight pound for pound. Look at the Saturday match after the technical bench had brought on board attackers, the home team started living dangerously and what if we had opted to attack from the beginning, we could have bagged a couple of goals. Countries like Germany, Brazil, France do not know territories, whether they are playing at home or away, their systems does not change. This kind of approach helps to strengthen the mindset of players and it works to propel the team to greater heights. i Imagine the day we shall play a big team like Germany with this mindset, then our players will just line up with the goalkeeper to avoid conceding goals. This must change if we are to develop our football and be counted as a footballing nation.

    In the early 2000, Uganda and Ghana were at equal footing and Uganda seemed to have been a head somehow but Ghana took deliberate attempts to develop football in the country. Right now, Ghana does not fear any team in the world because the players believe they belong among the best in the world. If anyone is reading this message, please deliver it to the technical committee of FUFA because as much as we are talking qualification for the 2017 AFCON finals, we should remember that home wins alone does not guarantee qualifications. We still have fresh memories of near misses that should have help us to reflect on what to do to build a good team.

    i say this for God and My Country.

    Love Uganda Cranes from the heart and it runs through the blood in my body.

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