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Ugandan Football Mourns the Loss of Esteemed Former Goalkeeper and Coach Fred Kajoba Kisitu

By Mukembo Wilfred

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) on Monday expressed profound sorrow following the sudden demise of Fred Kajoba Kisitu, an esteemed former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper and goalkeeping coach.

“FUFA is saddened to learn about the untimely demise of former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper and goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba Kisitu that occurred today in Tanzania,” a statement from the country’s football governing body read yesterday.

“FUFA extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, his club Ihefu FC, and the entire football fraternity,” it added.

The tragic news, confirmed on Monday, sent shockwaves through the football community, leaving colleagues, players, and fans mourning the loss of a revered figure. Kajoba’s invaluable contributions to Ugandan football, notably his pivotal role in guiding the national team to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments in 2017 and 2019, underscored his passion and dedication to the sport.

FUFA’s heartfelt condolences extended beyond mere formalities, recognizing Kajoba’s indelible imprint on the sport and his enduring legacy. His untimely passing not only robs his family of a beloved member but also leaves a void in Ugandan football that will be profoundly felt for years to come. The Uganda Premier League, deeply affected by the news, swiftly announced plans to honor Kajoba’s memory.

A poignant gesture was unveiled as a moment of silence would be observed in all league matches, starting from Tuesday and continuing until the revered coach’s funeral.

This tribute serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact Kajoba had on the footballing community, resonating far beyond the touchlines.

Coach Fred Kajoba’s influence transcended the realm of sport, touching the lives of those he mentored and inspired. His passing serves as a poignant reminder of football’s ability to unite and uplift, even in the face of tragedy.

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