Former FUFA boss Twaha Kakaire who steered national football in the mid 90s has died at the age of 75 in his home district of Jinja. FUFA Communications Director Ahmed Hussein said the football governing body will accord Kakaire a respectful final sendoff befitting the status of a former FUFA President.

“We have just learnt of the unfortunate news of the passing on of Twaha Kakaire, the 24th FUFA President. Hajji played a key role in the development, growth of football and the Institution during his leadership. We grieve in honour of his football works. , a statement from FUFA read in part.

Former Cranes Coach Polly Ouma was shocked by the news saying it was saddening after the recent loss of another football icon and ex-international Ibrahim Dhafala.

“As a teacher he had a calm demeanor; he was a good listener and good hearted too. He always encouraged people to utilize their potential and  always rewarded good results which gave you the energy to continue working,” Ouma stated.

In May this year Kakaire became the first recipient of the Fortebet Real Stars Sports Life Time Achievement Award at their monthly awards for that month.

Kakaire who served as FUFA chairman in the late’90s was recognized for his efforts in starting women football in the country, on top of other initiatives on which his successors built in the development of the game.

“This award means a lot to me; first of all, it is a surprise because I came here not knowing what to expect and I thank Real Stars for the recognition. I have to show my family and advise them to work well for their own futures.I’m not only happy when people don’t recognize the efforts of those that they replace and those that ridicule players for their performance. People should learn to appreciate what others do,” Kakaire at the time

He was FUFA president from 1995 to 1998 and is credited for securing a five-year Super League sponsorship from Nile Breweries then among other deeds.

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