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Former Cranes captain, legend Jimmy Kirunda dies at 70

first_imgJimmy Kirunda (middle) conducts a draw at FUFA headquarters in 2017. He passed on today. FILE PHOTO FUFAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & URN | Former Cranes captain Jimmy Kirunda,70 has died.According to Ahmed Hussein, the Communications Officer of the soccer governing body FUFA, Kirunda reportedly collapsed while walking in Bwaise, on the outskirts of Kampala Monday afternoon and was pronounced dead moments later.Flamboyant, disciplined and versatile, he played for all Uganda’s big clubs Express, KCCA and SC Villa.The highlight of his career, was at KCCA in 1978, where he switched from defence to striking, going on to lead the league top scorer with a record 38 goals. The record was only broken two decades later, by Andrew Fimbo Mukasa in 1999.The same year, he captained Cranes, from the back as they shocked the continent to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final match. Led by another legend Phillip Omondi, Cranes marched past giants Morocco and Nigeria, but fell to hosts Ghana in the final.He was the manager of the national team between 1989 and 1996. Kirunda played as a defender for Express FC, KCCA FC, SC Villa, and Abu Dhabi sports. Goal.com, a sports website, describes Kirunda as “a genius class of the act.” In 2014, Kirunda  told Confederation of African Football (CAF) online that his experience in the 1978 African Cup finals “is what has kept me a true legend for all these years and believe it can happen soon.”He added that “We were a great team and played good football, when you want to be a champion you have to win big games. This has been a problem for Ugandan football if the boys can win the big games then it can be well. It was teamwork and aggressiveness that we overcame the likes of Egypt and Morocco of those days and we did it on merit.”He is known for the composure in possession of the ball and also aggressive enough to dispose of the opponent.Uganda league top scorers  1968-2017YEAR PLAYER CLUB GOALS1968 –1969   Ali Kitonsa Express     361970 –1971   Ouma Polly Simba     181972    Not awarded1973   Joy Ssebuliba LINT      171974   Peter Kirumira Express 141975   Chris Dungu KCC FC   121976   John Ntesibe Express   141977   Dennis Obua Police     241978   Jimmy Kirunda KCC  381979   Davis Kamoga KCC     181980   Davis Kamoga KCC     211981   Issa Sekatawa NYTIL   181982   Issa Sekatawa Express 221983   Issa Sekatawa Express 211984   Frank Kyazze KCC       181985   Frank Kyazze KCC        281986   Charles Letti Tobacco 291987   Magidu Musisi SC Villa 281988   Mathias Kawesa Nsambya 171989   Magidu Musisi SC Villa 151990   Magidu Musisi SC Villa 281991   Mathias Kawesa Coffee 181992   Magidu Musisi SC Villa 291993   Mathias Kawesa SC Villa 201994   Adolf Bola Coffee           211995   Ibrahim Kizito UEB         201996   David Kiwanuka UEB        211997   Jackson Mayanja /Ogwang 181998   Charles Kayemba SC Villa   121999   Andrew Mukasa SC Villa 452000   Andrew Mukasa SC Villa    272001   Hassan Mubiru Express      272002   Hassan Mubiru Express      222003   Hassan Mubiru Express       162004   Kiwanuka/R.Sentongo Simba 102005   Martin Muwanga/Serunkuma 82006   Daniel Walusimbi Police     152007   Hamis Kitagenda URA       202008   Brian Umony/Olobo Simba 152009   Ssenyonjo Peter Police     222010   Tonny Odur Bunamwaya    212011   Hamis Diego Kiiza URA     142012   Robert Sentongo URA    132013   Herman Wasswa KCC     202014   Francis Olaki/Odur KCC 152015   Robert Sentongo URA     152016   Geoffrey Serunkuma KCC 202017   Dan Mzee Serunkuma Vipers 17Share on: WhatsApplast_img

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