Former Cranes Captain and Coach Jimmy Kirunda Has Died

Late James C Kirunda

Uganda’s legendary footballer, James C Kirunda alias Jimmy Kirunda has Monday morning passed on while on his routine walk, according to his son, a one Ivan.

He says while “having a routine walk, his heart finally gave away” near Hotel La Grande in Bwaise in Kawempe Division.

He says that after collapsing, his father was picked by ambulance but pronounced dead on arrival at Mulago Hospital.

By publication of this story medical details regarding the cause of his death were unknown.

Born in 1950, the deceased played for KCC FC, SC Villa, Express FC between 1968–1969 and Abu Dhabi Sports Club 1979–1980 and also coached SC Villa, Bell FC, KCC, Buikwe Red Stars and Cooperative FC. He was manager of the national team between 1989 and 1996.

Kirunda participated in five Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaigns and captained Uganda in three of the final tournaments.

His contributions to the national team during their golden era ensure his legendary status and he was part of side that reached the final in 1978 Africa Nations Cup before winning Cecafa Cup in 1976 and 1966.

Kirunda’s technique and composure in possession which would belly his aggression and determination without the ball is highly remembered by those who watched him play.

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