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Jimmy Kirunda: Former Uganda Cranes Captain Dies Aged 70

Former Uganda Cranes captain Jimmy Kirunda has passed away, Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has announced.

He collapsed at Bwaise (Kampala suburb) near Hotel La Grande.

Kirunda, regarded as one of the best players to have put on a Cranes jersey, was 70 at the time of his death. He was Born in 1950 to Henry Kirunda and Constance Nawalu.

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Jimmy Kirunda. 1950-2020. Courtesy photo

He notably played in three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments; 1974, 1976 and 1978.

He led the Cranes to the 1978 AFCON where Uganda lost 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the finals in Accra.

He was captain of the National team for 10 years and won the Cecafa cup in 1969, 1970, 1973, 1976 and 1977. He also won the same title as Cranes manager thrice.

He was the topscorer in the 1978 Uganda Premier League, scoring 32 goals, despite being a defender.

He played for Express FC (1968-69), KCCA FC (1969-1979), Abu Dhabi sports club, SC Villa among others.

He also won four league titles (3 with KCC and 1 with Villa).

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