Gianni Vincenzo Infantino, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) president, has joined millions of mourners to send tributes to the family of fallen goalkeeper Abel Dhaira.
“FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has written to FUFA concerning the death of our player, Abel Dhaira. He sends utmost condolences to the family and FUFA. It is not very common to receive such messages given the fact that we lose so many footballers and sportsmen.” Magogo told the mourners during the requiem mass at All Saints Cathedral in Nakasero on Monday.
Gianni’s message joins the hundreds of thousands that earlier paid tribute to the goalkeeper who died in Iceland on Easter day after succumbing to abdominal cancer.
The mass was also attended by Sports state minister, Charles Bakabulindi, Uganda Cranes coach, Mitcho Sredojevic, Cranes’ players led by Tonny Mawejje, Kampala City Lord Mayor, Elias Lukwago, family members, football friends and well-wishers.
The casket of Abel Dhaira will be taken to Nakivubo Stadium before it travels to Jinja in Walukuba at his father’s home before being buried at Mayuge, Eastern Uganda on Wednesday.