Ugandan keeper dies of cancer

Former Ugandan international Abel Dhaira breathed his last on Sunday 27 March after struggling for a while with cancer.

The keeper who was turning out for Iceland club IBV Vestmannaeyjar initially thought he had ulcers until he was diagnosed with cancer and his health deteriorated in January 2016 and he was hospitalized in Kampala at the Nsambya Hospital.

He then returned to Iceland where he was receiving further treatment until he met his death.

Dhaira’s coach Bjarni Johannsson said last month that the club would do everything to help the player during this time of need.

His club had organised a testimonial game for him early this month in Iceland.

Dhaira had not featured for the Uganda Cranes since 2013, but he had always remained hopeful he would make a comeback.

Dhaira’s playing career saw him feature for Express FC in the Uganda Premier League before joining DR Congo’s AS Vita and later Tanzania’s Simba SC.