Former Uganda Cranes legend captain and coach, Jimmy Kirunda had died at the age of 70.
According to FUFA, Kirunda collapsed and died at Bwaise near Hotel La Grande while walking to Wandegeya.
The Legend is gone. Sad times for the football fraternity.
Former @UgandaCranes Captain Jimmy Kirunda has passed on.
He collapsed dead at Bwaise near Hotel La Grande.#RIPLegend pic.twitter.com/JSqpugRUin
— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) May 25, 2020
A footballer of legendary status in Uganda’s history books, Kirunda will be remembered for his dedicated football service.
He played for Express FC (1968 and 1969), KCC FC (1969 until 1979), Abu Dhabi Sports (1979 and 1980. He also had a stint at SC Villa.
He won the Uganda Premier League on four occasions; 3 times with KCCA FC and 1 time with SC Villa.
In 1978 he was the Uganda Premier League top scorer with 32 goals and bagged the golden boot.
He captained Uganda to three African Nations Cup finals, including the memorable 1978 campaign where Uganda Cranes lost 2-0 in final against Ghana.
After retiring from active football, Kirunda managed teams such as Villa, Bell FC, KCC, Buikwe Red Stars and Cooperative FC.
He also coached the Uganda Cranes between from 1989 until 1996.
Rest In Eternal Peace legend!