The past year came with a lot of sorrow in the sports fraternity. There were many renowned sports personalities who passed on and, to celebrate their legacies, it is only fitting that I look back at their contributions to Ugandan sport.
The former Uganda Cranes and Nile FC towering goalkeeper is best remembered for his crucial role in Nile FC’s 1980 league title.
He also played for the Uganda Cranes in the early 1980s, as well as coaching the Brewers. Lwanga also served as chairman of the Super Division Clubs Association (SDCA) in 1996. He died in Jinja on September 23, 2022, and was laid to rest in Mbale.
Dr PATRICK MASETTE KUUYA
He was a onetime minister of Rehabilitation in the 1980s and also headed the National Council of Sports in 1984 and 1985. Dr Masette is credited with the innovation of Nakivubo stadium in 1984 and also the construction of Mbale municipal stadium.
The no-nonsense former minister also restored sanity in the national league by streamlining the rules and regulations of the league in 1984. He died November 22, 2022 in Kenya where he lived for 37 years.
The former Uganda Cranes legend belongs to the crème de la crème of Ugandan football. A Uganda Cranes great, he is one of the few star players to immensely succeed on the touchline.
He played in two Africa Cup of Nations (1976 and 1978) and inspired Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) FC to win the 1979 league title. He also coached Express to a league and cup double in 1995. He passed on September 7, 2022 and was buried in Masindi.
The former Uganda Cranes and Nile FC custodian is remembered for his bravery and high level of game reading, but spent part of his career in the shadows of Patrick Lwanga.
Wenga was a star goalkeeper in the early 1980s, featuring for both Nile and Uganda Cranes. He passed on April 7, 2022.
ROBERT MUJABI KAJUBI
A staunch Buganda monarchist who served as katikkiro of Nsenene clan, the former Coffee FC defender, perished when his car rammed into a Fuso lorry at Kayunga along Hoima road.
He also worked as Express FC’s technical director between 2016 and 2018 and he held a Caf B coaching license. He passed on March 7, 2022 and was laid to rest in Mityana.
Nicknamed Maama Young, Nakabuye was a sports enthusiast who served the game wholeheartedly. She was a renowned sports commentator who also served as the general secretary of the Wakiso District Football Association.
The energetic Nakabuye was a qualified referee and football coach. She died of hypertension on September 1, 2022 and was buried in Namutamba, Mityana.
PETER SENFUMA LUWANDAGGA
The former Coffee FC defender was mistaken for a thief and beaten to death on July 28, 2022, at Namasuba. Luwandagga was the brother of former Express FC and SC Villa defender Christopher Kasasa, as well as the late Andrew Patrick Luwandagga, a veteran radio and television sports commentator.
Dr TARIQ KINENE
He is remembered as a young physician who was dedicated to sports medicine. He extended his service to a couple Masaza teams, KCCA Netball Club and St Mary’s SS Kitende.
On many occasions, Kinene offered free treatment to sportsmen without charging them. He perished in a road accident on the Masaka-Mbarara highway on October 29, 2022 and was buried in Bulo, Butambala district.
HAJJI MUSA SEWAVA
He was remembered for his huge pockets during the time he spent at Express FC as the club’s treasurer. Sewava’s generosity extended beyond Express’ players to other footballers who approached him for financial assistance. He died on December 15, 2022, and was laid to rest at Buloba in Wakiso district.
He served as SC Villa treasurer during the reign of Immanuel Ben Misagga between 2014 and 2018. Prior to his promotion to the top club level, he was the treasurer of the SC Villa fans association.
Musaazi, was also a religious man; he was chairperson of Father’s Union at Mengo archdeaconry in Namirembe diocese. He died on September 29, 2022.