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Dhaira's Family Appeals for Gov't Help to Return Body

His relative Moses Nagaya, says in addition to Shillings 24 million for clearing Dhairas medical bill, they need Shillings 150 million to return his body in the country. Nagaya told URN last night that they are yet to decide on the burial arrangements since they are not certain about the return of the body.

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The family of Abbey Dhaira, the former Uganda Cranes Goalie keeper is calling for government intervene to help transport his body back into the country. Dhaira succumbed to abdominal cancer on Easter Sunday in Iceland, where he has been playing professional football.

 

 

His relative Moses Nagaya, says in addition to Shillings 24 million for clearing Dhaira's medical bill, they need Shillings 150 million to return his body in the country. Nagaya told URN last night that they are yet to decide on the burial arrangements since they are not certain about the return of the body.

 

 

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According to Nagaya, part of the money will be used to transport the deceased's mother Harriet Nakijoba and his sister, Oliver Mbakira who have been nursing him. Bright Dhaira, the deceased's father couldn't speak to the press because of the grief for the death of his son. Musa Dhaira, the youngest brother to the deceased, says he has lost an advisor.

 

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Eric Dhaira, another brother they will remember Dhaira for mentoring them in education, sport and spiritually as a Christian. He however, says it is painful for the family that their brother hasn't left behind a single child.

Abbey Dhaira is the third born in a family of eight children. Prior to his death, Doctors in Iceland had recommended that Dhaira be flown to Germany for treatment. About Shillings 140 million was needed for the treatment.

 

 

On Good Friday, officials from the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), friends and well-wishers gathered at Dhaira's parent's home in Walukuba for prayers and raise money for the treatment.  FUFA contributed $1000.

 

 

Abbey Dhaira started his soccer career with Walukuba Red Stars FC in Jinja. He went on to play for Wama FC, Boca Juniors and Aldinah FC as a striker. He later switched to goal keeping when he joined Mbale Industrial area FC. 

He then moved to Express FC, URA, Simba FC in Tanzania, SC Vitalo of DRC before crossing to IBV Vestmannaeyjar of Iceland on a three year contract.

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