“We have received the sad news of the loss of Rwanika."
Chris Rwanika (pictured), who led Uganda’s football governing body FUFA as president in 1985, has died.
FUFA’s official website on Tuesday reported Rwanika’s passing.
“We have received the sad news of the loss of Rwanika. The current generation of football leaders learnt a lot from him,” it read.
Burial arrangements would be announced today (Wednesday) while a vigil was at the deceased’s home in Bugolobi on Tuesday.
National Council of Sports (NCS) has also passed on its condolences.
“As NCS we pass on our condolences to his family, western region particularly Kabale. We have lost a person of great resource,” said NCS technical committee chairman Zubairi Galiwango.
Among Rwanika’s last attempts at football leadership included a 2005 attempt to take on Lawrence Mulindwa for the FUFA presidency.
He however withdrew from the race, leaving Mulindwa unopposed.
Rwanika said at the time that he decided to step down for the sake of the development of football in Uganda. He explained that he and Mulindwa had similar manifestos.