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Uganda Cranes legend Jimmy Muguwa seeks medical treatment

By Shafik Ssenoga

Added 24th June 2020 09:01 AM

Despite a great football career, Uganda Cranes and Express legend Jimmy Muguwa has not benefited from his retirement.

Uganda Cranes legend Jimmy Muguwa seeks medical treatment

Family and friends of Jimmy Muguwa at Najjera Hospital. PHOTOS: James Magala

Despite a great football career, Uganda Cranes and Express legend Jimmy Muguwa has not benefited from his retirement.

Muguwa who was part of the Cranes team that reached the 1978 AFCON final in Ghana, sustained injuries on the head after being involved in an accident in 2002, which made him lose his memory. However, the doctors advised if this persists without proper treatment it may continue to damage his brain.

With this kind of situation, Muguwa does recall most of the things and this has pushed former players under their umbrella body former footballers initiative to transport the former attacking midfielder from Masindi to Kampala for better treatment.

On Friday, Najjera Hospital offered him medical check-up just like they did to Obadiah Ssemakula a few weeks ago.

Results from the check-up indicated that Muguwa needed to do another scan on his brain at Nsambya Hospital after being recommended by doctor Patson Makobore of Najjera Hospital.

"When we received former Cranes player Muguwa, we discovered that he has been losing his memory. He doesn't remember much. So we recommended him to Nsambya Hospital next week to do another scan so that we know what treatment he needs. Through the check-up, we also learned he had low blood levels hence this has affected his appetite," stated Makobore.

Muguwa also a former Uganda Cranes assistant coach, guided Express FC to the 1995 league and Uganda Cup double.

The 66-year-old was accompanied to the hospital by his children Barbara Muguwa and Bribian Muguwa, former players Issa 'golden boy' Ssekatawa, Godfrey Nyola, Saulo Kizito among others.

"It's challenging for our father in that he can't remember us (his children) but he knows that we are there. This situation started getting worse way back in 2015 up to date. We tried to seek treatment at Mulago Hospital but the medication they gave us didn't help much," noted Barbara Muguwa.

The chairman former footballers initiative Pastor Paul Musisi called for support.

"Muguwa health needs serious attention and care. We want to make sure he is back on his feet. We are ready to see that different former players are helped so that they don't feel lonely," revealed Musisi.

Ever since former Cranes captain Jimmy Kirunda passed on, different former players have come forward, seeking support and they include Obadiah Ssemakula and Jamil Kasirye among others.

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