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Ex-URA, Express goalie Dhaira loses battle to cancer

Less than four months after being diagnosed with abdominal cancer, ex-URA and Express goalie Abel Dhaira has died.

At the age of 28, the shot stopper breathed his last on Sunday March 27, 2016 at a hospital in Iceland where he had been playing his trade with Icelandic Premier League side IBV Vestmannaeyjar.

Dhaira who made his Cranes debut in 2009 helping Uganda to win the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup has been arguably the most entertaining goalkeeper in the region but will be most remembered for his penalty saving antics.

Brief profile

Born September 9, 1987 to ex-Cranes Bright Dhaira, he started his career with local side Walukuba in Jinja.

In 2006, he joined giants Express where he played for two years before crossing URA where he played till 2010.

He then moved to DR Congo and Africa giants AS Vita before moving to Iceland at IBV.

There, he spent the 2011/12 season before returning to play for Tanzanian giant club Simba.

Dhaira was re-signed by IBV in 2014 and it’s where he played last before he passed away.

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