Former FUFA Boss Denis Obua is Dead

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Denis Obua, the former president of the Uganda Federation of Football Association (FUFA), is dead. Obua reportedly passed away this morning at Bai Hospital in Old Kampala. The former Police FC coach and star Cranes striker was training for a charity match to raise funds for victims of the Bududa landslide. The match is to be played between Members of Parliament and former international football stars. Obua collapsed during the training at Nakivubo Stadium. He was rushed to Bai Hospital where he died on arrival. The cause of his death is unknown. Denis Obua rose to prominence in the 1960s as a player for the Uganda Cranes. He initially sealed his place in history in the 1969 East African Challenge Cup when he bagged four goals against Zanzibar. He became a national hero in 1974 and '78 when he led the Cranes in the Africa Cup of Nations. A year later, however, the tides turned against Obua. For reasons still unknown, the government of former President Idi Amin was after him. He fled to Kenya where he and his cousin, Olympic gold medallist John Akii Bua, were briefly detained by the police. After 1980, Obua returned to Ugandan football, but his game was never the same. In the 1990s he joined football administration rising to the ranks of FUFA chief in 1998. Denis Obua's time as FUFA president was fraught with allegations of corruption and mismanagement. He was accused of being a dictator and of quashing any attempts for the growth of football in Uganda. Among the charges against him were the misallocation of 113 million shillings and the colossal debts. During his term of office the Cranes bank accounts were frozen to force Denis Obua and his team at FUFA to pay back 300 million shillings owed to Swift Commodities Limited. In 2008 he was cleared of fraud by the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court. Obua was also the center of a long battle over leadership of FUFA. He was accused of holding on to power for too long and for attempting to make the FUFA presidency a lifetime position. Whatever his managerial problems, Obua's detractors agreed on one thing: his passion for football. They say he was particularly passionate about local football, the search for new talent and a return to Uganda's glory days. Denis Obua's body is being held at Bai Hospital awaiting a postmortem. His family will announce burial arrangements later today.


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