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Football Fraternity Pays Glowing Tribute to Fallen Sports Journalist Luwandagga

SC Villa club President, Ben Misaga lays wreaths during the service. (Photo by: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

The eulogies during the requiem mass held at the Namirembe Cathedral on Monday morning depicted the life that fallen veteran sports journalist Andrew Patrick Luwandagga lived.

The cathedral was filled to capacity as hundreds turned up to pay their final tributes to Luwandagga who passed away on Saturday morning.

Among the several people that made speeches during the church service included the FUFA president, ailment http://clothesthatwork.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/customizer/month_week_view.php Moses Magogo who said the deceased served the country with all his might and above all he was transparent.

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“I remember, unhealthy a few years back, erectile we were returning with him from Angola where we lost and failed to qualify, everyone’s morale was down but Luwandagga was bold enough to tell us, we are going to qualify soon,” Magogo reminisced.

“He was an honest man and kept advising me. I have been getting calls from him whenever we have been going for the FUFA general assembly in the previous years, always telling me not to disappoint the football fraternity,” he added.

Ben Misagga, the SC Villa president praised the late as one of the best orators.

“One thing I loved about him is the fact that he was eloquent and had a good command on speech. In fact him, the late Bbale Francis and former Zambia President Kiluba were my best orators,” Misagga said.

“He has been advising me on quite a number of issues for the fact that he is a life member of SC Villa. I remember he told I was not ready to take on the capacity of being a SC Villa president in 2004. I disagreed with him but later I understood he was right,” he explained.

The FUFA honorary president, Lawrance Mulindwa who also attended the requiem mass said Luwandagga was a point of reference and a person who was efficient in whatever he did.

Others included Fred Ssekito, the founder of Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) and Sabbiti Muwanga the current USPA President among others.

Luwandagga, born 21st September 1955 died on Saturday morning at his home in Namasuba, a Kampala surburb with postmortem reports indicating natural death (High blood pressure). He lived with one wife (Sarah Luwandagga) and seven children.

He started working with UBC in 1976 as a radio presenter but also took on the Television broadcasting four year later at UTV. At the time of his death he served as the sports and current affairs editor at the station where he worked for 30years.

Luwandagga has also been serving as the stadium announcer for the Uganda cranes games at Mandela national stadium.

The late veteran sports journalist will be laid to rest on Monday at 4:00pm at his ancestral home in Wamala-Katooke, Wakiso District.

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