Okwi Speaks Out On Mafisango Tragedy
Uganda on Thursday morning woken up to sad news involving an alleged death of Cranes key player Emmanuel Okwi but FUFA has since verified the information to have been untrue.
“It’s however true that Okwi’s close friend and housemate Patrick Mafisango Mutesa died in an accident around 4:00am this Thursday morning,” Fufa said in a statement.
Mafisango, a Rwandese international player and Okwi both play for Simba SC in Tanzania.
The two usually move together, a practice that had thrown Dar es salaam City in a big panic anticipating the duo to have been in the same car at a time of the accident.
Okwi and the deceased reside on the same apartment at Temehe-Changombe in Dar es salaam City. Derrick Walulya another Ugandan international stays around the same place.
Simba SC information officer, Ezekiel Kamuwanda has confirmed Mafisango’s death. “His car swerved off the road as he attempted to dodge a boda-boda cyclist a few kilometers to his home and he died on the way to hospital” Kamuwanda said.
He added, “Emmanuel Okwi is safe. They never travelled traveled together this time”.
Details emerging from Dar es salaam City indicate that Mafisango had spent a night at Maisha club and was driving back home before met death. He died on the way to Muhimbiri Government Hospital.
Other sources allege that there was a survivor in the car whose identities could not however be revealed by the time of issuing this statement.
Mafisango has been an influential midfielder for both Simba SC and Rwanda National team, Amavubi.
He was slated to fly to Kigali this Thursday afternoon to start preparations for their world cup qualifiers match.
OKWI SPEAKS OUT
“He has been a very, very good friend of mine and for sure, I don’t believe he is really dead,” is what cranes Striker Emmanuel Okwi said on phone from Dar es salaam when asked to comment on the relationship that existed between him and Patrick Mafisango.
Okwi was however quick to mention that the pass on of his good friend would not affect his preparations for the Cranes match against Angola on June 3 in Luanda City.
“So is life, Mafisango is gone, but the rest of us will carry on with the task as long as we continue to live. Tell my fans in Uganda that I shall be in Kampala by Sunday ready for duty,” he said.
He referred to Mafisango as having been an influential player for Simba Sports Club who usually scored crucial goals for his club.
The last time the two players featured for their club was over a week ago when they lost 3-0 to Al Shandy in Khartoum.
The hosts had also lost on the same margin in Dar es Salaam but Simba SC got eliminated from the continental cup 9-8 on spot kicks.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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