The gentle, towering, and immensely gifted giant is gone. Abel Dhaira, the now former Uganda Cranes and IBV Vestmanaeyjar goalkeeper, breathed his last after succumbing to abdominal cancer on Sunday at an Iceland hospital.
Dhaira on his death bed a few days before he worsened and finally passed on, his father Bright Dhaira, a former Cranes goalkeeper, confirmed the sad news.
Dhaira Jnr was first diagnosed with abdominal cancer at Nsambya Hospital late last year.
Dhaira in action for IBV Vestmanaeyjar.
After his condition failed to improve, he was flown back to his Iceland club, where he has been treated since before breathing his last.
Widely acclaimed as the most naturally gifted goalkeeper of his era, Dhaira Jnr started his career at Walukuba Football Club in Jinja.
From Walukuba he moved to Express, then URA, AS Vita (DRC), ÍBV (Iceland), Simba SC (Tanzania) and back to ÍBV. He last appeared for the Cranes in 2013.
Dhaira in action for Uganda Cranes.
Dhaira Jnr is best remembered for his flamboyant ball juggling skills and penalty saving specialty at Express.
He won the 2007 Kakungulu Cup (Uganda Cup) with Express, saving two spot kicks in the 4-2 final shootout victory over the then KCC, and three Cecafa titles with the Uganda Cranes in 2008, 2011 and 2012.