Uganda mourns soccer star Johnson Bagoole

It was a sad evening for Uganda’s football fraternity on Thursday when news of the passing of former Uganda Cranes midfielder Johnson Bagoole was announced.

Bagole who played for Uganda Cranes between 2008 and 2012 passed on at Lira referral hospital where he had been hospitalised for about a week.

According to Simon Musoke, Bagoole was diagnosed with Malaria a month ago which led to a mental disorder and was transferred to Lira referral hospital early this week.

The midfielder started his career at Iganga Town Council FC, then moved on to play for Express FC, URA FC, Rwanda’s Ryon Sport and APR, AS Vita and Bukavu in DR Congo.

Later Bagoole played for Sofapaka in Kenya and due to his encouraging relationship with club owner Elly Kalekwa after retirement he handed Bagole a role on club’s technical bench.

Coach Moses Basena who was the head coach at URA FC during Bagole’s stint praised him as a humble player.

“I worked with him and was among the payers who were humble. He could only mind about his business which was football. I won trophy with him at URA FC, it’s sad that he has passed on,” said Basena.

Jackson Mayanja also who was the assistant Uganda Cranes coach acknowledged that Bagoole was a player who never despised fellow players and coaches and would serve the team regardless of the conditions.

“Paid or not, Bagole would play his game and local players lost a good example in Bagoole,” said Mayanja.