Via Kawowo Sports

Doctors in Iceland that Uganda Cranes and Iceland based IBV Vestmannaeyjar goalkeeper, Abel Dhaira has abdominal cancer hit hard the football fraternity.

The shot stopper’s health deteriorated in January 2016 and he was hospitalized for close to 6 weeks at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala.

Upon return to the Nordic Island country, where he has been on his second stint with IBV, doctors confirmed the ailment as cancer and not the usual ulcers, abdominal pain and typhoid that the gifted goalkeeper was often complaining about.

Since 2013, Dhaira, has not featured for the Uganda Cranes but he has always remained hopeful he would make a comeback.

A statement on the official club website reads;

Abel Dhaira, played for the club, had big problems with illness in recent months.He was cut in Uganda for the year due to cancer in the abdomen which has now spread to more organs. Abel will begin treatment in the country next week.

The company sponsors and stand firmly behind Abel and will seek to ensure him the best medical care available.Abel to relieve the financial burden of such a difficult disease and the company has partnered with Vodafone decided to stand for fund raising.

Dhaira (Abel) is best remembered for his ball juggling antics while between the goal posts at Express F.C. The exciting goalie was summoned to the national team (Uganda Cranes) and won a few caps to his name.

He is son to the legendary former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper, Bright Dhaira who formerly work at KCCA F.C as goalkeeping coach. At the moment, Dhaira senior handles the goalkeeping department at Jinja side, Bul F.C