Grief as fan perishes in accident in Kitara FC post-match against Bright Stars

Hoima, (UG): Kitara FC’s 3-1 victory over Soltilo Bright Stars in the Uganda Premier League on Friday was overshadowed by tragic events after one of their fans perished in a road accident near Kakindo village along Masindi-Hoima road on return from the triumphant league match.

Kitara Fc fans who were celebrating Paul Mucureezi’s brace and Jude Ssemugabi’s late goal were plunged into sorrow when the 8 pm fatal road crash changed the atmosphere from exuberance to sombre reflections.

Reports indicate that the accident occurred when a Toyota Wish car they were traveling in crashed at Kakindo Village claiming the life of 18-year-old Timothy Kyomuhendo, a resident of Busiisi who died on the spot.

Unconfirmed reports suggested on Friday that the three fans died on the spot while several others sustained injuries as their vehicle veered off the road at Kakindo along the Masindi highway. One of the deceased has so far been identified as Timothy Kyomuhendo, 18, a resident of Busisi in Hoima City.

Kitara FC Vice President in charge of communications, Mr Francis Mugerwa said that they received unfortunate news about the accident involving some of their fans and confirmed one person of the seven occupants in the vehicle died on the spot while five were rushed to Hoima Hospital for treatment.

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“One person sustained a minor scratch. Five people were rushed to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital of whom four are improving and able to talk and walk,” he noted

‘’We extend our sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased and those injured. Our president will give a more detailed statement,’’ Mugerwa added.

One of the accident survivors told Kitara FC officials that the Toyota Wish driver, who was trying to overtake a car, swerved off the road as he attempted to avoid knocking an oncoming motorcycle.

The contrast between the joy of victory and the sorrow of the accident paints a poignant picture of the unpredictability that life can bring.

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Kitara’s victory however propelled them to the second position on the 16-team UPL table, accumulating 29 points from 15 games.

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