Ibrahim 'British' Dafala. He Captained the Uganda Cranes for a decade winning 3 CECAFA titles. He also played at the 1968 AFCON finals in Ethiopia. Throughout his glittering club career, he only played at Express Football Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] Ibrahim ‘British’ Dafala. He Captained the Uganda Cranes for a decade winning 3 CECAFA titles. He also played at the 1968 AFCON finals in Ethiopia. Throughout his glittering club career, he only played at Express Football Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Former Uganda Cranes captain in the 1960’s, Ibrahim ‘British’ Dafala is remarkably remembered on six different special fronts throughout his glittering football career.

He was as humbled as a cucumber, his awesome ball sense and positional discipline won him millions of admirers, he was disciplined to the brim, an exceptional leader on and off the playing turf and extremely smart as well as intelligent.

Almost half a century since his forced retirement in 1970 due to injury, Dafala, also nicknamed ‘life captain’, was one of the most excited Ugandans when the national team qualified to the AFCON finals again after a 38 year old absence.

Himself, he played at the AFCON finals in 1968 that were hosted by Ethiopia.

It feels good to play at the Africa Cup of Nations. It is good exposure for the players and the country as a whole. I have a feeling we shall perform well in Ghana

Besides playing at the AFCON finals, he also won the CECAFA senior challenge cup three times in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

On 2nd February 2017, Dafala, a former Sound Engineer at the state owned UBC TV will clock 82 years.

Currently staying at his home in Katabi, Entebbe, the father of three calls upon special friends to help him in his ailing condition.

Thank you for visiting me. I call upon my football friends to come and help me out in some of the challenges

Dafala is also believed to be the only Ugandan to have played at Manchester United and Cardiff City football clubs.

It was a great feeling playing with the whites for one year.

By then, i was playing at the U-19 sides before i returned and people nick named me ‘British’

His disciplinary record speaks aloud having not been cautioned nor sent off during the football game throughout his career.

Throughout the 18 year club career, he only featured at Express Football club for his commitment to the job and thus the second nick name, ‘Life Captain’.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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