Former Uganda Cranes international Ausi Kaaya Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] Former Uganda Cranes international Ausi Kaaya Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

In his hey playing days as a roving right back, Ausi Kaaya, 35, was as energetic, jovial and lively as a multi coloured male peacock.

Today, Kaaya still affords his jovial smile, he has maintained the customary clean shaven head and thick beard, but, bleeds deep inside with a chronic lung infection.

The proud father of two daughters Hayira (11 years) and Rahima Kaaya (8 years), requires over Shs. 17M to undertake a second decortication of the lungs, an operation that necessitates removal of infected layer on the right side of the lungs.

Addressing the media during a press briefing at Hotel Barbados International Limited along Rubaga road in Kampala on Wednesday, Kaaya narrated his ordeal with plight.

Ausi Kaaya addresses the media at Hotel Bardabos International Limited on Wednesday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

With tears rolling down his eyes, Kaaya appealed;

I am in deep pain. I find difficulties in breathing and movements.

I sweat a lot even during cool temperatures. I appeal for help from all football loving Ugandans

Flanked by the President of the International Scouts and Guides Fellowship, Mathias Lukwago and an Ex-player Hassan Wasswa Kalibala, Kaaya appealed to the general public to run to his rescue.

When I was still playing football, I really enjoyed myself. I saved some money where I built my current house in Kawempe and started a small scale business at Kiseeka market.

But, for the period since I retired, I have since used my savings, depended on friends and I am on a point of no return.

I humbly ask for the football family to help me and come to my rescue for the second operation

President of the International Scouts and Guides Fellowship, Mathias Lukwago is a personal friend to Ausi Kaaya Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Lukwago, a childhood friend to Kaaya added to the voice of the Ex-Uganda Cranes international who seeks for about Shs 17M in costs.

Kaaya has been my good friend since we were young. When he started playing football, I diverted to scouting.

As a friend and a person who served his country with diligence, I ask the public to help him in whichever way possible

[/media-credit] Ausi Kaaya addresses the media at Hotel Barbados International along Rubaga road Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Means of offering assistance:

There are two available mobile phone numbers registered in Ausi Kaaya’s names (0782303124 and 0703538126) onto which willing people can contribute for Ausi Kaaya lung operation.

Also, there is a planned evening tea arrangement on 3rd February 2018 where all persons willing to attend will contribute Shs.20,000 each.

Kaaya’s life and career:

Kaaya was born on 1st April 1983 to Ahmed Mukasa and Madina Nakalema in the famous footballing hub of Kawempe division, a suburb of Kampala city.

He studied at Kawempe Mbogo primary and Kawempe Muslim Secondary school until he successfully completed his advanced level education.

In his budding career, Kaaya was inspired by the legendary former Uganda Cranes captain Ibrahim Ssekagya, now at New York Red Bull youth team as coach.

Kaaya’s potentiality as a promising defender was discovered by the late Steven ‘Gayiige’ Mulinde.

He had a blossom club and country career which witnessed him play at State House, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Police and lately Proline behind he hung up his playing boots.

Kaaya won two Uganda Premier League titles with Police 2005 and later at KCCA F.C in 2010 under head coach George ‘The Best’ Nsiimbe.

He also won the CECAFA clubs championship with Police.

His national team career witnessed him amass 35 caps, featuring in 8 CECAFA senior challenge cup tournaments with only one title in 2005.

Kaaya’s present state reflects lives for many retired sportsmen whose lives are in misery after an hitherto promising career.

Who is Ausi Kaaya?

Full Names: Ausi Kaaya

Date of Birth: 1st April 1983

Place of Birth: Kawempe


  • Ahmed Mukasa and Madina Nakalema


  • Married with two daughters [Hayira Kaaya (11) and Rahima Kaaya (8)]


  • Kawempe Mbogo (Primary)
  • Kawempe Muslim (Secondary)

Football Career:

  • State House, KCCA, Police and Proline (Club football)
  • Uganda Cranes (35 caps)

Football success:

  • Winner CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup (2005)
  • Winner CECAFA Club Championship (2005)
  • Winner Uganda Premier League [Police (2005), KCCA (2010)]

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

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