Mathias Lukwago (holding Kaaya portrait) with the injured during a fundraising drive at Lugogo with the frail Ausi Kaaya during auctioning the artistic piece. About Shs 4M was realized Credit: © Kawowo Sports / DAVID ISABIRYE

Ausi Kaaya Evening Tea Fundraising:

  • Saturday, 3rd March 2018
  • At Hotel Barbados International Limited, Rubaga Road (Kampala) – 7 pm

*Shs. 20,000 per person

[/media-credit] Mathias Lukwago (holding Kaaya portrait) with the injured and frail Ausi Kaaya after auctioning the artistic piece. Lukwago was the highest bidder Credit: © Kawowo Sports / DAVID ISABIRYE

As fate would dictate, a fundraising drive at the KCCA Lugogo stadium meant for the frail former Uganda Cranes defender Ausi Kaaya nearly turned nasty, as the patient was accidentally hit by a brick in the face.

By the time of the unfortunate incident, Kaaya was resting at the stadium dug out, moments after KCCA’s 4-1 win over Police in a build up match that was part of the fundraising drive.

After the accident, he was swiftly rushed for medication at a nearby dispensary when the deep cut was dressed up before he was brought back just in time for the rest of the programme that had two other matches on board as well as the auctioning of his portrait.

For starters, Kaaya who also played his club football at State House, Police, KCCA and lately Proline is seeking 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.

Ausi Kaaya (standing up with a mobile phone) captures some of the lively moments on camera during the fundraising drive at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports / DAVID ISABIRYE

By the close of business on Wednesday, Shs. 4,263,700 was collected by the football family during the fundraising drive for the former right back who won 35 caps, featuring in 8 CECAFA senior challenge cup tournaments with only one title in 2005.

In his appreciation speech, Kaaya lauded the efforts of the football family for the job well done;

I am very grateful for the love you have shown me.

To play for me such matches when i am alive it is a big honour.

My only advise to young players to be conduct themselves in a good way so that you can be helped in future when need be.

[/media-credit] Mathias Lukwago (holding Kaaya portrait) with the injured and frail Ausi Kaaya after auctioning the artistic piece. Lukwago was the highest bidder Credit: © Kawowo Sports / DAVID ISABIRYE

President of the International Scouts and Guides Fellowship, Mathias Lukwago, also head of the Uganda Cycling Federation (UCF) bought Kaaya’s  portrait at Shs. 950,000.

Lukwago was the highest bidder beating a strong and ‘spirited healthy challenge’ from Kawempe Old Timers and Proline Football Club.

[/media-credit] KCCA fans coordinator Meddie Ssetimba displays an energy booster recommended for Ausi Kaaya. The drink costs 500,000/= Credit: © Kawowo Sports / DAVID ISABIRYE

KCCA Football club fans coordinator Meddie Ssetimba led the fundraising drive that was also attended by Uganda Cranes assistant coach Mathias Lule, Ex Internationals Lawrence Kizito, Abdallah Mubiru, Mujib Kasule, George Ssemwogerere, Abubaker Tabula, Vincent Kayizzi among others.

In the matches played, KCCA fans drew 2 all with Proline fans.

The same result was registered for the Friends of Kaaya and Kawempe Old Timers during the final game on the evening.

Meanwhile, there is another fundraising drive (Evening Tea) confirmed for the 3rd March 2018 at Hotel Barbados International Limited, Rubaga Road (Kampala).

Each of the willing participant will pay Shs. 20,000 at the evening tea drive.

KCCA FC players led by striker Derrick Nsibambi greet Ausi Kaaya after their build up match with Police at Lugogo on Wednesday before he was injured by a brick Credit: © Kawowo Sports / DAVID ISABIRYE

Meanwhile, more assistance can still be channeled via mobile money on the two available mobile phone numbers registered in Ausi Kaaya’s names (0782303124 and 0703538126).

Get well soon Uganda Cranes Ex-international.

Who is Ausi Kaaya?

Full Names: Ausi Kaaya

Date of Birth: 1st April 1983

Place of Birth: Kawempe

Parents:

  • Ahmed Mukasa and Madina Nakalema

Family:

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

Education:

  • 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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