Hamis Tibita, Bul FC centre forward Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

They stole even his toothbrush and boxers! All the house-belongings in Uganda U-20 star-player, Hamis Tibita, were robbed after unknown people broke into his house in Mafuubira, Jinja during the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

[/media-credit] BUL and Uganda U-20 forward Hamis Tibita Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

A teary Tibita narrated the incident to Kawowo Sports;

It is unfortunate when I received a call on Tuesday informing me of the unfortunate incident that my house had been broken into and all my property stolen including the tooth-brush and boxers. Everything was stolen because when I reached there, the whole house was empty. Now, I am starting from scratch and God willing, I will rebuild myself.

The affected player, registered with Uganda Premier League club, BUL F.C, in Jinja was in camp with the national U-20 team at the Africa Bible University in Lubowa, Entebbe road by the time of the theft.

Inside the house, there was a relative who was drugged and is now being treated in Jinja.

Tibita has since recorded the theft case with Jinja Police Station.

The national U-20 team manager Sulait Makumbi also confirmed the unfortunate act of malice and selfishness;

We were informed of the robbery that took place at the house of Tibita [Hamis] and we gave him permission to travel back and assess the situation as well as have the case recorded at Jinja Police station. We expect him back by Wednesday afternoon for training ready for the match as we plan on how best to help him

On Tuesday afternoon, the player, a graduate from the FUFA Juniors league (U-18) was granted permission before he traveled to Jinja after playing in the build up match with Proline at Lugogo in the morning (match ended  2-2).

Meanwhile, the rest of the players attended the Uganda Cranes versus Malawi international friendly match at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Tibita is among the 25 players preparing for the first leg of the AFCON U-20 qualifier against South Sudan.

The match is slated for this Saturday at Lugogo in Kampala.

*Note: The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) cover only caters for players on the senior national team (Uganda Cranes).

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

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