David Isabirye | Kawowo Sports Jimmy Lule during workouts at Entebbe Football Club on Monday, 28th January 2019 at the Lake Victoria Primary School playground (Photo: David Isabirye)

On April 18th 2019, Jimmy Lule Kibirige updated his Facebook profile with the inscription: “If you feel jealous, annoyed or upset when I am progressing, put your hands on your chest and say God I’m a witch, deliver me”

Whatever transpired through Lule’s mind back then, nobody knows but only the Almighty Lord.

Twenty-nine days later, Lule, a decent midfielder was pronounced dead after a short epoch of illness.

Lule died at Kamwokya Christian Care Community health facility on Thursday, 16th May 2019.

In his heydays, Kibirige was fondly referred to as ‘Zuguman’ and he did not shy away from the Rastafarian culture.

Lule is a young brother to former Uganda Cranes midfielder Owen Kasule.

He kick-started his footballing journey at Nakawa Football Club before he transferred to Kamwokya United in the Kampala Regional League.

His era at Kamwokya United Football Club witnessed the club achieve its highest ebb, reaching the quarterfinal of the Uganda Cup.

David Isabirye | Kawowo Sports Jimmy Lule Kibirige was a dead ball specialist

He was signed by Bright Stars Football Club in 2013, the year that they had attained promotion to the Uganda Premier League (UPL) from the FUFA Big League where he served with diligence for three consecutive seasons.

Lule later played at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), UPDF, Wakiso Giants and lately Entebbe Football Club.

He joined Entebbe during the secondary transfer window in January 2019.

Kibirige will be laid to rest at the family’s ancestral burial grounds at located Naama, Mityana.

David Isabirye | Kawowo Sports Jimmy Lule during his unveiling ceremony at URA Football Club
David Isabirye | Kawowo Sports Lule During his times at UPDF FC

Different personalities have since eulogized:

The number 10 man is gone to be with the Lord. We shall always cherish the great moments that you created while at Bright Stars especially the free-kicks. We shall miss you. Rest in Peace Jimmy Kibirige Lule

Bright Stars Football Club Management

Am yet to convince myself that you are gone.

Bernard Muwanga, KCCA player and former Bright Stars captain

He always delivered on the pitch. No. 10 belonged to Rastaman. The free kick master is gone. Rest in Peace Jimmy

Ahmed Hussein, FUFA PRO

Very sad RIP

Mathias Kigonya, Former Bright Stars goalkeeper

Hmmm R.IP Rasta We will miss you but I can not believe this

Stone Kawumba

Rest in peace soldiers soldiers soldier soldier

Asuman Galiwango

RIP BRo we shall always remember u may the good Lord well comes u in the joyment place in heaven

John Luutu


RIP Ma Bro..Ma Mentor..we always miss u Jimmy rasta

Juma Ssebaduka, Bright Stars player


RIP

Mike Nsubuga, Sports Journalist


Very Sad moments

Samuel Kayongo Junior

My condolence, such a great loss

Steven Dimeji Isreal

Sorry for my brother Jimmy lule may Allah forgive all his sins

Nasser Byaruhanga

RIP rasta wange. May God forgive you all that went wrong

Steven Katende

May his soul Rest in peace. Prayers to his family and relatives

Vincent Kambugu

Gone too soon bro, will always miss you buddy

Henry Hank Dembe

Rip rasta free kick master

Jctk Dennis Mutyaba
David Isabirye | Kawowo Sports The formidable Bright Stars FC team

1 COMMENT

  1. As a little boy football was his dream and passion and as he grew up it became part of him. Jimmy K has gone too soon and we gonna miss you dearly. Love you bro even u re gone.

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