Saidi “Saido” Lugolobi smiles on duty during the AFCON 2017 finals at Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon. He was part of the official Uganda delegation (Photo: Aisha Nakato)

Saidi “Saido” Lugolobi, a former Uganda Cranes kits manager is dead.

Lugolobi, a jovial personality in his heydays breathed his last on Friday, 7th June 2019.

He had been bed ridden for a long spell of time.

He had assumed the duties as Uganda Cranes kits manager in 2013 until mid-2018 when he got ill.

It is sad that Saidi Lugolobi is dead. He was a diligent servant and respectful at all times

Patrick Ntege Kaweesa, team manager, Uganda National teams

Lugolobi was part of the official Uganda Cranes delegation at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon.

He cherished and adored his work as he rarely skipped a Uganda Cranes training match.

When he fell ill mid-2018, he was replaced by former Uganda Cranes defender Lawrence Kizito.

Saidi Lugolobi was also part of the official team delegation at CHAN 2018 finals in Morocco (Photo: John Batanudde) Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Kizito is currently part of the Uganda Cranes delegation in Abu Dhabi alongside Ayub Balyejusa, another Uganda Cranes former player.

Lugolobi will be laid to rest on Saturday, 8th June 2019 at Namagoma, along Masaka road.

Uganda Cranes left back Joseph Ochaya smiles with Said Lugolobi (Photo: David Isabirye)
Saidi hugs former Uganda U-23 head coach Frank Video Anyau at Entebbe International Airport (Photo: David Isabirye)

We are deeply saddened by the demise of former Uganda Cranes kits manager Saidi Lugolobi. May his soul Rest In Peace.

FUFA Statement

A Crane Rests… A member of the historical 2017 Uganda Cranes Team that qualified back to AFCON after 39 years passed on Friday afternoon. Inalilah wa inalilah rajihu

FUFA President Moses Magogo

Saidi Lugolobi loved his job. He was professional in his line of duty. It was a tough job especially working under the different coaches who fronted professionalism. I can only pray to him and Allah strengthen his family

Ahmed Hussein, FUFA PRO

It is such a big pity and loss. Saidi was so friendly and he loved his job at all times. May Allah give him eternal rest and strengthen his family at all time

Ahmed Kabali, Uganda Cranes bus driver

Saido was a very hard working man who was passionate about his job. He loved his job in that he could always ask me Mr Katende send some information about those kits men in the premier league in England. I want to perfect my job to international level

Fred Katende Malibu, journalist and long time Uganda Cranes media manager

He was such a friendly gentleman. He loved us the players and we all loved him. He valued his work as a kits manager. He will forever be part of the Uganda Cranes team in spirit. R.I.P

James Alitho, Uganda Cranes and URA FC goalkeeper
Saidi Lugolobi executes his duties during the 2018 CHAN finals in Morocco (Photo: FUFA Media)

Who is Lugolobi?

Full Names: Saidi Lugolobi

Nick Name: Saido

Parents: Late Hajji Sabiti Musoke Lugolobi and Hajjati Aisha Nantale

Date of Birth: 19th September 1979

Education: Hassan Tuorabi Primary School, Nateete Muslim S.S (O & A level)

Family: Was engaged to Robinah Namuleme with five children (Shadia, Sumaya, Hassan, Sofia & Umar Lugolobi)

Football Career: Played for Natete Sports Club and Mutundwe Lions F.C

Football Team supported: Sports Club Villa

Best Players: Geofrey Massa, Dennis Onyango and Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito

Started working as Uganda Cranes Kits manager: 2013

Died: Friday, 7th June 2019

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

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