By Joseph Kiwanuka
FUFA has finalized plans to hold a funeral service on Tuesday 21st November 2017 of the departed Timothy Ayiekoh at Nambirembe Cathedral for the sports and football fraternity in Uganda.
The service will start at 8am to give the public an opportunity to pay their last respects to the former Uganda Cranes player and coach who passed away on Sunday 19th November 2017.
‘The funeral service at Namirembe Cathedral has been organized by FUFA for the football family to pay their last respects to a man who played and served Ugandan football wholeheartedly’ said FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein.
Ayieko who is survived by eight children will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Kisumu.
Former footballer turned coach Timothy Ayiekoh has today succumbed to heart and kidney complications.
Ayiekoh’s daughter Lilian Ayiekoh confirmed the unfortunate news about the former Uganda Cranes star to New Vision.
Ayiekoh developed heart complications early this year and underwent surgery in India but his condition continued to deteriorate with the onset of kidney complications due to medication after the surgery.
“He had heart surgery in July (2017) but his condition has never been better. He suffered kidney complications after the surgery due to the medication he took. The condition got worse last night and he passed on in the morning,” Lilian Ayiekoh said.
Ayiekoh who is survived by eight children will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Kisumu, Kenya.
“I’m not sure when he will be buried but it should be next weekend. We are still waiting for relatives to arrive for the funeral,” Lilian Ayiekoh said from Jinja mortuary where her father’s remains lay.
Ayiekoh manned Uganda Cranes’ midfield when the team posted the country’s best ever performance at the African Cup of Nations finishing as runners up in 1978.
“As a player he used to score goals from outside the goal area because of his powerful shots. He was also a good motivator during his coaching. I used to see him playing when I was still in school,” said former Cranes teammate and Bandari FC coach, Paul Nkata.
Ayiekoh played for KCCA FC in Uganda and Gor Mahia in Kenya among other clubs before coaching the Uganda Cranes for year in 1995.