Abel Dhaira’s Icelandic club ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar have started a fundraising drive for the Ugandan goalkeeper, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment in the Nordic island nation.
The former URA, Express, Simba and AS Vita shot-stopper, who last appeared for the Cranes in 2013, was late last year diagnosed with abdominal cancer and underwent initial treatment at Nsambya Hospital, Kampala.
But with his condition failing to improve, Dhaira flew back to his club where he has since been treated. “Abel Dhaira has played for this club and has had big problems with illness in recent months. He was in Uganda last year where he was diagnosed with cancer in the abdomen which has now spread to more organs,” a statement posted on his club’s website read in part.
Added the statement: “The company and sponsors stand firmly behind Abel and will seek to ensure he gets the best medical care available. This is to relieve the financial burden such a difficult disease causes. The company has partnered with Vodafone decided to stand for fund raising.”
There was also a fundraising game played on Sunday in the island town of Vestmannaeyjar between Dhaira’s current and former teammates against a select team from the Icelandic second tier league. In a touching clip posted on Facebook, Dhaira thanked the club and the organisers of the game.
“Today is a special day, it is one of the biggest days of my life and I really appreciate the organisers of the game. It truly means a lot to me,” he stated in the two-minute clip.Before falling sick, Dhaira who was ruled out of the season by coach Bjarni Jóhannsson, seemed to have established himself at the club in the second round of the Iceland topflight league that ended in October. He started seven straight league games as the club finished 10th in the 12 team log to narrowly survive relegation.