The Uganda football fraternity is mourning the passing Brigadier General Jackson Bell Tushabe.
The NRA bush war hero, Bell, died today morning after battling a long-term illness.
R0/0079 Bell joined NRA in 1982. After the war he served as a commander of the 4th Division Gulu, 3rd Division Mbale & 2nd Division Mbarara
In the bush, Bell belonged to the dare devil category of commanders like Jet mwebaze(RIP), Stanley Muhangi(RIP), Col. Patrick Lumumba(RIP), Katungi Marius (Suicide) (RIP) and Salim Saleh.
Following his death, local football lovers have paid tribute. Bell owned Victors FC.
Sports journalist Ashraf Habib Ajobe wrote:
“Brigadier Jackson Tushabe Bell is dead! So sad for the beautiful game. He dies at a time clubs are helplessly fighting for their space in a football environment that now favours the suited men.
Bell treated players like his own. Yudah Mugalu, Sam Mubiru, KarimNdugwa and Henry Kakooza who played for him will tell you how he housed, fed and paid their wages.
How he transformed Victors FC from a mid table team to a top tier club playing at the continental level. He dies a hero in the eyes of the football fraternity. Bell stands in the same room as Patrick Kawooya, Omar Mandela, Lawrence Mulindwa, who generously put food on the table for players deserve medals.
Their resourceful efforts ought to be respected. Today club executives and owners are being hounded around like people who do not have a say in the game.
It is clubs like Victors FC owned by individuals that have kept the league we enjoy to watch and talk about, running for the several years to-date. Condolences to Afande Bell’s family and may his soul rest in eternal peace!”