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Michael Lubowa [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ] says; Thanks a lot for your sports flashback. Your article ‘The Otti I knew’ has a photo that reminds me the times at Nakivubo Stadiums as a ball boy.

However, there is a human error you made; the person before Parry Okech whom you referred to as Ben Kasozi is in fact Lukwago, who was nicknamed “Delegate.

Secondly, you credited Otti for sporting Phillip Omondi, Stanley Mubiru from the inter-regional tournament. However, Omondi was already playing club football in second division. Similarly, Mubiru was playing for first division side Jinja United.

Please keep on writing these articles as they not only refresh us but also provide historical information”.

Thanks Michael for the James Lukwago correction. However, I beg to slightly differ on the Omondi and Mubiru issue. It’s true both players were already playing club football but Otti was the first to summon them to the national team at the expense of senior established players.

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Fred Kagoda [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ] says; Hi Badru, can you give me a list of Zambian national team players who died in the 1993 plane crash? Then again, give me the names of Nile FC team that won the league in 1980 and lastly the Nytil team that finished runners-up the same season.

I have managed to provide you with two squads of Zambia and Nile FC, I shall give you the Nytil FC team  next week. Zambia 1993 squad included: Efford Chabala, Richard Mwanza,  John Soko, Whiteson Changwe, Robert Watiyakeni, Eston Mulenga, Derby Makinka, Moses Chikwalakwala, Wisdom Mumba Chansa, Kelvin “Malaza” Mutale, Timothy Mwitwa, Numba Mwila, Samuel Chomba, Moses Masuwa, Kenan Simambe, Godfrey Kangwa, Winter Mumba, Patrick “Bomber” Banda and Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu (coach), Alex Chola (Asst. coach) and Michael Mwape (FAZ Chairman).

Nile FC’s 1980 line-up had: Patrick Lwanga (Adam Wenga), Mike Diku, Edward Kinobe, Paul Orya (Natal Mwaka), Cloves Segujja, Tadeo Azabo, Edward Mukiibi,  Mathew Lucha, Chris Dungu, Sam Natulya and Erias Wapicho (Meda Lukungu).

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Semazzi Lule says; In your article about David Otti, you said he moved to Coffee following the banning of Bitumastic FC. I thought it was only Express which was banned by government in 1977.

Government banned Bitumastic FC in 1965 based on the allegations by Express founder and parliamentarian “Jolly Joe” Kiwanuka, who claimed that the club owners were turning football “professional” by paying as well as offering jobs to players and yet it was supposed to be amateur.

For your information, Bitumastic FC belonged to a Danish roads construction company. Upon hearing this, the team was banned and the majority of players joined Coffee FC.

If anyone out there has a better answer or any question, why not drop me an email at
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