Federation of Uganda Football Associations [Fufa] says it is in deep sorrow following the loss of lives after a boat carrying footballers and fans capsized on Lake Albert in Western Uganda.
The players and fans are for Fofo FC found in Hoima District.
The boat was travelling on Sunday from Fofo landing site in Buseruka Sub County to Runga landing site in Kigorobya Sub County in Hoima District, western Uganda, when it capsized.
“Our condolences go out to the people of Kitara region Football Association following the loss of Fofo football team players and fans on Lake Albert. We are with you during these trying times,” said FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo.
“We know how much football brings joy to communities especially on the lakeshores. It was an unfortunate incident to our fans and players,” added Magogo.
“The number of lives lost is yet to be established but we are confident the necessary authorities including Uganda Police and local leaders in the Kitara Region are doing their best with investigations on what could have caused the accident.”
On Tuesday, Albertine Region Police Spokesperson Hakiiza Allan said the joint search of Police, UPDF marines and the local fishermen on Lake Albert has so far retrieved a total number of 16 bodies from the lake.
Six more bodies recovered have been identified as Ayiyorwotha Komakech, male juvenile, 15years, Kyoshaba Bob, 28yrs, Balikenda Kisembo, 20yrs, Adinan Oscar, 18yrs, Pirwoth Opek rwoth, 20yrs and Jango Filisido, 26yrs.