Bodies retrieved as 4 footballers drown in R. Nile

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Fishermen helped Police recover the bodies from the river [New Vision photo]

The bodies of the four people who drowned in River Nile have been retrieved and handed over to relatives for burial.

The deceased have been identified as Ronald Tumwesigye, James Ssenkumba, John Ssempebwa and Ernest Kafeero.

These are said to have come too early for the match and so they decided to move around, they ended up at Nkalange landing site where they decided to swim in the shallow waters of River Nile but were overpowered by the flow of water.

The incident happened at Kyekidde village, Buwenda parish, Mafubira sub-county in Jinja district on Sunday.

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The Nakawa based club was set to play a friendly match against Jinja-based Kakira Football Club before the players met their death.

Diana Nandawula, the Kiira region Police spokesperson, said the deceased ignored warnings not to swim at a dangerous spot and they were immediately swept away by the strong currents.

The match that was slated for 3:00 PM at Buwenda playground in Mafubira sub-county, Jinja district was cancelled.

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