Cheptegei soars to a new height

By Wasswa Deo

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei Kirui has bagged his second Commonwealth gold medal in Australia after winning the men’s 10,000m final after clocking for 27 minutes and 19 seconds.

The 21-year- Cheptegeyi got the first gold medal in the men’s 5000m final , where he beat Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed and Edward Zakayo of Kenya.

Cheptegei has become the only the second man in Ugandan history to complete a 5000m and 10,000m Commonwealth double at the same Games.

Moses Kipsiro was the first to do it in 2010 in New Delhi, India.

Cheptegeyi second gold medal has now lifted Uganda team  from 18th position to 14th in the competition.

Uganda is currently holding 5 medals of which 3 are gold and 2 bronze.

She cranes still shining at the Olympics

The Uganda netball team, She cranes has today managed to win Wales on 76 – 40 goals in group B.

This means that Uganda has registered the second win in group B  the following the 54 – 52 win it got from Malawi on Saturday.

 Tomorrow she cranes will be taking on Scotland netball team.

Currently Uganda team is in 14th place with three medals out of 29 countries that are in the competition.

Australia, the organizers are still leading the with 130 medals, followed by England with 74 medals.

Ndejje Angels send City Oilers to third loss this season

Defending national basketball league champions, City Oilers, on Sunday night lost to Ndejje University Angels 77-74.

In a hotly contested game played at the Lugogo MTN Arena, Ndejje University led the first five minutes of the game 11-2 before the Oilers improved to 11-13. The second quarter ended 29-28 in favour of Ndejje before the Oilers took charge of the third quarter 59-49.

In the last quarter, however, two technical fouls to Oilers coach Monday Juruni and forward Jonah Otim gave the Angels advantage to win with four free throws, but also gaining possession of the ball in the last seconds of the game.

Angels’ Deng Maker made 18 points while Michael Otieno scored 17 points. Oilers’ Stephen Omony scored 18 points.

The loss was the third for Oilers this season.

Meanwhile Betway Power struggled to stop Our Saviour 79-73 in a hotly contested game. Power had a slim lead of 22-19 and 44-36  in the first and second quarter, before Our Saviour leading third quarter 63-60. The fourth quarter ended 77-74 in favour of Power.

Powers Paul Odong made a game high 21 points while Isaac Afidra and Michael Makiada each made 17 points. For Our Saviour, Joseph Wacha and Nkumbi Mulumba made 12 points each.

Pemba Warriors meanwhile stopped Star Times Falcons 81-52 with Mark Opio Okidi scoring a game high 15 points for the Warriors and Vinnie Jurua scoring 15 for Falcons.

In the ladies’ games played earlier, A1 Challenge stopped Javon Ladies 72-53. Kampala Capital City Leopards meanwhile humbled Lioness 79-28.

 

 

 

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Emotional win as Bolt crowns his career

Usain Bolt could not lose – the 35,000 dancing, roaring, horn-blowing worshippers inside Kingston’s National Stadium would never have allowed it.

Not after the build-up. Not after an ordained minister led a prayer in his honour; not after a procession of dignitaries paid tribute to “the most famous Jamaican of all time”; not after his every gold medal-winning moment was greeted with deafening cheers as they were relived on the big screens; not after he was introduced to the crowd from an open-top car, before walking through a ceremonial brass band onto a red carpet that had been laid on the finishing straight for his feet only; and not after he had departed for his warm-up to the sound of Frank Sinatra’s My Way.

No, there was no way Bolt could lose. And he did not. Jamaica’s favourite son said farewell in his last ever race on home soil with yet another victory on Saturday night.

In honesty, the task was not a difficult one. Some significant massaging of the Racers Grand Prix entry lists had left Bolt facing a host of faded Jamaican sprinting talent in the “Salute To A Legend” 100m race, while the fastest men competing in Kingston – his training partner Yohan Blake and South Africa’s Akani Simbine – were left to their own private battle in the international 100m.

Not that the crowd cared the slightest bit. Bolt’s victory in a pedestrian 10.03sec, after one of his trademark slow starts, was greeted with unbridled, chaotic joy. Fireworks erupted, the blare of horns was relentless and the party began as a stream of dancehall stars took to the field. It was sheer euphoria.

 

 

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FUFA president Magogo appointed member of executive committee of CAF

The President of the Uganda FA, Moses Magogo has today been co-opted as a member of the executive committee of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) for 2017-2021.

The appointment took place on Monday during the CAF Congress in Manama, Bahrain ahead of the FIFA Congress which will take place in the same place on Thursday.

Magogo was very instrumental in canvassing for votes when Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad beat long serving CAF President Issa Hayatou during the CAF General Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in March this year.

“In recognition of the progress of football development in Uganda and contribution towards African football, I have been appointed a member of the CAF Executive Committee 2017 – 2021 and a member of the CAF Reforms Committee,” said Magogo.

At the same Congress Ghana’s FA President and Fifa Council member for Africa, Kwesi Nyantakyi was named the 1st Vice President for CAF, while Constant Omari of the DR Congo is 2nd Vice President.

Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria FA was also appointed President of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and media committees of CAF, while Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya is chairman of the CAF technical and development committee. Djibouti’s FA President, Sulaiman Waberi was appointed chairman of the referee’s committee.

 

 

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Celebrated Geoffrey Massa hangs his Uganda Cranes Jersey

Uganda Cranes captain Geoffrey Massa has thrown in the towel and announced his retirement from the national team.

Massa who skippered Uganda Cranes at the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) said on Wednesday that he has enjoyed his 12 years featuring for the national team.

“It is with immense pride that I announce my retirement from the national football team after representing the country for 12 years,” said Massa in his letter sent to the Uganda FA on Wednesday.

Massa who said he intends to continue with his football playing career at club level is however clubless after South Africa Premier League side Baroka FC terminated his contract in January this year together with another Cranes player Khalid Aucho.

The striker who has not enjoyed good form for club and country in the last six months also thanked the national team past coaches and current coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic for having believed in him.

“The experience of representing my country at the 2017 Afcon in Gabon was truly memorable, while the feeling after winning three Cecafa Challenge Cup titles and becoming the all-time Nations/World Cup qualifying top scorer with 14 goals was quite satisfying,” he added. He also added that he is proud to have played over 80 games for the national team and scored over 30 goals.

Massa started his started his club football with Police FC in the Uganda Premier League. He also played for Al-Masry, El Shams and Itesalat FC in Egypt, Yenicami Agdelen SK in Cyprus and Jomo Cosmos, Bloemfontein Celtics, University of Pretoria and Baroka FC.

When contacted national team head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said that he wishes Massa well in his next move.

The Uganda FA said they will help Massa to develop a career of his choice in football which could be in administration, management and the technical aspect. Former national team captain David Obua told URN that Massa had done a lot for his country and will always be remembered for guiding the team to the 2017 Afcon.

 

 

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Team Kenya triumphs at the World Cross country Championships, Uganda comes third

Uganda have finished third overall in the 2017 World Cross Country Championship that climaxed at the Kololo Independence ground on Sunday.

Team Uganda finished with 35 points after bagging one goal medal and two bronze medals. Kenya who dominated the competition won the overall team event with three gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals to bag 79 points.

Ethiopia who won the last competition in China were second with 58 points. Baharain and Eritrea were fourth and fifth respectively.

Kenya was dominant in the mixed relay, Senior women and senior men races at the Kololo Independence grounds.

Kenya’s team of Asbel Kiprop, Winfred Nzisa Mbithe, Bernard Kiprorir Koros and Beatrice Chepkoech started off the day in style by winning the first ever mixed relay (8km) gold medal.

In the second race of the day women’s U-20 race (6km) saw Ethiopia win gold, while Kenya was second to settle for silver and hosts Uganda in third place with a bronze medal.

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo was in good form as he bagged the country first ever World Cross Country gold medal when he won the U-20 men’s race with a time of 22.40 over 8km.

The Kenyans who were cheered on by over 200 traveling fans dominated the women’s senior race with six runners occupying the first six places. Irene Chepet Cheptai won the race with a time of 31:57, while Alice Aprot Nawowuna came second.

In the men’s senior race Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei dominated most of the race, but was unlucky to get tired later as Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor retained his gold medal he won in China at the previous Championship. Ethiopia however won the team event gold medal, while Kenya picked silver and Uganda a bronze medal.

 

 

 

 

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Kiplimo does hosting Ugandans proud

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo was in good form as he bagged the country’s first ever World Cross Country gold medal when he won the U-20 men’s race with a time of 22.40 over 8km.

Yemane Haileselassie of Eritrea led the runners through the first lap under sweltering temperatures at the Kololo Independence ground, but Kiplimo kept his steady run.

But Kiplimo who is the world U-20 10,000 bronze medalist later broke away with a heavy kick that saw him burst to the finishing tape. It was all smiles as the guest of honour President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janat Museveni took photos with Kiplimo.

Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn with a time of 22:43, while Kenya’s Kimunyan took bronze with a time of 22:52. “I am so happy that my hard work has finally paid off,” said a happy Kiplimo after the race.

In the other races Kenya’s team of Asbel Kiprop, Winfred Nzisa Mbithe, Bernard Kiprorir Koros and Beatrice Chepkoech won the first ever mixed relay gold medal. The women’s U-20 race was won by Ethiopia for the team event, while Kenya’s U-20 women swept the first six positions to emerge top in the team event.

Host Gabon, Zimbabwe, Algeria join Uganda out of the Afcon

The Desert Fennecs of Algeria and Zimbabwe have bowed out of the on-going 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Algeria led by African Player of the Year 2016 Riyad Karim Mahrez only managed a 2-2 draw against Senegal in a game played on Monday, while Zimbabwe lost 4-2 to Tunisia at the Stade de l’Amitie.

Algeria and Zimbabwe have now joined Uganda, Guinea Bissau and hosts Gabon to exit the tournament.

At the Franceville Stadium Islam Slimani who plies his trade in England for the Premier League champions Leicester City netted a goal in each half as his team drew 2-2 with Senegal. Papa Kouly Diop and Moussa Sow scored for the Senegal team.

To lead Tunisia to victory Sliti Naim gave the lead after 10 minutes before Youssed Msakni, Taha Yassine Khenissi also netted. Knowledge Musona pulled one back for Zimbabwe after 43 minutes. But Wahibi Khazri converted a penalty to make it 4-1 after Zimbabwean defender Coast Nhamoinesu had handled the ball in the box.

In the second half the Zimbabwe coach Kalisto Pasuwa made some changes and substitute Tendai Ndoro placed the ball past Tunisia’s advancing goalkeeper Rami Jeridi to make it 2-4.
Action shifts to group C on Tuesday when the Democratic Republic of Congo face Togo, while Morocco take on defending champions Cote d’Ivoire.

 

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Uganda Cranes players to receive 27M each for Afcon participation

Uganda Cranes players will each pocket UGX27,150,000 for making the team at the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

“We agreed that each of the 23 players who made it to Gabon will get US$7,500 (UGX27,150,00) as appearance fees at the event,” Uganda FA head of Finance, Decolas Kiiza told URN on Saturday night at the Port Gential Stadium where the Cranes lost 1-0 to Egypt.

Kizza explained that although the government only budgeted for U$5,000 for the players as appearance at the competition, the FA decided to top-up and make it US$7,500.

He said they had negotiated with the team that for each win at the Afcon each player pockets US$3,000 (UGX10,860,000) and US$1,500 (UGX5,430,000) for a draw. The Federation had also fixed another US$7,500 (UGX27,150,000) for qualification for the semi final stage.

But the Finance Director said all the bonuses to the team are meant to come from the cash prize that the team will pocket at the Afcon. In-case the team comes 4th they will bag UGX1,719,500,000 (US$475,000). The government released USX2 billion towards the Cranes preparations and participation at Afcon.

After losing the opening match 1-0 to the Black Stars of Ghana and following it up with the same margin loss to Egypt, the Uganda Cranes became the first team to exit the tournament.

“We have learnt a lot from this experience. All the games played at 2017 Afcon continue to make us a better brand,” said head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic. The Cranes have today traveled to Oyem where they will face Mali in the last group D match on Wednesday.

 

 

 

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