Airtel partners with Buganda Kingdom for the Masaza Cup

Airtel Uganda has has joined Buganda kingdom in this year’s season of the Masaza cup tournament . The the local football tournament  will kick off  in Gomba  district on the 23r.June.
The announcement was made by Airtel’s managing director  V. G Somasekhar as he handed over a dummy cheque of four hundred million shillings to the Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga at Bulange Mengo.
The opening game will be graced by the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi while the final match shall be played at Namboole stadium in August this year.

Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal but will not retire

The Arsenal boss has come under mounting pressure this season as supporters and pundits alike call for his head.

The Gunners face a serious risk of missing out on Champions League football next season and their best chance of qualifying is by winning the Europa League.

It is thought that Wenger may call time on his 22-year reign in the summer, despite having 12 months left on his contract.

But if the Frenchman does decide end his spell in north London then he claims he would like to try his hand at another club before entering retirement.

Yes, of course [I want to manage after Arsenal], as long as I have the physical strength and the desire to do it .”Arsene Wenger

“Yes, of course [I want to manage after Arsenal], as long as I have the physical strength and the desire to do it,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

“I know that depends on my physical status and how well I am mentally.

“It’s a decision I’ll have to make at some stage.

“At the moment I live in the present and I just want to do as well as I can for my club and I don’t worry too much what happens to me.

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First lady pledges more support towards sports

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has said the government will increase it’s support towards sports.

“We welcome you our heroes and promise that we shall invest more in sports so that we can get many more medals,” said a happy Janet Museveni on Thursday while welcoming the team from Australia where they participated at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In the absence of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who traveled to England to attend the CHOGM meeting, the First Lady thanked the team for performing well at the Games during the function at the Entebbe Old Airport VVIP Section.

Uganda won three gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals to finish in 15th position at the Games. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won two gold medals in the 5,000m  and 10,000m, while Stella Chesang bagged the women’s 10,000m gold medal and Mercyline Chelangat bagged a bronze in the same race. Boxer Juma Miiro picked a bronze medal in the 46-49kg weight category.

” I am happy to be a Commonwealth Games double gold medalist. I feel like a true hero being welcomed by by family and member of the government,” said Cheptegei.

Charles Bakkabulindi, the State Minister for Sports said that he was excited that besides winning medals and performing well, the young athletes have gained more international exposure even in other events like javelin where Uganda was not fielding athletes in the past.

President Museveni will host the team to a luncheon on April 22.

 

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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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