By Robert Ssegawa
French government has pledged to construct modern sports facilities for several government primary schools across the country in a move aimed at improving pupils’ talents.
This was disclosed by French ambassador to Uganda Madame Stephanie Rivoal while handing over all weather court facilities at Kibuli Police children Primary school and Nakivubo blue Primary schools wort 30,000 US Dollars to the acting director KCCA Sam Sserunkuma.
Ambassador Rivoal says this was part of the France –Uganda friendship tokens adding that French government will construct two more modern play grounds in different schools in Kampala next year.
KCCA acting Director Sam Serunkuma noted that the authority has put in its budget sports funds in the next financial year in order to improve and nurture sports talents in its schools. The money used to construct the weather courts was raised during the French Uganda week 2018.
By Patricia Osman
Jack Pemba chairman Pemba Sports Africa has flagged off Umar Semata for a long month training programme in Phuket Thailand ahead of his much anticipated fight with Golola Moses slated for the 13th of October at Freedom City.
Pemba says that his company has injected another 10,000 USD inclusive of flights, accommodation, welfare and training in Thailand.
Mr.Pemba who earlier in the year offered 10,000,000 shillings to the overall winner now reveals that another 4,000,000 shillings would be given to the runner up.
He says he has a lot of faith in Semata *He is a very skilled kick boxer and as such the this month long training in Thailand will simply prepare him for victory.
Semata also known as Pain weighs 75kgs and has won 42 matches so far.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.