Minister Nakiwala Kiyingi named Fufa deputy chairperson

The State Minister for Youth and Children, Florence Kiyingi Nakiwala has today been elected 3rd Vice President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa).

Nakiwala who is also the chairperson of Premier League side Express FC was voted during the Fufa General Assembly that took place at the Kabalega Resort Hotel in Masindi district on Saturday.

She beat Kirinya Jinja SS chairperson Diana Nyago in the elections as candidates for the Azam Uganda Premier League clubs to the FUFA Assembly in June. Nakiwala therefore recorded the 50% of the votes at the Assembly to be declared third Vice President.

The General Assembly also returned Moses Hassim Magogo for another four years (2017-2021) as the President.

Magogo, also a co-opted executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and member of the FIFA ethics committee was un-opposed for the position of presidency and was declared President during the General Assembly that took place at the Kabalega Resort Hotel in Masindi district on Saturday.

“I am happy that I will have another four years to develop football in Uganda further. I thank you all for the support,” said the 41-year Magogo who added that he does not know how he will be a President of a State Minister. Officially the new term will start after August 31st when this first term comes to an end.

The Fufa electoral committee chairman, Sam Bakika thanked all the delegates for observing order during the elections.

Former Tanzania FA president, Leodegar Tenga who represented FIFA and the Djibouti FA president who is also an executive member of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and member of the FIFA competitions committee, Hassan Souleiman Waberi also attended the Assembly as observers.

Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye were retained as first and second vice presidents respectively. The executive committee members include: Mukiidi Kalyebala (North), Issa Magoola (Eastern), Hajji Abdul Lukooya (Buganda),  Rogers Byamukama (Kitara Region), Rasoul Ariga (West Nile), Kirizesitom Kalibala (Western Region), Richard Ochom (North East Region), Hamid Juma (Kampala Region) and Agnes Mugena (North East Region).




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.



Legislators contribute 500,000UGx off their salaries for Uganda Cranes

Parliament is contributing over 200 million Shillings in support of the national football team Uganda Cranes, currently preparing for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon.

Each of the 431 legislators is contributing five hundred thousand Shillings (500,000 Shillings) to be deducted from their monthly emoluments.

The agreement came after the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga applauded Uganda Cranes for being voted the National Team of the Year 2016 during the annual Glo Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday. Ugandan first choice Goal Keeper Denis Onyango was also voted the Africa Player of the year (Based in Africa) Award.

Kadaga reminded legislators of their pledge towards Uganda Cranes after qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations. The Tournament runs from January 14 to February 5, 2017.

Uganda Cranes qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations last year ending a 39 year long wait for the national team to feature in the continental tournament. The team last featured in 1978 and lost the final to hosts Ghana.

“We had agreed that we contribute 500,000 Shillings each. I will be going to Gabon supported by one of the corporations and I would want to go with their cheque”, Kadaga said before directing the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige to make deductions from MPs’ emoluments so that the team can be supported and encouraged.

The contribution by parliament comes after government’s approval of 2 billion Shillings for the national football team, Cranes.




Plans to Have the Uganda Cranes camp in Dubai ahead of AFCON done

Sredojevic told URN on Monday that they have finalised on arrangements to have the team camp in Dubai and also have some build-up matches.

The Uganda Cranes qualified for the 2017 Afcon after beating Comoros 1-0 last month to break the 39-year jinx. The Cranes had last appeared in the competition in 1978 when they lost 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the final.

Sredojevic said they will start preparations on December 19th with the local based players since the professionals will be busy with their respective teams. The Cranes who will be based in Port Gentil during the Afcon competition in Gabon are grouped alongside Egypt, Ghana and Mali.

He explained that  the camp in Dubai will help the players have time away from their families and concentrate while using better facilities. “The camp will help us prepare better because the teams we are going to face are tough teams,” added the Serbian born coach.

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (Fufa) has already submitted a budget of over UGX2 billion to the government which will also cater for the camp in Dubai and the general expenses during the Afcon competition.



Uganda Cranes coach names sqaud playing against Congo in FIFA qualifier

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has today named a squad that will face Congo Brazzaville in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on November 12th at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

The Uganda Cranes who also qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) held Ghana to a 0-0 draw in the first game of the World Cup qualifier last month.

“We have called up 22 local based players for the regional tour some of which will be involved in our international matches and 19 professionals,” said Sredojevic. But before the game against Congo Brazzaville, Uganda will hosts Zambia in an international friendly on November 8th.

Sredojevic told URN that  the build-up against a strong side like Zambia will be very vital as they prepare to try and get a win against Congo Brazzaville. The Zambia team is also preparing for their next game against Cameroon after they lost their first game to Nigeria 2-1.

The coach also invited Swedish based Ronald Brian Mukiibi Ddungu fir the first time. Mukiibi features for Ostersunds FC.

Although Hassan Wasswa who was part of the squad when they held Ghana to a 0-0 draw is dropped, Ethiopia based goalkeeper Robert Odongkara. South African based striker Geoffrey Massa who skippers the team has also been invited.


Airtel Uganda injects 1.2 Bn UGX in Masaza football competition

Airtel Uganda Limited has on Thursday announced a Shs1.2 Billion sponsorship to the Buganda Kingdom Masaza Football competition for the next three years.

The announcement was nade at the Kingdom headquarters in Bulange, Mengo.

Airtel Uganda, the official sponsor of the Uganda Cranes has cemented their position as the biggest supporter of football in Uganda by announcing their latest partnership with the Kingdom of Buganda.

Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, Kingdom Sports minister Henry Ssekabembe Kiberu and the Airtel Uganda officials led by the Managing Director Anwar Soussa attended the briefing.

The sponsorship will see Airtel Uganda provide the necessary funds to enable the tournament organizers facilitate team players, coaches and referees as well as bring on board more capable service providers.

Addressing the media at the press conference, the Katikkiro thanked Airtel Uganda for their unwavering support for the kingdom and its activities.

“We are very fortunate that the partner we are announcing today is one we have worked with for a couple of years – we trust them and have a very successful working relationship.

We hold this tournament every year for mainly boosting the talent amongst the young people from Buganda Region and also to mobilize people living in Buganda in development programmes and activities that boost their income levels”

At Airtel Uganda, football is one of our passion points right from Airtel Rising Stars, our youth football tournament all the way up to the Uganda Cranes, our national football team.

It is an honor to add the Masaza Cup – a Kingdom of Buganda legacy tournament that was started very many years ago and has raised some of the greatest talent in the country.

I commend the Kabaka of Buganda and all the kingdom officials for your ability to keep alive this tournament and your noble desire to unify the kingdom subjects.

Soussa also used the opportunity to congratulate Buddu County on winning the 2016 Masaza Cup.

This will not be the first time Airtel Uganda has come out to sponsor Kingdom of Buganda activities.

Last year, the telecommunications company renewed their partnership with the Buganda Kingdom for the next three years to cater to four of the most important Buganda Kingdom activities including the Kabaka Run.

Masaza Products:

Over the years, a number of Uganda Cranes players have played the Buganda Masaza football tournament.

Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Godfrey ‘Jaja Walu’ Walusimbi of Gor Mahia, Yunus Sentamu (F.C Ilves in Finland), Tony Mawejje of Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, Robert Odongkara, Yassar Mugerwa (St. George), Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza (Free State Stars) among others have all played in the Masaza Cup.

Others are; Joseph Owino, Meddie Mukiri, Alex Kakuba, Alex Ikanga, Ivan Bukenya, Sula ‘Malouda’ Matovu, Yassar Mugerwa, Ivan Anguyo, Mike Sserumaga, Fred Kyambadde, Lawrence Ssonko, Brian Omony, Baker Lukooya, Nelson Ssenkatuuka, Andrew Kyekulidde, Ivan Anguyo, Hussein Bukenya, Edisa Lubega, Kenneth Tumusiime, Pius Wanji, Kezironi Kizito and a host of others.

Masaza Cup  All Winners:

2016 – Buddu

2015 – Singo

2014 – Gomba

2013 – Mawokota

2012– Bulemeezi

2011– Buluri

2010– Not Held

2009– Gomba

2008– Kyadondo

2007– Mawokota

2006– Kooki

2005- Mawokota

2004- Gomba


Here is the current list of the most highly paid African football players

The football season in Europe has started with a bang.

Premier League clubs spent over a billion dollars in the summer transfer window, with 13 clubs breaking their spending records.
As ever, Africa’s biggest stars are also in on the action.
Earlier this summer, Senegalese striker Sadio Mane became the most expensive African footballer in history when he signed for Liverpool FC in England for a reported fee of $34 million, or $45.5 million.
His fee is 5 million dollars more than that paid for Ivorian Eric Bailly: Manchester United are said to have splashed out almost 40 million dollars for him.
But commanding the highest fees doesn’t necessarily mean you are the best paid.
The best paid African footballer is Ivorian Yaya Touré, who reportedly earns well in excess of 300,000 dollars every week at Manchester City.
This will go some way to helping him to catch up with Samuel Eto’o, the most decorated African player of all time, who is reported to have a net worth of around $100 million.

Uganda Crested Cranes have no choice but to bring on their A-game

It will be a do-or-die for the Uganda Crested Cranes team when they face Zanzibar in their second Group A of the on-going Cecafa Women’s Championship this afternoon.

After a disappointing 4-0 loss to Kenya’s Harambee Starlets in the inaugural Championship on Sunday, coach Magida Nantanda’s side cannot afford another loss if they hope to progress to the knock out stage of the event taking place at the Fufa technical ground in Njeru, Buikwe.

“We know there is some pressure on us now because we need to win the remaining two games if we are to qualify for the semi finals,” Nantanda told URN.

The coach said they are going all out to attack and get the goals that can get them a comfortable victory since the group is now tricky. “I am happy that my players have responded well after the loss and are hungry to win the game against Zanzibar,” added Nantanda, Uganda’s most qualified coach with a CAF A certificate.

Team skipper Christine Wanyana said the game will be treated like a Cup final because it has lots of bearing if they are to progress to the later stages of the Championship.

The Crested Cranes will however miss the services of attacking player Winnie Babirye who picked a knee injury in the opening game against Kenya, while Zanzibar will also miss first choice goalkeeper Amina Mohamed Kitambi who was sent off in their opening game against Burundi.

But before the Crested Cranes take to the field the Harambee Starlets who will represent the region at the 2016 Africa Women’s Championship will battle Burundi in what promises to be a thriller.

Group A table standing
P    W    D    L    G    A     Pts
Burundi    1      1     0    0    10    1      3
Kenya       1      1     0    0    4      0      3
Uganda  1      0     0    1     0  4     0 
Zanzibar   1      0     0    1    1     10     0




Football Player kicked out of the game for farting

A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match – with the referee accusing him of “deliberate provocation” and “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.

Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, who was playing at left-back in the match between Järna SK’s reserve team and Pershagen SK, was shown a second yellow card late on in what local media called “bizarre circumstances”.

“I had a bad stomach, so I simply let go,” the 25-year-old told Länstidningen Södertälje. “Then I received two yellow cards and then red. Yes, I was shocked, it’s the strangest thing I have ever experienced in football.

“I asked the referee, ‘What, am I not allowed to break wind a little?’ ‘No,’ he replied … I don’t get it but maybe he thought I farted in my hand and threw the fart at him. But I did not.”

Opposition striker Kristoffer Linde told the paper: “I was standing a good distance away but I heard the fart loud and clear. It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen on a pitch, and I’ve been playing football since I was eight years old.”

The referee, Dany Kako, confirmed that Ljungkvist had received the second yellow card for breaking wind, explaining: “I perceived it as deliberate provocation. He did it on purpose and it was inappropriate. Therefore, he received a yellow card.”

Ljungkvist told Aftonbladet: “To provoke anyone with a fart is not particularly smart or normal. It’s nonsense – I just broke wind and got a red card. I spoke to the referee afterwards, I was annoyed, but there were no bad words. I just said he was a buffoon.”

Kako said he had experienced similar incidents before. “Once there was a player who stood and peed next to the pitch. I showed him a yellow card, too.”




FUFA determined to curb doping through regular tests

Ugandan footballers will, starting next season, undergo doping tests as local football body, Fufa, move to curb the vice.

The development is in line with World Anti-Doping Agency’s (Wada) efforts to tame the widespread evil, according to Dr. James Ssekajugo, a Caf and Fifa medical committee member.

“We are stepping up doping tests among footballers, coaches and administrators at all levels,” said Ssekajugo at the Fufa press conference in Kampala on Wednesday.

“We are going to first educate them on the dangers of taking banned substances before we begin random testing when the league commences.”

National anti-doping agency (Nado) chairman, Dr. Robert Zavuga, chipped in: “After massive awareness campaign, we want to detect and deter drug abusers,” said Zavuga.

“Testing gives confidence to clean athletes and protects players taking genuine drugs,” The campaign will be fully funded by Wada through Nado and will be based on sampling method.

Fufa CEO Edgar Watson said that the doping exercise will include all leagues in Uganda, beach soccer and women footballers and will cut across all ages.