UCU, Nemo in action today in Cairo

By USPA Media Team

CAVB VOLLEYBALL FIXTURES SUNDAY

Quarterfinal fixtures

Nemo Stars (Uganda) v Ahly T (Libya) 2, pm

Al Swehly (Libya) v El Etihad (Libya),4pm

Al Ahly (Egypt) v Asaria (Libya)6pm

Smouha (Egypt) v Prisons (Kenya) 8pm

Positions Plays-offs

GSU (Kenya) v AS INJS (Ivory Coast),11am

Police VI (Botswana v University (Zimbabwe)12pm

UCU (Uganda) v VC Espoir (Congo), 1pm

FAP (Cameroon) v Gisagare (Rwanda) ,3pm

Mugher (Ethiopia) v AS FAG (Guinea),5pm 

Gendarmarie (Madagascar) v Rukinzo (Burundi),7pm

Nemostars Skipper George Aporu is optimistic his boys will make it to the semi-final of the Men’s Africa volleyball Club championship I Cairo on April 7,2019.

Nemo won all their pool D games to top the table which pooled them against Al Ahli sports Club of Libya in the semi-final at 2pm which is 3pm in Uganda.

“We are focused and we are ready for the challenge, but the boys have assured me that it time to write a mark by storming the semi-final,” Aporu said.

UCU positive:

Meanwhile Uganda’s second side UCU Doves have also vowed to fight for the ninth position.

The University side that wrote mark by being Uganda first side to win two games on their debut, targets a win against Espoir of Congo today at 1pm which 2pm East African time and also winning their next position fixture.

“Guys we would be in the quarters, but lost focus. Let’s go and win these remaining games to return home ninth, “assistant captain John Mark Okurut told his players in a meeting.

UCU after the training. PHOTO KINTHAN IMAGES

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FIA Safety delegate in Nairobi for WRC rally routes

By USPA Media

Nairobi-The International Motorsport Federation (FIA) Safety Delegate for the 2019 FIA WRC Candidate Safari Rally, Michelle Mouton from France arrived in Nairobi on Friday April 5,2019 review the draft itinerary of this year’s Safari Rally in Nairobi and Nakuru counties.

She will be evaluating the safety of drivers and fans and offer recommendations where necessary for alterations for the event that is also counts on the Africa rally Championship.

Michelle Mouton arrived in the World Rally Championship with a bang and erupted in 1982 at the height of the golden era of the Group cars, fire spitting monsters which were too fast to drive. Soon they started killing drivers and were banned from racing by FISA in 1986.

But she was in the mix in 1982 and stamped her authority comprehensively after finishing second behind Walter Rohrl of Germany in the World Championship in the monstrous Audi Quattro.

Here in Kenya she teamed up with 1972 East African Safari Rally winner Hannu Mikola and Kenya’s Vic Preston Junior in the Audi team. Those who watched her in action confessed of watching a fearless driver, navigated by Italian Fabrizia Pons.

 They were a rarity and their display, a combination of  rare talent. They finished third overall behind Mikola and winner Ari Vatanen in an Opel Ascona.

In 2003 East African Classic she teamed up with Anna Goni in a Ford Escort MK1.

But she is returning on a very different and special assignment. She is the WRC Safety Delegate of the FIA and visits WRC events to evaluate the safety aspect of an event. She covers every centimeter of a rally route head of the start and gives her recommendations.

“If I am driving, I am not looking and I am here to look and decide where is safe and who is safe, using my experiences from when I was a driver, as well as checking the safety plan is in place,” she was quoted saying in the  Kennards WRC Australia.

In Kenya she will be driven through the proposed rally route, paying attention to the safety of fans and drivers, says WRC Safari Rally project CEO Phineas Kimathi.

Safety is the highest priority of the FIA. This has resulted in rallies now done in completely closed roads unlike the Safari of the past and Kenya must conform. A positive tock is work in progress in achieving WRC status, he added.

Her input is very important as it will help Kenya organize a successful Candidate event, final dry run ahead of a possible 2020 WRC, said Kimathi.

Born and brought up close to the Maritime Alps southern France, Mouton, 67, grew up in snow sport, an aspect which aided her agility, calculation and reflexes plus fearlessness.

From 1976-1984 Mouton was in sync with self and machines she drove, notably the Group B Audi and Peugeot. She won four WRC rallies and climbed the podium nine times including the Safari Rally. She won the highly competitive German National Championship in 1986.

 The early 1980s car manufacturers were given the leeway to interpret technical aspect of automotive engineering. Audi gifted rallying with a 4WD saloon. Others followed cue and before long cars with power in excess of 450 emerged.

The year 1982 showcased Mouton’s exceptional talent and bravery as she finished second overall in the championship, losing to legendary German maestro, Walter Röhrl, after crashing on the penultimate event in the Ivory Coast. 

Her all-round superiority happened in the United States in the 1985 Pikes Peak hill climb, held annually in Colorado for a distance of about 20km, totalling 157 corners.

She occasionally still drives Audi S1 Quattros at select heritage events. 

In 1988, Mouton co-founded the international motorsport event Race of Champions with Fredrik Johnson, in memory of Henri Toivonen whose Lancia Delta crashed in Italy signaling the end of Group B ear.

In 2010, Mouton became the first president of the FIA’s Women and Motor Sport Commission.  She stated that “for many years people have asked me why there have been no women following in my footsteps. I really hope the Commission can help answer that question and that we can attract and support women in all areas of our sport.”

Mouton was appointed FIA’s manager in the World Rally Championship in 2011. She also serves in the nomination committee of the Rally Hall of Fame.   In March 2012, she recused herself after becoming a candidate for nomination. Mouton was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with two-time world champion Carlos Sainz.

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Kenya dates Namibia in rugby final


By USPA Media

Kenya-Namibia rugby rivalry will never come to an end, and as the senior sides prepare for the Gold cup ,their junior sides renew their rivalry in the U-20 category.
Kenya U-20 (Chipu) coach Paul Odera is not taking it lightly and has made two changes to the Squad facing Namibia on Sunday April 7th 2019 in the Barthes Cup Final.
The winner will qualify for the Junior World cup.
Michele Brighetti will be the starting flyhalf while Dominic Coulson moves to the inside center position. Douglas Kahuri is off the squad while Frank Aduda is set for his debut.

“Both are flyhalfs and this gives us options when kicking and when watching Namibia play, that 10-12 channel needs the right decisions being made defensively and also on attack,” the tactician noted.
Kahuri falls out of the game because Namibia pride themselves on forward play, so we’ve loaded the forwards and only have two backs on the bench. We’ve brought in Frank Aduda who was not in the squad that played Tunisia on Thursday,” Odera explained.

Chipu have a very good chance of winning: playing at home is an added advantage to the side, the teams execution has been nothing short of perfect and their tight five are very mobile.

“Our bench is really strong, this means when we bring on people they are adding impact to the team as opposed to reducing the energy and skill level.
Those are the two things that give us an opportunity to beat Namibia for the first time at this level.” concluded Odera.
Chipu squad for the final include  Ian Njenga, Bonface Ochieng, Rotuk Rahedi, Emmaneul Silungi, Ibrahim Ayoo, James Mcgreevy, Brian Amaitsa, Sheldon Kahi, Samuel Asati, Michele Brighetti, Beldad Ogeta, Dominic Coulson, George Maranga, Geoffrey Okwach, Andrew Matoka
Reserves
Wilfred Waswa, Collins Obure, Ian Masheti, Frank Aduda, Samuel Osongo, George Kiryazi, Barry Robinson, Owain Ashley

UHF benefits from UOC-French partnership

pBy USPA media  

National Handball league fixtures

Today at Police Children School Nsambya

Women:

Nkumba University v Makerere University

Prisons Spears Vs UPDF 3

Uganda Police Vs Ndejje University Hoppers 4

Men:

Kyambogo University Vs Makerere University

Prisons Spears Vs UPDF

Uganda Police Vs Ndejje University

Uganda handball Federation will stand testimony of the national federation that directly benefited from the Uganda Olympic Committee and French Embassy partnership.

Handball is the first Federation to use the All-Weather Multi-Purpose Sports Court that was constructed for the Police Children School Kibuli last year.

The Federation will host its National Handball league games on the court starting on Saturday April 6,2019.

Former champions Nkumba University women side who returns to the league from a three-year sabbatical open the season against Makerere University.

In the other women fixtures, Prisons face UPDF in the battle of forces while Uganda police who returned after two-year sabbatical face Ndejje University.

In the Men’s category Kyambogo University take on Makerere university while Prisons Spears who protested last year’s league and withdrew before the end, renew their rivalry against UPDF before Police face-off with Defending champion Ndejje University in the last league of the season.

Uganda Federation secretary Saudha Babirye has promised a competitive and better league and also appealed to clubs to respect the organising committee and honour their fixtures.

“We wanted to improve on our organisation of the league. So we out sourced a management committee and we expect a better organised league,” Babirye noted.

She added that unlike the previous year when games were in Namboole and Bombo this year the league will rotate to different venues.

“We have Police Children School Kibuli, Ndejje, Nkumba, Bombo, Kyambogo and Prisons grounds and this will help us spread the sport country wide,” Babirye noted.

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UCU’s Elias ruled out

By Our Media Team

Uganda Christian Univerity Volleyball team ,UCU Doves will have to look for a key substitute for setter and attaker Elias Isiagi who got a knee injury in their game against El Etihad of Ethiopia on Wednesday April 3,2019.

UCU on Friday April 5,2019 face Egyptian Smouha in their last game of Pool B of the Men’s Africa Volleyball club championship at Al Ahly Arena in Cairo which they must win to qualify to the Quarterfinal.

“It is not going to be an easy one but Johnson Rukundo will be in charge, but we expect him to double his workrate and equal Isiagi,” Coach Nason Bwesigye stated.

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UCU a win away to CAVB knockout stage

Uganda side UCU Doves beat Gendarmarie of Madagascar 3-0 to secure their second in the on going Men’s Africa Volleyball Club championship in Cairo.

Madagascar side put up a spirited fight by the Uganda side could not allow them dent their target of making it to the group stages.

UCU in action. Kinthan Media

The mukono side won 25-19,29-27 and 25-21 in the three sets and the victory means that UCU is a win away to the knockout stages.

Coach Nason Bwesigye when contacted said,” I’m impressed with boys. they came to play and they are doing their best to meet our target of making it to the Knockout stages.”

This was the first time UCU to compete in the continental tournament and beatting the Madagascar side and Zone V Africa Champions Gisagare of Rwanda is a great mark left in the tournament.

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Kenya side Prisons celebrate their victory against Ethiopia’s Wolaita

Dr.Ashraf in charge of rally drivers’ medical

Dr.Ashraf Ahmed in action durimng the CMC rally in Mukono. PHOTO BY Kinthan Images

By USPA media

All drivers to participate in the SMC challenge rally in Masaka due April 12-14, will have to undergo medical check-up at Ali Medical services in Old Kampala.

The mandatory medical checkup will ended on Sunday March 31,2019 and all drivers who passed it will be free to comprete in the SMC rally in Masaka.

Dr. Ashraf the 2008 National Rally Champion is a highly experienced medical practicing doctor that is offering a service to the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU).

The OiLibya fueled driver, will not only offer medical services to the drivers, but will be out to challenge his clients in the SMC Challenge rally in Masaka.

Whereas he may not be out to win the event, Dr. Ashraf is out to better his performance in the previous years.

Dr. Ashraf has been the most consistent driver in the Uganda rally events.

The Masaka event is the third round of the National rally championship is sponsored by SMK Garage, Tarvan Kick Club and Shell V-Power.

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