Pool boss sacked

By Kinthan Media

The pool association of Uganda (PAU) executive last month voted their chairman Bob Trubbish out office on allegations of incompetence and misuse of office replacing him with Dr. Herbert Turyagyenda of Maga club.

The executive also voted Simon Waswa as acting vice chairman till a new office bearers are voted into office by the assembly.

“It is true Bob was voted out office by Executive, but the sad note is that he is still very sick,” Federation PRO Peter Kyobe confirmed the development.

“We are having an extra-ordinary assembly on July 7th which is not necessarily an elective one unless it is overturned by event,” he added.

He added that constitution mandates the executive to remove a fellow member from office, as long as there is justification, and all members of executive consented to the decision and constitution articles were fulfilled.

Onkar Rai back charged

Onkar Rai back charged

Nairobi, Kenya,

Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) table leader Onkar Rai returns to the Safari Rally having forgotten the unfortunate accident which left his co-driver Gareth Dawe seriously injured when in a second position last year.

Christakis Fitidis being flagged off by Sponsors Oryx at Lugogo. PIX BY Virgin Images

Rai was within his reach and challenging Carl Tundo for victory in last year’s Safari Rally edition.

Team Kabras drivers crew are working around the clock to set the Skoda into proper shape after it received heavy mechanical problems during the Africa Rally Championship (ARC) Zambia Rally two weeks ago.

“Preparations have been a little difficult as our car arrived from Zambia last week, but the good thing is that Dawe is fully recovered and ready for his duties,” The Kabras Team drover stated.

The duo will put the Skoda through its paces this weekend in proper testing. “The mechanics have been going through the cars and we plan for a small shakedown this weekend,” he said. 

Rai doesn’t feel any pressure in the Safari when asked about the opposition. “I am certainly not under pressure,” he said, adding, “I would really love to win my first title.”

Mr. Patrick BUsinge the MD Oryx hands over the Uganda flag to Fitidis Manager. PHOTO BY Virgin Images

Obviously there will be some sort of “sibling rivalry,” within the larger Kabras team members that include, defending Safari champion Carl Tundo in a Mitsubishi EVO X, former champion Baldev Chager, Eric Bengi who was fifth last year in another Mitsubishi EVO X and family member Tejveer Rai in Evox.

He will be exploring the known as this year’s Safari Rally route has new sections. None the less, “There are new sections which we have all not done before and this is exciting as it will be the same playing field for all,” he added.

Uganda fans will be traveling in big numbers to support the Uganda crews.

Besides team mates, Rai will be racing against top drivers from Uganda including Ronald Ssebuguzi, Kephar Walubi, Christakis Fitidis, Dr. Nsereko Godfrey , Duncan Mubiru aka Kikankane and Abdul Kateete.

 Other crews including R5s of Africa champion Manvir Baryan and Zambian ace Leroy Gomes in a Ford Fiesta will give the Onkar Rai a run for his money.

 “I am racing in one of the three R5s though the other two R5 are fierce competitors. I am looking forward to racing both of them though there are other threats from my team mates Baldev Chager and Carl Tundo.” He said.


Ford and Hyundai WRC teams for Safari

Nairobi, Kenya, July 26, 2019-

Ford and Hyundai World Rally Championship teams to test 2019 Safari Rally route

Christakis Fitidis in action in the Uganda National Rally championship. He will be in action in Safari Rally next month. PHOTO BY Virgin Images.

FORD and Hyundai rallying teams will be sending observers and experts to watch the Safari Rally in Kenya between July 5 and 7.

These two World Rally Championship (WRC) are leaving nothing to chance and their reconnaissance is based on the high possibility of this year’s African Rally Championship (ARC) Safari Rally, being run as WRC Candidate Event, returns to the top-flight calendar in 2020.

Hyundai are sending to Kenya, Pablo Marcos who arrives on Wednesday and the current WRC champions Ford M-Sport will be flying in Krzysztof Stolarczyk. These two will be assessing the competition, the route and conditions in Kenya to give their teams a head-start in preparation should the Safari become a WRC event next year.

Yasin Nasser in action durimg the mukono rally. He will be in safari rally next month. PHOTO BY Virgin Images

Ford, now racing under M Sport Team won the 2018 WRC drivers title through Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Toyota won the manufacturer crown. If they attend a WRC Safari next year, they will actually be returning as defending WRC Safari Rally Champions; picking up from where they left 17 years ago when the late Colin McRrae and Nicky Grist drove their Ford Focus to victory in 2002, Safari’s last year in the WRC.

Ford is also historic in the Safari. It is their works team entry of Finland’s Hannu Mikkola that became the first overseas winner of the Safari in 1972. Mikkola drove a Ford RS 1600 with Swede Gunnar Palm. 

Ford had, otherwise been a very successful team previously in the Safari, having first won in 1955 (Ford Zephyr- Vic Preston Snr), 1958 (Ford Zephyr II – Arne Kopperund), 1964 (Ford Cortina GT – Peter Hughes) and 1969 (Ford Taunus 20M RS – Robin Hillyar).
After Mikkola’s Ford break-through for overseas drivers Swede, Bjorn Waldergard, produced a remarkable driver with Han Thorselius to win in 1977 in a Ford Escort RS 1800.
The British manufacturer stayed out for a decade before making a return in 1987 through Stig Blomqvist, also of Sweden, and Kenya’s Johnny Hillier in Ford Bosworth’s. But they were unsuccessful.

Abdul Katete in action during the mukono rally. He will be in action in the Safari rally PHOTO BY Virgin Images

It was in 1998 that Ford returned with three times Safari champion Juha Kankkunen, navigated by Juha Repo and late replacement Ari Vatanen/Fred Gallagher finished second and third respectively. McRae won in 1999 and 2001.
Hyundai were late entrants in the Safari, fielding a fully fledged team in 2002 when Kankkunen finished 8th in a Hyundai Accent. However, it was Phineas Kimathi, racing as a privateer who gave the South Korean manufacturer their first ever points in the WRC after winning the F2 category in a Coupe and finishing 18th overall.

Women Fall 42-13 to Kenya

By Kinthan Media

The 42-13 thumping by Kenya on Saturday in the first leg of the Elgon Cup is a lesson for Uganda rugby Union to invest much in women and grass root rugby.

The girls had the skills and potential to outmuscle their Kenya counterparts just like the men did, but they lacked fitness and their hands were rusty.

 Kenya Lioness Skipper lived by example scoring a hat-trick of tries to inspire her side to 42-13 defeat of the lady Rugby Cranes at the Mamboleo Stadium Kisumu on Saturday.

Kenyan players tackle Uganda player in the women Elgon Cup game. Kenya won 42-13 . PHOTO Virgin Images

The defeat was a punishment for the Uganda ladies who have been moreless redundant in the 15s aside version of the game.

Irene Otieno and Celestine Osinde scored the other tries for the hosts as Charlotte Mudoola scored Uganda’s penalty and a try before skipper Winnie Atiang added a try but was not enough to stop the Kenyans.


It is not yet over-Sseguya

Rugby Elgon Cup results


Kenya 37 Uganda 3


Kenya 13 Uganda 15

Uganda’s Epilo Paul with the ball durimng Kenya -Uganda Elgon Cup in Kisumu.Uganda beat kenya 16-13.

Rugby Cranes defeated Kenya 16-13 in the first leg of the Elgon Cup in Kisumu breaking a six-year jinx without defeating their host at home.

The Cranes last defeated Kenya in 2013 in Nairobi and the score was 17-16 in highly contested fixture.

Uganda Fans support Uganda.

However, Coach Robert Sseguya believes that the Saturday win was just the beginning and the most important results is that of the return leg on July 13 in Kampala.

“It is not yet over till the July 13th at home. We have won the battle, but not a war,” Sseguya said after the game.

“I’m proud of the boys. They put their bodies on the line for their nation and we had an important win that will motivate these young boys in the return leg. I’m really proud of them,” He added.

Adrian Kasito gave the Nile Special Sponsored Rugby Cranes lead courtesy of a try and Aaron Ofoywroth added a drop goal and a penalty to stretch Uganda lead to 11-0.

Kenya fought back replying through a penalty by Dominic Coulson to force a 11-3 break.

On return Santos Ssenteza added a try for Uganda stretch lead to 16-3 but the Kenyans fought back in front of a mammoth home crowd managing two tries which were not enough to stop the Rugby Cranes from victory.

Ofoywroth Voted Man of the Match

Fly half Aaron Ofoywroth popularly known as double black in the Kenya Harlequins where he features in Club rugby emerged man of the match.

His kicking skills destabilized the Kenyans who thought that the game was going to be a walk in the pack.

Sseguya men bruised:

Great wars always leave casualties and indeed the Saturday game left Sseguya’s men bruised.

With support from the fans sponsored by Nile Special, Skipper Asuman Mugerwa popularly known as beast by his Kabras fans and teammate, was overworked when Kenya applied a physical game.

This left Eliphaz Emong and Byron Oketayot injured and were rested in the second half.

The medical team will have to work harder to see that they fix these men before the return leg on July 13 at Kyadondo Rugby Club.

45 drivers for Safari rally

By Johnson Were

Nairobi, Kenya June 18 2019:Ian Duncan will lead this year’s WRC Candidate Event Safari Rally as Head of Presidential Delivery Unit Nzioka Waita returns to the driving seat after several year sabbatical.

Duncan who missed last year’s event has entered a Mitsubishi Lancer EvO X navigated by Anthony Nielsen.

The 1994 WRC Safari champion will be going for victory as the most experienced driver in the field of 45 drivers who have so far confirmed participation.

His presence spices up the competition at the top as he takes on defending champion Carl ‘flush ’Tundo in a similar make, Africa champion Manvir Baryan, fast rising Onkar Rai (Skoda Fabia) and Zambian ace Leroy Gomes (Ford Fiesta R5) among others.

Competitors will come from UK, Italy, Belgian Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.

Uganda has the highest number of entries at six. Bus-loads of Ugandan fans have confirmed their visit to Kenya to cheer up the drivers.

Meanwhile Clerk of Course Gurvi Bhabra has confirmed that entry to Kedong and Soysambu ranches will be free and spectators will be granted all necessary amenities.

Chief safety officer Norris Ongalo said safety is key in Kenya’s road map back to the high profile FIA World Rally Championship and they expect to police the roads using volunteer marshals and members of the disciplined forces.

So important is safety of drivers and spectators that the FIA has sent the 1983 WRC Safari Rally champion Michelle Mouton as the safety delegate and she will drive through the entire route at the beginning of every competitive stage.

The Safari will be flagged outside the President Entrance of Kasarani Stadium on July 5 from 11:00 am. Cars will then head to the Super Special Stage on a head to head competition of two drivers in the 4.5km stage.

They  will then head to Gatamaiyo Forest 12km stage via Thika Road through exit 14 into Kenyatta road.

The cars will come of the stage at Kinale Forest (Soko Mjinga) and use the main Nairobi/Nakuru highway up to Naivasha town before ending ending the day at Sopa Lodge for overnight say. Day two will start in Naivasha  up to Soysambu     where action will concentrate around Elmentaita.

On Sunday action returns to Kedong in Naivasha

The Safari Rally entrants

1 Paras Pandya – Ken- Falgun Bhojak –  Ken  Evo X N
2 Mahesh Halai –Ken- Ketan Halai – Ken-  Subaru Impreza N N
3 Lloyd John – UK -Cavenagh Adrian – Ken- Ford Escort Classic
4 Somen Jonathan – Ken- Hechle Richard –Ken- Ford Escort Mk Ii Classic
5 Edward Maina -Edward Njoroge- Ken- Subaru Impreza N10 N
6 Jasmeet Chana – Ken Ravi Chana – Ken Ken Evo X N
7 Giancarlo Davite- Bel- Sylvia Vindevogel- Bur Bel/Bur Evo X R4
8 Karan Patel – Ken -James Mwangi – Ken- Evo X N
9 Daren Miranda – Ken- Fernandes Wayne – Ken- Toyota Sprinter 2wd
10 Walubi Kepher – UG Mugambwa Anthony UG- Evo X N
11 Ssebaguzi Ronald- Ssenyange Leon-Ug- Evo X N
12 Puee Sohanjeet- Ken Din Adnan – Ken- Subaru Impreza N10 N
13 Geoff Mayes – Ken- Suzanne Zwager – Ken -Landrover Spv
14 Rai Onkar – Ken- Dawe Gareth – Ken -Scoda Fabia Rc2-R5
15 Rai Tejvir – Ken -Tba Evo X Rc2-R3
16 Chager Baldev- Ken- Ravi Soni – Ken – Evo X Rc2-R4
17 Kahlon Lovejyot Singh – Ken Limbani Harshil – Ken- Subaru Impreza N10 S
18 Gomes Leroy – Zam Gomes Urshlla – Zam- Ford Fiesta R5
19 Sachania Nikhil – Ken Deep Patel – Ken -Evo X Spv
20 Carl Tundo – Ken -Tim Jessop – Ken- Evo X Rc2-R4
21 Sira Hardev – Ken -Tba -Ken- Ford Escort Classic
22 Nasser Yassin – UG Katumba Ali – UG Subaru Impreza RC 2
23 Aakif Virani – Ken -Azhar Bhatti – Ken- Subaru Impreza – Vab Spv
24 Mcrae Kimathi – Ken -Tba Ken- Subaru Impreza – N12 N
25 Minesh Rathod- Ken -Shameer Yusuf- Ken -Evo X N
26 Duncan Mubiru – UG- Musa Nsubuga – UG Evo X S
27 Eric Bengi- Ken- Tuta Mionki – Ken – Evo X N
28 Issa Amwari – Ken Job Njiru -Ken -Evo X Rc2-R4
29 Ammar Haq- Ken Victor Okundi- Ken -Evo X N
30 Christakis Fitidis – UG Veer Dadar – Tz UG/TZ- Evo X N
31 Godfrey Nsereko – UG- JB Musisi – Ug -Toyota Runx 2wd
32 Katete Abdul – UG- Mohammed Rahma –UG-Subaru Impreza Rc2-R4
33 Pieiro Canobbio – Itl Tba Itl Evo X N
34 Manvir Bayan – Ken Drew Sturrock – UK-Skoda Fabia R5 Rc2-R5
35 Moez Malik – Ken- Steven Njenga – Ken- Subaru Impreza Vab N
36 Hussein Malik – Ken- Tba Ken Evo X N
37 Ian Duncan – Ken Anthony Nielsen -Ken -Evo X N
38 Kirit Rajput – Ken -Kashif Sheikh –Ken- Bmw – 325i Classic
39 John Ng’ang’a – Ken- Tba Ken Subaru Impreza Gdb N
40 Waita Nzioka – Ken- Laban Cliff – Ken- Mitsubishi Evo 9 N
41 Mughal Adil – Ken Hamid Zaib – Ken- Subaru Impreza S
42 Kenn Kamau – Ken Tba Ken Subaru Impreza S
43 Izhar Mirza- Ken Kavit Dave – Ken Ken Mitsubishi Evo 10 N

44 Kailesh Chohan-Ken_ Tariq Malik-Ken-Ford Escort

45 Ken Nteere-Ken-Edward Ndukui-Ken-Subaru Impreza


Elgon Cup: Rugby Cranes, Lady Cranes teams for Kisumu named

By Dorothy Nekesa

The Uganda Rugby Union has named the Rugby Cranes and Lady Cranes teams that will represent Uganda in Kisumu for the first leg of the 2019 Elgon Cup due June 22. At a press conference on Monday afternoon, URU president Godwin Kayangwe also revealed that the return leg in Kampala will be played on July 13, 2019, at Kyadondo Rugby Club.

Asuman Mugerwa returns as captain for  Rugby Cranes while Winnie Atyang will steward the ship for Lady Cranes. Uganda’s campaign is to lift this years trophy following a seven-year drought.

Rugby Cranes tactician Robert Seguya said selection of a final team has always been the biggest challenge because all players have trained and worked so hard.

“If l had it my way l would take all the players but World Rugby rules stipulate that a team has an allowance of only 23 players so we had to select team based on weight of our opponents first leg,” Seguya added.

Lady Cranes Team

Faith Namugga, Yvonne Najjuma, Christine Nakayiza, Charity Atimango, Hellen Gizamba, Mary Gloria Ayot, Winnie Atyang (captain), Beatrice Atim, Samiya Ayikoru, Charlotte Mudoola, Christine Akello, Peace Lekuru, Aisha Nakityo Nabulime, Rita Nadunga, Mary Kyoita Odoyi, Peace Mirembe, Warry Ssenfuka Joanita, Fortunate Irankunda, Irene Ziggy, Lydia Namabiro, Juliet Nandawula, Diana Kwagala and Esther Tino.

Men – Rugby Cranes

Hookers: – Ronald Kanyanya(Heathens), Joseph Kagimu (USIU/Mongers)

Front Row: Santos Senteza (Heathens), Saul Kivumbi (Impala), Asuman Mugerwa (Kabras), Collin Kimbowa(Kobs)

Locks: – Charles Uhuru (Heathens), Robert Aziku (Kobs), Simon Olet (Heathens)

Back row: – Desire Ayera (Pirates), Brian Asaba (Kobs), Eliphaz Emong (Kabras), Byron Oketayot (Rhinos)

Half Backs: – Aaron Ofoyrwoth (Harlequins), Paul Epilo (Heathens), Robert Masendi (Heathens)

Centres: – Pius Ogena (Kobs), Ian Munyani (Kobs), Jordan Bongomin (Heathens)

Back three: – Paul Masendi (Heathens), Daudi Semwami (Harlequins), Adrian Kasito(Kobs), Maxwell Ebonga (Hippos)