Ssentamu beats Bobo

By USPA Media.

The sixth round of the Mountain Dew national Motocross championship started today September 28,2019 at Victoria Race Track Garuga with Fortune Ssentamu beating rival Ali Omar Yasser popularly known as bobo in the first heat.

Omar the MX125cc defending champion was the prevent favourites but, it was a different story when the race started.

Fortune Ssentamu in action. Virgin Images

 Ssentamu was good at both jumps and clearing the hoops, Bobo finished second and his young brother Waleed Omar who leads the table standing was third.

“It was a bad day fir us but I’ am going to talk to bobo and see what we bring tomorrow in the remaining two heats,” Ali Omar senior said.

In the MX85cc class, it was the same story as Stav Orland was unstoppable with Waleed Omar coming second.

In the 65cc Alon Orland, Gift Ssebuguzi and Kreidah Nsubuga finished first, second and third respectively.

Safari rally is a WRC event

By Johnson Were

The Iconic Kenya Safari Rally is back in the high profile World Rally Championship (WRC) after 18 years.

The Federation Internationale Du I ‘Automobile (FIA) President Jean Todt announced today in Geneva, Switzerland the return of Africa’s premier event on the WRC Calendar

President Uhuru Kenya Greets Yassin Nasser of Uganda before flaggimng of the The Safari Rally. PHOTO BY JOHSON WERE

“I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and his personal pledge to deliver the Safari Rally back on top of the World Rally Championship has been achieved,” Todt, a former Safari Rally driver said.

“I thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for his support and commitment and desire to have the Safari Rally return to the WRC,” he added.

“I like to remind all the Kenyan citizens that the FIA has a worldwide campaign to reduce the number of crashes on roads. The Safari Rally will be able to work with us on road safety in Kenya and to reduce crashes and increase awareness during the Safari Rally.”

J Somen powers his Datsun diurimng the Safari Rally. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

President Uhuru Kenyatta was the first person to congratulate Kenyans for realizing this dream in a recorded televised message from New York, United States at 1:30 Pm.

“Before my Administration assumed office in 2013, I made a promise to the people of Kenya, to return the Safari Rally back to the International Automobile Federation World Rally Championship family. This process has taken us seven years,” said the President in his message beamed on a giant screen at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

“It is my pleasure today to announce to the people of Kenya and Africa that this process has been concluded and the Safari Rally has been included in the Federation Internationale Du I’ Automobile World Rally Championship 2020 calendar making the return of the World Rally Championship to Kenya and Africa after 18 years of waiting,” said the President who is also the patron of the multi-purpose vehicle WRC Safari Rally Project which was tasked to deliver WRC status two years ago.

Journalists who turned up ro cover Day1 of the Safari Rally Kenya 2019 at Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the President of the International Automobile Federation Jean Todt, the World Rally Championship Promoter Oliver Ciesla, the chairman of the Kenya Motor Sport Federation, Mr. Phineas Kimathi and the Directors and Technical teams for working with my Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage through the World Rally Championship Project, to deliver this iconic event that forms part of our national heritage.”

‘This is a great moment for Kenya, a great moment for Africa and I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for his support,” said Kimathi.

“We were not picked because we are rich. It is because Kenya is arguably the most beautiful country in the world.

Ugandans hyped the Event;

Uganda fans celebrate seeing ugandan drivers

Last year hundreds of Ugandans flocked Kenya to support the Safari Rally campaign.

Led by Sulait Natukunda the director Friends Bus coaches, two buses, two Coastas, six mini-buses and other private cars, Ugandans gave life to the event which prompted Kabras Sugar Boss to offer 50 buses to Uganda fans next year if the dream came a reality.

“We are grateful that our efforts have been realized. We are committed to the event as fans we are waiting for the Kabras chief promise and the mobilization for Uganda to invade Kenya in bigger number stands,” Emma Emaru the fans coordinator said.

WRC events attract 4.5 million people who visit host nations of the championship. If we get 10 percent of this figure which constitutes new arrivals then this is an event worth investing in,” said Kimathi.

“I would like to pay tribute to those that worked really hard the Safari Rally project succeeded,” said Sports, Culture and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.

She said the economic gain and feel good wow effect amongst Kenyans will be paramount in the WRC Safari Rally. She pledged total government’s support and encouraged sponsors to come forward and be associated with the Safari.

KCB Director, Marketing and Communication Angela Mwirigi said as a bank they are extremely proud for being associated with the Safari’s success since 2003. This year the bank gave Ksh50 million sponsorship for the WRC Candidate Event and they will increase the package next year.

Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia said the journey towards the WRC has been long but worth covering. He enumerated the government’s commitment towards the event and assured the world that Kenya will deliver and intends to remain in the WRC for as long as it takes.

“It’s no secret we wanted to further globalise the series by incorporating more events outside Europe and we’ve achieved that next year with this exciting new-look calendar,” said Oliver Ciesla, managing director of WRC Promoter, which owns the championship’s commercial rights.

“The return of Japan and Kenya provide a presence in the world’s largest two continents by size for the first time in more than two decades. The last time Asia and Africa appeared in the WRC together was 1999.

“The two continents are huge markets for the WRC and I thank everyone involved from both countries and the FIA who have been instrumental in returning the rallies to the calendar for 2020.

“New Zealand requires no introduction. It has a long and successful WRC history and the return of its curving billiard-table smooth special stages near Auckland will be one of the year’s highlights,” he added.

The addition of Kenya’s iconic Safari Rally, one of global motorsport’s legendary contests, means the WRC returns to Africa, the world’s second largest continent by size, for the first time since 2002.

It is the first time the WRC has included six continents – Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia – in its 48-year history. Not since 1999 have Africa and Asia appeared side-by-side in the fixture list.

FIA Rally Director Yves Matton said that in order to further globalise the championship, there was a need to have more WRC rounds outside Europe

“I am glad to see the results of our expansion strategy, with emblematic events such as Kenya and Japan coming back to the WRC calendar next year, alongside New Zealand replacing Australia, while long-standing, iconic European events provide a great balance and preserve the DNA of the sport,” Matton said

The full 2020 calendar:

1. Monte-Carlo 23 – 26 January

2. Sweden 13 – 16 February

3. Mexico 12 – 15 March

4. Chile 16 – 19 April

5. Argentina 30 April – 3 May

6. Portugal 21 – 24 May

7. Italy 4 – 7 June

8. Kenya 16 – 19 July

9. Finland 6 – 9 August

10. New Zealand 3 – 6 September

11. Turkey 24 – 27 September

12. Germany 15 – 18 October

13. Great Britain 29 October – 1 November

14. Japan 19 – 22 November

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Students win UOC awards

By our team

Twaha Oduwa formerly of Busitema primary school and Aisha Byakatonda of Riverside High School won the scholarships during the UOC-Olympafrica competitions held at General Francis Were Nyangweso Olympafrica Youth Centre in Busia.

Winners of the UOC Olympia Africa Twaha Oduwa of Busitema primary school and Aisha Byakatonda of Riverside Primary School pose for aphoto with UOC president William Blick after receiving their USD1500 each at the UOC Offices in Lugogo. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

The General Nyangweso Youth Centre is a regional sports Centre of excellence in Eastern region and UOC president William Blick has urged government to set up more in other regions.

 “Such centers country wide would give opportunities to the youth to participate in sports develop their talents also win other opportunities such as scholarships,” Blick added.

Students Twaha Oduwa and Aisha Byakatonda emerged the best participants last year in the activities that included athletics 30m sprint, 100m sprint, 200m, 400m, 800m ,12-minute cooper test, art drawing focused on WADA and general knowledge on Olympic values.

Byakatonda said that money has relieved her parents of tuition fees burden at least for a year.

“I’m very happy to get this money. It has morale boosted me to continue participating in sports and train harder besides reading my books at school,” said the S1 student at Riverside high school.

 Meanwhile Blick also opened a three-day workshop for sports coaches as a way of capacity building social development.

The workshop will have coaches empowered with knowledge to train athletes not only sports but also social development for the future.

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I’m ready – Akaki

By Kasule Mubarak

All riders have their eyes set on the biggest stage in the Armed Forces Championships and it’s not any different for youngster Milton Akaki Obote.

The 12 year old says he is set to give the world’s best a run for their money at Busiika.

“I have got the experience from FIM Motocross of Africa Nations Championships and trust me it was a lesson I took serious and will unleash all the positives taken against my competitors,” Akaki noted.

“The weather is what I will bank on to out-compete my opponents because most of them will find it difficult to acclimatize in time,” the 85cc riders added.

Over 100 riders are expected to grace the inaugural event which will see boda-boda riders excite the fans before the action packed races for the pros take place.

The event is sponsored by UPDF, NEW VISION, UMA Busiika, Kampala Executive Aviation,

Mountain Dew, Shell Advance among others.

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Uganda girls in COSAFA semi

By USPA Media

Uganda stormed the semi-finals of the COSAFA U-17 Girls Championship after 20-0 thumping of Comoros in agame played in Anjalal stadium in Mauritius.

Uganda drew 1-1 with Zambia in the opening game, before humiliating hosts Mauritius 11-0 in the second game.

Juliet Nalukenge managed seven goals, Margret Kunihira scored five, Fauzia Najemba added four while Lilian Akadinda and Shakira Nyangira managed two goals each.

Other teams in the tournament include South Africa, Seychelles, Botswana and Madagascar.

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Kabalega rally confirmed.

By Kasule Mubarak

Total Uganda has injected sh20m in the forthcoming Kabalega Rally scheduled for next month October 17-20 in Hoima district.

The four-day event will have drifting, karting, vintage show on Thursday September 17, 2019 and Friday before the main rally on Saturday and Sunday.

 The fuel package is a big boost to the event that marks its fourth edition in the Bunyoro Kitara region and event manager Alex Kikonyogo believes that Total coming on board is an assurance that this event will be a success.

“We are excited with this support and this gives me confidence that we shall have a successful event,” Kikonyogo said.

The event is also supported by Victoria University, Worldwide Movers, Coca cola, Kontik Hotel, Miika Eco resort and Grand Praclos Hotel who all assured the organising club ,United Motorsport Club (UMOSPOC) their commitment to grow the Kabalega rally bigger and better.

Total Uganda Marketing Manager Emmanuel Ssebunya, assured the organisers of his company’s commitment to motorsport and also urged them to beef up safety of both the participants and fans.

“I appeal to you to put in place all the necessary safety measures so that we have an incident free event,” Ssebunya said.

Jared Kalera, the clerk of the course, asked the drivers to take precautions in the routes.

“Drivers must be extremely careful with this year’s routes because we have made many changes which are tricky. We have sections that are rough and others smooth but will call for competitors mental attitude,” Kalera said.

“I also appeal to fans to keep a distance from the roads where these cars will pass” He added.

Hassan Alwi is the defending champion for the event having won it back to back in 2017 and 2018.

 The event will cover a distance of 303kms of which 173.8 kms will be competitive and 129.2 kms liaison.

Twenty drivers including Timothy Gawaya, Ronald Ssebuguzi, Dr. Ahmed Ashraf, Samuel Bwete, Rajiv Ruparelia, Godfrey Lubega and defending champion Alwi have confirmed participation in the event that is also co-sponsored by Club Q7, Hoima Resort, Spice FM, Kings FM, BetOn and Uganda Communications Communication.  

UMOSPOC officials and sponsors unveil the 2019 Total Kabalega Rally at the Club Q7 Kabuusu . PHOTO BY Virgin Images.

NRC top 9 on table standings

Yasin Nasser 355 points

Ronald Ssebuguzi 300

Arthur Blick Jr.285

Christakis Fitidis 268

Hassan Alwi 260

Duncan Mubiru 181

Jas Mangat 160

Ponsiano Lwakataka 160

Omar Mayanja 140

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Maxime in Ambulance drive

By USPA media

It is going to be an action packed day on Sunday September 29, 2019 at Victoria Race track Garuga with two motorsport events running at ago.

With the proceeds for the event set to purchase a fully equipped medical ambulance, the cause has won the souls of many sports personalities with the latest being National motocross team captain Maxime Van pee.

Maxime after the motocross race where he will be battling Asaf Natan and Fatuh Kiggundu, he will head onto the rally track where he will drive the Mitsubishi Evo9.

“Yes I have been practicing with rally driver Jonas Kansiime and I will be competing because we need this ambulance so much as the motorsport family,” Maxime said.

Maxime is the latest to join the other top crews including the Shell Helix team of Arthur blick Jr and George Ssemakula, Omar Mayanja and Hussein Mukuye, the International University of East Africa IUEA team of Hassan Alwi Jr and the MOIL team of Yasin Nasser and Ali Katumba.