Rajiv draws first blood

Rajiv draws first blood  

By Barbra Namanyi

Rajiv Ruparelia put up a spirted fight to draw first blood by winning day one of the MOSAC Rally in Nakaseke district.

Rajiv with Fitidis , Kateete and Hassan Alwi

Rajiv Navigated by Enock Olinga in a Volks Wagen Polo posted a total time loss of 16.12 minutes to beat the stiff opposition from Omar Mayanja (17.25), Yasin Nasser (17.27), Ronald Ssebuguzi 17.40 and Arthur Blick Jr 18.16 in second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.

“Day one has gone on well and we are waiting to see what we can do tomorrow. The car is moving and we hope to stay focused,” Rajiv said after day one.

Meanwhile drivers boycotted driving the second run of the Super special stage citing poor roads.

Dr. Muhamad ashraf in action during Day one of MOSAC Rally.

“We are here to drive cars for our fans but not to break them. We are not going to drive the second run,” Hussein Mukuye who is Omar Mayanja’s navigator said.

Crews will tomorrow on Sunday tackle the competitive stages that are a mix of rocky, rough and smooth areas of the event that decides the champions in the three calendar categories.

The stages include Nsaka (21.3kms), Kyamutakasa (30kms), Industrial Park (2.45kms), repeat Kaddunda and Kyamutakasa (30kms) and end the rally with a repeat of the Industrial Park stage.

Francis Omo dropped out of the event together with christakis Fitidis but the latter will tomorrow drive the super rally.

We are going for it –Yasin

We are going for it –Yasin

By our team

NRC title contender’s standings

Yasin Nasser 415points

Arthur Blick Jr 385

 CRC standings

Rajiv Ruparelia 40

Ibrahim Lubega 39

Peter Businge 35

Najib Ssempijja 23

2WD category

Fred Ssenkumba 67

Sam Watendwa 65

Sadat Negomba 58

The 2019 National Rally championship (NRC) reaches its conclusion this weekend in what promises to be a grueling Day –two of the MOSAC rally in Nakaseke district.

Crews are out to tackle the competitive stages that are a mix of rocky, rough and smooth areas of the event that decides the champions in the three calendar categories.

The stages include Nsaka (21.3kms), Kyamutakasa (30kms), Industrial Park (2.45kms), repeat Kaddunda and Kyamutakasa (30kms) and end the rally with a repeat of the Industrial Park stage.

With a 30-point gap separating title contenders Yasin Nasser and Arthur Blick Jr, in the elite category (NRC), both crews are talking big with each promising to attack right from the start to avoid the mathematics that may come at the end of the day.

“There is complicated mathematics. It is just one plus one, meaning that if I do not win, I to finish second,” table leader Yasin Nasser stated after scrutineering.

 “To be specific to you, we are going flat-out because if we do not win we have to finish behind Blick. That is why I told you that its one plus one formula,” the MOIL Fueled driver added.

 Yasin Navigated by Ali Katumba in a Subaru GVB are 415 points, 30 ahead of Blick navigated by George Ssemakula in a Mitsubishi Evo10.

On the other hand, Blick is also spitting fire and he said,” It is only the car that will let us down, but we are going to attack aggressively.”

Rajiv, Lubega fight for CRC

Despite an inferior machine, Ibrahim Lubega in a Subaru Impreza has promised rival Rajiv Ruparelia a run for his money in the battle for Club man rally championship (CRC).

With a point gap separating the two, the winner of today rally will be crowned champion. However, Oryx fueled Peter Businge and Najib Ssempijja with 35 and 23 points respectively will come in the title race if the top two drops out.

Dr.Ashraf Ali in action during the super special stage. Kinthan Images

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NBL injects sh470m in rugby

By Barbra Namanyi

Nile Breweries today Thursday November 28, 2019 under their new brand Nile Special Stout, has injected sh670m to Uganda Rugby Union (URU)  in a one year sponsorship deal.

Of the sh670m, URU will get sh260m in cash an increment of sh110 from last year’s package of sh150m.

The prize money has also been increased from sh22m last season to sh40.5m this season and sh8m as a fund created for the Special categories prizes which include most disciplined team, best managed team and others.

Sh42m will be injected in the second tier of the league (championship) which is the regional development while sh70m will be administration of the league including referees.

URU president Godwin Kayangwe lauded Nile Special for the continued support and urged clubs to take advantage of the partnership.

“Our partner is committed to supporting rugby and as a union and club we must be organised show reason for increase in the funding,” Kayangwe said.

“We shall rate the performance of each club to determine the share clubs receive on the sh100m package for the Clubs,” Kayangwe explained.

Nile Breweries Brand Manager Francis Nyende assured URU of his companies support and urged the union to spread the sport country wide.

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Cheptegei eyes10km

By Dorothy Nekesa 

World Athletics Champion Joshua Cheptegei is set to attempt breaking the10km World Record on December1, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

The 10,000m World Champion and reigning World Cross Country Champion left the country yesterday (November27) to prepare for the race. 

Cheptegei will be seeking to set a new Record at the10Km Valencia Trinidad Alfonso organized event on the same day alongside the Valencia Marathon.

Uganda’s star will be paced by three Uganda distance runners, Abdalla Mande, Kevin Kibet and Stephen Kissa. 

“My preparation for the event has been okay. I have one goal in Valencia and that is to be the fastest man in history of the 10km,” said the 2018 Nile Special USPA sports personality of the year.

 Meanwhile, the 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon winner, Benard Cheptoch will also be battling on the same day (December1) in the Marathon of Gabon in Libreville in bid to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He flew out of the country on the 28th of November.

“I’am targeting qualification for Tokyo Olympics,” said Cheptoch who made the marathon debut in the 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon. 

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TT umpires passed out

15 table tennis umpires passed out

By USPA

Eight Countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Madagascar, Eriteria and host Uganda will battle it out for the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) East Africa regional Championship on Thursday and Friday.

Some of the Participants in the ITTF Umpiring and referee course shows off their certificates. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

The two-day event started Saturday with an umpire and referee course at Uganda Olympic Committee(UOC) with participants from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Uganda Table Tennis Federation (UTTF) president Robert Jjagwe lauded National Council of Sports and UOC for the support they offered to make sure that the event is a success.

“We received sh15m from NCS, Sh20m from the International body to organise this event. I thank the two for the support plus UOC who offered the venue for the course,” Jjagwe said.

Fifteen participants attended the course of which 11 were from Uganda, three from Kenya and one from Tanzania.

The course was conducted by ITTF instructor Lanasri saidi from Algeria.

He added they will conduct a trial for the top Uganda players on Wednesday to select the final four athletes to represent Uganda in the regional championship.

NCS general secretary Dr. Patrick Ogwel assured UTTF of government commitment to support any sport that involves the youth.

UOC president William Blick also lauded NCS for the good work in supporting Sports federation that tap talents through the different activities they organise.

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I’m with Proline –Lule

By USPA Media

Proline coach Matia Lule has refuted claims that he parted with Proline Sports Club.

Lule told USPA online that his absence during the Proline versus Maroon game was not that he had left the club, but had other commitments which he had communicated to his employers.

“Bakulimbye,nze mbadde ne’nsonga nzembaddeko era Bakama bange bazimanyi bulungi, ”literally meaning that , they deceived you. I had issues to handle which my bosses knew very well,” Lule said.

I can assure you that at the moment, I am with Proline as head coach.

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Ssentamu targets 2020

Ssentamu targets 2020

By Mubarak Kasule

Rider Fortune Sentamu has no doubt that 2019 has not the best for him as he head into the last round  of the mountain Dew National Motocross Championship on Sunday  November 24,2-019 at Garuga.

The 15 year-old has however promised to a trophy full 2020.

“I will do my best to give the leader Wazir Omar a run for his money on Sunday but I know chances of taking the 2019 trophy are minimal,” Ssentamu said.

My disappointment was in the second round of the championship but this spurred me on to come out stronger and stronger.

The Garuga track is redesigned and all changes made are a joy to go through. I will come out guns blazing for the show although I only see myself finishing as the first runner up this year” added Ssentamu.

Ssentamu is defending champion in the 85CC class despite moving to the MX125cc class this year.

The Orland brothers Alon, Stav and Aviv will not be racing in Garuga but will join the national team in Kenya on December 6-7 for the FIM CAC championship.

The event sponsored by Mountain Dew, Shell Advance, Fire and Safety Appliances, Fotogenix, AON and Uganda Lodges will also see a shakedown of the top 10 rally cars after the bikes.