Coronation 7’s to highlight rugby core values

By Dorothy Nekesa

Rhinos Rugby Football Club in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom and Vivo Energy Uganda through the Shell Rimula brand will host the annual Coronation Rugby 7s Cup at Legends Rugby Grounds on Saturday July 20, 2019. 

The second edition of the Coronation Rugby 7s Cup will also double as the fifth circuit of the Roke Sevens. This tournament will feature 16 teams (12 Male and 4 Female) fiercely competing on the rugby pitch to be crowned winners of the Coronation Rugby 7s Cup 2019.

The Coronation Rugby 7s Cup is part of the commemoration activities celebrating the crowning of His Majesty Ssabasajja Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II as the King of Buganda.

The Coronation of the Kabaka marked a great day in the history of the Buganda Kingdom. 
The annual Coronation anniversary is an occasion of celebration throughout the Buganda Kingdom and a source of reverence of the Buganda Kingdom and its culture by many people throughout Uganda. The annual event is a highly celebrated by the Buganda Kingdom, its venerable Royals and subjects. 

“Buganda Kingdom emphasizes healthy living and rugby is a sport of healthy bodies and minds. How can we miss out on such an exciting event? The Kabaka appreciates the contribution of sports to the Kingdom. Rugby is a sport that teaches the values of integrity, solidarity, discipline and respect and therefore we need to embrace it and support it,” remarked Prince David Wasajja who is a Uganda Rugby Union trustee. 

With support from stakeholders including Vivo Energy Uganda through the Shell Rimula brand, Buganda Land Board, Majestic Brands, Events Warehouse, Fotogenix, Movit Products Limited, DHL Uganda, Guardian Pharmacy, Pepsi, Roke Telekom and Legends Bar & Restaurant, Shell Rimula Rhinos RFC are organizing a colorful festive event that will see large numbers of rugby fans flock to the Legends Rugby grounds come 20th July 2019 to watch the all-day action on the pitch and also partake of the variety of food, drinks and entertainment on the day.

5,000/= will be charged as entrance fee. A part of the gate collection proceeds to be donated to a community outreach project within the Buganda Kingdom Community. 

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)

Chinese Taipei are Beach Woodball World Cup Champions

By Dorothy Nekesa

The second Beach Woodball World Cup at Spenah Beach in Entebbe, climaxed on Thursday with the very skillful Chinese Taipei crowned overall champions.

Hosts Uganda, with six gold, four silver and six bronze were second, just two medals behind Taipei’s 18 medals (six gold, seven silver, and five bronze)

Unpredictable Hong Kong settled for third place with fivemedals that comprised two gold, two silvers and one bronze medal. Neighbours Kenya bagged one silver and one bronze in fourth place as China in fifth place took home only one bronze medal. Other participants in Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea did not win any medal.

Taipei’s Lee Cheng Han played 81 strokes bagging a gold medal in the men’s single event while Zhou Pei-Qi beat Uganda’s Denis Pulkeria Nanjeru to the gold in the female category with 87 strokes.The other gold for Chinese Taipei was in the stroke doubles (men) as the pair of Lee Cheng Han and Wang Qi An scoring 68 to beat the Kenyan duo of Joel Chote Munyendoh and Kelvin Mutuma Muite who had 93.

The duo of Wang Mao Lin and Liu Kai Chi won Chinese Taipei other gold medals in the mixed doubles with 83 strokes beating Hong Kong China’s of Lam Chi Ho and Lam Ka Man who garnered 84 strokes.

In the team event men, Chinese Taipei won with gold as Wang Qi An, Lee Cheng Han, Wang Mao Lin, and Tsai Tsung Lin all contributing 179 strokes, to beat team Uganda by count back. To crown it all, Chinese Taipei’s Ye Zi Rong and Lee Chia Cheng beat Uganda’s Geoffrey Towong and Thomas Kedi to the gold in the men’s fairway doubles.

Meanwhile, the sixth Uganda International Woodball championship was also held with success at Spenah beach (on the grass side).

Onesmus Atamba of Ndejje Corporate Woodball Club A scored 95 strokes to win the singles stroke event under the men category, beating Chinese Taipei’s Wang Qi An by count back. Ndejje University’s Israel Kayongo Muwanguzi scored 100 strokes to finish third.

The women singles’ event was won by Florence Mukoya of Makerere University Business School A (101 strokes) ahead of Denise Pulkeria Nanjeru (106 strokes) and Claire Katusiime took bronze with 107 strokes. Makerere University pair of Daniel Olima Apita and David Obiro scored 41 strokes to win the strokes doubles men over Ndejje University’s duo of Israel Kayongo Muwanguzi and Pius Ssebuliba (49 strokes). Benson Kanyesigye and Samson Rugongeza of Makerere University scored 54 to win bronze.

The strokes women doubles event was won by Christine Birungi and Elizabeth Nambeguya of Ndejje University with 51 strokes. Mariam Nampero and Maria Teresa Nansereko of Ndejje Corporate Woodball Club A scored 56 strokes to take silver.

The bronze for the stroke doubles women was clinched by the tried and tested pairing of Lillian Zawedde and Flavia Navubya (Ndejje Corporate Woodball Club A) who scored 58 strokes. The quartet tallied a combined score of 203 strokes, four better than Makerere University.

The closing day was graced by the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Rebecca Kadaga who appreciated the work of the Uganda Woodball Federation in promoting the game across Uganda and the globe.

  • Chinese Taipei Crowned Beach Woodball World Cup Champions
  • Accolades won 2nd Beach Woodball World Cup
  • Overall Winners Gold- Chinese Taipei 18 Medals:6 Gold,7 silver & 5 Bronze
  • Silver- Uganda 16 Medals: 6 Gold,4 Silver & 6 Bronze
  • Bronze- Hongkong – 5 Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver & 1 Bronze

Buffaloes usher in first circuit of Roke Telkom Sevens

By Dorothy Nekesa

Roke Telecommunications Company have been announced as the official title sponsor of this year’s National Sevens Series to be held across different venues of the country.

The tournament, which will kick-off on May 25, 2019 at Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala with the Toyota Buffaloes circuit, will see 18 teams battle for the title currently held by Stanbic Pirates. 

Roke Telkom are a public service provider of internet for voice and data communications.

While speaking at the unveiling of the sponsorship, the Uganda Rugby Union CEO, Ramsey Olinga thanked Roke Telkom for supporting the sport and rallying behind the Union. He also unveiled the tournament name for 2019.

“I want to thank Roke Telkom for being cognizant of the support the Union, teams and players needed this year and coming to rally behind us,” he said, adding that, “As is the tradition, this year’s series will be known as the ‘National Roke Telkom Sevens Series’ and can easily be referred to as ‘Roke 7s Series’”.

Olinga extended the union’s appreciation to the Guinness brand for accepting to provide support as a participating partner to the tournament.

Alex Bazirake, in charge of Roke Telkom’s Corporate Relations, expressed the company’s gratitude to URU for the opportunity and pledged to continue supporting the sport to the best of their ability.

He explained that Roke Telkom took on this sponsorship because the brand is keen on supporting Ugandan sports, in addition to bringing internet to the region, more specifically through the company’s Roke Plus product that offers free internet in the evenings and throughout the weekend.

Bazirake said that, “We are proud to associate with Rugby in Uganda. As part of our sponsorship, we will be facilitating all competing teams and officials as well as providing referee uniforms and team training kits to allow them concentrate on their pre-match trainings and on delivering a thrilling experience to fans.”

Roke Telkom will provide affordable Wi-Fi Rokespot internet connections on matchdays including upcountry at locations where there is connectivity, while media will be treated to free internet from Roke Telkom throughout the tournament”.

Cathy Twesigye, on behalf of Uganda Breweries said, “I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate Guinness’ commitment to rugby and restate how proud we are to be part of this tournament. The game and the players are a perfect embodiment of Guinness. Full of character, Bold and Made of More. It’s for that reason that our support for rugby is unwavering.”

Stanbic Pirates captain Ivan Magomu promised a competitive edition this year.

“We shall not settle for less as defending champions because this is our time. l thank Roke Telkom this but ears title sponsor as well as Guiness for partnering with Rugby to make the 7’s more fun and entertaining.

Masaka and Mbale are this year’s new hosts in a bid for Rugby to cover more grounds

This year’s schedule:

Saturday 25th May 2019
Buffaloes 7s at Kyadondo

Saturday 1st June 2019
Buddu 7s in Masaka

Saturday 15th June 2019
Henry Rujumba Memorial 7s at Kings Park

Saturday 6th July 2019
Heathens 7s at Kyadondo

Saturday 20th July 2019
Coronation 7s at Legends

Saturday 3rd August 2019
Jinja 7s at Dam Waters

Saturday 17th August 2019
Mbale 7s in Mbale

Saturday 24th August 2019
Edward Kitaka Memorial 7s hosted by Kobs at Legends

Azira, Luwagga recalled to Cranes squad ahead of UAE camp

Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has released a 26-man squad that will fly out to United Arab Emirates for a training camp as the Cranes continue their preparations for the 2019 AFCON show piece in Egypt. 

Part of the Cranes squad has been undergoing a week-long residential training at Kabira Country club with 11 out of the 19 players in camp chosen to continue preparations for the June-July tournament. 

From the 11 local based players that were named yesterday, Desabre today afternoon added 15 players who ply their trade in different foreign leagues. 

And the biggest surprise of them all was the return of Micheal Azira the holding midfielder who plays for Montreal Impact in the USA’s major league soccer. 

Azira was part of the 23-man squad which represented Uganda at the 2017 tournament in Gabon but had a horror showing playing just 49 minutes; starting the game against Ghana before he was hauled off at half time and later coming on as a 90 minute substitute against Mali in the Cranes last group game.

Since then he has not featured or been called up again for national duty. 

Also, Kizito Luwagga makes a return to the squad after the AFCON qualifier game against Tanzania in Namboole.

Dennis Iguma will miss out on the tournament due to injury while forwards Milton Kaliisa (FC Oudja), Austrian based Edrisa Lubega, former KCCA forward Muhamad Shabban and Yunus Sentamu have all been shunned by Desabre.

 Sweden based striker Alexis Bakka will make his Cranes debut during the tournament. He is joined by another Sweden based defender Ronald Mukiibi who plays for Ostersunds. 

Mukiibi was called up for Cranes duty for the 2017 tournament but declined the call up. 

KCCA shot stopper Charles Lukwago is expected to link up with the team after the Cosafa tournament in South Africa. 

The full Squad to Abu Dhabi:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City FC-Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda).

Defenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town- England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC-Tanzania), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC-Uganda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds-Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania), Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached), Muleme Isaac ( FK Viktoria Zizkov- Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe-DR Congo)

Midfielders: Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers Fc-India), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC –Ethiopia), Michael Azira (Montreal-USA), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC-Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica FC- Croatia), Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy-Kazakhstan), Katregga Allan ( Maritzburg-South Africa)

Strikers: Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC-Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC-Uganda), Alexis Bakka (Carlstad United- Sweden), Nsibambi Derrick (Smouha- Egypt), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba- Tanzania)

Kabaka Mutebi to grace 2019 Airtel-sponsored Masaza Cup opening game

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi is expected to grace the first game of this year’s prestigious Buganda Kingdom football showpiece, the Airtel Masaza Cup.

Defending champions Ssingo will host Ssese at the Mityana Ssaza Grounds, on Saturday, June 1.

The announcement was made by Buganda Kingdom First Deputy Prime Minister Twaha Kawaase during the launch of the 2019 edition at Bulange, Mengo in Kampala on Monday at which telecommunications giants Airtel Uganda announced a Shs400M sponsorship package.

This is the fourth year in a row that Airtel are title sponsors of the competition, injecting in Shs400m annually.

Each of these 18 teams – all from different Buganda Kingdom regions – will receive Shs5M for a start to assist in the initial preparations as well as two sets of jerseys.

“I would like to confirm that his Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will preside over the opening game between Ssingo and Ssese,” he said.

Speaking at the same function, Airtel Head of Brand and Communications Remmie Kisakye said the competition has been a birth place for many stars on the Uganda Cranes.

“This prestigious tournament has given rise to many stars like Tony Mawejje, Diego Hamis Kiiza, Mike Serumaga, Robert Odongkara, Brian Umony, Joseph Ochaya, Pius Wangi, Yasser Mugerwa, Miya Farouk and Godfrey Walusimbi,” she noted.

This Airtel Masaza Cup does not allow the use of players who feature in the FUFA Big League, Uganda Premier League and on the respective national team.

The 2019 Masaza cup groups

MASENGERE GROUP: Ssingo, Bugerere, Buvuma, Gomba, Ssese

BUTIKKIRO GROUP: Buddu, Mawogola, Mawokota, Bulemezi, Kooki

MUGANZIRWAZA GROUP: Busujju, Kabula, Kyaggwe, Butambala

BULANGE GROUP: Buwekula, Busiro, Kyadondo, Buluuli

Mutebi, Kaddu Decorated UPL’s best April

By Dorothy Nekesa

KCCA Coach Mike Hillary Mutebi and striker Patrick Henry Kaddu, were on Monday crowned April’s best following their outstanding performance in the Uganda Premier League.

The KCCA tactician helped his side scoop their 13th title with 66 points. He won the monthly accolade last year in December and April silverware came in handy with the League title.

Mutebi beat Tooro United’s Wasswa Bbosa to the award for guiding KCCA to four wins out of the six games played in April and May. KCCA held rivals Vipers before beating Paidha and Express in away ties. They went on to seal their victory with a point against Ndejje University.

A happy Mutebi assured USPA media that these awards are key motivation to players and coaches.

“Uganda Premier League awards have boosted not only player performance but also encouraged excellence within the clubs coaching departments. We are grateful to the organizers for this initiative as it has placed competition levels a notch higher,” Mutebi said.

Both winners bagged Shs1 million each and the Uganda Premier League accolades..