10 Countries in, Rwanda out

By Kasule Mubarak.

The 2019 CECAFA U20 Challenge Cup is set to kick-off on 21st September,2019 with  hosts Uganda facing  Eritrea at 4 PM in Pece War Memorial stadium ,Gulu.

The first game of the tournament will see Sudan taking on Djibouti at 2 PM at the same venue.

Ten countries including, Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Zanzibar and Somalia will compete in the tournament.

CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye is optimistic that the event will be successful.

“This tournament helps create better working relationships with all stakeholders and in particular the media who we think will help promote it. I want to also thank FUFA who have worked tirelessly in ensuring everything moves smoothly” noted Musonye.

Darius Mugoye, the local organizing committee chairman urged fans to support the national team the Hippos.

“I thank CECAFA for giving us the opportunity to host this tournament, but call on fans to support our boys. We expect huge crowds from Gulu. We want to bank on the success we have had in the CECAFA U-15 and U-17 tournaments where we were champions,” He explained.

Group A matches will be hosted in Gulu while group B and C are to be played at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Rwanda will not take part in this year’s edition citing financial constraints.

Tournament pools

Group A:Uganda,Kenya,Eritrea and Djibouti

Group B:Kenya,Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Group C:Burundi,Sudan and South Sudan

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5 aside soccer on

By Johnson Were

The inaugural Guinness 5 aside soccer tournament starts on Sunday September 15, 2019 at Fast Sport Fusion Arena in Industrial Area with lots of goodies and prizes lined up.

The one day tournament will have each team register with sh300, 000 but the winner will receive sh5m cash prize.

“We shall not allow any FUFA licensed player to compete in this tournament. We want people to have fun as they interact with each other on a weekend,” said Fast Sports Fusion Manager Henry Khalisa.

At the launch of the tournament on Tuesday the media team suffered a 8-1 thumping by the Uganda breweries team.

Sports journalists including Deus Bugembe, Ramathan Kakooza, and Solomon Muleyi and Kampala sun’s Julius Senyimba formed the media team.

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Kyetume dates SC Villa

By Kasule Mubarak

Thursday 29th August.

Kyetume vs SC Villa- Namboole (8:00PM).

Friday 30th Aug

URA vs Maroons – Namboole(TV) 4pm

Brights Stars vs Vipers SC – Wankulukuku(4:30pm)

BUL FC vs Express FC – Njeru(4:30pm)

Onduparaka FC vs Police FC – Luzira(4pm)

New debutants Kyetume FC will host sixteen time league winners SC Villa when the league gets underway on the 29th of August.

This was revealed by the Uganda Premier League Manager Paul Kabaikaramu during a media briefing at Namboole.

The league will see seven stadia host the matches after the club licencing board upheld other stadia due to lack of requirements.

The chief executive officer of the Uganda Premier league, Mr Bernard Bainamani, said that most clubs will regain status of their grounds once approved by the licencing board

” We are gearing at having one of the best leagues in Africa.

Our clubs have to respect all the decisions made by the licencing board and if they meet the requirements, all will be good for them to use their respective venues.

We just want to call upon sponsors to join us. We also asks fans to avoid hooliganism, clubs to always make their payments with their players and referees to offer the best officiation this season” added Bernard.

Defending champions KCCA FC will open the season as they entertain the purple sharks Wakiso Giants at Lugogo on Saturday 31st August at Lugogo.

Onduparaka, Mbarara City and Kyetume FC are some clubs that await approval from the club licencing board while Namboole, Njeru, Star times Lugogo, Wankulukuku, Kitende, Kabaka Kyabaggu and Luzira were all given green light to host matches.

The 2019/2020 Uganda Premier League Season will see over 40 games aired live on TV.

Mubiru focus on fitness

Mubiru focus on fitness

By Silvano Kibuuka

Cranes coach Abdallah Mubiru is focused on fitness ahead of the CAF CHAN tournament in Djibouti due July29.

Mubiru during training at KCCA FC ground Lugogo said that the players are responding well to the training and is confident they will better by the time of the tournament.

The Cranes will be opening up their campaign against Somalia in Djibouti and coach Mubiru is going for nothing less a win.

Cranes players in drills at a training sessiion at Lugogo July 17 2019. (Photo: Silvano Kibuuka)

“They must have capacity to recover after losing the ball and have easiness to win it again”, Mubiru said.

The CHAN tournament for local based players and will have a friendly trial against URA FC on Thursday July 18,2019.

He added the team will play in the FUFA sanctioned friendly matches dubbed ‘Cranes Na Mutima’ against a regional select side from Hoima on Saturday July 20,2019 in Hoima.

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Jinja Kirinya rebrands

By Kinthan Media

Transforming Kirinya Jinja Secondary School Football Club into a regional team is what has been bothering club president Diana Nyago, but achieving that by rebranding to Busoga United is a step which gives her confidence that the club holds a regional identity.

In the 2019/2020 season Kirinya will now be called Busoga United, a move FUFA executive endorsed.

Nyago who is also the head teacher of Headmistress of Jinja Secondary school noted that the move was undertaken to transform the club into a bigger and better brand.

“We thank all of you who have been with us along this journey right from the Secondary Schools Football team and through the stages of club to where we have reached,” Madam Nyago told the press.

“We transformed ourselves (the club) into a bigger and better brand. We had to rebrand ourselves so as we can get a wider fan base.

“We want to take our club beyond the gates of the school. We want to take it to the Busoga Kingdom because it’s our unifying factor,” she added.

Busoga United has been a formidable force since its promotion in the elite league as Kirinya Jinja Ss in the 2013/2014 season.

Busoga Kingdom is one of the Monarchies in Uganda comprising of the eastern bantu tribe called the Busoga and has eight districts including Kamuli, Bugiri, Mayuge, Jinja, Luuka, Iganga, Busiiki and Kaliro.

History of the Club:

The club started as a move to help former school students continue exercising the talents and in 2012 Nyago bought the Club from Kirinya Road Mechanics in Jinja to turn it into a school team.

Together with Fredrick Ngobi Gume, Yahaya Kawooma and Samuel Mugume started building the club which had been relegated to the FUFA Big League in the Eastern regional league.

The team under coach Abbey Kikomeko Bogere reached the regional finals but failed to make it to the Uganda premier league as it lost to KJT Rweshama and JMC in the play-offs.

However, the club persevered and in the 2015/2016 season, the club finally made it to the elite league after beating Wandegeya FC 3-2 in Kayanya courtesy of a late strike by Allan Drajua. END

Wakiso Gaints dates KCCA FC

By Kasule Mubarak

Fixtures:

Wakiso Giants vs KCCA FC.

Proline FC vs Vipers SC.

Onduparaka FC vs Tooro United.

Mbarara City FC vs URA FC.

Kampala City Council Authority Football club (KCCA FC) Kick-off their title defence for Pilsner Super eight crown against Wakiso Giants in the second edition of annual event.

KCCA will give new comers in the Uganda Premier League (Wakiso Giants) a test ahead of the 2019/2020 season. 

Onduparaka, who lost 2-0 to KCCA FC in the final of last year’s edition, will host Tooro United in the opening fixtures of the month tournament due July 24-August 24, 2019.

Mbarara City FC will entertain Uganda Revenue Authority (URA FC) while the other fixture will see Vipers seeking a revenge against Proline FC who knocked them out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup this year.

The prize money for the tournament will be 68 million shillings with the overall winners taking sh20m.

The second will receive sh12, third (sh10m) while with the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh taking sh8m, sh6m, sh5m, sh4m and sh3m respectively. 

Uganda breweries Head of Beers Estella Muzito assured FUFA of her company’s commitment to support sports especially football in the country.

“We started it last year and we are committed to continued support as we help FUFA identify talent in this country for the national team,” Muzito noted,

FUFA competitions committee decided to start the Pilsner super eight to help clubs test players during the off season. 

The top six teams from the Uganda Premier League and the top two from the FUFA Big league make the tournament teams. 

Mubiru is Cranes coach

By Kasule Mubarak.

Abdallah Mubiru has been named the Cranes interim head coach by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).

Mubiru, a former Police, KCCA FC, Vipers FC and Proline FC tactician was announced by FUFA president Moses Magogo during a media briefing at the federations head office in Mengo on Wednesday July 10,2019.

Mubiru begin duties with the Cranes CHAN qualifiers.

“The job for the national team is still open, but we are naming an interim coach to guide the team as we search for fulltime coach which is open for every one including local coaches,” Magogo explained.

Mubiru will work Livingstone Mbabazi, Sadiq Wasswa and Geoffrey Massa as his assistants.

Uganda play Somalia in the first leg of the CHAN qualifiers on July 26 /28 in Mogadishu and then the return leg in Kampala August 2/4,2019.

The winner will face the winner between Burundi and South Sudan in the second round.

CHAN is a tournament played by local based players from their respective leagues and countries.

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