European tour at stake as Nile Special launches 5-Aside tournament

BY KASULE MUBARAK

Nile Special has launched a 5-Aside inter-bar football tournament with the ultimate prize bring a European tour with Cameroon’s football legend Samuel E’to.
The tournament started with a competitive kick around when USPA was humbled 6-1 by the ex-internationals while Nile Special was defeated 2-1 by central region. In the finals, Ex internationals defeated central region 3-2 through spot kicks after both had settled for a 2-2 score line in full time at Kati Kati.
The competition will trudge the whole nation starting at the township level where two teams will qualify to the 32 team regional tier. Four teams will then qualify from each regional level to the national finale that will comprise 16 teams;four from each region.
The winning teams at the national finale will then compete at the 5-Aside tournament in Tanzania where the overall winning team will earn an all expense paid European tour in the company of Samuel E’to.
Francis Nyende, the Nile Special brand manager, said that this is an amateur platform built around friendship and harnessing football as a passion point of many Ugandans.

” It is a social football league meant to bprovide a platform for friends to come together over a beer and also enjoy a kick around but with a huge carrot to it” added Nyende.
The finale will also feature a ladies 5-Aside competition with the winners also making the trip to Tanzania for the Africa 5- Aside.
The fan-centric engagement platform is a continent wide initiative by NBL’s parent company Ab-Inbev.



FWEL: Olila edge Kampala Queens as Lady Doves, Uganda Martyrs march on

BY ALLAN ARIHO

Sunday, 10th March 201

Olila High School 1-0 Kampala Queens

Uganda Martyrs HS 6-0 Bugiri Town View SS

Makerere University 1-0 Lango Queens

Lady Doves 4-1 Dynamic SS Jjeza

Olila High School kept their hopes of progressing to the playoffs of the Fufa Women Elite League bright by defeating rivals Kampala Queens on Sunday.

Prior to the game, the two teams were tied at 18 points apiece but last season’s losing finalists, Olila High School attained a narrow victory to move joint top.

Patricia Apio scored the lone goal that guided the Soroti based team to victory and are now level on points (21) with UCU Lady Cardinals who won 4-2 against Isra Soccer Academy on Saturday. Kampala Queens remained third.

With four games to the end of the regular season, the competition in Elizabeth Group is still tight with Uganda Martyrs High School and Isra Soccer Academy both on 16 points in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Uganda Martyrs routed hapless Bugiri Town View SS with Crested Cranes defender Shadia Nankya grabbing a hat trick. She has now scored eight goals in the league and the top scorer in the FUFA Women’s Cup with seven goals.

The other goals for Uganda Martyrs were scored by Rashida Nankya(brace) and an own goal by Esther Namudira.

The other game played in Elizabeth group on Sunday saw Makerere University win 1-0 against Lango Queens courtesy of Rebecca Nakasato.

The only game played in Victoria group ended in a comfortable 4-1 win for Lady Doves against bottom placed Dynamic SS Jjeza in Masindi.

Lydia Nyandera scored twice while Nuru Nakyanzi and Lilian Veronica Zeddy added a goal apiece to help Lady Doves remain second on the log with 22 points, six behind Kawempe Muslim who already sealed their place in the playoffs.

Scovia Nakabiri got the consolation for league debutants Dynamic SS Jjeza who have only one point in ten games.

StarTimes Fufa Big League: Proline aim to consolidate top spot with visit to stubborn Dove


BY RONNIE LUSULIRE.

Proline FC will Thursday evening return into action with a tricky away match against Dove FC in Masindi in the StarTimes Fufa Big League.

The Rwenzori group leaders weren’t in action last week and instead used their rest to engage in a friendly match against university side MUBS which ended goalless. Shafiq Bisasso’s troops will miss the services of leading scorer Ivan Bogere who is ill and so is exciting winger Joshua Okiror who has just returned from a muscle injury. 

On the other hand, their opponents were in action in the same week dropping two points away to Kireka United following a one all draw. 

In the first meeting at the Star Times Stadium, Proline convincingly cruised past Dove with a 5-1 win and are highly optimistic they can pick up maximum points this evening in Masindi, according to Bisasso.

“It is a tricky match as Dove have proved to be a strong side home but with the preparations we have had and the character and belief in the team, I am optimistic we can get all the points although it will not be easy,” he said

Like wise midfield gem Bright Anukani believes they are set and ready to cruise past their opponents, 

“Everyone in the team is ready, our coaches have prepared us well and we are aware of what is at stake, Dove is a difficult side home but I am sure at the end of the day we shall be the winners and go four points clear”

A win for Proline will open up four points gap on the log in the Rwenzori group to 32 points from 14 games while a win for Dove who are currently in fourth place will see them go on 29 points from 15 games.

Wakiso Giants seek Kyetume scalp in Uganda Cup quarters

BY KASULE MUBARAK

Ibrahim Kirya is optimistic Wakiso Giants will bag all three points when he takes on fellow Fufa Big League side, Kyetume FC in the quarter final of the Stanbic Uganda Cup on Tuesday, March 12.

The two sides played out a one-all draw in the league the last time they met in Kyetume.

“We will play a game that will call for maximum respect to our opponents but that won’t mean that we won’t attack them for goals come,” Kirya, the Wakiso Giants head coach told Uspa.

“We do not have so many injuries in our team as those previously out have returned to training and I expect them to be fit.

We will use the experience we have in our team and ensure we score early goals that guarantee us an easy win.”

Ayub Kisalita and Abdulkarim Ndugwa are some of the players expected to make the team on having returned from injuries.

Wakiso Giants tops the Elgon Group in the Fufa Big League, having defeated Bukedea Town Council 1-0 in their last league thanks to Steven Bengo’s lone strike in the 38th minute.

The two sides will then face off again in the top of the table clash on March 21.

Afcon qualifier: Desabre calls 31 local players to compete for nine slots

Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has named 15 foreign-based players ahead of the national team’s last 2019 Afcon qualifier against Tanzania later this month.

They will link up with 31 players who ply their trade in the Uganda Premier League.  Nine players will be selected after a Regional tour match in Kampala for a camp in Cairo together with foreign based professionals, accoding to information from Fufa.

Two experienced players Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Godfrey Walusimbi unattached to any club have also been included for training with the local based players.

“We are setting the ball rolling as we want to finish on a high in the group with good results against Tanzania I have summoned a new player on the team playing in Germany while some have been recalled to the squad. We are hopeful they will do a good job,” said Desabre.

“I have been impressed with the quality of players in the domestic league. During the local camp I will choose nine players to complete the group for match against Taifa Stars,” added Desabre.

The 15 foreign based players and nine other stars from the local camp will join camp in Cairo, Egypt from March 18-22.

The 15 foreign based players Summoned for camp in Cairo,Egypt:  Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilah Omdruman, Sudan),  Robert Odongkara ( Adama City FC, Ethiopia),  Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Denis Iguma ( Kazma, Kuwait), Nicolas Wadada Azam FC, Tanzania), Herbert Bockhorn Borussia Dortmund, Germany),  Moses Opondo (VendsysselFF, Denmark), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo),  Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Edris Lubega (SV Reid, Austria), Emma Okwi (Simba-Tanzania), Karisa Milton (MC Oujda, Morocco), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)

The 31 local based players: Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Willa Paul (Police FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Majwega Brian (Maroons FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Rashid Toha ( Onduparaka FC),  Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Taddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Micheal Birungi (Express FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA C), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Serunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa).