Heathens unveil new kit

Heathens unveil new kit

By our media team

Hima cement Rugby club today unveiled their 2019/2020 season squad with anew Hima Cement kit worth Sh40m.

Heathens who are the Nile special Premier Rugby league defending champions, unveiled their seven new signings.

They include Aaron Ofoyrwoth aka double black and Scott Olwoch from Kenya Harlequins, Jamil Nyango (rhinos), Musasizi Boazfrom Toyota Buffaloes, Joseph Oyet from Dusupay Warriors, and Innocent Gwokto Thomas and Victor Wangobo.

Christine Kyokunda Hima Cement marketing officer promised her companies continued support to Heathens.

Heathens squad unveiled. PHOTO BY Virgin Images

“We have built a relationship with Heathens that is hard to break and as a company sporting sports we are committed to continue partnering with Heathens,” Kyokunda said.

USPA to crown Nakaayi

By Irene Nanyonjo Deborah  

Sports journalist under their umbrella Uganda Sports Press Association will on Wednesday october16,2019 crown 800m IAAF World Champion Halima Nakaayi the Nile Special USPA sports personality of the month of September.

The ceremony to take part at Imperial Royale hotel on Wednesday October16,2019will also see KCC FC and Joshua Cheptegei crowned for emerging best performers in the of July and August respectively.

Nakayi was voted the Nile Special Sports Personality for the month of September beating fellow ladies UgandaU17 team that won the COSAFA tournament and Swimmer Kirabo Namutebi that won two gold medals in the CANA Africa Junior Swimming Championships and Peace Kabasweka who won the Tanzania Ladies Open Golf Tournament in the same month.

The members also commended Martha Babirye who won the 2019 castle lite Uganda ladies golf open, Peace Kabasweka and UPDF boxer Abdu Ssebute who the East and Central Boxing Africa super fly weight boxing title at Lugogo.

USPA activities are supported by Nile Special, City Tyres, UOC, NCS and Standard Chartered Bank.

Lionesses in Olympics

By USPA Media

The Kenya Lionesses and South Africa will represent Africa at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

This is after the two teams reached the final of the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens in Jemmel, Tunisia on Sunday 13 October 2019 with South Africa winning 15-14 in a bruising game.

This will be the second appearance at the biggest sporting spectacle in the world for Kenya women after playing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

They went to Tunisia as defending champions for the tournament which this year doubled up as the African qualifiers for next year’s Olympics and set up a final clash against South Africa .

They crushed Zimbabwe 36-5 in Sunday’s quarterfinal before securing the Olympic ticket with a 19-0 semifinal dismissal of hosts Tunisia. 
Both sides additionally qualified for the 2020 Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong. 

Madagascar, Tunisia finished third and fourth while Uganda dropped to fifth position while Senegal, Morocco and Zimbabwe were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

The other countries that competed include. Ghana, Zambia, Mauritius and Botswana.

Afrika leads Blitzbok squad

Uspa Media

Experienced play maker Cecil Afrika will lead the South Africa squad that will be in Nairobi for the Safari Sevens taking place from 18th to 20th October at the RFUEA Ground on Ngong road

Afrika, a Blitzbok mainstay since debuting on the Sevens World Series during the 2009/2010 season is South Africa’s all time points scorer, having amassed a total of 1,440 points, a statistic that places him sixth overall on the Sevens World Series all-time list.

Other experienced Sevens World Series campaigners Siviwe Soyizwapi, Stedman Gans and Selvyn Davids are also part of the travelling team as the Blitzboks seek to leave Nairobi with the 27kg Robin Cahill trophy at the close of business on Sunday 20 October 2019.

Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and hosts Kenya are the African countries that will battle the experienced European side that include Portugal, Spain, Samurai and others.

Blitzboks Squad:
Cecil Afrika, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Stedman Gans, Selvyn Davids, Angelo Davids, Darren Adonis, Qamani Kota,
Shilton Van Wyk, James Murphy, Christoffel Grobbelaar, Impi Visser, Divan Enslin

Management: Renfred Dazel (Coach), Ashley Evert (Manager), Hugh Everson (Physio)

Lady Cranes upbeat

By Barbra Namanyi

The Lady Cranes 7s team target a slot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this weekend in Jemmal, Tunisia during the Women’s Qualifiers that doubles up as the Africa Women’s 7s Championship.

The championship on Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13 in Tunisia open their campaign against pre-tournament favourites  South Africa, then take on Zambia, and conclude their group stage games against Zimbabwe in Pool B.

Coach Helen Buteme is optimistic her team will deliver .

“We have been training at Kings park ground in Bweyogerere since October 3rd. We went through different drills like weight training sessions, speed, tackling, recovery and I think we are ready to go,” Buteme said.

According to the team named Charlotte Mudoola retains her arm band as team skipper and is deputized by Grace Auma.

“This team has dynamic individuals with varying skill sets and they complement each other very well. I am looking forward to seeing how they apply what we have been working on over the last month and a half in training during an actual tournament situation.”- Coach Helen Buteme
The team  has 3 debutants including  Agnes Nakuya, Lydia Namabiro and Racheal Mufuwa.

1. Agnes Nakuya (Thunderbirds)
2. Charlotte Thereza Mudoola (Black Panthers) – captain
3. Emilly Lekuru (unattached)
4. Flavia Agenorwot (Black Pearls)
5. Gilder Azikuru (Black Pearls)
6. Grace Auma (Black Pearls) – assistant captain
7. Immaculate Mufuwa (Black Pearls)
8. Lydia Namabiro (Black Pearls)
9. Mary Gloria Ayot (Black Pearls)
10. Peace Mirembe (Black Panthers)
11. Proscovia Ayero (Black Pearls)
12. Racheal Mufuwa (Black Pearls)

The officials are Helen Buteme coach, Phiona Nakatete team Manager and Prossy Namusisi (Physiotherapist). END.

Blitzboks to light up Safari 7s

By Agency

The last time a South African representative side played at the Safari Sevens, they ended up on the winners podium.
That was seven years ago when their Elite Player Development squad defeated Kenya’s Morans 21-17 in the final at the Nyayo National stadium.

That particular squad was coached by current Blitzbok Head Coach Neil Powell and featured Justin Geduld and Werner Kok who have since gone on to become regulars on the World Sevens Series with the Blitzboks.

Prior to that,their predecessors -the Emerging Boks had appeared in seven cup finals at the tournament between 2003 and 2010, registering back to back wins in 2006 and 2007.
Nairobi will definitely be looking forward to an electric performance from the 2017/18 World Series champions as they face the two- time Africa champions Uganda and hosts Kenya in october 19-20.

KBL invests Sh4bn in Rugby

By Johnson Were

Tusker has got more than trust that has given them confidence to invest Kenya shillings 115m (Uganda shillings sh4.1bn) in Kenya rugby.

The investment marks a new chapter in the brands long history relationship with Kenya rugby which dates back from early 1990s when Tusker took up the title sponsorship of the Safari sevens.

The investment will see part of the money go to management of Kenya Rugby Union activities and another percentage go clubs and universities as a way of promoting the sport.

KBL Managing Director Jane Karuku, expressed the company’s delight in announcing this investment and said, “On behalf of Kenya Breweries Limited, we are delighted to announce this investment in the sport of rugby. Ours is not just an investment, it is also a deep commitment to continue growing and developing the sport of rugby in the country with both the present and the future in mind,” she added.

Part of the package will be sponsorship of the Kenya Safari 7s due October 18-20.

“We want to see the Safari sevens this year, getting back to its former glory, when it was the Tusker Safari sevens that is why we have also set a side part of our investment to ensure that we achieve this,” she said.

On the hand Kenya Rugby Union Chairman, Mr. Oduor Gangla said, “Tusker has been associated with the Safari Sevens in different capacities for over twenty years, as the Title Sponsor and as the Official Alcoholic Beverage partner. It is very reassuring to see them continue to support this event.”

“It promises to be a great march forward for players and fans and we thank Tusker for their continued belief and support of the Kenya Rugby Union,” Gangla concluded. END