Former leader of opposition in Uganda Parliament Winnie Kiiza has urged government to increase on its funding of the sports sector.
Kiiza made the appeal on Thursday after her side beat Kenya 53-23 in the netball game during the ongoing East Africa Community Inter-Parliament Games in Kampala.
Kiiza said that besides sports occupying the youth, it creates jobs for them and also promotes tourism in the country which adds value to the economy.
“Our participation in sports at this age is a sign to our children that they should develop their talents. We are living by example, but most important is that we are promoting tourism using sports because there are so many MPS from other countries who did not know Uganda before.” Kiiza noted.
Uganda continues to dominate the games and on Friday at Namboole Uganda beat Burundi, Tanzania and EALA in the women tag of war category.
This followed Uganda’s victory in netball and football against Kenya on Thursday in Lugogo.
Kenya seems to dominate the athletics category as they won most of the event but Uganda was consistent in winning the second and third positions during the competitions held at Mandela National Stadium Namboole.
In the 1500m honourable Julius Acom was unbeatable, while Mbwatekamwa finished third in the 100m.
Results for All games at FUFA Technical Centre Njeru
Uganda 4 Burundi 0
Tanzania 5 Eritrea 0
Djibouti 0 Kenya14
Despite defeating Burundi 4-0 defeat of Burundi in the opening game of the CECAFA U-17 girls’ soccer tournament Uganda’s head coach Ayub Khalifah is not impressed with the girls’ performance.
Khalifah told USPA media team after that his girls wasted a lot of chances that can be regrettable at a certain stage.
“Yes we won but in the beginning we wasted so many chances. I think we have to go and address that department before our next game,” Khalifah said.
Juliet Nalukenge managed a hat-trick while Samalie Nakacwa added another in the 70th minute.
In the other games played Tanzania were 5-0 winners against Eriteria with Joyce Meshack putting to the net three goals and her team mate Aisha Hamis added two.
The third game of the day had Kenya whip Djibout 14-0 with Fasila Adhiambo managing four goals, Viola Kalali five goals, Anna Arusi three goals while Lavin Anyango and Dorine Achieng also added a goal each.
Twenty-three goals were scored on match day one which is a sign that the teams’ striking forces are active and lethal.
“The track was very bad, soaked t but am impressed the team did it and we defended the title. They were determined to go home victorious and indeed they are champions,” Those were the words of joy team captain Maxime van pee said after Uganda was declared FIM CAC champions.
Uganda pooled a total of 2075 points to beat their host Kenya who pooled 952 points from the two legs.
Uganda’s lion share of points was pooled by junior classes dominated podiums in the MX50,65,85, MX125 classes.
Miguel Katende opened the day winning the 50cc category class, as teammate Ramathan Mubiru and Liam Ntale finished second and third Respectively.
Gift Ssebuguzi battling the Kenyans alone was un stoppable as he won all the three heats to become the 65cc champion, while in the 85cc class, Waleed Omar, Jeremiah Mawanda and Milton Akaki finished second, third and fourth respectively behind win Alex Kandie of Kenya.
In the MX125cc, Uganda still dominated the class with Fortune Ssentamu, Wazir Omar, Kylan Wekesa and Ali Omar Yasser of team Uganda taking the first to fourth positions before team captain Maxime Van Pee wrapped it up by winning the MX1class.
Team captain Maxime van pee lauded his charges for the fight despite the unconducive environment.
Nairobi Kenya: It was a wet a slipey and muddy track, but visitors uganda could not Kenya to take advantage of the home turf in the final round of the FIM Central Africa Motocross Championship.
In the 50 cc class It was Miguel Katende, Ramathan Mubiru, Liam Ntale taking the 1,2,3 position in the first Heat on Saturday .
In the 65 cc Gift sebuguzi still beat a stiff opposition from the host to win the first heat, while in the 85cc class, Waleed Omar, Jeremaih Mawanda anf Milton Akaki took thefirst fouth and fifth positions respectively.
In the MX125 cc class, Fortune Ssentamu and sali Omar Yasser took a 1,2 and Kylan Wekesa camer fourth in another race dominated by Uganda, which gives hope that Team Uganda will retain the trophy for the seven -time runnung.
In the MX1 class Maxime Van pee won the race followed by Kenya;s Shivam Vinayak , while George Sserugunda missed out on scoring after failing to make 75% of the Race in theMX1 class.
Team Uganda is spomnsored by Uganda Lodges, National Council of Sports and Lato Milk
The 22man squad that include, Miguel Katende, Liam Ntale, Jonathan Katende, Zion Wekesa, Ramathan Mubiru, Larry Ssekamwa (50cc), Gift Ssebuguzi, Abigail Mwangala (65cc), Jeremiah Mawanda, Milton Akaki, Mark Namisano, Waleed Omar, and Esther Mwangala (85cc). left today to nairobi for the FIM central Africa Motocross Championship.
Team captain Maxime Van Pee is worried Kenya may over turn the 1143 point lead and reclaim this year’s title.
What he expected early this year is what he is seeing today as his team departs to Kenya for the Second Round of the FIM Central Africa Motocross Championship (FIM CAC).
According to the squad released for the FIM assignment, top riders including the Orland brothers Stav, Aviv and Alon, Daryl Muhindo, Jonathan Muhindo, Kreidah Nsubuga, William Blick Jr, Malcom Lubega, Emanuel Lubega and Markus Lubega will be missing in action.
The team skipper competing in the MX1 class draws his fears from the number of riders that form team Uganda that will battle Kenya in the second round of the FIM CAC on Saturday and Sunday at Jamhuri Racing track in Nairobi Kenya.
“We have a strong squad, but we are less in numbers compared to our host who is fielding over 40 riders scoring and may over turn our point difference,” Maxime said while addressing the media at the flag off of the team of 22riders at National council of sports yesterday.
Uganda convincingly won the first round at Busiika with 1395points against 252 for Kenya.Maxime added that those riders missing has created a big dent to the team, but they will do their best to defend the title won for the last six years.
The others are Fortune Ssentamu ,Ali Omar, Wazir Omar, Joshua Mwangala, Kylan Wekesa, (125cc), Isma Mukiibi, Shafiq Ssekitoleko ( MX2), Maxime Van Pee (MX1) and Juncture Sserugunda (Veterans).
The will travel via Uganda airlines in two groups with second group leaving today while the first group left yesterday.
As rehearsals for Nile Special /USPA Gala and USPA @50 celebrations next year, USPA executive has started throwing surprising birth day parties to its members.
Leon Ssenyange, Francisco Bwambale and assistant secretary Irene Deborah Nanyonjo are some of the members that enjoyed the party.
On Monday during the monthly meeting where USPA voted Africa World Boxing Federation (WBF) Heavy weight Champion Shafik Kiwanuka Sports Personality for the month of November, USPA surprised Nanyonjo with birthday and a graduation cake at Grand imperial hotel.
“We decided to celebrate memorable events with our members and that is why we shall be celebrating birthdays of our members,” USPA president Patrick Kanyomozi said.
“It is a motivation and one way of bonding and maintaining friendship as members of USPA family and we are coming up other innovations soon,.” Kanyomozi added.
After winning the National Rally Championship (NRC) crown, Yasin Nasser has his sight set on the World rally championship in Nairobi next year.
Nasser disclosed this on Sunday after being declared champion at the end of the MOSAC Rally in Kapeeka whose final results are yet to be announced because of the pending petitions to be tackled today by the stewards.
“According the Clerk of the Course (COC) Shafik Matovu, the Stewards will hear all the petitions today and the final results will release tomorrow (Wednesday).
“I’m waiting for the decision of the stewards, which has no effect on the NRC winner,” Matovu said.
Nasser on his part attributed the victory to patience and team work.
“This has been along and tough journey, but we are very grateful to emerge the 2019 national rally champions. I thank my team and family for the support,” Nasser stated.
“We shall prepare to defend it next year, but also our focus is on the (WRC) in Kenya next year in July,” the MOIL fuelled driver added.
With 30-pont gap separating him with Arthur Blick jr, Nasser navigated by Ali Katumba in Subaru Impreza GVB started MOSAC the rally on Saturday targeting a second position despite the tough opposition from Blick, Ronald Ssebuguzi, Omar Mayanja and Hassan Alwi.
He managed to hold the pressure and completed the event on top of the event, while his challenger blick finished fourth overall. How Nasser won the NRC Title
Nasser started the season on a low note in the Mbarara rally when he finished eighth overall grabbing 35 points, but put up a spirited fight to finish second in the Masaka rally collecting 80 points.
He however, faulted again when he finished ninth overall to in the Mukono rally collecting 30 points, however, his turning point was when he won the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally, collecting 140 points to tally 275points.
“Winning the Pearl of Rally was the turning point for us. It is a moment we felt that if we stepped up the fight, we could win it and indeed we are champions now,” Yasin explained.
The crew gained lead on the NRC standing when they finished third in the Fortportal Rally and maintained it in the Total Kabalega Rally where they second after Ronald Ssebuguzi dropped out of the event.
Ibrahim Lubega aka ‘Pasuwa’ won the CRC title after Rajiv dropped out of the event.