Semakula and I can make a very good team, says Arthur Blick Jnr

BY KASULE MUBARAK

Arthur Blick Jnr has vowed to give his competitors ‘a run for their money’ in this weekend’s Central Motor Club Challenge rally.

Blick Jnr, who came second in Mbarara during the first round of the National Rally Championship, reckons that his game plan was spot-on in Mbarara, and together with Unisan Bakunda as co-driver what happened was expected of their team.

However, Bakunda decided to return to driver’s seat for the remainder of the season after Abdul Kateete gifted him a car.

He was replaced by George Semakula.

“Unisan got a good opportunity to get back behind the wheel and I could not ruin his chances because you all saw last year that he is a force to reckon. I wish him the best in that new hunt,” Blick Jnr, the 2015 NRC champion said.

He, however, believes Semakula will carry a lot of experience to his hunt for the second NRC.

“Semakula is a two time National Champion Navigator and has navigated for top drivers in Uganda such as Ponsiano Lwakataka, Duncan Mubiru, John Consta, Adam Rauf Essa and Rose Lwakataka. I am sure we will make a good team together,” added Blick Jnr.

Blick Jnr, who has already gone through the route in Mukono believes this particular round is ‘very tight and  rough’ which ‘makes it so exciting and unpredictable’.

“The route has some rough, technical and twisty areas. You need brains and nerves of steel to win this rally,” he told UspaMedia.

Jas Mangat leads the divers’ standings with 100 points.

CMC Rally: Former champ Ssebuguzi to open route

BY KASULE MUBARAK

Scrutineering

Friday 11am – 5pm at Shell Lugogo

Namere -Gegedde -13.99kms (Viewing point at Biyinzika plant)

Mpoza – Nakapinyi -10.56km (Viewing point at Takajjunge and Nakapinyi)

Nandagi – Nama -15.54kms (Viewing point at Nakapinyi)

Competitive Distance 126.81km

Transport Distance 90.64kms

Total distance 217.45Kms

Ronald Ssebuguzi is to open the route in the Central Motor Club (CMC) Challenge Rally 2019, due Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10 in Mukono.

The CMC event is the second round of the 2019 National Rally Championship. The round in Mbarara was won by Jas Mangat Joseph Kamya in a Mitsubishi Evo X followed by Arthur Blick and then Hassan Alwi in third position. Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru was fourth.

Ssebuguzi, who finished a distant fifth in Mbarara, will face stiff competition from a field of over 50 drivers who have confirmed participation in this weekend’s event which will see cars competing in the super special stage on Saturday at Festino Cite 3.27km before going through three competitive sections that will be repeated thrice each in areas of Mukono on Sunday.

Leon Ssenyange, Ssebuguzi’s co-driver, believes the crew are in fine shape and good to go with targets of grabbing a top finish in the event.

“We have seen tested ourselves with the route and we believe we will not face a major challenge because we have been in similar situations before and all we need to do is to maintain our notes and speeds for a successful event. The route is basically tight, some parts rough and speedy but if no rains happen we will surely do our best and come out top,” added Leon Ssenyange.

The event

Clerk of the course (COC ) David Nsobya emphasized safety in the rally especially to all rally fans who are going to be viewing the cars.

“I humbly request all fans to ensure they listen to all safety marshals on guidance of where to park and view cars from. We don’t need many fans on the road since drivers will be using the same routes for transport to start competitive sections,” added Nsobya.

This event will be closely monitored by FIA delegates Willy Dupresis, Steve Hurding and Bertil Karian from South Africa and Sweden to ensure it’s a safe rally.

Ndyaguma, Kabasweka seal TML Golf Series win


Paul Ndyaguma and Peace Kabasweka emerged the overall winners of the inaugural edition of the Tusker Malt Lager Golf series in the men and ladies categories respectively.

The two golfers have been in peak form throughout the first six rounds of the series played at different golf courses throughout the country including Tooro, Mbarara, Jinja, Palm Valley, Serena Kigo with the seventh hosted at Kitante Golf Course at the weekend.

Ndyaguma, who won the previous round at Serena ensured his overall win after picking up 45 points at Kitante to take his tally to 237, while Kabasweka picked up 30 points on the day to take her tally to 196 easily defeating the ladies.

Kabasweka and Rugumayo won an all expenses golfing trip to Pattaya, Thailand. They will be joined by the best performing doubles teams of Collins Bulafu/Geoffrey Orach and that of Dorothy Nabirye/Sharon Kawanyi who finished with 51 points each.

The winners will arrive in Thailand on March 27 and enjoy three rounds of golf and five days accommodation at the Siam Country Club, Phoenix and at the St. Andrews Golf Courses in Pattaya with all meals and accommodation as well as all golf related expenses catered for.

In the Professional category, Ronald Rugumayo emerged the overall winner with 95 points overall. Brian Toolit finished second with 89.6 points while Herman Mutaawe emerged third overall with 85.6 points. He walks away with the lion’s share of Shs50million kitty which will be shared with the rest of the other top 20 finishers.

Rugumayo who led the series on the opening leg in Mbarara failed to achieve a leg win in the next five circuits saved the best for last surely as he stylishly finished with a five-under par 67 including an eagle, four boggies and six birdies on his home course to win.

“I badly needed to win at Kitante to bring back the memories of my amateur Uganda Open win. I really enjoyed myself on the course and when I started with an eagle on hole-No.1 I knew I was going to have a good day,” Rugumayo said.

Outstanding golfers from each of the rounds won themselves golf related merchandise on top of other goodies.

Tusker Malt Lager Series Final

Winning team.

Collins Bulafu/Geoffrey Orach 51c/b pts

Runner up team

Dorothy Nabirye/Sharon Kawanyi 51

Best individuals

Men: Paul Ndyaguma 237pts

Ladies: Peace Kabasweka 196

Overall winner ladies

Brenda Maraka 42pts

Final standings-Top ten

Ronald Rugumayo 95pts

Brian Toolit 89.6

Herman Mutaawe 86.5

Silver Opio 75.5

Phillip Kasozi 71.5

David Kamulindwa 70.1

Joseph Mawejje 63.2

Vincent Byamukama 59

Adolf Muhumuza 56.45

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).

FIM Africa motocross coming home

By Uspa Media

Ugandan riders will next year compete on home turf in the FIM Africa All Nations Motocross Championship .

This is after Uganda emerged the sole candidate biding to host the 2020 continental event that will this year be held in Zimbabwe.

It is the second time Uganda will host the continental event with the target of winning the trophy last won in 2012 at the event held in Busiika Luwero district.

“We have got the rights to host Africa Championship again and it is time to get to work and put in place all the requirements for an international event in time,” Federation Motorsport Clubs of Uganda official in charge of motorcycling Barak Orland confirmed the development.

Barak added that they have already got the checklist for the requirements and they will start putting them into place before end of the year.

Among the checklists are jumps to be clear , having spectators view points, setting up medical evacuation plans, training officials to match international standards and also set up the water irrigation system on the track.