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Bayern Munich takes on Bayer Leverkusen as new Bundesliga season kicks off

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Traditionally, the reigning Bundesliga champions have the honour of getting the new season underway and once again Bayern Munich will be involved in the opening match.

The 27-time German champions face Bayer Leverkusen at home in the Allianz Arena on Friday night, with everything pointing towards yet another winning start for the Bavarians.

Although Bayern suffered a number of disappointing results on their Asian tour – losing to both Milan clubs, as well as Napoli and Liverpool, they found their form when they needed it.

Bayern won the German Super Cup on penalties against Borussia Dortmund and then had a convincing 5-0 win against third division Chemnitzer FC in the German Cup on the weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, needed extra-time in their 3-0 cup game win against Karlsruher SC, who also campaign in the third division.

But it is not only the current form that suggests the three points stay in the Bavarian capital. History is also on the side of Bayern as the last champions who failed to win their opening match were Bayern themselves, but that was way back in 2008, when they drew 2-2 with Hamburg.

Since then, the reigning champions have won eight games in a row, with Bayern being involved in five of those games and amassing a combined goal tally of 18 scored and just three conceded.

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti will be able to count on new signing Corentin Tolisso, while James Rodriguez, who joined the Bavarians from Real Madrid, will most likely not have recovered in time from an injury.

Notwithstanding the 5-0 cup win, defenders Joshua Kimmich and Matts Hummels said that they needed to do more. “In the first half we played too slowly at times. We need to play on the flanks and then cross into the area,” Kimmich said, while Hummels added: “Looking forward to the league, there is still quite a bit to do.”

Leverkusen go into the season with a new coach in HeikoHerrlich, with the former international undertaking his first managerial steps in the top flight. The club bought Lars Bender from Borussia Dortmund, but saw regulars Hakan Calhanoglu, Chicharito and ÖmerToprak leave.

African football fans will once again be able to see the Bundesliga live and exclusive on StarTimes, with the match between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen being the highlighted game this weekend. It will be shown live on the StarTimes World Football channel at 20:35.

StarTimes Marketing VP, Aldrine Nsubuga said that the highlighted game is bound to attract a huge audience. “Bayern Munich is a global brand and one of the biggest names in world football. We are proud to be able to bring players like Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller to your homes on StarTimes.”

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Over 120 golfers confirmed for Independence Day Golf Tournament

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Sheraton's David Ssekitoleko putts as Pepsi's Audrey Lang(right), Clarkson Insurance's Alex Makata, Stanbic's Cathy Adengo and ICEA's Rehema Nakilyowa look on during the launch of the Pepsi Independence Day Golf Tournament.

Sheraton’s David Ssekitoleko putts as Pepsi’s Audrey Lang(right), Clarkson Insurance’s Alex Makata, Stanbic’s Cathy Adengo and ICEA’s Rehema Nakilyowa look on during the launch of the Pepsi Independence Day Golf Tournament.

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The 8th edition of the Pepsi Independence Day Golf Tournament has officially been launched today with over 120 golfers already confirmed to participate in the annual golf tourney.  The tournament which is scheduled to take place between 7th and 9th October will be held at Palm Valley Golf and Country Club in the Akright Kakungulu Housing Estate.

Speaking to media on Thursday, Audrey Lang, the Pepsi Brand Manager revealed that all is set to successfully hold the tournament as she promised that this year’s edition will be more exciting.

“We want to make this year’s tournament more exciting than the previous editions, and we have prepared the golf course in due time and have invited over 150 amateur golfers and 20 professionals.” She stated, adding; “This annual tournament gives an opportunity to local golfers to enhance their growth and globally position themselves better.”

Pepsi is injecting over Ugx 100 million in the annual event with Sheraton hotel and Stanbic bank also contributing Ugx 32 million and Ugx 20 million respectively. Other sponsors include; ICEA, Clarkson Insurance Brokers Ltd, and Mukwano Group.

Meanwhile, there will be a prize fund of Ugx 30 million to be shared amongst the competing professional golfers with several other prizes including accommodation and fitness packages also up for grabs.

Last year, Becca Mwanja and Gloria Mbaguta were the overall winners in the male and female categories respectively.

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StarTimes acquires exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League

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Africa’s leading pay-TV operator StarTimes has acquired exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League in Sub-Saharan Africa until 2021. The broadcast, which will begin on September 20th, will see football fans enjoy matches between the best European clubs. “We are very happy to bring UEFA Europa League to our subscribers. This summer FIFA World Cup was a success and fans really appreciated that we brought them ICC exclusive and live right after. So we thought that they would be delighted to watch another European club competition on StarTimes,” explained Aldrine Nsubuga Snr, StarTimes Uganda Marketing VP. “We are working hard to bring the best sport content to our subscribers. This season will be intense for football fans with Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, FIFA Club World Cup, French & Italian Cups and now UEFA Europa League.”

StarTimes will not only exclusively broadcast UEFA Europa League in Uganda but also in all Sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. StarTimes has been awarded exclusive rights for English, Portuguese and local languages in English and Portuguese speaking areas.

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Kickboxer Umar Semata to train abroad in preparation for fight with Golola Moses

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Jack Pemba and Umar Semata(R) address media during a send off ceremony on Monday.

Jack Pemba and Umar Semata(R) address media during the send off ceremony on Monday.

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Kickboxer Umar Semata is flying abroad on Tuesday as he intensifies preparations for his much-anticipated fight with the Golola Moses which will take place on October 13 at Freedom City. Semata who was officially flagged off by Pemba Sports Africa on Monday will enroll for a specialized training program for one month with top kickboxing coaches in Phuket, Thailand.

Speaking at the send off ceremony, Semata expressed excitement about going for training in Thailand as he revealed that it will allow him to fully concentrate and give him the right mental focus. “You can not be the best without a good trainer, and so training in Thailand will put me in the best shape for the fight.” He noted.

The training is being facilitated by Pemba Sports Africa to a tune of US$ 10,000 which is inclusive of flights, accommodation, welfare and training in Thailand.

Pemba Sports Africa chairman, Jack Pemba is optimistic that this specialized training will guarantee Semata’s victory against Golola. “We are about to make Golola go into retirement, because Semata will crush him and there will be no comeback for him.” He stated.

Semata, also referred to as “The Pain”, weighs 75kg and is a super middleweight Muay Thai fighter who is the current World Boxing Council Muay Thai Super middleweight champion. He boasts of 42 career wins.

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