By Robert Kayindi James
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday, 20th December grilled the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president, Eng. Moses Magogo on allegations of match fixing.
According to a police letter dated December 15th and signed by the Director Criminal Investigations Catherine Kusemererwa, the local football governing body boss was summoned to the CID Headquarters in Kibuli to assist in investigations in a case of alleged match fixing and pre-determination of match results.
Magogo obliged as required by the summon and reported to the CID offices yesterday. However, the details of the matter remain unknown pending further investigation.
Nonetheless, speculations from sources inside the Uganda Police indicated that the investigations are in regard to a match involving the national football team, the Uganda Cranes during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers campaign.
The investigations come at a time when local football has been hit with the same vice that saw a couple of players have their contracts terminated and others suspended at their respective clubs.
Four-time league champions Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club (URA FC) suspended former captain Oscar Agaba and defender Fahad Kawooya while Police FC terminated the contracts of defenders Sadat Kyambadde and Godfrey Kateregga over the same matter.
Similar cases were also reported at SC Villa towards the end of last season.
Match fixing is a crime punishable by law and can attract bans from football if anyone is convicted as the case was with coach Sam Ssimbwa last season before his contract was terminated at the Uganda Premier League reigning champions KCCA FC.
World Cup Trophy arrives in Uganda to an exciting welcome
The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy arrived in Kampala on Monday morning to an exciting welcome by officials from the government of Uganda, football fans and media at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.
The plane carrying the trophy and the entourage touched down at Entebbe at 11:00am from Cape Town as part of the African leg of the fourth FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour, which started in London in January.
“The arrival of the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy in Uganda signifies the Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to bring the World Cup experience closer to the people. We strive to enhance the consumer’s every moment experience and we believe having an opportunity to view the FIFA World Cup Trophy tour is one of those rare moments that shouldn’t be missed,” commented Maggie Kigozi, Coca-Cola Uganda Marketing Manager.
The Minister of Education and Sports and First Lady of Uganda, Hon. Janet Museveni received the Trophy along with officials from FUFA and Coca-Cola Beverages Africa led by the Managing Director Conrad Van Niekerk. It was later presented to President Yoweri Kagutta Museveni at State House in Entebbe.
The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off in September 2017 in Russia and will visit more than 50 countries across six continents, travelling 126,000 kilometers in the nine months leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Within Russia, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 25 cities – the longest host country tour in history – with one out of every three Russians having the opportunity to experience the Trophy in person.
Meanwhile, Ugandan football fans also have a chance to view the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy at the Lugogo Cricket Oval on the 6th of March.
Emirates and Arsenal Renew Sponsorship Deal
Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and Arsenal Football Club, have announced a new sponsorship deal. The sponsorship, the largest ever signed by the club and one of the biggest ever agreed in football, grants the airline a 5-year extension to their shirt partnership with the Club until the end of the 2023-2024 season.
The new sponsorship agreement, strengthens one of the most recognizable and respected partnerships in sport. The agreement was formally finalized by Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis and Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark on Monday.
Mr. Gazidis said: “Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport. This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship. Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.
“Emirates is a great partner for Arsenal – a world class brand with a truly global reach. The airline plays a significant role in our ambitions to extend our influence and following around the world. The new deal, extending our shirt partnership until 2024, underlines how much both organizations value and benefit from the relationship.”
In addition to being shirt sponsors, with the Emirates brand continuing to appear on Arsenal’s playing and training kits, Emirates will provide access to their award winning planes for Arsenal to use on pre-season tours. Emirates will retain marketing rights to develop campaigns and initiatives around the world. Arsenal’s home will continue to be known as Emirates Stadium up to 2028, as part of the extension agreed in 2012.
Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark, said: “Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a Club makes them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand. As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.
“As a business, we are hugely committed to supporting sports all over the world and our relationship with Arsenal is no different. Our partnership with Arsenal Football Club is a great combination of two truly global brands and we’re very pleased to have extended this relationship for five more years – connecting fans from around the world with one
of the greatest teams in the world.”
Emirates’ shirt partnership began in the 2006/2007 season, and this extension means that Emirates branding will remain on the shirt of all Arsenal teams for at least 18 years.
PHOTOS: Allan Okello’s Late Strike Sinks SC VILLA – UPL
Teenager Allan Okello’s beautifully struck freekick from 25 yards with four minutes to play was all Champions KCCA FC needed to sink arch rivals SC Villa in a thrilling encounter at StarTimes stadium.
The 17-year-old midfielder came on at the start of the second stanza in place of Jackson Nunda who was making his first start since 27th September 2017 the day he had last played for KCCA FC in a league game against URA FC.
Okello had earlier on rattled the crossbar with a fine curler from down the right flank on 76 minutes but the visitors’ custodian pushed the rebound out for corner.
In the first stanza, custodian Charles Lukwago made two reflex saves to keep out Kirya Ambrose and Eturude Abel’s efforts in a space of four minutes.
Mucureezi came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute but his effort was kept out by Kirya Samson.
With four minutes to play in the first half, Sadam Juma rattled the upright with a smashing shot that clearly Samson Kirya had no chance stopping.
In the second stanza, Allan Okello was introduced for returnee Jackson Nunda and the cameo immediately showed his presence with rapid attacks that troubled the visitors, backline.
In the 69th minute, striker Matsiko Abubakari was handed debut by Mike Mutebi in place of Paul Mucureezi and the teenager had some glimpses of brilliance In a game of such magnitude.
Four minutes to the end of the game, Allan Okello was fouled yards from the 18 yard box and the teenager took matters into his hands to take the freekick that he coolly slotted past the visitors’ wall into the back of the net, giving custodian Kirya no chance keeping it out and sending the fans in a frenzy with a boom of noise that echoed all over StartTimes stadium.
Lawrence Bukenya was then introduced for Sadam Juma to add grit in the midfield.
1-0 is how it ended, Allan Okello’s solo goal and first in the league this season the difference in the tie.
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