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Express FC award free three points at the expense of JMC Hippos

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On Friday last week at the Kakindu Stadium in Jinja, home side JMC Hippos celebrated their first victory of the season as they defeated six time league winners Express Football Club by 1-0 in a highly contested battle between the two sides.

However, the joy of that victory was short lived as the Red Eagles petitioned the Uganda Premier League secretariat (Ref: ESC/10/16/12 dated 10th October 2016) on Saturday 10th December, 2016 citing that JMC had used ineligible players.

Express stressed that JMC players used provisional licenses which were expired after the set deadline and that the latter should lose the match by forfeiture.

Since then, the UPL secretariat has ruled in favour of Express, awarding them 3 points and 3 goals in the process.

This now takes the Wankulukuku based side and Matia Lule-coached club to 7th place with 22 points, level with a 6th placed URA FC.

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Football fans rewarded in World Cup celebration

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2018 FIFA World Cup sponsor and beverage giant Coca-Cola Uganda recently excited football fans and revelers at Legends Bar, Kampala with prizes and branded items in celebration of the Company’s historic association with the FIFA World Cup.

According to Coca-Cola Brand Manager Ms. Miriam Limo, the Company will continue rewarding consumers at their favorite hangouts as they watch the different World Cup matches.

The Coca-Cola Company has had a long-standing relationship with FIFA since 1976 and has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ since 1978. Earlier this year, the two global bodies partnered to do the fourth FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour.

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Nkozi Marathon raises funds to construct accident ward

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On Saturday, hordes of runners took part in the Nkozi Marathon 2018 that kicked off at the Equator in Kayabwe and ended at Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi. The run was graced by Prince David Wassajja, a member of the Buganda Royal family as the Chief Runner and various friends of Nkozi Hospital.

Speaking at the marathon, Prince Wasajja appealed to the public to keep supporting “Bulungi Bwansi” initiatives like these, adding that the public has a role to play in societal development that shouldn’t be ignored. He also noted that government will only support these initiatives after the public shows interest.

The Nkozi Marathon was supported by Movit Products Limited who invested over Ugx 30 million  in  providing running Kits, Sound, media and several other goodies.

According to Kitenda Robert the PR, Media and Advertising Manager Movit Products Limited, Movit has supported this initiative for three years and its growing bigger each year and has assured the public that with their continued support, Movit will keep pushing and supporting this cause.

Prince David Wassajja and other officials check on the progress of construction of the Accident Emergecy ward.

Prince David Wassajja and other officials check on the progress of construction of the Accident Emergecy ward.

Proceeds from the marathon will go towards construction of an emergency accident trauma center at Nkozi Hospital which is estimated to cost Ugx 2.8b with equipment worth Ugx 1.6b. The work of building this trauma center was initiated in 2016 as an initiative from the friends of Nkozi hospital and the Nkozi hospital administration.

Over the years this initiative has been supported by several companies by the Catholic Church, Buganda Kingdom, Rotary Uganda, Parliament of Uganda, Movit Products Limited, Jude Color Solutions among several other entities.

This year, Movit Products Limited made a contribution of UGX 27 Million towards building the emergency and accident unit.

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Masaza Cup 2018 edition officially launched

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Airtel Uganda M.D joins the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga and other sponsors to launch the Airtel Masaza Cup.

Airtel Uganda M.D V.G. Somasekhar(C) joins the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (2R) and other sponsors to launch the 2018 Airtel Masaza Cup.

For the 2nd consecutive year, Airtel Uganda has once again joined the Buganda Kingdom to launch the Masaza Cup tournament at a press conference held at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange, Mengo as the platinum sponsors.

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In attendance were Airtel Uganda officials led by the Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar and Buganda Kingdom officials led by Katikkiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga, who represented the Kabaka of Buganda, and the Sports Minister Owek. Henry Sekabembe.

The Masaza Cup is an annual Buganda Kingdom tournament that has been played since 2004 and usually features 19 teams from 19 different Buganda Kingdom regions. Last year, Gomba defeated Ssingo to emerge champion – a well-deserved win after losing to Buddu in the 2016 finals.

“We are proud to once again come together with this prestigious Kingdom to launch this tournament. Our commitment to Ugandan sports is highlighted by our involvement in football at every level right from the grass root with our Airtel Rising Stars tournament to supporting the National team-the Uganda Cranes,” commented Somasekhar.

“Football unites individuals and societies, develops communities and teaches the values of team work to achieve a common goal. There are no better qualities to instill in the youth today and I would like to congratulate the Buganda Kingdom for this initiative,” he added.

The Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga thanked Airtel Uganda for their support of Buganda kingdom activities.

“Airtel is no stranger to this Kingdom. We have worked together in the past on a number of projects and I believe we shall continue this relationship in the future. This tournament boosts talent and creates unity and I encourage everyone to participate either as a player or as fan,” he commented.

He also noted that this year, the Kabaka will grace the opening game on Saturday 23rd June in Gomba district and the finals which will be played at Namboole Stadium in August this year.

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