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Geoffrey Baba Kizito fails to join Malaga over delay in paperwork

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By Robert Kayindi James

Uganda Cranes midfielder and former Gor Mahia star, Geoffrey Baba Kizito will not be playing for Spanish La Liga side Malaga this season.

The development follows the collapse of his move to the Spanish side due to delayed and unfinished paperwork in the just concluded January transfer window.

It should be noted that the Kizito had been on trials with the club for about a week and managed to impress but his move failed to go through after failing to get clearance travel documents from the French embassy.

“Baaba has been training with Malaga for close to one week and everyone at the club was happy with his style of play,” Royco Garcia, founder of RAYCO sports Academy is quoted on Afristars.net.

Turning to the French embassy for travel documents was due to lack of Spanish embassy in Uganda which made the situation just harder for the deal to go through at the time of the closing hours of the transfer window.

“Failure of Spain to have an embassy in Uganda made it difficult, but when I come back to Uganda, I will meet Ugandan FA President Moses Magogo to forward me to the Ugandan President Museveni to discuss Ugandan players’ issues,” Garcia added.

For now, the Cranes midfielder returns to Vietnam to play under his current club Than Quang Nai until the summer transfer window opens in July.

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Friday Night Lights basketball returns

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Friday nights in Kampala are set to become fun again for basketball fans as organisers have confirmed the return of the Tusker Lite Friday Night Lights. The event which had taken a break over the festive season is on this weekend, Friday, January 25 and fans can expect to enjoy a chilled evening while also being part of the exciting games.

Now in its eighth edition, the event that happens at Panamera Bar in Naguru took a new and exciting twist last year with the format of play being changed to a 3-on-3. With this new format, basketball fans get to play alongside their favourite players in teams of three as opposed to teams of five. The 3*3 format requires each team to have three basketball players, three fans, and two ladies.

After seven editions, one might argue that FNL has managed to position itself as one of the most exciting basketball events in the country. Starting Friday, January 25 and for four consecutive Fridays, about eight games will be played each night. The winning team will go home with lots of prizes from the tournament’s sponsors with Shs100,000 up for grabs courtesy of Tusker Lite for each night’s winner.

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128 golfers qualify as Singleton Challenge tees off at Entebbe Club

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The Singleton Match Play Golf Challenge officially teed off with over 218 golfers participating in the qualifying round of the tournament. The 218 were bidding to be part of the 64 pairs to battle it out on the green over the next seven months at the Entebbe Club for one of local golf’s most prestigious crowns.

Wendy Angudeyo (H/C 17) won ladies’ Group A on the day, posting 65 Nett, while Rita Akot Apell (H/C 21), 68 Nett came tops in Group B. In the mean’s category, Ibrahim Bagalana (H/C 5), 68 Gross claimed top position in Group A, as Collins Bulafu (H/C 13) – 69 Nett claimed Group B and Kenneth Kiddu (H/C 28) – 68 Nett (Countback) completed the winners’ list with his triumph in Group C.

Speaking to journalists during the tee off of the prize giving, Mr. Mark Ocitti, the Managing Director, Uganda Breweries Limited thanked all the golfers who showed up and encouraged them to keep up the spirit. “Your determination to go the distance in the series has enabled us have two successful editions already. This year will definitely be bigger and better with more to win and accomplish,” said Mr Ocitti.

Launched in 2017, at East Africa’s oldest golf club, the Entebbe Club, the Challenge has over time established itself as the most exciting and also one of the most competitive in Uganda.

The Challenge will be played on a match play four ball better ball (4BBB) format, with the winning pairs from every month advancing to the next stage until the final in July. This year’s winning pair will enjoy a fully paid golfing trip to watch the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic. Some of the other prizes include a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2018 model staked by Victoria Motors for a golfer who manages a hole in one, DStv monthly subscription packages as well as weekend getaways at Serena Hotel, among others.

As is the Singleton Challenge tradition, after the prize giving at the 18th hole, golfers were treated to a Caribbean-themed 19th hole experience where legendary Maddox Sematimba provided the entertainment.

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Singleton Match Play Golf Challenge 3rd edition launched

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Edwin Tumusiime, the Entebbe Golf Club captain addresses media during a press briefing held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday morning. Looking on is the Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

Edwin Tumusiime, the Entebbe Golf Club captain addresses media during a press briefing held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday morning. Looking on is Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

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The Singleton Match Play Golf Challenge is back in its third season this weekend following a successful 2018 edition which ended with the first-ever ladies’ pair of Sheila Kesiime and Peace Kabasweka winning the ultimate prize.

The third edition of the country’s premier golf experience will commence this Saturday, January 12 at its famed home; the Entebbe Club, which boasts of East Africa’s oldest course.

Action tees off with a qualifying round, and will run for seven consecutive months, played on four ball better ball format, with a lower net score winning the hole.

“It’s going to be yet another exciting year at the Singleton Challenge. We have already had two seasons of amazing golf at this tournament and once again in true Singleton fashion, we are going to energise and elevate all the senses together for the next seven months, on the green and at the 19th hole,” said Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

Each pair will be required to take part in the qualifying round which will be played on a medal basis, with the best 60 pairs’ joining the defending champions and another three pairs (wild cards) picked by the sponsor(s) making the final 64 pairs from the qualifying round. The championship will be played over a stipulated round not exceeding 18 holes. The tournament will also be played on February 16 (round one), March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, and the grand finale on July 13, 2019.

The winning team this year will get a fully paid golfing trip to watch the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic in January 2020. This is the biggest golfing classic aimed at developing professional and casual golf. It has featured golfers such as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Henrik Stenson, in the recent past.

There will also be business class return air tickets for the first and second runner-up pairs, as well as the winners of the subsidiary events in both the men’s and ladies’ categories. Other prizes include monthly subscription packages on DStv, golf accessories and HTC goodies.

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