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Kabonge, Mutebi and Nsimbe nominated for the Coach of the year award

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George ‘Best’ Nsimbe

George ‘Best’ Nsimbe

By Robert Kayindi James

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Former Onduparaka FC coach Allan Kabonge along with Kampala Capital City Authority FC’s Mike Ray Mutebi and Vipers George Best Nsimbe have been nominated for the Coach of the year award in the 2016 Airtel FUFA awards.

Coach Allan Kabonge guided Arua based side Onduparaka Football Club to their promotion into the topflight (Uganda Premier League) before crossing to FUFA Big League side Masavu Football Club (Rwenzori Group). He also led the Caterpillars to the 2016 Uganda Cup finals in which they lost 3-1 to Vipers SC at Nakivubo Stadium.

On the other hand, Coach Mike Ray Mutebi guided KCCA FC to their record tenth league title last season. Under his charges, the Kasasiro Boys are also currently sitting top of the Azam Uganda Premier League table with 28 points from twelve games.

Elsewhere, coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe, after parting ways with Tanzanian top tier side Azam FC joined local league side The Saints FC from which he crossed to Vipers Sports Club and guided them to their maiden Uganda Cup title. The Kitende based club who currently host their home games from Nakivubo stadium where also runners up in the Azam Uganda Premier League last season under his command.

The Airtel FUFA awards 2016 are scheduled to take place on Friday, 2nd December at Speke Resort Hotel, Munyonyo.

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Kitara and Western region teams advance to Airtel Rising Stars final stage

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Airtel Rising Stars 2018 tournament

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Following a competitive display of talent and grit, four teams from Kitara and Western regions have advanced to the final stages of the Airtel Rising Stars 2018 tournament.

Kiryandongo Junior team beat the nine-man Friends of Soccer team 1-0 to win the Kitara Region Boys’ championship while Kigezi FC emerged Western Region winners. In the girls’ category, Sheema Girls and Tooro Queens took home the accolades for Kitara and Western Regions, respectively.

In addition to receiving cash prizes worth UGX 1,000,000/-, each of the winning teams also received trophies, certificates, balls and branded football uniforms.

Addressing the spectators and players at the games, Honorable Jafari Basajjabalaba; the Bushenyi District Chairperson commended Airtel Uganda for their dedication to the growth of all-round football across different platforms and categories.

He noted that this approach to talent acquisition and development ensured consistency and stable progress both for players and the field of football.

“As the sponsor of the National football team, several local football tournaments and this grassroots program, Airtel Uganda has championed and accelerated the progression of this particular sport. I applaud their devotion which has spanned several years and ultimately made great personal and national contributions.”

Airtel Uganda’s Regional Business Manager; Joseph Mukasa echoed the company’s commitment to cultivating football talent, starting from the grassroots, an approach he said has led to a systematic and remarkable growth over the years.

The Airtel Rising Stars program started in 2001 with the aim of developing grassroots football by encouraging and nurturing the youths’ football skills and providing them with the opportunity to evolve and acquire new football techniques that will turn them into distinguished soccer talents.

The final games will be held in Fort Portal district on the 26th of August, where the best teams from several regions will tassel it out for the title of National Champion.

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Iryn Namubiru Launches Own Football Club

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By Consolate Namyalo
Singer Iryn Namubiru has been up and about of recent, from headlining shows, dropping new music to making social appearances, name it!

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The latest is that she has now launched a football club that is named after her.

The club dubbed, ”IRYN NAMUBIRU FC” was launched in the presence of some of her most loyal fans and diehards.

‘And now we are ready for the friendly matches. Do you copy my number? God BLESS YOU” she captioned a photo of her holding jersey number 12 .

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The Lacrosse growth in Uganda

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Sports has always been an integral part of our lives. From cricket to soccer and from rugby to lacrosse, all of them bring immense excitement. The energizing atmosphere created by such games have made them a legacy. Uganda has seen a drastic growth in the sport, lacrosse.

Lacrosse is an energetic sport where players play with a lacrosse stick and ball. Interestingly, the head of the stick is used to shoot, goal or catch the ball. It’s a completely different concept with a lot of excitement in store.

In Uganda, the original fundraisers and supporters of lacrosse were the North Andover native. They took over the foundation of this sport way before the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships. Plus, did you know that as a sports bettor with Betway Uganda online sports betting entertainment, you could bet on games like Lacrosse as well?

In an exclusive conversation with Aimee Dixon, a North Andover native, it was clear how dearly they love and respect the game. She was absolutely proud of the fact that lacrosse in Uganda has achieved such heights. She believes that the lacrosse community is extraordinarily unique. They are generous and wish to pass on the legacy of this game to other countries and communities. The game has not just received laurels but has a deep rooted meaning to its existence. It has increased communal affection and relations.

Dixon herself being a lacrosse player reminisces the days when she played it. She was willing to participate in the world games this summer at Israel. But an accident didn’t make that happen. She shared her experience of how she was constantly in touch with the team. In 2014, Dixon and her group Fields of Growth planned to prepare a competing Uganda team for lacrosse. At that point of time, the game hardly existed in the country.

With two times presence at World level, the efforts have paid off. The Uganda Lacrosse Foundation had begun to support the Uganda lacrosse team. The organization has slowly developed to be self sustainable.

Uganda, with the support of authorities has developed a growing lacrosse team. They also wish to introduce the women team in World Championship. Dixon is no longer directly in the picture but she is still there with several plans for  the team. Many more programs are scheduled to bring lacrosse in public sight. A game full of positivity is loved by many people and the aim is to take it to another level. Uganda’s lacrosse growth has set an example for the sports community. Sports can be a medium to spread cultural companionship and harmony. Uganda’s growth will inspire many people and will take sports to another level.

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