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KCCA FC’s Mutyaba shines at Airtel-FUFA awards

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Airtel Uganda Branding and Communications Manager, Remmie Kisakye giving her remarks at the award gala.

Airtel Uganda Branding and Communications Manager, Remmie Kisakye giving her remarks at the award gala.

Airtel Uganda and FUFA hosted guests at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo for the long-awaited Airtel-FUFA awards  on Friday.

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KCCA’s midfield general, Muzamir Mutyaba and OIila High’s Fazila Ikwaput drove home in brand new cars after being crowned the FUFA Best Male and Female Players of 2017.

Other winners included Mike Mutebi who won the Coach of the Year award, Muhammod Kalema who won the FUFA presidential award, Brian Miiro Nsubuga – the Best Referee and Kennedy Kasadha –  the Best Upcoming Referee. Emmanuel Okwi and Dennis Onyango were the Fan’s best players at home and abroad respectively. KCCA FC was crowned the Fair Play team of 2017.

Commenting about the awards, Airtel Uganda Brand and Communications Manager, Remmie Kisakye congratulated the winners of the night and thanked all those who took time to vote for their favorite players.

“I want to thank FUFA and all the other partners for their efforts and contributions towards the success of Ugandan football,” she said, adding that Airtel Uganda remains committed to promoting Ugandan football at all levels.

“I congratulate the winners today and encourage all those who did not win to keep exhibiting discipline and excellence as we work together to take Ugandan football to the next level,” she concluded.

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StarTimes acquires exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League

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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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Jack Pemba seals mega deal with American star Jay Z

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Socialite and sports businessman, Jack Pemba has secured a mega sporting deal, we have learnt.

Pemba, who has been off the social scene recently, was in the US on a business trip where he met with American hip-hop mogul Jay Z to discuss possible partnerships. It has now emerged that the meetings bore fruit as Jack Pemba has revealed that through his company Pemba Sports Africa he will be working with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports to promote the boxing sport in Uganda.

“I have signed a deal with Jay Z’s sports company,” he told media on Monday. “And with support from the Ministry of Education and Sports, we shall be promoting boxing in Uganda.”

“There is a lot of local boxing talent because Uganda is ranked top in the East and Central Africa region. We want to promote this talent so they can shine on the international stage.” He added.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that Pemba has previously been involved in several sporting activities in the country such as offering sponsorship to different athletes who include body builder Ivan Byekwaso and kick boxer Umar Semata among others.

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