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Police dominate MTN Eastern National Road race

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The inaugural MTN Eastern National Half Marathon held on Sunday was dominated by the Uganda Police Athletics Club. The half marathon took place in Mbale town, starting and ending at the Mulukhu Sports Ground. It involved mostly elite athletes for both the 21 kilometers and 10 kilometers races.

Uganda Police had a total of 8 athletes that qualified to walk-away with prize money. They were closely followed by Arua Athletics club and Uganda Prisons Service with a total of six each that walked away with prize money.

The athletes traversed the outskirts of Mbale town and run as far as 14 kilometers along the Mbale – Tororo Highway. Flagged off at 9am, the MTN Eastern National Half-Marathon championships will be annual event.

The flagship event, the 21kilometers half marathon for men was won by Kiplimo Philip from Uganda Prisons Service, who clocked at time of 1 hour and 30 seconds.

Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich finished 4 th in the same race, clocking a time of 1 hour and 54 seconds. Kiprotich noted he had come to give morale to the upcoming elite athletes that had come to participate in the half-marathon.

In 21kms for the ladies, Chebet Emily from UPDF finished first, clocking a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes and 56 seconds.

Organized by the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), the event has been used to select a national team of men and women to represent the country at the IAAF World Road Running Championships slated for March 24, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. UAF will announce the team by end of 2017.

“We suggested to MTN to have 3 regional road races in a year, in the run-up to the main MTN Kampala Marathon as part of getting talent that would eventually represent Uganda at the international stage. This is just the start and next year we shall we shall have national road races in Northern, Western and Eastern Uganda,” explained Dominic Otuchet the President UAF at the Mulukhu grounds after the races.

Eastern Uganda remains the hub for talent in terms of long distance running. “Such events help with the rise of previously unknown athletes. Our partnership with UAF we are spreading the search for talent right across the country,” said Valery Oketcho, the Corporate Communications Manager at MTN Uganda.

The Eastern MTN Half Marathon, Mbale provided an opportunity to expose its ‘dormant’ talent and surrounding districts are situated in high altitude areas conducive to producing good and talented middle and long distance runners. Mbale, Sironko, Manafwa, Bulambuli amongst others have lagged behind leaving Sebei Sub region to dominate long distance running.

The winning athletes (top 5 for 10kms and top 10 for 21kms) are expected to also participate in the MTN Kampala Marathon on Sunday, November 19 th 2017.

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Uganda defeats Malawi in under-16 tie

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Uganda’s, Derrick Kaija (left), has his eyes glued to the ball, as Standwell Kamanga, from Malawi, attacks.

Uganda’s, Derrick Kaija (left), has his eyes glued to the ball, as Standwell Kamanga, from Malawi, attacks.

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Uganda posted a 2-1 win over Malawi in the boys COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 tie at the Nakuru High School in Nakuru, Kenya on Monday.

Peterson Nyamwara scored first for Malawi but Uganda replied through late goals from Thoma Kakaire and Zuraba Ronnie. Kakaire also captained Uganda and was impressive throughout this match.

“The game was good because my players played well against a solid opponent. We had a setback in the second period when we conceded but I am super happy with the response,” said Uganda coach Simon Peter.

Lemani Estone and Chimwande Katume also stood out for Malawi in midfield and were unlucky to be on the losing side.

Completely against the run of play, Nyamwera skipped past two challenges and slotted in the opening goal before Kakaire responded with a penalty on the hour mark.

“I can say I’m satisfied with how my players played because the idea here is to identify and nurture talents,” added Malawi coach Patrick Rwanda.

Ronnie, a defender, won it for Uganda in the 64th minute with a deflected strike.

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Sports Journalists Choice Awards 2018: Here’s the list of winners

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Now in their third edition, the Sports Journalists Choice Awards honoured the best performing sports journalists in the land with an awards ceremony held at Route 256, Lugogo on Tuesday evening.

At the ceremony, NBS and Daily Monitor journalist Darren Kyeyune was crowned Sports Journalist of the Year. Kyeyune also scooped the accolade for Social Media Sports Journalist of the Year.

The awards are organised every year in a bid to celebrate, and recognise the most outstanding sports journalists in print, photography, digital, Television, and radio throughout the country.

The Guinness-sponsored ceremony was graced by sports lovers, journalists, sports administrators and  corporates.

Speaking to guests, Leon Sennyange, the organiser of the awards congratulated all nominees for making the cut and thanked the different sponsors for getting on board. “We are still in our infant stage and are excited to go on this journey with sports journalists and our sponsors,” he said.

Here is the winners’ list;

Young Sports Journalist of the Year – Makhum Muziransa (Daily Monitor)

Sports Social Media Journalist of the Year – Allan Darren Kyeyune (Daily Monitor & NBS TV)

Sports News Report of the Year – Amon Ngabo (UBC)

Breakthrough Journalist of the Year – Rose Nakyeyune (Top TV)

Regional Sports Journalist of the Year – Javier S. Omagor(Step Radio – Mbale)

Sports Website of the year – Kawowo Sports

Sports Photograph of the Year Award – Fred Kiseka (New Vision)

Sport Feature of the year – Abdul N. Semugabi (Daily Monitor)

Female Sports Journalist of the Year – Grace Mbabazi (NBS TV)

Sports Journalist of the Year – Allan Darren Kyeyune (Daily Monitor & NBS TV)

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Bunyoro Amasaza Cup 2018 launched

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CNOOC's Cui Yujun presents a ball to the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Solomon Gafabusa

CNOOC’s Cui Yujun presents a ball to the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Solomon Gafabusa

CNOOC Uganda Limited, an oil and gas company, on Friday November 30th 2018 launched the 2018 Bunyoro Amasaza Cup. This marks seven years of the oil company’s support towards the tournament which attracts various counties in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.

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The month-long tournament which commenced on Friday will attract Seven districts in the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom including Kiryandongo, Bulliisa, Hoima, Masindi and Kibaale, Hoima and Kikuube.

The opening match was graced by His Royal Majesty the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom; Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru in Bullisa district.

“On behalf of the people of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, I would like to thank the management of CNOOC Uganda for their continued contributions to this region. The Amasaza Cup tournament has continued to promote unity among the Banyoro and this has, in turn, further strengthened our kingdom cultures,” commented His Royal Majesty the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom; Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.

On his part, Mr. Cui Yujun, CNOOC Vice President in charge of engineering said, “When we began operations in Bunyoro, we made a conscious commitment to be part of all-round growth in our area of operation. And over the years, we have seen this commitment come to life through various local programs. Sponsoring the Bunyoro Amasaza Cup for the seventh year is a demonstration of CNOOC Uganda’s dedication to the growth of sport in this region.”

Hoima Municipality edged Kigorobya 1- 0 in the opening match that was held at Sir Tito Winyi.

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