Players and coaching staff of the Uganda national Basketball teams entered residential training on Monday. The teams are camped at Hotel Africana Kampala with morning and evening practice sessions.
The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) has also announced the final team lists of players to represent the hosts Uganda in the 2014 FIBA Africa Zone 5 Seniors Qualifiers in Kampala.
The event will take place at the Lugogo Indoor Arena, from the 21st – 28th September 2014. The final 24 names were taken from the larger squads that have been in training for the last 2 weeks in Kampala.
The Silverback coaches have named eight local players that include four forwards and four guards, the guards are Ben Komakech of City Oilers, Jimmy Enabu of City Oilers, Nur Blick Bilal of Power and Stephen Omony (Captain) of Falcons. The four forwards are Henry Malinga of Warriors, Ivan Lumanyika of UCU, Samuel Kalwanyi of City Oilers and Opio Andrew also of City Oilers.
The eight locally based players will be soon joined by four foreign based players that include, Josh Johnson (Ipswich BBC), John Baligwire (free agent), Kasim Nagwere (Fryshuset Basket), and Samuel Mukooza(Jamtland Basket).
The Gazelles coaching staff also named their final list that includes one foreign based player Sharon Karungi of Valpo, Indiana. The local based players include Flavia Oketcho, Rebecca Akullo, Siima Monica, Claire Lamunu, Muhayimina Namuwaya, Peace Proscovia (KCCA Leopards), Carol Nyafwono, Meme Ruth (Magic Stormers), Sylivia Nakazibwe, Vicky Nassolo (A1 Challenge), Leane Nalunkuma (Free Agent).The team were yesterday handed their official playing kits at a press conference held at Hotel Africana – Kampala.
The press conference was graced by renown Ugandan musician Bebe Cool who promised to open up his social platforms for the week long qualification tournament. Roken Telecom, an internet Service Provider has also joined the Zone 5 partners by providing free wireless internet connectivity at the games.
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Third Regional Run under the MTN Marathon 2018 Series Launched in Mbarara
- Mbarara is the third leg of the 2018 MTN Marathon Season
- 478 participants had registered in one day
- There will be a 5km and 10km run around Mbarara
- Registration for Mbarara open until Saturday 17th November
Mbarara: The third and last leg of the regional MTN Marathon 2018 was this morning launched in Mbarara at a press conference held at the Lake View Hotel. After successful showings in Mbale (Eastern Uganda) and Gulu (Northern Uganda), the Western Region is expected to show up in large numbers, this is according to Valery Okecho, Manager Corporate Communications at MTN Uganda:
“Within one day, we had 478 participants registered to take part in the Mbarara Run; we look forward to even more registering. MTN Uganda is excited about the regional runs because we are supporting the efforts of the Uganda Athletics Federation in developing local talent in readiness for international success on the race tracks” said Valery Okecho.
He also reiterated that the proceeds of the run will go towards maternal health support in Mbarara, just like the case for Gulu and Mbale runs. OC Tibesigwa Swizin and ASP Namanya Doreen, representing Uganda Police, pledged their support on behalf of the force in a joint statement:
“We shall deploy our units in more than 15 key points around the route to provide event security and ensure safety of the runners. Uganda Police has given the organisers a go ahead to host the Mbarara Run and we shall be there to ensure maintenance of law and order – before, during and after the event”
Just like in the Mbale and Gulu runs, the Police Athletics Club will also take part in the Mbarara Run as the force continues its pursuit of medals and improved finishing timings. Speaking on behalf of the Uganda Athletics Federation, Daniel Tamwesigire, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the Mbarara Run stated that all arrangements had been finalised to ensure a successful run:
“We have prepared in advance for the run and allocated a team of twenty (20) Marshalls who will work with a large number of volunteers to ensure the event runs smoothly. We thank MTN Uganda Foundation for actively supporting athletics development over the last fourteen years; in fact they were among the first sponsors of athletics in Uganda!” said Daniel Tamwesigire.
Present at the press conference were MTN Marathon partners and sponsors Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Ssendi Umar Kabanda, Regional Sales Manager Rwenzori Water), Stanbic Bank (Twesigye Adrine Bright, Mbarara Branch Manager), Huawei Uganda (Allan Kyobe, Public Relations Manager), Vision Group and SPEDAG.
The Mbarara Run will take place on Sunday 18th November 2018 and runners will set off from the Mbarara Golf Course grounds.
MTN Marathon Gulu Run Attracts 3,000 as Uganda Police Win Big
By Staff Writer
• The Gulu Run was the second leg of the 2018 MTN Marathon Season
• 2,000 participants had registered for the run by Friday 9th November, 2018
• Elite runners from Sebei, Kapchorwa, Kwen and Bukwo districts were present
• Hon Norbert Mao and Gulu LC V Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi also participated
Sunday, 11th November, 2018 – Gulu: On Sunday morning, the erstwhile quiet town of Gulu came alive courtesy of MTN Uganda as the newly paved Kaunda Grounds played host to a crowd of 3,000 plus as the second leg of the MTN Marathon Series came to Northern Uganda’s most famous town.
It was a spectacle to behold as runners young and old from as far as Adjumani, Amudat, Apac, Arua, Kitgum and Lira came to take part in a unifying sport that is arguably the easiest form of exercise to keep one fit and healthy.
For the budding elite runners, they came from not only Gulu and Lira but from far flung Sebei, Kapchorwa, Kwen and Bukwo districts, which have all been instrumental in producing some of Uganda’s greatest athletes.
They all came here for a piece of the cake on offer in terms of podium finishes and cash prizes, but in the end, it was the Uganda Police team that took most of the honours.
As a unit, they swept four out of the twelve podium places on offer; Chemutai Vincent and Rotich Isaac finished 1st and 2nd in the Men 5KM category as Chemutai Rael took 2nd place on the Women’s podium. Cherob Alex and Chelimo Ruth both took 2nd place in the 10KM Men and Women’s category respectively.
Gulu runners were well represented in the top ten finishes but had the unfortunate chance of having only one runner finish in a podium position as Apio Franka finished 3rd in the 10KM Women category.
When MTN Uganda started the regional runs this year, one could not fathom the successful outcome that they would have had so far. According to the MTN Uganda Sponsorship and Events Manager Mr. John Paul Okwi, by Friday 09.11.2018 the two thousand (2,000) kits that were set aside for the Gulu run had run out.
At the run, MTN Marathon partners and sponsors Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Stanbic Bank, Huawei Uganda, Vision Group and SPEDAG were present courtesy of their regional executives and representatives.
Hon Norbert Mao and Gulu Local Council V Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi were in attendance both thanked MTN Uganda for bringing the MTN Marathon Series to Gulu and looked forward to the next.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Australia in April 2018, Uganda finished with six medals – three gold, one silver and two bronze. Omony Okot, the Vice President of the Uganda Athletics Federation noted that with five of these six medals being won in the athletics category, the future of Ugandan athletics will be bright as long as budding runners turn up and take part in such runs.
With two runs done – one in Mbale on Sunday 04.11.2018 and Gulu today, the turnout at both these events has indeed shown the increasing need to develop, showcase and promote the budding athletics talent around Uganda on a larger scale.
The MTN Marathon Series moves to Mbarara Town next Sunday 18th November, 2018.
MTN Marathon Goes To Gulu, Run Expected to Attract Over 1,000 Participants
- Gulu is the second leg of the 2018 MTN Marathon Season
- 1,000 participants had registered for the run by Wed 7th Nov 2018
- There will be a 5km and 10km run
- Registration is still open till Saturday 10th November
Gulu: From the East in Mbale to the North in Gulu. The 2018 MTN Marathon Season is picking up steam after the Gulu 5km and 10km run were officially unveiled this morning at a press conference held at the Bomah Hotel in Gulu, Northern Region.
Speaking at the event, Valery Okecho, Manager, Corporate Communications, MTN Uganda said that the proceeds from the Gulu registration would be used for maternal health support in Gulu: “We believe that no mother should die giving birth and therefore as we invite people to come, have fun and enjoy the run, they should do so knowing that they have done this for a good cause”.
He, in addition, revealed that the support to the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) from MTN Uganda goes into developing the regional athletics talent: “With this run, and the other three in the regions, we hope to improve the athlete’s timings that will help improve Uganda’s talent of exports that represent us abroad”
These remarks were supported by Omony Okot, the Vice President of the Uganda Athletics Federation who stated that the 7th place position they achieved overall in the Gold Coast Games was thanks to MTN Uganda’s support to the UAF.
He also stated plans were underway to introduce longer versions of the runs and in other parts of the country: “We are looking forward to better runners coming to take part with the longer versions of the run and hope that other districts will come on board for this run”.
At the launch, other MTN Marathon partners and sponsors who were present included Ibrahim Kakaire, Sales & Marketing Manager – CocaCola Beverages Africa, Bernard Ogwal, Regional Manager, Northern Region at Stanbic Bank and Allan Kyobe, Public Relations Manager Huawei Uganda.
Photo Caption II and III: L – R: Allan Kyobe, Public Relations Manager Huawei Uganda, Valery Okecho, Manager, Corporate Communications, MTN Uganda and Bernard Ogwal, Regional Manager, Northern Region at Stanbic Bank, Ibrahim Kakaire, Sales & Marketing Manager – CocaCola Beverages Africa and Omony Okot, the Vice President of the Uganda Athletics Federation.
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