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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128 golfers qualify as Singleton Challenge tees off at Entebbe Club
By Our Reporter
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.
Singleton Match Play Golf Challenge 3rd edition launched
By Our Reporter
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.
Uganda Cup returns with increase in prize money
By Our Reporter
Uganda’s biggest knock out football competition, the ‘Stanbic Uganda Cup’ is back bigger and better with an increase in prize money for participating teams and exciting rewards for football fans.
The prize money has been increased from UGX 90 million to UGX 120 million with the winning team walking away with UGX 40 million, the Runner Up UGX 20 million, the semi-finalists UGX 10 million each, the quarter finalists UGX 5 million each and the teams that finish in the Round of 16 will each get UGX 2.5 million.
Speaking at the launch of the new season, Daniel Ogong, Stanbic bank’s Head of Marketing & Communications said that Stanbic Bank is committed to supporting and driving growth in the communities in which it operates.
“Sports the world over is not just a recreational activity, it contributes to economic development through job creation, skills development, infrastructural investments and business growth. This is why Stanbic is partnering with FUFA to grow football through the Stanbic Uganda Cup and we look forward to an exciting and competitive season,” Ogong said.
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo welcomed the development saying it will help grow football in the country. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Stanbic Bank in growing football across the country. The Stanbic Uganda Cup is the biggest sports competition in the country involving over 175 teams and 3,150 players from the first division to the fifth division as well as non-league teams. The competition has been played since 1971 with the winner representing Uganda in the CAF Confederations Cup. It is a tournament with a very rich history and we thank Stanbic for their sponsorship which is helping to revive football across the country,” Eng. Magogo said.
The 2018/2019 season resumed on December 1, with pre-qualifier games taking place across the country in all the eight football regions.
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