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Airtel Rising Stars 2018 tournament comes to an end

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Airtel Rising Stars 2018

Season seven of the annual Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) national U-17 football tournament for boys and girls officially came to a close last weekend.

The championship finals tournament had seven regions (Kampala, Buganda, North East, Easter, Western, West Nile and Kitara) competing for the coveted prize.

Graced by His Majesty, Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, King Oyo, the final games saw Kitara Region beating Western region to take home the accolade in the girls’ category and Kampala Region defeating Buganda to emerge victors in the boys’ category.

In his remarks which were delivered by the Kingdom’s Prime Minister, King Oyo lauded Airtel Uganda for its unmatched commitment to the development of football in the country. He noted that this was the second time he had presided over the tournament’s final game, the first time being in 2014.

He also applauded all the players who participated in this year’s games – cautioning them to take full advantage of the new opportunities that came with being part of the talent scouting and development program.

Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director V.G Somasekhar echoed the telecom company’s long-term commitment to nurturing and harnessing local football talent on an annual basis through its various tournaments. Addressing spectators at the game, he spoke of Airtel’s vast sports sponsorships which range from the National Sports football team to regional and finally grassroots programs.

“We are proud of our sports heritage that has grown in size and impact over the years. Our strategy is to create a system which feeds into itself; including identification, recruitment development and finally placement. We are proud of all the participants in this year’s tournament and we wish them the very best in their endeavors,” he said adding that this is a way of giving back to the country.

Federation of Uganda Football Association Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson, expressed the association’s regard for its partnership with Airtel which he said spanned across several years and programs.

“On behalf of FUFA President Moses Magogo, I extend the organization’s gratitude to the dedication it has shown in supporting the growth of football in Uganda. As a result of this dedication, we have witnessed the emergence of some of the top players in the country and we are hopeful that the continuation of this trend will take the quality of Ugandan football to the global scene.”

The games were also attended by FUFA Executive Committee member Chris Kalibala, Uganda Crested Cranes trainer Oliver Mbekeka, FUFA delegates as well as Airtel Uganda officials.

Airtel Rising Stars is an Airtel initiative which aims to develop grassroots football by discovering talented youngsters across Africa and providing them the opportunity to evolve and acquire new football skills and develop into notable soccer talents.

The top performing teams this year received a cash reward of UGX 5,000,000 each in addition to gold medals, certificates of merit and a trophy. The runners up took home UGX3,000,000 in cash prizes, silver medals, certificates and trophies.

This year, 25 of the top male and female players will be drafted into various national-level and local football teams.

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Dusman Okee Clutching at Straws as the FMU Presidential Race Heats Up

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Dusman Okee

By Our Reporter

Dusman Okee appears a desperate man clutching at straws as the race for the next Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) president continues to heat up with Election Day drawing closer.

The incumbent has been accused of using unbecoming language after allegedly using racial slurs and epithets against Ugandans of Asian descent, who are among the front runners for the presidential seat.

This came to light when a motorsport enthusiast exposed Okee on the Uganda Rally News page. “The shocker came in on Tuesday this week, as the incumbent in his bid to tighten up his electorate, made call to one of the club presidents seeking for his vote using a race card tool, saying ‘OMUZANNYO MUSAZEEWO OGUWA ABAYINDI’!” The post read.

In his further efforts to keep a firm grip on FMU presidency, he has allegedly been working the phones in order to dun everyone associated to the federation for cash contributions.

Our snoop has revealed that Okee went on to further hound his victims at their homes and places of leisure after they deliberately ignored his calls in his quest to seek financial support face to face.

According to our sources, he has continuously tried to contact Rajiv Ruparelia who has ignored all his calls in order not to be attached to the forth coming elections.

That’s when he called Ambrose Byona, a rally driver and entrepreneur. Byona also ignored his calls only which prompted him to confront the later at Panamera where his pleas also fell on deaf ears.

Sure, he may argue that the money he’s collecting is to ensure that all delegates are facilitated to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). And that such facilitation is normal. However, why one would need such extreme amounts of money to facilitate their election re-campaign if they’ve been outstanding at their job.

Okee who joined office in 2016 is seeking re-election as his four-year tenure comes to an end. For the hotly contested presidential seat, Okee will square off with former rally ace Ruparelia Dipu, former FUFA delegate Geoffrey Nsamba, a city lawyer, and former president, Jack Wavamunno who is seeking a fourth term.

The election is scheduled to take place on February 1, 2020 at FMU offices.

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“Running Out of Trees” relay set for February

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 The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi and Uganda Breweries Legal and Corporate relations director Charity Ekudu Kiyemba during the launch of the “Running out of trees” campaign in October last year.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi and Uganda Breweries Legal and Corporate relations director Charity Ekudu Kiyemba during the launch of the “Running out of trees” campaign in October last year.

By Our Reporter

Preparations are in high gear for the 2-day “Running out of Trees” relay from Kampala to Gulu.

The relay that will have 33 high profile and diverse runners run 10 kilometers each, is set to take place on Feb 7th and 8th February 2020. Flag off will be at Parliament.

The “Running out of Trees Campaign” spearheaded by Uganda Breweries Limited in partnership with Ministry of Water and Environment, was launched in October 2019.

The campaign seeks to rally Corporate Companies to come together and respond to the growing concern of deforestation in the country.

So far, a number of companies have come on board to support the campaign including Liberty Assurance which recently handed over a cheque of UGX 5,000,000 to UBL towards the run. Other companies include TOTAL Uganda and Stanbic Uganda among others.

The objective of this run is to rally every Ugandan to embrace April 25, 2020, the national day of tree planting on which 40million people in Uganda will be expected to plant and grow at least one tree.

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Photos: Fortebet gifts Hoima, Masindi, Kiboga and Kabango clientele

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By Staff Writer

It was a weekend to remember as Fortebet appreciated it customers in the areas of Hoima, Masindi, Lwamata and Kabango. Just as it has done in all the other parts of Uganda, Fortebet even this weekend gave out lots of gifts to its customers in the above mentioned places.


Many of them walked away with Techno phone, T-shirts, caps, wristbands, pens and many more. Away from the branches, Fortebet also visited and donated to bodaboda riders reflector jackets in Masindi and Hoima. 50 riders benefitted from this free offer.


“What Fortebet has done in Masindi has never been done by any other betting company. They way you have been ‘making gifts rain’ indeed confirms that Fortebet is big. I am so happy that I have been one of the many winners. I am now remaining with one thing-winning 100 million,” said one of the phone winners in Masindi.
This weekend, Fortebet will visit and gift its clients in Kyengera, Kitemu and Nsangi. Don’t miss, be there and win!

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