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Seven-time European title holders AC Milan, knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the last two seasons, were drawn with the Catalans in the group stage of this season’s competition on Friday.

Nine-time champions Real Madrid will meet Juventus in two mouthwatering clashes in Group B which also features Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen.

Holders Bayern Munich landed CSKA Moscow, Manchester City and Czech champions Viktoria Plzen in Group D, giving them a seemingly straightforward passage to the knockout stage.

Chelsea, champions two seasons ago, face Schalke 04, FC Basle and Steaua Bucharest in Group E, having beaten the latter pair on their way to winning the Europa League last season.

Three-time European Cup winners Manchester United meet Ukraine’s Brazilian-inspired champions Shakhtar Donetsk along with Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad in Group A.

AC Milan and Barcelona have met six times in the last two seasons and the Catalans have come out on top.

The Serie A side lost 4-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 last year and 3-1 on aggregate in the quarterfinals two seasons ago, when the two sides also met in the group stage.

The pair were drawn in Group H, alongside four-time winners Ajax Amsterdam and 1967 champions Celtic, who faced Barcelona in the group stage last season and memorably beat them at home.

“It is a well-known group, with prestigious stadia, historical ones, with teams who have already won the Champions League,” AC Milan vice-president Umberto Gandini told reporters.

Antonio Conte, who played under Carlo Ancelotti at Juventus for two years and now coaches the Serie A champions, will face his former manager when his side play Real Madrid.

TOUGH GROUP

“It’s a tough group with fascinating matches. Real are among the favourites for the title and… Galatasaray are a team to be feared,” Conte told Italian television.

“Unlike last season, we know what awaits us and the difficulty we will meet when we face the best teams in the world.”

Real beat Galatasaray in the knockout stage last season.

Bayern are clear favourites to progress from their group but the treble winners are taking nothing for granted.

“We have to go into the competition with a lot of respect and a lot of focus from the very start,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“We have to be especially careful not to underestimate CSKA Moscow and Manchester City. This will not be an automatic qualification but our aim is to make the knockout stage.”

Group F was arguably the toughest, pitting last year’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund against Napoli, Olympique Marseille and Arsenal.

“This is a brilliant, balanced group with four teams who have what it takes to survive the group stage,” said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp.

“The fact is we have to get something to put right (past results) against Arsenal and we have something to put right against Marseille,” added Klopp, whose side finished bottom of a group featuring both teams two seasons ago.

“I have not been to Napoli but I am already looking forward to the atmosphere there.”

Austria Vienna, the only debutants in the draw, were placed in Group G along with former Champions League winners Porto as well as Atletico Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg.

Big-spending Paris St Germain drew Olympiakos Piraeus, from austerity-hit Greece, and Anderlecht in Group C in what should be a fairly easy stroll for the French side.

THE DRAW

Group A: Manchester United, Shakthar, Leverkusen, Real Sociedad
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen
Group C: Benfica, PSG, Olympiacos, Anderlecht
Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Man City, Viktoria Plzen
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, FC Basel, Steaua Bucuresti
Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: FC Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit, Austria Vienna
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic

 

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

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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.

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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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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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