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CECAFA Kagame Cup: KCCA finish third as Azam are crowned champions.

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By James Robert Kayindi

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Uganda’s representatives at this year’s CECAFA Kagame Cup, Kampala Capital City Authority FC finished third after defeating Sudanese side Khartoum 2-1 at the Tanzania National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Two first half goals from Michael Birungi and Muzamir Mutyaba were enough to see off Khartoum in the third place playoff of the competition. Ousmaila Baba scored Khartoum’s only consolation of the day before half-time as he raised his personal tally to three goals at the tournament.

Five minutes to half-time Ahmed Adam and Michael Birungi received matching orders from the referee for unsporting characters.

With both teams down to ten, all their second half efforts were fruitless as the score sheet remained 2-1 in favour of the ‘Kasasiro Boys’.

KCCA walked away with US$10,000 (about Shs34m) after finishing third better than last year’s fourth place finish when they lost to Rwanda’s Police at the same stage.

At the finals, Tanzanian side Azam FC eased passed Kenya’s Gor Mahia by 2-0 to win the annual competition for the first time.

KCC Starting XI: Emmanuel Opio, Denis Okot, Joseph Ochaya, Timothy Awany, Hassan Wasswa Dazo, Ivan Ntege, Hakim Senkumba (Owen Kasule), Muzamir Mutyaba (Dan Nsubuga Sekabembe), Tom Masiko, Shaban Kondo, Michael Birungi Unused

Subs: Benjamin Ocha, Habib Kavuma, Ssaka Mpiima, Isaac Sserunkuma

Email Robert: Robert.k.circles@gma­il.com

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Nile Special inter-bar football tournament comes to an end

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The Nile Special amateur football tournament in which bars across the country faced off in a 5-Aside arrangement climaxed on Saturday with Soroti’s Team Facebook emerging champions.

Team Facebook triumphed over Tavern Kick with a 2-0 victory to win the inaugural tournament.

This followed a display of entertaining football as the 16 teams which had made it through the regionals to the nationals took on each other.

Team Facebook received a cash prize of Ugx 2 million and will also represent Uganda at the Africa 5-Aside tournament in Tanzania where the overall winning team will earn an all expense paid European tour in the company of Cameroonian football legend Samuel E’to.

Away from the football, revelers also enjoyed performances from musicians Vinka and John Blaq as they day’s fun came to an end.

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Manchester United coaches to train young Ugandan footballers

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Manchester United coaches, Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien are in Kampala to conduct training with students from Excel Soccer Academy

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Manchester United coaches, Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien are in Kampala for a two-day training with 128 students from Excel Soccer Academy through an ongoing partnership between the soccer club and Kansai Plascon.

“Leading up to today, we received many applications for our students to take part in this training, but have had to keep it at 128. Our hope is that in the future through such partnerships with Kansai Plascon and other companies, we can expose more of our over 1000 students to trainings of this caliber,” said Patrick Gyawambadde, a Director at Excel Soccer Academy.

The soccer academy which was started in 2011 focuses on using soccer as an environment in which many young boys and girls are taught values that include respect, teamwork and ambition.

“Because sports development is one of our strategic focal points, through soccer academies like this, children are taught to be goal oriented and to focus in everything they do. It is also most likely that children who play sports will not partake in crime. We would like to see these children and many others grow into responsible contributors to the Ugandan society. Soccer academies like this one are Kansai Plascon’s way of investing in the future of Uganda,” said Lungi Koni, the Regional Manager Special Projects, Kansai Plascon.

Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien emphasised that having 128 students will ensure that each child they work with gets their full attention. “With a smaller group, we are able to concentrate on them, engage with them one on one, and make sure that they leave after two days with lifelong soccer skills,” said Mike Neary.

Neary and O’Brien follow a visit from Quinton Fortune a Manchester United Legend who was in Kampala last week to engage with Kansai Plascon winners who had taken part in a radio and digital soccer based competition to win signed jerseys from Manchester United.

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Uganda’s Kiplimo Wins Great Manchester Run in Record Feat

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At only 18 years old, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo is already making history.

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During today’s 10km Great Manchester Run, Kiplimo came ahead of everyone recording a time of 27:31 minutes. He finished one mile ahead of the other runners.

On 31st December 2018 he set a new course record at the San Silvestre 10K with a personal best of 26:41.

The sky is the limit for the lad.

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