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It was a fun and exciting evening as the Tusker Lite Friday Night Lights returned from the festive season break on Friday at Panamera Bar.

Now in its 8th edition, the off-season event which merges entertainment and basketball saw fans and players walk away with several goodies. While players were rewarded after each game, the fans had to participate in different exciting challenges like 3-point shoot outs to be rewarded.

The games tipped off with Team Zama and Team Fahmy facing off first in a 3-on-3 format with each team compromising of a professional player, and two fans(one of them being a lady). Team Fahmy won the game 21-15 but both sides reported to the awarding podium for goodies that included Shs100,000 each and buckets of Tusker Lite beer. This was the case for all the eight games played.

Other games played included; Team Madol 17-11 Team Wazee, Team Flirsh 10-17 Team Kikiri, Team Ikong 15-12 Team Josh,Team Fahmy 18-14 Team Kikiri, Team Ikong 17-11 Team Madol, Team Enabu 17-16 Team Fahmy and Team Zama 7-12 Team Flirsh.

After each game, followed a fans challenge, much to the delight of the crowd. Some of the challenges included 3-point shoot out, spin-and-shoot and a backward shoot.  Through the several challenges on the night, fans won; headsets, t-shirts and bibs among other things.

The evening was crowned with a performance from music duo, Hit Nature of the ‘Twazikoze Zaweze’ fame.

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Team Zama win Friday Night Lights season 8

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Team Zama receiving their cash prize.

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The 8th season of Friday Night Lights (FNL) which climaxed on Friday saw Team Zama crowned champions.

Team Zama emerged victorious in a hotly-contested game against Team Ikong after managing to a nail shot in the dying seconds of the final. Team Zama won the exciting final 21-20 and was awarded a cash prize of Shs1.5M while first runners up Team Ikong bagged Shs1M.

Even the second and third runners up did not go with bare pockets as Team Flirsh and Team Madol got Shs500,000 and Shs250,000 respectively. Team Flirsh beat Madol 21-17 in the third playoff tie.

The evening was not short on fun and entertainment as DJ Simples treated revellers to the best music as the games went on with a crowning performance from Nina Roz who excited fans when she stepped on stage to perform some of her hit songs like “Omuliro” and “Anayinama” among others.

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Friday Night Lights: Madol, Ikong, Zama and Flirsh progress to semi-finals

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As the Friday Night Lights (FNL) basketball tournament nears the end,  it has become more competitive, the games more intense, and Friday evenings more interesting.

In last Friday’s episode, the spotlight was on the tournament sponsors as they also took to the court to battle it out. The corporate basketball battles saw Roke Telecom ‘boss’ fellow sponsors of the event that include Tusker Lite and Nxt Radio in their encounters that ended; Roke telecom 13- 7 Tusker Lite, Nxt Radio 8-6 Tusker Lite and Roke telecom 19-16 Nxt Radio.

Away from the corporate showdown, the event’s main teams also graced the court to fight for a spot in the semi-finals.

Team Enabu was sent to wait for next year’s edition by Team Madol in a 21-16 defeat; Team Ikong exited Team Fahmy in a 17-14 win; Team Zama matched strong against Team Soro in a 11-9 win and the last game of the night saw Team Flirsh narrowly skip Team Kikiri hurdle in a 17-16 victory.

Teams Madol, Ikong, Zama and Flirsh will play Semis and final next Friday as the fun filled edition climaxes.

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The Top Sports leaders’ Predictions in Uganda

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Which sports do you like the most – football, horseracing or something more offbeat like cricket?

The sports climate in Uganda seems to be a thrilling one this year. If you are into Betway basketball betting, we are sure you’ve already tried out betting on your favorite sports.

Fans and the sports fraternity have their own expectations as well. Here is a look at some of the sports leaders’ predictions in Uganda.

  1. Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON)

The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will take place this summer in June. The new host for the tournament will be Egypt after Cameroon noted the last version of the competition. There are 24 teams which are looking to book a place in the top 16 and that includes Uganda.

The Cranes, which are the national team of Uganda, are looking to fly their flag high in this year’s tournament. In the last match, the Cranes performed quite well having topped their group with 13 points.

Sports leaders in Uganda believe that if the Cranes still play this years tournament with the same agility, they can lift the cup. In 2015 cranes managed to make it to the semi-finals of the AFCON. It was a significant achievement to them because it had taken them 38 years to reach the semi-finals.

  1. Olympic qualifiers.

Japan will be hosting the 2020 Olympics after fifty-six years of hosting the event. However, the XXXII Olympiad will be different from the last one because it will be more modernized. Uganda is looking to shine in the international scene, and the Olympics are part of the picture.

The government is taking the initiative to fund the sports sector. This will help various athletes who will participate in the Olympics to adequately prepare for the tournament.

For instance, the National High-Altitude Training Centre in Kapchorwa is undergoing some renovations a right place for the athletes to practice for the Olympics. If the sports sector keeps on getting the kind of support it is getting from the government then Uganda will be riding on a wave of success.

  1. The Netball World Cup.

The Netball World Cup is due later this year. It will be held in Liverpool, England. She Cranes are also looking to make their country proud. Currently, they are ranked seventh in the IRF World Rankings.

Although they will face a tough challenge having England, Scotland, and Samoa in the same group, the She Cranes are still optimistic they will win. Head Coach Rashid Mubitu is proud of his team especially after two of his players were selected to in the top leagues. Mary Nuba is currently playing for the professional league in the UK while the team’s captain Peace Proscovia is in Australia.

Verdict

Uganda has one of the most active sports teams in the African continent. If things go as planned, then sports fans in Uganda will be smiling the whole year.

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