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Ghana thrash Equatorial Guinea to reach AFCON final

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By James Robert Kayindi

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It will be easy and quick for many to forget the good football that Ghana displayed on the night than it will be for them to forget the infamous 30 minute halt of the game due to chaos in the stands in Malabo yesterday as the Black Stars of Ghana thrashed the Natio Thunder of Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the last semi-final game of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

After 82 minutes of play, the game came to a halt as the Ghana fans fled the stands to seek refuge in the lots of staff as littering was being thrown at them by the Equatorial Guinea fans. Police battled with bottles being thrown at them as they tried to gain control and secure the players as a helicopter hovered over the stadium.

After the long 30 minute break, play resumed with the clock forwarded from 82 minutes to 90 minutes. The game was played for three minutes after which centre referee Otogo Castane put an end to it as Ghana won it by 3-0 as the final score to reach Sunday’s final in which they will play Ivory Coast, a final that will be a repeat of the 1992 final of the biennial tournament which Ivory Coast eventually won after a long penalty shootout.

Two first half goals from Jordan Ayew and Mubarak had given Ghana a deserved lead by half-time. Jordan Ayew scored from the spot in the 42nd minute after Kwesi Appiah was fouled by Equatorial Guinea’s goalie Felipe Ovono before Mubarak Wakaso doubled the lead on a counter attack in the final minute of the first half.

Despite the smell of a rat by half-time as Ghana players were shielded off the pitch by Police, normal play resumed in the second half of the game but with a quarter hour left, Marseille’s skipper Andre Ayew put the last nail to Equatorial Guinea’s coffin as he made it 3-0.

With eight minutes to the end of the game, camera focus shifted from the ball to the Ghana fans who were seeking refuge behind one of the goals from the fans of a losing side as their frustrations got the best of them with hope for getting to the finals narrowing down as Ghana showed dominance in the game.

With the hosts still having a game to play against Democratic Republic of Congo in a bid to fight for the third finish place, their fate is yet to be decided by CAF.

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

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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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Kabaka Run raises Ugx 494 million towards sickle cell awareness

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Airtel Uganda in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom has announced that Shs494 million was collected during the Airtel Kabaka Run.

The proceeds will be used to promote Sickle Cell Disease awareness as well as procure test kits.

“Shs200 million will go into buying test kits for screening Sickle Cell Disease awareness while Shs249 million will be channeled towards sensitization and awareness campaigns,” the Deputy Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Robert Waggwa said during the announcement made at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange, Mengo.

“21% of the people in Buganda have sickle cells, one is either a carrier or has the disease. With these proceeds, we will be sensitizing people about the disease and also testing them,” he added.

Airtel Uganda Head of Brands and Communication Remmie Kisakye, thanked Ugandans for turning up in in big numbers for the run that happened on April 7, 2019 and reconfirmed Airtel’s commitment towards the fight against Sickle Cells Disease.

“In line with our three-year theme, we intend to continue driving awareness about the Sickle Cell Disease. Last year, we donated over 140,000 sickle cell testing kits to Uganda National Health Laboratory Services, procured from the proceeds of this prestigious run. We are on a positive trajectory and together we can create a healthy Uganda,” she said.

The Kabaka run – an annual event celebrated to mark the King’s birthday – is part of a partnership that the telecommunications giant has with the Buganda Kingdom to sponsor four of their most important activities; the Kabaka’s birthday Run, Kabaka’s birthday celebration, the Kabaka’s coronation as well as Eid El Fitri.

Airtel Uganda also sponsors the Masaza Cup – the Buganda kingdom football tournament.

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Race for new Singleton golf Challenge champion intensifies as quarter-finals get underway

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The dream of claiming the trophy for the first time will be the common denominator for all the eight ‘amateur category’ pairs (16 players) who will take to the green when the quarter-finals of the Singleton Match PlayChallenge get underway this Saturday, May 11 at the par-71 Entebbe Golf Course.

With defending champions Sheila Kesiime and Peace Kabasweka ejected at the third round of the competition last month by Samuel Kato and Charles Odere, it is anyone’s title for Season Three. Yet not even the winners of the inaugural season, Isaac Mariera and John Muchiri, can bid for a second triumph, as their journey was cut short at the same round last month, going down to the determined pair of Andrew Atuhaire and Geofrey Orach.

The elimination of both pairs of former champions means that this year the amateur category of the challenge is yet again certain to get a new pair of champs–just like it was last year when Peace and Sheila won. The prize for the champions is a trip to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January 2020.

In the mouth-watering quarter-final action this Saturday, the pair of Samuel Kato and Charles Odere will face off with yet another ladies team in Martha Babirye and Maureen Okura, who eliminated another much-fancied female team–Gloria Mbaguta and Evelyn Asiimwe. Wendy Angudeye/Doreen Mwesige will take on the winner between Tim Mwanda/Suubi Kiwanuka and Charles Hamya/Joseph Bogera.

In the pros section, the quarter finals will feature Herman ‘Deco’ Mutebi, Fred Wanzala, Robert Happy, Abraham Ainamani, Gerald Kabuye, Herman Mutawe, David Kamulindwa and Ronald Rugumayo. In their battle for the Shs50 million kitty, Mutebi will face Happy, Rugumayo takes on Wanzala, Ainemani challenges Kamulindwa, while Mutawe will lock horns with Kabuye.

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