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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 Cranes Miss Training As Players Reported To be on a Sitdown Strike

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Information coming in from Egypt reveals a pending hitch as Uganda prepares for its Round of 16 match against Senegal.

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We’ve learned that the training scheduled for today did not happen as none of the players showed up.

Although no reason has been given for this, insiders in the camp reveal that it is more than we see.

“If you saw how Uganda Cranes played against Egypt, you should have seen that hidden anger. The players have been promised a lot but nothing has come through. Don’t get shocked when they lose to Senegal. It is a bomb waiting to explode in this camp. FUFA must come clean,” a source narrates.

As BigEye.ug efforts to reach FUFA were futile as none of the officials in Egypt is willing to comment on this aborted training.

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Kabushenga orders Vision Group Employees To Wear Cranes Jersey on Wednesday

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Uganda will be facing off with Zimbabwe in a crucial match that could seal our fate.

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If Uganda wins, it will automatically qualify for the next round of Afcon games.

Vision Group CEO, Robert Kabushenga has ordered all staff to show up in a full Cranes jersey. He has instituted punitive action for those who fail to comply.

We are just hoping this directive comes with a jersey allowance.

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UTB partners with FUFA to promote sports tourism

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UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova signs the MoU with FUFA to promote sports tourism.

UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova signs MoU with FUFA to promote sports tourism.

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Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has entered into a Ugx200m sponsorship agreement and partnership with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) as the official tourism partner.

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The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding; which will see both parties work hand in hand to promote brand “destination Uganda” at both the domestic and international scene.

The partnership gives UTB rights to brand Destination Uganda at local and international games in which the Uganda Cranes are participating as well as work with the players in destination marketing campaigns.

Speaking at the press conference, UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova said: “The Uganda Tourism Board is prioritizing the building of positive destination brand equity and brand value through creating high level brand awareness partnerships such as the one witnessed here today with FUFA.”

Football is the world’s greatest sport and viewed by billions of fans across the world. In Uganda, the Uganda Cranes is the greatest football brand- but more importantly the leading sporting ambassadors to the region and the world.

Ajarova noted, “We are most excited about how we can best brand our national team internationally and also use the FUFA DRUM to create awareness of Uganda’s tourist attractions as the games traverse the whole country. We believe this is an incredible opportunity to connect with local communities and football fans across the country and will enable us to reach out to more tourists both locally and internationally.”

FUFA 1st Vice President, Justus Mugisha in his remarks said that, “We are using the power of sports to position Uganda on a global scene. This initiative by FUFA and UTB will showcase how football can be used to promote destination Uganda. We are proud to be in partnership and we hope to continue building our nation through sports and tourism.”

He added, this is a big opportunity for us to not only support football but also enrich Ugandans with the knowledge about their own country.

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