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The Ugandan government will charter a plane to fly fans to Morocco to support the Cranes team during a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal.

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Minister of Education and Sports Jessica Alupo revealed to MTNFootball.com that they have already committed about $250,000 to charter a plane to fly fans to Morocco.

The Cranes need to beat Senegal on September 7 at the Marrakech Stadium to be able to qualify for the last phase of the World Cup qualifier.

The West African team leads   Group J with nine points, while Uganda Cranes are second on eight points.

“We have always supported the national football team and also realised that this game is very crucial and fans need to go and give maximum support so that we get positive results,” added Alupo.

She said they will also allocate money towards the Cranes team to cater for preparations, allowances, air tickets and accommodation ahead of the crucial game.

In their first meeting last year in Kampala, Senegal managed to hold Uganda to a 1-1 draw.

The government of Uganda does not always sponsor the team and only come in occasionally.

The support to the team is left to the FA and the sponsors MTN Uganda Limited and Nile Breweries Limited (NBL).

 

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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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