By Our Reporter
Kickboxer Umar Semata is flying abroad on Tuesday as he intensifies preparations for his much-anticipated fight with the Golola Moses which will take place on October 13 at Freedom City. Semata who was officially flagged off by Pemba Sports Africa on Monday will enroll for a specialized training program for one month with top kickboxing coaches in Phuket, Thailand.
Speaking at the send off ceremony, Semata expressed excitement about going for training in Thailand as he revealed that it will allow him to fully concentrate and give him the right mental focus. “You can not be the best without a good trainer, and so training in Thailand will put me in the best shape for the fight.” He noted.
The training is being facilitated by Pemba Sports Africa to a tune of US$ 10,000 which is inclusive of flights, accommodation, welfare and training in Thailand.
Pemba Sports Africa chairman, Jack Pemba is optimistic that this specialized training will guarantee Semata’s victory against Golola. “We are about to make Golola go into retirement, because Semata will crush him and there will be no comeback for him.” He stated.
Semata, also referred to as “The Pain”, weighs 75kg and is a super middleweight Muay Thai fighter who is the current World Boxing Council Muay Thai Super middleweight champion. He boasts of 42 career wins.
Over 120 golfers confirmed for Independence Day Golf Tournament
By Our Reporter
The 8th edition of the Pepsi Independence Day Golf Tournament has officially been launched today with over 120 golfers already confirmed to participate in the annual golf tourney. The tournament which is scheduled to take place between 7th and 9th October will be held at Palm Valley Golf and Country Club in the Akright Kakungulu Housing Estate.
Speaking to media on Thursday, Audrey Lang, the Pepsi Brand Manager revealed that all is set to successfully hold the tournament as she promised that this year’s edition will be more exciting.
“We want to make this year’s tournament more exciting than the previous editions, and we have prepared the golf course in due time and have invited over 150 amateur golfers and 20 professionals.” She stated, adding; “This annual tournament gives an opportunity to local golfers to enhance their growth and globally position themselves better.”
Pepsi is injecting over Ugx 100 million in the annual event with Sheraton hotel and Stanbic bank also contributing Ugx 32 million and Ugx 20 million respectively. Other sponsors include; ICEA, Clarkson Insurance Brokers Ltd, and Mukwano Group.
Meanwhile, there will be a prize fund of Ugx 30 million to be shared amongst the competing professional golfers with several other prizes including accommodation and fitness packages also up for grabs.
Last year, Becca Mwanja and Gloria Mbaguta were the overall winners in the male and female categories respectively.
StarTimes acquires exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League
Africa’s leading pay-TV operator StarTimes has acquired exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League in Sub-Saharan Africa until 2021. The broadcast, which will begin on September 20th, will see football fans enjoy matches between the best European clubs. “We are very happy to bring UEFA Europa League to our subscribers. This summer FIFA World Cup was a success and fans really appreciated that we brought them ICC exclusive and live right after. So we thought that they would be delighted to watch another European club competition on StarTimes,” explained Aldrine Nsubuga Snr, StarTimes Uganda Marketing VP. “We are working hard to bring the best sport content to our subscribers. This season will be intense for football fans with Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, FIFA Club World Cup, French & Italian Cups and now UEFA Europa League.”
StarTimes will not only exclusively broadcast UEFA Europa League in Uganda but also in all Sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. StarTimes has been awarded exclusive rights for English, Portuguese and local languages in English and Portuguese speaking areas.
Jack Pemba seals mega deal with American star Jay Z
By Our Reporter
Socialite and sports businessman, Jack Pemba has secured a mega sporting deal, we have learnt.
Pemba, who has been off the social scene recently, was in the US on a business trip where he met with American hip-hop mogul Jay Z to discuss possible partnerships. It has now emerged that the meetings bore fruit as Jack Pemba has revealed that through his company Pemba Sports Africa he will be working with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports to promote the boxing sport in Uganda.
“I have signed a deal with Jay Z’s sports company,” he told media on Monday. “And with support from the Ministry of Education and Sports, we shall be promoting boxing in Uganda.”
“There is a lot of local boxing talent because Uganda is ranked top in the East and Central Africa region. We want to promote this talent so they can shine on the international stage.” He added.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that Pemba has previously been involved in several sporting activities in the country such as offering sponsorship to different athletes who include body builder Ivan Byekwaso and kick boxer Umar Semata among others.
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