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Maroons FC plans Kenya camp before the new season kicks off.

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By James Robert Kayindi

After edging SC Villa 4-3 during the Eid cup last week on Friday, Uganda Premier League’s newly promoted side, Maroons Football Club is planning a pre-season camp in Kenya ahead of the new season.

“We plan to hold a training camp in Kenya and play one or two build up games,” head coach, Asaph Mwebaze asserted to Airtel Football.

The Uganda Prisons side has proved to be the good side they used to be before being relegated to the Big League. Since promotion, Maroons have held Express fc to a two-all draw during a friendly three weeks ago before seeing off Villa in a penalty shootout that followed a goalless draw in normal time on Eid.

Maroons also have two friendlies lined up this week against Friends of Football (FOF) and Soana FC on Tuesday, 21st July and Friday, 24th July respectively, with both games scheduled to be played at the Uganda Prisons stadium in Luzira.

With the new faces added into the team, Ashaf Mwebaze thinks that a few friendlies and a buildup in Kenya will be very vital for the recruits to blend with the rest of the team ahead of the new season that kicks off on Friday, 14th August 2015 when league champions Vipers and Uganda Cup winners SC Villa clash in the super cup.

The league will kick off on 21st August 2015.

“We have added into the team several new faces and we shall continue to monitor how best they gel as we get closer to the start of yet another football season,” Mwebaze said.

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

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Over 120 golfers confirmed for Independence Day Golf Tournament

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Sheraton's David Ssekitoleko putts as Pepsi's Audrey Lang(right), Clarkson Insurance's Alex Makata, Stanbic's Cathy Adengo and ICEA's Rehema Nakilyowa look on during the launch of the Pepsi Independence Day Golf Tournament.

Sheraton’s David Ssekitoleko putts as Pepsi’s Audrey Lang(right), Clarkson Insurance’s Alex Makata, Stanbic’s Cathy Adengo and ICEA’s Rehema Nakilyowa look on during the launch of the Pepsi Independence Day Golf Tournament.

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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.

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StarTimes acquires exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League

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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.

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Kickboxer Umar Semata to train abroad in preparation for fight with Golola Moses

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Jack Pemba and Umar Semata(R) address media during a send off ceremony on Monday.

Jack Pemba and Umar Semata(R) address media during the send off ceremony on Monday.

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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.

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