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Masaza Cup 2018 edition officially launched

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Airtel Uganda M.D joins the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga and other sponsors to launch the Airtel Masaza Cup.

Airtel Uganda M.D V.G. Somasekhar(C) joins the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (2R) and other sponsors to launch the 2018 Airtel Masaza Cup.

For the 2nd consecutive year, Airtel Uganda has once again joined the Buganda Kingdom to launch the Masaza Cup tournament at a press conference held at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange, Mengo as the platinum sponsors.

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In attendance were Airtel Uganda officials led by the Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar and Buganda Kingdom officials led by Katikkiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga, who represented the Kabaka of Buganda, and the Sports Minister Owek. Henry Sekabembe.

The Masaza Cup is an annual Buganda Kingdom tournament that has been played since 2004 and usually features 19 teams from 19 different Buganda Kingdom regions. Last year, Gomba defeated Ssingo to emerge champion – a well-deserved win after losing to Buddu in the 2016 finals.

“We are proud to once again come together with this prestigious Kingdom to launch this tournament. Our commitment to Ugandan sports is highlighted by our involvement in football at every level right from the grass root with our Airtel Rising Stars tournament to supporting the National team-the Uganda Cranes,” commented Somasekhar.

“Football unites individuals and societies, develops communities and teaches the values of team work to achieve a common goal. There are no better qualities to instill in the youth today and I would like to congratulate the Buganda Kingdom for this initiative,” he added.

The Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga thanked Airtel Uganda for their support of Buganda kingdom activities.

“Airtel is no stranger to this Kingdom. We have worked together in the past on a number of projects and I believe we shall continue this relationship in the future. This tournament boosts talent and creates unity and I encourage everyone to participate either as a player or as fan,” he commented.

He also noted that this year, the Kabaka will grace the opening game on Saturday 23rd June in Gomba district and the finals which will be played at Namboole Stadium in August this year.

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Iryn Namubiru Launches Own Football Club

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Singer Iryn Namubiru has been up and about of recent, from headlining shows, dropping new music to making social appearances, name it!

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The latest is that she has now launched a football club that is named after her.

The club dubbed, ”IRYN NAMUBIRU FC” was launched in the presence of some of her most loyal fans and diehards.

‘And now we are ready for the friendly matches. Do you copy my number? God BLESS YOU” she captioned a photo of her holding jersey number 12 .

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The Lacrosse growth in Uganda

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Sports has always been an integral part of our lives. From cricket to soccer and from rugby to lacrosse, all of them bring immense excitement. The energizing atmosphere created by such games have made them a legacy. Uganda has seen a drastic growth in the sport, lacrosse.

Lacrosse is an energetic sport where players play with a lacrosse stick and ball. Interestingly, the head of the stick is used to shoot, goal or catch the ball. It’s a completely different concept with a lot of excitement in store.

In Uganda, the original fundraisers and supporters of lacrosse were the North Andover native. They took over the foundation of this sport way before the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships. Plus, did you know that as a sports bettor with Betway Uganda online sports betting entertainment, you could bet on games like Lacrosse as well?

In an exclusive conversation with Aimee Dixon, a North Andover native, it was clear how dearly they love and respect the game. She was absolutely proud of the fact that lacrosse in Uganda has achieved such heights. She believes that the lacrosse community is extraordinarily unique. They are generous and wish to pass on the legacy of this game to other countries and communities. The game has not just received laurels but has a deep rooted meaning to its existence. It has increased communal affection and relations.

Dixon herself being a lacrosse player reminisces the days when she played it. She was willing to participate in the world games this summer at Israel. But an accident didn’t make that happen. She shared her experience of how she was constantly in touch with the team. In 2014, Dixon and her group Fields of Growth planned to prepare a competing Uganda team for lacrosse. At that point of time, the game hardly existed in the country.

With two times presence at World level, the efforts have paid off. The Uganda Lacrosse Foundation had begun to support the Uganda lacrosse team. The organization has slowly developed to be self sustainable.

Uganda, with the support of authorities has developed a growing lacrosse team. They also wish to introduce the women team in World Championship. Dixon is no longer directly in the picture but she is still there with several plans for  the team. Many more programs are scheduled to bring lacrosse in public sight. A game full of positivity is loved by many people and the aim is to take it to another level. Uganda’s lacrosse growth has set an example for the sports community. Sports can be a medium to spread cultural companionship and harmony. Uganda’s growth will inspire many people and will take sports to another level.

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Uganda shines at International Volleyball tournament

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Daudi Okello shares a moment of victory with his KAVC team.

Daudi Okello shares a moment of victory with his KAVC team.

Uganda Volleyball teams made a brilliant comeback at the NSSF KAVC International Volleyball tournament over the weekend. Uganda’s KAVC beat Rwanda National team Gisagara VC to clinch the men’s 2018 trophy while Ndejje University tussled it out with Nkumba University and matched to victory taking the Women’s Trophy.

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The tournament, which is billed to be the biggest and best so far, attracted a full house at Lugogo Sports Arena. Fans were packed to the rafters to support the Uganda KAVC giants who were inching to snatch the trophy away from Rwanda. Rwandan men’s teams have taken the trophy for 3 consecutive years since 2015, while the Rwandan women’s teams have dominated the championship since 2014. So it was total comeback for team Uganda to clinch both trophies.

By the second set, Rwanda’s Gisagara was in the lead with 2-0 thanks to Uganda born and KAVC trained Ivan Ongom who now plays for the Rwanda National Team. But Uganda’s Daudi Okello restored the teams hopes when he made some significant scores which brought KAVC neck and neck with their competitors bring the team on a 2-2 tie. By this time, the Ugandan fans whose hope had waned woke up, got on their feet and gunned for a victory in the 5th deciding set. The battle lines were drawn. The Rwandan boys had come to win, they took the lead with 6 points ahead. Ugandan fans prayed under their breathe. Cuthbert Malinga, Mathew Mwenyi and Gabriel Yikita brought their best game to the court. Point by point, KAVC made a second comeback, caught up with Gisaraga, took the lead and spiked their way to victory, sending the Ugandan fans into a frenzy. By the end of the game, the scoreboard read 3-2 (17-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 17-15). Winning teams took home trophies and cash prize of 1000 dollars.

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