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Q&A with Andy Mwesigwa



Uganda Cranes skipper Andy Mwesigwa, who plies his trade in Kazakhstan, has vowed to die for his country when they face The Teranga Lions of Senegal in a World Cup qualifier. spoke to Mwesigwa and this is what he had to say.
How do you rate the Senegal side you will face on September 7?

There is nothing really special about the Senegal team. They will be 11 men against a tough 11 Cranes players.

How do you feel now after your injury few days ago in Kazakhstan?

I managed to play a full league game last weekend, but of course I will need a late fitness test to decide if I am fit for the game. But I am ready to die for my country on Saturday.

What is the mood like ahead of this important game?

All the players are very determined to give their best on Saturday and the mood is very high. We are all treating this game like a final.

Going back a few years, when did you actually start playing football?

I started playing football many years ago at Sea Princess Academy in Jinja. We were at the same Academy with the current national basketball star Norman Blick.

What motivated you to play competitive football?

I was motivated by Jinja based Nile FC to play competitive football because they always cared for the players and even paid my school fees.

It was a dream for every young footballer in Jinja to play for Nile FC who played in the top flight premier league. I eventually joined Nile FC in 2000.

For how long did you play for Nile FC?

I played for Nile FC for only one season before it was disbanded by the company Nile Breweries Limited. But I later joined another Premiership side Mbale Heroes in 2001.

I was later appointed captain of Mbale Heroes in 2002 and we even reached the quarter finals of the Kakungulu Cup.

When was your turning point in top flight Uganda premier league football?

It was in 2002 when the coach of top side SC Villa Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic (current Cranes coach) spotted me after a played well against his team. He asked me to join them in 2003.

I was later appointed assistant captain at SC Villa in 2004 to current FA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson.

What did you achieve with SC Villa?

We almost qualified for the group stage of the CAF Champions League. We also won the league title in 2003, 2004 and the regional Cecafa Kagame Club Championship title in 2005 without losing a game and conceding a single goal.

I was the captain of the team that won that Cecafa title in Mwanza, Tanzania under Coach Sam Timbe.

When did you join the paid ranks?

I moved to IBV in Iceland in 2006 before switching to another team Chongqing Lifan in China in 2009. We won the Cup with IBV in 2008.

Why did you move to China?
Chongqing Lifan FC offered me good money that I could not resist moving to China. But I had a dream of playing Champions League football or Europa and this forced me to leave China and join FC Ordabasy in Kazakhstan.

What have you achieved with FC Ordabasy?

We won the Kazakhstan Cup in 2011 and I have been selected seven times as best defender in the league. In 2012 we played in Europa League and were eliminated by Rosenburg FC in the second round.

How many caps have you got with the national team?

I have played over 63 times for the Cranes and I want to make over 100.

What do you think about football standards in Uganda today?

I think a lot has improved right from the league and even the national team’s welfare.

With sponsors like MTN Uganda and Nile Breweries Limited supporting the national team, players are happier and more motivated.


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Pepsi Independence Golf Tournament returns for 9th edition



Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina (C)  Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited(CBL) putts as  Mr. David Sekitoleko (L) Business Development Consultant Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Mr. Allan Muhinda (2nd L), Head Global Market Sales at Stanbic Bank, Mr.Daniel Kairu (2nd R) Head of Business Development at ICEA, and look on.

Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina (C), Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited putts as Mr. David Sekitoleko (L) Business Development Consultant Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Mr. Allan Muhinda (2nd L), Head Global Market Sales at Stanbic Bank, and Mr.Daniel Kairu (2nd R) Head of Business Development at ICEA, look on.

By Our Reporter

The Pepsi Independence Golf Tournament is back for its 9th edition. Themed “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer”, it was officially announced during a press briefing held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday morning.

Initiated in 2010, the Pepsi Golf independence tournament which is this year slated to take place on 09th October, is expected to attract over 130 golf players from different golf clubs across the country, both in the pros and amateur categories, that will participate in a competition with prizes to be rewarded at the end of the tournament.

This year’s tournament is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and early detection.“October being the breast Cancer awareness month and the month when Uganda commemorates her 57th independence, we sought an opportunity for participants and consumers to both celebrate and embrace talent for community support and development geared towards fighting the Cancer scourge in Uganda through the golf sport,” remarked Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina, Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited while addressing the media.

“Our 2019 theme for this golf tournament is ‘Tee off against breast Cancer’ whose chief purpose is to procure a Cancer machine that will aid in early detection of all types of cancer because there still exists a gap in early detection support, hence fueling our decision to take on methods to deliver awareness through diagnosing the disease at an early stage.” She added, further noting that, “All these years we have been inviting our partners, well-wishers, staff, for free participation in a friendly but competitive tournament, but this time round our green fees will be at UGX 100,000, and together with our partners’ funds, we will be in position to procure the much needed machine.”

Mr. David Sekitoleko, Business Development Consultant at Sheraton Hotel Kampala said, “I have been involved in the game of Golf over the years, and for this edition we shall have both professionals, and amateurs play in this tournament. Every year that the tournament is held, Pepsi and its partners put up a kitty that the professionals play for, and this edition will see professionals play for 30 million in a 3 day competition set to kick off on Sunday 6th, to Tuesday 8th, then on 9th October (Independence Day), the amateurs /corporate players will converge at palm valley for a half day competition.”

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Kickboxer Patricia Apolot set for rematch with Kenya’s Joyce Awino



By Our Reporter

Uganda’s top-ranked female kickboxer Patricia Apolot has vowed to crush Kenyan fighter Joyce Awino in their rematch slated for this weekend at Smiles Corner Hotel in Kireka, Kampala.

Known to many by her stage name “Black Pearl”, Apolot will return to the ring against Awino in the African title fight dubbed “The Reveletion Night of 1000 Punches” on Saturday, August 31. The fight is in low kick style sanctioned by both Uganda Kickboxing Federation (UKF) and World Kickboxing Federation (WKF).

The two fought in April this year in Tororo and Apolot won by knockout.

“I have trained hard and very ready, so my fans should come expecting the best from me,” Apolot said, adding that “I wish to thank my sponsors, Hima Cement, for their consistent financial and moral support towards my kickboxing career.”

Hima Cement Marketing and Pricing Manager, Charles Mugasi said that the sponsorship is intended to enable her perform to her best and inspire other young girls in Uganda to join the kickboxing sport.

Apolot who has been involved in 21 professional fights winning 12 by knockout has changed the kickboxing landscape in Uganda with her unique techniques and unmatched determination to grow the at different levels more especially young girls.

She has won several tittles from home, continental, and intercontinental fights which makes her the holder of the largest number of belts and gold medals in the sport in Uganda and Africa at large.

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Bamasaaba Sports Tournament gets Ugx 50 Million boost



By Our Reporter

Pilsner Lager, a beer produced by Uganda Breweries, has announced a UGX50 million sponsorship package towards the upcoming Bamasaaba Sports Tournament 2019. The tournament will start on August 15 th and run up to October.

Organised by the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club (BASC), the games bring together various teams from Masaaba communities in both Uganda and Kenya with the aim of honouring culture, promoting unity and the development of the Bamasaaba people through sports and games.

This year’s sponsorship package was announced at a press briefing held at Uganda Breweries’ head offices in Luzira.

While announcing the sponsorship, Edgar Kihumuro, the Pilsner Lager Brand Manager, said, “We live in an era when it is crucial for us to hold our cultural and traditional values close to heart. Pilsner Lager, as a brand, understands and cares about the pride associated with a deep African heritage and this commitment has seen us invest in the development of local sports potential, for example, with the ongoing Pilsner Super 8 Tournament. By sponsoring the Bamasaaba Sports tournament, not only are we advancing a passion for sports but also for the traditions that bring people together.”

The tournament has, in the past, attracted various teams drawn from over 20 clans from the districts covering Mbale, Bududa, Sironko, Manafwa and Bulambuli in Uganda and the Bamasaaba Kenya Chapter which covers Trans Nzoia and Bungoma.

“The Bamasaaba Sports Tournament continues to be a wonderful opportunity for our people to come together in celebration of our culture and tradition. In addition, our youth are encouraged to stay in touch with their rich heritage through sports, which inspire, entertain and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Israel Koboi, Chairperson of the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club.

The sports tournament places an emphasis on football and netball that will be played in a series of group knockout stages.

“This year, we plan to include new activities like bicycle riding, a marathon, bull riding and shortput and we are glad for the support of partners like Pilsner Lager for being part of this journey,” Koboi added.

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