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SC Victoria University condemns URA to first season defeat

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By James Robert Kayindi

Sport Club Victoria University (SCVU) condemned Uganda Revenue Authority FC to their first defeat of the season as they beat them 2-1 at Mandela national stadium (Namboole) yesterday.

Victoria University recovered from last week’s 2-1 loss to Lweza FC as they came from behind to defeat the Tax collectors.

Frank Kalanda put the visitors ahead with a spectacular header in the 5th minute of the game when the hosts failed to defend Yayo Luitmba’s free kick.

The Hussein Kheri-coached side did not sit back as they mounted pressure on the Tax collectors forcing defender Samuel Ssekitto to bring down Farouk Kawooya in the forbidden area and center referee Rajab Bakasambe made no mistake but to point at the penalty spot. Titus Lubega leveled matters for Victoria University as he converted from 12 yards.

In the second half, URA piled pressure on the hosts but they griped to their 1-1 draw until Farouk Kawooya once again rose to the occasion to notch the winner after receiving a through pass from Nicholas Kagaba despite Moses Basena making three attacking changes that yielded no positive result.

The Uganda Cranes assistant coach had brought on Peter Lwasa, Elkana Nkugwa and Feni Ali for Sam Sekitto, Said Kyeyune and Yayo Lutimba respectively.

The result denied URA a chance to rise into the top three at the Azam Uganda Premier League table but instead dragged them down to the 10th place with their eight points from five games

Meanwhile, Victoria University moved to the 6th spot on the log with nine points.

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

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Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei sets new 5,000m world record in Monaco

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Ugandan born athlete, Joshua Cheptegei set a new 5,000m world record in Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday, 15th August.

Cheptegei’s new world road 5 km record of 12:51 in Monaco, bests the old fastest time by 9 seconds and at the same time sets a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35:36 in Monaco, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo.

Joshua has since been bathed with different congratulatory messages from fellow citizens and Ugandan nationals world-over.

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (born 12 September 1996) is a Ugandan long-distance runner.

In 2017, he became the silver medalist in the 10,000 meters run at the World Championship in London.

In 2018, he set a world record for the 15 km road race and became the World Cross Country champion in 2019.

That year at the World Championships in Doha, he won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters men’s final.

Joshua Cheptegei’s career;

He is a silver medalist in the 10,000 metres at the 2017 World Championships in London.

He also competed in the 10,000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing finishing ninth.

He ran at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, finishing eighth and sixth respectively.

Cheptegei was the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres champion at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cheptegei is the four-time winner of the Zevenheuvelenloop 15 km road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

In 2018 Cheptegei set the world record for a 15 km road race. He finished in 41:05 and improved the world record by 8 seconds, formerly set by Leonard Komon at the Zevenheuvelenloop in 2010.

Abrar Osman finished second with 42:34 and the 2017 5000 m world champion Muktar Edris placed third with 42:56.

Cheptegei was the winner of the senior men’s race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

He won in 31:40 on the 10.24 km course. Ugandan teammate Jacob Kiplimo finished second in 31:44.

As Thomas Ayeko placed 7th and Josehp Ayeko tenth, Uganda won the team first place title.

Congratulations Joshua!

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MTN Uganda, Sanyuka TV begin search for next big soccer commentator

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The MTN CMO, Sen Somdev (2L) with Sanyuka TV officials at the launch of the partnership early this year.

The MTN CMO, Sen Somdev (2L) with Sanyuka TV officials at the launch of the partnership early this year.

By Our Reporter 

MTN Uganda, the official broadcast partner of the Startimes Uganda Premier league (SUPL) has launched a campaign aimed at identifying the  next big Ugandan soccer commentator.

The campaign that is a partnership with the leading local Sports broadcasting TV station Sanyuka TV is seeking to identify an all-round sports commentator who can do side pitch analysis, interviews, game analysis and commentary.

Dubbed “Samba Ne MTN”, the campaign started with a soccer quiz and now seeking for a talented commentator under the Samba ne MTN – Tabira Owangule sub-theme.

The lucky winner will walk away with a one-year contract from Sanyuka TV to do commentary on the SUPL 202-21 soccer season, alongside other goodies from the telecom giant such as a cash and monthly data, among others.

“MTN Uganda is passionate about Ugandan sports. There is so much talent in this country that we seek to tap into, but the talent isn’t just limited to playing. There are several other aspects of sports. And that is why we are extending our support to finding the right people to commentate about the game. That’s all part of our drive to re-kindle the love for the game that Ugandans once had,” said Somdev Sen, Chief Marketing Officer MTN Uganda.

Recruitment of participants was done on social media. Interested persons were required to submit a two-minute video of them doing commentary of Ugandan football and share for nomination.

The contestant will be evaluated by panel of 3 judges in the one-month challenge. If a contestant gets 2 “YES’” from the judges, he qualifies to join the next stage of the contest. The 1-hour contest will have 3 segments; side pitch analysis, studio analysis and live game Commentary.

Next Media Head of Strategy Joe Kigozi said that even if the league is currently off because of COVID 19, it is important to keep the fans engaged for when the season kicks off.

The challenge will be broadcast on Sanyuka TV on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday every week from 4pm – 5pm starting this week for the next 4 weeks.



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2020 Rotary Cancer Run to be held virtually

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Workout Session during the 2020 Rotary Cancer Run Launch

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The Rotary Cancer Run will be held virtually this year, the organisers have announced.

The announcement was made during a press briefing held at Hotel Africana on Tuesday where the organisers explained that this year’s run can not be held in a traditional way as a result of the limitations and restrictions put in place by government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, individuals will hence participate in the run from their homes while following the proceedings online via the Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme website ​​and official Rotary Cancer Run ​Facebook Page come Sunday August 30th, 2020.

“Technology gives us options to participate from anywhere in the world. Like we have seen with meetings, we can all take part in this year’s Rotary Cancer Run by running, walking or simply doing exercise at home or in our neighborhoods,” Past District Governor Stephen Mwanje who is also Chair of the Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme said.

He further noted that therefore there will be no kits for participants this year, instead there will be face masks which individuals can purchase to identify with the cause. The masks are going for Ugx 10K.

“I encourage all of you to wear your previous Rotary Cancer Run vest on that day and take a photo or video and share on your social media platforms with the hashtag #RotaryCancerRun2020,” Mwanje added.

Rotary District Governor for Uganda and Tanzania, Rosetti Nabbumba Nayenga said that Rotary is this year involved in Food and Nutrition campaign to promote healthy living and appealed to the public to exercise, eat healthy, and go for regular medical check ups.

“This Rotary year, we are focusing on Food and Nutrition (FAN) as a key objective. Health experts tell us that if we eat healthy and exercise we can avoid cancer. I appeal to all Rotarians and Ugandans at large to practice healthy living, which is one of the ways to fight cancer,” she said.

She added that the Rotary Cancer Run this year comes at a challenging time when COVID-19 is wrecking havoc. “We continue to appeal to people to do everything they can to avoid contracting this disease as well as spreading it. At the same time, we should not forget that cancer still exists and kills many people,” she said.

Speaking at the launch, Fabian Kasi, the MD Centenary Bank said that, “The work on eradicating cancer, building awareness, palliative care still needs all our support. We haven’t yet raised enough money as part of this campaign to build the Bunker at Nsambya hospital. The linear accelerator machines are not yet here too. We therefore still need all your contribution and support. So, even if this year there are no vests to buy, please donate as you can to this cause.”

He remarked that, “Our support to the Rotary Cancer Run and other programs has been on for 9 years now, and I believe through collaborative efforts, we can impact the lives of those in the communities where we operate as individuals and businesses,” adding that, “This year, we have set aside Ugx 100 million as our contribution to this agenda.”

2020 Rotary Cancer Run Launch Dummy Cheque Handover

“On top of this, we have made provision for both customers and non-customers to remit their Cancer Run payments and donations through our Centemobile platform and over 4,000 CenteAgents country-wide. We shall also be part of other cancer awareness campaigns planned for this year.” He concluded.

The Rotary Cancer Run is an annual event organized since 2012 by Rotarians to bridge the gap in the fight against the Cancer scourge.

Since it’s initiation, the Rotary Cancer Run has attracted over 50,000 participants annually from Uganda, and the diaspora who have supported either through direct donations, charity drives, or by attending the run to raise funds to set up facilities for Cancer treatment in Uganda, a sign of their commitment to fighting the Cancer scourge in the country.

To date, the fight against cancer has raised more than Shs3 billion, part of which has been used to build the Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer Centre in Nsambya hospital and the Rotary Blood Bank in Mengo Hospital. Both are operational.

The proceeds from this year’s run will go towards the construction of the bunkers at Nsambya Hospital.



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ESPN channels coming to DStv, customers to enjoy larger sports offering

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MultiChoice Group (MCG) and The Walt Disney Company Africa have announced that they have signed an exciting partnership which will see a significant addition to the sports available to its customers across the continent. The agreement will result in two 24-hour ESPN channels being made available to DStv customers from 29 July, where they will be able to enjoy the very best of US sports.

Featuring every major US sport as well as European football, fans across the continent can now look forward to popular premier American leagues including the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB), via ESPN & ESPN2.

The channels will also feature live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as local sports including the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations and featured boxing tournaments and events.

During last month’s financial results announcement, MCG reaffirmed its commitment to continue providing the best available content to its customers. This deal allows the company to provide a larger sports offering than ever before, as the home of sports on the continent.

“As Africa’s leading video entertainment platform, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensure that we continue to find the best available content to delight our customers, both now and into the future. We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a never-ending selection of outstanding entertainment,” says MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela.

“From reliving the greatest moments in sports history to seeing those moments being made, ESPN’s compelling content and unique personality will be a complementary addition to MultiChoice Group’s sports offering,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We are thrilled to be bringing the achievements and triumphs of both international and local athletes, our quality storytelling and innovative programming to a whole new audience of sports fans in Africa.”

Together with the live sports programming, viewers will also be able to catch up on the very latest films, series, news, talk shows and highlights from ESPN’s iconic sports documentary and studio programming.

“In addition to being the home of American sports, ESPN is equally well-known for its dedication to great storytelling, something we as Africa’s most-loved storyteller can identify with,” concluded Mawela.



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