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Singleton Match Play Golf Challenge 3rd edition launched

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Edwin Tumusiime, the Entebbe Golf Club captain addresses media during a press briefing held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday morning. Looking on is the Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

Edwin Tumusiime, the Entebbe Golf Club captain addresses media during a press briefing held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday morning. Looking on is Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

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The Singleton Match Play Golf Challenge is back in its third season this weekend following a successful 2018 edition which ended with the first-ever ladies’ pair of Sheila Kesiime and Peace Kabasweka winning the ultimate prize.

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The third edition of the country’s premier golf experience will commence this Saturday, January 12 at its famed home; the Entebbe Club, which boasts of East Africa’s oldest course.

Action tees off with a qualifying round, and will run for seven consecutive months, played on four ball better ball format, with a lower net score winning the hole.

“It’s going to be yet another exciting year at the Singleton Challenge. We have already had two seasons of amazing golf at this tournament and once again in true Singleton fashion, we are going to energise and elevate all the senses together for the next seven months, on the green and at the 19th hole,” said Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

Each pair will be required to take part in the qualifying round which will be played on a medal basis, with the best 60 pairs’ joining the defending champions and another three pairs (wild cards) picked by the sponsor(s) making the final 64 pairs from the qualifying round. The championship will be played over a stipulated round not exceeding 18 holes. The tournament will also be played on February 16 (round one), March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, and the grand finale on July 13, 2019.

The winning team this year will get a fully paid golfing trip to watch the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic in January 2020. This is the biggest golfing classic aimed at developing professional and casual golf. It has featured golfers such as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Henrik Stenson, in the recent past.

There will also be business class return air tickets for the first and second runner-up pairs, as well as the winners of the subsidiary events in both the men’s and ladies’ categories. Other prizes include monthly subscription packages on DStv, golf accessories and HTC goodies.

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Nile Special inter-bar football tournament comes to an end

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The Nile Special amateur football tournament in which bars across the country faced off in a 5-Aside arrangement climaxed on Saturday with Soroti’s Team Facebook emerging champions.

Team Facebook triumphed over Tavern Kick with a 2-0 victory to win the inaugural tournament.

This followed a display of entertaining football as the 16 teams which had made it through the regionals to the nationals took on each other.

Team Facebook received a cash prize of Ugx 2 million and will also represent Uganda at the Africa 5-Aside tournament in Tanzania where the overall winning team will earn an all expense paid European tour in the company of Cameroonian football legend Samuel E’to.

Away from the football, revelers also enjoyed performances from musicians Vinka and John Blaq as they day’s fun came to an end.

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Manchester United coaches to train young Ugandan footballers

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Manchester United coaches, Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien are in Kampala to conduct training with students from Excel Soccer Academy

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Manchester United coaches, Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien are in Kampala for a two-day training with 128 students from Excel Soccer Academy through an ongoing partnership between the soccer club and Kansai Plascon.

“Leading up to today, we received many applications for our students to take part in this training, but have had to keep it at 128. Our hope is that in the future through such partnerships with Kansai Plascon and other companies, we can expose more of our over 1000 students to trainings of this caliber,” said Patrick Gyawambadde, a Director at Excel Soccer Academy.

The soccer academy which was started in 2011 focuses on using soccer as an environment in which many young boys and girls are taught values that include respect, teamwork and ambition.

“Because sports development is one of our strategic focal points, through soccer academies like this, children are taught to be goal oriented and to focus in everything they do. It is also most likely that children who play sports will not partake in crime. We would like to see these children and many others grow into responsible contributors to the Ugandan society. Soccer academies like this one are Kansai Plascon’s way of investing in the future of Uganda,” said Lungi Koni, the Regional Manager Special Projects, Kansai Plascon.

Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien emphasised that having 128 students will ensure that each child they work with gets their full attention. “With a smaller group, we are able to concentrate on them, engage with them one on one, and make sure that they leave after two days with lifelong soccer skills,” said Mike Neary.

Neary and O’Brien follow a visit from Quinton Fortune a Manchester United Legend who was in Kampala last week to engage with Kansai Plascon winners who had taken part in a radio and digital soccer based competition to win signed jerseys from Manchester United.

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Uganda’s Kiplimo Wins Great Manchester Run in Record Feat

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At only 18 years old, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo is already making history.

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During today’s 10km Great Manchester Run, Kiplimo came ahead of everyone recording a time of 27:31 minutes. He finished one mile ahead of the other runners.

On 31st December 2018 he set a new course record at the San Silvestre 10K with a personal best of 26:41.

The sky is the limit for the lad.

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