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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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Team Zama win Friday Night Lights season 8

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Friday Night Lights season 8 champions

Team Zama receiving their cash prize.

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The 8th season of Friday Night Lights (FNL) which climaxed on Friday saw Team Zama crowned champions.

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Team Zama emerged victorious in a hotly-contested game against Team Ikong after managing to a nail shot in the dying seconds of the final. Team Zama won the exciting final 21-20 and was awarded a cash prize of Shs1.5M while first runners up Team Ikong bagged Shs1M.

Even the second and third runners up did not go with bare pockets as Team Flirsh and Team Madol got Shs500,000 and Shs250,000 respectively. Team Flirsh beat Madol 21-17 in the third playoff tie.

The evening was not short on fun and entertainment as DJ Simples treated revellers to the best music as the games went on with a crowning performance from Nina Roz who excited fans when she stepped on stage to perform some of her hit songs like “Omuliro” and “Anayinama” among others.

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Friday Night Lights: Madol, Ikong, Zama and Flirsh progress to semi-finals

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Friday Night Lights basketball tournament

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As the Friday Night Lights (FNL) basketball tournament nears the end,  it has become more competitive, the games more intense, and Friday evenings more interesting.

In last Friday’s episode, the spotlight was on the tournament sponsors as they also took to the court to battle it out. The corporate basketball battles saw Roke Telecom ‘boss’ fellow sponsors of the event that include Tusker Lite and Nxt Radio in their encounters that ended; Roke telecom 13- 7 Tusker Lite, Nxt Radio 8-6 Tusker Lite and Roke telecom 19-16 Nxt Radio.

Away from the corporate showdown, the event’s main teams also graced the court to fight for a spot in the semi-finals.

Team Enabu was sent to wait for next year’s edition by Team Madol in a 21-16 defeat; Team Ikong exited Team Fahmy in a 17-14 win; Team Zama matched strong against Team Soro in a 11-9 win and the last game of the night saw Team Flirsh narrowly skip Team Kikiri hurdle in a 17-16 victory.

Teams Madol, Ikong, Zama and Flirsh will play Semis and final next Friday as the fun filled edition climaxes.

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The Top Sports leaders’ Predictions in Uganda

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By Staff Writer

Which sports do you like the most – football, horseracing or something more offbeat like cricket?

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The sports climate in Uganda seems to be a thrilling one this year. If you are into Betway basketball betting, we are sure you’ve already tried out betting on your favorite sports.

Fans and the sports fraternity have their own expectations as well. Here is a look at some of the sports leaders’ predictions in Uganda.

  1. Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON)

The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will take place this summer in June. The new host for the tournament will be Egypt after Cameroon noted the last version of the competition. There are 24 teams which are looking to book a place in the top 16 and that includes Uganda.

The Cranes, which are the national team of Uganda, are looking to fly their flag high in this year’s tournament. In the last match, the Cranes performed quite well having topped their group with 13 points.

Sports leaders in Uganda believe that if the Cranes still play this years tournament with the same agility, they can lift the cup. In 2015 cranes managed to make it to the semi-finals of the AFCON. It was a significant achievement to them because it had taken them 38 years to reach the semi-finals.

  1. Olympic qualifiers.

Japan will be hosting the 2020 Olympics after fifty-six years of hosting the event. However, the XXXII Olympiad will be different from the last one because it will be more modernized. Uganda is looking to shine in the international scene, and the Olympics are part of the picture.

The government is taking the initiative to fund the sports sector. This will help various athletes who will participate in the Olympics to adequately prepare for the tournament.

For instance, the National High-Altitude Training Centre in Kapchorwa is undergoing some renovations a right place for the athletes to practice for the Olympics. If the sports sector keeps on getting the kind of support it is getting from the government then Uganda will be riding on a wave of success.

  1. The Netball World Cup.

The Netball World Cup is due later this year. It will be held in Liverpool, England. She Cranes are also looking to make their country proud. Currently, they are ranked seventh in the IRF World Rankings.

Although they will face a tough challenge having England, Scotland, and Samoa in the same group, the She Cranes are still optimistic they will win. Head Coach Rashid Mubitu is proud of his team especially after two of his players were selected to in the top leagues. Mary Nuba is currently playing for the professional league in the UK while the team’s captain Peace Proscovia is in Australia.

Verdict

Uganda has one of the most active sports teams in the African continent. If things go as planned, then sports fans in Uganda will be smiling the whole year.

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