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SPONSORED: SBA cheer on the Uganda Cranes as they march forward at AFCON 2019

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Uganda have reached the knockout stages of the AFCON for the third time in their history after Sebastien Desabre’s side finished second in Group A. The news gets even better, though, as Sports Betting Africa are giving Cranes fans plenty more reasons to cheer as the team continue their journey in Egypt.

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The Cranes could not have started their campaign any better in Cairo. Tournament veterans DR Congo were the more fancied team ahead of their first game, but Uganda dismissed any such idea as Patrick Kaddu opened the scoring inside 15 minutes. The central African side could not find any way through the Cranes’ defence, and the result was settled shortly after half time when Emmanuel Okwi doubled the lead.

Okwi was on the scoresheet again four days later as Uganda extended their unbeaten start to the tournament against Zimbabwe. A 1-1 draw ensured that they were in poll position to finish in second place behind Egypt.

The host nation ran out 2-0 winners in the final group game, but the score line did not tell the whole story. The Cranes had 17 shots, compared to Egypt’s seven, but for all their efforts could not find the net. The two sides each had 50% of possession and a pass success rate 75%, suggesting that there wasn’t much to separate the teams during the match.

Their next opponents are west coast side Senegal. Like Uganda, they qualified as group runners-up following defeat to Algeria. The Teranga Lions boast top players such as Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly, but there are reasons to be optimistic for the Cranes. Senegal are still waiting for their first ever AFCON triumph, while they have not won a knockout match since 2006.

The two teams meet in Cairo on Friday night, and SBA are offering big odds of 7.00* for the Cranes to win in 90 minutes. Alternatively, fans can bet on Uganda to reach the next round at odd of 3.75*.

Get your free bet with SBA

SBA are offering a special online reward to football fans this month. Online players who bet 10,000 UGX or more on ANY GAME at the AFCON Last 16 will receive a free bet worth 10,000 UGX! What’s more, it doesn’t matter whether the original bet wins or loses. Why not bet on Friday’s game against Senegal and use your free bet during the weekend matches? More info about Bet&Get promotion.

Bigger odds for Cranes fans

As well as free bets, SBA are have higher odds on special markets for all of Uganda’s games, and the offers for Friday’s match are big! SBA have boosted the odds for the Cranes to score against Senegal and the 2 nd Half with Most Goals to 4.75! Fans can now celebrate even bigger winnings as they watch the ball hit the back of the net!

*All odds correct at time of writing

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Uganda Cranes Miss Training As Players Reported To be on a Sitdown Strike

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Information coming in from Egypt reveals a pending hitch as Uganda prepares for its Round of 16 match against Senegal.

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We’ve learned that the training scheduled for today did not happen as none of the players showed up.

Although no reason has been given for this, insiders in the camp reveal that it is more than we see.

“If you saw how Uganda Cranes played against Egypt, you should have seen that hidden anger. The players have been promised a lot but nothing has come through. Don’t get shocked when they lose to Senegal. It is a bomb waiting to explode in this camp. FUFA must come clean,” a source narrates.

As BigEye.ug efforts to reach FUFA were futile as none of the officials in Egypt is willing to comment on this aborted training.

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Kabushenga orders Vision Group Employees To Wear Cranes Jersey on Wednesday

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Uganda will be facing off with Zimbabwe in a crucial match that could seal our fate.

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If Uganda wins, it will automatically qualify for the next round of Afcon games.

Vision Group CEO, Robert Kabushenga has ordered all staff to show up in a full Cranes jersey. He has instituted punitive action for those who fail to comply.

We are just hoping this directive comes with a jersey allowance.

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UTB partners with FUFA to promote sports tourism

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UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova signs the MoU with FUFA to promote sports tourism.

UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova signs MoU with FUFA to promote sports tourism.

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Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has entered into a Ugx200m sponsorship agreement and partnership with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) as the official tourism partner.

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The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding; which will see both parties work hand in hand to promote brand “destination Uganda” at both the domestic and international scene.

The partnership gives UTB rights to brand Destination Uganda at local and international games in which the Uganda Cranes are participating as well as work with the players in destination marketing campaigns.

Speaking at the press conference, UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova said: “The Uganda Tourism Board is prioritizing the building of positive destination brand equity and brand value through creating high level brand awareness partnerships such as the one witnessed here today with FUFA.”

Football is the world’s greatest sport and viewed by billions of fans across the world. In Uganda, the Uganda Cranes is the greatest football brand- but more importantly the leading sporting ambassadors to the region and the world.

Ajarova noted, “We are most excited about how we can best brand our national team internationally and also use the FUFA DRUM to create awareness of Uganda’s tourist attractions as the games traverse the whole country. We believe this is an incredible opportunity to connect with local communities and football fans across the country and will enable us to reach out to more tourists both locally and internationally.”

FUFA 1st Vice President, Justus Mugisha in his remarks said that, “We are using the power of sports to position Uganda on a global scene. This initiative by FUFA and UTB will showcase how football can be used to promote destination Uganda. We are proud to be in partnership and we hope to continue building our nation through sports and tourism.”

He added, this is a big opportunity for us to not only support football but also enrich Ugandans with the knowledge about their own country.

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