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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.

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

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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

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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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Kawempe S.S dominates Airtel Rising Stars Kampala Regional Tournament

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Last weekend, Airtel Uganda hosted the best youth football teams from Kampala district at Sendi grounds in Wankulukuku for the Airtel Rising Stars Kampala Regional tournament – the first regional tournament of the 2019 competitions.

The 3-day tournament, which had 16 boys’ and 8 girls’ teams, saw Kawempe Muslim SS dominate on both fronts with their boys team defeating 2018 winner Kampala Junior Team (KJT) 5-4 in penalty shoot-outs following a goal-less draw after 90 minutes.

The Kawempe Muslim SS girls’ team also defeated Uganda Martyrs 2 -1 in an exciting and nerve-wracking match watched by Honorable Nabilah Nagayi, the Kampala Woman MP, FUFA leadership led by 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoya and Airtel Uganda Brand and Strategy Manager Ms. Noela Byuma.

Following their victory, both Kawempe Muslim boys and girls teams walked away with a trophy, gold medals each and 1.5 million shillings each. Runners up KJT (boys) and Uganda Martyrs (girls) also took hom a trophy, silver medals for the players and 1 million shillings. Uganda Martyrs’ Kevin
Nakachwa was named girls MVP while Jeremiah Jabel from St. Mary’s took home the boys MVP accolade.

Commenting about this tournament, Airtel’s Noela Byuma congratulated the winners and encouraged all the other teams to continue training for their comeback in the 2020 tournament.

“The talent that we have seen over the past three days has been a clear indicator for the need to continue investing in grassroots talent development. These youth are skilled, passionate and determined and these are the values that Airtel Rising Stars aims to develop as they go on to pursue professional careers in football,” she noted.

Since 2011, the Airtel Rising Stars grassroots football tournament has given talented boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 an opportunity to compete against fellow youth from across the country with hopes of being scouted to join the local league, football clubs all over the world and the Uganda national team. Today, the Uganda national men and women football teams both consist of a number of players who took part in this tournament.

Kampala Region has named thirty boys (30) and 30 girls who will prepare for the Airtel Rising Stars National finals due in early September.

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