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Team-By-Team FUFA Super League Guide

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The 2013/2014 FUFA Super League kicked off August 20th, and MTNFootball.com brings you a guide ahead of explosive action between the 16 teams.

BIDCO FC: They will be another team to watch as they hope to improve on their 7th place finish last season. But their coach Kefa Kisala, also the national team second assistant coach, says his striking line remains his biggest head-ache as they start the season. Although they have a disciplined back-line, the Kakindu-based team, which boosts of a big sponsor Bidco Limited, must strive to get regular scorers.

Prediction: They are capable of finishing in the top nine, just outside the top five.

BRIGHT STARS FC:  The newly promoted side will not find the going that easy in top flight football. But the signing of former national team midfielder and professional Livingstone as the new coach could bring surprises. The team has also acquired the services of ex-Cranes left back Abubakar Tabula, who will team up with Jamil Kyambadde, another former national team star.  However, they will have lots to learn in top flight football as majority of their squad in not very exposed.

Prediction: They will most likely finish above 10th place.

CRO FC: The going will certainly not be that easy for another newly promoted side.

But signing former KCCA FC coach Matia Lule could just help them on the way round to avoid slipping back to the lower Division.

Prediction: They will finish outside the top ten.

ENTEBBE FC:  With the departure of seasoned coach Frank ‘Video’ Anyau, the Entebbe town-based team, who were ‘giant killers’ last season, might not find the going easy this time. They will definitely struggle to attain the sixth place finish they managed last season. The team has brought on board former Uganda Cranes midfielder James Odoch as the new coach.

Prediction: They will most likely finish slightly below 10th place.

EXPRESS FC: The former league champions, who only managed an 11thplace finish last season, should perform better this season.  After signing former Entebbe FC coach Frank ‘Video’ Anyau, the experienced tactician should be able to turn the team around. Led by skipper Willy Kavuma, the youthful team should perform better this season.

Prediction: They will likely finish in the top five places.

KCCA FC: They have what it takes to retain the league trophy. Under head coach George Nsimbe they have started the season in style by winning the Uganda Super Cup and have vowed to perform well as they prepare for the CAF Orange Champions League next year. With the likes of Brian Majwega, new signing Steven Bengo, Richard Malinga and last season’s top scorer Herman Wasswa, the KCCA FC side is the team that has what it takes to retain the trophy.

Prediction: They have the capacity to finish top.

KIRA YOUNG: Under the watchful eyes of former Cranes skipper George Ssemogerere, the Kira-based team, who finished eighth in their first season in top flight football, have what it takes to perform even better. But Ssemogerere says he is targeting the top four positions.

Prediction: They will be good for eighth position.

MASAKA LC FC: The Masaka town-based team has over the years made good use of their home ground, but will have to improve on their attack as scoring is still their biggest problem. They finished ninth last season and Coach Badru Ssenkayi predicts this is the season they will prove a point to those who doubt them.

Prediction: They could find themselves beyond 10th place as the season promises to be more competitive.

PROLINE FC: Under the watchful eyes of former Cranes star Steven Bogere, the youthful side could find the season even tougher after they traded some of their seasoned players to other teams. The team has also been depleted after Patrick Edema and Razak Apollo left for trials in Portugal over a month ago. But their coach Bogere has promised they will be out to be among the top five this time. They finished in 10th place last season.

Prediction: They are good for seventh place.

POLICE FC: They were lucky to survive relegation last season as the last three matches of the season guaranteed their stay in top flight football. Handled by one of East Africa’s most decorated coaches, Sam Timbe, the team which belongs to the Police Force is expected to perform better than the 12th place finish last season.

Prediction: They could as well maintain a 12th place finish.

SC VICTORIA UNIVERSITY: This team has hunger to win and this was showed by their victory in the Kakungulu Cup, which they won in their first season in top flight football. With talented Cranes players like Dennis Iguma, Savio Kabugo and ex-professional based in Serbia, Nestory Kizito, they have what it takes to challenge for the trophy. Coach Alex Isabirye says after finishing fifth last season, he now wants the trophy.

Prediction: They are good for second or third position.

SC VILLA: The former giants, who have won more trophies in Ugandan football than any other team, have promised to show how strong they are this season. They could spring a surprise with a coach from Europe. But after the departure of star player Steven Bengo, the likes of Ronald Muganga will be over stretched to carry the team forward.

Prediction: They might finish fifth this time.

SIMBA FC: After surviving relegation last season, the army side has promised to be a hard nut to crack in the new season. Coach Fred Kajoba said they are challenging for the first six places this season.

Prediction: They are good for eighth place.

SOANA FC: The new team in top flight football will not find it easy as they have to depend on players who have not been well exposed. They are surely going to work hard to remain in top flight football. The likes of Mike Kalungi and Siraje Turyamuhebwa, who helped them to qualify for the Super League, are expected guide the team in search for goals.

Prediction: They are good for 15th place.

URA FC:  After finishing second last season, the URA FC side has what it takes to win the trophy. They managed to reach the semifinals of the 2013 Cecafa Kagame Cup in Sudan and also performed well in pre-season matches in Tanzania. The team has also signed Cranes striker Frank Kalanda from Express FC and he should bring about a difference.

Prediction: They are good for first or second place.

VIPERS FC: Under Nigerian-born coach Duru Chukuma, Vipers FC have all it takes to challenge for the top two positions. However, they also have to learn to be clinical in-front of goal.

Prediction: They could maintain third position.

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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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