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The Uganda Cranes So Close Yet So Far

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By Ian Nkera Ford

Before kickoff, I was amazed by the optimism of every Ugandan. The way they kept glued to the screen in anticipation of a miracle. It had finally dawned on them that the same players with whom they possibly share ancestry could finally pull off the biggest shocks in football to book passage to the biggest showpiece next year in Brazil, The World Cup.

Fists feigned in prayer, the passion was very visible. From the onset, Uganda Cranes chances were slim against Africa football powerhouses, Senegal but all that didn’t matter as Ugandans came together to realize a dream that had eluded them for decades.

Uganda has been in many positions like this only for hope to be blown away in a flash. When the referee gave the match a greenlight, a confident Cranes team reflected hope of an expectant nation passing the ball around. All players looked lively with guys like Majwega, Okwi and Diego Kiiza easily looking like real world beaters and for a second the thought of Andy Mwesigwa playing in Rio di Janeiro looked like a huge possibility. Hopes still alive with Senegal looking slightly shocked by the resistance the Cranes had put up.

In a split second, I witnessed my dreams crash down with a moment of madness. Godfrey Walusimbi savagely jumping into a tackle to get himself sent off. Like every Ugandan, anxiety started creeping in as realistically the thought of playing the former World Cup quarter finalists with ten men was always going to be an uphill task.

Why Jaja Walu… Why? I can confidently say that I am a very strong lad but deep down, I knew it wasn’t going to be all smiles. With ten men on the pitch, I was a little surprised with Micho’s tactics when he was more adventurous throwing in more forwards like Martin Mutumba.

Prayers prevailed until that Senegal goal that dumped any hope of resurgence. The pain is excruciating. I can’t comprehend how we always seem so close yet so far. The wait goes on but like every lover of Ugandan football, I will wait. The future of Ugandan football is bright. WE BELIEVE!!

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Photos: Fortebet gifts Hoima, Masindi, Kiboga and Kabango clientele

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By Staff Writer

It was a weekend to remember as Fortebet appreciated it customers in the areas of Hoima, Masindi, Lwamata and Kabango. Just as it has done in all the other parts of Uganda, Fortebet even this weekend gave out lots of gifts to its customers in the above mentioned places.


Many of them walked away with Techno phone, T-shirts, caps, wristbands, pens and many more. Away from the branches, Fortebet also visited and donated to bodaboda riders reflector jackets in Masindi and Hoima. 50 riders benefitted from this free offer.


“What Fortebet has done in Masindi has never been done by any other betting company. They way you have been ‘making gifts rain’ indeed confirms that Fortebet is big. I am so happy that I have been one of the many winners. I am now remaining with one thing-winning 100 million,” said one of the phone winners in Masindi.
This weekend, Fortebet will visit and gift its clients in Kyengera, Kitemu and Nsangi. Don’t miss, be there and win!

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Singleton Golf Challenge returns for 4th season

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Eddy Kenzo entertains guest during the Singleton Match Play Challenge 19th hole experience.

Eddy Kenzo entertains guests during the Singleton Match Play Challenge 19th hole experience.

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The Entebbe Golf Club was draped in all white on Saturday night as the Singleton Match Play Challenge celebrated the opening round of their 2020
edition during an all-white 19th hole experience that took place at the picturesque course.

Undoubtedly one of the most sought after golfing tournaments in the country, the 2020 edition opened up with a bang as over 100 golfers tried their best to make the cut and be part of the 64 pairs that will in the course of the next seven months go head to head on the grueling course for a chance at the grand prize.

The night also saw the cream of Uganda’s golfing fraternity dine and make merry to the start of an action-packed season. Hosted by celebrated comedian Patrick Salvador Idringi, the night was filled with laughter and comedic wit as Salvador took guests and revelers on an emotional rollercoaster with jokes on end.

60 pairs joined the defending champions while the other three pairs (wild cards) were picked by the sponsor(s) to make the final 64 pairs. These will be playing starting on February 8, March 14, April 18, May 9, and June 20 all the way to the grand finale that is slated to take place on July 18.

Addressing guests at the event UBL’s head of Whisky Portfolio Annette Nakiyaga couldnot hide her excitement at how big a vision the Singleton Match Play Championship has become.

“I cannot tell you how excited I am that we are doing this once more, if the last three years have taught us anything is that with hard work, commitment and determination we can build something as big as this. I have a feeling that this is going to be yet another exciting year at the Singleton,” said Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

The winning pair will get a fully-paid trip to watch the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic, a series which has welcomed some of the best golfers including Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson. 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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Sponsored: Mr. Predictor looks ahead to the weekend games

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Arsenal vs Man City

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Can SBA’s Mr. Predictor get all five predictions right this week? Here is a review of this Weekend’s matches, including Arsenal v Man City, and a Liverpool home game against Watford. You can bet on these and more at www.sba.co.ug

Liverpool 2 v 0 Watford – Saturday 14 December – Premier League – Liverpool Win with 0:1 Handicap (1.50)

This will be Liverpool’s last Premier League game before they go to the Club World Cup, so they will want to leave with a win. They currently have an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League and they can’t risk Leicester closing that gap. The Reds have won their last three games by at least two goals, though, while bottom side Watford have only scored once in their last four matches. They have lost 5-0 on their last two visits to Anfield and, although I don’t expect the same score this time, I can only see a straightforward Home Win.

Mainz 1 v 2 Borussia Dortmund – Saturday 14 December – Bundesliga – Over 2.5 Goals (1.45)

Dortmund can climb to within two points of top with victory here. They’re third in the Bundesliga right now and are on a run of three straight wins in all competitions. They have won 2-1 on each of their last two trips to Mainz, who have lost six of their last ten league games. I have to back another Dortmund Win here and I expect some goals. There have been Over 2.5 Goals in eight of Mainz’s last ten games, and in each of Dortmund’s last nine games overall.

Real Sociedad 0 v 2 Barcelona – Saturday 14 December – La Liga – Barcelona Win (1.65)

This season is going better than expected for Sociedad. They are now fourth in the standings, having only lost one of their last five games. This will be a true test, though. They used to have a very strong home record against Barcelona, but they have now lost seven times in a row to the reigning champions. Barcelona have won their last seven games in all competitions, including against Inter Milan in midweek. Several key players including Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were rested for that game but they are expected to return here. I’m backing an Away Win.

Wolves 1 v 2 Tottenham – Sunday 15 December – Premier League – Both Teams to Score (1.70)

This should be a great game. Wolves are unbeaten in their last 11 league games but their defence has not been as solid as expected. Both Teams to Score has been a winning bet in eight of those games, in fact. Tottenham have won three of their four league games since Jose Mourinho returned to London. They lost at Bayern in midweek but Harry Kane and Dele Alli were among the players to miss out ahead of this game. Both of these players are in form and I think they will drive Tottenham to another win.

Arsenal 1 v 3 Man City – Sunday 15 December – Premier League – Man City Win and Over 2.5 Goals (1.70)

Arsenal’s win against West Ham on Monday was their first victory in the Premier League since October 6th. I can’t see them making it two in a row. It’s been four years since they beat Man City in 90 minutes and they have lost their last five games against Pep Guardiola’s side. They also haven’t won any of their last five games at the Emirates. City have dropped points in their last two league games and the title is out of sight. However, they returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday. I think they will follow that with another three points.

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