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Uganda Cup returns with increase in prize money

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Sonia Karamagi, Stanbic Bank’s Senior Marketing Manager (2nd Left), FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo (2nd Right), Rogers Mulindwa, FUFA Head of Marketing and Communications (1st Left) and Nalule Aisha, FUFA Head of Competitions (1st Right) announce the 2018-2019 Stanbic Uganda Cup tournament at a press briefing held at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Sonia Karamagi, Stanbic Bank’s Senior Marketing Manager (2nd Left), FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo (2nd Right), Rogers Mulindwa, FUFA Head of Marketing and Communications (1st Left) and Nalule Aisha, FUFA Head of Competitions (1st Right) announce the 2018-2019 Stanbic Uganda Cup tournament at a press briefing held at Kampala Serena Hotel.

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Uganda’s biggest knock out football competition, the ‘Stanbic Uganda Cup’ is back bigger and better with an increase in prize money for participating teams and exciting rewards for football fans.

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The prize money has been increased from UGX 90 million to UGX 120 million with the winning team walking away with UGX 40 million, the Runner Up UGX 20 million, the semi-finalists UGX 10 million each, the quarter finalists UGX 5 million each and the teams that finish in the Round of 16 will each get UGX 2.5 million.

Speaking at the launch of the new season, Daniel Ogong, Stanbic bank’s Head of Marketing & Communications said that Stanbic Bank is committed to supporting and driving growth in the communities in which it operates.

“Sports the world over is not just a recreational activity, it contributes to economic development through job creation, skills development, infrastructural investments and business growth. This is why Stanbic is partnering with FUFA to grow football through the Stanbic Uganda Cup and we look forward to an exciting and competitive season,” Ogong said.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo welcomed the development saying it will help grow football in the country. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Stanbic Bank in growing football across the country. The Stanbic Uganda Cup is the biggest sports competition in the country involving over 175 teams and 3,150 players from the first division to the fifth division as well as non-league teams. The competition has been played since 1971 with the winner representing Uganda in the CAF Confederations Cup. It is a tournament with a very rich history and we thank Stanbic for their sponsorship which is helping to revive football across the country,” Eng. Magogo said.

The 2018/2019 season resumed on December 1, with pre-qualifier games taking place across the country in all the eight football regions.

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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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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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