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Uganda National Basketball Teams Named Ahead of FIBA Africa Zone 5 Seniors Qualifiers

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Players and coaching staff of the Uganda national Basketball teams entered residential training on Monday. The teams are camped at Hotel Africana Kampala with morning and evening practice sessions.

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The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) has also announced the final team lists of players to represent the hosts Uganda in the 2014 FIBA Africa Zone 5 Seniors Qualifiers in Kampala.

The event will take place at the Lugogo Indoor Arena, from the 21st – 28th September 2014. The final 24 names were taken from the larger squads that have been in training for the last 2 weeks in Kampala.

The Silverback coaches have named eight local players that include four forwards and four guards, the guards are Ben Komakech of City Oilers, Jimmy Enabu of City Oilers, Nur Blick Bilal of Power and Stephen Omony (Captain) of Falcons. The four forwards are Henry Malinga of Warriors, Ivan Lumanyika of UCU, Samuel Kalwanyi of City Oilers and Opio Andrew also of City Oilers.

The eight locally based players will be soon joined by four foreign based players that include, Josh Johnson (Ipswich BBC), John Baligwire (free agent), Kasim Nagwere (Fryshuset Basket),  and Samuel Mukooza(Jamtland Basket).

The Gazelles coaching staff also named their final list that includes one foreign based player Sharon Karungi of Valpo, Indiana. The local based players include Flavia Oketcho, Rebecca Akullo, Siima Monica, Claire Lamunu, Muhayimina Namuwaya, Peace Proscovia (KCCA Leopards), Carol Nyafwono, Meme Ruth (Magic Stormers), Sylivia Nakazibwe, Vicky Nassolo (A1 Challenge), Leane Nalunkuma (Free Agent).The team were yesterday handed their official playing kits at a press conference held at Hotel Africana – Kampala.

 The press conference was graced by renown Ugandan musician Bebe Cool who promised to open up his social platforms for the week long qualification tournament. Roken  Telecom, an internet Service Provider has also joined the Zone 5 partners by providing free wireless internet connectivity at the games.

Source: FUBA

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Nile Special inter-bar football tournament comes to an end

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The Nile Special amateur football tournament in which bars across the country faced off in a 5-Aside arrangement climaxed on Saturday with Soroti’s Team Facebook emerging champions.

Team Facebook triumphed over Tavern Kick with a 2-0 victory to win the inaugural tournament.

This followed a display of entertaining football as the 16 teams which had made it through the regionals to the nationals took on each other.

Team Facebook received a cash prize of Ugx 2 million and will also represent Uganda at the Africa 5-Aside tournament in Tanzania where the overall winning team will earn an all expense paid European tour in the company of Cameroonian football legend Samuel E’to.

Away from the football, revelers also enjoyed performances from musicians Vinka and John Blaq as they day’s fun came to an end.

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Manchester United coaches to train young Ugandan footballers

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Manchester United coaches, Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien are in Kampala to conduct training with students from Excel Soccer Academy

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Manchester United coaches, Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien are in Kampala for a two-day training with 128 students from Excel Soccer Academy through an ongoing partnership between the soccer club and Kansai Plascon.

“Leading up to today, we received many applications for our students to take part in this training, but have had to keep it at 128. Our hope is that in the future through such partnerships with Kansai Plascon and other companies, we can expose more of our over 1000 students to trainings of this caliber,” said Patrick Gyawambadde, a Director at Excel Soccer Academy.

The soccer academy which was started in 2011 focuses on using soccer as an environment in which many young boys and girls are taught values that include respect, teamwork and ambition.

“Because sports development is one of our strategic focal points, through soccer academies like this, children are taught to be goal oriented and to focus in everything they do. It is also most likely that children who play sports will not partake in crime. We would like to see these children and many others grow into responsible contributors to the Ugandan society. Soccer academies like this one are Kansai Plascon’s way of investing in the future of Uganda,” said Lungi Koni, the Regional Manager Special Projects, Kansai Plascon.

Mike Neary and Chris O’Brien emphasised that having 128 students will ensure that each child they work with gets their full attention. “With a smaller group, we are able to concentrate on them, engage with them one on one, and make sure that they leave after two days with lifelong soccer skills,” said Mike Neary.

Neary and O’Brien follow a visit from Quinton Fortune a Manchester United Legend who was in Kampala last week to engage with Kansai Plascon winners who had taken part in a radio and digital soccer based competition to win signed jerseys from Manchester United.

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Uganda’s Kiplimo Wins Great Manchester Run in Record Feat

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At only 18 years old, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo is already making history.

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During today’s 10km Great Manchester Run, Kiplimo came ahead of everyone recording a time of 27:31 minutes. He finished one mile ahead of the other runners.

On 31st December 2018 he set a new course record at the San Silvestre 10K with a personal best of 26:41.

The sky is the limit for the lad.

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