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Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup champions Uganda lost 3-0 to six time African champions Egypt on Wednesday in an international friendly played in El Gouna. MTNFootball.com brings you the ratings of the Ugandan team.

Robert Odongkara – (8) The St George goalkeeper once again showed that he is in excellent form. With good game reading he made good saves and also had four vital times in one-on-one situations. He conceded one goal before he was replaced.

Nicholas Wadada – (4) Another bad day in office for the defender who has been playing top league for in Uganda for three seasons. He was out paced several times by Muhamed Salah and had poor positioning.

Geoffrey Walusimbi – (6) The left sided defender who has refused to return to his club Don Bosco in DR Congo had a fair day considering the fact that he has only played national team football since March 2013. He made some good interceptions, although he should have done better to stop the movement for the second goal.

Isaac Isinde – (7) He started showed some signs of panic in the first half but returned strongly to keep the Egyptian strikers at bay with good movement and game reading.

Andy Mwesigwa – (5) He did not have a very good day although he lasted only 45 minutes. Perhaps the muscle strain he sustained 10 minutes into play affected his general attitude.

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda – (5) The midfielder who skippered Uganda to 2014 CHAN qualification was not at his best as he also failed to control a pass and the fault resulted into Uganda conceding a second goal. Defensively he was caught off in the midfield on several occasions.

Denis Iguma – (5) The usually hard working SC Victoria University player did not look so lively and only made one good break early in the game which missed the target. He did not push forward occasionally in search of goal like he is expected to.

Tonny Mawejje – (4) The Iceland based professional had one of his worst games with most of the balls he tries to control simply deserting him. He was later replaced.

Martin Mutumba – (4) The AIK midfielder who played against Manchester United last week was not at his best, although he complained after the game that the hot weather in El Gouna was his undoing.

Emmanuel Okwi – (5) He had two clear chances to score for Uganda but failed to do what he does best. The Etoile Du Sahel striker did not have a very good game partly because the supply from the midfield was also not very effective although he kept the Egyptian defence on their toes.

Geoffrey Massa – (4) He looked completely unfit and did not give the Egyptian defenders lots of hard time as he was muscled off the ball with ease. The usually lively and hard-working striker also looked like he was carrying an injury.

Substitutes:

Dennis Onyango – (5) The Bidvest Wits University goalkeeper tried his best considering the fact he has not had match fitness in a long while. He should have stopped the second goal, though, as he failed to keep watch of the near post.

Frank Kalanda – (2) The striker who was making his third appearance for the national team was at his worst, as ball controlling also proved a problem for him and he kept running without purpose.

Richard Kasagga – (7) He remains one of the most consistent players since helping Uganda qualify for the 2014 CHAN. The Kira Young defender showed that he has a good sense of judgement and positioning. He made several good interceptions.

Joseph Mpande – (5) Although he came on later in the second half, he had an average evening and was out-paced by the Egyptians on several occasions.

Brian Majwega – (7) This gifted KCCA FC midfielder looks very comfortable on the ball and surely has no respect for the opponents. He changed the tide of the game with some good runs and passing.

Robert Ssentongo – (4) The St George player did not show that he was a hungry striker who came on as a dangerous substitute to bring Uganda back into the game.

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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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