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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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Masaza Cup set to kick off June

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For the fourth consecutive year, Airtel Uganda has once again joined the Buganda Kingdom to launch the Masaza Cup tournament at a press conference held at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange Mengo.

In attendance at the launch were Airtel Uganda officials were led by Head of Brand and Communications Ms. Remmie Kisakye and Buganda Kingdom officials led by First Deputy Prime Minister Owek. Twaha Kawaase, Minister for Youth, Leisure and Sports in the Kingdom Owek. Henry Ssekabembe and other sponsors.

The Masaza Cup is an annual Buganda Kingdom tournament that has been played since 2004. It usually features 19 teams from 19 different Buganda Kingdom regions.

Speaking during the launch, Ms. Kisakye confirmed that Airtel Uganda will support the prestigious tournament with shs400 million this year.

“We have spent three years as the title sponsors of the competition and every year we support the competition with shs400 million. This competition has been a birth place for many stars on the national team,” she noted.

Owek. Kawaase called upon everyone in the respective counties to give support to their teams so as we have a successful football competition.

“I would like to confirm that his Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will preside over the opening game between Ssingo and Ssese on 1st June at Mityana Ssaza grounds,” he added.

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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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