Arsenal, Chelsea humiliated at home

Liverpool thrust themselves firmly back into the battle for a place in the Premier League’s top four as they outclassed abject Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea’s shock thrashing at home to West Brom earlier in the day opened the door for Liverpool – and Jurgen Klopp’s men burst straight through it in style with a victory that leaves them in fifth, only two points behind Thomas Tuchel’s side.

The only surprise was that it took dominant Liverpool so long to make their superiority count.

They finally got the breakthrough they deserved after 64 minutes when Diogo Jota headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant delivery past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno three minutes after he replaced Andy Robertson.

It was not only the decisive moment of the contest but also a timely reminder of the quality Alexander-Arnold possesses at a time when England manager Gareth Southgate feels he can do without him, despite Euro 2020 being on the horizon.

Liverpool doubled their lead four minutes later when Mohamed Salah took advantage of poor defending by Arsenal’s Gabriel and then slid a cool finish through Leno’s legs.

Jota was the beneficiary of more good work from Alexander-Arnold when he slammed home his second from close range with eight minutes left – by then though, the game had already become a formality.

Klopp said Liverpool “have to show we are really fighting for it” when asked about getting back in the running for a Champions League place.

“It was a very important statement. In our position it is clear, everything that has happened to us this season means we don’t have it in our hands,” he added.

“We have to win our games and others have to lose but we have to [put] pressure on them. That is what we did with the result but we are still not in. We have to fight and we will fight and that is the statement for us and nobody else.”

England manager Southgate’s exclusion of Alexander-Arnold for the opening World Cup qualifiers shocked Klopp – and the defender’s performance in north London showed why.

Southgate currently prefers Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, Chelsea’s Reece James and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, believing Alexander-Arnold needs to improve his club form to merit inclusion amid a relatively indifferent season for the Premier League champions.

Klopp is clearly satisfied with Alexander-Arnold, though, and that is hardly surprising when he showed what a threat he offers as Liverpool overpowered Arsenal.

He showcased his sublime delivery for Jota’s opener then demonstrated his energy and awareness to steal back possession high up the pitch in the build-up to the prolific Portugal forward’s second goal.

Klopp said afterwards he did not want to “make another discussion” but added that “Alexander-Arnold had showed his class again”.

“If somebody says Trent is not [in good shape] then I have to say they are wrong, that is all. I am not responsible for [Southgate’s] decisions,” Klopp added.

It was a display that responded to Southgate’s decision to drop him in the perfect manner and suggested England must have serious quality at right-back if Alexander-Arnold is in serious danger of missing Euro 2020.

Liverpool and Klopp had a hugely satisfying night all round. Brazil’s Fabinho gave a masterclass in the midfield anchor role, demonstrating what the side missed when he was deputising in central defence to cover for injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Klopp’s side may be in a miserable run of six successive home defeats but their away form is sustaining them and this comfortable three points, on the back of the previous victory at Wolves, gives them real hope of Champions League qualification.

With a Champions League quarter-final first leg away to Real Madrid on Tuesday, Liverpool suddenly look like a team with renewed purpose and momentum.

The only positive about this Arsenal performance was the fact they kept Liverpool out for 64 minutes – although that was down more to the Premier League champions’ lack of cutting edge up than especially good work by the Gunners.

The hosts were dreadful and fortunate not to be beaten far more heavily. This was miserable stuff from Arsenal.

The only work Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, complete with extravagant new moustache, had to do all night was clutch a straightforward shot from substitute Cedric Soares in the second half.

Yes, Arsenal lost influential left-back Kieran Tierney right on half-time but that was no excuse for what Mikel Arteta’s side served up. They offered no punch in attack, no fight in midfield and were eventually overwhelmed in defence.

Arsenal saved themselves by coming from three goals down to earn a point in their last league game at West Ham but there was never the slightest hope of a comeback against Liverpool.

They sit in ninth place, four points adrift of Everton having played two games more, and much now rests on their Europa League quarter-final against Slavia Prague.

They will have to produce much better than they did here, their night summed up by the anonymous performance of main striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who spent much of his game as an auxiliary left-back before being substituted.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “They were better in every department. I take the blame, it’s my responsibility. They were the best team by far. They won by three goals and it could have been more.

“They won every duel, every second ball, every challenge. To be fair, I’m in shock. I didn’t expect that one coming. It’s my job to make things better. Today we hit a really low level. It was not acceptable.

“For sure we cannot hit that level again. When you represent this club you have to stand up and take the challenge.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “As a package it was a good performance. We finished our situations off. Arsenal were not really in the game for the whole 95 minutes. That was down to us.

“We had to keep going and keep the momentum. I wasn’t frustrated at half-time. We had to work hard and when you do that you have a good chance of winning.

“When people talk about you in the wrong way, you want to react. It was a sensational cross by Trent for the [first] goal.”

First female TZ. Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in

Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president following the death of John Magufuli. The former vice president may cut a different leadership figure than her predecessor.

Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as Tanzania’s president at State House in Dar es Salaam on Friday, making history as the first woman to hold the top job in the East African country.

The 61-year-old’s inauguration comes two days after she announced the passing of President John Magufuli.

Prior to his death, Magufuli had not been seen in public for over two weeks, prompting speculation that he may have been suffering from COVID-19, which he had repeatedly denied was a problem in Tanzania. The government has blamed Magufuli’s death on heart problems.

In her first public address as president, Suluhu Hassan — who is affectionately known as Mama Samia — said it was a difficult day in her political career.

Samia Suluhu Hassan inpects a military honor guard after her swearing in ceremony

“Today I have taken an oath different from the rest that I have taken in my career,” she said. “Those were taken in happiness. Today I took the highest oath of office in mourning.”

However she assured Tanzanians that Magufuli, “who always liked teaching,” had prepared her for the task ahead and encouraged national unity.

“This is the time to stand together and get connected,” she said. “It’s time to bury our differences and show love to one another and look forward with confidence.”

Suluhu Hassan will complete Magufuli’s second five-year term in office, which began in October 2020 after he won general elections. Hassan also announced 21 days of mourning for the controversial former president, as well as public holidays on March 22 and March 25, when Magufuli is due to be buried. 

Suluhu Hassan began her political journey in 2000 after she was elected as a special seat member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives and appointed a minister. At the time, she was the only high-ranking female minister in the Cabinet.

After serving two terms, she sought election to the National Assembly in 2010, winning the vote by more than 80%. President Jakaya Kikwete appointed her as the minister of state for union affairs and in 2014, she was elected as the vice chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly tasked with drafting Tanzania’s new constitution.

In 2015, Magufuli selected Suluhu Hassan as his running mate — a surprise choice over many more prominent members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.

Suluhu Hassan is also the country’s first president born in semi-autonomous Zanzibar. She attended school at a time when very few Tanzanian girls were offered the opportunity of an education outside the traditional roles of wife and homemaker. She is also a practicing Muslim.

Tanzanian activist Maria Sarungi said the significance of her background should not be underestimated in the context of Tanzanian politics.

“I think the fact that she’s Muslim and she comes from Zanzibar speaks volumes and I think the swearing in ceremony itself has been very symbolic, not only for Tanzanians but for many women and young girls around the world,” she told media.

The first major challenge facing Suluhu Hassan will be her government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic going forward.

Under Magufuli, Tanzania adopted very few measures against the spread of COVID-19 and made no efforts to secure vaccines for its population.

“I think there still needs to be continued pressure on Suluhu Hassan, on her government and also everybody else to make sure that the coronavirus is not politicized,” said Sarungi. “That it is taken up and dealt with in a scientific manner … and also starting to prepare Tanzania toward a vaccination plan.”

Suluhu Hassan will also need to secure the support of the CCM party, which has been in power since Tanzania’s independence. As a Muslim woman, she may face some pushback from the party’s entrenched Christian stalwarts.

“We cannot talk about Suluhu Hassan’s presidency without talking about the ruling party CCM,” explained Sarungi.

“I think the CCM will determine and have a very big influence on her presidency. What needs to be seen is who is she going to become when she’s not the one receiving orders, but giving orders.”

However, Suluhu Hassan’s first public address offered some few clues as to how she might approach her new role.

“It was too controversial in the sense that she talked about reconciliation and burying the differences,” said Sarungi. “This is a very flippant remark when there are serious issues including abuses of human rights…These are issues that she needs to start grappling with in a more meaningful way.”

Suluhu Hassan’s leadership style is purportedly quite different to Magufuli’s.

The late president was dubbed “The Bulldozer” for his brash and intolerant approach towards policymaking.

In contrast, Suluhu Hassan has been described as a much more diplomatic political figure, known among her colleagues for following the correct procedures and calmly managing conflicts among MPs.

“She does have good negotiation skills,” said Sarungi. “I think the fact that she’s very calm and doesn’t often show emotions but is firm, as well as the fact that she’s got a sense of humor. And of course that contrasts very sharply with the late president, Magufuli.”  

Whether she will remain loyal to Magufuli’s controversial policies or push for change remains to be seen. Her predecessor drew criticism for banning pregnant girls from attending school and urging women to stop taking birth control pills.

However, many Tanzanians still expressed approval and respect for the decisions Magufuli made while in office.

Judge blocks DTB payment of UGX.120b to Ham

The Principal Judge, Dr. Flavian Zeija has delayed the payment of Shs120bn by Diamond Trust Bank to city businessman, Hamis Kiggundu which had earlier been ordered by the Commercial Court.

Zeija’s decision follows an appeal filed by DTB in the Court of Appeal challenging the Commercial Court ruling. The bank had lodged an application seeking to have the execution of the Commercial Court stayed.

“This decision has far-reaching implications on the banking industry as far as it declares syndicated loans illegal. This calls for maintenance of the status quo to enable the court of appeal to inquire into this illegality (syndicated loans) and either uphold the finding or reverse it,” Zeija said in his ruling.

Meanwhile, the Principal Judge described as disgusting the attempt by one of the parties in the matter to bribe him to influence his decision.

Last month, Justice Zeija issued an order blocking the execution of Commercial Court orders in which DTB was ordered to refund Shs34 billion and $23.2m (about Shs86 billion) which they reportedly deducted from Ham Enterprises’ accounts.

Zeija’s order did not go down well with the businessman who now claims the principal judge’s interest in his case is suspicious as he (Zeija) kept recalling his file in circumstances that were neither justified or in line with the ordinarily expected course of events thus interfering with the hearing of the case.

Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool all in action

Sheffield United vs Man City

Bramell Lane, Sheffield 

Saturday, 31-10-2020 @3:30pm

Ref: Michael Oliver

Sheffield United have never beaten Manchester City in the Premier League in eight attempts, the most they’ve faced any side in the division without winning (D3, L5). Their only goal in those fixtures was scored by Brian Deane in April 1993. Manchester City are vying to win four consecutive league games against Sheffield United for the first time since March 1930. The Blades are winless in six league meetings since a 1-0 triumph in the second tier in January 2000.

Sheffield United full-back Max Lowe is available to face Manchester City after passing concussion protocols. John Lundstram’s refusal to agree to a new contract is not expected to have an impact on his involvement.

Nathan Ake and Gabriel Jesus could be fit to return for City, while Aymeric Laporte is under consideration for only his second league game of the season. Manager Pep Guardiola remains without Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy.

The Blades could fail to win any of their first seven league games in a season for the first time since 1991. Sheffield United have equalled their worst record of one point after six league fixtures in a season, first set in the 1975-76 top flight. They lost their seventh league match of that season. They have earned a solitary point from their past nine Premier League fixtures since beating Chelsea in July. The Blades can match the club Premier League record of five successive home games without a win, set in 1993 and equalled in 1994. Manager Chris Wilder has won 99 of his 202 matches in charge of the club in all competitions. Billy Sharp is one short of 100 league goals for Sheffield United.

City’s total of eight points is their lowest at this stage of a season since 2014-15. It’s Pep Guardiola’s worst start as a manager after five league games of a season. The fewest points his sides have earned after six league fixtures is 13. Manchester City have conceded as many as eight league goals after five matches for the first time since 2006-07. They could fail to score more than once in four successive Premier League games for the first time under Pep Guardiola. Since the beginning of last season, City are winless in all seven Premier League away matches when they conceded the opening goal (D1, L6). No side has won more English top-flight fixtures on Halloween than Manchester City’s tally of 10 – level with Arsenal. Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 99 goals in 203 Premier League appearances, scoring 58 and providing 41 assists. Kyle Walker, who began his career at Sheffield United, is one short of 100 Premier League appearances for Manchester City.

Burnley vs Chelsea

Turf Moor, Burnley

Saturday, 31-10-2020 @6pm

Ref: David Coote

Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson is doubtful with a calf injury, while Erik Pieters misses out with a similar problem. Phil Bardsley remains unavailable following a positive coronavirus test, while this game comes too soon for Ben Mee and Jack Cork.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reported no new injury concerns following Wednesday’s win against Krasnodar. Thiago Silva was rested in midweek and is set to reclaim a starting spot. The Blues will continue to assess Kepa Arrizabalaga’s shoulder problem, while Billy Gilmour is still recovering from knee surgery.

Burnley’s only victory in 12 Premier League matches against Chelsea was by 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in August 2017 (D3, L8). The Blues are unbeaten in all six of their Premier League fixtures away to Burnley, scoring two goals or more in each of their five victories at Turf Moor. The Clarets’ last top-flight home win against Chelsea came in August 1973, when Frank Casper scored the only goal.

Burnley could lose four consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since 2010. They are also in danger of suffering five defeats in their opening six top-flight matches for the first time since 1927-28. They recovered to avoid relegation that season. Sean Dyche’s side have won just one of their past 24 home league games against established top-six sides (D4, L19). That victory came against Tottenham in February 2019. Burnley have played 19.6% of their passes long, the highest percentage in the Premier League this season. They have scored just one top-flight goal from open play, a joint-low in 2020-21. If fit, Johann Berg Gudmundsson could play his 100th Premier League game. Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood could both make their 100th Premier League appearance for Burnley.

The Blues are vying to keep clean sheets in consecutive league matches for the first time under Frank Lampard. Chelsea have conceded 42 Premier League away goals since the start of last season, three more than any other club. Their six away league goals this season have been scored by six different players: Jorginho, Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham. Edouard Mendy can become the third goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in each of his first three Premier League appearances for Chelsea, emulating Neil Sullivan and Petr Cech.

Liverpool vs West Ham United 

Anfield Stadium, Liverpool

Saturday, 31-10-2020 @8:30pm

Ref: Kevin Friend 

Liverpool are unbeaten in eight Premier League games against West Ham since losing both meetings in 2015-16 (W6, D2). The Hammers won 3-0 at Anfield in August 2015 but that is their only victory in their past 47 league games away to the Reds.

Liverpool are without Fabinho because of a hamstring problem, so 19-year-old centre-back Rhys Williams could make his Premier League debut. The Reds will monitor the fitness of Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita, who are nearing returns, while this game may come too soon for Joel Matip.

Michail Antonio is absent for West Ham but boss David Moyes does not think the player’s hamstring injury is “too bad”. The striker could be replaced by Sebastien Haller at Anfield. Deadline-day signing Said Benrahma awaits his Hammers debut, having not been involved against Manchester City last weekend because of a lack of match fitness.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 28 of their past 29 top-flight matches at Anfield. If the Reds avoid defeat they will equal the club record of 63 home league games unbeaten. The only club in the top four English divisions to have enjoyed a longer undefeated streak on home turf is Chelsea (86 league matches between 2004 and 2008). Sadio Mane is set to make his 200th Premier League appearance. Mane has scored in each of his last four games against West Ham, and has five goals and three assists in six Premier League matches for Liverpool versus the Hammers. Mohamed Salah has six goals and two assists in his six top-flight games against West Ham.

The Hammers have lost 21 of their 24 Premier League games away to the reigning champions, with their only victory coming courtesy of Jermain Defoe’s strike against Man United in 2001.  West Ham are unbeaten in four top-flight matches, with all of those games coming against opponents who finished in the top seven last season. Their only defeat in six Premier League away games was last month’s 2-1 loss at Arsenal.

The upcoming Premier League games.

Sunday, 01-11-2020

-Aston Villa vs Southampton @3pm

-Newcastle United vs Everton @5pm

-Man United vs Arsenal @7:30pm

-Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton and Hove Albion @10:15pm

Monday, 02-11-2020

-Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion @8:30pm

-Leeds United vs Leicester City @11pm

Match-Day 7 results so far

Friday, 30-10-2020

-Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace

FUFA extends 735M Covid-19 to Women Football Clubs

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) confirms that allocation of financial assistance (FIFA COVID-19 relief) towards Women football clubs has been effected.

This is after the World football governing body, FIFA released USD 500,000 specifically directed towards the development and continuity of women’s football after the outbreak of COVID-19.

‘FUFA has received the FIFA Grant of USD 500,000 that was allocated through the COVID-19 Relief plan for development of Women football.’ Confirmed FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson.

It should be noted that the FIFA Grant is approved to cater for the ‘Take Flight Project’ which was launched in a bid to develop Women’s football in Uganda for the next two years (2020-2021).

The strategy was hinged on four key pillars that include:

  1. Increasing Women involved in football
  2. Improving the Women Football Leagues and National Teams
  3. Increasing number of Girls playing football
  4. Increasing revenue generating streams for Women football

It is upon this background that FUFA has approved a total of UGX 735M to be paid directly to Women football clubs starting Friday, 30th October 2020.

Each of the teams in the FUFA Women Super League which is the top tier league will receive UGX 40M. The League will have ten teams next season implying they will get a total of UGX 400M.

The 12 teams playing in the FUFA Women Elite League (2nd division) will get UGX 15M each while teams playing in the Regional Leagues (50 teams) will get UGX 3M each.

UGX 5M has been allocated to the five teams featuring in the Women Beach Soccer League with each getting one million shillings.

Below is the breakdown:

Mckinstry Names Local Based Squad For South Sudan game

Uganda Cranes Head coach Johnathan McKinstry has released a list of 22 home based players from which 5 or 6 players will be considered for the main squad of 20 foreign based named last week. McKinstry has confirmed that the team will undergo rigorous assessment between 2nd and 8th November 2020 before the final selection is made.

As previously announced in addition to the squad of 20 foreign based players for the upcoming double header against South Sudan in the A, we would be looking to adding  5 or 6 Uganda Premier League players to the mix so that they can compete for places in the squad. In order to give the local based players the best support, we will be running an advance camp between 2nd and 8th November. In addition to that, we shall be able to have some early arrivals of foreign based players whose leagues to join this camp in Kampala. The camp will also help the local based players to push their levels higher and hopefully get some minutes on the field against South Sudan’

The local based Squad

Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC)

Defenders: Ndahiro Derrick (Sc Villa), Galiwango Disan (Vipers SC), Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Mandela Ashraf (URA), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC), Kato Samuel ( (KCCA FC), Juuko Murushid (Express FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Mbowa  Patrick ( URA FC)

Midfielders: Mawejje Tony (Police FC), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Watambala Kairm (Vipers SC), Owori David ( Sc Villa), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC)

Forwards: Oriti Ibrahim (Vipers Sc), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mukwala Stephen (URA FC), Ahebwa Brian (KCCA FC).

The training for the local based players will run from 2nd to 8th November 2020.

Uganda will take on South Sudan on 12th November at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende with kick off set for 4pm before facing off again 4 days later in Nairobi.

Survey on impact of govt’s tax exemptions launched

The Uganda Revenue Authority- URA has commissioned a study to gauge the impact of tax exemptions on the economy. The study will influence policy changes in the next financial year.

Government provides tax exemptions especially in areas of Agriculture, manufacturing, construction, information and communication technology , warehousing and logistics among others, in order to attract foreign investments.

However there are concerns of reductions in tax revenue collection despite the sustained growth of the economy. In 2015, the URA reported that it had foregone total revenue of 1.6 Trillion Shillings as a result of tax exemptions in the 2013/2014 financial year.

Milly Isingoma Nalukwago, the Assistant Commissioner Research, Planning and Development URA, the study will seek to assess the impact of tax exemption which will inform policy formulation.

According to Nalukwago, they are developing the concept on the methodology of the study and sampling the companies.

Thomas Tayebwa, the MP Ruhinda North County says that several Ugandans are facing challenges and yet foreign investors are benefiting from the exemptions. He cites foreign rice importers who were exempted at the expense of Ugandan farmers.

Three companies; Gotovate Uganda Limited, Williex commodities and Akhom were exempted from taxes to import rice during this period of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Parliament approved the tax exemption on COVID-19 medical supplies and materials and inputs used in the manufacture of equipment for the prevention, protection and treatment of COVID-19.

Referees Medical, Physical Fitness Tests ended successfully

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), on Saturday, held the physical fitness tests for national and international referees to access those who will officiate the upcoming football season in the country.

This came a day after the medical examination of these referees.

A total of 50 referees (23 FIFA) and 22 national referees underwent the tests at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru and StarTimes Stadium – Lugogo in Kampala.

Ali Kalyango and Ronald Mwesigwa supervised the crop of referees at Njeru, all of them international referees.

At Lugogo, Ronnie Kalema (Chairman FUFA Referees Standing Committee) alongside Rosebell Rwamuyamba, Ali Tomusange, JB Masiko, Kizito Rahman Nansubuga, Samuel Kayondo and Ndawula Muhammed Shaban.

According to Kalema, this exercise is undertaken four times in a year in a bid to ascertain the level of fitness for the referees ahead of continental assignments and national events as the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, StarTimes FUFA Big League, Stanbic FUFA Uganda Cup, FUFA Drum among others.

“FUFA is here to deliver refereeing as we professionalize the game. The significance of physical fitness tests is to ensure quality of the referees in the country.” Kalema noted.

Rahman Kizito Nansubuga, an Instructor described the exercise as an annual event aimed at preparing referees for international and national league games.

“These sessions also helped check on the endurance, speed and acceleration of referees to match the modern game.” Kizito disclosed.

This exercise is meant to establish their fitness levels as well as to update and refresh their knowledge and skills in the discharge of their abilities.

The objective was to update the participants on the Laws of the Game as well as evaluate their fitness and technical abilities for upcoming major competitions in the new season such as StarTimes Uganda Premier League, FUFA Drum, Stanbic Uganda Cup among others.

FIFA Referees Men

Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chellangat, William Oloya, Ronald Madanda.

FUFA Referees Men

Rajab Bakasambe, Deogratius Opio, George Olemu, Asadu Semere, Robert Donney, Paul Turyamureba, Nasser Mohammed Kirya. John Bosco Kalibala, Muzamiru Waiswa, Lucky Kasalirwe, Ali Kaddu Kizza.

FIFA Referees Women

Shamirah Nabada, Diana Murungi

FUFA Referees Women

Florence Ayaro, Immaculate Achillo, Habibah Naigaga

FIFA Assistant Referees Men

Dick Okello, Okello Lee, Ronald Katenya, Isa Masembe, Hakim Mulindwa, Okudra Emmanuel

FUFA Assistant Referees Men

Robson Atusinguza, Paul Omara, Rahman Atiku, Ahmed Kakembo, Mustafa Mafumu, Samuel Mbabali, Juma Osire, Shafiq Lulenzi, Ibrahim Ssekanjako,Mathias Omunyira, Gilbert Ngyendo, Noah Friday, Timothy Gumisiriza

FIFA Assistant Referees Women

Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Malex Nakito Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi, Docus Atuhaire.

FUFA Assistant Referees Women

Elizabeth Nasolo, Eunice Tiwuwe, Oliver Nakito, Hawa Nyangoma

FIFA Beach Soccer Referees Men

Kintu Ivan Bayige, Mugerwa Shafiq, Ssenteza Mohammed, Kawaga Kennedy Bazlio.

FIFA Futsal Referees Men

Nsubuga Emmy Brian, Ssengendo Isaac

FUFA Futsal Referees Men

Kazoora Emmanuel, Mulindwa Ismail.

Nkuubi unveiled URA FC’s as 5th signing

URA FC have unveiled Brian Nkuubi as their latest signing.

Nkuubi joins the Tax Collectors as a free agent after he was released by Vipers SC a couple of months ago.

The midfielder has signed a three-year deal with Sam Simbwa’s side who finished 5th last season.

Speaking to URAFC.com, Nkuubi noted that he expects stiff competition for places at URA and he is certain the club can help him continue progressing.

“I’ve seen a lot of good players at URA FC and I expect competition for positions. He noted as quoted by the club’s official website.

“I have enough experience and I feel I can add a lot to the club in the coming season.

“I want to continue playing at a high level and compete with the best on the title and the club seems on the right path to provide that.

“This will give me more exposure as a player. The fans should expect hard work from me.”

Nkuubi has been on the hunt for a club after he was one of 13 players released by the Venoms in June.

He joined the Kitende based side in 2015 from now defunct Kira Young before helping them win two league titles.

At URA FC, Nkuubi joins Davis Ssali, Arafat Galiwango, Jackson Nunda and Hannington Sebwalunyo as the new players that have come in ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Speaking about Nkuubi’s arrival, URA FC head coach Sam Simbwa noted that the midfielder has developed a lot at Vipers and he will offer the Tax Collectors, a lot going forward.

“He is a player that has developed a lot during his time with Vipers SC in terms of responsibilities on the pitch, he will offer us a lot going forward and will prove key to our attack.” Ssimbwa said.

Gov’t warns candidate over campaign timing

The ICT Minister Judith Nabakooba has on Sunday afternoon said it is not yet time for campaigning.

She made the remarks while addressing the media at the ministry’s weekly press briefing at the Uganda media Center.

“I would like to congratulate all those individuals that got nominated for the various leadership positions. In a special way, I would like to thank those candidates that managed to abide with the existing COVID-19 guidelines especially regarding crowd control,” she said.

She revealed that they have observed that some of those who got nominated immediately took to the campaign trail addressing crowds and holding processions.

“First I would like to inform all candidates and the general public that it is not yet time for campaigning,” said Nabakooba.

She noted that the Electoral Commission (EC) is currently working on a campaign road map that will act as a guide for all candidates.

“The campaign road map is expected to be released soon and candidates are therefore advised to wait for guidance from Electoral Commission,” she said.

The minister further noted that everyone is aware that these elections are being guided by the existing COVID-19 guidelines.

“The guidelines strictly outlaw any activity that brings together crowds.
Most of the activities such as open public campaigns and processions are not acceptable,”

Nabakooba called upon all leaders to lead by example and avoid situations that put people’s lives at risk.

“We must all understand that Uganda has surpassed the 10,000 mark in terms of confirmed cases. Currently our total stands at 10,334 cases and 96 deaths,” she emphasised.

She urged everyon to take a personal decision and say no to COVID-19.

“Let us keep safe and be responsible citizens as we wait for the Electoral Commission to officially announce the campaign dates and program.”