Chelsea beat Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final

Chelsea beat Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final thanks to Hakim Ziyech’s second-half winning goal
The Moroccan tapped home after Timo Werner’s cutback to end Pep Guardiola’s hopes of a quadruple
The Blues had the better of the chances with Ziyech and Christian Pulisic having goals disallowed for offside
Guardiola’s City barely tested Kepa Arrizabalaga in an off-colour day for the current Premier League leaders

The dream of the quadruple may not have been Pep Guardiola’s but the closer Manchester City got to it, the more precious it had started to seem. The more fragile it had seemed, too.

And the more obvious it had become that all it would take to destroy the prospect of an unprecedented achievement in English football was one bad day. And Saturday happened to be City’s bad day.

Their attempt to become the first English team to win all four major trophies available in a season ended on a cool evening at a near-deserted Wembley when they were outplayed by Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final and defeated by a fine team goal that was finished off by Hakim Ziyech to give the Blues a deserved a 1-0 win.

“We had reached a stage where everything about City’s wonderful season was being seen through the prism of their epic quest. A countdown to immortality has been going on for some time now and it was possible going into this game that nine more victories could have taken City to the quadruple. That countdown, too, has come to an end.

Greater prizes than the grand old competition of our game still await for City and the disappointment of this loss will fade into insignificance if they can beat PSG in their Champions League semi-final and lift Europe’s biggest club prize in Istanbul on May 29. That is the big one, the one they have never won, the one that opens the door to membership of Europe’s elite in a way that all their money never can.

Their hopes of doing that may have been damaged at Wembley, too. Early in the second half, their best player, Kevin de Bruyne, appeared to twist his ankle in a challenge with N’Golo Kante and was replaced straight away by Phil Foden. City are a team packed with sublime talents but if they are missing De Bruyne for those matches against PSG, they will not feel as optimistic of reaching the final.
They are still hot favourites to win the Premier League title, of course, and they face Spurs in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley next Sunday; so their season is still alive with possibility and promise. The pursuit of four trophies meant that Guardiola had to rotate his squad more and more and his team on Saturday did not rise to the challenge. This semi-final was one game too far.

This was a big victory for Chelsea and the most important triumph yet for Tuchel after he took over from Frank Lampard earlier this season. Chelsea have been on a formidable run since his appointment and they thoroughly deserved this win. Tuchel said in the build-up to the match that Chelsea would hunt City down from the start of next season. They started the chase early.

Chelsea were the better team right from the start. Their passing was more crisp and confident and their movement asked more questions of the opposing defence. One small sign of City’s frustration came in the first few minutes when Fernandinho tangled with Mason Mount and appeared to stamp on him as he lay on the ground. Fernandinho was lucky Mount did not seek to make more of the incident.

Chelsea got better and better as the half wore on and they should have taken the lead after 19 minutes. Hakim Ziyech took the ball on the half turn in midfield and drilled a fine pass out to Reece James on the right. James picked out Ben Chilwell perfectly at the back post and the ball fell invitingly on to his favoured left foot. Chilwell is a fine striker of the ball but he mishit this one and it trickled tamely wide of the post.

City have been so good this season and their squad is so deep that it is difficult to know what their best team is but the longer the half went on, the more obvious it became that this was not it. Ilkay Gundogan and Foden would be in City’s best eleven. So would Ederson but Guardiola had made eight changes from the team that beat Borussia Dortmund last week and it showed.
It was still a strong line-up, of course, and City started to come into the game more towards the end of the first half but it is obvious that Raheem Sterling is struggling for form at the moment and too often, he was snuffed out by Kante and Cesar Azpilicueta. Ferran Torres laboured to make any kind of impact, too. He has had a solid first season at the Etihad but nothing more.

The second half was less than two minutes old when City received a potentially grievous blow. De Bruyne was being harassed by Kante near the touchline when he appeared to tread awkwardly and twist his ankle. He grimaced and kicked the ball away and a few seconds later, he sat down on the turf in a gesture of resigned surrender. He was replaced by Foden.

A few minutes later, City went behind and few outside of Manchester could begrudge them the lead. It was a finely crafted goal, too. Mount started the move inside his own half and when Timo Werner made a fine run behind the City defence, Mount found him with a perfectly weighted pass and he ran in on goal.

Werner’s pace took him clear and he saw Ziyech sprinting through the middle. Werner crossed the ball towards him and even though it was slightly behind him, Ziyech was able to check his run and hook the ball into the net with his left foot. It was the goal that Chelsea’s play deserved.

Four minutes later, Chelsea should have gone further ahead. Mount drove a brilliant ball forward towards Ziyech and when Ruben Dias stretched to try to intercept it as it fell over his shoulder, he missed it. Ziyech tried to prod his shot past Zack Steffen with his right foot but it was too close to the goalkeeper and he blocked it with his legs.

As the game wore on and City pressed increasingly desperately for an equaliser, they left gaps at the back for Chelsea to exploit and Werner came close to adding to their lead. He sprinted clear of City’s defence from deep inside his own half and even though he managed to dribble around Benjamin Mendy, his left foot shot was too weak to evade Steffen.

City appealed in vain for a penalty for handball in the closing minutes before they ran out of time. One dream has ended but the pursuit of others is about to gather pace.
Chelsea make it to the 2021 FA Cup final, where they’ll play either Leicester City or Southampton, which sides face off in the oher semis on Sunday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip lays to rest

Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday bid farewell to her late husband, Prince Philip, at a royal funeral like no other, restricted by coronavirus rules but reflecting his long life of military and public service.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 at age 100, was interred in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle after a 50-minute service attended by just 30 guests.

The Queen, 94, seen for the first time since his death, sat alone dressed in mourning black, with a white-trimmed, black face mask. Close family, also masked, sat socially distanced in the historic 15th-century Gothic chapel.

Philip -described by royals as “the grandfather of the nation” – was Britain’s longest-serving royal consort and was married to the Queen for 73 years.

He was an almost constant presence at her side during her record-breaking reign that began in 1952 as Britain rebuilt from World War II, and as its global empire began to unravel.

His death, which the family said had left a “huge void” in the Queen’s life, has robbed of her of the man she called her “strength and stay” and closes a remarkable chapter for Britain’s most famous family, and in the country’s history.

The last high-profile funeral of a senior royal was for the Queen’s mother, who died in 2002, aged 101.

But unlike then, when more than one million people thronged outside Westminster Abbey in central London to watch the sombre pageant, the public was noticeably absent from Saturday’s ceremony.

The coronavirus pandemic forced hasty revisions to the well-rehearsed plans for the duke’s death, code-named “Operation Forth Bridge”, stripping back public elements to prevent large crowds from gathering.

Government guidelines limited the number of mourners and a quartet performed hymns the duke chose himself in a barren nave stripped of seating.

Bottles of hand sanitiser was seen among the floral tributes inside.

The intimate, ceremonial funeral from behind the stately castle walls was broadcast live on television to millions across Britain and the world.

A military gun was fired to signal a minute’s silence when his coffin arrived at the chapel on a bespoke Land Rover he designed himself.

The coffin was draped in his standard and topped by a wreath of white roses and lilies from the Queen as well as his naval cap and ceremonial sword.

Across Britain — on the streets, in shops, railway stations and at sporting events — people bowed their heads with respect. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, dressed in black, observed the silence at his country retreat, Chequers.

Flights in an out of nearby Heathrow Airport were stopped for the duration of the ceremony. 

Ieuan Jones, 37, travelled to Windsor from his home in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, and called Philip “a strong man, a true hero (who) did so much for this country and the royal family”.

“It’s really a shame that because of the pandemic we can’t pay a wider tribute to the exceptional man he was,” he told media. 

Despite the restrictions, the stripped-down sendoff for the former Royal Navy commander still combined centuries of royal protocol with pomp, pageantry — and military precision.

Members of the British armed forces, in formal dress, lined the procession route, heads bowed, as the cortege passed, as a minute gun rang out across the grounds and a bell tolled. 

Philip’s grandsons William, 39, and Harry, 36, joined the procession, in their first public meeting since a reported falling out about Harry’s shock move to California, and his stinging criticism of royal life, including racism in the family.

Harry had to quarantine when he arrived back in Britain for the first time since his move to the United States with his wife, Meghan, last year.

The pair, who as young boys walked behind the coffin of their mother, princess Diana, in 1997, were separated by their cousin, Anne’s son Peter Phillips, 43.

They were later seen chatting as they left the chapel with William’s wife, Kate.

The religious service was a simple affair, reflecting the wishes of the straight-talking duke, who was known for his aversion to “fuss”. 

In keeping with his wishes, there was no sermon, but the service reflected his love of the sea, and long association with the Royal Navy, including hymns and Bible readings. 

The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, paid tribute to his “kindness, humour and humanity”, and devotion to the Queen, who turns 95 next week and is in the twilight of her reign.

“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith,” he said. 

The Queen, who had been escorted to the chapel by a lady-in-waiting in the royal Bentley, watched from the chapel choir as her husband’s was lowered steadily into the Royal Vault by electric motor.

The Pipe Major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland played a lament, and buglers of the Royal Marines sounded The Last Post. 

When the Queen dies, he will be transferred to lie alongside her in the King George VI memorial chapel, which houses the remains of her father, George VI, her mother, also called Elizabeth, and the ashes of her younger sister, Margaret.

The funeral comes after eight days of public mourning for the duke, which has seen the Union Jack flown at half-mast, and a virtual halt in official government business. 

It has also brought renewed focus on the central place of the royals in British life and culture, with the ageing Queen and Prince Philip symbolic of another age. 

At Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s central London home, Cardiff-born chef Santosh Singh laid purple tulips to mark the end of an era.

“I love the royals. I think they’re amazing… It’s sad because in time, all this will change,” the 57-year-old said.

Pollsters You Gov in March found that while 63 percent of the public supported the monarchy, only 37 percent of those aged 18-24 wanted it to continue. 

Of them, 42 percent said they would prefer an elected head of state. 

Yet Prince Philip’s death commanded a flood of tributes from across Britain and around the world, including from the remote Pacific island of Vanuatu, where he is revered as a god. 

One of his lasting legacies will be the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) scheme for young people, which was set up in 1956 and now operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Some 6.7 million young people in the UK have taken part. His youngest son, Edward, Earl of Wessex, has assumed a greater role in the organisation, of which he is a trustee. 

He will become Duke of Edinburgh when the Queen dies.

St. Lawrence University wins Beach Soccer league

Action between St. Lawrence BSC and Entebbe Sharks BSC (Photo/UBSA Media)

St. Lawrence successfully claims the Uganda National Beach Soccer League 2020/ 2021 season played at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Right from onset St. Lawrence were dominant and managed to win 8 of the 9 games played to garner 27 points, five ahead of second placed Buganda Royal BSC.

The 2021 League witnessed six teams taking part and all games played at the newly commissioned Beach Soccer Facility at the FUFA Technical Centre.

This is the third time that St. Lawrence are winning the League following 2013 and 2019.

Awards

Champions – St. Lawrence University BSC

MVP – Ambrose Kigozi (Buganda Royal BSC)

Top Scorer – Swalleh Ssimbwa (St. Lawrence BSC, 30 goals)

Best Goalkeeper – Ronald Mutebi (St. Lawrence BSC)

Coach of the Tournament – Davis Nnono (St. Lawrence BSC)

Fair Play Award –Adam Kato (MUBS BSC)

Best V of the tournament

Ronald Mutebi (St. Lawrence BSC)

 Davis Kasujja (MUBS BSC)

Rica Byaruhanga (St. Lawrence BSC)

Ambrose Kigozi (Buganda Royal BSC)

Swalleh Ssimbwa (St. Lawrence BSC).

Former FUFA V/P Mujib Kasule enters race for presidency

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations – Fufa 2021 General Elections might miraculously overshadow the recently concluded mainstream polls – judging by the ‘weight’ of citizens – willing to tussle it out with the incumbent, Eng. Moses Magogo.

Magogo – officially declared last week that he would seek for a third term to extend his leadership journey as Fufa president that started in 2013 – which in itself was just an addition because he was took over from St. Mary’s SS director, Lawrence Mulindwa – who he had deputized for several years.

Eng. Magogo, who now doubles as MP (representing Budiope East)’s declaration triggered off other
Ugandans to express interest in the top seat Fufa. One of such –Allan Ssewanyana – the Makindye West MP – who failed to make to the ballot paper in the last elections due to technicalities – best known in the corridors of the Mengo establishment, and may resurface in the August polls.

While Ssewanyana may not pose a big threat to the incumbency, one of Proline FC’s directors – Mujib Kasule carries all signs of intimidation because of his experience in football leadership, dating back to his high school days at Kibuli SS.

Kasule declared his candidature on Tuesday at McKinnon Suites – Kampala during a press briefing, where he highlighted his plans. Kasule wants a professional board to manage women football and the Big League – the country’s second flight top competition; an immediate Ugx500m investment into the Big League and Ugx300m into women. Kasule believes that Fufa can afford to give Ugx100m each of the 16 Uganda Premier League clubs a season as each of the eight regions of Fufa receive Ugx125m for grassroots development.

“I announce that I will stand for Fufa presidency in the coming elections,” noted Kasule, adding: “I am going to participate in this political football season, I have offered myself to lead the struggle.”

Kasule formerly played for KCC FC and the national team; established Proline academy before – later on – serving as one of vice presidents of Fufa under the Mulindwa administration.

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga found dead in his house

The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has died at the age of 68, the Catholic Church has said. 
He was reportedly found dead in his house this morning.

“With deep sorrow, I hereby informing you that our beloved Shepherd, the Archibishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has been called to the House of the Lord. The Archbishop was found dead in his room this morning.

We pray that the Almighty God may grant him eternal rest,” said Fr Pius Male Ssentumbwe in a statement released on Saturday afternoon.

“Further arrangements will be communicated later,” he added.

Dr Lwanga was last seen in public yesterday (April 2, 2021) as he particited in the homily of Good Friday celebrations together with his Church of Uganda counterpart Archbishop Steven Samuel Kazimba mugalu, he also presided over the Chrism Mass at Lubaga Cathedral on Thursday.

Dr. Kizito Lwanga in black with Dr. Kazimba
during the holly cross celebration yesterday (Photo Courtesy)

Born in January 1953, Dr Lwanga was appointed as Archbishop of Kampala on August 19, 2006.

Lwanga attended Kyabakadde Primary School there after he joined Nyenga Seminary in 1964. Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in present-day Kalungu District. He then studied Theology at Ggaba National major Seminary, in Kampala.

In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, were he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration. Later, he studied at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where in 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.

He was ordained a priest on April 8, 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga. He served as a priest of Kampala Archdiocese until November 30, 1996.
He was appointed first bishop of the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero on November 30, 1996 and consecrated bishop on March 1, 1997 at Kasana-Luweero, by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Bishop Joseph Bernard Louis Willigers, Bishop of Jinja and Bishop Paul Lokiru Kalanda, Bishop of Fort Portal.

During a sermon on Good Friday in April 2018, Dr Lwanga revealed that his life had been threatened by an anonymous caller who claimed the state had received information linking him to a plot to overthrow the government.

The caller reportedly told him that government had recruited informants within the church’s ‘set up’- who had surrendered information to the president on the alleged plot.

In December last year, the Archbishop was in the spotlight for calling for postponement of January 2021 elections.

Addressing journalists in Kampala, Dr Lwanga who appeared with some members of the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) which he chaired suggested that the presidential elections be postponed for three years to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“I call upon all of you to stop telling lies. Stop misleading our president. Mr President we love you very much and that is why we have been electing you. These people are your enemies. They’re going to make you fail because your mind is poisoned and you act on such information.

Uganda Cranes lost to Malawi to miss out of AFCON 2021 finals

Uganda Cranes players sing the national anthem (Photo/FUFA Media)

AFCON 2021 Qualifiers (Group B):

Malawi Flames 1-0 Uganda Cranes

Uganda Cranes have failed to qualify for AFCON 2021 after a 1-0 loss away to Malawi in the final qualifier match played in Blantyre.

The result implies that Malawi national football team (Flames) has made the grade for the third Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals ever, first since 2010.

This feat came at the expense of Uganda Cranes who lost 1-0 to the Flames at the Kamuzu stadium in Blantyre city on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Richard Mbulu’s diving header on the quarter hour mark inspired Malawi to the much needed victory as they qualify for continental footballing fiesta after the 1984 and 2010 appearences.

Mbulu’s header inside the goal area came after Robin Ngalande released roving right back Stanley Sanudi on the far right flank.

Sanudi then executed a decent cross that a diving Mbulu nodded home past goalkeeper Denis Onyango.

Uganda Cranes had a penalty appeal in the 28th minute when Emmanuel Arnold Okwi was brought down in the goal area.

This was however turned down by the Mozambiquan referee.

Uganda Cranes lost defender Brian Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu through injury.

His place to partner Murushid Juuko in central defence was taken by the Uganda U-20 captain Garvin Kizito Mugweri towards the end of the opening half for his senior debut.

Ten minutes into the second half, Uganda Cranes technical team made a double change.

Midfielder Tadeo Lwanga and Allan Okello were brought on for Mike Azira and Faruku Miya respectively.

Stanley Sanudi hit the wood-work with a venomous shot from 30 yards as Malawi surged forward.

On the hour mark, Vipers’ striker Yunus Ssentamu was introduced for club-mate Ibrahim Orit.

The hosts called for their first change when Rafiq Namwera was introduced for Mzava Limbaikani in the 68th minute.

With 20 minutes left on the clock, defender Kizito was cautioned for a foul outside the goal area.

Uganda Cranes desperately attacked the Malawi backline but to no chance was allowed as they held onto a solid defensive display.

Malawi joins West Africans Burkina Faso as the two successful countries from group B to the 2021 AFCON finals that will be hosted by Cameroon in January 2022.

Team Line Ups:

Malawi XI:

Earnest Kakhobwe, Stanley Sanudi, Charles Petro, Richard Mbulu, Alfred Manyozo Junior, Precious Sambani, Peter Banda, Robin Ngalande, John Banda, Revison Maganizo, Mzava Limbaikani

Subs: 

Brighton Munthali, Peter Cholopi, Chikoti Chirwa, Vincent Nyasulu, Chimwemwe Idana, Frank Gabadihno, Rafiq  Namwera, Kaira Chimango, Francisco Madinga, Mhone Micium.

Uganda Cranes XI: 

Denis Onyango (Goalkeeper & Captain), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Ronald Brian Mukiibi Ddungu, Murushid Juuko, Mike Azira, Moses Waiswa, Ibrahim Orit, Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Mustafa Kizza

Changes:

44’ debutant Garvin Kizito Mugweri in for injured Ronald Brian Mukiibi Ddungu

55’ Tadeo Lwanga in for Mike Azira

55’ Allan Okello in for Faruku Miya

60’ Yunus Ssentamu in for Ibrahim Orit

Subs Not Used: Salim Jamal (G.K), Charles Lukwago (G.K), William Luwagga Kizito, Daniel Isiagi Opolot, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Allan Kyambadde, Abdul Lumala

FUFA to elect new leadership on August 31 as per the Road Map Released

  • The 2021 FUFA Electoral road map was released by the Chairman
  • Exercise to start with Civic education for Presiding Officers
  • Elections will be held at the DFAs and Regional levels
  • There will be polls for the 8 Special Interest Groups
  • Election of FUFA President and the Executive Committee will be conducted as per the FUFA Statutes before or on 31st August

The FUFA Electoral Committee has on Thursday issued the road map for the forthcoming 2021 FUFA elections.

The road map was released by the FUFA Electoral Committee Chairman, Mathias Bwire alongside his Vice Joram Katende, Committee Members Ritah Aliguma and Richard Mpaka in the presence of FUFA Legal Manager, Dennis Lukambi who represented the FUFA CEO Edgar Watson.

According to the road map, the Electoral activities will run between 25th March to the day the FUFA President and Executive is elected before or on 31st August 2021.

It should be noted that the FUFA President and Executive must be elected by by 31st August as per FUFA Statutes.

We have started the FUFA Electoral exercise by releasing the road map today. There are several activities lined up including Civic education, display of registers, nomination process, election and declaration of results from the District Football Associations (DFAs), Regional Football Associations (RFA) to the FUFA Executive Committee’ confirmed Bwire.

Lukambi indicated that the FUFA Electoral road map and the entire process was approved by FIFA.

‘The elections will be guided by the FUFA Statutes , Electoral Code and Guidelines. The FUFA Statutes and Electoral Code were approved by FIFA and given the greenlight within which elections should proceed’ stated Lukambi-the FIFA trained football Lawyer.

The FUFA Legal Manager further stipulated that the process will be free, fair and whoever is eligible will take part in the process.

‘The grassroot process has started and whoever is eligible and interested in activities of the game is welcome at any electoral position if they meet the set standards’ added Lukambi.

Note:

The FUFA Executive Committee must at least has two Female Members.

Of the 6 delegates that will represent each one of the 8 Regions of FUFA, one of them must be Female.

The Ordinary FUFA General Assembly is the Supreme and Legislative body of football in Uganda.

FUFA has 34 Members represented by 88 Delegates in the Assembly

Cranes seek for maximum points against the Stallions to qualify

It is full house in the Uganda Cranes camp after four players joined the team on Tuesday to bring the total to 29. These include skipper Denis Onyango and the Israel-based trio of William Luwagga Kizito, Fahad Bayo and Timothy Awany.

Onyango arrived on Tuesday morning and immediately joined the rest of the players who were conducting last training at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

Coach Mubiru is unfazed with the late arrival of the senior members of the squad and indicates he has been in constant communication with them.

“We expected this. Most of them had games at their respective clubs on Sunday and that explains their late arrival. But we have been in constant communication with not only Onyango but even William Luwagga Kizito, Fahad Bayo and Timothy Awany who have also arrived today.”

The coach indicates that the team is in perfect shape for Wednesday’s encounter and aiming at getting maximum points.

“Everything we have tried to work on has been successful. The team is in good spirit, the players have been complying and responding well. Everyone is ready to face the task ahead of us. We are hoping for the best result in tomorrow’s game.

Mubiru insists that that game is not about him as an individual but rather an opportunity for Uganda to seal qualification to next year’s AFCON in Cameroon.

I don’t want to be selfish for this game to be entirely about me as a person. It is important for all of as a country. It is a dream for every Ugandan to see the team performs well and it will even be more important that we win and brighten our chances of qualifying for the third successive time.

Uganda Cranes Vice Captain Emmanuel Okwi indicates that the players are ready to fight for maximum results tomorrow.

We know how important the game is. We are prepared as players and ready to fight for the best result against Burkina Faso. The preparations have been smooth; the coaches have done their best to make sure we are in fine shape.

The Cranes will wind up their group matches with an away fixture against the Flames in Lilongwe on March 29.

Fufa has issued a statement through communications director Ahmed Hussein stating Uganda Airlines will fly the team on one of its Bombardiers for the away match against the Flames in Lilongwe.

“The team will fly out on March 28, 2021, aboard Uganda Airlines bombardier. It is important for the national team to travel with a lot of comfort during the current Covid-19 times when you need the entire team to move together for better preparations”Ahmed Hussein cited.

“It should be noted the Uganda Cranes used Bombardier in our away game against Burkina Faso which ended in a barren draw.”Hussein noted.

Players in the camp for the games:

Goalkeepers

Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal, Sudan), Charles Lukwago(KCCA FC-Uganda), Kigonya Mathias ( Azam FC- Tanzania)

Defenders

Kizza Mustapha (DC Montreal- USA), Ronald Mukiibi(Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi, Ashdod, Israel), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC-Uganda), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United, England), Juuko Murushid (Express FC-Uganda), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (SC Villa- Uganda)

Midfielders

Miya Faruku (Konyaspor- Turkey), William Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba- Israel), Waiswa Moses (SupersportUnited-South Africa), Lwanga Taddeo (Simba SC- Tanzania), Michael Azira (New Mexico United-, USA), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Allan Okello (Paradou,Algeria), Lumala Abdu (Pyramids FC- Egypt), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Orit Ibrahim (Vipers SC-Uganda).

Forwards

Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Fahad Bayo (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), KadduPatrick (Youssoufia Berrechid-Tunisia), Sentamu Yunus (Vipers SC-Uganda), Isiagi Daniel (Jomo Cosmos-South Africa).

CAF suspends Chad from international football

Chad were disqualified from 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Monday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said in a statement. 

The move by the Cairo-based organisation follows the unexplained dissolution of the Chadian national football federation by the sports ministry in the central African country.

Chad were already bottom of qualifying Group A.

Namibia and Mali, who were scheduled to play Chad this week in the last two matchdays ahead of the tournament in Cameroon next January, were awarded 3-0 victories.

Mali have already secured a place at the 24-nation finals while Guinea are two points ahead of Namibia in the contest for the other place.

Guinea host Mali in Conakry on Wednesday and a victory will ensure a top-two finish while any other result would keep alive Namibia’s hopes. 

The suspension of Chad will not affect 2022 World Cup qualifying in Africa as they have already been eliminated.

Africa Cup of Nations

Group A

Playing Wednesday

Conakry: Guinea v Mali (1600 GMT)

Sunday

Windhoek: Namibia v Guinea (1300 GMT)

Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points) 

Mali       5 4 1 0 10  3 13 – qualify

Guinea     4 2 2 0  6  3  8

Namibia    5 2 0 3  6  6  6

Chad       6 0 1 5  2 12  1

Note: Group winners and runners-up qualify for finals.

Tanzania president Magufuli is dead

Tanzania’s President John Joseph Pombe Magufuli 61, has died at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, the country’s vice president announced in a televised address on Wednesday. He was 61.

“President John Magufuli died of a heart ailment that he has battled for over 10 years,” Samia Suluhu Hassan said.

She added that the president had been receiving treatment at Mzena hospital since Sunday, and announced 14 days of national mourning.

Hassan is now the acting president of Tanzania. While a date for her swearing-in has not yet been announced, she will be Tanzania’s first female president.

After days of speculation that Magufuli was ill with Covid-19 the country’s Prime Minister dispelled the rumors last week. Magufuli, who usually made weekly public appearances at Sunday church services, had not been seen since February 27, fueling reports that he was ill and was being treated abroad.

Kassim Majaliwa said he was surprised people were questioning the president’s whereabouts, adding that the leader was “fine and continuing with his daily activities,” as he spoke during a Friday prayer session at a mosque in the country’s Njombe region, according to state broadcaster Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.

Magufuli was one of Africa’s most prominent Covid skeptics.

Early on in the pandemic, Magufuli dismissed the seriousness of the Panndemic in his country urging his citizens to “pray coronavirus away,” believing the “satanic virus can’t live in the body of Jesus Christ,” and blaming the growing number of positive cases on faulty test kits.

In June, he claimed his country had eradicated coronavirus “by the grace of God,” questioned the safety of foreign Covid-19 vaccines and made no plan to procure any shots for his country, instead pushing for the use of herbal medicine and steam treatments.

Tanzania hasn’t reported Covid-19 figures since April 2020, prompting the World Health Organization to call for Tanzania to publish data on the coronavirus and ramp up public health measures.

Last month, the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam warned that Covid 19 case had been surging since January.

Magufuli known as “The Bulldozer” for his tough stance against corruption and for his hardline policies, Magufuli swept to victory in October 2015 as Tanzania’s fifth president.

But excitement over Magufuli’s intolerance for corruption was shortlived as he began a clampdown on democracy and critical voices

numerous media outlets, while his government undermined judicial and parliamentary independence, implemented a partial ban on public rallies, harassed MPs, closed online political space, and prosecuted critics under defamation and sedition laws.

In June 2017 Magufuli announced that pregnant students would not be allowed to return to school after giving birth.

“In my administration as the President no pregnant girl will go back to school… she has chosen that of kind life, let her take care of the child,” he said at a public rally in 2017.

As news of the president’s death emerged, opposition leader Zitto Kabwe offered his condolences to Magufuli’s family. “This is an unprecedented moment for our United Republic of Tanzania, and one that will undoubtedly move us all in very personal ways,” the leader of the ACT-Wazalendo party said in a statement. “My immediate thoughts are with Mama Janeth, and the whole family of our deceased President.”

He also offered “blessings, courage and patience” for Hassan. “My fellow Tanzanians, let us continue to pray for patience and understanding. This is a moment to show our maturity and integrity as a nation,” Kabwe added.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of the first world leaders to express their sympathy at the death of Magufuli. “My thoughts are with his loved ones and the people of Tanzania,” he wrote in a post on Twitter.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta paid his respects to Magufuli in a televised address Thursday morning and declared a seven-day period of national mourning in Kenya.

“Africa and the world has lost an illustrious leader whose vision, passion and immense leadership propelled the nation of Tanzania forward… in the passing on of President Magufuli, I have lost a friend, a colleague and a visionary ally whom I worked closely, particularly on our commitment to forge lasting bonds between Kenya and Tanzania,” he said.