Express FC deny URA a return on top

Ten-man Express FC have defeated Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) FC 3-1 in the Ugandan Premier League at Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium, Kampala on Saturday.

Erick Kambale brace and Godfrey Lwesibawa’s strike were enough for Wasswa Bbossa’s boys to reduce the gap between them and leaders Vipers SC to just a point. Stephen Mukwala managed the consolation for the visitors.

The Red Eagles needed just 10 minutes to score their first goal. Charles Musiige was allowed space on the wing and he spotted Lwesibawa in a good position. He crossed the ball towards him and the latter rose highest to head home the opener.

In the 18th minute, the six-time league champions doubled their advantage.

The Tax collectors conceded a free-kick which was taken by Martin Kizza and the unmarked Kambale had no problem heading the ball to the back of the net.

Express continued to push for more goals as their visitors struggled to get it right in the first half.

They were rewarded in the 37th minute when Kizza was fouled in the danger zone, and the referee awarded them a penalty. Kambale stepped up and did not make a mistake from 12-yards to ensure the hosts went to the break with a 3-0 lead.

The Red Eagles were reduced to 10 men in the 54th minute after defender Murushid Juuko made a second bookable offense. 

Five minutes later, URA won a penalty after a foul was committed in the forbidden are and last season’s top scorer Steven Dese Mukwala stepped up to reduce the deficit.

Despite increasing their tempo, the Tax Collectors failed to get another goals to councile the deficit which allowed the hosts bag maximum points. 

In another game played today, Police FC also claimed a 3-0 win away to Kyetume to ensure they remained in the top-five.

Muhamood Hassan scored the Cops’ first goal after 11 minutes and ensured Abdallah Mubiru’s boys lead the game 1-0 at half-time.

After the pause, Ben Ocen converted from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 in favour of the former champions. The third goal came with five minutes to go from Brian Mayanja, who scored from the penalty as well. 

Vipers, URA, Express, KCCA, and Police FC take the first five positions on the log.

George Ssenkaba completes a move to Express FC

Express FC have secured the services of striker George Ssenkaba, he becomes the 17th signing for Express FC in the current transfer window.

Ssenkaba signed a two year deal with the Red Eagles from newly promoted Uganda Premier League side Kitara FC.

His signing was confirmed on Friday afternoon via the club’s official website.

“Express FC have snapped up forward George Ssenkaaba. The pacy front man joins the Red Eagles on a two year deal from newly promoted Uganda Premier League side Kitara FC.” Read part of the club’s official statement.

Ssenkaba joins the likes of Denis Otim, Richard Bbosa, Abel Eturude, Baker Sakah, Isaac Nsengiyunva, Yaya Mahad Kakooza, Kiragga Mustafa, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Cryspus Kusima, Charles Musige, John Byamukama, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Faizo Ssekyanzi and Murushi Juuko as the new players that have joined the Red Eagles ahead of next season.

Uganda vs South Sudan game postponed

Uganda Cranes will no longer face South Sudan in Afcon 2020 Qualifiers this month as the continent football governing body Confederation of African Football(CAF) decided to postpone all games due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

CAF confirmed the development on Friday March 13th 2020, indicating that the decision is part of the measures to cub the spreading of the highly contagious virus which was recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

Over 125000 cases have so far been confirmed globally, causing 4600 deaths.

The Cranes were supposed to play the South Sudan in Mandela National stadium Namboole on the 26th of March before visiting them three days later.

In a statement, the football body said: “As CAF’s top priority remains the health and safety of our stakeholders (Players, Officials, Sponsors, Broadcasters, employees..etc), we have been monitoring closely, together with our Medical committee, the impact of the current Coronavirus crisis and accordingly.

“CAF has decided to postpone the Total Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers scheduled for 25-31 March 2020.”

CAF said a new fixture schedule will be announced as the time goes on.

The cancellation of the games follows after several countries requested for the qualifiers removal.

Meanwhile, several countries across the world have suspended a sporting activities with the EPL, Serie A, Bundesliga, La Liga, French Ligue 1 and all Uefa competitions put on hold for a couple of weeks.

Mandela group holds the first 2020 Dubai desert challenge draw

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6 on plane to Dubai other 48 has a chance .

On Tuesday 10th March 21020, Prince David Wasajja has been present at the first draw of the Dubai desert challenge held at Mandela group of company’s head offices along the Sixth street Industrial Area.

At the same event Mandela group announced their contribution towards Cancer fight with 100/= from each of fuel service customer led them to a total contribution of 1,981,000/= from February participants. A draw saw 6 winning a trip to Dubai as 6 wins full service at free cost.

Mandela group chosen to give 54 of their customer a chance to win a full paid trip to Dubai and having 6 winners today means the other 48 luck customers to win the trip in draws to be held in coming months up to November 2020.

The winners of today were picked from February participants and they will fly to Dubai in May along with those of March and April in a group of 18 winner though the next two trips shall take place in August and November.

After the Draws chief guest Prince David Wasajja has Argued all companies to adapt from Mandela group of company in giving back to the community and hailed the friendship between Mandela group and Buganda Kingdom “Indeed Mandela group of company has proved to be a good friend of the Kingdom, they have sided with us in good and bad times even before and after Mandela’s times as a minister in Mengo government, Besides that Mandela group has been vital in laying support to the poor in our community, they have built schools, Churches and Mosques for sure they have contributed to the community growth and the growth of sports industry.

“I argue all companies to in supporting the poor and in sponsoring sports. Because sports growth depends on sponsorship” The participants are are advantaged with buying Mandela group of company products. Winners list Trip Spare parts category Next Motor Garage. Taxi service category Baberaho Tyres category David Muya Drive in service category

ANOCA president hails Blick

Association National Olympic committee of Africa Mustapha Garafa has hails hailed to contribution made by Uganda Olympics committee president William Blick towards World Olympics movement. In a press briefing which was set in lines with the 55th ANOCA Meeting held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala on 9th March 2020. Garafa handed over the ANOCA Medal of Merit in appreciation of Blick’s Olympics contributions

“Uganda is one of the best Olympic country in Africa in terms of event organizing, administrative handling and in other Olympic matters. I appreciate Blick for the contributions he made in regards of Olympics sports” Garafa said.

Blick who also a member of International Olympics committee is in his last year of his term and he made a tremendous job for Olympics committee to live a route to be followed by his Successor

“I am glad to see this, I started this journey in late 90 now is over 20 years, we efforts doesn’t go for nothing I proud to receive this medal.

“We have done good job I am happy that in the last year of my term we have hosted the ANOCA meeting, I managed to reach IOC membership level, to any who will take over from will have somewhere to start from” Blick is the first person to receive this kind of medal.

SLAU crashes YMCA in a 5 goal thriller match

We lost because of immaturity: YMCA sports tutor says.

Today 3rd March 2020 YMCA comprehensive has has lost the second attempt of the university football league to St Lawrence. Isaaya Sabiti scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute to kept St Lawrence perfect after two games this season.

St Lawrence has reached six points to remain on top of group D having registered a 4-1 win over Bishop Stuart in their opener.

Whereas YMCA started the season by defeating MUBs 2-1 which kept them in the second place of group D.

While speaking on today’s loss Lutwama Julius a sports tutor at Wandegeya based Institute has posted the loss to lack of maturity in their players “indeed we have played well our players are still young that is what they have bettered to us.

“It is still a young team and I am sure we will keep improving game by game” Tomorrow 4th March, the league shall commence with a game in group E as Bugema university playing at home against Gulu university.

Heavy rainfall affects SLUA’s last training as they prepare for YMCA

SLAU head coach Devis Ssozi Nono during a press conference(Photo/File)

Last season finalist St Lawrence university are set to face YMCA at Buwambo on Wednesday 3rd March but they couldn’t go to last minute of there final preparation of the game.

The University head coach Devis Nono confirmed the affections led by heavy rainfall. Despite that the tactician has shown the readiness of his team to handle YMCA though they to miss the services of Frank Nsubuga, Tabu Oryem and Umar Kakembo who will go for last assessment.

“My team is ready though our last training got affected by heavy rainfall but we can handle them, I know they are a very good team, they are aggressive but we will handle them our way” St Lawrence university is proposed to be the most entertaining team in the University football league and they seek their captain Ibrahim Kasule aka Owen Baba to lift the to a second win of the season in two games.

This is a good time for YMCA to revenge to what happened to them last season when SLAU eliminated them from the championship on quarter final round.

St Lawrence are on top of group D since they defeated Bishop Stuart 4-1 in the season opener while YMCA won their last game against Makerere University business school(MUBS) 2-1 in their season opener and they sit second behind SLAU.

Kabale University remains perfect start

Kabale University remains perfect after two matches of their debut season.

Niwagaba Peter scored the late winner a second win in two matches for debutant Kabale university.

Kabale handed fellow debutant University of Kisubi a second loss in two games also. The game ended 2-1 was played at Kisubi on Sunday 1st March 2020 with Muyambi Devis scoring a header in the 12th minute for Kabale’s Opener.

UNIK equalized through Prince Aryatuha own goal when he connect Turyamureba Williams fantastic cross which followed a very beautiful buildup with 80 minutes counting on o’clock. Niwagaba’s winning goal arrived in the 88th minute of the game to send Kabale on top of group A with 6 points.

University of Kisubi has been in hands of Karl Baijahe Charlse due to the sent off of the their head coach Kabonge Allan when they were losing their first match to MUST 2-1 in Mbarara.

While speaking on the second loss Karl posted it to immaturity of his team “For sure when we got a late equalizer I thought that a point was fine since we are still building but a lot of immaturity in our players that costed us, I am going to back and work on that because it is something which can appear for teams which are just starting” Where as Kabale university tactician Nsubuga Farouk has got surprised by the performance of University of Kisubi

“when you compare what they played against MUST and what they played to today you will realize a lot of improvement,That means the league is getting more competitive.

“I thank God for today’s win now we on top of the group but it is still a lot to do. We have to remain focused to win our matches that to come so that we can qualify for the quarterfinals” Kabale university defeated 2018 champions Kyambogo 1-0 in their opening match.

The league shall commence on Wednesday 4th March 2020 as YMCA playing against last years finalist St Lawrence in Buwambo.

Elimu inspires IUEA to a second successive win.

Elimu Daniel has bagged in brace in First half to lift up International University of East Africa for a second in their history of Pepsi University football league.

The Kansanga based University has defeated Busitema University 3-2 in game played at Busitema. Otim Geoffrey scored in the 13th minute of the game to give Busitema university a lead but it couldn’t last long after Elimu scoring just two minutes latter. Elimu completed his brace in 26th minute of the game to give IUEA a 2-1 lead at half time. In the 72nd minute IUEA extended the lead through Abraham Shadier before Busitema’s 78th consolation scored by Sanya Vincent.

IUEA registered their first ever Pepsi University football league win defeating Kampala university 2-1 after a full season since they joined the league in 2019.

A win over Busitema helps IUEA to move to the top of group C with 6 points, Busitema standing second with 3 points as Kampala university and Uganda martyrs University in third and fourth respectively.

The league shall go on over the weekend in group A with Kyambogo University hosting Mbarara University of science and Technology on Saturday while University of Kisubi will be hosting Kabale University on Sunday.

Uganda Cup round of 16 draws held

Only six UPL teams have been drawn to fellow league clubs that make three all Uganda Premier League team fixtures in the Uganda Cup round of 16.

This was confirmed on Wednesday as the at FUFA House in Mengo when FUFA competitions department conducted the draws

Nine-time winners SC Villa have been drawn to a fellow UPL club Mbarara City FC in fixture will be played at SC Villa’s home.

The second UPL clubs tie will be between Kyetume FC against Maroons FC with Kyetume playing at home, while the third all top flight clubs fixtures will see URA FC hosting Wakiso Giants FC.

Record winners KCCA FC have been drawn to face Big League side Dove FC, whereas Tooro United will be at home to Kitara FC.

Free Stars, the only side playing outside both the Uganda Premier League and Big League-remaining, will face a difficult away trip to Kataka FC.

Proline FC are the defending champions of the competition having defeated Bright Stars on penalties in last year’s final.

KCCA FC and Express are the record winners of the competition having won it on 10 previous occasions each.

Round of 16 matches are expected to be played between 10th – 15th March 2020

The complete Uganda Cup round of 16 draw

-Kyetume FC Vs Maroons FC
-Kiboga Young Vs Proline FC
-Kataka FC Vs Free Stars FC
-Tooro United Vs Kitara FC
-URA FC Vs Wakiso Giants
-SC Villa Vs Mbarara City FC