Uganda Cranes coach, Jonathan Mckinstry sacked

Jonathan Mckinstry says it has been a pleasure for him to work with dedicated staffs and players to develop the Uganda cranes since he joined the national team in 2019.

On Monday it was announced that FUFA and Mckinstry had reached an agreement to bring the Northern Irishman’s contract to an end after just 18 months.

Mckinstry who has been in charge of the national football team, the Uganda Cranes since September 2019 had signed athree- year contract that still had a running period of 17 months.

Mckinstry released a statement responding to his sacking on monday afternoon on his website.

“I have today reached an agreement with FUFA to bring to an end my role as head coach of the Uganda men’s national football team”, reads a statement from Mckinstry.

It has been my pleasure to work with dedicated staff and players to develop the Uganda cranescranes since 2019 a period that saw us win 2 in every 3 game,recording 67% win rate including 12 wins , 3 draws and 3 defeats across our time together.

“It was particularly rewarding to lead Uganda to victory in the CECAFA challenge cup 2019 by winning all of our game something which has only been achieved once before by Uganda in their history .

” My thanks also to the wider football fraternity in Uganda in Uganda for their support ever the last 18 months , and to the player and efforts during our time together .

“I wish both FuFA and the Uganda cranes the very best in seeking to move forward.

During his 18 month stay as the head coach , Mckinstry was in charge of 18 games winning 12 drawing and losing thrice each.

At the start of last month , he was asked by FUFA to step aside from his role for one month and Abdalah Mubiru and Livingstone Mbabazi were appointed as interim coaches ahead of the just concluded cranes failed AFCON 2021/qualification campaign.

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.

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.

Allan Ssewanyana enters race for FUFA presidency

The member ofParliament of Makindye East,Chairman for Katwe FC and shadow minister of sports in parliament, enters the race for FUFA presidency.

Allan Ssewanyana also participated in the 2017 ,but his supporters were locked out and limit Allan to became the president of FUFA.

Allan Ssewanyana , at his office at Makindye today Monday 12th,April 2021, while addressed the media, confirmed his readiness.

“I am presenting myself as a candidate for the position of FUFA president at the next general assembly, we must make football an enjoyable environment for every stakeholder including myself, players,investors, coaches, sponsors, media and fans”, Allan confirmed his readiness to stand for the presidency for FUFA.

“You are all aware that I petitioned FIFA in May 2017 about Mr. Mose Magogo’s illegal resale of 2014 World cup tickets and investigations were opened against him on 23rd July 2018.

Magogo entered a plea bargain under Article 67 parpar.I of the FIFA code of Ethics statutes, this means that he pleaded guilty and entered a deal with FIFA for the purposes of obtaining a lenient sentence from FIFA”, Allan added.

Magogo fined ugx 37000,000 (CHF 10,000) and was banned from taking part in any kind of Football related activities at National and international level for two months.

Allan flunked by his lawyer Allan Mulindwa who is a sports lawyer and lover of the growth of the game just like him.

Before 10th December 2019, Mr. Magogo Moses defied the ban by attending a match at Mandela National stadium between Uganda cranes (2-0) win over Malawi .Through my lawyer Allan Mulindwa , I petitioned FIFA again and the matter went under investigations by FIFA through their correspondences and we are waiting for their decision.

However, Mulindwa Associates & CO . Advocates, I also locally petitioned the minister of Education and sports Hon Janet Muswveni .K who ordered the inspector General of government to investigate MR .Magogo Moses for re- sale of tickets.

Accountability is to report to those you are responsible to and for. Mr.Magogo has not in any way reported to those he is responsible to such as government, tax paywea while at the same time the footballers and administrators have suffered same fate.Thus means the FUFA’s system is not transparent and laws or statuses are only made to close out any possible challenges to presidency or accountability.

Over the years the National Council of Sports Regulations qeew not made to streamline registration , operations, structures and conduct of FUFA and other sports associations which created legal a lacuna and power strive in FUFA which administration was inherited by Magogo in 2013.

Government passed the regulations in 2014 which Magogo’s administration fought because they were harmonizing football and conduct of FUFA and thus led to civil cases in courts of law over legality of the establishment of FUFA and its legal registration.

But up to now, Magogo as a leader has failed to stir FUFA ahead out of these turbulent legal battles because he represents his interests and not those of the game and or FUFA.

Kakooza recognises the best footballer of march, as Real stars outstanding sports scribes.

The Uganda’s Hippos and Police’s seed one Derrick Kakooza, crown the best footballer of the month of march 2021 of Fortebet Real stars Sports monthly awards at Route 256 restaurant, Lugogo.

Kakooza scored a hat trick during the semifinals against Tunisia as Hippos slash 4-1 victory before he clinched the eventual man of the match award.

Derrick beats the UPL leading soccer Steven Mukwala of URA and KCCA forward Sadat Anaku.

Kakooza flanked by his father Charles Sempijja and agent Solo Kayemba, the exciting by the recognition.

“Am really very happy and excited, the U20 competition is my best memorable moment in my life and am going to work hard because I want to win the Balando”.

Real sports investments , today excellent warded in four sports disciplines namely football, Netball, Rugby and golf.

In Netball, Joan Nampungu Scooped the gong on account of her wonderful exploits during the recently concluded spar challenge Tri -Nations series that took place in cape Town, South Africa.

Joan was vote the best defender in spar challenge she beat Irene Eyaru who clinched the best shooter accolade and shafie Nalwanja.

In golf, Irene Nakalembe beats Joseph Cwinya-ai and Martha Babirye.

However, in Rugby Maxwell Ebong beats KOBS duo Justin Kimono an Pius Ogena.

The awards are sponsred by Fortebet, Jude Colour solutions and Canaan investments.

Although ,this awards will create the competition among the competitors and the the organisers are ready to extend to East Africa, Africa and to get more sponsors , in order to double the cash prize cash of the winners.

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.

Molly Byekwaso replaces Mike Mutebi at KCCA FC

Kampala Capital city Authority (KCCA) FC have parted ways with manager Mike Hillary Mutebi.

The development was confirmed on Monday evening by the board secretary in press release circulated by the club shows Mutebi’s five year stint has came to an end.

“KCCA FC and the Manager Mike Hillary Mutebi have today, the 29th of march 2021 agreed by mutual consent to terminate his employment with immediate effect”, part of the release read.

Mike Mutebi leaves the club as the most successful manager in the club’s history after guarding them to three league titles, two Uganda cup titles four FUFA super cup and one CECAFA clubs cup in his five years at the club.

The club has further also confirmed the appointment of Morley Byekwaso as interim first team manager.

Byekwaso has been Mutebi’s assistant for the past three years and was the head of the Uganda Hippos team that performed miracles at the U20 AFCON finals in Mauritania.

KCCA sits fourth on the log with 27 points garnered after the first round of the StarTimes premier league.

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

CAF appoints Mozambique Referees’ to officiate Malawi Vs Uganda game

The Confedderation of African Football (CAF) has a ppointed Mozambique’s do-or die tie AFCON 2021 qualifying match between Uganda Cranes and Malawi in Blantyre on Monday.

Celso Armindo Alvacao will be in the center of the pitch and will be assisted by Arsenio Chadreque Maringule and Olivio Adriano Saimone as the first and second Assistants.

Simoes Bernado Guambe, also from Mozambique has been appointed the fourth offical while Comoro’s Soilihi Msahazi will be the match commissioner.

The Referee Assessor will be Tsothletho Enock Molefe from South Africa while the CIVID- 19 officer is precious Kadzamira from Malawi.

Uganda play Malawi on monday evening in a must win game for the host nation if they are to take part of AFCON 2021.

Uganda cranes sit second on the log in group B with 8 points collected from 5 games and any postive result against Malawi Monday game will scal them athird consective AFCON finals berth.

Plascon injects 132 m in Uganda Cup

Kansaii Plascon has today partner s with FUFA on Uganda cup for a two- year deal.

Kansai joins Stanbic bank for the annual Knockout club competition under the football federation of Uganda.

Plascon injects sh 132m to the next two years, the was revealed today Friday 26th March 2021 morning in a press briefing held at Plascon head office located on 2nd street in Kampala.

The managing Director Santosh Gumte honoured to have come on board.

“Iam very honoured to have come on board we are always associated with sports we have always wanted to associate with Uganda cup because of its rich history.

FUFA 3rd vice president Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi recommended Plascon for developing Ugandan sports and encouraged them to grown wings to women football as well.

“We are excited to see that the Uganda cup continues to grow, this is good news for the game”.

” I wish to encourage Plascon to explore more opportunities in some of our tournament that they have not joined like women football that is on a high rise , Nakiwala stated.

Nakiwala also confirmed an increashe in this year ‘s prize money from sh132 to 166m, winner- sh 50m , Runners up -sh20m, semis -sh 12m , round of 16- sh 3m, round of 32-sh 1.5m.

The tournament of the last year was halted before end and later declared null and void due to coron.

32 teams to participate in this year’s tournament and will kickoff on Monday April 5th until the final on July 24th 2021 at yet to be confirmed venue .The ties will be played home and away beside the final.

The winner of the competition will represents Uganda at the CAF confederation cup.

Proline are the defending champions having won the 2018/19 championship when they beat Bright stars Fc in shootouts in a final held at Masaka recreation ground.

KCCA and Express are joint record winners with 10 titles ,SC VilLA with 9 titles in second position.