Express renews Betway sponsorship deal, unveils 2020/2021 season kits

Betway has made a fresh commitment towards Uganda Premier League outfit Express Football Club with a new deal agreed.

In a function held at Hotel Africana on Monday, the organization extended its sponsorship package towards the Red Eagles by one year to the tune of 420M.

While unveiling the package, their Country Manager, Adelle Agaba indicated the new deal is a sign of commitment they have towards development of sports in Uganda.

“We have shown commitment towards the development of sports in Uganda by sponsoring a number of clubs.

“Our marriage with Express FC is definitely a fruitful one. For the last two years, we have had a fruitful partnership and that is the reason why we have decided to renew it for the next year to the tune of 420M.”

Meanwhile at the same function held at Hotel African in Kampala, Express also unveiled new kits that they will use in the upcoming the 2020/2021 Uganda Premier League season.

These was manufactured by English sport Kit manufacturers UMBRO which was unveiled last month.

Mandu, other six Ugandans appointed by CAF ahead of AFCON qualifiers

A total of seven (7) Ugandans have been handed roles by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

The upcoming qualifiers will take place between 9th and 17th of November with all nations slatted to play two games.

As a norm, officials for the upcoming games are announced before the clashes.

The seven Ugandans that have been handed roles include Mike Letti, Dixson Okello, Humphrey Mandu, Chelanget Ali Sabila, Dick Okello, Isa Masembe and William Oloya.

As the Uganda Cranes will be facing South Sudan, home and away, different Ugandan officials will also be on duty.

Humphrey Mandu Watenga will be deployed as security officer for the group C qualifier for Sudan at home against Ghana Black Stars at the Al Hilal Stadium, Omdurman.

This will be the debut for placement for Mandu as security officer in the AFCON qualifiers.

Mandu is the FUFA Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a FUFA Super League Limited Board member, who also played for the Uganda U-23 side (Kobs) and Posta FC in the Uganda Premier League back in the days.

Letti will be the Match Commissioner for the game between Egypt and Togo on 14th November.

Okello has been named head of Security in the match between Ethiopia and Niger.

The others, including Sabila, Dick, Magembe and Oloya will be referees for the game that pits Lesotho at home to Benin.

In this same window, Uganda will face South Sudan in a double with the first game in Kampala on 9th while the second clash will take place on the 17th in Nairobi.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 96th FUFA AGM held successfully

The 96th Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) AGM was successfully hosted at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, Kampala Region on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

This ordinary Assembly is in pursuant to the FUFA Statutes Article (27) that calls for this meeting, held since 1924 when FUFA was founded.

The FUFA President Moses Magogo, chaired the AGM that brings together the 34 members of the federation.

73 of the expected 88 delegates attended the 4 and half hours’ deliberations.

“We held a tranquil assembly which is held annually as mandated by the FUFA Statures. We had a couple of amendments in the constitution like it has been over the years. This assembly also endorsed the annual activity calendar, budget and passed the appointment of committees, among other things” Magogo stated.

Former FUFA President John Baptist Ssemanobe, Katamba Ojuku Eugene (First Chairman FUFA Women football standing committee) and Kabugo Charles Kakunta (former member of Makindye DFA) were recognized with beautiful plaques and Shs. 1,000,000 each.

The activity report from the previous year was also passed as well as the budget for the upcoming season that totals up to 36,095,753,881 for the financial year 2021.

This budget is an increment by UGX 3.646,443,239 Billion shillings from the previous financial year.

Also, the FUFA Judicial bodies and electoral committee were approved for the Assembly.

The FUFA Judicial bodies:

Fed Committee: Dr. Azar Taib (Chairperson), Yusuf Kaggwa (Vice Chairperson)

FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel: Deo Mutabazi (Chairperson), Robert Serunjogi (Vice Chairperson), George Kabwimukya (Member)

FUFA Investigations Chamber: Musa Kabega (Chairperson), Husdon Katumba (Vice Chairperson), Hussein Lwebambawo (Member), Dirisa Kasalirwe (Member)

FUFA Dispute Resolution Chamber: Peter Emojong (Chairperson), Andrew Lule (Vice Chairperson), Dan Obote (Member), Norbert Kazibwe (Member), Harriet Nattabi (Member)

FUFA Appeals Committee: Diana Nabuuso (Chairperson), Mohammed Nuru (Vice Chairperson), Sabiti Muwanga (Member), Livingstone Lajan (Member), Mark Namanya (Member)

*Amin Bbosa moved the motion to approve the members

*Steven Ssemutono and Joseph Mwanje seconded

FUFA Electoral Committee (2020-2024):

Mathias Bwiire (Chairperson), Rita Aliguma (Member), Joram Katende (Member), Dennis Ojwee (Member), Richard Mpaaka (Member)

Substitutes: Moses Odong, Oscar Ngobi, Richard Barigye

FUFA Appeals Electoral Committee: Yusuf Sulaiman Awuye (Chairperson), Stanely Kinene (Member), Favour Naima Anguko (Member)

Substitutes: Canon Edward Nsamba (Member), Mike Okwi (Member)

*Motion of approval was passed by Anthony Tumwesigye

*Seconded by Angelo Lonyesi and Jamal Ngobi

Profiles of Personalities recognized:

1 – John Baptist Ssemanobe

  • He was a fine left winger who played for Nsambya Sports Club
  • Former Uganda Cranes player in the 70s
  • His great asset was ball control, dribbling and passing. He was an expert at free-kicks, a firm believer in exposure of natural talent.
  • Coached Nsambya Sports Club
  • Served as FUFA President from 1989 – 1992

2. Mr. Eugene Katamba ‘Ojuku:

  • Born 14th June 1952
  • External Telecommunication in 1973
  • Owned and played for Wandegeya FC, Old Kampala SS in the 1970s
  • Formed a football club called Zozo FC within Old Kampala SS.
  • Founding Chairman and Member of Uganda Youth Football Association in 2005
  • Co-founder of Women football in Uganda.
  • First Chairman FUFA Women football Standing Committee, appointed on 1st October 1995.
  • Delegate for Kampala in the first elective FUFA Assembly of 14 Delegates in 1994.
  • Founder of uplifting Kampala Divisions to District Football status
  • Co- founder of Friends Of Football
  • Served as a CAF Commissioner

3. Mr.Charles Kabugo Kakunta

  • Born 18th August 1950
  • Played for Nsambya SC but his last active football match on 24th December 1974 after suffering a nasty injury.
  • Served as member of Kampala Zone 9
  • Served as Secretary Nsambya Sports Club
  • He helped process Denis Onyango’s first football License
  • Served as a member of Makindye DFA,
  • Co-founder Kansanga Sports club in 1988
  • Founder Kansnga Half London in 2002
  • Served under the leadership of many FUFA Presidents including Mzee Kezekia Segwanga Musisi (RIP), Sebaana Kizito (RIP), Denis Obua (RIP) and John Baptist Semanobe.

Brian Nkuubi joins URA FC

Former Vipers SC midfielder Brian Nkuubi has signed for URA FC, according to reports.

We have established that Nkuubi has signed a three-year deal with the Tax Collectors which will see him at the club until 2023.

Nkuubi joins Sam Simbwa’s side as a free agent following the expiration of his contract at Vipers SC.

URA have now beaten KCCA FC to the race to sign the experienced holding midfielder.

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.

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.

Last campaign, URA FC finished 5th in the Uganda Premier League with 40 points from 25 games.

SC Villa’s launches new governance structure

SC Villa interim leadership led by William Nkemba unveiled a new structure on which the club will be run.

The move to make the club a community owned implies that every passionate SC Villa fan can now be part and parcel of the club, ending the big man syndrome where the club president appeared to be sole owner and chief financier of the club.

Under the new structure, every fan who pays an annual fee of Ugx. 50,000 becomes part of the Villa Members Trust who will own the assets of the club.

Each Member of the Villa Trust will have a right to vote for the club president once every four years and also get a season ticket that enables one to watch all home games.

Going forward, Sports Club Villa shall be governed through the Club Statutes and by the following structures