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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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