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    3 Coaches, 2 Points After 3 League Games For Mbale Heroes So Far, How Long Will The New Coach Stay?…



    Ali Kheri (R) has been appointed Mbale Heroes' new head coach, he will be assisted by Robert Mayanja (L)

    StarTimes Uganda Big League side Mbale Heroes FC has unveiled the 3rd coach to take over managerial duties at the club this season since Richard Makumbi relieved himself from the role at the end of last season to look for greener pastures elsewhere.

    Makumbi, the promotional “specialist” left after guiding the Mbale side to the the FUFA Big League promotional play offs finals which they lost to Kitara who eventually qualified to the Uganda Premier League. He has since moved on to extend his tactics to Mbarara side Nyamityobora FC, and upto 3 Coaches have so far been appointed to replace him already.

    The Mbale based side is still winless after playing 3 games in the Big League this season. They have lost one and drawn two, sending them to panic mode and resolving to change management immediately.

    Mbale Heroes’ most previous head coach, Bobic Odowa led the team to a 1-0 loss away to Gaddafi in Jinja, drew 1-1 against Phaidha Black Angels in Zombo and 0-0 against Calvary FC at home in Mbale. And it’s that last game against Calvary in the league that mostly caused trouble for Odowa. He was now already on fire, then he led the team to a 1-0 loss against Gadafi FC in the first leg of the Uganda Cup round of 32.

    Ali Kheri has now been appointed Head Coach of Mbale Heroes FC to immediately turn things around, after sacking of Bobic Odowa and all his assistants Lutula Cartouche and Musa Nandala. Fans believed that Odowa and his assistant Lutula had divided the team into sects with each player paying parallel allegiance to one of the coaches, hence deterring teamed up efforts.

    Bobic Odowa, a former player at the club was first introduced as an assistant to Scottish tactician, Stephen Pritchard before finally fully taking over the mantle after his boss (Pritchard) was unveiled at Mbale heroes, but left without managing a single game at the club. Pritchard had previously served as head coach at Kasese New Villa, Kigezi Home Boys and the Rwenzori province in the FUFA drum tournament.

    Mbale Heroes’ new head coach is a CAF ‘B’ license holder. He was unveiled this week in a press briefing at Mt. Elgon Hotel Mbale. He will be assisted by CAF ‘A’ license holder Robert Mayanja plus CAF ‘C’ license coach David Kiwanuka. They will take charge with immediate effect.

    Kheri has a big task ahead of him already to immediately overturn a one goal deficit against Jinja side Gadafi FC in the Cup having lost by a goal to nil on the road. he will also be expected to start picking positive results in the FUFA Big League.

    Kheri brings vast coaching experience at Mbale Heroes having worked with Kisumu All Stars, Jinja Arsenal, Jinja Municipal Council Hippos, Paidha Black Angels, Victoria University and BUL FC.

    Mbale Heroes Most Recent Results That Sent Odowa Packing;

    Gaddafi 1-0 Mbale Heroes FC (FUFA Big League)

    Phaidha Black Angels FC 1-1 Mbale Heroes FC (FUFA Big League)

    Mbale Heroes 0-0 Calvary FC (FUFA Big League)

    Gaddafi 1-0 Mbale Heroes FC (Uganda Cup Round of 32-1st leg)

    Mbale Heroes Next 5 Fixtures That Will Decide Kheri’s Fate;

    Sunday 11th April – Vs Gaddafi FC (Home)- Uganda Cup round of 32- 2nd leg

    Thursday 14th April – Vs Arua Hill SC (Home) in Big League

    Sunday 18th April – Vs Maroons FC (Away) in Big League

    Thursday 22nd April- Vs Blacks Power FC (Home) in Big League

    Sunday 25th April- Vs Kataka FC Mbale (Away) in Big League

    By Baron Kironde



    I’m Going To Win Commonwealth Medal For My Mum Who Was Knocked By Speeding Boda Boda – Bombers Captain Vows…



    Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa in action

    Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa has told theGrapevine that he is determined to win a medal at this year’s commonwealth games in Birmingham, England for his late mother.

    Tukamuhebwa’s mother, Enid Bindishanga died after she was knocked by a speeding motor bike along Jinja Road.

    Enid had gone at the meat parker along Port Bell Road to buy meat for the family.

    She was rushed to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

    “I am going to do everything possible to win a medal in this competition for my mum,” the Naguru based boxer said.

    Tukamuhebwa narrated that after his mother’s death, life became meaningless because she meant a lot to him and his siblings, “that’s why I want to win a medal in her memory.”


    Tukamuhebwa  also disclosed that after his mum’s death, he is now the bread winner at home and has to act like a parent to his young siblings and also look for their school fees.


    He added that he is going to use the money government will give him as his facilitation, funds from Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) president Moses Muhangi and President Museveni’s pledge if he wins a medal, to cater for his siblings.

    This will be Tukamuhebwa’s second international competition after the all Africa games in 2019 in Morocco, where he was defeated in the first encounter.

    The commonwealth games are scheduled to take place between 28th July to 8th August 2022.

    Uganda will be represented in several sports disciplines which include; boxing, athletics, swimming, squash, table tennis, badminton, rugby 7’s and netball.

    theGrapevine wishes our men and women the best in Birmingham.


    By Juma Ali


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    UOC President Discusses How Team Uganda Is Prepared To Sweep Medals In Commonwealth Games And How They Are Going To Handle Issue Of Athletes Disappearing…



    President Museveni with wife Janet flagging off Teams for the Commonwealth games. Bottom right is UOC boss Donald Rukare

    Few days are left to the commonwealth games that are scheduled to take place in Birmingham in England, between 28th July to 8th August 2022.

    Uganda will be represented in several sports disciplines which include; boxing, athletics, swimming, squash, table tennis, badminton, rugby 7’s and netball .

    In the last edition, in 2018, bomber’s boxers Reagan Ssimbwa, Nasir Bashir and table tennis player Halimah Nambooze disappeared in Gold Coast in Australia and never returned with the team.

    This has been a norm after several international games. Some athletes disappear after the games in search for greener pastures.

    theGrapevine sat down with Uganda Olympic Committee president Donald Rukare to discuss how the Ugandan team is prepared for the games and how they are going to handle the issue of athletes disappearing.

    Grapevine: How are you prepared for the commonwealth games as team Uganda?

    Rukare: The preparation are good and we are ready to win medals.

    Grapevine: How many medals do you hope to win this time around?

    Rukare: In 2014, we got 5 medals, in 2018 we scooped 6 medals, this time around we hope to double the medals we got in 2018 to twelve or more.

    Grapevine: Of all athletes, who do you think has more chances of getting a medal?

    Rukare: All the athletes have equal chances of getting medals.

    Grapevine: What were the challenges you are facing as you prepare the teams for the commonwealth games?

    Rukare: We still need financial assistance to help us prepare our athletes.

    Grapevine: Will athletes like Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, Halimah Nakayi, Peruth Chemutai, who competed in World Athletics Championship in Oregon also compete in commonwealth games? And will it not affect them?

    Rukare: Are you a coach? Hahaha [he laughs], they will definitely participate and it will not affect them because they are sportsmen and women. So, they are aware of the tight sports schedules sometimes.

    Grapevine: Have you prepared any incentives like prizes for those who will win medal?

    Rukare: We are still discussing that, but the prize money from President Museveni is there. Gold medal winners get Shs.5 million, silver medal winners get Shs.3 million and bronze medal winners get Shs.2 million.

    Grapevine: Why were you given few athlete slots [18 athletes] yet Uganda’s hope is in athletics?

    Rukare: We were given only 41 slots which were supposed to be shared with other federations.

    Grapevine: What challenges do athletes face when they go to such competitions?

    Rukare: The issue of food. Sometimes they are not used to the food in some of these countries.

    Grapevine: So, are you going with your own cook this time around?

    Rukare: Yes, we hope to go with our own cook.

    Grapevine: Let us talk about the issue of athletes who escape during international games, how do you plan to handle it this time around?

    Rukare: (Jokingly says) I think if it is possible, we need to hire the services of Maama Fiina to come to our rescue and tell us those who are going to escape since she is a traditional doctor who can see things before they happen.


    By Juma Ali


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    It Will Be A Tight Race This Year – Dr. Nsereko Reveals Who Will Win Rally Championship This Year and Why Female Drivers Are Not Part Of This Year’s Challenge…



    Dr. Godfrey Nsereko

    Uganda rally driver, Dr. Godfrey Nsereko has told theGrapevine that the national rally championship race will be tight this year.

    In an interview with this website, Nsereko also disclosed why female rally drivers have not been part of the race this time around.

    Below is his conversation with theGrapevine;

    Grapevine: How competitive is the race for NRC title this year?

    Nsereko : The title is still competitive because the gap between the leader, Ponsiano Lwakataka and his competitors is small with only three races remind.

    Grapevine: Who do you think will win the NRC title?

    Nsereko: Ponsiano Lwakataka because he is leading and has led most of the races. I can see him performing well in the remaining three races.

    Grapevine: You are also a rally driver, what has hindered you from winning the NRC title?

    Nsereko: I’m still driving a 2 wheel drive car which is not powerful like those of Jas Mangat, Arthur Blick, Duncan Mubiru and others.

    Grapevine: What are the challenges you are facing in this sport?

    Nsereko: Most challenges are financial because I don’t have sponsors to support me.

    Grapevine: Why do you think, female rally drivers don’t drive now days?

    Nsereko: I will still state that the problem is financial. Apart from Suzan Muwonge who can manage herself, Rose Lwakataka has financial problem and Leila Mayanja is a federation secretary and is not allowed to take part.

    Grapevine: What challenges still hinder this sport from growing?

    Nsereko: When a sport lacks enough funds to push it and help the sportsmen and women in that sport, it will always struggle. Secondly, the money which is coming from the government is still small yet a lot of money is needed to organise rally events.

    Grapevine: There was a conflict recently because rally drivers and bikers, how far with this beef?

    Nsereko: Talks are still ongoing; I believe very soon they will reach an understanding.

    Grapevine: What was the cause of that conflict?

    Nsereko: It was a Fight for power. Each group was fighting to lead.

    Grapevine: By the way, why did you decide to join motor sport?

    Nsereko: At first, I was a footballer, but later, I realized that my future was in motor sport.

    Grapevine: Which rally drivers, do you fear most?

    Nsereko: Ponsiano Lwakataka and Jas Mangat because of their tactics and driving skills.


    By Juma Ali


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