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    AFCON 2019: Desabre Warns Cranes Players Ahead Of Crucial Cape Verde Tie




    Uganda – Cape Verde 4:00

    Tickets: 15000/40,000/150,000

    More games:

    Comoros – Malawi 3:00

    Seychelles – Libya 3:30

    Namibia – Guinea Bissau 6:00

    Equatorial Guinea – Senegal 6:00

    Gabon – Mali 6:00

    Gambia – Benin 7:30

    Sunday games:

    Madagscar – Sudan 2:30

    Ethiopia – Ghana 4:00

    Eswatini – Niger 4:30

    Mozambique – Zambia 4:30

    Lesotho – Tanzania 5:00

    Congo – DR. Congo 5:30

    Angola – Burkina Faso

    Liberia – Zimbabwe 7:00

    Togo – Algeria – 7:00

    Gunia – Ivory Coast 8:00

    Mauritania – Botswana 8:00

    Cranes tactician Sebastien Desabre, has a tough task ahead of him to see that his boys get an important point needed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 which will take place in Cameroon.

    Joseph Ochaya, one of the key starters limped off in training on Thursday, Desabre later said that Ochaya is expected to pass a late fitness test before this tough tie.  Emmauel Okwi who scored a brace against Lesotho will also be missed through suspension but he will be available for the friendly against Nigeria. Cranes won the first leg away from home with a Dan Sserunkuma goal when the Cranes were kickstarting their AFCON campaign under Micho.  Desabre has so far won two back to back games, and he might make history on Saturday if Cranes qualify for the second consecutive AFCON tournament.

    “It will not be an easy game for us because Cape Verde still have a chance to qualify for the competition and we cannot undermine them,” Desabre said.

    Cape Verde is a point behind Tanzania who are second with Cranes ahead with 10 points. If Cape Verde win, they will have complicated the group and for Uganda to avoid the final day mathematics, they just have to win or draw on Saturday at Namboole.  If Tanzania win, it will be more complicated, they will have eight points, and their last game with Uganda will be a cracker in case Cranes fail to beat Cape Verde.

    Cranes has won two games in the last five games with one draw and two losses. Cape Verde has two wins in the last five games. They have picked decent results in the last three games of the AFCON qualifiers. Rui Aguas’s team drew with Lesotho, beat Tazania at home in the double header but when they came to Tanzania, they were beaten 2-0.

    Key players;

    Dennis Onyango is yet to concede a goal in the AFCON competitions and he is always the Cranes key player with his leadership on the field helped by Hassan Wasswa, Murushid Jjuuko and Farouk Miya, who scored a brace against Comoros.

    Meanwhile Garry Mendes Rodriguez who plays his professional soccer for Galatasray, is among the key players with Ricardo Gomes (Partizan Belgrade), Julio Tavares and Nuno Da Costa of Strasbourg.


    Cape Verde 0 – 1 Uganda            

    Uganda 1 – 0 Cape Verde                            

    Cape Verde 1 – 0 Uganda

    Probable Line up:













    Cranes are so wasteful at home but I expect them to win 2-0 if we take our chances and Desabre starts with an attacking team.



    Express FC Unveils New Sponsorship Deal..



    Express FC team

    Express FC yesterday unveiled a partnership with betting company, Melbet at Wakulukuku stadium.

    This was after their previous sponsors betway refused to renew their partship with the club.

    The details of what is in the sponsorship package are not known but according to Melbet country director, Andrew Kamwesigye, the betting company is going to support Express in everything they need to compete favourably in all tournaments from the Super League to continental competitions.

    Addressing journalist at Wakulukuku, Express Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Isaac Mwesigwa said, “Melbet will help us in our journey to defend the CECAFA club Championship, branding the stadium and providing players’ kits for both home and away games.”

    The deal is for one year and will be renewable.

    Melbet was the official shirt sponsor for Kyetume FC last season.


    By Juma Ali


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    SHOCKING: NCS Officials Forced To Vomit She Cranes Money After Girls Protest Being Given Shs.50,000 Upon Returning From Birmingham Instead Of Shs.7 Million…



    She Cranes in Birmigham

    It was a tug of war as the netball national team (She Cranes) persuaded officials from the National Council of Sports [NCS] to give them their money.

    The drama started when the first batch of Ugandan Athletes who competed in the just concluded Common Wealth games in Birmigham, England returned today.

    Kayiira Jackson, the netball media officer told theGrapevine that the netball federation hired a minibus to pick the players from Entebbe airport.

    Kayiira divulged that upon reaching the airport, they found a parliamentary mini bus already picking some players and because it was not enough to take all of them, including the cyclists, the remaining athletes had to occupy their mini bus.


    Upon reaching the premises of National Council of Sports in Lugogo, where the players hoped to get their seven million shilling (Shs.7,000,000)  allowances, which was promised to them by NCS as soon as the tournament ended, they were given the bad news that their allowances were not ready.

    Each player was quickly given fifty thousand shillings (Shs.50,000) as transport by the gate man at the premises to return home.

    According to Kayiira, no NCS officials was around by the time the team arrived at the premises. Instead, the official decided to run into hiding and gave the gateman money the Shs.50,000 for each player as transport.

    TheGrapevine has learnt that two players from netball, Juan Nampungu and Jesca Achan received their seven million shilling while in Birmingham and the rest were told that their money is in Uganda, 10 players and 4 officials were not paid.

    Later today, when the officials learnt that the media was following up on the matter, they started quietly paying some players.

    Sandra Nabirige, who plays as a goal defender (netball), told theGrapevine that she received six million shilling (instead of seven) on her mobile money account at 1:46pm.

    Irene Eyaru, who plays as a goal attack (netball) also assured theGrapevine that she received the six million shilling on her mobile money at 1:46pm.

    Sources in NCS have intimated to theGrapevine that officials decided to vomit part of the money after increasing pressure from the players, that is why they had to pay them via mobile money.

    According to inside information, each player who went to Birmingham for the commonwealth games was supposed to receive their money through equity bank.

    When Grapevine called the assistant general secretary NCS, he said that he cannot comment on the matter.

    Uganda netball team beat South Africa 54-48 to end their campaign in a historic 5th place – one better than their 6th-place finish in 2018 in Australia.

    The final position meant that Uganda ended the Games as the highest-ranked African nation, with South Africa taking 6th place and Malawi 7th.

    Overall, Team Uganda bagged a total of five medals in Birmigham and they included three gold medals.

    Notably, Teddy Nakimuli became the first Ugandan female boxer to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.


    By Juma Ali


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    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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