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AFCON QUALIFIERS: Who Occupies The Last 10 Slots?

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AFCON QUALIFIERS

Friday games:

Malawi vs Morocco, 4:00

Nigeria vs Seychelles,6:00

Burkina Faso vs Mauritania,8:00

Botswana vs Angola,8:00

Sudan vs E.Guinea,8:00

Tunisia vs Swaziland,9:15

Algeria vs Gambia,10:45

Saturday games:

Burundi vs Gabon,4:00

Cameroon vs Comoros,6:00

Niger vs Egypt,6:30

Guinea-Bissau vs Mozambique,7:30

Zambia vs Namibia,7:30

Ivroy Coast vs Rwanda,8:00

Ghana vs Kenya,9:00

Mali vs South Sudan,10:00

Sunday games:

Senegal vs Madagascar,5:00

DR Congo vs Liberia,4:00

Zimbabwe vs Congo,4:00

C.A.R VS Guinea,5:00

Cape Verde VS Lesotho,6:00

Tanzania VS Uganda,6:00

Benin VS Togo,6:00

Libya VS South Africa,8:00

AS the last Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers take place this weekend, the Grapevine breaks down all the games of the teams that are fighting for the last 10 slots.

Cameroon will look to secure a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when they host the Comoros for their final Group B qualifier. The match is set to be staged at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on Saturday.

Cameroon come into the match in second place in the standings with eight points from five matches, and they hold a three-point lead over the Comoros.

The Indomitable Lions, therefore, need only a draw to secure a place at the 2019 finals. Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf says he is working hard at ensuring his team takes full advantage of their strengths and improve their attacking potency.

“Scoring goals comes and goes with time but the most important thing is that we continue creating chances. The entire team must work and we then we have to score goals,” Seedorf told reporters in Yaounde earlier this week.

“We have to improve on our free-kicks and corners. We have to take advantage of our great physical power and the height in the team. This is something we’ve analysed and are keen on improving.”

Comoros coach Amir Abdou has done credible work with his team, he was recently rewarded with a new contract. The very fact that the minnows still have a shot at qualifying heading into the final round of matches is a highly creditable achievement.

Can Aubameyang Save Gabon?

Burundi and Gabon will battle it out for a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when they lock horns at the Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura on Saturday afternoon. Two points separate the two nations in Group C heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures, with first placed Mali having already booked their place at this year’s showpiece in Egypt.

Burundi head into Saturday’s fixture as clear favourites to confirm their place at a first ever Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The hosts sit two points clear with the Panthers in third and nine ahead of winless South Sudan – who have already been eliminated from qualification contention.

The Swallows will advance to this year’s continental showpiece with either a draw or win, while Gabon need nothing but victory if they are to pip their hosts and join Mali in Egypt.

Joint top-scorer in qualifying Fiston Abdul Razak scored four goals for Burundi in a 5-2 win over South Sudan last time out, to fire his nation onto the cusp of qualification.

Battle For Top Place As Ghana Hosts Kenya

Kenya and Ghana will battle for top spot in 2019 Africa Cup qualifiers slated to take place in Ghana Accra on Saturday.

Both nations have already qualified for the tournament in Egypt, following a qualifying campaign that included the disqualification of Sierra Leone.

The Harambee Stars currently top the group with seven points from three fixtures. Kenya beat Ghana 1-0 in Nairobi lasy year thanks to an own goal from Nicholas Poku in the first half.

By Kussam Kalema, Senior Reporter

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INTERVIEW: Football Legend Jimmy Kirunda’s Son Speaks Out On The Man The World And Ugandans Will Miss…

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The late Jimmy Kirunda

KAGGWA IVAN KIRUNDA, the son to the late Ugandan football legend Jimmy Kirunda has shared with Grapevine Sports the truth about his father who recently collapsed dead at Bwaise as he went to pay his water bills.

Kaggwa, who is 40 years old says that his father had a big family with well-off relatives in Uganda, England and United States.

“Dad helped most of those people in his prime days and they have been supporting him,” Kaggwa said.

Kaggwa is also a talented footballer; he played with the likes of Wilber Musika at Naguru and Kololo SSS.

We sat him down for a chat and this is what he told us:

The Grapevine: Why did Kirunda leave FUFA was he sacked?

Kirunda’s son: He told us that it was time to hand over to the new generation.

Kirunda’s Farm

The Grapevine: What was his source of income before he died?

Kirunda’s son: He got his income from his investments like rental houses in Mulago, Mayire Estates, rental shops in Kiwenda and a Poultry farm in Mayire his second home where he was laid to rest.

He was also getting some money from Nakasero hardware as a founder which is now run by his Children.

The Grapevine: Has any media platform come out to show these investments?

Kirunda’s son: No, they have been focusing on the negative side but our father never died a poor man.

The Grapevine: Did your Dad leave a will showing how his property will be distributed?

Kirunda’s son: We have not seen it yet but as a Muganda man, those documents always come up during the last funeral rites (Okwabya Olumbe).

Kirunda’s house

The Grapevine: We saw your father’s doctor saying that he had accumulated a big unpaid hospital bill, is this true?

Kirunda’s son: Dr Ntege has been treating our Dad from the 70s and his medical bill have always been cleared through our brother Patrick and in his books we are clean as a family.

The Grapevine: Describe your Dad in a few words?

Kirunda’s son: He has been a very principled Mzee, reserved, calm and a loving and caring parent.

The Grapevine: What were his words when he always had wars taking place at FUFA?

Kirunda’s son: He never liked wars and he always got annoyed seeing people fighting wars at FUFA.

 

By Kussam Kalema




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Panic As Masaza Tournament Hangs In Balance, Buganda Officials, Players, Coaches And Managers Set To Lose Millions….

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This year’s Masaza Cup tournament hangs in balance over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Masaza Cup is Buganda’s most prestigious tournament that takes place every year in the different counties in Buganda with the final held at Namboole stadium.

According to Haji Sulaiman Ssejjengo, the chairman Masaza organizing committee, they still have hope that the tournament may take place without fans in the stadiums. Ssejjengo stressed that their hope now lies in the hands of the government.

“If government permits us, we may be forced to play the tournament without fans in the stadiums,” Ssejjengo said.

Because of the prominence of the tournament, it has recently attracted huge sponsorship deals from big companies. Among them is telecom giants Airtel who pumped UGX1.2 billion in the tournament and Centenary bank who injected UGx490million last year alone.

However, this may not happen this year especially once these companies are not assured of the numbers (supporters).

Abbey Musinguzi alias Abtex, who was the first person to organise the finals in Namboole stadium told Grapevine Sport that the Masaza lukiiko is likely to lose over 200 million in the final alone.

“I don’t think this year’s tournament will take place. Coronavirus has affected every sector especially those that gather huge crowds. Buganda will lose millions especially those in administration and at different levels,” Abtex said.

Benard Bainamani, the Kyaggwe county administrator told Grapevine Sport that indeed there is panic after so many questions raised by different teams on how they are going to survive without fans went unanswered.

Bainamani disclosed that on average, each county team has a budget of around Shs.200 million for the four months of the tournament.

“On average, a player of Kyaggwe needs a sign on fee of Shs.3million, so counties may not afford to pay that money once they realise that fans will be absent,” Bainamani said.

Bainamani  also expressed his worry on where the money to pay players and pay for match day expenses is going to come from.

He said that Kyaggwe, an average team that has not reached the class of Buddu, Gomba and Ssingo counties has a budget of Shs.70 million to recruit players, cater for their bonuses and the coaching staff  which cannot be recovered once there are no fans during home matches.

The tournament normally starts in the second week of June every year and Bulemeezi were last year’s champions.

 

By Juma Ali




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I Don’t Have What To Eat And My Landlord Is On My Case: Bombers Captain Who Qualified To Represent Uganda In Tokyo Olympics Cries Out To Gov’t And NCS…

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Shadiru Musa in action (Courtesy photo)

Bombers captain Shadiru Musa Kimera has cried out to government for help as he prepares for the Olympics.

Musa who sounded unhappy and annoyed, told Grapevine sports that he cannot train well because of the scarcity of better training materials, poor feeding and lack of money to pay his rent fees to his landlord who is on his case.

“The country will expect a lot from me during the tournament, but they are not supporting me to prepare well through the National Council of Sports during this period of Covid19,” Musa told Grapevine Sports.

Musa is the only Ugandan boxer who directly qualified for Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in Japan that were postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Musa overcame Ghana’s, Lartey Jessie in the Men’s Welterweight category in the Africa Olympics Qualifiers that took place in Dakar, Senegal to clinch third place.

Musa made it to the Olympics games after 12 years of waiting.

Ronald Serugo was the last boxer to represent Uganda in the Olympics when he featured in the 2008 Championship in Beijing, China.

 

By Juma Ali




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