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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Has CoronaVirus, Gunners Close Down Training Ground…

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus according to BBC SPORT.

The Gunners have closed their training ground and club staff who had recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.

The club expects it to be a “significant number of people”, including first-team staff and coaches.

In a statement, Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham said Spaniard Arteta, 37, was “disappointed but in good spirits”.

“The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is,” he added.

“We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.”

Arsenal are due to play at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Earlier on Thursday, the Premier League said games “will go ahead as scheduled” despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating as a precaution after a member of his family was admitted to hospital displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

Three Leicester City first-team players have also self-isolated after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

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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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