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Champion’s League Draw: Ronaldo And Lionel Messi To Resume Rivalry, Man Utd Face PSG, Liverpool To Battle Ajax, Man City And Chelsea Face Lighter Opponents…

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their La Liga rivalry in the UEFA Champion’s League groups after Juventus and Barcelona were both placed in Group G.

The draw for Europe’s biggest competition was held today with defending Champions Bayern Munich drawn in the same group with Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid.

After their forgettable night in Paris, last year’s losing finalists, Paris Saint Germain will have to square off with Manchester United again.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were handed the toughest task of the Premier League’s four representatives after being placed in the Group of Death with Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.

Following their trial in the Super Cup between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest, UEFA are rolling out their reintroduction of fans to stadium.

Only home fans will be able to attend matches with the number allowed in capped at 30 per cent of stadium capacity.

However, plans to allow fans back into sporting events in England from October 1 were pushed back by up to six months.

That will leave United at a disadvantage when they travel to France and Germany, two countries that have allowed supporters back into grounds.

Italy, Holland, Denmark and Russia are among the other countries where fans have returned to grounds.

Italy, Holland, Portugal, Denmark and Russia will also welcome English clubs in this season’s Champions League group stage.

This year’s final is in Istanbul at the Ataturk Stadium on May 29 where Liverpool produced their unforgettable comeback from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties in 2005.

Premier League champions Liverpool were first out in Group D and will face Dutch giants Ajax, high-scoring Italians Atalanta and Danes Midtjylland who qualified for the competition for the first time this week and share an owner with Brentford in Matthew Benham.

Manchester City, quarter-finalists last year, will launch their latest bid to win the Champions League with Group C games against Portuguese champions Porto, Greek league winners Olympiacos and French runners-up Marseille.

Former Chelsea duo Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda gave their old club a favourable draw, placed the Blues in Group E with Europa League winners Sevilla and two Champions League new boys, Russians Krasnodar and French side Rennes.

The Rennes ties have also set up a quick reunion for Chelsea’s new £22m goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, with his old club.

The full CL Groups as drawn by the UEFA.

Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow

Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach

Group C: Porto, Man City, Olympiakos, Marseille

Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland

Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes

Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Bruges

Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvaros

Group H: Paris St-Germain, Man Utd, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir

 

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Bebe Cool’s Son Thierry Makes It To Final U20 National Team List As Many Are Dropped…

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Proline FC forward, Alpha Thierry Ssali, the son of musician Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool, has been selected to be part of the contingent to Tanzania for the U20 Total CAF AFCON Zonal Qualifiers after the Uganda Hippos’ head coach Morley Byekwaso named the final traveling 20 man squad.

The competition will be jointly hosted in Tanzania and Arusha from the 23rd of November to the 6th of December this year, 2020.

The team departed for Tanzania earlier on today aboard Uganda Airlines via Kenya.

FUFA Executive Committee member Ariga Rasoul Ibrahim is the leader of delegation.

There are three groups with hosts and defending champions Tanzania in group A alongside Somalia and Djibouti.

Group B has Uganda, Eritrea, Burundi and South Sudan whilst group C has Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.

Officials;

Leader of Delegation: Ariga Rasoul Ibrahim

Head coach: Byekwaso Morley

Fitness coach: Felix Ayobo

Goalkeeping coach: Kiggundu Billy

Team Coordinator: Namusisi Joan

Team Doctor: Katumba Yahaya

Kits Manager: Bumpenje Frank

Media Officer :Mpagi Farid

 

Players;

Ssenyondwa Denis Kaala

Bbosa Richard

Kayondo Abdu Aziizi

Musa Ramathan

Kizito Mugweri Gavin

Semakula Kenneth

Mugulusi Isma

Sserwadda Steven

Bogere Ivan

Bukenya Joseph Kizza

Asaba Ivan

Kafumbe Joseph

Onyai Raymond

Mulindi Ashiraf

Byaruhanga Bobosi

Basangwa Richard

Wabyoona Faisal

Yiga Najib

Komakech Jack

Ssali Alpha Thierry

 

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Forced Substitute Halid Lwaliwa Earns Uganda Cranes Late Win Against Resilient South Sudan…

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The Uganda national soccer team, The Cranes emerged 1-0 victor’s over South Sudan in the first group B game of the TOTAL AFCON 2021 Qualifiers.

The hosts narrowly snatched a slim win against the disciplined visitors who exhibited a very spirited fight at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

South Sudan finally gave up the fight in the last 10 minutes of the game to lose 1-0, thanks to defender Halid Lwaliwa’s header from Faruk Miya’s corner kick in the 85th minute of the game played under closed doors.

Lwaliwa was introduced as a substitute, replacing the injured Ronald Mukiibi Ddugu in the 68th minute after pulling a ham-string.

Miya had earlier hit the post with different attempts, as striker Derrick Paul Nsibambi tried but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Uganda Cranes’ technical team made a couple of changes in the game, and it was veteran forward, Emmanuel Okwi who came off first, as early as the 58th minute to be replaced by Allan Okello before Lwaliwa’s forced change.

Vipers wonderkid, Karim Watambala and Edrisa Lubega were also introduced for Khalid Aucho and Paul Derrick Nsibambi respectively.

Left back Joseph Ochaya got cautioned in the final stages of the game, a decision that automatically rules him out of the return leg on Monday, 16th November 2020.

“I am happy for the victory. We really worked hard to break down their resilience which was anticipated because they are a hard nut to break. We look forward the return leg on Monday,” Head coach Johnathan McKinstry remarked after the game.

The win takes Uganda Cranes to 7 points from 3 matches ahead of Burkina Faso (4).

Burkina Faso takes on Malawi in the other match day three duel in Ouagadougou.

Team Line Ups:

Uganda Cranes XI:

Denis Onyango (18), Elvis Bwomono (06), Joseph Ochaya (02), Ronald Mukiibi (12), Timothy Denis Awany (03), Mike Azira (23), Khalid Aucho (08), Faruku Miya (17), William Kizito Luwagga (10), Derrick Nsibambi (11), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (07)

Substitutes: Jamal Salim (19), Charles Lukwago (01), Nicholas Wadada (14), Disan Galiwango, Patrick Mbowa (24), Halid Lwaliwa (15), Shafiq Kagimu (13), Karim Watambala (25), Allan Okello (20), Edrisa Lubega (22), Brian Ahebwa (16), Fahad Bayo (09)

 

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VIDEO: Mustafa Kizza Makes Immediate Impact At Montreal To Mark Historic Debut.

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Kizza unveiled at Montreal Impact.

Ugandan leftback, Mustafa Kizza has hit the ground running at Montreal Impact FC, just days after officially completing his transfer to the Canadian football outfit.

Kizza who was only introduced late in the 70th minute of the game needed less than 15 minutes to get directly involved in a game-winning goal for his new side in the 88th minute, in a 3-2 victory over D.C. United at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
The 20-year-old, was only unveiled on Friday as a Montreal Impact player, and given his preferred no.12 shirt.
Impact boss, Thierry Henry applauded Kizza and his teammates for a job commendably executed.
“Today, we showed character,” the former Arsenal and Barca star joyously said.
Kizza’s immediate involvement has now done so much justice to his previous statistics, which suggested Montreal in the Ugandan international was an addition of goals, assists and international experience to their ranks. In his last season with KCCA, Kizza registered five goals and 12 assists from his defensive position.

It’s no doubt that Kizza’s prowess from set-pieces is legendary, and has huge presence going forward. Kizza is a natural athlete and has outstanding pace -two qualities that will set him apart at Montreal

Kizza has established himself as a modern attacking left-back with great crossing abilities and huge potential. He is good on free-kicks and his height will also help on set pieces.

 

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