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COVID19 Has Left Us Penniless, We Now Need Support – Boxing Council Boss Katongole Cries Out…

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Uganda Professional Boxing Council (UPBC) Vice President, Simon Katongole has said that their lives have been negatively affected since the outbreak of the COVID19.

In an interview with theGrapevine, Katongole said that the cancellation of all boxing fights buried their source of income.

Katongole disclosed that before the lockdown, three international fights had been arranged, one at Hotel Africana and two at International University of East Africa (IUEA).

Frank Kiwalabye was scheduled to take on a South African opponent while heavy weight boxer Shafic Kiwanuka was set to face an Egyptian.

Katongole said that they now need support like all the other organisations that have been affected by COVID19, “We are broke, we don’t have anything in our pockets.”

Katongole further hinted that even if government opens up sporting activities including boxing, as long as fans are excluded from attending these events, they will still struggle financially.

 

By Juma Ali

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KCCA Parades Squad That Will Battle For Supremacy In New UPL Season…

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Uganda Premier League Club, KCCA FC has released a 30 man squad list, and also announced the official squad numbers for the 2020/21 season, having finished 2nd best behind Vipers in a tight race.

With 10 new signings, one promoted from the junior side and one player returning from loan, changes in shirt numbers had to be rung in the squad.

Italian, Mazengo Loro has been handed shirt 6 while midfield gem Bright Anukani will wear shirt 20.

Shirt number 10 has been handed to Juma Balinya while Samson Kigozi will wear shirt 11.

Teenager Andrew Kawooya takes over shirt 12 formerly donned by Kizza Mustafa while Ashraf Mugume will wear the famous shirt 15 once donned by club legend Philip Omondi.

Striker Charles Lwanga will don shirt 18 while Moses Kalanzi will wear shirt 27.

Brian Aheebwa will have shirt 9 as his, and Denis Iguma will turn out in shirt 25 formerly donned by Allan Okello.

Changes in Shirt numbers;

There have also been some changes in the shirt numbers of the old guard.

Musana Hassan has been moved from shirt 23 to shirt 3 formerly donned by Moses Aliro who will now wear shirt 26.

Keziron Kizito will wear shirt 17 and his former shirt number 20 will be donned by Bright Anukani.

KCCA Official Squad Numbers:

  1. Mwirusi Ali Ramadhan
  2. Kato Samuel Nemeyimana
  3. Musana Hassan
  4. Musa Ramathan
  5. Revita John
  6. Mazengo Loro Stefano
  7. Gift Ali Abubakar
  8. Ayella Dominic
  9. Aheebwa Brian
  10. Balinya Juma
  11. Kigozi Samson Andrew
  12. Kawooya Andrew
  13. Magambo Peter
  14. Anaku Sadat Happy
  15. Mugume Ashraf
  16. Achai Herbert
  17. Keziron Kizito
  18. Lwanga Charles
  19. Sserwadda Steven
  20. Anukani Bright
  21. Ssenyonjo Samuel
  22. Poloto Julius
  23. Bukenya Joseph Kizza
  24. Lukwago Charles
  25. Iguma Denis
  26. Aliro Moses Okabo
  27. Kalanzi Moses
  28. Obenchan Fillbert
  29. Matovu Hassan Muyomba
  30. Kafumbe Joseph

 

By Baron Kironde

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Excitement As Express Finally Lands Murushid Jjuuko…

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The long wait is finally over after Express FC completed the signing of Uganda Cranes defender Murushid Jjuuko.

The experienced towering Uganda Cranes centre back has joined the Red Eagles on a one year contract.

The 26-year-old who has long been courted by Express FC has inked a deal that will make him official resident at the Wankuluku based club for a full season.

Murushid brings a lot of experience having featured for Tanzanian giants Simba SC and African giants Wydad Casablanca.

Head coach Wasswa Bbosa says his addition is a huge boost to the squad.

“We’re glad to have Murushid on the team, he’s experience speaks for it’ self without a doubt, his discipline will help the youngsters in the team to become better,” Bbosa revealed.

“First, I want to appreciate the CEO (Isaac Mwesigwa) and the head coach (Wasswa Bbosa) for making this happen, am happy to be here, Express is a big club and I am sure we going to win silverware this season,” Jjuuko stated.

Murushid Jjuuko becomes the 16th signing for the six-time league champions ahead of the new season set to kick off on the 20th of November 2020.

The classy defender has for a while, been on the Red Eagles Radar but a transfer could not be sealed due to complications in his release forms.

He has been a free agent following the mutual termination of his contract with Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca.

Having let go of over 15 players, the Red Eagles have now signed 14 players and expected to continue in the same vein.

The others that have so far come in include, Denis Otim, Richard Bbosa, Abel Eturude, Baker Sakah, Isaac Nsengiyunva, Yaya Mahad Kakooza, Kiragga Mustafa, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Cryspus Kusima, Charles Musige, John Byamukama, Ibrahim Kayiwa and Faizo Ssekyanzi.

Last season, Bbosa’s side finished 9th with 31 points from 25 games.

 

By Baron Kironde

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FUFA Calls Off Uganda Cup Competition, Stanbic Bank Assures Clubs Their Prize Money Despite Cancelation….

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The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has called off the Stanbic Uganda Cup 2019/2020 season after the continued restrictions to the game of sport brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There will be no further action in the Uganda Cup 46th edition. FUFA and the sponsor will soon announce the sponsorship details,” FUFA said in a statement.

The announcement left a number of unanswered questions on which direction would be taken, since a number of teams had reached the quarterfinals whereas others were set to play the round of 16 matches.

Uganda Cup sponsors, Stanbic bank have however announced that participating teams in the 2020/21 Uganda Cup will still get their prize money despite the canceling of the tournament.

“As an organization, we believe that football and sports, in general, is part of society. We, therefore, believe in financing businesses and impressions, education and sport. Sports in general has the potential to employ millions. The Stanbic Uganda Cup is the oldest football competition in the country as it has had its ups and downs. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic for this edition, the money will be issued to the clubs at the earliest time possible,” said Daniel Ogong, the Stanbic bank Marketing Manager.

Edgar Watson, the FUFA Chief Executive Officer applauded the bank for honoring its pledge despite the current challenging times that have hit every sector of the economy.

“At this time when all clubs are struggling for incomes, we really appreciate for this gesture,” he noted.

After the decision, KCCA FC, Kyetume FC, Proline FC, Light SS,Kitara SS and Kataka FC will each receive shs6 million.

Maroons FC and UPDF FC besides Kiboga Young FC, DoveFC, TooroUtd FC and FreeStars FC as they were knocked out in the round of 16 will each receive shs3 million.

URA, Wakiso Giants, SCVilla and Mbarara City, the other 4 teams that were yet to play their round of 16 games will each get shs1.5 million.

 

By Baron Kironde

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