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    COVID19 Hits Cranes Camp, Taddeo Lwanga Ruled Out, Waiswa, Orit Start As Uganda Looks To Oust Malawi In AFCON Qualifier…



    Uganda Cranes midfielder Taddeo Lwanga has been omitted from the starting line up

    Uganda Cranes midfielder, Taddeo Lwanga is notably missing out on the Uganda Cranes starting line up against Malawi today, after reportedly testing positive for COVID19.

    It needed FUFA’s direct intervention to save captain Onyango, and wingers Orit and Miya who have all been named to start.

    Earlier on, FUFA wrote and requested CAF to consider the results from the SADC Accredited Laboratory which is all under the same Management as Queens Central Hospital. Apparently, two tests indicated different results.

    Malawi FA however emphasised that Uganda Cranes midfielder, Taddeo Lwanga has a positive Covid-19 result.

    Denis Onyango, Ibrahim Orit and Faruku Miya have all been declared healthy and eventually selected after initial reports had earlier on indicated that the trio’s test results were delayed for scrutiny. Reports also indicated that the delegation leader Dr Ssekajugo tested positive too.

    Uganda Cranes Starting XI;

    1. Dennis Onyango

    2. Nicholas Wadada

    3. Murushid Juuko

    4. Ronald Mukiibi

    5. Joseph Ochaya

    6.Michael Azira

    7. Ibrahim Orit

    8. Moses Waiswa

    9. Emmanuel Okwi

    10. Farouk Miya

    11. Mustafa Kizza

    Latest Update: Taddeo Lwanga has finally been declared healthy. He has been cleared to play against Malawi and is part of the Cranes team warming up.

    By Baron Kironde



    Who Is Fooling Who: Express FC Unveils New Sponsor, Cancels Melbet Contract Few Weeks After Signing…



    Express FC players celebrate their goal in their new jersey in their first game of the season against UPDF yesterday

    Just a month after Express FC unveiled Melbet betting company as their sponsor, the Wankulukuku based club have terminated the contract.

    Last week, Express FC unveiled sure bet, another betting company as their new sponsor.

    When Grapevine asked, Express CEO, Isaac Mwesigwa what happened to the Melbet deal, he refused to reveal more details but disclosed that the club went into mutual understanding with melbet to terminate the contract.

    “We are happy with this new deal because it will help us more during the league,” he said.

    Former, Express chairperson, Nakiwala Kiyingi told theGrapevine that, “we are happy to have this wonderful deal and it will help us.”

    When asked her whether the current chairman, Kiryowa Kiwanuka is still a club chairman, she said that she cannot comment on the matter.


    By Juma Ali


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    Tension As Real Stars Awards Shortlists Best Performing Sports Stars For September…



    L-R: Basketball's Tony Drileba, Jacob Kiplimo, Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes and JKL's Brenda Ekon

    Real Stars Awards has shortlisted the best performing Ugandan sports personalities in different sports disciplines.

    This time, in the September monthly awards, four disciplines will be awarded and these include; football, athletics, cricket and basketball.

    The awards will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 4th October, at 256 route, Lugogo.

    The nominees are: In football, three players are contesting for the award and these include; Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes, for his good performance in COSAF championship  where Sand Cranes reached semifinal, Bruno Bunyaga of Buddu and St. Lawrence University where he took the university into the semifinals and Buddu to quarter finals and Blacha Mulamba of Gomba who played a big role to Gomba performance.

    In Cricket, the nominees are; Juma Miyaji, Riazat Ali Shah and Patricia Timogo for their good performance for the cricket Cranes, where they won the African T20 challenge.

    In Basketball, the nominees are; Tony Drireba of city oilers, who helped his team reach the finals of National basketball league, Ariael Okai of Nam blazers, who helped the club to reach its first final of National basketball league and Brenda Ekon of JKL Lady Dolphins who helped her club to reach the finals.

    In Athletics, the nominees are, Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Chebet and Andrew Komoi.


    By Juma Ali


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    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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