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    Desabre Off The Hook; Why Cranes beat Lesotho, Team Depart To Lesotho On A Chartered Plane

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    AFCON 2019 Qualifiers:

    Cranes 3-0 Lesotho

    Tuesday 2019 AFCON qualifier:

    Lesotho vs Uganda @Maseru

     

    CRANES continued a positive journey for the qualification of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 in group ‘L’ when they beat Lesotho 3-0 at Namboole.

    Desabre had never won a competitive game with the Cranes, and he was delighted to see his boys put up a good performance to get the result.

    “I was very happy with the performance of my team today and hope we take the positives to the second leg due to take place in a few days,” said Desabre.

    Emmmanule Okwi scored a brace and the other goal was scored by Farouk Miya.

    Sadam Juma came on to stabilise the midfield

    Why Cranes won?

    1. Desabre was offensive;

    Desabre played a three-man defense of Hassan Wasswa, Denis Iguma and Nicholas Wadada and the rest of the players has to attack which helped the team to force corners and free kicks as early as 10 minutes.

    2.Okwi played on the wings:

    Desabre this time decided to play Okwi on the wings which helped him deliver and score two goals.

    3.Moses Waiswa played in his natural position;

    Waiswa was played in the middle and his combination with Farouk Miya was so good. They interchanged passes so well and left Lesotho with no options mostly in the first half before tiring.

    4.Introduction of Edris Lubega:

    Lubega’s introduction on striking also helped Desabre, win the Lesotho game. He held the ball so well and waited for his fellow players to join the party. He missed a couple of chances and managed to make an assist for Okwi’s second goal.

    Uganda will now need to improve in the second leg on Tuesday if they want to win the game, to work hard when off the ball and avoid making careless mistakes.

    Uganda is still top of the group with seven points.

    Team Depart To Lesotho On A Chartered Plane

    The UgandaCranes are off to Lesotho for the return leg of AFCON2019 qualifier due to take place on Tuesday.

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni offered a chartered plane to avoid inconveniences and delays of the team which will be advantageous because instead Lesotho the hosts will depart at 3:00pm in the evening.

    Desabre did not make any serious changes in the side that beat Lesotho and entire players, the only player who joined the team was Murushid Jjuuko who missed the weekend game through suspension.

    Jjuuko’s presence will be a huge boost for the Cranes as they take on Lesotho away from home on Tuesday.

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    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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    SHOCKING: NCS Officials Forced To Vomit She Cranes Money After Girls Protest Being Given Shs.50,000 Upon Returning From Birmingham Instead Of Shs.7 Million…

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    She Cranes in Birmigham

    It was a tug of war as the netball national team (She Cranes) persuaded officials from the National Council of Sports [NCS] to give them their money.

    The drama started when the first batch of Ugandan Athletes who competed in the just concluded Common Wealth games in Birmigham, England returned today.

    Kayiira Jackson, the netball media officer told theGrapevine that the netball federation hired a minibus to pick the players from Entebbe airport.

    Kayiira divulged that upon reaching the airport, they found a parliamentary mini bus already picking some players and because it was not enough to take all of them, including the cyclists, the remaining athletes had to occupy their mini bus.

    TEARS AT NCS

    Upon reaching the premises of National Council of Sports in Lugogo, where the players hoped to get their seven million shilling (Shs.7,000,000)  allowances, which was promised to them by NCS as soon as the tournament ended, they were given the bad news that their allowances were not ready.

    Each player was quickly given fifty thousand shillings (Shs.50,000) as transport by the gate man at the premises to return home.

    According to Kayiira, no NCS officials was around by the time the team arrived at the premises. Instead, the official decided to run into hiding and gave the gateman money the Shs.50,000 for each player as transport.

    TheGrapevine has learnt that two players from netball, Juan Nampungu and Jesca Achan received their seven million shilling while in Birmingham and the rest were told that their money is in Uganda, 10 players and 4 officials were not paid.

    Later today, when the officials learnt that the media was following up on the matter, they started quietly paying some players.

    Sandra Nabirige, who plays as a goal defender (netball), told theGrapevine that she received six million shilling (instead of seven) on her mobile money account at 1:46pm.

    Irene Eyaru, who plays as a goal attack (netball) also assured theGrapevine that she received the six million shilling on her mobile money at 1:46pm.

    Sources in NCS have intimated to theGrapevine that officials decided to vomit part of the money after increasing pressure from the players, that is why they had to pay them via mobile money.

    According to inside information, each player who went to Birmingham for the commonwealth games was supposed to receive their money through equity bank.

    When Grapevine called the assistant general secretary NCS, he said that he cannot comment on the matter.

    Uganda netball team beat South Africa 54-48 to end their campaign in a historic 5th place – one better than their 6th-place finish in 2018 in Australia.

    The final position meant that Uganda ended the Games as the highest-ranked African nation, with South Africa taking 6th place and Malawi 7th.

    Overall, Team Uganda bagged a total of five medals in Birmigham and they included three gold medals.

    Notably, Teddy Nakimuli became the first Ugandan female boxer to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    I’m Going To Win Commonwealth Medal For My Mum Who Was Knocked By Speeding Boda Boda – Bombers Captain Vows…

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    Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa in action

    Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa has told theGrapevine that he is determined to win a medal at this year’s commonwealth games in Birmingham, England for his late mother.

    Tukamuhebwa’s mother, Enid Bindishanga died after she was knocked by a speeding motor bike along Jinja Road.

    Enid had gone at the meat parker along Port Bell Road to buy meat for the family.

    She was rushed to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

    “I am going to do everything possible to win a medal in this competition for my mum,” the Naguru based boxer said.

    Tukamuhebwa narrated that after his mother’s death, life became meaningless because she meant a lot to him and his siblings, “that’s why I want to win a medal in her memory.”

    I AM THE FATHER NOW

    Tukamuhebwa  also disclosed that after his mum’s death, he is now the bread winner at home and has to act like a parent to his young siblings and also look for their school fees.

    I WILL USE THE MONEY I GET TO HELP MY SIBLINGS

    He added that he is going to use the money government will give him as his facilitation, funds from Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) president Moses Muhangi and President Museveni’s pledge if he wins a medal, to cater for his siblings.

    This will be Tukamuhebwa’s second international competition after the all Africa games in 2019 in Morocco, where he was defeated in the first encounter.

    The commonwealth games are scheduled to take place between 28th July to 8th August 2022.

    Uganda will be represented in several sports disciplines which include; boxing, athletics, swimming, squash, table tennis, badminton, rugby 7’s and netball.

    theGrapevine wishes our men and women the best in Birmingham.

     

    By Juma Ali

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