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    FUFA Bans All Fans From Stadiums!…

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    Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium-Namboole

    FUFA has issued Circular number 1136 directing all clubs not to admit fans to the stadiums until further notice.

    The communication signed off by the FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza was issued on Thursday 3rd June 2021.

    The circular addressed to FUFA Members, Special Interest Groups of FUFA and Stakeholders reads;

    As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda.

    FUFA had earlier allowed up to 200 fans to watch FUFA organised and FUFA authorized competitions with strong adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This is no longer tenable in the current situation.

    Therefore, in order to ensure the Health and Safety of players, Technical staff and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.

    “As we wind up the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the Uganda Cup there shall be no fans in the stadiums,” FUFA emphasised, encouraging teams to limit all other authorized personnel to the bear minimum.

    As per the warning, SOPs must be strictly observed and COVID-19 vaccination enhanced by football officials and players throughout the country.

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    Mukwala Joins Cranes Camp!…

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    URA striker Steven Mukwala has been summoned to the Cranes camp

    URA FC striker Steven Mukwala has joined the Uganda Cranes camp after a late call up by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.

    The summoned squad of 34 players is preparing for an international friendly match against Bafana Bafana slated for 10th June 2021 in South Africa.

    Mukwala now joins three other tax collectors in the Cranes camp including his club captain Shafik Kagimu, Patrick Mbowa and Ivan Sserubiri to bring the number to four.

    URA’s number nine has so far had 20 goal involvements in 24 league appearances this season. Second, on the top scorers’ chart with only two goals less, Mukwala has scored 14 goals and assisted up to six times.

    The striker has already surpassed his last season’s tally where he scored 13 goals in 21 games hence finishing as the league’s top scorer of the 2019/20 season. The season was abandoned after 25 games due to the emergence of the Covid19 pandemic.

    The 21-year-old joins Mubiru’s side outfit hugely dominated by young players mostly featuring in the domestic league, while others make their debut appearances on the National team.

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    Fred Kajoba Deserts Vipers SC After Argument With His Boss…

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    Fred Kajoba

    Fred Kajoba has definitely left his role as head coach of Vipers Sports.

    According to local sports website Footbal256, Kajoba decided to end his relationship with Vipers SC after the club’s technical director Charles Masembe asked him to decide between Vipers and the Uganda Cranes.

    “When I went for our afternoon training session at Vipers, Mr. Masembe called me in his office and asked me to choose between Vipers and Uganda,” Kajoba told Football256.

    “Without thinking twice, I told him I choose Uganda, when Vipers hired me I was working with the Uganda Cranes and I will always choose the Cranes any day over any club job.”

    “So I have resigned from the job, I have said my good byes to the players and I am leaving the premises now,” Kajoba added as he left St Mary’s Stadium.

    Apparently, Kajoba at the expense of Vipers’ training had earlier today been part of the Cranes training at the MTN Omondi Stadium Lugogo as the side commenced preparations for their June 10th friendly with South Africa in Johannesburg.

    Trouble ensued there, provided that there is less than 48 hours to Viper’s Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal return leg against SC Villa at the Military barracks in Bombo.

    Kajoba joined Vipers midway the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season and led them to their fourth title much as the season was cancelled with five games to.

    It is not yet clear whether Kajoba leaves with his trusted right hand man Paul Kiwanuka or the latter will stay to see Vipers through the reminder of the season together with Francis Mugerwa and goalkeeping coach Ibrahim Mugisha.

    Before his resignation, Vipers were third on the Premier League log on 56 points, two points behind log leaders Express and one point behind second placed URA.

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    Need Assistance? Call Shafik Kagimu…

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    URA captain Shafik Kagimu celebrating a goal with teammates

    URA captain Shafik Kagimu is arguably the best player in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (UPL) at the moment.

    He has offered his best to the team, inspiring a string of remarkable results that have seen the team shoot to the top.

    From the past to the present, football is almost solely judged by numbers, an aspect which the midfielder admits is understandable, but notes that it can be misleading at times.

    “I love scoring but I am most interested in how the goal comes. The whole creation process is such a thrill,” the midfielder narrates adding that;

    “Whether or not I score is secondary, but the most important thing is that the team gets a positive result. The three points matter more that who appears on the score sheet.”

    Kagimu however reiterates that he is not so surprised how everyone reacts to the goals. He interestingly notes that most fans come to the stadiums to see goals in disguise of watching football.

    “I know fans love goals, but when I go out to play, I am generally thinking of how the goal is going to come,” Kagimu adds, noting that he prides in dictating play.

    Kagimu can not resist to assist. The midfielder has always been in position to pass to a team mate to score, or to atleast help the next team mate to assist the goal scorer. He has been totally involved.

    Steven Mukwala, the second top scorer in the UPL with 14 goals and Cromwell Rwothomio with nine can attest to the fact that Kagimu has always been assisting them with a cross from the right or the left to crucify the opponent ahead.

    Offcourse Kagimu’s stats as a midfielder look undeniably attractive already, but his contribution is more than scoring or assisting goals, and that is the beauty of the little magician in URA’s captain.

    URA with 57 points are sitting just a point below league leaders Express FC, thanks to Kagimu and company.

    Also to mention, URA is above the defending Champions, Vipers SC who are third with 56 points, thanks to the tax collectors’ relentless spirited fights spearheaded by the humble guy with a small body but big brains.

    URA has so far had 26 UPL games, and Kagimu has not featured in only two of those. He has been so efficient.

    The midfielder only sat out with an injury when URA hosted Bright Stars and SC Villa at the Arena of Visions.

    Not just showing up for the occasion, but Kagimu has always been equally productively present in the 24 matches he has played for URA, scoring nine goals and assisting six times.

    Worthy to note, the UPL top scorer – a prolific striker has 16 goals, and Kagimu playing from the midfield position is just a goal away from hitting double figures. He most probably will be having more than nine goals by the end of the season.

    Besides the impressive statistics for the midfielder, not only has Kagimu been hugely instrumental in URA’s attacking set up, but also pivotal to Sam Simbwa’s plans.

    Like a sergeant, Kagimu has always been at Simbwa’s service whenever called upon.

    Deployed in “unnatural” right and left wing positions by Simbwa, and “Yes sir!” has been Kagimu’s regular response with commendable perfomances from either flanks, despite the simple fact that he prefers to operate more centrally.

    Like a commander, Kagimu has represented well from the forefront, leading “the boys” with example.

    If leading is based on performance, Kagimu does not need the arm band for recognition. Rarely does he open his mouth to speak, but his actions do alot of the talking for him.

    One can understably count discipline out of the excellence equation, it is however also logical to mention that URA’s good perfomance has so much to do with team order, dominantly stimulated by their admirable number eight.

    In the 2020/21 UPL season, Kagimu for URA has been highly influential, efficient and plainly an excellent performer.

    Via Football256

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