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FUFA BIG LEAGUE FINALS: It’s Kiboga Young Vs Kitara FC – Only One Will Advance To The UPL, Who Will Have To Stay Back?

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Many teams contended and couldn’t keep up with the best so they dropped, the best 2 stayed, they now have 90 minutes of battle, a single spot to claim, and almost everything else to play for as as the FUFA Big League promotional play off final has eventually come, and the last two teams have earned themselves the meritorious opportunity to exhibit their indomitable dominance to retain the bragging rights.

Western giants Kitara FC will square off with Mbale based side Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes in the FUFA Big League promotional slated for today at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru in the scorching sun of mid day.

The much anticipated match will unfortunately be played behind closed doors, to the fans disappointment. The game will however be aired live on Sanyuka TV and, streamed live online on Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) facebook page.

Only one will emerge victorious to dine at the table of men this season, and another will only go home with mixed reactions, glad that they heroically tried, and regretfully sad that they didn’t ultimately make it to Uganda’s most prestigious league, the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Kitara will battle Kiboga Young for the only single spot there’s left to fill in the Uganda’s Top League, The UPL. Army side, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) FC and Malaba Youth Development Association (MYDA) FC outrightly secured the other 2 slots having respectively finished above every other team in their groups.

Kiboga Young, having pulled off an enormous display coming from a goal down to grab a well deserved win against University side Ndejje in the semi finals will now have to double their efforts, as they infront of them face an even longer hurdle to overcome against a more organized Fort Portal based Kitara side who only missed out on last year’s qualifications on penalties to another Western Giant, Mbarara City FC.

Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes supplemented a spirited fight with heroic instinct, struggling from a goal down to thrillingly thrive past Ndejje University, scoring 3 goals in the second half of the game, securing their place in the finals of the play offs that are for Wednesday, 21st October 2020.

Kiboga Young head coach, Richard Makumbi or “The Promotional Specialist” as he has been christened after guiding upto 10 teams now to the UPL has already signed, a has a standing contract with another Big League side Nyamityobira FC, and is seemingly only here at the finals with Kiboga Young today to exhibit his speciality, to lead the Mbale based side to the National first division of football competition.

“We played our hearts out like soldiers. I thank the players. We shall fight until when promoted,” Makumbi stated.

Records commendably regard Makumbi’s experience in as far as promoting clubs to the top tier league exceptional. He has repeatedly done so both in Uganda and Kenya, stretching back as far back as 1995 when he guided SCOUL to the Uganda Premier League.

He then saw Iganga Town Council (1996), Mukono Lions (1997), Buikwe Red Stars (2004), Fire Masters (2005), Bunamwaya (now Vipers) in 2006, Bidco (BUL) in 2011, Utoda, Soana, Mbarara City (2016) and lately Kenya’s Western Stima in 2018.

Kitara FC, who secured the first spot in today’s final only sleakly slided past Kataka FC, following a 7-6 post-match penalty victory after a goal-less score in 90 minutes.

Kitara, who are also notably last year’s finalists squeezed past Kataka to keep their long sought dream alive, thanks to their custodian.

In the tense shoot out, Kitara goalkeeper Jamil Kiyimba was the hero, saving two penalties.

Kitara head coach Mark Twinamatisko after qualification hailed the character of his charges and strongly asserted that that going into the finals was only a job half done, suggesting that he’s only coming to the final today to complete the job he started.

Kiboga Young tactician, Richard Makumbi

Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes Probable XI;

  1. Makumba Stephen (18)
  2. Julius Kizito (2)
  3. Godwin Kitagenda (12)
  4. Pascal Irasa (5)
  5. Beimos Opio (27)
  6. Solomon Ewol (23)
  7. Brian Olega (11)
  8. Jamaldine Buchochera (24)
  9. Godfrey Otika (30)
  10. Sula Wambede (10)
  11. Yahaya Luuti (15)

Subs: Luka Okori (13), Alex Kapyo (6), Peter Otai (3), Edmond Wamboka (7), Ibrahim Gidudu (8)

Head coach: Richard Makumbi

Assistant coach: Muhammad Wasswa

Kitara head coach, Mark Twinamatsiko

Kitara FC Probable XI;

  1. Jamil Kiyemba (01)
  2. Maxwel Owachgiu (02)
  3. Musa Docca (22)
  4. Samuel Adibo (03)
  5. Yasin Mubiru (06)
  6. Jamil Kisitu Nvule (04)
  7. Vicent Kasoki (07)
  8. Brian Mululi Mayanja (08)
  9. George Senkaba (09)
  10. Daniel Patrick Ekoyu (13)
  11. Patrick Mugume (23)

Subs: Ivan Akera (29), Benon Mike Baguku (10), Phillip Ssempira (15), Denis Monday (17), Pius Mbidde (19), Peter Lumoro (21)

Head Coach: Mark Twinamatisko

Assistant coach: Lawrence Bakilanze

 

By Baron Kironde

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VIPERS SC v AL HILAL CLUB: Kajoba Has No Excuse To Fail At Home, Toha, Shaban All Up For Selection…

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Vipers’ head coach Fred Kajoba

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Preliminary Round

November 28, 2020

Uganda Premier League Champions, Vipers SC will host Al Hilal Club in the first leg of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League Preliminary round at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende today at 4pm.

It will be both an exciting and challenging moment for Vipers’ head coach Fred Kajoba, who will be leading his side for the first time at this grand stage and against a more tested and experienced opponent.

For the Venoms, there is no two ways about it as it will be a ‘do-or-die affair’ as they vividly know that a comfortable home victory will give them the impetus to go further in the elite league ahead of the trip to Sudan next week for the return leg at the Omdurman Stadium.

There’s hardly any excuse for Kajoba’s side despite lack of competitive games as a result of the delay in resumption of the domestic league. The reigning StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions have done more than ample preparations and are in perfect shape for this anticipated encounter.

“We have been working on quite a lot and we are happy that the team is very positive. The lads are in great shape and beaming with confidence. We are keen to get the best results on Saturday,” says Kajoba.

This will be the first time Vipers is meeting Al Hilal Omdurman but the second time the former faces a club from the neighbouring nation of Sudan.

How Vipers has fared at home in the preliminary round in previous CAF club engagements.

 

2016: Caf Confederations Cup

Vipers 1-0 Enyimba FC (Nigeria)

2017: Caf Champions League        Vipers 0-0 Volcan de Moroni (Comoros)

2017: Caf Confederations Cup    Vipers1-0 Platinum Stars (South Africa)

2018: Caf Champions League

Vipers 1-0 El Merriekh (Sudan)

Vipers 0-2 CS Constantine FC (Algeria)

2018: Caf Champions League        Vipers 0-0 Club Sportif Sfaxien (Tunisia)

Team News:

Venoms coach Fred Kajoba has a fit and raring healthy pool of players to choose from for his Match Day Squad as there are no injury concerns.

The tactician will unleash Congolese import Ceasar Manzoki Lobi, who will also be making his debut, in the Venoms colours since joining last month from AS Vita.

Rashid Toha, Livingstone Mulondo and Mohammed Shaban, who missed last season’s action due to injuries are all back, will be available for selection and are likely to have a decisive say in the match on Saturday.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Impressive Performance Lands Kyetume Juicy MelBet Sponsorship Deal Ahead Of New UPL Season.

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Melbet Uganda has taken on the sponsorship of StarTimes Uganda Premier League club Kyetume FC in a multimillion deal to see the Mukono side facilitated throughout of the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League season that set to commence on the 3rd December 2020.

The alliance between the two parties that they dubbed a marriage will involve revenue share, development of senior and youth teams, infrastructural development and branding of kits, stadium.

Exact details into how worth the deal is and its longevity were reserved, but Kyetume will take 30% of Melbet profits for a given period of time signed underneath the agreement.

As the new season is knocking in, the Uganda Premier League side will now atleast start off their second top tier football campaign in a favorable position, as regards to sponsorship.

Mr. Yasin Asiimwe, the MelBet’s Chief Operations Officer disclosed that Kyetume’s impressive performance last season which was also their first in the top tier is what inspired the alliance.

Asiimwe remarked, “Kyetume had a remarkable maiden season which clearly indicates that when given the financial support they can turn into a top side.”

Asiimwe revealed that MelBet is also looking forward to adding a financial package to Kyetume so that it further improves into a top club.

The Mukono based side earned promotion to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League at the start of the 2019/2020 season under the stewardship of Jackson Mayanja who’s now turned technical director of the club.

Kyetume finished an impressive 11th position on a very tricky UPL table having collected upto 30 points as debutants.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Football Legend Diego Maradona Dies From Heart Attack At 60…

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Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona has died from a heart attack just days after turning 60.

The Argentinian football legend died at home, his lawyer said, just two weeks after having surgery on a blot clot in his brain.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time on the pitch, his life off the pitch was equally notorious – amid battles with drug and alcohol addiction.

Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, having knocked England out of the tournament in a match which saw him score the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal.

He also achieved league success with Italian side Napoli, winning the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990, along with an Italian Cup in 1987 and a Uefa Cup in 1991.

But it was also during these years that his addiction to cocaine took hold. In 1991, the year he left the club, he was banned for 15 months for drug violations.

Maradona has died aged 60

In 1994 he was thrown out of the World Cup in America after failing a drugs test, and in 1999 and 2000 he was taken to hospital suffering heart problems.

The Argentine news outlet Clarin broke the news on Wednesday afternoon UK time, describing the news of Maradona’s passing as having a ‘worldwide impact’.

The sad news was confirmed by Maradona’s lawyer. Soon, tributes were pouring in from all over the world of football.

Maradona left hospital on November 11 just eight days after being admitted for emergency brain surgery.

The iconic former Argentinian footballer was driven away from the private Olivos Clinic just before 6pm on November 11 as hundreds of fans of photographers tried to get a glimpse of him.

Maradona was hospitalised the previous week and had to have an emergency operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Argentinian TV reporters travelling on motorbikes filmed the ambulance carrying him leaving before following the vehicle to transmit every inch of his journey.

His lawyer, Matias Morlahas said that the 60-year-old would continue to receive treatment for alcohol dependency.

Maradona, who was the coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima in his home country, had been admitted to hospital on several occasions since his retirement. He almost died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000 and underwent years of rehabilitation.

Maradona, who was well known for having a wild lifestyle during and after his playing days, had a gastric bypass operation to lose weight in 2005 and was once more hospitalised two years later for alcohol-induced hepatitis.

He also fell ill at the last World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box when Argentina took on and beat Nigeria in Group D.

Source: Daily Mail

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