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    FUFA Presidency: Magogo Set To Return Unopposed…

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    FUFA President Moses Magogo

    Federation of Uganda Football Associations ( FUFA) presidential aspirant Mujib Kasule has opted out of the race.

    The Proline FC director Mujib Kasule has pulled out citing unfairness as he described the whole process as a circus.

    This is big news in the incumbent Moses Magogo ‘s camp who might regain his seat unopposed.

    Kasule was one of the three candidates that had picked nomination forms for the FUFA top office on Tuesday including incumbent president Moses Magogo, and another candidate (Allan Ssewanyana) likely to drop off.

    The nomination process for presidency started on Monday and was meant to run for 48 hours before forms are returned on Wednesday.

    Kasule said the schedule is one that does not allow for an inclusive election process since it is meant to lock out other potential candidates.

    Speaking during a press conference in Wandegeya on Wednesday morning, Kasule said that he could not complete the requirements needed for nomination which marked the end of his race.

    “Today, I did not return my nomination forms as expected because of the frustration in satisfying the nomination requirements needed,” Kasule told media before adding; “This whole process is just a circus.”

    “This administration (FUFA) and the incumbent do not allow the virtues of fair play, and they not follow the standard regulations when it comes to nomination.”

    “The system was meant to frustrate any potential candidates, it was set up to protect the incumbent, it was set up to ensure that he went through unopposed.”

    Kasule explained: “For any candidate to be nominated, you need people who nominate you in the following categories; one of the eight FUFA regions, a chairman and a CEO from one of the professional clubs (UPL and FUFA Big League).”

    “You also need a chairman and a CEO from the eight interest groups including the coaches association, players association, beach soccer, futsal, women football, referees’ association and youth football.”

    “What happened, the eight regional chairmen were all made to sign on forms that made them believe that they were nominating the incumbent and this was done way back in April before the nomination started.”

    “The chairmen of the interest groups were also made to sign similar documents, meaning that when they had signed for him (Magogo), they could not nominate anyone else as per rules.”

    “The other avenue through the regional CEOs who are paid by FUFA could not sign for anyone who stands against their boss.”

    “The nomination process should never be meant to lock people out. It must give an opportunity to football people to choose the best candidate,” Kasule continued.

    “The nomination process should allow people who have the minimum requirements to go through that process and have an inclusive election according to the constitution.”

    “So in reality, the nomination process was closed in April. We tried but it was always a dead end.”

    “Fortunately, we have the information and have gathered all the evidence that these people were made to sign for the incumbent way before the nomination was opened on Monday,” he stated.

    The former KCCA and Uganda Cranes player is a seasoned administrator and a former FUFA vice-president under Lawrence Mulindwa, he officially announced his bid in April.

    Kasule also showed interest to run for the office in 2017, before he was bitterly locked out of the system, but did not reveal his next course of action after his failed nomination.

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    World Cup Draw In Full: No Group Of Death, African Champions Senegal And Finalists Cameroon Handed Easier Draws…

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    The Draw for the World Cup Finals has been held today in Doha, Qatar with African champions Senegal and Cameroon with the highest chances of going through to the next stage after getting easier groups ties compared to their African counterparts Ghana, Tunisia and Morocco.

    However, When it comes to answering the age old question of the toughest group for the tournament, nobody can really say they got a tough draw.

    Qatar v Ecuador as an opener is not the most thrilling. Germany and Spain meeting is two Euro superpowers, but with Japan and Costa Rica/New Zealand in the mix, they can afford not to risk too much.

    There is no Group of Death, England is in the same group with, USA, Iran and very possibly Ukraine.

    Brazil is in the same group with Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.

    While Messi’s Argentina is in the same group with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

    Before the draw, FIFA president Gianni Infantino used his speech to call on world leaders to stop conflicts and let peace reign.

    One of the official World Cup songs has been released.

    The track is Hayya Hayya (which means Better Together), featuring Trinidad Cardona, Davido and Aisha.

    La’eeb, the mascot for the tournament was unveiled today before the draws.

    Here is the final World Cup draw in full

    Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Holland

    Group B: England, Iran, United States, Wales/Ukraine/Scotland

    Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

    Group D: France, Peru/Australia/UAE, Denmark, Tunisia

    Group E: Spain, New Zealand/Costa Rica, Germany, Japan

    Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

    Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

    Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

     

    THE 2022 QATAR WORLD CUP

    The 2022 FIFA World Cup will get underway in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022 and the eight stadiums that will play host to the tournament are primed and ready.

    One of the stadiums is designed like a traditional Middle Eastern woven cap, another is made of shipping containers and one venue has infamously been likened to a woman’s private parts.

    While they are striking in design, the eight venues – the fewest since the 16-team 1978 World Cup in Argentina – pose a logistical relief to the fans attending arguably the most controversial World Cup ever.

    The Al Janoub Stadium that is likened to a woman’s private parts

    That is because the eight stadia are all situated with a 21-mile radius of central Doha and will be linked by a metro and tram system, making it possible to watch more than one game in the same day for any fan wishing to do so.

    Each venue, which are powered by solar panel farms, is also equipped with detailed cooling systems to battle the heat, while others have outdoor air-conditioning – even though the fact the tournament has now moved to the winter months has somewhat negated that.

    And once the tournament is done, one stadium will be dismantled while six of the venues will have half their seats taken up and sent to developing countries.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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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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