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    FUFA Tasks Kiboga Young FC To Complete Necessary Requirements Before Officially Changing Name To Mbale Heroes FC…



    Kiboga Young FC and Mbale Heroes FC have since merged

    The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Executive has granted Kiboga Young FC permission to change its name to Mbale Heroes FC, only if they fulfill all the requirements.

    Mbale Heroes will be required to complete a few necessary legal requirements in a bid to meet the FUFA Club Licensing regulations, before their new name can be endorsed by the football governing body.

    The football fanatics in Mbale have been anxiously waiting for such a resolution to be reached by the governing body and they are most excited by the move.

    “Now it’s time to reclaim our glory as Mbale Heroes. This is a very historical club and we’re so ready to bring back the old glory days to Mbale, wait for us in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League next season,” Bosco Wamududa, the chief fans mobiliser of the team said with excitement.

    He was expressing his excitement following FUFA’s decision to allow Kiboga Young FC which has been stationed in Mbale to change to the preferred name that is synonymous with the Eastern Uganda district.

    Wamududa noted that the local fans now have a sense of belonging.

    Heroes: Since 90s

    Mbale Heroes FC is a household name in Eastern Uganda. They boast of two Uganda Cup titles won in 1976 and 1999.

    Commonly referred to as “Heroes”, the Eastern Giants by then featured on the continent in ensuing years of 1977 and 2000.

    In the Heroes good old days, it nurtured and housed talent from Bugisu region like former Uganda Cranes captain Andrew Mwesigwa, Geoffrey Massa, Charles Namakhola, Ibrahim Maruti, Hussein Mbalangu, Golf Malanda, Henry Okubasu, Eugene Ssepuuya, Fred Wamukota, and Sam Ssimbwa who graced the grand stage of club football in the country.

    Mbale has since lost its shine ever since the most powerful club in the region’s history (Mbale Heroes) suffered relegation after the 2006-07 season.

    How Did Kiboga Young Come To Be In Mbale?

    Mbale businessman, Wycliffe Mwambu, in 2019 bought off Kiboga Young FC, a FUFA Big League soccer team from Central Uganda.

    An ardent Mbale Heroes supporter since the 90s, Mwambu’s primary intention was to buy a better placed team and change its name to Mbale Heroes, to earn quicker promotion back to the most precious league in Uganda for the Eastern “Giant Slayers” as they were known in their heydays.

    Mwambu’s vision was inspired by a rather taller hurdle having to promote the then local Mbale Heroes name holders who were, and are still currently playing 4 divisions below Uganda’s Supreme League.

    Infighting and wrangles ensued between two factions on who genuinely could own up the prestigious name. The two rival factions could not decide how best to go over the challenge for a full year.

    United We Stand, Divided We Fall

    However, the good times could be back after Mbale Heroes completed the takeover of Kiboga Young with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) late last year.

    Kiboga Young and Mbale Heroes merged after a series of extended talks for over a year. But a press conference in Mbale City on Monday cleared the uncertainty surrounding the ownership of the club.

    Prior, there had been a standoff between the two clubs when Mwambu, who bought Kiboga Young in 2019,  claimed he had bought the club for Mbale Heroes, which raised concern among officials and fans.

    “Our main difference has always been about the shares of the team,” said Uthuma Mugoya, who has been the chairman of Mbale Heroes, at Mt Elgon Hotel.

    “If Mwambu had bought this team for Mbale Heroes, how come all documents were reading that all shares are 100 percent are for him? That was our concern and yet Mbale Heroes is a community team.”

    The period over the last year helped both parties to come to terms and Mwambu agreed to relinquish 51 percent to the community and 49 percent for shareholders as highlighted in the MoU.

    “Being a businessman, he had invested in a lot of money, we engaged him and told him that if he wants the name of Mbale Heroes then he had to relinquish 51 percent to the community and 49 for shareholders which he accepted,” Mugoya added.

    According to a consensus reached by both parties, the club would retain the name Mbale Heroes FC, given the fact that Mbale Heroes previously owned by Mugoya was a community-based club, which feeds into the dream of having a club backed by the community.

    Management Restructuring

    This means that the community will have a 51% share of the club while Mwambu (former owner of Kiboga Young) will hold a share of 49%.

    Meanwhile, Mwambu was voted the club Chairman, Geoffrey Ojok the club Vice Chairman with Mugoya named as the club’s General Secretary.

    The club is now governed by a 20-member secretariat which is headed by Chris Omony as the Chief Executive Officer, with the club calling for harmony from both sets of fans.

    “We therefore take this opportunity to call upon the community to come together and support Mbale Heroes FC, regain our place in Uganda top flight football where we belong. We would also like to call upon all the fans of the ‘two teams’ that had disagreements to forgive each other for the good of the game because we are now one family,” the club statement said after the agreement in September last year.

    The club then agreed to run a membership structure with four categories including Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum membership.

    To qualify for a Bronze membership a fan pays UGX 50,000, Silver goes for UGX 150,000 and it comes with the benefit of watching all home matches and a replica jersey.

    Additionally, Gold goes for UGX 300,000 along with a seasonal ticket, a replica jersey and refreshments during the match.

    While Premium membership is worth UGX 500,000 with access to all home games, a replica jersey, refreshments at the match, parking space and a plus one admission to games.

    Mbale Heroes Heroes Interim Committee after merger:

    • Chairman – Wycliffe Mwambu
    • Vice-Chairman – Goeffrey Ojok
    • Secretary – Uthaman Mugoya
    • CEO – Chris Boutron Omony
    • Technical Director – Tonny Etonu
    • Finance/Events Management– Jessica Muduwa (head) and Susan Akello
    • Team Manager/Welfare – Meddie Waswa (head), Adarusi Jaffar
    • Media – Joseph Mukhooli (head), Tonnie Bulenda, Yasin Matende and Meddie Musosi
    • Marketing – Emma Eteng (Head) and Abdallah Magambo
    • Head of fans – Khambo Felix Mayatsa (head) and Bosco Wamududa
    • Youth Development – Ali Muyenda aka Prince Igwe and Kenneth Adriko
    • Security – Shaban Ondowa (head) and Yiga Muhammad


    By Baron Kironde



    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…



    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.



    By Juma Ali


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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…



    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.


    By Juma Ali


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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…



    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.


    By Juma Ali


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