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    I Will Retire After World Cup In South Africa –Netball Coach Mugerwa Reveals Why He Dropped Senior Players…

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    She Cranes coach Fred Mugerwa

    She Cranes coach Fred Mugerwa has disclosed that he will retire from coaching after the 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa.

    In July 2015, Fred Mugerwa was fired from his role as the head coach of She Cranes under very unclear circumstances after coaching the Netball national team to the World Cup that was a month away.

    Uganda later finished 8th in the World Cup that was held in Australia.

    However, in October last year (2021), following elections held in June, there was change in leadership at the Uganda Netball Federation.

    The new regime led by the Federation president Sarah Babirye Kityo made many changes and one of them was returning Mugerwa to the national team as head coach for the next two years.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Mugerwa disclosed that he has set sights on winning the Commonwealth games this year and the world cup tournament in 2023 before calling it quits.

    Grapevine: What are your plans in the forthcoming Commonwealth games in Birmingham, England?

    Mugerwa : To beat all teams in our group so that we advance for next stage.

    Grapevine: What criteria did you use when selecting the squad?

    Mugerwa: We selected players who performed well in the league and in their positions.

    Grapevine: Why was Ruth Meeme dropped?

    Mugerwa: She is injured ,thats why we dropped her.

    Grapevine: And why were senior players like Rachael Nanyonga and Lilian Ajjio not selected? Will it not affect the team?

    Mugerwa: Ajio and Nanyonga were dropped due to their age. They can no longer compete with our young players in their positions.

    Grapevine: Many people after performing well at the international stage get better deals and leave, if you get a deal in Birmingham, in the commonwealth games, will you leave the national team?

    Mugerwa: No because am now growing old and I can’t manage working on pressure. I may actually retire after 2023 netball World Cup in South Africa.

    Grapevine: Who is your star player in the forthcoming common wealth games in England?

    Mugerwa: All the players I selected are very good in their positions because for us, we work as a team.

    Grapevine: What are the challenges you are facing during training in the camp?

    Mugerwa: Apart from playing international friendlies, we are not facing any major challenges.

    Grapevine: Which is the toughest team in your group?

    Mugerwa: All teams in our group are tough.

    Grapevine: How is politics in Uganda Netball Federation [UNF] affecting the netball game?

    Mugerwa: It affects us so much especially when officials are fighting over trivial issues. They don’t give the netball president time to do her things well or even support her. Instead of focusing on pushing the game and the players, some officials are just fighting.

    The Commonwealth Games are due to take place between 28th July – 8th August 2022 in Birmingham, England.

    Uganda is pooled in group B with the likes of England (who are the hosts), Northern Ireland, Malawi, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Who Is Fooling Who: Express FC Unveils New Sponsor, Cancels Melbet Contract Few Weeks After Signing…

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    Express FC players celebrate their goal in their new jersey in their first game of the season against UPDF yesterday

    Just a month after Express FC unveiled Melbet betting company as their sponsor, the Wankulukuku based club have terminated the contract.

    Last week, Express FC unveiled sure bet, another betting company as their new sponsor.

    When Grapevine asked, Express CEO, Isaac Mwesigwa what happened to the Melbet deal, he refused to reveal more details but disclosed that the club went into mutual understanding with melbet to terminate the contract.

    “We are happy with this new deal because it will help us more during the league,” he said.

    Former, Express chairperson, Nakiwala Kiyingi told theGrapevine that, “we are happy to have this wonderful deal and it will help us.”

    When asked her whether the current chairman, Kiryowa Kiwanuka is still a club chairman, she said that she cannot comment on the matter.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Tension As Real Stars Awards Shortlists Best Performing Sports Stars For September…

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    L-R: Basketball's Tony Drileba, Jacob Kiplimo, Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes and JKL's Brenda Ekon

    Real Stars Awards has shortlisted the best performing Ugandan sports personalities in different sports disciplines.

    This time, in the September monthly awards, four disciplines will be awarded and these include; football, athletics, cricket and basketball.

    The awards will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 4th October, at 256 route, Lugogo.

    The nominees are: In football, three players are contesting for the award and these include; Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes, for his good performance in COSAF championship  where Sand Cranes reached semifinal, Bruno Bunyaga of Buddu and St. Lawrence University where he took the university into the semifinals and Buddu to quarter finals and Blacha Mulamba of Gomba who played a big role to Gomba performance.

    In Cricket, the nominees are; Juma Miyaji, Riazat Ali Shah and Patricia Timogo for their good performance for the cricket Cranes, where they won the African T20 challenge.

    In Basketball, the nominees are; Tony Drireba of city oilers, who helped his team reach the finals of National basketball league, Ariael Okai of Nam blazers, who helped the club to reach its first final of National basketball league and Brenda Ekon of JKL Lady Dolphins who helped her club to reach the finals.

    In Athletics, the nominees are, Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Chebet and Andrew Komoi.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Express FC Unveils New Sponsorship Deal..

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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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