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    Kitara 4-2 Kyetume: Relegation Threatened Kitara Not Going Down Alone…

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    Nathan Oloro was named MOTM. He scored all the four goals for Kitara

    Uganda Premier League (UPL) debutants Kitara FC have collected four out of six points from Kyetume FC this season.

    The last time they met in December last year, they settled for a one-all draw, followed by today’s 4-w win at home.

    A man of the match performance from Oloro Nathan saw Kitara FC overcome Kyetume FC in a six goal thriller at the Masindi Municipal Stadium.

    Oloro scored all the four goals for Kitara as Nicholas Kasozi and Saaka Sharif both netted once for the visitors in a thrilling 4-2 result. It was Kitara’s second win of the season.

    Oloro scored once in the first half for Kitara to cancel Kasozi’s early lead for Kyetume.

    Kyetume goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa was red carded towards the end of the first half. Stephen Kabuye was sacrificed for another goalkeeper Martin Othieno who would eventually let in more three.

    Oloro stepped again to convert another penalty, doubling Kitara’s lead. Kyetume leveled matters through Saaka in the 64th minute.

    Oloro scored twice between the 79th and 89th minutes to put Kitara back in the driving seat.

    After 21 games, Kitara still lie bottom of the 1y-team UPL log with eight points having managed only a two wins now, two draws, and a dreadful 17 losses.

    Kyetume who have better survival chances are merely a point away from the relegation zone having won four games, drawn seven, and lost nine to accumulate 19 points – earning them 14th spot, a position below struggling Wakiso Giants with 20 points and a game less.

    Midfielder Monday Denis returned for Kitara as team Captain Maxwell Owachigiu, midfielder Kiwewa Ivan and forward Peter Lomoro were all absent.

    Kitara starting XI

    18.Akera Iva (GK)
    15.Philip Sempiira
    4.Mugume Patrick(C)
    22.Musa Doca
    27.Lwebuga Rogers
    6.Yasin Mubiru
    3.Zakayo Kizito
    23.Patrick Kusemererwa
    29.Oloro Nathan
    13.Daniel Ekoyu
    21.Edson Agondeze

    Subs
    1.Opio Emanuel
    7.Kasoki Vicent
    12.Kyomuhendo Charles
    11.Tumusiime Isaac
    20.Kyamanywa Ronald
    16.Mwesigwa Stuart
    19.Pius Mbidde

    Derrick Were, Joshua Kigozi, Emmanuel Obua, Benon Tahomera, Steven Kagoda and Felix Okot for Kyetume did not travel with the team.

    Kyetume starting XI;

    18. Joel Mutakubwa
    24. Julius Ntambi
    15. Musitafa Mujuzi
    03. Richard Matovu
    05. Latif Kiyemba
    14. Julius Lule
    25. Nicholas Kasozi
    08. Feni Ali Moses
    10 Sharif Saaka
    39. Robert Sentongo
    21. Kabuye Steven

    Subs
    16. Martin Othieno
    17. Semambo Jome
    11. Cephas Kambugu
    33. Henry Orom
    20. Isaac Kirabira
    13. Deo Isejja
    30. Walugembe Raymond

    Other UPL Results;

    • URA FC 2-0 Mbarara City
    • SC Villa 1-1 BUL FC
    • Busoga United 0-0 UPDF FC

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    I’m Going To Win Commonwealth Medal For My Mum Who Was Knocked By Speeding Boda Boda – Bombers Captain Vows…

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    Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa in action

    Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa has told theGrapevine that he is determined to win a medal at this year’s commonwealth games in Birmingham, England for his late mother.

    Tukamuhebwa’s mother, Enid Bindishanga died after she was knocked by a speeding motor bike along Jinja Road.

    Enid had gone at the meat parker along Port Bell Road to buy meat for the family.

    She was rushed to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

    “I am going to do everything possible to win a medal in this competition for my mum,” the Naguru based boxer said.

    Tukamuhebwa narrated that after his mother’s death, life became meaningless because she meant a lot to him and his siblings, “that’s why I want to win a medal in her memory.”

    I AM THE FATHER NOW

    Tukamuhebwa  also disclosed that after his mum’s death, he is now the bread winner at home and has to act like a parent to his young siblings and also look for their school fees.

    I WILL USE THE MONEY I GET TO HELP MY SIBLINGS

    He added that he is going to use the money government will give him as his facilitation, funds from Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) president Moses Muhangi and President Museveni’s pledge if he wins a medal, to cater for his siblings.

    This will be Tukamuhebwa’s second international competition after the all Africa games in 2019 in Morocco, where he was defeated in the first encounter.

    The commonwealth games are scheduled to take place between 28th July to 8th August 2022.

    Uganda will be represented in several sports disciplines which include; boxing, athletics, swimming, squash, table tennis, badminton, rugby 7’s and netball.

    theGrapevine wishes our men and women the best in Birmingham.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    UOC President Discusses How Team Uganda Is Prepared To Sweep Medals In Commonwealth Games And How They Are Going To Handle Issue Of Athletes Disappearing…

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    President Museveni with wife Janet flagging off Teams for the Commonwealth games. Bottom right is UOC boss Donald Rukare

    Few days are left to the commonwealth games that are scheduled to take place in Birmingham in England, between 28th July to 8th August 2022.

    Uganda will be represented in several sports disciplines which include; boxing, athletics, swimming, squash, table tennis, badminton, rugby 7’s and netball .

    In the last edition, in 2018, bomber’s boxers Reagan Ssimbwa, Nasir Bashir and table tennis player Halimah Nambooze disappeared in Gold Coast in Australia and never returned with the team.

    This has been a norm after several international games. Some athletes disappear after the games in search for greener pastures.

    theGrapevine sat down with Uganda Olympic Committee president Donald Rukare to discuss how the Ugandan team is prepared for the games and how they are going to handle the issue of athletes disappearing.

    Grapevine: How are you prepared for the commonwealth games as team Uganda?

    Rukare: The preparation are good and we are ready to win medals.

    Grapevine: How many medals do you hope to win this time around?

    Rukare: In 2014, we got 5 medals, in 2018 we scooped 6 medals, this time around we hope to double the medals we got in 2018 to twelve or more.

    Grapevine: Of all athletes, who do you think has more chances of getting a medal?

    Rukare: All the athletes have equal chances of getting medals.

    Grapevine: What were the challenges you are facing as you prepare the teams for the commonwealth games?

    Rukare: We still need financial assistance to help us prepare our athletes.

    Grapevine: Will athletes like Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, Halimah Nakayi, Peruth Chemutai, who competed in World Athletics Championship in Oregon also compete in commonwealth games? And will it not affect them?

    Rukare: Are you a coach? Hahaha [he laughs], they will definitely participate and it will not affect them because they are sportsmen and women. So, they are aware of the tight sports schedules sometimes.

    Grapevine: Have you prepared any incentives like prizes for those who will win medal?

    Rukare: We are still discussing that, but the prize money from President Museveni is there. Gold medal winners get Shs.5 million, silver medal winners get Shs.3 million and bronze medal winners get Shs.2 million.

    Grapevine: Why were you given few athlete slots [18 athletes] yet Uganda’s hope is in athletics?

    Rukare: We were given only 41 slots which were supposed to be shared with other federations.

    Grapevine: What challenges do athletes face when they go to such competitions?

    Rukare: The issue of food. Sometimes they are not used to the food in some of these countries.

    Grapevine: So, are you going with your own cook this time around?

    Rukare: Yes, we hope to go with our own cook.

    Grapevine: Let us talk about the issue of athletes who escape during international games, how do you plan to handle it this time around?

    Rukare: (Jokingly says) I think if it is possible, we need to hire the services of Maama Fiina to come to our rescue and tell us those who are going to escape since she is a traditional doctor who can see things before they happen.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    It Will Be A Tight Race This Year – Dr. Nsereko Reveals Who Will Win Rally Championship This Year and Why Female Drivers Are Not Part Of This Year’s Challenge…

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    Dr. Godfrey Nsereko

    Uganda rally driver, Dr. Godfrey Nsereko has told theGrapevine that the national rally championship race will be tight this year.

    In an interview with this website, Nsereko also disclosed why female rally drivers have not been part of the race this time around.

    Below is his conversation with theGrapevine;

    Grapevine: How competitive is the race for NRC title this year?

    Nsereko : The title is still competitive because the gap between the leader, Ponsiano Lwakataka and his competitors is small with only three races remind.

    Grapevine: Who do you think will win the NRC title?

    Nsereko: Ponsiano Lwakataka because he is leading and has led most of the races. I can see him performing well in the remaining three races.

    Grapevine: You are also a rally driver, what has hindered you from winning the NRC title?

    Nsereko: I’m still driving a 2 wheel drive car which is not powerful like those of Jas Mangat, Arthur Blick, Duncan Mubiru and others.

    Grapevine: What are the challenges you are facing in this sport?

    Nsereko: Most challenges are financial because I don’t have sponsors to support me.

    Grapevine: Why do you think, female rally drivers don’t drive now days?

    Nsereko: I will still state that the problem is financial. Apart from Suzan Muwonge who can manage herself, Rose Lwakataka has financial problem and Leila Mayanja is a federation secretary and is not allowed to take part.

    Grapevine: What challenges still hinder this sport from growing?

    Nsereko: When a sport lacks enough funds to push it and help the sportsmen and women in that sport, it will always struggle. Secondly, the money which is coming from the government is still small yet a lot of money is needed to organise rally events.

    Grapevine: There was a conflict recently because rally drivers and bikers, how far with this beef?

    Nsereko: Talks are still ongoing; I believe very soon they will reach an understanding.

    Grapevine: What was the cause of that conflict?

    Nsereko: It was a Fight for power. Each group was fighting to lead.

    Grapevine: By the way, why did you decide to join motor sport?

    Nsereko: At first, I was a footballer, but later, I realized that my future was in motor sport.

    Grapevine: Which rally drivers, do you fear most?

    Nsereko: Ponsiano Lwakataka and Jas Mangat because of their tactics and driving skills.

     

    By Juma Ali

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