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    Malawi Can Upset Uganda! Sudan Set The Precedent Against S. Africa. Also, How To Follow The Game Live…

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    Malawi Flames (L), Uganda Cranes (R) conducting their last training respectively ahead of today's do or die AFCON affair

    Uganda Cranes will outrightly battle with Malawi for one of the only six slots available for January 2022’s delayed 2021 AFCON Finals in Cameroon which will attract 24 countries. 18 countries have so far qualified.

    Uganda Cranes will play this campaign’s last and very crucial AFCON qualifier match away to Malawi in Blantyre city, Southern Malawi.

    The Malawi Flames are fuming, but the Uganda Cranes flew to Blantyre on a chartered plane for a special “fire extinguishing” mission

    The match will be played behind closed doors. But fortunately for those who can access the internet, it will be streamed live on Football Association of Malawi Facebook page.

    Uganda, with an upper hand in today’s fixture only needs to avoid defeat to go through, but nevertheless, the Cranes, who are out to put out the raging fire in Malawi can easily be upset by the Flames.

    The Flames can only Qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals if they overcome visitors Uganda Cranes in a swim or sink tie at Kamuzu Stadium today afternoon. Malawi is faced with an uphill task to collect all 3 points without fail from their Ugandan opponents who will just be required to atleast maintain the game at  a moderate tempo.

    Malawi’s chances are slim, but Sudan, just yesterday set the precedent. The Flames now know it’s possible to emerge victorious from a disadvantaged position. Sudan knocked out favorites South Africa, who only needed a point to qualify. And now they’re (Sudan) in the AFCON Finals For First Time Since 2012.

    Sudan triumphed 2-0 over South Africa on Sunday to send themselves through to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2012 courtesy of first half goals from Saifeldin Maki and Mohammed Abdelrahman, taking them to their first finals since 2012.

    Going into the game in the Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, South Africa knew a draw would be enough to qualify – but instead they imploded against a Sudan side fired with real purpose and motivation.

    It is the first time Sudan have qualified for an African Cup of Nations finals since 2012 – and only the third time since 1976 for the country that won the trophy in 1970.

    If the Flames can emulate Sudan, Uganda will now have to be extra cautious playing against their hosts, a revamped Malawian side that started the campaign on a low note, but is now looking forward to making history. The Flames will surely approach this game with a very tactical sense. And they’re playing at home. There will be no fans, but there’s always that advantageous position playing on home soil.

    After 5 games, Burkina Faso is currently topping Group B with 9 points, Uganda is second with 8, Malawi is third with 7, and S. Sudan is bottom with only 3.

    In the other group B game, Burkina Faso who have already qualified will certainly be playing too assert superiority in the group, if not for fun against an already knocked out South Sudanese side.

    By Baron Kironde

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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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