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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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    Xavi Tipped For Barca Return After Guiding Al Sadd To An Unbeaten Season In The QNB Stars League…

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    Al-Sadd players lift Xavi high in celebration after emerging victorious in a defeat-less season

    Former Barcelona captain and Spanish international, Xavi Hernandez has won his fifth trophy as a manager after guiding Al-Sadd to a defeat-less season in the Qatar Stars League.

    Al-Sadd ended the 2020-21 QNB Stars League campaign without a defeat, after a 3-0 win over Qatar SC in the Round 22 game which was played at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Friday.

    “It was a great performance against Qatar SC, delighted to finish the season undefeated. The atmosphere in the team is wonderful. We are fully ready to compete in the AFC Champions League,” Xavi said after his victory.

    With this victory, Al-Sadd ended the season with a tally of 60 points, from 19 wins, 3 draws and no single defeat and 77 goals scored, conceding only 14.

    Khaled Mahmoudi’s own goal put Al-Sadd ahead in the 3rd minute, before Rodrigo Tabata doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute. Yousuf Abdurisag then completed the scoring in the 76th minute.

    Al-Sadd got off to a strong start and got the breakthrough goal as early as in the third minute, when Abdelkarim Hassan entered the box from the left and tried to play a cross, which went in with a deflection off Qatar’s defender Khaled Mahmoudi.

    Another goal arrived later in the first half, after Al-Sadd were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hashim Ali in the box. Rodrigo Tabata stepped up and converted the spot kick to make it 2-0.

    As the game moved into the second half, Al-Sadd maintained their domination over the game, and managed to score a third goal in the 76th minute. Ali Asad dribbled into the box and laid the ball across to Yousuf Abdurisag, who scored with a first-time strike.

    Xavi has been heavily linked with a return to the Spanish club in recent months, and indeed he is said to have rejected managerial position in January after the sacking of Ernesto Valverde.

    Current Barcelona news is being dominated by the club’s upcoming presidential elections with both Victor Font and Joan Laporta plotting for Xavi to return to the Camp Nou under their regime should they win the election.

    By Baron Kironde

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    Hassan Wasswa “Forced” To Give Up National Team Football With “Much Sadness But Without Regret”…

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    Hassan Wasswa feels he's no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands

    Uganda Cranes midfielder cum defender, Hassan Wasswa has given up on National Team football after 13 Years representing Uganda.

    According to the gigantic midfielder, he has chosen to end his Cranes career, knowing he could no longer compete at a level that he finds acceptable.

    “With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands. I say this with a heavy heart; I am retiring from the National team,” Hassan Wasswa announced on Friday.

    “Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude. Playing for the Cranes has been a tremendous honor. During my 13 years as a Cranes player, I’ve always pursued success and winning football games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance. It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates and the people of Uganda,” Wasswa added.

    His versatility played a pivotal role in the Cranes’ back to back AFCON appearances in 2017 & 2019 respectively.

    Wasswa has had the privilege to play for all Uganda Cranes coaches since 2006. He started his national career with Coach Lazio Csaba in 2006, and has wound it up with Coach Jonathan McKinstry during.

    Wasswa made his Cranes debut in 2006 under ex Cranes gaffer Laszlo Czaba in his first stint at KCC FC partnering Henry Kalungi in central defence.

    The ex KCCA FC & SC Villa player is the son of the late Hassan Biruma, a KCC FC & Cranes Midfielder in the 80s.

    Reflecting on his 13 years with the Cranes, Hassan Wasswa thanked his parents, fellow players and the coaches for helping him achieve so much in football.

    Hassan Wasswa’s Adventurous Club Career;

    KCC FC – UGANDA (2006-07)

    ST.GEORGE – ETHIOPIA (2008)

    FC CAPE TOWN – S.AFRICA (2009)

    KARABKUSPOR – TURKEY (2010)

    ALTAY – TURKEY (2011)

    ERCIYESPOR – TURKEY (2012)

    KCCA FC – UGANDA (2013)

    DONG NAI – VIETNAM (2014)

    SC VILLA – UGANDA (2014-15)

    AL SHORTA – IRAQ (2015-16)

    AL NEJMEH – LEBANON (2017)

    EL GEISH – EGYPT (2018)

    AL JEDDAH – EGYPT (2019-20)

    By Baron Kironde

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    Just In: Magogo Critic Sulaiman Mutyaba Beaten And Arrested At FUFA – Reports…

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    Mike 'Sulaiman' Mutyaba was arrested as he protested against Moses Magogo's FUFA Presidecy

    Uganda Cranes ex-international, Mike, also known as Sulaiman Mutyaba has reportedly been beaten and arrested at FUFA in Mengo.

    Picture evidence of Mutyaba shows he was protesting against Eng. Moses Magogo’s FUFA as he was seen on a Police vehicle holding a “Magogo should retire” placard.

    Other pictures of him show his back and elbow to have been beaten possibly with a huge stick to leave a big marking on the body.

    Mutyaba recently accused Eng Moses Magogo, the FUFA President, of swindling national soccer team players’ wages throughout his reign as the FUFA President.

    Details to follow…

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