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MESSI: Suarez Was Unfairly “Forced” Out…

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Argentinian star and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has expressed emotional grief after the departure of Uruguayan counterpart Luis Suarez to rivals Atletico Madrid for £5.5m on a two-year deal.

The 33 year old had one more year to run on the contract he signed with Barca in 2016, but was told by new head coach Ronald Koeman last month that he was not part of his plans.

Suarez and Lionel Messi struck up a strong friendship on and off the field at Barcelona.

With Messi, Suarez won La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys, the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the European Super Cup during his hugely successful time at the Nou Camp.

Suarez was filmed leaving Barcelona’s training ground in tears on Wednesday as his transfer to Atletico neared completion.

Suarez departs Barcelona as their second-highest goal-scorer of all time, having scored 198 goals since signing from Liverpool in 2014.

Lionel Messi has aimed fresh criticism at the Barcelona hierarchy, following Suarez’s departure from the club to Atletico.

Messi, who came close to leaving the Nou Camp earlier in the transfer window before reversing his threat to end his contract unilaterally, has hit out at the club’s management of Suarez’s departure from the Spanish giants.

He wrote on Instagram: “You deserved a fitting farewell for the person that you are: one of the best players in the club’s history, having achieved incredible things both individually and collectively. You didn’t deserve to be pushed out the way they did, but the truth is nothing surprises me anymore.

 

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Local Based Players Will Have To Wait A Little Longer To Be Evaluated Into The Cranes Team, As FUFA Releases 20 Man Squad List Full Of Foreign Based Players…

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Local based cranes players will have to wait a little longer, FUFA has released a 20 man foreign based squad of players set to take on South Sudan in a double header slated for early next month.

The Uganda Cranes Head Coach Jonathan McKinstry disclosed that the 20 man was entirely named on meritorious grounds, and they will therefore be expected to exhibit excellence against South Sudan in the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers to be played between 9th and 17th November 2020.

The announcement of the squad was made today during a Press conference at FUFA House in Mengo. Mckinstry was flanked at the press conference by his 1st Assistant coach Abdallah Mubiru.

Addressing the media earlier on today, Uganda Cranes 1st Assistant coach Abdallah Mubiru disclosed that in addition to this list of foreign based players, a further selection of Uganda Premier League players will be added to the final squad following further assessment of their current preparedness by the national team technical staff.

The 20 Man Squad Foreign Based Players Summoned:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Magoola Jamal Salim (Al Hilal Omdruman, Sudan).

Defenders: Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo), Alex Kakuba (CD Cova Piedade, Portugal), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United, England).

Midfielders: Michael Azira (Chicago Fire, USA), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Allan Okello (Paradou, Algeria).

Forwards: Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Alexis Bbakka (UMEA, Sweden), Fahad Bayo (Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), William Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel, Israel), Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers, England), Edirisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond, Estonia).

 

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FUFA BIG LEAGUE FINALS: It’s Kiboga Young Vs Kitara FC – Only One Will Advance To The UPL, Who Will Have To Stay Back?

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Many teams contended and couldn’t keep up with the best so they dropped, the best 2 stayed, they now have 90 minutes of battle, a single spot to claim, and almost everything else to play for as as the FUFA Big League promotional play off final has eventually come, and the last two teams have earned themselves the meritorious opportunity to exhibit their indomitable dominance to retain the bragging rights.

Western giants Kitara FC will square off with Mbale based side Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes in the FUFA Big League promotional slated for today at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru in the scorching sun of mid day.

The much anticipated match will unfortunately be played behind closed doors, to the fans disappointment. The game will however be aired live on Sanyuka TV and, streamed live online on Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) facebook page.

Only one will emerge victorious to dine at the table of men this season, and another will only go home with mixed reactions, glad that they heroically tried, and regretfully sad that they didn’t ultimately make it to Uganda’s most prestigious league, the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Kitara will battle Kiboga Young for the only single spot there’s left to fill in the Uganda’s Top League, The UPL. Army side, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) FC and Malaba Youth Development Association (MYDA) FC outrightly secured the other 2 slots having respectively finished above every other team in their groups.

Kiboga Young, having pulled off an enormous display coming from a goal down to grab a well deserved win against University side Ndejje in the semi finals will now have to double their efforts, as they infront of them face an even longer hurdle to overcome against a more organized Fort Portal based Kitara side who only missed out on last year’s qualifications on penalties to another Western Giant, Mbarara City FC.

Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes supplemented a spirited fight with heroic instinct, struggling from a goal down to thrillingly thrive past Ndejje University, scoring 3 goals in the second half of the game, securing their place in the finals of the play offs that are for Wednesday, 21st October 2020.

Kiboga Young head coach, Richard Makumbi or “The Promotional Specialist” as he has been christened after guiding upto 10 teams now to the UPL has already signed, a has a standing contract with another Big League side Nyamityobira FC, and is seemingly only here at the finals with Kiboga Young today to exhibit his speciality, to lead the Mbale based side to the National first division of football competition.

“We played our hearts out like soldiers. I thank the players. We shall fight until when promoted,” Makumbi stated.

Records commendably regard Makumbi’s experience in as far as promoting clubs to the top tier league exceptional. He has repeatedly done so both in Uganda and Kenya, stretching back as far back as 1995 when he guided SCOUL to the Uganda Premier League.

He then saw Iganga Town Council (1996), Mukono Lions (1997), Buikwe Red Stars (2004), Fire Masters (2005), Bunamwaya (now Vipers) in 2006, Bidco (BUL) in 2011, Utoda, Soana, Mbarara City (2016) and lately Kenya’s Western Stima in 2018.

Kitara FC, who secured the first spot in today’s final only sleakly slided past Kataka FC, following a 7-6 post-match penalty victory after a goal-less score in 90 minutes.

Kitara, who are also notably last year’s finalists squeezed past Kataka to keep their long sought dream alive, thanks to their custodian.

In the tense shoot out, Kitara goalkeeper Jamil Kiyimba was the hero, saving two penalties.

Kitara head coach Mark Twinamatisko after qualification hailed the character of his charges and strongly asserted that that going into the finals was only a job half done, suggesting that he’s only coming to the final today to complete the job he started.

Kiboga Young tactician, Richard Makumbi

Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes Probable XI;

  1. Makumba Stephen (18)
  2. Julius Kizito (2)
  3. Godwin Kitagenda (12)
  4. Pascal Irasa (5)
  5. Beimos Opio (27)
  6. Solomon Ewol (23)
  7. Brian Olega (11)
  8. Jamaldine Buchochera (24)
  9. Godfrey Otika (30)
  10. Sula Wambede (10)
  11. Yahaya Luuti (15)

Subs: Luka Okori (13), Alex Kapyo (6), Peter Otai (3), Edmond Wamboka (7), Ibrahim Gidudu (8)

Head coach: Richard Makumbi

Assistant coach: Muhammad Wasswa

Kitara head coach, Mark Twinamatsiko

Kitara FC Probable XI;

  1. Jamil Kiyemba (01)
  2. Maxwel Owachgiu (02)
  3. Musa Docca (22)
  4. Samuel Adibo (03)
  5. Yasin Mubiru (06)
  6. Jamil Kisitu Nvule (04)
  7. Vicent Kasoki (07)
  8. Brian Mululi Mayanja (08)
  9. George Senkaba (09)
  10. Daniel Patrick Ekoyu (13)
  11. Patrick Mugume (23)

Subs: Ivan Akera (29), Benon Mike Baguku (10), Phillip Ssempira (15), Denis Monday (17), Pius Mbidde (19), Peter Lumoro (21)

Head Coach: Mark Twinamatisko

Assistant coach: Lawrence Bakilanze

 

By Baron Kironde

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Complacency, Family, Nationality: Why Özil Was Left Out Of Arsenal’s PL Squad, With 8 Months To Run On His Contract…

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Mesut Ozil (Coutesy photo)

World cup winning German midfielder and Arsenal FC highest earner, Mesut Özil will stay out of action for the Gunners, until at least January.

After being left out of the Europa League squad about only a fortnight ago, Mesut Özil will also now officially not participate in the Premier League for Arsenal, as he doesn’t appear on the 25-man list that will be submitted to the English FA. Not until next year in the January transfer window can Özil feature for the North London club again, when reversible changes can be implemented.

For keen followers of football, moreso the EPL, such a decision could honestly not be unexpected, the club’s desperate search for a number 10 in the summer transfer window ideally suggested the dire need of replacing the German at the Emirates, it was a signal that aroused so much anticipation about Özil’s future at London based club.

It’s a genuine speculation therefore that not only will Özil miss out for Arsenal for the coming fee months, but he might as well never play for Arsenal ever again!

And the fact that Ozil has not featured for Arsenal in any competition this season hinted on the possible “end” of his time at the club.

Mesut Özil is still under contract at Arsenal for the next 8 Months, and will still remain the club’s top earner at £350K per week for the rest of the season.

Greek veteran defender, Sokratis Papastathoupoulos is the other foreign senior player expected to be left out. Sokratis, like the German international was also not named to the Europa League roster either.

The Gunners apparently have 19 non-homegrown players, having added in Ghanaian Thomas Partey from Atletico, Brazilian midfielder Willian from London rivals Chelsea and another Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaēs from French outfit Lille.

Arsenal can only nominate 17 of the foreign players to fulfill the 25-man squad, with the remaining 8 having to be homegrown, according to the English FA requirements. As a result, both Özil and Sokratis have been sacrificed, and they will not make the final squad.

Per Mertesacker, the Arsenal academy chief and former teammate to Özil revealed that Özil’s priorities might’ve shifted to his family.

He said, “A lot has changed for Ozil away from the field, he got married, has a family. Perhaps his focus has changed. Nevertheless, he is still happy and happy to play football”

“He’s the only player I’ve played with for three teams – Bremen, Arsenal and also at the DFB (Germany). So I’m very sorry that he’s currently in a situation where he’s not really used,” he added.

Theoretically, Özil who joined Arsenal as the record signing could still leave the club, the MLS transfer window is still open until October 29th and there are several clubs interested in signing the German. But Ozil, who last featured for Arsenal in March against West Ham in which he assisted the winner after featuring in the past 10 consecutive games then, has vowed to regardless stay at the London club until he sees out his contract.

“I am here until the last day of my contract and will always give everything for the club,” Özil had said back in August.

After the coronavirus break and due to back problems, Özil has since lost in standing and was also one of the big losers in the latest Premier League market value update.

The boss, Mikel Arteta’s perspective on former teammate is ideally justifiable that Özil is not part of the long-term plan, and he probably wouldn’t want to deny minutes away from any other player who is slated for a longer project with the Gunners.

Failed interrelations between the boss and player might also be a factor, to a smaller extent though, but it clearly is turning out lately that Arteta finds Özil too incompetent to fit anywhere into his high end pressing tactical setup, and neither does the German’s purely technical game match the way Mikel wants the club to play, with a feasibly more physical approach to the game.

 

By Baron Kironde

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