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    Mike “Baggio” Siu: The Dead Ball Specialist!

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    Mike "Baggio" Siu

    Blacks Power FC midfielder and deputy captain Mike “Baggio” Siu has become a household name in the FUFA Big League (FBL).

    Siu, like former Italian international Roberto Baggio mainly plays as a second striker – a modified role of an attacking midfielder with capability of playing in several offensive positions

    The sensational midfielder has proved to be so dangerous, dictating play from the middle of the park and scoring from very tight angles. His art at set pieces is the most impressive.

    “If opponents make mistakes (fouls) near their goal, they have to be punished!” Siu authoritatively expressed after the last FBL game where he scored an all important free kick for Blacks Power against Paidha Black Angels (PBA).

    Briefly recounting the scenario, PBA foul from slightly outside the box, they sigh with relief, it is not a penalty. So the goal keeper takes his time to arrange upto five of his men to block Siu’s sight from goal, with the tallest standing and the extreme end – understably for extra caution.

    Siu, like Baggio steps up, calmly places the ball firmly on the ground, makes three and more steps backwards, pauses, heavily breathes out, tip toes forward and simply curls the ball around the last, tallest defender to find the back of the net.

    “I have scored quite many of those before, they are just not documented,” Siu says, blaming his slow progress to limited exposure.

    Siu has routinely scored from set pieces, deservedly earning himself the enduring title “the dead ball specialist”. He executes penalties with precision, he has commendably scored direct from free kicks, and corners too!

    However, coaches have a problem with Siu. They do not really fancy his daring antics of going direct for goal from corner kicks. Yes! he has attempted and ridiculously succeeded at some.

    “Yes, the coaches think it is unreal to say that you will try to score from an angle as tight as the corner ark. But I first look at the keeper’s movements and I know exactly where to place the ball; top corner, bottom corner or hang it in space for a team mate” Siu explains.

    “The things that boy (Siu) is doing in the FBL is no surprise to me. It is a craft that has been perfected overtime, so typical of the Mike (Siu) I know. Robert Magomu, a CRO FC legend who once coached the midfielder at UCU FC Mbale attests.

    “Mike is a perfectionist, it is not by chance that he repeatedly scores those free kicks,” he adds.

    Still forging a way in Uganda’s second division league, Siu’s ultimate ambition is to at one time play for the national team, but he first wants to guide Blacks Power to their first-ever Uganda Premier League (UPL) qualification.

    In the current 2020-21 season, Blacks Power is second on the FBL Elgon group table, as Siu is leading the top scorers’ chart with an impressive 8 goals, also assisting thrice in the process.

    Of the eight, he has scored four from open play, and the other four from set pieces.

    In Sironko where he was born, Siu is a darling. He captains Halasi Clan, the innaugural winners of the Bamasaaba Bikuuka (Clans) tournament.

    He lifted the 2017 Bikuuka tournament trophy for Halasi after beating Wakoko Clan in the final at Mbale Stadium in the competition initiated by the late Sir Bob Mushikori in his reign as Umukuuka.

    In the last edition of the Bikuuka tournament (2019), Siu captained Halasi to the final where he was voted the tournament MVP for his all-round outstanding perfomance despite Halasi losing out the final on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate with Mukonde Clan.

    Baggio, as Siu prefers to be addressed prides in his special attributes. He is optimistic his work rate and efficient skills will elevate him to the top.

    Local reports have already linked the midfielder to unconfirmed interests from as many UPL clubs including BUL FC, Express FC, URA FC, Police FC and KCCA.

    Fact file:

    Name: Mike Siu

    Nickname: Baggio

    Age: 23 (13/8/10/1997)

    Club: Blacks Power

    League: FUFA Big League

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Shirt No: 17

    Via Football256

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    World Cup Draw In Full: No Group Of Death, African Champions Senegal And Finalists Cameroon Handed Easier Draws…

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    The Draw for the World Cup Finals has been held today in Doha, Qatar with African champions Senegal and Cameroon with the highest chances of going through to the next stage after getting easier groups ties compared to their African counterparts Ghana, Tunisia and Morocco.

    However, When it comes to answering the age old question of the toughest group for the tournament, nobody can really say they got a tough draw.

    Qatar v Ecuador as an opener is not the most thrilling. Germany and Spain meeting is two Euro superpowers, but with Japan and Costa Rica/New Zealand in the mix, they can afford not to risk too much.

    There is no Group of Death, England is in the same group with, USA, Iran and very possibly Ukraine.

    Brazil is in the same group with Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.

    While Messi’s Argentina is in the same group with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

    Before the draw, FIFA president Gianni Infantino used his speech to call on world leaders to stop conflicts and let peace reign.

    One of the official World Cup songs has been released.

    The track is Hayya Hayya (which means Better Together), featuring Trinidad Cardona, Davido and Aisha.

    La’eeb, the mascot for the tournament was unveiled today before the draws.

    Here is the final World Cup draw in full

    Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Holland

    Group B: England, Iran, United States, Wales/Ukraine/Scotland

    Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

    Group D: France, Peru/Australia/UAE, Denmark, Tunisia

    Group E: Spain, New Zealand/Costa Rica, Germany, Japan

    Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

    Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

    Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

     

    THE 2022 QATAR WORLD CUP

    The 2022 FIFA World Cup will get underway in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022 and the eight stadiums that will play host to the tournament are primed and ready.

    One of the stadiums is designed like a traditional Middle Eastern woven cap, another is made of shipping containers and one venue has infamously been likened to a woman’s private parts.

    While they are striking in design, the eight venues – the fewest since the 16-team 1978 World Cup in Argentina – pose a logistical relief to the fans attending arguably the most controversial World Cup ever.

    The Al Janoub Stadium that is likened to a woman’s private parts

    That is because the eight stadia are all situated with a 21-mile radius of central Doha and will be linked by a metro and tram system, making it possible to watch more than one game in the same day for any fan wishing to do so.

    Each venue, which are powered by solar panel farms, is also equipped with detailed cooling systems to battle the heat, while others have outdoor air-conditioning – even though the fact the tournament has now moved to the winter months has somewhat negated that.

    And once the tournament is done, one stadium will be dismantled while six of the venues will have half their seats taken up and sent to developing countries.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    FUFA Bans All Fans From Stadiums!…

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    Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium-Namboole

    FUFA has issued Circular number 1136 directing all clubs not to admit fans to the stadiums until further notice.

    The communication signed off by the FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza was issued on Thursday 3rd June 2021.

    The circular addressed to FUFA Members, Special Interest Groups of FUFA and Stakeholders reads;

    As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda.

    FUFA had earlier allowed up to 200 fans to watch FUFA organised and FUFA authorized competitions with strong adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This is no longer tenable in the current situation.

    Therefore, in order to ensure the Health and Safety of players, Technical staff and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.

    “As we wind up the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the Uganda Cup there shall be no fans in the stadiums,” FUFA emphasised, encouraging teams to limit all other authorized personnel to the bear minimum.

    As per the warning, SOPs must be strictly observed and COVID-19 vaccination enhanced by football officials and players throughout the country.

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    Mukwala Joins Cranes Camp!…

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    URA striker Steven Mukwala has been summoned to the Cranes camp

    URA FC striker Steven Mukwala has joined the Uganda Cranes camp after a late call up by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.

    The summoned squad of 34 players is preparing for an international friendly match against Bafana Bafana slated for 10th June 2021 in South Africa.

    Mukwala now joins three other tax collectors in the Cranes camp including his club captain Shafik Kagimu, Patrick Mbowa and Ivan Sserubiri to bring the number to four.

    URA’s number nine has so far had 20 goal involvements in 24 league appearances this season. Second, on the top scorers’ chart with only two goals less, Mukwala has scored 14 goals and assisted up to six times.

    The striker has already surpassed his last season’s tally where he scored 13 goals in 21 games hence finishing as the league’s top scorer of the 2019/20 season. The season was abandoned after 25 games due to the emergence of the Covid19 pandemic.

    The 21-year-old joins Mubiru’s side outfit hugely dominated by young players mostly featuring in the domestic league, while others make their debut appearances on the National team.

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