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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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    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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