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    Missaga Resigns As SC Villa President

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    Eng. Ben Misagga has resigned as SC Villa president as elections for a new club president draw near. SC Villa are the all-time Uganda League champions (16 times) .

    “I organized elections and they were stopped because of a mere petition. They thought I was going to fight but I have decided to move on,” Misagga told Villa fans who had gathered for a meeting today at Villa Park.

    Misagga’s resignation comes on the heels of an intervention from FUFA into the club’s elections scheduled to take place on 14 August 2018. “My Leadership was ending yesterday, FUFA stopped us from continuing with club elections process, so I can’t continue as the club president,but I will remain a villa fan forever,” Missaga said.

    In the same meeting, the aspiring club president Dennis Mbidde comforted Jogoo fans that the resignation of Missaga will not sink the club but he (Mbidde) is in place to resolve all the challenges that facing the club at the moment and he is going to bring back the club into the hands of the fans because it’s a fans’ club.

    “I will concentrate on way forward, not what has happened today, we need Villa,a winning Villa and that’s villa am bringing, we need villa that respect fans because it’s a fans’ club, finally sorting out the ownership of villa, let each fan buy one share at a cost of 100000/- and we shall resolve that in the next one month.” Denis Mbidde, who is also a former club vice president said.

    Threer other people have expressed interest in the top villa post, among them is Edgar Agaba, former club striker Gibby Kalule and lawyer Muhammad Bazirengedde.

     

    By Remmy Atugonza

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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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