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    MLW 1:0 UG: Uganda Needed Just 1 Point To Qualify – What Went Wrong?  

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    The Uganda Cranes team that started against Malawi

    The Malawi Flames have just knocked out the Uganda Cranes to qualify for January 2022’s delayed 2021 AFCON Finals in Cameroon, after a narrow 1-0 win.

    The Malawi Flames confidently overcame the visiting Uganda Cranes in a swim or sink tie at Kamuzu Stadium today afternoon.

    Malawi was faced with an uphill task to collect all 3 points without fail from their Ugandan opponents who only needed a point to qualify. They instead lost by a goal to nil away to Malawi in Blantyre city.

    Richard Mbulu’s headed goal as early as the 15th minute was enough to see the hosts through.

    The Malawi Flames came fuming, and the Uganda Cranes who flew to Blantyre on a chartered plane for a special “fire extinguishing” mission terribly failed at it.

    The match was played behind closed doors. But fortunately for those who accessed the internet, streamed the game live on Football Association of Malawi Facebook page.

    Emulating Sudan, Malawi knocked out favorites South Africa, who like Uganda only needed a point to qualify.

    Uganda approached the game with extra caution, with coach Abdallah Mubiru shifting in more defenders to his side to contain the game against against a revamped Malawian side that started the campaign on a rather low note

    The Flames approached this game with a very tactical sense; they were too fast to read, and too slippery to handle.

    Malawi Utilised Their Home Advantage Well;

    And technically to mention offcourse, Malawi was playing at home. There were no fans, but there’s always that advantageous position playing on home soil. Malawi quite used it well.

    The 90 minutes clearly indicate that the hosts purely won in a sporting manner, but the build up to the game is justifiable for the Cranes to cry foul.

    The Ugandan coach was forced to alter his starting XI a few moments to the game. That sounds light, but counts as a very major distractive element.

    Up to four Cranes’ players, including experienced goal keeper and team captain, Dennis Onyango, midfielder Taddeo Lwanga and forwards Ibrahim Orit And Farouk Miya were initially put on hold as they awaited their COVID19 results to be scrutinized.

    They were all lately declared healthy and cleared to play against Malawi, forcing the coach to rethink his line up. Even when the initially blacklisted players were screened through, the Cranes camp was totally disorganized, and that was evident on the pitch, judging from their disorganized performance from the very opening minutes of the game.

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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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