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    Muhangi Is Thief – Buchana, Reveals Details To Fight Between Uganda’s Shafick Kiwanuka And Argentina’s Nesto Fabian….

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    Shafik Kiwanuka in action. Inset is Muhangi (L) and Buchana (R)

    Big Striker Promotion chairman Sam Buchana has revealed that Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) President Moses Muhangi is a typical thief.

    In an interview with theGrapevine, at his home in Muyenga, Buchana also disclosed how they are prepared to host one of the biggest international boxing fight this year that is going to take place on Friday next week between Shafik Kiwanuka alias ‘The killing machine’ and Argentina’s Nesto Fabian Insaurralde at International University of East Africa [IUEA].

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to join boxing among other games?

    Buchana: Because I see so many young people who have a lot of hope in boxing yet it is not being given the investment and attention it deserves to give hope to these youths. So, I made up my mind to push it up.

    Grapevine: So far, what have you done for boxing?

    Buchana: I have brought institutions like UPDF and Police on board and I own their boxers like Ivan Magumba and Mzei Aldina.

    Grapevine: Uganda Professional Boxing Commission [UPBC] president, Salim Uhuru is planning to step aside, what’s your take?

    Buchana: He’s very busy, that’s why he’s planning to step aside but we will miss him.

    Grapevine: Do you have plans of replacing him as UPBC president?

    Buchana: If I’m given the chance.

    Boxer Shafik Kiwanuka

    Grapevine: Talk about the conflicts between Salim Uhuru and Moses Muhangi?

    Buchana: Moses Muhangi is a typical thief; all he wants from boxing is money.

    Grapevine: Why do you say that?

    Buchana: He’s not straight and has not helped these boxers grow their talent by using the little available resources to create working structures.

    Grapevine: How are you prepared for Shafik Kiwanuka’s fight?

    Buchana: The preparation are going on well and the fighters from abroad have already received their air tickets and on their way coming.

    Grapevine: Why did you change the opponent because at first it was Georgia’s Goirgi Kopadze?

    Buchan: I think Georgia’s Goirgi Kopadze feared the fight. So, he gave an excuse that there was instability in their country and flights were not allowed.

    Grapevine: How many rounds will the main fight have?

    Buchana: 10 rounds for the main fight.

    Grapevine: Who are you planning to invite as your guest of honour at the fight?

    Buchana: President Museveni because he’s a strong supporter of Shafik and Lt. Gen. Muhoozi. We have already sent them our invitations.

    Grapevine: Is it true that Shafik Kiwanuka is given small money compared to money you promised him?

    Buchana: It’s not true, go and ask Shafik but what I know, those rumours are being peddled by our enemies.

    Grapevine: What are you planning for Shafik Kiwanuka?

    Grapevine: After this intercontinental belt, we are looking for Tyson Fury’s belt in the heavy weight category.

     

    By Juma Ali

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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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    SHOCKING: NCS Officials Forced To Vomit She Cranes Money After Girls Protest Being Given Shs.50,000 Upon Returning From Birmingham Instead Of Shs.7 Million…

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    She Cranes in Birmigham

    It was a tug of war as the netball national team (She Cranes) persuaded officials from the National Council of Sports [NCS] to give them their money.

    The drama started when the first batch of Ugandan Athletes who competed in the just concluded Common Wealth games in Birmigham, England returned today.

    Kayiira Jackson, the netball media officer told theGrapevine that the netball federation hired a minibus to pick the players from Entebbe airport.

    Kayiira divulged that upon reaching the airport, they found a parliamentary mini bus already picking some players and because it was not enough to take all of them, including the cyclists, the remaining athletes had to occupy their mini bus.

    TEARS AT NCS

    Upon reaching the premises of National Council of Sports in Lugogo, where the players hoped to get their seven million shilling (Shs.7,000,000)  allowances, which was promised to them by NCS as soon as the tournament ended, they were given the bad news that their allowances were not ready.

    Each player was quickly given fifty thousand shillings (Shs.50,000) as transport by the gate man at the premises to return home.

    According to Kayiira, no NCS officials was around by the time the team arrived at the premises. Instead, the official decided to run into hiding and gave the gateman money the Shs.50,000 for each player as transport.

    TheGrapevine has learnt that two players from netball, Juan Nampungu and Jesca Achan received their seven million shilling while in Birmingham and the rest were told that their money is in Uganda, 10 players and 4 officials were not paid.

    Later today, when the officials learnt that the media was following up on the matter, they started quietly paying some players.

    Sandra Nabirige, who plays as a goal defender (netball), told theGrapevine that she received six million shilling (instead of seven) on her mobile money account at 1:46pm.

    Irene Eyaru, who plays as a goal attack (netball) also assured theGrapevine that she received the six million shilling on her mobile money at 1:46pm.

    Sources in NCS have intimated to theGrapevine that officials decided to vomit part of the money after increasing pressure from the players, that is why they had to pay them via mobile money.

    According to inside information, each player who went to Birmingham for the commonwealth games was supposed to receive their money through equity bank.

    When Grapevine called the assistant general secretary NCS, he said that he cannot comment on the matter.

    Uganda netball team beat South Africa 54-48 to end their campaign in a historic 5th place – one better than their 6th-place finish in 2018 in Australia.

    The final position meant that Uganda ended the Games as the highest-ranked African nation, with South Africa taking 6th place and Malawi 7th.

    Overall, Team Uganda bagged a total of five medals in Birmigham and they included three gold medals.

    Notably, Teddy Nakimuli became the first Ugandan female boxer to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    I’m Going To Win Commonwealth Medal For My Mum Who Was Knocked By Speeding Boda Boda – Bombers Captain Vows…

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    Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa in action

    Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa has told theGrapevine that he is determined to win a medal at this year’s commonwealth games in Birmingham, England for his late mother.

    Tukamuhebwa’s mother, Enid Bindishanga died after she was knocked by a speeding motor bike along Jinja Road.

    Enid had gone at the meat parker along Port Bell Road to buy meat for the family.

    She was rushed to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

    “I am going to do everything possible to win a medal in this competition for my mum,” the Naguru based boxer said.

    Tukamuhebwa narrated that after his mother’s death, life became meaningless because she meant a lot to him and his siblings, “that’s why I want to win a medal in her memory.”

    I AM THE FATHER NOW

    Tukamuhebwa  also disclosed that after his mum’s death, he is now the bread winner at home and has to act like a parent to his young siblings and also look for their school fees.

    I WILL USE THE MONEY I GET TO HELP MY SIBLINGS

    He added that he is going to use the money government will give him as his facilitation, funds from Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) president Moses Muhangi and President Museveni’s pledge if he wins a medal, to cater for his siblings.

    This will be Tukamuhebwa’s second international competition after the all Africa games in 2019 in Morocco, where he was defeated in the first encounter.

    The commonwealth games are scheduled to take place between 28th July to 8th August 2022.

    Uganda will be represented in several sports disciplines which include; boxing, athletics, swimming, squash, table tennis, badminton, rugby 7’s and netball.

    theGrapevine wishes our men and women the best in Birmingham.

     

    By Juma Ali

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