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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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    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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    Fred Kajoba Deserts Vipers SC After Argument With His Boss…

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    Fred Kajoba

    Fred Kajoba has definitely left his role as head coach of Vipers Sports.

    According to local sports website Footbal256, Kajoba decided to end his relationship with Vipers SC after the club’s technical director Charles Masembe asked him to decide between Vipers and the Uganda Cranes.

    “When I went for our afternoon training session at Vipers, Mr. Masembe called me in his office and asked me to choose between Vipers and Uganda,” Kajoba told Football256.

    “Without thinking twice, I told him I choose Uganda, when Vipers hired me I was working with the Uganda Cranes and I will always choose the Cranes any day over any club job.”

    “So I have resigned from the job, I have said my good byes to the players and I am leaving the premises now,” Kajoba added as he left St Mary’s Stadium.

    Apparently, Kajoba at the expense of Vipers’ training had earlier today been part of the Cranes training at the MTN Omondi Stadium Lugogo as the side commenced preparations for their June 10th friendly with South Africa in Johannesburg.

    Trouble ensued there, provided that there is less than 48 hours to Viper’s Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal return leg against SC Villa at the Military barracks in Bombo.

    Kajoba joined Vipers midway the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season and led them to their fourth title much as the season was cancelled with five games to.

    It is not yet clear whether Kajoba leaves with his trusted right hand man Paul Kiwanuka or the latter will stay to see Vipers through the reminder of the season together with Francis Mugerwa and goalkeeping coach Ibrahim Mugisha.

    Before his resignation, Vipers were third on the Premier League log on 56 points, two points behind log leaders Express and one point behind second placed URA.

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