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    Namboole Disqualified! Where Will Uganda Host World Cup Qualifiers From?…



    An aerial view of the Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium-Nambiole

    As the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying games edge closer, there is growing uncertainty over where Uganda will host its games from.

    With Namboole disqualified, Nakivubo under construction, and Kitende lacking some facilities like floodlights, the Uganda Cranes may have to host games away from home.

    A team from FUFA joined by the Vipers’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Simon Njuba, stadium manager, Edward Junior Mulindwa and the club sporting director, Charles Masembe inspected the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende a prerequisite ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers slated to kick off in June this year.

    The playing area, team dug-outs, VIP section, general stands, media tribune, dressing rooms, Caf and Fifa officials’ offices, referees rooms, dispensary, lavatories, parking lot, entry as well as exit routes, ambulances’ area, stadium score board were all inspected.

    That was the first stage of the well phased inspection guide which would culminate into a report that will immediately be presented to Caf and Fifa prior to the commencement of the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

    The development comes in the wake of a tranquil campaign where the St Mary’s Stadium Kitende hosted three high profile Caf engagements in the recently concluded Afcon 2021 qualifiers, the Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup.

    Cranes hosted the last two matches of the Afcon 2021 qualifiers against South Sudan and Burkina Faso at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

    Uganda could run to immediate Neighbours Kenya who have over 10 playing fields acceptable by FIFA standards, but it makes no logical sense since Kenya is one of Uganda’s 3 opponents in the World Cup qualifying contest.

    Now, with time closing in, some sports analysts have advised that Uganda should seek help from neighbouring Tanzania to host home games since it’s most likely that for Uganda to host at Kitende, floodlights have to be installed and access roads to the stadium repaired with a very short time.


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    FUFA Bans All Fans From Stadiums!…



    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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    Mukwala Joins Cranes Camp!…



    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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    Fred Kajoba Deserts Vipers SC After Argument With His Boss…



    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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