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    URA captain Shafik Kagimu celebrating a goal with teammates

    URA captain Shafik Kagimu is arguably the best player in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (UPL) at the moment.

    He has offered his best to the team, inspiring a string of remarkable results that have seen the team shoot to the top.

    From the past to the present, football is almost solely judged by numbers, an aspect which the midfielder admits is understandable, but notes that it can be misleading at times.

    “I love scoring but I am most interested in how the goal comes. The whole creation process is such a thrill,” the midfielder narrates adding that;

    “Whether or not I score is secondary, but the most important thing is that the team gets a positive result. The three points matter more that who appears on the score sheet.”

    Kagimu however reiterates that he is not so surprised how everyone reacts to the goals. He interestingly notes that most fans come to the stadiums to see goals in disguise of watching football.

    “I know fans love goals, but when I go out to play, I am generally thinking of how the goal is going to come,” Kagimu adds, noting that he prides in dictating play.

    Kagimu can not resist to assist. The midfielder has always been in position to pass to a team mate to score, or to atleast help the next team mate to assist the goal scorer. He has been totally involved.

    Steven Mukwala, the second top scorer in the UPL with 14 goals and Cromwell Rwothomio with nine can attest to the fact that Kagimu has always been assisting them with a cross from the right or the left to crucify the opponent ahead.

    Offcourse Kagimu’s stats as a midfielder look undeniably attractive already, but his contribution is more than scoring or assisting goals, and that is the beauty of the little magician in URA’s captain.

    URA with 57 points are sitting just a point below league leaders Express FC, thanks to Kagimu and company.

    Also to mention, URA is above the defending Champions, Vipers SC who are third with 56 points, thanks to the tax collectors’ relentless spirited fights spearheaded by the humble guy with a small body but big brains.

    URA has so far had 26 UPL games, and Kagimu has not featured in only two of those. He has been so efficient.

    The midfielder only sat out with an injury when URA hosted Bright Stars and SC Villa at the Arena of Visions.

    Not just showing up for the occasion, but Kagimu has always been equally productively present in the 24 matches he has played for URA, scoring nine goals and assisting six times.

    Worthy to note, the UPL top scorer – a prolific striker has 16 goals, and Kagimu playing from the midfield position is just a goal away from hitting double figures. He most probably will be having more than nine goals by the end of the season.

    Besides the impressive statistics for the midfielder, not only has Kagimu been hugely instrumental in URA’s attacking set up, but also pivotal to Sam Simbwa’s plans.

    Like a sergeant, Kagimu has always been at Simbwa’s service whenever called upon.

    Deployed in “unnatural” right and left wing positions by Simbwa, and “Yes sir!” has been Kagimu’s regular response with commendable perfomances from either flanks, despite the simple fact that he prefers to operate more centrally.

    Like a commander, Kagimu has represented well from the forefront, leading “the boys” with example.

    If leading is based on performance, Kagimu does not need the arm band for recognition. Rarely does he open his mouth to speak, but his actions do alot of the talking for him.

    One can understably count discipline out of the excellence equation, it is however also logical to mention that URA’s good perfomance has so much to do with team order, dominantly stimulated by their admirable number eight.

    In the 2020/21 UPL season, Kagimu for URA has been highly influential, efficient and plainly an excellent performer.

    Via Football256

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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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