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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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    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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    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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