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    Onyango To Follow His “Brother” Wasswa In Retirement, Tells Magogo To Look For Other Players Who Will Not Play “Shitty” Football To Take Uganda To World Cup…

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    Cranes senior players; Dennis Onyango (R), Hassan Wasswa (M), and Khalid Aucho (L). Multiple sources have indicated that there's an ongoing inside protest by senior players to shun the upcoming World Cup qualifiers

    Uganda Cranes number one goal keeper and team captain, Dennis Onyango has revealed that he will soon be retiring from international duties, following his “brother” Hassan Wasswa’s announcement of the same this week.

    Wasswa, after playing national team football for over 10 years was “forced” to end his Cranes career, knowing he could no longer compete at a level that he finds acceptable.

    “With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands. I say this with a heavy heart; I am retiring from the National team,” Hassan Wasswa announced on Friday.

    “Thanks for everything my brother, Hassan Wasswa. On and off the field, you were one of the best guys around. Congratulations on a great 13 year Cranes career and know am soon following suit,” Onyango said to Wasswa, who has been his first vice captain at the time of retirement.

    Onyango “Tired Of Making Money For FUFA”: Isn’t The Captain Retiring Because Of Magogo?

    Previously, The Uganda Cranes, captained by Onyango failed to qualify for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations finals due in Cameroon next year. The team automatically shifted focus to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that get will kick off in June 2021.

    Apparently, Onyango, who is now 35 has made it clear that he will not be part of Uganda’s next campaign to try to take the team to the World Cup because he believes it’s about time he hands over the button to the next generation after over a decade of great service, but also notably because he’s “tired of making money for Magogo” (the FUFA President)

    Onyango boldly made the statement, angrily firing back at FUFA President, Eng Moses Magogo who had earlier on publicly criticized the Cranes’ performance at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon after he was questioned for accountability. Magogo termed Uganda’s performance at the January tournament as ‘shitty’, justifying why the team players were denied allowances.

    “I do not know who will play for him (Magogo) in the World Cup qualifiers because as for me, I do not have the time for that,” Onyango stated in a WhatsApp audio making rounds online before adding that:

    “I am really tired of making money for those FUFA guys, let him (Magogo) start another team and we see those who do not play ’shitty’ football and make the money for him.”

    With only two months to go until the Cranes take on Kenya in their first World Cup qualification game in Group E, Ugandans can only highly anticipate to see if Onyango will keep his word, most Uganda Cranes fans are for sure praying that he swallows his words and dons the national colors as well-he’s arguably not only the most experienced, but also the best player on the team.

    And Onyango’s statements were clearly driven out of anger, he might fortunately for his fans change his mind after calming down.

    Magogo’s “Wide Mouth” Has Annoyed Very Many

    Whereas the FUFA President might sound right to many who believe in only “Payment for Results”, not so many people are happy with him, mostly footballers.

    At the moment, not only Onyango, but many more current and former members of the Uganda Cranes have expressed their disappointment with the FUFA President for his denting and “uncalled for” statement.

    And for most of the Ugandan football fans, they feel it’s absurd to see Magogo rubbishing the national team players.

    “It’s not criminal to not qualify, but it’s so unethical to discourage and underrate the work of our team. Uganda Cranes is the only entity that is currently uniting us all Ugandans regardless of our differing affiliations,” Kaweesi who has supported local football and the Cranes for over 15 years now said.

    For Onyango, like Kaweesi and other football followers, other than public criticism, it only required Magogo to come out with an explanation given the fact FUFA owes the players the money.

    How Much Does FUFA Owe The Players?

    After consultations, theGrapevine established that no Uganda Cranes player is on pay roll, except the coaching staff. The players however survive on allowances and hand-outs which sometimes never reach in time, or never reach at all.

    According to Onyango, the government allocated UGX 10 billion to the football governing body in this financial year, whereby 50 national team players whose names FUFA submitted were each entitled to one million shillings monthly, which money has not reached the recipients even as we’re closing in on another financial year.

    “I was also told that the federation did not even give these players the jerseys they used at the CHAN tournament, that is being mean amd unprofessional,” captain Onyango said in disbelief.

    Meanwhile, the whistleblower, Mike ‘Sulaiman’ Mutyaba was faced with big trouble this same week, as he was battered and arrested at FUFA as he was protesting against the same.

    He was beaten by the guards at FUFA house in Mengo as he carried along manilla papers with “Magogo should retire wordings”.

    Mutyaba has since been released from Police detention, but he has vowed to start from where he stopped from; to demand for what he says rightfully belongs to the players (their allowances).

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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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