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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).

    By Baron Kironde

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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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