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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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    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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    Fred Kajoba Deserts Vipers SC After Argument With His Boss…

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    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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