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    OPINION: Where Are The Receipts If You Paid The Cranes’ Players? Don’t Just Show Us A List – Aldrine Nsubuga To FUFA…



    FUFA president, Eng. Moses Magogo (L) and Aldrine Nsubuga

    Celebrated football columnist and analyst, Aldrine Nsubuga has criticised the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) for “acting so unprofessional” by displaying a list of what Uganda Cranes players’ earnings.

    He notes that he’s not even sure if the money has been paid like claimed by FUFA.

    Yesterday, FUFA publicly posted all the payments as they were made to National Senior Team Players for a period of the past 33 months (from July 2018-March 2021)

    According to FUFA, those payments were direct income by players and do not include any other expenses incurred on the team over the period.

    FUFA’s resolution to publicly post a list of all the beneficiaries, exposing exactly who received how much, for everyone else to see has since sparked mixed reactions from football lovers and the entire public, some are contented and impressed with how much millions each player is going to get, and others (so many) are utterly dissapointed with the same- stating that it was so unprofessional of such an authority to stoop so low to public opinions.

    Nsubuga has now further tasked the federation to go ahead and prove their claims with “substantial evidence” since it’s the path they (FUFA) have chosen to take.

    Here below is Aldrine Nsubuga’s call to FUFA;

    A List Is A list. A List.

    A list is not payment. A list is not proof of payment. It’s a list. This is a list of names and figures alongside each name. It’s my nothing more.

    If FUFA wanted to give us proof of payment of players monies, they would have produced a  bank statement for each player. It’s the only proof of transfer of payment. It’s also a receipt. With that – no questions asked.

    But FUFA know very well thay can’t produce bank statements. They also know they can’t show us the FUFA bank statement that would prove transfer. So they took the cheap way out – show a LIST OF PLAYERS and figures and put on a FUFA letter head.

    The assumption was that football people are gullible so this would close the inquisition.

    Well how wrong! There are some football people who are better than gullible. They analyze everything. From where I sit, a list is a list. This is a list. It says nothing about paying players.

    In fact, it has now raised more questions than answers.

    1. Fufa has always insisted they are not accountable to the public. This is not accountability. It’s writing a list. So what are they attempting to do now?

    2. They organized the arrest, beating and locking up of Mike Mutyaba for asking for accountability and they said he was a goon. That’s why they beat him up. So what is this list with Uganda Cranes players? Money for what?

    3. The moneys on the list are from government and state house – why not send this list to state house and ministry of finance?  The public never asked for this list, the public asked FUFA to pay the players.

    FUFA has not paid the players, they have typed a list. A list!

    Banange bana Uganda ffe twazza gwaki? Why does everyone think tuli nga ndiga oba mbuzi ku ttale? Throw anything at us and we are supposed to say “thank you or”

    FUFA pay the players. Stop the foolery.



    Who Is Fooling Who: Express FC Unveils New Sponsor, Cancels Melbet Contract Few Weeks After Signing…



    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…



    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..



    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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