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    Panic As Masaza Tournament Hangs In Balance, Buganda Officials, Players, Coaches And Managers Set To Lose Millions….



    This year’s Masaza Cup tournament hangs in balance over the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Masaza Cup is Buganda’s most prestigious tournament that takes place every year in the different counties in Buganda with the final held at Namboole stadium.

    According to Haji Sulaiman Ssejjengo, the chairman Masaza organizing committee, they still have hope that the tournament may take place without fans in the stadiums. Ssejjengo stressed that their hope now lies in the hands of the government.

    “If government permits us, we may be forced to play the tournament without fans in the stadiums,” Ssejjengo said.

    Because of the prominence of the tournament, it has recently attracted huge sponsorship deals from big companies. Among them is telecom giants Airtel who pumped UGX1.2 billion in the tournament and Centenary bank who injected UGx490million last year alone.

    However, this may not happen this year especially once these companies are not assured of the numbers (supporters).

    Abbey Musinguzi alias Abtex, who was the first person to organise the finals in Namboole stadium told Grapevine Sport that the Masaza lukiiko is likely to lose over 200 million in the final alone.

    “I don’t think this year’s tournament will take place. Coronavirus has affected every sector especially those that gather huge crowds. Buganda will lose millions especially those in administration and at different levels,” Abtex said.

    Benard Bainamani, the Kyaggwe county administrator told Grapevine Sport that indeed there is panic after so many questions raised by different teams on how they are going to survive without fans went unanswered.

    Bainamani disclosed that on average, each county team has a budget of around Shs.200 million for the four months of the tournament.

    “On average, a player of Kyaggwe needs a sign on fee of Shs.3million, so counties may not afford to pay that money once they realise that fans will be absent,” Bainamani said.

    Bainamani  also expressed his worry on where the money to pay players and pay for match day expenses is going to come from.

    He said that Kyaggwe, an average team that has not reached the class of Buddu, Gomba and Ssingo counties has a budget of Shs.70 million to recruit players, cater for their bonuses and the coaching staff  which cannot be recovered once there are no fans during home matches.

    The tournament normally starts in the second week of June every year and Bulemeezi were last year’s champions.


    By Juma Ali



    FUFA Bans All Fans From Stadiums!…



    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!…



    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…



    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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