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Serie A To Resume On June 20, Juve Continue Chase For Ninth Successive Serie A Title….

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Juve's Ronaldo (Courtesy Photo)

Italy’s Serie A is set to resume on June 20.

Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora gave the league the all-clear to resume on Thursday, although it will have to wait a week longer than it had initially hoped.

Spadafora held a meeting with Italian soccer authorities by video conference after a medical protocol for matches was approved earlier on Thursday.

Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The league’s 20 teams agreed earlier this month to resume competition on June 13 in empty stadiums. But, following a government decree days later banning sports until June 14, the Italian soccer federation swiftly announced that it would comply. However, it had hoped for special dispensation.

“The league will restart June 20,” Spadafora said. “There’s then the possibility that the Italian Cup semifinals and final can be played on June 13 and 17.”

The first legs of the semifinals had already been played before the lockdown, with AC Milan drawing 1-1 against Juventus and Napoli winning 1-0 at Inter Milan.

The rights for the cup matches are owned by Italy’s RAI state television.

The medical protocol is similar to that for team training, meaning that if one person within the group — player or staff — tests positive for COVID-19 the entire group must go into a retreat for 14 days.

There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round.

Juventus, which is bidding for a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title, has a one-point advantage over Lazio. Third-place Inter Milan is nine points behind Juventus but has played a match less.

The Lega Serie A is set to have a meeting on Friday where it could formalize the calendar.

Serie B, Italy’s second division, also plans to resume June 20.

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COVID19 Has Left Us Penniless, We Now Need Support – Boxing Council Boss Katongole Cries Out…

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Uganda Professional Boxing Council (UPBC) Vice President, Simon Katongole has said that their lives have been negatively affected since the outbreak of the COVID19.

In an interview with theGrapevine, Katongole said that the cancellation of all boxing fights buried their source of income.

Katongole disclosed that before the lockdown, three international fights had been arranged, one at Hotel Africana and two at International University of East Africa (IUEA).

Frank Kiwalabye was scheduled to take on a South African opponent while heavy weight boxer Shafic Kiwanuka was set to face an Egyptian.

Katongole said that they now need support like all the other organisations that have been affected by COVID19, “We are broke, we don’t have anything in our pockets.”

Katongole further hinted that even if government opens up sporting activities including boxing, as long as fans are excluded from attending these events, they will still struggle financially.

 

By Juma Ali

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Express FC Boss Bbosa Saved My Football Career After Being Frustrated And Fought By Onduparaka – Etrude Narrates…

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New Express signing Abel Etrude

Former SC Villa and Ondupraka FC midfielder Abel Etrude has praised Express FC head coach Wasswa Bbosa for saving his football career.

Etrude says that after leaving Ondupraka FC, upon having a disagreement with his bosses for not paying him for five months, he spent a year without playing football because his former bosses were frustrating his moves.

The midfielder says that Onduparaka blocked his moves to BUL FC and to SC Villa claiming that he had to first complete the two years left on his contract which forced him to first hang up his boots.

He narrates that fortunately, coach Bbosa called him and asked him what happened.

“I told him everything. He discussed my issue with Express FC chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka and FUFA. We later met and agreed on a two year contract with Express,” Etrude told theGrapevine.

“I did not think that one day I will play football again, that’s why I call coach Bbosa my father in football,” a happy Etrude told this website.

Etrude says that he is now going to concentrate on working hard to compete for a place on the national team, “I know coach Bbosa will work on my fitness because he knows my strength and weaknesses.”

Etrude, a resident of Luzira, a Kampala suburb started his football career at Kampala University, he then joined Maroons FC, SC Villa and Ondupraka FC.

 

By Juma Ali

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My Landlord Is Chasing Me Out Of The House – Ladies Boxing Champion Nakalema…

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Emily Nakalema (in Red) against Joy Namabiro in the Welter Weight bout recently

Welter weight National Open boxing champion and bomber ladies captain Emily Nakalema has told theGrapevine that her landlord is chasing her out of the house because of the Covid19 lockdown.

Emily says that since the lockdown started in March, she has lost one million two hundred fifty thousand shillings (1,250,000/=) from the Somali community in Kisenyi which she used to pay her rent and take care of herself.

Emily says that as an instructor at Gold gym in Kisenyi, she used to earn two hundred and fifty thousand shillings (250,000/=) per month from training youth from the Somali community physical fitness and some boxing skills.

Emily Nakalema (in Red) against Joy Namabiro in the Welter Weight bout recently (Photo: Batanudde.com)

She says that now that she can no longer earn that money, her landlord is breathing down her neck and threatening to throw her out of the house.

She however says that despite such challenges, she is still training hard and focused on the Olympics qualifiers in Paris.

“Despite all this, I train everyday with my coach Abdu Kabuye in preparations for the Olympics qualifiers in Paris,” Nakalema says.

Emily, who missed a chance of qualify for Olympics in Senegal this year after losing in the semifinals said that once she qualifies for the Olympics, her life will change for the better since she hopes to get good scouts and promoters after qualifying.

 

By Juma Ali

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