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StarTimes UPL: Keeper Ali Kimera Saves  KCCA From Mbarara City Jaws

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Karim Ndugwa (left) tussling for the ball with Awany

StarTimes Uganda Premier League:

KCCA 0-0 Mbarara City

Express FC 2-0 Tooro United FC

Mbarara City’ shot stopper Ali Kimera was the man of the match as KCCA missed out on  leapfrogging Vipers to the top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Kimera made several saves as KCCA kept on piling pressure on Mbarara’s defence, backed by their powerful home crowd.

“Mbarara City is turning into one of our bogey sides but Igive them credit because they managed to contain my boys,” KCCA tactician Mike Mutebi said.

Mbarara City kept making threatening counter attacks at KCCA but Paul Mucureezi, the former KCCA striker and Karim Ndugwa were not clinical In front of goal.

Hassan Jurua, the KCCA young defender, was red carded in the 90th minute for fouling Mucureezi as he was getting through on goal.

KCCA now has 11 points from five games this season. Jude Ssemugabi who joined Mbarara City, and was the top scorer in the masaza competition, was left on Mbarara City  bench by coach Livingstone Mbabazi. The League returns on Friday and Saturday with Mbarara City taking on Villa at Kavumba.

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CAF Champions League: Vipers Miss Out On Two Billion Dime

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VIPERS were eliminated from the CAF Champions League after losing to CS Constantine of Algeria by 2-0.

Vipers needed two goals to make it to the group stages but they failed to make it and missed out on CAF’s money prize of $550,000 (Shs 2 billion).

“We did not do enough to deserve a win at home. The Defenders and strikers were so disappointing,” Martinez Espinoza the Vipers coach said.

Espinoza kept on tinkering with his squad from defense to striking line but this time he did not go away with it.  This may worry the Mexican who may soon be sacked.

Vipers failed to make history like KCCA did last year as they became the first Uganda club to qualify for the CAF Champions League group stages.

The first half ended goalless but the CS Contatine silenced the hosts in the 61th minute when they got a free kick on the edge of the area and scored their first. The got the second in five minutes.

Focus will now be switched to the local league as Vipers seek their consecutive second tittle in history.

 

By Kussam Kalema

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Manchester United Sack Manager Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho after a disastrous first half to the Premier League season.
Mourinho was pictured arriving at the training ground at 9am on Tuesday – before being called to a face-to-face meeting with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward where he was told he was fired.
United then officially confirmed the news at 9:46am, and Mourinho is set to receive a £22.5m pay-off with the club still in the Champions League.
The Portuguese, 55, guided United to League Cup and Europa League titles.
But they are sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, who beat them 3-1 on Sunday.
“A caretaker-manager will be appointed until the end of the season while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager,” United said in a statement.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.”
The caretaker-manager to replace Mourinho, who took over from Louis van Gaal in May 2016, will not be assistant coach Michael Carrick or academy boss Nicky Butt.
The candidate will be drawn from outside the club, but will not be former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

United’s haul of 26 points after their first 17 Premier League games, is their worst tally in the top flight at this stage since 1990-91.
They are 11 points off the top four and closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.
Mourinho’s sacking comes after a fall-out with £89m record signing Paul Pogba, who was an unused substitute for the defeat at Anfield on Sunday.
Following a 1-1 draw with Wolves, midfielder Pogba said he wanted United to be able to “attack, attack, attack” at home, which led Mourinho to say the France midfielder would no longer be the club’s “second captain”.
After Mourinho, who signed a contract extension in January, was sacked Pogba tweeted: “Caption this,” with a knowing expression on his face, before deleting the social media post.
In October, there were reports that Mourinho might be sacked prior to the home game against Newcastle, but after the team trailed 2-0, they turned it around to win 3-2 and seemingly buy the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss more time.
Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes attempted to calm the storm earlier in December by taking the extraordinary step of issuing a statement to say Mourinho was “very happy” and “fully committed” to the club.
But despite reaching the Champions League last 16, where United will play Paris St-Germain, they have won just one of their past six games in the Premier League.
Mourinho’s dismissal continues his run of never completing four consecutive seasons in charge of a club.
Only once has he made it into a fourth campaign, but he left Chelsea on 20 September 2007 during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

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Betway Brands The Home Of Express FC

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Express FC sponsors betway have branded the entire Mutesa II stadium.

On 5 November, betway, one of the World’s top betting companies partnered with ‘mukwano Gwabangi’ and unveiled a deal worth Shs400m at Hotel Africana.  This partnership includes shirt sponsorship and Stadium naming rights, packaged with a leveraging budget as development partners for the team and management of Express FC.

“Things are happening at Wankulukuku stadium the home of Express,” Kiwanuka Kiryowa, the Express chairman tweeted.

Having dropped two points against Vipers in a game that led to the suspension of the match officials for accepting an offside goal, Kefa Kisala’s Express is expected get three points off a coach less Onduparaka.

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