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    Uganda Cup: Top UPL Title Contenders URA, Vipers & Express All Land Premiership Sides, Also, Exciting Eastern And Western Uganda Derbies…

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    Established in 1971, the Uganda Cup is the oldest formal soccer competition in Uganda, and 2nd most prestigious tournament after the UPL

    All the teams in StarTimes Uganda Premier League and Big League have learnt their next opponents in the 2020/21 Stanbic Uganda Cup, as draws have been held today at FUFA House, Mengo.

    In this year’s format, the regional league sides have notably been excluded due to Covid-19.

    The competition will begin from Round of 32 and will involve only Uganda Premier League and FUFA Big League teams to face off on a home and away basis except the final.

    Excitingly, upto 6 Premiership Sides have been drawn against each other, 3 of which are current top title contenders in the domestic league.

    UPL holders Vipers will open their campaign at home against Busoga United, Express will tussle it out with Kyetume as UPL table leaders URA take on Mbarara City.

    The draw has also pitted two Eastern Giants, Gadafi FC and Mbale Heroes against each other.

    From Western Uganda, Kitara and Kigezi Home Boys Will battle for superiority.

    All games will be played between 5th -11th April 2021

    Full Round of 32 Draws:

    Terrazo & Tiles FC vs Maroons FC

    Onduparaka FC vs Luwero Utd FC

    Vipers SC vs Busoga Utd FC

    Water FC vs Wakiso Giants FC

    Kitara FC vs Kigezi Home Boyz FC

    Blacks Power FC vs BUL FC

    KCCA FC vs Nyamityobora FC

    Gadafi FC vs Mbale Heroes FC

    Proline FC vs MYDA FC

    Kyetume FC vs Express FC

    Kataka FC vs Tooro Utd FC

    Paidha Black Angels vs Soltilo Bright Stars FC

    Police FC vs Calvary FC

    URA FC vs Mbarara City FC

    Arua Hill FC vs UPDF FC

    SC Villa vs Ndejje University FC

    There will also be an increased prize money to fight for in The Uganda Cup, after the tournament acquired a second sponsor –Kansai Plascon who unveiled a Shs132m two-year sponsorship deal on Friday last week at the company offices in the Industrial Area.

    Accordingly, there is an increase of Shs34m in total prize money. The tournament winners will this year get Shs50m, an increase of Shs10m from the previous winners’ package.

    The runners up will still take Shs20m, the semi finalists and quarter finalists have Shs12m and Shs6m at stake respectively while teams that bow out at the round of 16 have Shs3m to take home.

    For the first time, the teams at the round of 32 will also get a share of the cash cake -amounting to Shs1.5m each.

    All Uganda Cup (formerly Kakungulu cup) Winners since 1971:

    1971 –Coffee F.C

    1972-1975-Not Held

    1976– Gangama F.C

    1977– Simba F.C

    1978 – Nsambya F.C

    1979 – KCC F.C

    1980 – KCC F.C

    1981 – Coffee F.C

    1982 – KCC F.C

    1983 – SC Villa F.C

    1984 – KCC F.C

    1985 – Express F.C

    1986 – SC Villa F.C

    1987 – KCC F.C

    1988 – SC Villa

    1989 – SC Villa

    1990 – KCC F.C

    1991 – Express F.C

    1992 – Express F.C

    1993 – KCC F.C

    1994 – Express F.C

    1995 – Express F.C

    1996 – UEB S.C

    1997 – Express F.C

    1998 – SC Villa

    1999 – Mbale Heroes S.C

    2000 – SC Villa

    2001 – Express F.C

    2002 – SC Villa

    2003 – Express F.C

    2004 – KCC F.C

    2005 – URA F.C

    2006 – Express F.C

    2007 – Express F.C

    2007/8 – Victors S.C

    2008/9 – SC Villa

    2009/10 – Victors S.C

    2010/11 – Simba S.C

    2011/12 – URA F.C

    2013/2013 – S.C Victoria University

    2013/2014 – URA F.C

    2014/2015 – Sc Villa Jogoo

    2015/2016 – Vipers SC

    2016/2017 – KCCA FC

    2017/2018 – KCCA FC

    2018/2019 – Proline FC

    2019/2020 – Cancelled

    2020/2021 –

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

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    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…

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    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..

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    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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