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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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    Xavi Tipped For Barca Return After Guiding Al Sadd To An Unbeaten Season In The QNB Stars League…

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    Al-Sadd players lift Xavi high in celebration after emerging victorious in a defeat-less season

    Former Barcelona captain and Spanish international, Xavi Hernandez has won his fifth trophy as a manager after guiding Al-Sadd to a defeat-less season in the Qatar Stars League.

    Al-Sadd ended the 2020-21 QNB Stars League campaign without a defeat, after a 3-0 win over Qatar SC in the Round 22 game which was played at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Friday.

    “It was a great performance against Qatar SC, delighted to finish the season undefeated. The atmosphere in the team is wonderful. We are fully ready to compete in the AFC Champions League,” Xavi said after his victory.

    With this victory, Al-Sadd ended the season with a tally of 60 points, from 19 wins, 3 draws and no single defeat and 77 goals scored, conceding only 14.

    Khaled Mahmoudi’s own goal put Al-Sadd ahead in the 3rd minute, before Rodrigo Tabata doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute. Yousuf Abdurisag then completed the scoring in the 76th minute.

    Al-Sadd got off to a strong start and got the breakthrough goal as early as in the third minute, when Abdelkarim Hassan entered the box from the left and tried to play a cross, which went in with a deflection off Qatar’s defender Khaled Mahmoudi.

    Another goal arrived later in the first half, after Al-Sadd were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hashim Ali in the box. Rodrigo Tabata stepped up and converted the spot kick to make it 2-0.

    As the game moved into the second half, Al-Sadd maintained their domination over the game, and managed to score a third goal in the 76th minute. Ali Asad dribbled into the box and laid the ball across to Yousuf Abdurisag, who scored with a first-time strike.

    Xavi has been heavily linked with a return to the Spanish club in recent months, and indeed he is said to have rejected managerial position in January after the sacking of Ernesto Valverde.

    Current Barcelona news is being dominated by the club’s upcoming presidential elections with both Victor Font and Joan Laporta plotting for Xavi to return to the Camp Nou under their regime should they win the election.

    By Baron Kironde

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    Hassan Wasswa “Forced” To Give Up National Team Football With “Much Sadness But Without Regret”…

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    Hassan Wasswa feels he's no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands

    Uganda Cranes midfielder cum defender, Hassan Wasswa has given up on National Team football after 13 Years representing Uganda.

    According to the gigantic midfielder, he has chosen to end his Cranes career, knowing he could no longer compete at a level that he finds acceptable.

    “With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands. I say this with a heavy heart; I am retiring from the National team,” Hassan Wasswa announced on Friday.

    “Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude. Playing for the Cranes has been a tremendous honor. During my 13 years as a Cranes player, I’ve always pursued success and winning football games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance. It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates and the people of Uganda,” Wasswa added.

    His versatility played a pivotal role in the Cranes’ back to back AFCON appearances in 2017 & 2019 respectively.

    Wasswa has had the privilege to play for all Uganda Cranes coaches since 2006. He started his national career with Coach Lazio Csaba in 2006, and has wound it up with Coach Jonathan McKinstry during.

    Wasswa made his Cranes debut in 2006 under ex Cranes gaffer Laszlo Czaba in his first stint at KCC FC partnering Henry Kalungi in central defence.

    The ex KCCA FC & SC Villa player is the son of the late Hassan Biruma, a KCC FC & Cranes Midfielder in the 80s.

    Reflecting on his 13 years with the Cranes, Hassan Wasswa thanked his parents, fellow players and the coaches for helping him achieve so much in football.

    Hassan Wasswa’s Adventurous Club Career;

    KCC FC – UGANDA (2006-07)

    ST.GEORGE – ETHIOPIA (2008)

    FC CAPE TOWN – S.AFRICA (2009)

    KARABKUSPOR – TURKEY (2010)

    ALTAY – TURKEY (2011)

    ERCIYESPOR – TURKEY (2012)

    KCCA FC – UGANDA (2013)

    DONG NAI – VIETNAM (2014)

    SC VILLA – UGANDA (2014-15)

    AL SHORTA – IRAQ (2015-16)

    AL NEJMEH – LEBANON (2017)

    EL GEISH – EGYPT (2018)

    AL JEDDAH – EGYPT (2019-20)

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    Just In: Magogo Critic Sulaiman Mutyaba Beaten And Arrested At FUFA – Reports…

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    Mike 'Sulaiman' Mutyaba was arrested as he protested against Moses Magogo's FUFA Presidecy

    Uganda Cranes ex-international, Mike, also known as Sulaiman Mutyaba has reportedly been beaten and arrested at FUFA in Mengo.

    Picture evidence of Mutyaba shows he was protesting against Eng. Moses Magogo’s FUFA as he was seen on a Police vehicle holding a “Magogo should retire” placard.

    Other pictures of him show his back and elbow to have been beaten possibly with a huge stick to leave a big marking on the body.

    Mutyaba recently accused Eng Moses Magogo, the FUFA President, of swindling national soccer team players’ wages throughout his reign as the FUFA President.

    Details to follow…

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