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    UPL Top Of The Table Clash: Tied At 30 Points, URA, 2nd Hosts Leaders Vipers At The AoV, Ndejje…

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    URA defender Michael Birungi tracks down a Vipers at the AoV, Ndejje (Photo credit: Vipers SC) foward

    It’s very tight at the top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League UPL at the moment.

    Defending Champions and current leaders Vipers SC visit URA FC today in a match that could prove crucial to the Venoms chances of retaining the title, or putting it at stake.

    In 2nd and 1st position respectively, the tax collectors are tied on 30 Points with Vipers after 13 games. Advantageous Vipers is on top with a better goal difference.

    This fixture is a meeting of the frontrunners which is expected to have sparks especially with both sides coming into this game after phenomenal victories. URA FC beat Police 2-0 while Vipers SC dispatched SC Villa 3-0 midweek.

    Victory for Fred Kajoba’s side will see them extend their lead on top of the table while any result less than victory will affect their morale going into next Wednesday’s showdown with KCCA FC.

    “There is no better timing for this fixture than Saturday; we are well prepared to face one of the best sides in the league. Our confidence at this point is high after picking good results against Villa. We know it will be a close contest but we are up for the task,” Kajoba warned.

    However the Venoms have struggled in the past away meetings against the tax collectors. The Kitende side last won 1-0 away in 2017/18 season at Namboole while last season’s visit ended in a 3-1 humiliation at the Arena of Visions.

    “It is a test we have found hard to pass but we are going to fight for everything from the start to the end.” Kajoba added.

    There will be renewal of acquaintances when Siraje Sentamu returns to Ndejje to face a side he once played for.

    Likewise former Venoms; Brian Nkuubi, Ashraf Mandela, Steven Mukwala and Benjamin Nyakoojo who now play for URA FC will be turning their guns against their previous pay masters.

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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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