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    VIPERS SC v AL HILAL CLUB: Kajoba Has No Excuse To Fail At Home, Toha, Shaban All Up For Selection…

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    Vipers’ head coach Fred Kajoba

    CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Preliminary Round

    November 28, 2020

    Uganda Premier League Champions, Vipers SC will host Al Hilal Club in the first leg of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League Preliminary round at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende today at 4pm.

    It will be both an exciting and challenging moment for Vipers’ head coach Fred Kajoba, who will be leading his side for the first time at this grand stage and against a more tested and experienced opponent.

    For the Venoms, there is no two ways about it as it will be a ‘do-or-die affair’ as they vividly know that a comfortable home victory will give them the impetus to go further in the elite league ahead of the trip to Sudan next week for the return leg at the Omdurman Stadium.

    There’s hardly any excuse for Kajoba’s side despite lack of competitive games as a result of the delay in resumption of the domestic league. The reigning StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions have done more than ample preparations and are in perfect shape for this anticipated encounter.

    “We have been working on quite a lot and we are happy that the team is very positive. The lads are in great shape and beaming with confidence. We are keen to get the best results on Saturday,” says Kajoba.

    This will be the first time Vipers is meeting Al Hilal Omdurman but the second time the former faces a club from the neighbouring nation of Sudan.

    How Vipers has fared at home in the preliminary round in previous CAF club engagements.

     

    2016: Caf Confederations Cup

    Vipers 1-0 Enyimba FC (Nigeria)

    2017: Caf Champions League        Vipers 0-0 Volcan de Moroni (Comoros)

    2017: Caf Confederations Cup    Vipers1-0 Platinum Stars (South Africa)

    2018: Caf Champions League

    Vipers 1-0 El Merriekh (Sudan)

    Vipers 0-2 CS Constantine FC (Algeria)

    2018: Caf Champions League        Vipers 0-0 Club Sportif Sfaxien (Tunisia)

    Team News:

    Venoms coach Fred Kajoba has a fit and raring healthy pool of players to choose from for his Match Day Squad as there are no injury concerns.

    The tactician will unleash Congolese import Ceasar Manzoki Lobi, who will also be making his debut, in the Venoms colours since joining last month from AS Vita.

    Rashid Toha, Livingstone Mulondo and Mohammed Shaban, who missed last season’s action due to injuries are all back, will be available for selection and are likely to have a decisive say in the match on Saturday.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    KCCA FC Contracts Sarjan To Construct MTN – Omondi Stadium, Results Expected Within 2 Years…

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    Kampala and Uganda’s traditional football giants, KCCA FC have a moved a step further to development as a football club by pushing for the construction of their Lugogo based home stadium.

    Following the bidding process for the construction of the MTN – Omondi Stadium, KCCA announced that Sarjan Construction was selected as the contractors for the scheduled construction works.

    “The site has been handed over to Sarjan Construction to commence works for the first phase of construction. These works are expected to last a period of 18 months,” KCCA revealed.

    KCCA can live up to the hype if they can compete favorably not only on the pitch but in other aspects as well, like accommodative infrastructure.

    In the recent continental clubs engagement for instance, KCCA had to host a crucial game away from home at Kitende based St. Mary’s Stadium, home to their local rivals Vipers SC.

    In the meantime, KCCA’s offices and all football activities will remain at MTN – Omondi Stadium during the first phase of construction.

    “In this fast-moving environment, we will issue more updates when appropriate,” an official statement from the management of KCCA FC reads in part.

     

    By Baron Kironde

     

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    Zebra Was Killed By Security Personnel – M7 Recounts How Boxing Champion Mando Was Shot Dead, Says His Killers Will Pay Heavily…

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    President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that it’s security personnel that killed former Bombers captain Zebra Ssenyange alias Mando.

    The boxing champion was shot dead yesterday morning.

    “When I heard of the unfortunate death of Isaac Ssenyange alias Mando Zebra, Uganda’s boxer and former captain of the Bombers. I telephoned his wife who narrated to me the events in detail,” Museveni disclosed.

    The president also disclosed that Zebra was an NRM supporter, and was mobilising for his political party so well. The president added that he was also training many youth in the ghetto and giving them hope in their search for meaningful life.

    “Indeed, Zebra was meant to come and see me when he was killed,” the president admitted.

    Museveni intimated that Zebra’s wife told him that people in police uniform came to pick Zebra but he jumped over the wall and could have met another group who shot him.

    “At first I thought they were thugs disguising in uniform, but as I continued investigations, I found out that Zebra was killed by security personnel,” Museveni disclosed.

    Museveni with regret said; “This is sad and devastating and I am very sorry about this. I will keep on this case and will bring every finding to the knowledge of his family and the murderers will be dealt with accordingly.”

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    Robert “Soldier boy” Mukasa Who Was Abducted On The Night Of Zebra Ssenyange’s Murder Has Also Been Found Dead…

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    On Tuesday night, December 30, 2020, yet-to-be identified gunmen shot dead former national boxing team captain Zebra Ssenyange aka Mando in Bugalani zone in Bwaise III, Kawempe Division, Kampala.

    On their way to commit this gruesome murder, the assailants abducted Robert Mukasa alias Soldierboy from a night parking spot he was guarding in Bwaise to direct them to Ssenyange’s home.

    After killing Ssenyange, they drove off with Mukasa to an unknown location and he stayed missing for the bigger part of yesterday.

    Unfortunately, he has been found dead near Bombo Barracks in Luweero District. It is believed that the same assailants that killed his friend Ssenyange the night before killed him.

    Sources say that Mukasa has been living with Ssenyange and that he (Ssenyange) has been his boxing coach.

    Yesterday, Police said that they have started investigating Ssenyange’s murder in order to bring those who killed him to book, but by press time, they have not yet pronounced themselves about Mukasa’s murder.

     

    By Norman Isaac Mwambazi

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