Month: April 2017

Rwenzori region Post Primaries

The boys’ final between Kasese Moslem ss and Kyabenda ss was unable to come to an end yesterday 22/04/2017 after St Solomon that had versed and lost to Kyabenda in penalty shoot outs in semifinals came to know & petitioned them for using mercenaries.

The match was asked to be stopped in the 50th minutes, Kasese Moslem leading with a goal scored in the 20th minute.

The final matches for both boys & girls were DISABLED by the Kamwenge district community, and the Chairman Rwenzori region Mr Kagaba Joshua ordered all schools to travel back to their districts.

The Executive members had an emergency meeting in Fort portal yesterday evening with a national guest to take further decisions.

From the meeting, the committee decided that the finals be played on Wednesday 26/04/2017 at Buhinga grounds – Fort portal.

*Boys*

Kasese Moslem Vs King Solomon

*Girls*

King of Kings Vs Hillside HS.

Kasese Moslem, King Solomon and Kamwenge VOC SS to represent the region at nationals for boys and King of Kings, Hillside HS, St Theresa and Kamwenge vocational ss to represent for girls.

The above information was collected and confirmed from the Chairman Rwenzori region Mr Kagaba Joshua.

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*KCCA FC AND URA FC SHARE SPOILS – AUPL*By Magero Moses Mwanje

*KCCA FC AND URA FC SHARE SPOILS – AUPL*
By Magero Moses Mwanje
KCCA FC and URA FC shared spoils in a closely contested Azam Uganda Premier League game at Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Wednesday evening.
The game that ended 2-2 earned the league holders bragging rights after they ascended back to the summit of the 16 team log with 47 points from 22 games. 
It was the tax collectors though who drew first blood through a Feni Ali strike 15 minutes after the start.

This acted as a wakeup call for the 11 time league winners who played without regulars Timothy Awany at the back and Brian Majwega in midfield were missing through injury and illness respectively.  
Teenage sensation Allan Okello who gave URA FC players a run for their money the entire afternoon then came close in the 24th minute with a clever attempt that custodian Nafian Alonzi saved. 


KCCA FC gaffer Mike Mutebi then called the shots when he withdrew Paul Mucureezi on 32 minutes for Isaac Muleme. 

It took the left back five minutes to score a beautiful volley for level matters before halftime, it was Muleme’s first goal in KCCA FC colours.

In the second half, Tom Masiko was withdrawn for Robert Sentongo in a move to have more numbers upfront but it was URA FC who capitalized quickly through a Diego Hamis Kizza’s strike.

KCCA FC pressed hard and in the 66th minute referee Alex Muhabi gave pointed to the spot after Julius Ntambi held the ball in the forbidden area. 

Geoffrey Serunkuuma made no mistake and slotted home from 12 yards to take his tally to 16 in the league and 22 in the season. 
The visitors then withdrew scorer Ali Feni for Richard Wandyaka and Shafic Kagimu for Elukanah Nkugwa in search for a winner but it was all in vain.
KCCA FC gaffer then introduced Ivan Ntege for teenager Allan Okello to cool the game off and 2-2 is how it ended, spoils shared but KCCA FC keeping tabs on the 12th league title.

BENJAMIN OCHAN’S HEROICS HELP KCCA FC WRITE HISTORY IN CAF CONFEDERATIONS CUP 

By MAGERO MOSES MWANJE

KCCA FC went into the second leg of the CAF Confederations Cup game in Ismalia, Egypt against Al Masry with a home win advantage and this came to be the lads’ boost till the 24th minute when Ahmed Goma of All Masry slotted the ball past custodian Benjamin Ochan to draw the tie level 1 all on aggregate.


The home side seemed to be enjoying the home advantage as they looked so comfortable on home turf and kept putting in electric counter attacks and breaks but the KCCA fc was equal to the task. 
With the game tied level at 1 all after full time. Both teams then faced off in a tense penalty shootout that saw custodian Benjamin Ochan produce a heroic performance to save All Masry’s 2nd and 3rd penalty on the bounce and then hold his nerve tight to score the decisive penalty to ensure KCCA FC make history as the 1st Ugandan club to play in the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup. 


Other players that scored for KCCA FC in the shootouts were Geoffrey Serunkuuma, Muzamir Mutyaba, Timothy Awany and man of the moment Benjamin Ochna. Brian Majwega cluttered his kick off the crossbar.

NAMILYANGO GET THEIR RUGBY “LA DECIMA”. By R.K 

After some high intense, off the edge rugby from the semi finals the previous weekend where powerhouse Namilyango had to recover from an early shocker to narrowly pip Makerere college plus events through out the week with the discovery of an ineligible player that had premature finalists Kololo SS disqualified, the finals were set to be the sole source of attention for all rugby romantics after a topsy turvy 7 days.
With kyadondo yet again mudded by the night rains, all the sun could do was provide a bright shine as the pitch remained in bad condition. Nonetheless rugby had to continue with all schools checking in as early as 11am for a full player scrutiny on eligibility issues after the Uganda Schools Rugby Association (USRA) received some stick for its current assessment system.
When all the paperwork was confirmed, rugby had to be played with Namilyango featuring in all three age grade categories showing just how dominant they have been this season. Under 15 up first as Ngo took on rivals SMACK with the eaglets trying to salvage something from a season the weevils will hope to forget as quick as their seniors exited it. A tight contest by the Tigons and eaglets was settled by a solitary Namilyango drop goal to end the match 3-0 and hand the fumblers the first trophy of the day. Kudos to the St. Mary’s Kisubi team for the spirited fight.
A break followed with further scrutiny of identification and ages to ensure clarity. Soon after the under 17s were on the pitch with Budo facing the Ngonians this time round and different from the story of the U15s, the near seniors from Namilyango were more ruthless and showed more hunger leading the Budonians 10-00 at half time and adding a couple of tries to see off the junior lions 23-00. Title number two for Ngo on the day.

Finally the game of the day arrived with the crowds now full at the kyadondo grounds, more like a meet and greet for various alumni and other rugby admirers. Coach Mukama Dexter must have had some stern words for his anchors after a mediocre showing last weekend that nearly cost them a finals spot and on the other side coach Dennis Etuket had a lot to prove after getting to the final through “back room politics” and not through the field, rightly so or not, he had to show that his lions were worthy finalists.
Quick trivia for the under 19s was that the two finalists are the schools with the highest number of school’s rugby trophies since its inauguration with Budo at five and Namilyango having bagged nine and hoping to extend to double figures. Will it be their time to take the trophy home after an uncharacteristic 5 year wait.


The triumphant u19 Namilyango anchors

The teams came on the pitch clad in their customary colours, anthems were respectfully and passionately sang by the players, supporting students and the alumni that could recall. Kick off and from the get go one could easily tell that the Ngonians were taking this very seriously, a total contrast to the semi final display, this time they were pressing hard, tackling hard and carrying ball with purpose, all being orchestrated by lynchpin number 10 Kisitu Hillary who seemed to be sharper and more focussed this time round.


Before long, Namilyango had established dominance of the game with clearly set structure play from the forwards who carried multiple phases and Kisitu distributing to the backs and kicking intelligently to pin the lions in their half for majority of the time. Soon thereafter Ngo won its first penalty that Kisitu cooly converted to put his side 03-00 up. Budo’s only commendable work came in the scrum downs where the Ngonians were finding it hard to push against the visibly heavier Budo pack but for all the scrummaging efforts, no result was shown. As play continued to be dictated by the fumblers, Kinyera Emmanuel yet again showcased his quick feet and side stepping skills to artfully dance past the Budonians and score in the middle of the posts giving Kisitu an easy conversion. 10-00 Namilyango.


Budo number 10 Hans Kakira in action

Budo number ten Hans Kakira was given a series of penalties but couldn’t find his kicking boots hence condemning his side to go into the half time break scoreless with Ngo leading 10-00.
The second half began as the first with more intelligent territory kicking by Kisitu to pin the Budonians in their half. The Budonians at this point had only visited the Namilyango 22 metre area twice since the first half showing just how commanding Ngo was and were quick to show it again when they won a penalty against Budo but this time Kisitu skewing it wide. However moments later a Nuwagaba Colleb power run was stopped by Budo defenders a few metres from the try line but from the next phase of play Namilyango #12 Osuna Mark crossed to score the anchors’ second of the day with Kisitu missing the conversion. 15-00 to Namilyango.


Namilyango forwards tussle with a Budo prop

The game continued with the story pretty much the same as the Budonians seemed to disappear even more in the game and it started to look a lot more one sided at this point with most of their fans visibly dismayed. More possession of the ball from Namilyango as they continued to carry endless phases to the Budonians and bombard them with the territorial high balls that always found an out of sorts Budo back three that messed up in the fielding hence pinning them further in their half and at this point the changes started to come in for both sides.
Moments later Namilyango had something to show for all their territory and possession when captain Fahad Matovu burrowed in for Namilyango’s third try of the day and the conversion successfully taken by substitute fly half Nazo Kevin to put Ngo 22-00 up. 


Osuna Mark of Namilyango goes low for the dive tackle

A last minute Budo surge to salvage a score for the lions was shattered short of the anchors try line as a last ditch tackle stopped the advancing Budo winger from reaching the white line on what was only their forth visit to the Namilyango 22 area all game long. From the resulting play, Namilyango showed yet again ruthless defending to cap off a memorable tenth schools title as the final whistle was blown sending all fans onto the pitch to congratulate their heroes for returning the coveted trophy home.


The u17 Ngonians celebrating a sweet victory

UPL fixtures 

14th-April | URA vs Express, Mehta Stadium, 4:30pm
18th-April | Express vs Jinja Municipal, Wankulukuku, 4:30pm
28th-April (TV) | Express vs KCCA, Wankulukulu, 4:00pm
2nd-May | Lweza vs Express, Wankulukuku, 4:00pm
5th-May | Onduparaka vs Express, Greenlight Stadium, Arua, 4:30pm
9th-May | Express vs Proline, Wankulukuku, 4:30pm
16th-May | Sadolin vs Express, Nambole, 4:30pm
20th-May | Express vs Soana, Wankulukuku, 4:00pm.

*NSIBAMBI’S STRIKE WINS IT FOR KCCA FC AT THE DEATH* By Magero Moses Mwanje

KCCA FC came into the CAF confederation Cup game against Egyptian side El Masry with only one mission, to win at home and then have an uppercut a week after in the return leg in Egypt.

KCCA FC from the onset looked the boggey side with attack after attack that tired out the Egyptians. 


Teenage sensation Allan Okello had a clear cut chance after quarter an hour that was pushed away by El Masry custodian Abdelhalim. 
KCCA FC looked the better side the entire opening 45 but lacked the cutting edge as little was offered by the Egyptian side in a half were custodian Ochan was hardly troubled. 


After the resume, the gaffers switched to a more physical approach as the games switched from beautiful to ugly and thus saw Muzamir Mutyaba subbed for Derrick Nsibambi after a nasty head stump by defender Islam Salem. The physical approach saw Ivan Ntege come on for Allan Okello and Robert Sentongo for Geoffrey Serunkuuma in search for a winner. 
KCCA FC kept on throwing all they had to the El Masry but the visitors had answers to LA questions asked. And just when the tie seemed to be heading for deadlock, Benjamin Ochan cleared a long freekick in the visitors’ box that found a charging Derrick Nsibambi who struck the ball from a tight angle past Ahmed Abdelhalim to win it for KCCA FC right at the death. 


1-0 is how it ended giving KCCA FC an edge as the teams prepare to meet in the second leg next Saturday.


Photo credit: KCCA FC 

KCCA still have a chance to impress on continental forum: By Mohamed Khalifa

Match 14th 2009, every Ugandan football fanatic was sighted rushing to Nakivubo stadium to have a glimpse of then on fire new kid on the block who had become the talk of town after scoring for fun for both club and country.
KCC(then) were hosting South African giants Supersport United in the first leg of the CAF Champions league.

Brian Umony did not disappoint the over 20,000 spectators that flocked Nakivubo as he sloted a fine shot passed Denis Onyango and created one for Robert Sentongo. Sam Mubiru and Sam Senoga had kept the gangly Supersport forward Antony Laffor at bay but a small lapse in concentration was punished by the Liberian to give the visitors a valuable away goal passed a helpless young custodian Benyamin Ochan.
As far as i can remember , that was the last impressive display to be exhibited by a Ugandan team on the continent and here we are at it again as KCCA are given a second chance to put their diasppointments of Mamelodi Sundowns to atleast take a shot at trying to be the first Ugandan team to make the group stages of an African club competition in the modern era.
The reward is not as juicy as the shs 1.9b that they only fell short of attaining by 10 minutes courtesy of a goal by “that” Liberian Laffor who came back to haunt them 8 years after but with a different opponent,

KCCA coach Mike Mutebi said in the aftermath of that encounter that his team had gained more positives than negatives from their painful exit, Lets hope that he himself managed to learn his own lessons as many of the spectators were left dissatisfied and infuriated by his fumbled subsitutions of Sulaimon Akinyemi who came in for Youngstar Allan Okello and Paul Musamali who replaced Paul Mucurezi at the start of the second period.
What is unanswered though is whether KCCA will manage to contain the Egyptian giants since Uganda’s history against teams from the Arab north is not one to be proud of.
I hope Mike Mutebi has done enough research about his opponents and ready to put a steady and impressive display to better what George Best Nsimbe and his young team managed to achieve.
My probable line up 

1. Benyamin Ochan

2. Fred Okot

3. Habib Kavuma

4. Timothy Awany

5.Paul Musamali

6. Isaac Kirabira

7.Ivan Ntege

8. Muzamir Mutyaba

9. Geoffrey Sserunkuuma

10.Paul Mucurezi

11. Brian Majwega