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Mohammed Shaban fined by FUFA

Mohammed Shaban fined by FUFA

Muhammad Shaban, whose move to KCCA from Onduparaka fc sparked off controversy last year, has been fined UgX 22million by the FUFA Appeals Committee.

Two months ago Onduparaka fc petitioned the committee claiming that while the Players Status Committee had given KCCA the go ahead to unveil Shaban as their player, the club’s consent had not been sought. Shaban therefore was still legally contracted to the club.

For leaving his club without its consent, the committee has preffered a sum of UgX 10 million fine on Shaban. He has also been ordered to pay an extra UgX 12million for the two years left on his contract as of the time he left. While at Onduparaka, Shaban earned a monthly salary of UgX500,000.

The committee has also ordered the Federation of Uganda Football Association Competition’s committee to issue Shaban with a conditional player’s license.

Shaban has upto 30 days to comply with the committee’s demands. His license will be revoked in case he fails to oblige


LET’S TALK RUGBY – Episode 5 pt 1: Uganda Cup Finals – Pirates preview 

And then they were two !! …….

The Sea robbers will square off with the most successful club in the tournament : Heathens. The last time this Legends based team lifted this trophy was in the year 2007 (same year when Uganda lifted the CAR Africa Rugby silverware) and will have a number of ghosts to exorcise if they are to have their names engraved as 2017 Uganda Cup champions on Saturday evening.

10 years later and the Sea robbers still seek to regain a trophy that made them party so hard that fortunate night in 2007. The current crop of Pirates, most of whom are below the age of 26, have been part of a tight knit, well led group that has developed from strength to strength and now contest among the country’s rugby giants, Heathens and Kobs, for spots they have held onto for so long.

The big stage hasn’t been kind to these young lads however – recent memory whisks us to last year’s final in this very competition where they lost to the same opponent –  some fans took the result begrudgingly as they cried foul play due to questionable calls by the referee.

As poetic justice goes, life’s uncanny sense of humor has set these two in each other’s’ paths for the second straight year. The Pirates that are surely still hurting from the woes of 2016 will want to get their revenge. They will channel inspiration from last weekend’s comeback victory against the Kobs whom they were initially trailing to by 20-03 at a point and went into the interval with a 10 point deficit.

By the time Ivan Magomu kicked the winning penalty in literally the last play of the game,  Kobs were shell shocked at what had just hit them. The truth of the matter is Pirates’ resolve and the never say never attitude from these youthful athletes has finally propelled them to a level where they can be counted amongst the “big boys”

It will be interesting to see if Ivan Magomu will captain the side again this weekend – it gave him a sense of maturity, composure and the knack to lead from the fore even more with this added responsibility. Massa was MIA at inside centre last weekend due to school commitments but is expected to be back in the fold this time as the Sea robbers return to their full complement for the Kyadondo showdown.

Key to success this weekend will be their fast paced expansive game that will aim to exhaust the bulkier and much older Heathens side. Conrad Wanyama, Ivan Magomu and Massa will have to be at their A game to ensure they distribute and make the right decisions for their outside backs to finish.

The forwards will have to hold their own as well against what is a very experienced Heathens pack – an inspiring performance from young back row Desire Ayera will be key yet again, another courageous show from the front row : Didi Alema Ruhweza, Nathan Bwambale and Owen Babiiha will be pivotal to the battle at the setpiece.

Kyadondo 4pm !!



The much anticipated SMACK league season 2 kicked off last Sunday at Batvalley Primary School and as much as the bookmakers had foreseen, the day was a wrap.
Dubbed by many as the biggest Sunday night plot in the land, the league had people from all walks of life, both old boys of the college and non old boys, family day out and a chance for the totos to see their fathers tussle it out on the pitch.
The biggest surprise of the day came when last season’s 10th placed Tsunamiz run riot against one of the league favorites , Block Owners with a 6-1 score that left the class of 2002 wondering what had just hit them. 
The Zimbaz 06′ had a stalemate score with the Elite 08′, a game many thought was to be a walk through the park for the latter.

Outkasts 05′ took the Cyclones 13′ the youngest team in this year’s edition back to school in a 4-2 goals galore game. No one saw this coming.
The Bushmen 01′ faced the wrath of the Zuluz 09′ assegai spear in a 3-0 game that saw the latter take the bragging rights over their elders.
The Alks 07′ will have their God to thank after snatching a point in a game many thought the Pirates 12′ should have won. 1 all is how it ended
Reigning champions the Devils 04′ came haunting again, this time against league debutants the Kiama 00′ with a 3-1 scoreline that saw last season’s champions start on a high.
MamaTeo 97′ will have to put their craft together next match day after they were humbled by last season’s runners up the Vendors 99′ in a 1-3 score.
It was no love lost in the Mafiaz 11′ Vs Window 03′ game. The Class of 03′ that topped from the bottom last term showed that they mean business this season and out matched their juniors in 1-0 narrow win leaving this season’s title hopefuls the Mafiaz 11′ in disbelief.
The day was sealed off by a networking session at the grounds that saw the old boys, friends and families eat, drink and dance away to Valhalla bar and restaurant music.
Game day two kicks off on September 3rd in another much anticipated showdown that will have the launch of the SMACK league magazine an initiative that is intended to give a better insight about the teams in this season’s edition.


In a press conference held on Wednesday evening at Valhalla bar and Restaurant, the Smack league committee briefed the media on the developments of the second edition of the Smack league that kicks off this Sunday at Batvalley Primary School play ground.
The league Chairman Moses Tumusiime shared out the vision of the league which is to make the SMACK Old boy fraternity a well Networked, robust, mutually supportive and healthy community.
He talked of the league as a networking initiative that was born out of the need to catch up on the lost time as old boys of the College.
The aim is to enhance cohesion and nurture a spirit of networking, create a robust social support group of our members avail a mutual business platform, to bolster and increase the outreach of SMACKOBA through providing a platform that allows for regular meeting and engagement and ensure good health through physical exercise, he added.
Tumusiime spoke of the success of the innagural season that had close to 500 OBs unite, create networks and linkeages that will grow in business support.
The Smack League dubbed the best Sunday plot in Kampala will have season 2 kick off this Sunday 20th August at Bat Valley primary School with more action, fun and excitement as the numbers of participating teams have increased from 12 to 16.
Tumusiime spoke about the league giving back to the community through CSR and this season the league will start with Bat Valley Primary School their match hosts, roofing a full block at the school.
Our dream is to have the Smack league become a timeless tradition and we also plan on introducing a league for out WAGs and children by season three, Tumusiime added.

*Class of 2004 devils won the innagural league
*Only the OBs that have completed campus are allowed to register and participate.

* The league is a 9 aside league.
*A team is given a provision to use a maximum of two guest players in case they fail to make the 9 player mark.
*Teams to participate this season are;
MAMA TEO (1997)

VENDORS. (1999)

KIAMA. (2000)

BUSHMEN. (2001)


WINDOW. (2003)

DEVILS. (2004)

OUTCASTS. (2005)

ZIMBAZ. (2006)

ALQZ. (2007)

ELITE. (2008)

ZULUZ. (2009)

TSUNAMIZ. (2010)

MAFIAZ. (2011)

PIRATES. ( 2012)

CYCLONES. (2013)


On Sunday March 26th 2017 the world threw stick at Joshua Cheptegei for running in Italics in the final lap of the senior men World Cross Country Championships that were held in Kololo, Kampala – Uganda.
This was after the lanky athlete bottled what was seen by many as an assured win, losing to Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and missing out on $30,000 prize money. 
Cheptegei left dignitaries that were present at the championships like President Yoweri Museveni and his wife in amusement on what had just struck the athlete’s surge to glory.
Fast forward August 4th 2017 at the Iaaf World Championships in London, Joshua Cheptegei was handed another opportunity to show his prowess to the world in the 10,000metres category rubbing shoulders with the very best in the sport, the likes of Mo Farah of Great Britain.
Half way into the race Cheptegei surged upfront in similar style that got him punished at the world Cross country Championships in Kampala. 

With confidence written all over his face Cheptegei was all out to show that all that happened before was the past and that he was out to write his name among the great. Keeping tabs with other athletes this time Cheptegei waited for the right moment and struck like a python on it’s prey.

He put up one of the greatest shows in the race category at the games and run for dear life towards the finish line for Silver giving crowd favorite Mo Farah a run for his money. 

It’s evident that Mo Farah cheated Cheptegei of victory after the Briton stepped out of the line twice in the race, an offence punished by automatic elimination of the athlete. But Britain being the organisers of the championship Farah got away with this.

Mental Strength.
Hats off for Cheptegei after all the lashes, criticism he got from the world after his shamble display at Kololo. Like a great sportsman and one not about to let one bad moment define him, he worked his socks off, made ammends with what tormented him then and silenced all the doubters in sheer fashion.

What the win means for Cheptegei and Uganda!

Cheptegei will from now on be seen as a force to reckon with. And the fact that Mo Farah is bowing out from the sport gives him a great chance to take the stage and show his prowess in the coming competitions
His win will attract more sponsorships to the Uganda Athletics Federation and on a bigger stage boost tourism in the Pearl of Africa.


At the onset of this season’s Rugby Afrique Gold Cup tournament, most of the bookmakers didn’t fancy the rugby cranes to make a mark in the competition.
Most argued that the other teams in the group were miles ahead of the men in black, yellow, red stripes in terms of financial muscle, preparation and management and that the Cranes would need divine intervention to get something if any out of the group.
But thanks to the good shift from the men who put their bodies on the line for 6 games including the Elgon Cup to ensure the Cranes soared high. Not forgetting the coaches who summoned a bunch of players and believed in them despite all criticism.

Elgon Cup

 This was the test match that the coaches needed to gauge who was needed and how prepared the boys were. Uganda being home staked claim in an amazing opening 40 minutes and simply lost it after the resume. They seemed to have been down on mental strength and the neighbors capitalized on this winning 23-18.

Bryan Asaba in action against Kenya

It was a no love lost affair, in the 2nd leg of the Elgon Cup that also doubled as the 1st Rugby Africa Gold Cup game. Thanks to the words from the gaffers Robert Seguya and John Duncan that kept pushing the boys. The Cranes run riot and looked so comfortable like they played on home turf. They took the game to the Simbas and when it looked like they had aced this test, Kenya was awarded a penalty try right at the death which will have it’s own debate for another day ensuring the game would end in a stalemate, 33 all.

Next was Senegal in Dakar, the Rugby Cranes who had previously been known for their poor away displays, won 17-16 in what was an ugly, crunchy and nasty encounter that saw the home side finish the game a man less for unsportsmanlike behavior.
Fortune favours the brave and this time Tunisia was at the receiving end. From kick-off, the Cranes obliterated their visitors scoring everytime they got a chance to. 78-17 was the final score, in a performance that sits up there among the team’s greatest ever.
When all things seemed well, boom powerhouse Namibia struck and punished the Cranes 48-24 in Kampala in a game that had Cranes show some beautiful rugby but the team from the South of Africa was simply astonishing on the day.

Captain Brian Odongo leading from the front

Zimbabwe was the last team the lads faced in the competition. After the visitors’ commanding display against Namibia earlier in the tournament, one would have fancied their chances against the cranes but the Rugby cranes had other plans. They simply out matched the boys from Harare. Ending the Africa gold cup on a high.

What the future holds?

The ties had some debutants who had a run out and put in a good shift. Likes of Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Fred ‘Pepe’ Odur, Musa Muwonge, Mula Eric, Aziku Robert, Adnan Mutebi, Mike Otto, Santos were all tried and tested  in the games and the coaches know how each fairs in the chances with the team.

The work now should be on how to build the team around the young blood and the experienced lads.
If the boys stick to the plan, stay grounded and then keep working hard – they surely have all that it takes to make the cut at the bigger stage.

The rugby cranes huddle up before battle

Just like the Captain Brian Odongo echoed, ‘We have shown what we can do it at this stage, we will need more test games to help keep the group together and perfect our style of play.


Yet again, the efforts of the Rugby Cranes seemed so near but yet so far. With the final whistle, Uganda’s 2017 Gold cup aspirations varnished leaving the team awaiting another year to have a go at the coveted Gold cup. There wasn’t to be a historical comeback this time round as was the case in Madagascar 2007 when against the same opponent, the boys rallied back to pip a one point victory that also secured one of Uganda’s biggest rugby achievements. This time, the script had no fairytale ending for the ever growing passionate sport that is rugby in Uganda. 
Prior to this duel, the head to head indicated that the Namibians had won two out of the last three and Uganda with a solitary but very significant win against the former. This campaign has been anything but smooth for the boys and for all the obstacles that they had to overcome, a pat on the back is in order for the job well done as a team, earning the respect of many without a doubt and surely setting a steady foundation on which more progress shall be laid. The kind of noise that Ugandan Rugby has put out this year has undoubtedly got the attention of many and put to shame various critics that seem to think it is a waste of resources (most of whom are ignorant of what the sport is – like the most recent baseless and shallow minded blabbering of a one Aldrine Nsubuga on national radio) 


Speaking to one of Uganda’s greats of the sport after the loss, he mentioned and I quote, “…… Prepare for every battle in equal measure, with the same intensity and will, play your game the best way you know and even in loss you shall leave with your head held high…..”  

These words sank deep as i replayed them  and the 2007 champion made a lot of sense. Uganda seemed to have had a whole different approach to proceedings this time as compared to the week before. Games are won beginning with the preparation and in my opinion, it seems like the tempo was toned down a notch to a more cautious approach and by the time we  realized that their immortal status was a fallacy  and tried to bring the game to them, the score gap had widened beyond what we could chew, not forgetting they are quite efficient, punishing up to 90% of our mistakes. 

I’m sorry for those that this affects but who shall speak of this if not the people that truly care, again in my sincere opinion some of the players were below par, we are all humans and nerves are inevitable but how one curbs their influence is what separates greats from ordinary men. We were victims of failure to control our human nature, the  wingers seemed to have lost the plot defensively, with every phase the Namibians spread to the wing, we got punished, until the hurried (panic) substitutions tried to mend the situation. Surely a moment to forget for the two, sadly Okia having to bow out with an injury as well. 

It will be a grave injustice if I didn’t mention that the very promising Ronald Musajja could and should have been  more active as a back row, the line up showed he was at blindside although he wore the openside shirt (well I got over that), irrespective of shirt number, I felt he was a little too quiet, too pedestrian and out of the action as compared to his fellow back rows. Could it be a problem with fitness, honestly we know he can do better and he needs to show it otherwise we are just sorely missing Marvin Odongo. 

There was a bit of misunderstanding and miscommunication among some of the players. A fair amount of arguments after one or two mistakes seemed to show signs of crumbling in the team, a thing that could have been quelled easily since the game was not yet done. 

Defensively, a lapse in the communication was another observation. How was it that on a number of occasions, the forwards were found at the wing defending against backs, we paid dearly for this constant scenario of mismatch that gifted the visitors a lead that could have otherwise been avoided. 

In addition, it appeared as if there was continued miscommunication between Michael at outside Centre and Lawrence at the wing, a repeated sight of Michael shooting in the defensive press leaving the winger isolated and at the wrong end of a two on one situation. 
Enough of that, the past is the past and can’t be reversed. Looking at the silver lining, the coaching staff can be proud of the depth that has presented itself this year. There was a time when Kevin Makmot’s absence would have sparked a crisis but this campaign, he has been available but barely used due to the competent competition. 

We still have a lot of work to do on how best to prepare “depth players” so as to ensure they are worthy cover. Possibly come up with a program that will revive the Uganda A team, they could travel and play teams from other tiers as the Rugby Cranes do their thing earning them much needed game experience, making them ready when the senior call up comes and avoiding the redundancy of said depth. But the Union can at least pick a positive out of the various players that stood up to be counted this campaign, a major bonus for the sport and the nation at large. 
The trophy might be beyond our reach for now but it’s important to finish strongly. Zimbabwe our next guests will visit after a sore home loss to the Kenya Simbas, eager to prove a point as well. An epic encounter this – preview to come.
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