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It’s 100 years for Kampala Club
Sunday, 21st August, 2011
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Shearman launches the club’s book
By SAMSON OPUS

TENNIS, badminton and squash will be part of a large sports menu as Kampala Club’s centenary anniversary celebrations kick-off today.

The week-long celebrations sponsored by Global Trust Bank will climax on Saturday with a dinner dance for members, club chairman Oscar Semweya said yesterday.

Over 700 members of the club will tussle it out against other invited members from Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania.

Besides the sports competitions that include darts, swimming and mweso, there will also be a cultural exhibition and a harsh run today.

The celebrations which will mark 100 years of the club were officially launched by British High Commissioner to Uganda Martin Shearman on Saturday.

“Kampala Club plays a hugely important function. It is a symbol of a good relation between UK and Uganda and I am very glad to be associated with it,” observed the high commissioner who wished the club another 100 years of success. On Saturday, a strategic plan that depicts the mission and vision of the club will be launched.



Chebet emerges no.2 in 5000m run

BY USHER KOMUGISHA IN SHENZHEN, CHINA

Today
Men’s 5000m final
Women’s half marathon

AMIDST loud cheers from a fully packed 40,000 seater stadium, Uganda’s Joseph Chebet finished in second position in round one of the 5000m race on Friday night at the ongoing 26th Summer Universiade games here.

As the crowd’s favourite, running with a wide smile, the Ndejje University student was part of a 10-man pack that led the race but after six laps, the 20-year-old student decided to break away.

Chebet led the next five laps but with 100m to the finish line, the energetic Russian found his place ahead of the Ugandan medal hopeful.

“It is a joy to see him run like that because he really wanted to make Uganda proud and indeed he had it at heart,” said an emotional Vincent Kisenyi, head of delegation. Chebet posted the second best time at 14:11seconds going into today’s 5000m final.

Kisenyi later stated:“We hope that they (Joseph Chebet and Ben Kiplagat Toroitich) get podium finishes.”
Stella Akidi will also launch her campaign in the women’s half marathon today in her first race at the event.

kipsiro to lead team to Maputo

By NORMAN KATENDE

MOSES Kipsiro will attempt to defend his 5000m All Africa games crown, after being listed among the seven athletes for the quadrennial games.

The double Commonwealth gold medallist and Africa Senior championships silver medallist will fly directly from Daegu, Korea to Maputo, Mozambique for the games that are due to Start September 3. Team Uganda will depart on August 27 for the games.

According to the national athletics federation president Dominic Otuchet, Kipsiro will combine with Africa Triple jump medallist Sarah Nambawa as they lead a team of other five runners to the games.

“The technical committee selected the athletes looking at the medal hopeful, and those athletes that will put up a great performance,” explained Otuchet.

Nambawa will be joined by Justine Bayigga, Annet Negesa and Janet Achola in the women category, while Jacob Araptany and Ali Ngaimoko will be in the men’s category.

“We wanted to give the sprinters a chance and we chose the top sprinters to represent the country. With a tough competition, they might get a chance to qualify for the Olympic Games,” Otuchet added.



Will Uganda win a medal in Maputo?
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Written by Moses Mugalu
Sunday, 21 August 2011 19:42

Hopefuls: Boxers Ronald Serugo (L) and Atanus Mugerwa

After two weeks of uncertainty and tension among athletes and officials, the ministry of Education and Sports has finally released the quota details of the country’s team to the forthcoming All Africa Games due September 3-18 in Maputo, Mozambique.

With 67 athletes (and 25 officials) set to make the trip later this week, Moses Mugalu looks at some medal prospects.

Athletics

Led by 2011 Commonwealth double champion, Moses Kipsiro, this athletics’ team shoulders the country’s best hopes for medals. Going into the Games in Maputo, Kipsiro has had numerous international competitions where he has performed well.

The other members on the team include African long jump champion, Sarah Nambawa, experienced Justine Bayigga and Janet Achola as well as youngsters Ali Ngaimoko and Jacob Araptany. Actually, history favours athletics as the most successful discipline, having won more than half of Uganda’s 69 medal haul from All Africa Games since the maiden edition in Brazaville in 1965.

This explains why UAF officials are unhappy with the ministry for allocating a paltry seven slots to athletics on the team to Maputo.

Boxing

Another proven medal winner for Uganda, but this time there are only half chances on the 8-man team, which has been dogged by selection controversy. Olympian Ronald Serugo (l/flyweight) and experienced Atanus Mugerwa (bantam) have the realistic chance of reaching the medal bracket.

The other pugilists; Sula Segawa (lightweight), Meddie Lubega (l/welter), Hamis Semakula (welter) and Emmanuel Kyambadde (heavyweight) lack international exposure. Haunted by administrative wrangles within local boxing bodt, UABF, for the last two years, matters have been compounded with unjustifiable selections.

For instance, the shock inclusion of [middleweight] Zebra Ssenyange who is on tired legs at the expense of flyweight youngster Mike Katongole and the choice of cricket legend Sam Walusimbi to manage the Bombers, leave a lot to be desired. Initially, Ssenyange didn’t make the grade through the trials overseen by a five-man technical committee that comprised former Commonwealth champion, Justin Juuko.

Surprisingly, officials at National Council of Sports, which appointed the Juuko Committee, sneaked Ssenyange onto the team and the veteran boxer has since been installed as the Bombers’ captain!

In the same mysterious way, Walusimbi was picked ahead of hugely experienced boxing legend, Charles Lubulwa, who has worked alongside Coach Musa Kent Kibirige in training for the past two months. One wonders how Walusimbi’s vast cricket knowledge would come in handy for Kent while at the ringside in Maputo.

However, sources within the team disclose that Ssenyange, who has hovered on the national team fence for over a decade, is actually meant to fill the gaps for Lubulwa. Some officials say that Ssenyange is being rewarded for his ‘loyalty and contribution’ towards UOC strongman Roger Ddungu, who formerly headed UABF.

Football

Has the biggest number (20 players) on the contingent and, so should one expect them to reward the country with a team medal? Looking at the draws, The Kobs (as the U-23s are called) have an uphill task of getting out of the group of death that includes West African giants Ghana and Senegal. Both Ghana and Senegal are proven formidable sides at underage competitions.

It’s unlikely the current Kobs’ side will live up to the billing like their 1999 compatriots who reached the semi-finals in South Africa. However, as they say football is football, you cannot completely write off this Kobs’ team that has talented players like Owen Kasule, Emma Okwi and Hamis Kizza.

It’s also worth noting that the Kobs have not been tested to the maximum in the run-up to the finals in Maputo. For instance, Coach Bobby Williamson’s boys found least opposition in the qualifiers in which they easily dumped Tanzania (5-2 on aggregate) and overan Kenya 5-1.

Table tennis

After a month of high level training in China and France, the four ping-pong stars (Ronald Nyaika, Kevin Mafabi, Amina Lukaya and Jackson Migadde) have all it takes to win medals for the country. In fact, UTTA boss, Dennis Galabuzi, is so confident that he wants more players included.

Previously, Mary Musoke and Mildred Ssenyondo scooped bronze at the 1999 Games and in the 2007 edition in Algiers, the men’s team of Paul Mutambuze, Migadde and Mafabi lost to Algeria in the quarterfinals. Hosts Algeria went on to win gold.

Meanwhile, Uganda will also field competitors in badminton, lawn tennis, netball, Paralympics, cycling, swimming, taekwondo, triathlon and beach volleyball in Maputo.
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Tears flow as netball name side
Wednesday, 24th August, 2011
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BY JULIUS SENYIMBA AND JAMES BAKAMA

Tears were shed as Uganda’s netball side to the tenth All Africa games was named yesterday. It was mainly the younger players sobbing while team coach Fred Mugerwa read out the final team at Nakvubo stadium.

“We’ve always been assured that a new team was being built. But it’s mainly the old players who have again be chosen. It’s disappointing,” cried Martha Soigi.

Mugerwa conceded that team selection was a tight call especially after the sport’s quota being drastically reduced by the sports ministry. “So, we had to mainly rely on experience for results,” explained the coach.

Netball had initially planned to send two teams to Mozambique. It was however later trimmed to one team, which was also further reduced from 13 to 10 players.

But while netball might complain of low numbers, it will be even tighter in triathlon. US based athlete Sharif Kakooa will be Uganda’s lone representative in this sport that involves swimming, cycling and running.

Netball: Amono Florence(captain), Peace Proscovia, Dorothy Tabia, Ruth Meeme, Halima Nakachwa, Esther Aawayo, Carol Badaru, Carol Nyafwono, Harriet Apako and Elizabeth Atonet.



Untested team set for Daegu
Wednesday, 24th August, 2011
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BY CHARLES MUTEBI

Uganda did not win a medal at the 2009 IAAF World Championships. Two years later, history is perilously on course to repeating itself.

Uganda’s 14-man team flies off to Daegu, South Korea for the 2011 edition tomorrow but their departure hardly provokes vision of multiple medals and the heart-warming sights of the national flag triumphantly flying high.

After his historic golden double at the Commonwealth Games, Moses Kipsiro was supposed to enter these championships as a serious contender for at least one gold. But his on-track welfare has been seriously hampered since his New Delhi conquests. Injuries and persistent bouts of malaria have kept him from getting into any sort of funk.

Local athletics body UAF media chief Namayo Mawerere grudgingly conceded that Kipsiro had not had ideal preparations but he added: “We shall see what happens. He is travelling with the team and he can do well.”

Kipsiro’s less than promising title hopes basically spell doom for the whole country since the rest of Uganda’s Daegu team consists athletes who are untested at the highest level.

Still, as Mawerere explained: “All the athletes we are taking qualified for the championships and you can’t predict anything in athletics.”


Team Uganda to Maputo gets $31,000
Wednesday, 24th August, 2011
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Minister Charles Bakkabulindi and Ugasung managing director K. S. Kim. Photo by Norman Katende.


Samsung Electronics have unveiled a sponsorship package of $31,000 (sh86m) to dress the national team with the ceremonial and official clothing, on top of awarding the delegation officials with mobile phones and Flat screen winners to medalists.

Ugasung Managing director K. S. Kim Wednesday signed an agreement with the education ministry, which will see them also sponsor the All Africa team, an entry point to sponsoring Uganda in future events, most especially as they prepare to bid to host the Africa cross country championships.

“We have been at international level and what we want is for us to reach the local level,” said Kim at a press briefing that was chaired by state sports Minister Charles Bakkabulindi at Embassy House.

The money will cater for the ceremonial, official and out of competition uniform for the Ugandan team.

“The technicalities involved with the competition kits needs us to work with the respective federation to get them.

No federation contacted us and we can say that we are leaving the federation to find their own competition kit,” said Bakkabulindi, when asked about the kit.

Uganda will be taking a team of 98 to the games, though Bakkabulindi did not rule out an increase in the team later.
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Kenya netted its first country title in athletics, taking first position on the medals table, with 18 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze at the East Africa secondary schools games in Mbarara, Uganda. In total Kenya bagged 39 medals, closely followed by Uganda with 34 and Rwanda, a distant third with ten.
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Uganda’s Kakooza comes 8th
Monday, 5th September, 2011
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Uganda’s Sharif Kakooza rides to the finishing point in Maputo
By Norman Katende and James Bakama in Maputo


Triathlon: Finals
E.Wolfaardt (RSA) 58:30
A. Louw (NAM) 59:13
W.Sullwald(RSA) 1:01:46
8. Sharif Kakooza (UGA) 1:10:00

Today Sailing, Finals

AMERICAN based Ugandan triathlon athlete Sharif Kakooza managed an eight position finish in the All Africa Games that are taking place in Maputo, Mozambique.

The junior runner, who is ranked eighth in America, had a slow swim but improved with the bicycle riding and running to come home at 1 hour 10 minutes.“It was a good course and I would have done better,” said Kakooza. Kakooza has been helped by the International Triathlon Union, who sponsored his trip to Maputo from America.

Table tennis team in bright start
In table tennis, Uganda women downed their Zimbabwe counterparts in straight sets.

The duo of Amina Lukaya and Ludia Natunga were in form winning the games in straight sets as they battled to qualify for the quarterfinal actions. In action today is Stephen Luswata taking part in sailing

Uganda’s hokey body risks suspension
Uganda could be suspended by the International Hockey Federation for failure to participate in the All Africa Games

Early this year Uganda confirmed its participation and was accordingly drawn with South Africa.

Uganda’s opening match was supposed to be yesterday against South Africa while the second group game was due on Wednesday.

Uagnda Hockey Association vice chairman Eric Kizito however last week announced that they were withdrawing from the competition due to financial constraints.

An appearance in Zimbabwe would have been Uganda’s first participation in a major continental meet in over two decades.

The national team has for three months been seriously preparing for the games that are also an Olympic qualifier.

“Such impromptu withdrawals usually result in either heavy fines or up to five years in suspension,” noted seasoned coach Willy Mukasa. Hockey was one of the disciplines that suffered in a massive reduction of Uganda’s team to the games.

But even after government withdrew its support, UHA still had hope in alternative funding from Uganda Olympic Committee.
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Nambawa is USPA August star
Monday, 5th September, 2011
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By SWALLEY KENYI

S. Nambawa 365 pts
P. Lwakataka 340
Simba SC 285

NATIONAL triple jumper Sarah Nambawa is the Uganda sports personality of the month of August.

The 2010 USPA Athlete of the Year, and nominee for sports personality of the year, outclassed rally driver Ponsiano Lwakataka and UPDF football club Simba to win the monthly accolade at Oasis Restaurant yesterday.

She gathered 365 points ahead of Lwakataka (340) and Simba (285) to take the day.

Nambawa made the USPA list for winning the West African CAA grand prix triple jump in Kumasi, Ghana. She leaped 13.68m to beat Nigeria’s Iworima Otonye (13.37m) and France’s Mathilde Boateng (12.98m) to second and third places respectively.

Lwakataka won the Eastern Challenge Rally while Simba’s ticket was the East African Military Games football trophy in Burundi.

KAVC Volleyball Club men’s team, Eastern Uganda golf team and Kampala region football team were commended for their efforts during the month.

Serious medal hunt starts
Tuesday, 6th September, 2011
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Nyaika during the table tennis action in Maputo
By Norman Katende in Maputo


Badminton
Today
Seychelles v Uganda
Tomorrow
Mozambique v Uganda
Table tennis
Women
Uganda 3 Zimbabwe 0
Uganda 1 Mauritius 3
Men
Uganda 3 Kenya 0
Uganda 0 Egypt 3
Uganda 0 Cameroon 3
Sailing
Tuesday 7am

THE arrival of Edwin Ekiring has raised Uganda’s hopes in Maputo with badminton likely to provide the country’s first medal at the All Africa Games.

Ekiring, Africa’s top seed, arrived in the games village on Sunday. He will team up with Wilson Tukire, Shamim Bangi and Margaret Nankabirwa in Team Uganda’s assault to the medal bracket. Uganda needs to beat Seychelles and hosts Mozambique to top Group B which will put them in a bronze medal position as they will have reached the semi-final stage of the team action.

In table tennis Amina Lukaaya and Ludiya Natunga combined to beat Zimbabwe in straight sets, but failed to match Mauritius who beat them 3-1. They were due to meet Egypt on Monday morning.

In the men’s action, Ronald Nyaika came from two sets down to beat Kenya’s Mathede 3-2, before Kevin Mafabi and Jackson Migadde followed it up with straight set wins.
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Uganda downs Zambia in Netball opener
Tuesday, 6th September, 2011
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Florence Amono scored 25 points to win the game for Uganda
By Norman Katende


UGANDA She Cranes started their campaign for the netball title in style by downing Zambia 61-31 in their first match at Munhuana stadium.

Regarded as one of the favourites in the netball competition, the ‘She Cranes’ as they have come to be known did not disappoint and got off to a flying start. They beat a Zambia side that beat them only a couple of years back.

Uganda took the first quarter 14-8 with Peace Proscovia and Florence Amono making seven a piece, to take control of the tie and they never looked back as they reached the half way mark at 28-14.

Peace Proscovia’s game high 35 points and Amono’s 25 ensured Uganda ran out comfortable winners.

“We at first were cautious but have now stepped up. We are looking for the best results for us,” said Amono after the game.

Netball is being played on round robin basis with the team that wins all their games being declared champions.


Kipsiro expected Friday
Wednesday, 7th September, 2011
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By Norman Katende

Moses Kipsiro is among the athletes expected to arrive in the Games Village on Thursday as he fights to defend his All Africa Games athletics title.

General Team Manager for Team Uganda Nicholas Muramagi on Wednesday said that Kampala had confirmed that the double 5000m and 10000m Commonwealth Champion, who opted out of the World Athletics Championships, will make a presence at the National Stadium Zimpetto, which will host the track and field events starting Sunday.

“They have confirmed that he is coming with all the athletes. We will have a full team down here,” said Muramagi.

Kipsiro is expected to take part in the 10000m and 5000m double, his last track race before turning focus to the cross country season.

After suffering from Typhoid, Kipsiro decided to opt out of the World Championships that took place in Daegu, Korea, saying that he was unfit, though he asked the federation to maintain his name on the list of athletes that were due to travel to Maputo.

He will be in Maputo together with Africa Triple jump champion Sarah Nambawa, upcoming runners Jacob Araptany (3000m SC and 1500m) and Annet Negesa (800m and 1500m), Janet Achola (800m and 1500m), Justin Bayigga (200m and 400m) and Ali Ngaimoko (100m and 200m).



Bombers reap from Ddungu
Wednesday, 7th September, 2011
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BY JAMES BAKAMA

Uganda Olympic Committee boss Rogers Ddungu has vowed to fully back Ugandan boxers in their quest to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

Ddungu has for starters promised to fund the national team’s trip to the World Championship next month and any other Olympic qualifiers thereafter.

The world meet in Baku, Azerbaijan will be the first qualifier for the 2012 Olympics in London.

“As head of Uganda’s delegation to London, I would like to have boxers on the Olympic team,” said Ddungu. However he clarified that he had made the offer in his individual capacity as a boxing enthusiast and not as UOC president.

“I can’t forget the sport through which I rose to UOC. That’s why I am making these offers as a person,” Ddungu told the All Africa Games bound boxers at Lugogo last week.

He immediately started off his pledge with an offer of boxing equipment worth $8000(sh22m) to the national side at a brief function in the Lugogo boxing gym.

Excited team members could not hide their joy as they shouted; Ddungu oyee, Ddungu oyee.

“We are not only grateful, but also take this opportunity to welcome you back to the sport. We want you as UABF president. We want practical people like you not noise makers,” said national coach Kent Musa.

Ddungu urged the boxers to put up a good show in Maputo. “Use the All Africa Games as a build-up to bigger events like the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.”

Ddungu headed UABF from 2006 but resigned in 2009 at the height of a leadership feud.
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Uganda netball team in action, they beat Mozambique 103-8 in the Games

Experienced Ronald Seruggo managed to secure a semi-final place in the All Africa Games and he is now assured of at least a bronze Medal.
The netballers on the other part turned on the heat and beat hosts Mozambique 103-8 in their second game. follow Team Uganda on facebook or twitter

Selected results

Table tennis

Women
Position
Uganda 3 Angola o
DRC 0 Uganda 3
Uganda 3 Kenya 1

Men
Uganda 3 Ethiopia 0
Mauritius 3 Uganda 1
Doubles Friday

Sailing
Laser Standard
1. Allan Jullie (MAU) 3.0
2. Rudy Mcneil (RSA) 8.0
3. Rodney Gonviden (SEY) 10.0
11. Stephen Luswata (UGA) 34.0

Netball
Kenya 35 Tanzania 36
Ghana 22 South Africa 79
Botswana 40 Zimbabwe 35
Uganda 103 Mozambique 8

Today
Tanzania v Ghana
South Africa v Zimbabwe
Botswana v Mozambique
Uganda v Kenya

Boxing
Quarterfinals
Light fly 48-49kg
Ronald Seruggo (UGA) 9 Jaffet Uutoni (NAM) 9
(Jury gives Serugo win)
Semi finals

Thursday
Football
Thursday
Uganda v Senegal in Must win encounter

Olympian Ronald Seruggo is assured on at least a bronze medal after the jury ruled that he had put up the best show in the quarterfinal action of the All Africa Games Boxing Action.

The Jury had to look at the individual score card to determine the winner after the duo drew 9-9 by the final gong. With almost all of the Ugandan boxers having fallen to better prepared sides, Sserugo used his Olympic experience and combined notes from both the former national boxing coach Cuban Jiminez Gonzalez and experienced current coach Musa Kent to come from 2-1 points down and draw 9-9 with Namibian Jaffet Uutoni in the boxing action that is taking place at Pavilhao E. Vermelha.

When the Jury consulted the individual scoring to determine the winner after the draws, Seruggo was declared winner and given a green card to advance to the semi-finals. Losers at the semi-final stages are assured of a bronze medal while the winners battle for a silver or bronze medal.
Mike Sekambembe is the other Ugandan yet to fight and he will take on
The other Ugandans that include Atanus Mugerwa, Hamis Semakula, Sula Segawa, Isaac “Zebra” Ssenyange and Emmanuel Kyambadde are already out of the competition.

In Netball, Peace Proscovia scored 73 goals as Uganda beat hosts Mozambique in their second game of the day. Uganda turned on the heat to hapless Mozambique, who they flogged for dead in the All Africa Games netball action at Munhuana Indoor complex here in Maputo Mozambique yesterday.
The result was a good warm up against a Kenyan side who they clash with Thursday.

In Badminton, Shamim Bangi fought on despite injuring her left arm, before losing to Seychelles’ Cynthia Course as Uganda’s chances of winning a team medal blew out at the E. S. J Machel arena in ,Maputo, Mozambique
The National soccer team, The Cranes will also be taking on Senegal in a must win encounter for them to advance to the semifinals of the All Africa Games
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Gold medal for Uganda's Nakaayi
Saturday, 10th September, 2011
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Sprinter Halima Nakaayi has won Uganda a gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Isle of Man.

Nakaayi beat the 400m field in 56.13 seconds Saturday evening. Uganda has now picked a gold and one silver medal.

The day started with Zakaria Kiprotich winning the 2000m steeplechase sivler medal a day after Nancy Cheptegei had picked a similar medal in the 2000m steeplechase.

Full results here .

G S B
England 14 7 5
Australia 13 11 8
Wales 3 5 6
S.Africa 2 2 8
N.Zealand1 3 3
Uganda 1 2 0
Scotland 1 1 2
Kenya 1 1 1
N.Ireland 1 1 1
Antigua 1 0 0
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Uganda wins first medal in Isle of Man
Saturday, 10th September, 2011
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A new star was born on Friday when Nancy Cheptegei grabbed silver in the final of the 2000m steeplechase at the Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games.

It was Uganda's first medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Youth Games and showed Uganda's future in the steeplechase, which brought Dorcus Inzikuru "Inzzi" world fame, is bright.

Kenya's Norah Jeruto Tanui won in 6:28.10. Cheptegei came in second in a time of 6 minutes 36.41 seconds. Full results here .

Also in track and field, Halima Nakaayi is in the finals of 400m with the second best time. The final is tonight at 7pm.

In the pool, Jamillah Lunkuse and Ronald Segwanyi bowed out of the 100m freestyle and breaststroke respectively but will compete in the 50m breaststroke and vice versa.

Daniel Muhigo also fell to a Canadian in badminton.

2000m finals
1st Norah Jeruto Tanui Kenya 6:28.10 Gold

2nd Nancy Cheptegei Uganda 6:36.41 Silver

3rd Lilian Jepkorir Chemweno Kenya 6:41.80 Bronze
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Mugabe advances to round 3
Monday, 12th September, 2011
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By Norman Katende in Maputo


Duncan Mugabe needed 45 minutes to down Rwanda’s Anatole Bizimana on day two of the All Africa Game tennis action that is taking place at Jardim Tunduro sports complex here in Maputo, Mozambique.

Robert Buyinza had on Sunday evening also won his game against Ghana’s Pascal Ziab to advance to Round four of the action. He recovered from a set down 2-6, to duce the second set before winning 7-6(2) and then took the final set 10-8.

Mugabe, who survived a walk over due to the complicated transport system, calling him to the court just four minutes after arriving at the venue, settled in fast and started proceeding in a game that he dominated with a 6-1, 6-0 results.

“It was a good start for them. What they wanted is to have a winning start,” said Coach John Oduke.
They now qualify for the round of 32, whose action will take place in the evening.

Mugabe will be meeting the winner between Angola’s Dodamy Santos and Algeria’s Sid Ali Akir, who were due to play in the afternoon.


Nakayi gets gold
Monday, 12th September, 2011
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By Usher Kyomugisha

Halima Nakaayi sent Uganda into ninth position on the medal table at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Douglas, Isle of Man after bagging gold in the women’s 400m event on Saturday.

Nakaayi ran a comfortable 57.16 seconds in heat 1 to qualify for the semi-final which she dominated after posting 57.39 seconds qualifying her into the final.

The Bombo secondary school student posted a personal best 56.13 seconds in the final to beat Sri Lanka’s Siwanthi Kumari Rathnayaka who picked silver after 57.15 seconds.

Meanwhile, sensational Nancy Cheptegei had opened up Uganda’s medal hunt with silver in the women’s 2000m steeplechase event after running 6:36.41 on Friday evening.

A bronze medalist at last year’s Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, Zakaria Kiproitich posted 5:43.91 in the men’s same event to bag Uganda’s second silver on Saturday evening.

Martin Moses Kurong missed out on the medal brackets after he came fifth in the same race.

In cycling, Lawrence Kyagulanyi and Richard Kiyegga finished in 41st and 43rd positions in the men’s time trial and 15th in the men’s time trial team event.

Uganda’s badminton guru Daniel Ssebunya missed the quarter-finals when he fell to Canada’s Nyl Yakura 2-0 in the round of 32 in the men’s singles.

In swimming, Jamila Lunkuse finished in 16th, 17th and 20th positions in the women’s 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and women’s freestyle.



Cheptegei picks silver, Kipyeko bronze
Monday, 12th September, 2011
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By Usher Komugisha

Women’s 3000m
Emelia Gorecka (England) 9:14.08 Gold
Nancy Cheptegei (Uganda) 9:22.70 Silver
Norah Jeruto Tanui (Kenya) 9:24.02 Bronze

Men’s 3000m
1. William Malel Sitonik (Kenya) 7:57.03 Gold

2. Patrick Mutunga Mwikya (Kenya) 8:00.81 Silver

3. Phillip Kipyeko (Uganda) 8:02.33 Bronze

NANCY Cheptegei has bagged her second silver medal and Uganda's fifth after the youngster finished second in the women’s 3000m event on Sunday at the 4th Youth Commonwealth Games in Isle of Man.

Cheptegei posted 9:22.70 to complete revenge against Kenya’s Norah Jeruto Tanui who had beaten her to gold in the women’s 2000m steeplechase on Friday. Tanui settles for bronze in the women’s 3000m.

Cheptegei who opened up Uganda’s medal count on Friday won a silver medal in the women’s 2000m steeplechase which was followed by Halima Nakaayi’s gold in the women’s 800m on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Phillip Kipyeko who arrived after 8:02.33 put a personal best but the dominant Kenyan opposition of William Malel Sitonik and Patrick Mutunga Mwikya beat him to the finish line grabbing gold and silver in that order.

The Bukwo-based youngster who finished 7th in the same race at the 7th IAAF World Youth Championships in July after posting 8:11.12 in Lille, France improved his time in the event, promising to be Uganda’s next medal hopeful at international youth games.

This medal brings Uganda’s medals at these games to five with Zakaria Kiproitich taking home a silver medal in the men’s 2000m steeplechase on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Uganda suffered a setback when Halima Nakaayi was disqualified in the women's 800m final which saw England's Katie Snowden win the gold medal.

Nakaayi had earlier on posted the best time in the semi-finals 2:14.69 as Snowden posted 2:17.38 in the semi-finals as well. Uganda has one gold, three silver and one bronze medal.



Serugo lives to AAG prediction
Monday, 12th September, 2011
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By James Bakama

BOXER Ronald Serugo lived to my prediction by winning an All African Games medal. The light flyweight on Wednesday became the first Ugandan to make it to the medal podium in Maputo when he got bronze.

Like any true patriot, I would have loved to see Serugo win gold. But after three tense rounds, I was one of those saluting this small bodied fighter from Kibuli.

Thomas Essomba, the man who beat Serugo, is currently one of the world’s best fighters at 48 kilograms. With a solid record of three appearances at these games, the Cameroonian was always going to give any top class fighter a hard time.

Those who had undermined Serugo’s 10-8 defeat were awoken to the hard reality when Essomba beat Algeria’s Flissi Mohamed 16-8 in the final. In short, Serugo was the only fighter who managed to move toe-to-toe with the West African.

I was impressed when Serugo assured me on Friday that he was not about to rest on his laurels. He is now sharpening up for the World Championships due in Azerbaijan.

This competition will be boxing’s first qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics. Serugo is well aware that if Maputo was tough, Baku will be even more trying. He has to be at his best if he is to stand to the challenge presented by the world’s cream.

If you asked me what Serugo’s chances will be in Baku, I’ll tell you that they are bright. You’ve certainly not forgotten that at the last world championship in Milan, Italy, the same fighter travelled alone but went on to make his presence felt.

Serugo will this time not be relying on sympathizers as his corner men. He will have fellow Ugandan boxers and a coach to guide him. Don’t therefore be surprised if he makes the London cut in Baku.

Back to Maputo, like I predicted, also expect a medal in athletics, table tennis and badminton. But that might not be all, I happened to attend a netball match and was surprised by the ease with which our team was discarding its opponents.

The She Cranes beat Zambia 61-3 then whipped hosts Mozambique 103-8 before outwitting Botswana 43-31.

If you’ve been closely following netball you should agree with me that these results are no accident. Our clubs and national team have for long dominated the east and central Africa region.

Our biggest opposition should be from South Africa. But the fact that even South Africa might not be at full strength because some its players are in a World Cup elsewhere, could also play in our favour.

Don’t therefore be surprised if Uganda wins its first continental medal this week.
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Lessons for the Bombers from All Africa Games
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Sunday, 11 September 2011 15:05
There are a few positives the Ugandan boxing fraternity can draw from the All Africa Games in Maputo, writes Moses Mugalu

By the end of last week, news items from the biennial continental games were awash with all sorts of excuses of how and why the majority of our eight boxers on the national team (The Bombers) had fallen out at the preliminary stage.

Only 2008 Olympian Ronald Serugo restored some pride last Thursday for the country’s boxers, winning bronze after his semifinal defeat to Cameroon’s Thomas Essomba in the flyweight category. Despite being locked out of international events for 18 months due to administrative wrangles in the local sport’s ruling body (UABF), Ugandans hugely counted on the boxers to win medals for the country from Maputo.

So, what exactly went wrong? In May, there was hope after the National Council of Sports (NCS) and the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC), acting on orders of sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi, came up with an ad hoc committee of experts to handle The Bombers’ preparations.

The five-man team, chaired by former Commonwealth champion Justin Juuko, kicked off its work in earnest and held trials to select boxers for the Games by the end of June. However, at this stage, officials from both NCS and UOC bizarrely detached the team from boxing committee members that selected the boxers during the trials, changed managers and brought in pugilists of their choice through the backdoor.

For instance, why drop a qualified trainer/coach and hugely experienced three-time Olympian Charles Lubulwa who had worked with the team for several weeks at the expense of Stephen Fula Aciga?

For several weeks, Coach Musa Kent Kibirige and Lubulwa handled the team without appointment letters from NCS as the Interim Committee had recommended. And in between, the coaching pair was shockingly introduced to cricket legend Sam Walusimbi as their team manager.

On team selection; why appoint Zebra Ssenyange your captain? In the first place he didn’t make it to the team on merit. The veteran pugilist was not among the eight boxers picked by the Interim committee after the trials, but he was inexplicably sneaked in and made the captain of the team.

Undoubtedly, Senyange’s backdoor inclusion and choice for captain set the tone for a disastrous Bombers’ side in recent history. He was among the first losers in Maputo, so, and as captain, how could he inspire the remaining others if he didn’t lead by example?

Furthermore, political influences have not helped matters. A case in point is former UABF president, now UOC boss, Roger Ddungu, who has become one such distraction to the Bombers.

For instance, he’s said to have been the driving force behind Senyange’s inclusion on the team. As a moneyed man at the helm of the powerful Uganda Olympic Committee, Ddungu’s desires must be heeded every time he makes a call, notes one boxing official.

Coach Kent claimed last week that his boxers Senyange, Sula Segawa and Atanus Mugerwa had been ‘robbed’ by officials. This is not new but typical of Ugandan losers at this stage.

But the shambolic show in Maputo sends clear signal that Ugandan boxers’ dream of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics is doomed as qualifiers start next month with the World Championships in Azerbaijan.

With less than three weeks left, would we pick new boxers or would we go ahead and field the Maputo flops?

Ddungu (who recently vowed that he must lead a Ugandan Olympic delegation to London in 2012 with boxers on the team) and his NCS cronies have a real puzzle to solve here.
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Negesa wins gold
Monday, 12th September, 2011
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By James Bakama in Maputo

Uganda finally struck gold at the Maputo All Africa Games on Monday night.

Annet Negesa was Uganda’s heroine with a superbly executed run in the women’s 800 meters in Mozambique’s Zimpeto National stadium.

Negesa led from the start to finish on a cool night to take the top prize in two minutes 02 seconds. Following in her wake was Ethiopia's Magistu Fantu.

“I was very focused and fit. I had to get the gold,” said the ever smiling runner who has lso promised a medal in the 1500 meters.

Boxer Ronald Serugo last week became the first Ugandan to win a medal at the games’ tenth edition when he got bronze. Long jumper Sara Nambawa had a similar feat in long jump on Sunday before Edwin Ekiring picking silver in badminton. The netball team could secure gold with one more win today against Tanzania, after they beat Ghana 115-17

Meanwhile Moses Kipsiro has opted out of the 5000 and 10000m double. Kipsiro will now only compete in the 5000m final on Friday. The 10000m final was run yesterday.
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Negesa wins gold medal in Maputo
Tuesday, 13th September, 2011
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Negesa won gold in Maputo
UGANDA finally struck gold at the Maputo All Africa Games yesterday.

Annet Negesa was Uganda’s heroine with a superbly executed run in the women’s 800 meters in Mozambique’s Zimpeto National stadium.

Negesa led from the start to finish on a cool night in Zimpeto Nationl stadium to take the top prize in two minutes 02 seconds. Following in her wake was Ethiopia’s Magistu Fantu. “I was very focused and fit. I had to get the gold,” said the ever smiling runner who has lso promised a medal in the 1500 meters.

The gold came as no surprise to 10,000 passionate fans as Negesa had the previous day also easily strode to victory with the semi-finals’ fastest time. Maputo’s attachment to this lean ever smiling runner was understandable.

Mozambique legend Maria Mutola, who has since retired to football, was at her prime unbeatable in the two-lap race. Locals were quick in identifying with Negesa. “We love her she reminds us of Mutola’s great days,” said primary school teacher Leona Cossa.

Negesa’s performance was an improvement of Grace Birungi’s run at the 1999 games in Johannesburg. Birungi that year became the first Ugandan woman to win a medal at the quadrennial event when she won bronze.

It was Moses Kipsiro who lifted Uganda to gold at the last games in Algeria. Kipsiro that time won the 5000m.

Boxer Ronald Serugo last week became the first Ugandan to win a medal at the games’ tenth edition when he got bronze. Long jumper Sara Nambawa had a similar feat in long jump on Sunday.

Prior to Negesa’s victorious run, another Ugandan runner David Emong had also won bronze in the Paralympics. Meanwhile, Kipsiro has opted out of the 10,000 and will compete in the 5000m final on Friday.

Nancy wins silver
Meanwhile, Nancy Cheptegei bagged her second silver medal and Uganda’s fifth on Sunday night at the just concluded 4th edition of the Youth Commonwealth Games in Douglas, Isle of Man, writes Usher Komugisha.

Cheptegei posted 9:22.70 in the women’s 3000m to complete revenge against Kenya’s Norah Jeruto Tanui, who had beaten her to gold in the women’s 2000m steeplechase.



Nambawa bags triple jump bronze
Tuesday, 13th September, 2011
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Nambawa jumps her way to the bronze
By James Bakama and Norman Katende in Maputo, Mozambique


AFTER an unimpressive show at the World Championships last month, Ugandan triple jumper Sarah Nambawa had reason to smile yesterday.

Nambawa wound up the All Africa Games with a bronze medal after leaping 13.73 meters in Maputo’s Zimpeto National stadium.

The US based athlete finished behind Algeria’s Baya Rahouli (14.02) and Senegal’s Kene Ndoye (13.74) to hand Uganda her first athletics medal at the tenth edition of the quadrennial games.

Nambawa’s medal winning jump was in her second attempt in a tense final that was undermined by poor officiation. Nigeria’s Iworima Otonye jumped 13.47m that was instead registered as a 14.47.

Many athletes would have embraced the mark. But not Otonye who instead complained to the officials that she hadn’t jumped that far. The result was eventually cancelled amidst more complaints from the Algerian camp.

Nambawa who is two weeks from her 27th birthday felt that she could have done better. “I could have definitely jumped further but I had a muscle problem.”

Her jump was however far away from her 14.06 personal best. The effort was nevertheless far better than her 13.22 mark at the just concluded World Championships in Korea. She had earlier also failed to make her presence felt at the World University Games by failing to travel to China.

Nambawa took to jumping about three years ago.

She becomes the second Ugandan to win a medal in Maputo after boxer Ronald Serugo set the pace with a bronze last week.

Yesterday’s competition also had teenager Jacob Araptany finishing a distant fourth in the men’s steeplechase final.

Meanwhile, the Ugandan camp was on Sunday also boosted by the arrival of Moses Kipsiro. He was to run in the 10000m final.

Duncan Mugabe, meanwhile, needed 45 minutes to down Rwanda’s Anatole Bizimana on day-two of the games tennis event.

Robert Buyinza had on Sunday evening also won his game against Ghana’s Pascal Ziab 2-6, 7-6(2), 10-8 to advance to round four.

Mugabe survived a walk over due to the complicated transport system to dominate with a 6-1, 6-0 result. He will be meeting the winner between Angola’s Dodamy Santos and Algeria’s Sid Ali Akir, who were due to play in the afternoon.

However in table tennis, Uganda’s players still have a lot of work to do if they are to compete on the big stage.

East Africa’s top seed Ronald Nyaika found out yesterday in the two-week competition that also doubled as an Olympic qualifier.

Nyaika was like Uganda’s top women’s player Amina Lukaya beaten in the third round of the quadrennial meet. He was easy prey for Nigeria’s Seun Ajetunmobi who won 4-0.

“I must say we still have a long way to go,” conceded Nyaika after defeats to all his other team-mates.




She Cranes win gold
Tuesday, 13th September, 2011
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By Norman Katende

The She Cranes managed to beat Tanzania in a tension packed match at Munhuana stadium, to claim Uganda’s third gold in the All Africa Games.

The netballers, who were included on the team on the last minute, proved that they are worth champion despite an early scare from the Tanzanians.

At 12-8 in the first quarter, the She Cranes lost their coordination with Centre Halimah Nakacwa failing to connect with Wing attacker Ruth Meme and Wing defender Esther Awayo.

The result was that so much passes were wasted and turn overs increased as Tanzania rallied to close the gap at 15-17 at half time.

But noting the change, coach Fred Mugerwa pulled off Nakacwa, changed Meme from the wing to the centre and threw on Harriet Apako to cover up and the solution had been found. Uganda regained the momentum leading 33—24 going into the last quarter.

However, Tanzania, knowing that all was not going well also substituted their goal attacker Peter Pili (19 goals) for a taller Hassan Manaidhi, who made 13 in the last quarters, but perhaps it came a little bit late as Uganda’s goal shooter Peace Proscovia (33 goals) and Goal attacker Florence Amono (18) went on to lead Uganda to their 7th victory and push them at an unassailable 14 points.

Tanzania, Botswana and Zimbabwe are battling for the silver and bronze positions, having lost two game each in a competition that was played on round robin.

“There was a problem with the coordination but we rectified it quite early,” Mugerwa said.
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Netballers qualify for 2012 Olympics
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Netball. For the first time ever, Uganda will send a netball side to the world’s biggest games after the team struck gold at the All Africa Games in Maputo.

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Few paid attention to them when the President flagged off the whole Ugandan contingent to the All Africa Games in Maputo.

Even fewer noticed they were part of the nearly 100-strong team when the athletes departed Entebbe Airport for the quadrennial continental Games.
Yet today, Uganda’s netball team are basking in the glory of rewriting history. Against expectations and predictions, the girls secured a third gold for the country; one that secured Uganda a netball berth at next year’s Olyumpics in London.

The team defeated Tanzania 52-42 to win Uganda her third gold. After Annet Negesa’s gold in the 800m and Christine Akullo’s in Paralympics T-13 100m, Maputo is proving to be a far more fruitful adventure than Algiers where the last Games were held in 2007.

Netball team coach Fred Tabale Mugerwa attributed the team’s achievement to the number of games his players have competed in back home and around the region.
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