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Old June 25th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #41
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Kabugo undergoes Bidvest Wits medical
Publish Date: Jun 25, 2013
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Kabugo has been a mainstay in the SCVU team this season. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

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By Julius Senyimba

UGANDA Cranes and Sports Club Victoria defender Savio Kabugo arrived in South Africa on Sunday morning to undergo his medical before signing for Bidvest Wits.

The youthful player who has been involved with the Cranes squad for the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers, had all his paper work done in time and flew to Braamfontein, Johannesburg where the club’s base is found.

Kabugo’s camp has been tight-lipped about the move but New Vision Sport can confirm that the move down south is set to be finalised.

“Those are rumours! I am still with my club Victoria but when a good chance comes in, I will welcome it,” Kabugo pointed at their awards dinner, a day before his flight day.

Last seasons’ SC Victoria fans choice player of the season, Kabugo was a rock in the team’s triumph of in Uganda Cup and finishing fourth in the FUFA Super League which saw him earn a call-up to the Cranes.

The 18-year old centre-back is one of four players left from the SC Victoria team that gained promotion to the top flight last year.



Ochaya set for Greuther Fürth switch
Publish Date: Jun 25, 2013

By Julius Senyimba

CRANES and Asante Kotoko defender, Joseph Ochaya is full of confidence ahead of trails at a German second division side Greuther Furth that will last two weeks

“I love tight competition and when I see the chance, I always fight for it. This is a good move for my career and I am set to earn it no matter what though without God and prayers from home, it won’t be easy at all,” Ochaya explained today shortly before departing for Germany.

The Ugandan has had a decent campaign with the ‘Porcupine Warriors’ in his debut season, being influential in Kotoko’s league triumph and reaching the FA Cup finals which will take place next month.

The 19-year-old, if successful will be in line to replace Ghanaian left back, Baba Abdul Rahman who is set to leave the club this summer.

Kotoko are likely to fetch an amount in the region of €600,000 if Ochaya excels during the fortnight long trials.

The Ghanaian giants signed Ochaya for a fee worth $30,000 (sh75m) from Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA FC) last year.

Since his move to West Africa, the left back has gone from strength to strength and has come into the reckoning for the Cranes as Geoffrey Walusimbi’s understudy.




Namboole stadium finalises plans for national training centre
Publish Date: Jun 25, 2013

Mandela National Stadium is going to undergo a facelift. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
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By Norman Katende

THE Mandela National board has approved a management decision to host a fully-fledged international standard training centre, to help athletes preparing for international competitions country.

“This will be the Kampala centre which will help those athletes that do not need to or have no means of travelling to the High Altitude Training Centre in Kapchorwa, and it will be a big boost for national team players,” said the board chairman Daniel Tamwesigire.

The centre will have an underwater massage, which has already been flown in from Germany, according to German sports technical expert Gunter Lange. It will also have physiotherapy, massage, strength rooms and other compartments that will be used by athletes in their recovery.

An electronic room has also been set up to electronically measure the muscle strength and other body parts reaction as a way of improving athletes’ output.

The centre, which will fully be funded by the German Government, will also have a complete set of gym machines, as part of the stadium’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The funding will be channelled through the German Olympic sports confederation — an amalgamation of the equivalent of both the national Olympic Committee and National Council of Sports of Germany. The Uganda Olympic Committee will act as the caretaker partner of the facility which the different federations will be able to make use of.

“We are also facilitating federations with a secretariat where they can carry on their duties (for those that do not have offices) and for those that would like to get more space, they should rent at a 20% discount,” added Tamwesigire.

Lange welcomed the idea saying that they will meet with the other stakeholders to ensure the centre is fully equipped at the best opportune moment.

The centre will only be open to national team players from all the local sports federations under the supervision of the technical committee that will be set up.
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Mawejje, Okwi on FK Partizan Belgrade radar
28 Jun 2013 Written by Ismael Kiyonga Published in Football

Serbian Champions FK Partizan Belgrade are reportedly following Uganda Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi and midfielder Tonny Mawejje.

According to a Serbian sports website pressonline.com, Partizan FC is in dire need of signing an attacker in their ranks and has been impressed by Okwi.

Club director Albert Nagy and Coach Vuk Rasovic hinted at the names of the two players with Cranes coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who is also reported to have visited Belgrade last week confirming the quality of the players.

The website likened Okwi to former Partizan and Chelsea FC striker Mateja Kezman gauging by his goal celebration of pointing to his name at the back of the jersey and referred to Mawejje as the organizer of his Iceland side IBV FC.

The duo were instrumental as Cranes won back to back 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Angola a few weeks ago and it appears their performances were closely monitor the Serbia Champions.

In case any or both end up at the club one time, they follow in the footsteps of ex-Cranes star Nestroy Kizito who also featured for the club.

Emmanuel Okwi currently plies his trade at Tunisian side Etoile Du Sahel.



Micho: Morocco’s proximity to Europe favours Senegal

Cranes playmaker Martin Mutumba controls the ball during a training session ahead of the recent Angola game. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO

By ANDREW MWANGUHYA

Posted Saturday, June 29 2013 at 01:00

Kampala- Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic says the fact that a big number of Senegal stars ply their trade in Europe gives the West Africa outfit an edge when the two face off in a World Cup qualifier in September.

Caf, the continental soccer governing body, reportedly chose Morocco as neutral ground to host the qualifier between Senegal and Uganda.
This after Senegal played their supposedly home game against Angola in Conakry, Guinea, thanks to a home ban following crowd violence in Dakar last year.

There was no official confirmation yet from Caf by press time but some sources say Morocco has been affirmed although authorities are only yet to decide on the host city, with Marrakesh and Casablanca among the cities being considered.

Micho, too, told Saturday Monitor that communication from the Senegalese Federation, who are dealing with Caf and Fifa as ‘hosts’ regarding the neutral venue, affirms that the game has been fixed for Morocco.

Should that be the case, who then has the advantage, factoring in that Uganda and Senegal will both be away from home?
“100 % of the Senegal squad plays in Europe and Morocco is just next to Europe,” said Micho, “So of course it will be easy for them to organise their players and to travel to Morocco early for acclimatisation. So they have an edge there.”

Morocco, the North African country, borders Spain to the north and you just have to cross the Atlantic Ocean to reach Europe.
“But for us, we shall see,” added Micho, “In life you always have plan A, B and C. So we shall try and prepare ourselves well for the match.”

Meanwhile, Micho and the Fufa technical team have named a 37-man squad to begin training for the Africa Nations Championships (Chan) qualifier against Tanzania on Monday.
Uganda face Tanzania in the first leg in Dar es Salaam first week of July.
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Uganda Cranes to play friendly in Iraq
Publish Date: Jul 03, 2013

Micho will be looking for his first away win as Cranes coach. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo
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By Silvano Kibuuka and Swalley Kenyi

International friendly

Iraq v Uganda July 9

CHAN first leg

Tanzania v Uganda July 13

UGANDA Cranes will play Iraq in an international friendly in Erbil City, 325km north of the capital Baghdad.

The match on Tuesday will come in handy for coach Micho Sredejovic as he prepares a home based Uganda Cranes squad for the first leg of Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Tanzania, in Dar es Salam on July 13.

FUFA chief executive officer Edgar Watson confirmed the friendly match saying that it was one of the five requests they had put out for federations to host the team.

The friendly is one of the five international friendly matches that FUFA has requested for the Cranes to play between July and September when the senior team is expected to honour their last World Cup qualifier against Senegal.

“We have secured a friendly against Iraq and it will take care of the preparations for CHAN. FUFA will take care of the expenses together with the Iraq federation,” FUFA CEO Edgar Watson confirmed this afternoon.

It is the second time Uganda will be playing Iraq in a friendly in Baghdad after the first one in 2010 when Uganda won 2-1 away.

The Cranes team will play Iraq on Tuesday and fly direct to Dar es Salam for the CHAN fixture.

Cranes head coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic is preparing his youthful side to approach their encounter against the Tanzania with utmost composure. Cranes is due to go into residential training on Friday.

As Micho polishes the team, he warned URA trio of striker Saidi Kyeyune, midfielder Owen Kasule and Frank Kalanda and; Hashim Sempala, who joined the squad on Wednesday morning to prove their worth to be part of the 25 man team.

The trio joined training after their return from the CECAFA Kagame Cup campaign in Darfur, Sudan.

Savio Kabugo, who is undergoing trials at Bidvest University in South Africa is expected to join in time for the game.



Micho rebuilds CHAN team
Publish Date: Jul 03, 2013

Micho has stepped upped preparations for the first leg away in Tanzania. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

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By James Bakama and Swalley Kenyi

CHAN first leg, July 13

Tanzania v Uganda

COACH Milutin “Micho” Sredojevich will spend the next ten days doing everything within his means to build the spine of his Africa Nations Championship team.

Save for seasoned Cranes players like Hamza Muwonge, Denis Guma and Hassan Wasswa, the rest of the squad is dominated by newcomers.

This is in sharp contrast to the Tanzania side that Uganda plays away on July 13 in the first leg of the CHAN competition that only features home based players.

Tanzania, unlike Uganda whose senior side is dominated by foreign based players, will be fielding the same team that has been battling in the ongoing World Cup qualifiers.

The entire Taifa Stars team is based at home meaning that cohesion should be the least of their problems.

Unlike Uganda, whose players were undermined by a chaotic season featuring two leagues, Tanzania has the advantage of having concluded a highly competitive local competition.

But even with this advantage, Tanzania is leaving nothing to chance. Assistant coach Sylvester Mash has warned Tanzanians not to be overconfident.

Mash has fresh memories of qualifiers to the 2011 tournament where Uganda beat them home and away.

“There are people who think it is going to be easy for us. But we shall be playing against a very good team that is determined to go through….it is going to be a very tough game,” warned Mash.

He said the only way they can succeed is to work hard and record a big first leg win.

Tanzania will be without Samata Mbwana and Thomas Ulimgwengu upfront and defender Shomari Kapombe could also miss the encounter if he passes trials at Dutch top flight side FC Twente.

Full team in camp:

Goal Keepers: H.Muwonge (Vipers), A. Kimera (SCVU), C.Lukwago (Proline)

Defenders: N.Wadada (Vipers), D.Iguma (SCVU), H.Kavuma (KCCA), H.Magombe (BUL), R.Kasaaga (Kiira), Y.Mukiisa (Proline), R.Malinga (KCCA), F.Kawooya (KCCA), A.Kisalita (SC Villa)

Midfielders: I.Ntege (KCCA), S.Sentamu (Entebbe), M.Birungi (KCCA), B.Nkumbi (Kiira Young), B.Majwega (KCCA), H.Mawanda (KCCA), J.Mpande (Vipers), R,Muganga (SC Villa)

Strikers: P.Edema (SCVU), E.Sekisambu (URA), W.Wadri (Proline)
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Micho keen on improving Cranes creativity, scoring

Midfielder Hassan Wasswa tries to control the ball during training at Namboole on Monday. Wasswa is one of the key players coach Micho will bank on to deliver against Tanzania next weekend. Photo by Ismail Kezaala

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Posted Thursday, July 4 2013 at 01:00
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Soccer. “Our players are excited in passing but not continuing the movement, which is a job half done because when you are passing and you are admiring your pass without continuing movement, you are doing nothing,” says Micho.

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First, Micho Sredojevic was aghast at the apparent unfitness of most of the local-based players on the first day of training on Monday, forcing the Cranes coach to take them through running, push-ups and long jump. Tuesday and yesterday’s sessions emphasized passing the ball, possession, and making the domination count the other end of the goal if the aforementioned are done to precision, which precisely is Uganda’s problem, according to Micho. And one that must be corrected.

“It is something that we are looking forward to,” said Micho after training at Namboole as Uganda prepare for next weekend’s 2014 Africa Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier away to Tanzania. “To have an eye on the defence, to have a creative midfield which passes the ball and keeps possession, and to have a sharp attack.

“We are working on what we are dreaming of and we are looking to players putting this (friendliness to the ball) into action.” Micho, who won his first two competitive games as Cranes coach when Uganda beat Liberia 1-0 and Angola 2-1 in the World Cup qualifiers, added: “Here are two jobs to achieve, you are passing the ball well and keeping possession while advancing into attack, and by passing the ball you are making the opponent tired and ineffective to attack you.”

Whether Micho can fully achieve his and Uganda’s desired dream is another thing given that these basics are imparted on footballers at a tender age. But there’s got to be room for some improvement, surely; some sense of progress if the players themselves put their heart to it. Micho is also hopeful they will secure at least one friendly out of their three targeted countries.

“I will be in a better position to tell you which friendly we have finally secured when everything is in place,” said the 43-year-old. Meanwhile, this first leg qualifier, due next Saturday, was supposed to have been played last month but was pushed ahead after Cecafa requested Caf to postpone it to allow Ugandan and Tanzanian clubs partake in the regional club tournament.

The request also necessitated change of the return leg, earlier slated for this weekend. It will now be on the weekend of July 25-28 at Namboole.



Chan a build-up to 2015 Africa Cup


By Clive Kyazze

Posted Thursday, July 4 2013 at 01:00
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Soccer. Uganda Cranes have not qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations since 1978. Coach Micho wants to give qualification another shot in 2015.


KAMPALA.

Uganda Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic insists there is more to the Championship of African Nations (Chan) than just qualifying for the finals in South Africa next year.
Uganda play Tanzania over two legs in the quest for their second straight appearance in the finals.

To Micho, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations journey starts in Dar es Salaam on July 13 when Uganda play the hosts.
“Chan is important. But am not looking at the near future,” Micho said after Tuesday evening’s training session. “The 2015 qualifiers start as early as September and Chan will help me prepare for that,” added Micho.

Left back Dilema
Meanwhile, Habib Kavuma’s 77th minute red card in Cranes’ last group game against Gabon two years ago rules him out of the Tanzania fixture.
This has left Micho with Bul Bidco’s Hakim Magombe as the only left back in camp.

“We are going to sit as the technical team and address the issue. We can’t fail to get a solution,” Micho said.
Kira’s Richard Kasagga could be the other available option since he has played in that position before for his club.
But the Cranes might be forced to invite SC Villa’s Isaac Muleme who rates higher than Magombe and Kasagga.
Tony Odur and Owen Kasule also got matching orders in the opening fixture against Algeria but they have since served their two-match suspensions.


Micho trims squad to 25 and confirms Iraq Build up | 2014 CHAN QUALIFIERS
03 Jul 2013 Written by David Isabirye Published in Football

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9th July-Erbil Stadium

Tanzania Vs Uganda (CHAN 1st leg)

13th July -At National Stadium, Dar es Salaam

As the Uganda National football team players conducted the day three evening session at Nelson Mandela Stadium, all signs were evident each of them had a vision embedded at the back of his mind- to impress the technical wing. From the body language, facial expression and mobility on the dreaded Namboole grass, every player showed the willingness and ability to wear that famous black, yellow and red jersey on merit.

15 minutes to the end of the 2 hour session, the head coach, Mulitin 'Micho' Sredojevic isolated himself from the group. He cast a grotesque pose in the blue pavilion stands. Assistant coaches, Kefa Kisala and Sam Timbe joined him minutes later, and their discussion-your guess is as good as mine; zeroed on who to retain and who to drop.

At this time, the players, who continued to be involved in the short passing game might have realized by then that an important issue was being discussed. Indeed, it was, as Micho dropped the bombshell announcing that 8 of them would not be continuing with the training prior the July 12th Tanzanian African Nations Championships fixture at the Dar es salaam National Stadium.

The unfortunate 8 sidelined named are: defender Habibu Kavuma (KCCA), goalie Lukwago Charles (Proline), midfielder Isaac Muleme (SC Villa), the youthful goalie Watenga Ismail (Vipers), defender Malunda Musa (Vipers), midfielder Sentamu Siraje (Entebbe FC), striker Sekisambu Erias (URA), and Bul-Bidco's defender cum midfielder, Sempala Hashim.

One day three of the team's training, four new faces appeared. These included the URA duo of Owen Kasule and Ali Feni, S.C Villa's Isaac Muleme and Bul-Bidco's Hashim Sempala. Like the other previous morning sessions, emphasis was stressed on physical training and the evening session was dominated by positional play awareness, functional training, passing and dribbling under the tightest of spaces available plus shooting at goal with target and power in mind.

Day 4 of the training resumes on Thursday with only one evening session starting at 4:00 p.m. The final squad is expected to enter a residential training camp on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Cranes will play an international friendly game with Iraq on 9th July at Erbil City, about 300 KM from the capital, Baghdad. The Federation CEO, Edgar Watson confirmed the development, that Head coach, Micho had insisted on four days back. "The Iraq friendly is on, and we shall connect straight to Dar es salaam for the first leg of CHAN after that', Edgar said.

The 25 players Retained

Full players in training:
Goal Keepers
Muwonge Hamza (Vipers), Kimera Ali (SC VU)

Defenders
Wadada Nicholas (Sc Vipers), Guma Denis (Sc Vu), Magombe Hakim (Bul Fc), Kasaaga Richard (Kiira Young Fc), Mukisa Yusuf (Proline), Malinga Richard (KCC Fc), Kawooya Fahad (KCC Fc), Kisalita Ayub (Villa)
Midfielders

Ntege Ivan (KCC), Birungi Micheal (KCC FC), Nkumbi Brian (Kiira Young), Majwega Brian (KCC FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (KCC FC), Mpande Joseph (Vipers), Muganga Ronald (Sc Villa), Owen Kasule (URA), Kyeyune Said (URA), Ali Feni (URA) and Frank Kalanda (URA)
Strikers
Edema Patrick (Sc Vu), Wadri William (Proline), Herman Waswa (KCC) and Tonny Odur (KCC).
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Micho names final 18 to face Tanzania | 2014 CHAN QUALIFIERS
10 Jul 2013 Written by David Isabirye Published in Football

Cranes Coach, Micho has finally named the final 18 players .

13th July (3:00 pm)-1st leg Chan Qualifier

Tanzania Vs Uganda - National Stadium, Dar es salaam

Uganda's Head coach, Mulitin 'Micho' Sredojevic has finally broken the long awaited silence and announced his 18 member troops who will be facing off Tanzania in the first leg of the CHAN qualifier this Saturday at the Dar es salaam National Stadium.

"It has not been easy to name the final squad, all the players have given their best and they deserve to be there, but we are limited by the number", the Serbian born tactician said, shortly after two trial games with the national under 23 sides.

The Cranes XI beat the Kobs 3-1. Herman Wasswa, Richard Kassaga and Edema Patrick were on the score sheet for the Cranes after Simon Okwi had taken a suprising first half lead for the Kobs, coached by Abdullah Mubiru.

In the second game, the second team drew 2 all in a game where midfielder, Joseph Mpande scored a long range beauty while Frank Kalanda scored a penalty after Tonny Odour had been felled in the forbidden area. Daniel Otto and Tom Matisko scored for the Select side.

URA mid-fielder Owen Kasule, KCC's right back Ayubu Kisaliita, goalie Ismail Watenga, Michael Birungi, Fahad Kawooya, Richard Malinga and Hakim Magombe, have been left out of the team. The latter was the only available left back in the team following the suspension of Habibu Kavuma. Magombe was left behind because he did not have a passport.

The trio of Owen Kasule, youthful goalkeeper Ismail Watenga and Hakim Magombe had been notified earlier about their fate and therefore were not part of the evening training matches.

The final squad has 2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 7 mid fielders and 4 strikers.

The Cranes are set to check in at Entebbe International Airport on Thursday at 9 a.m aboard an Air Uganda flight.

The Final 18 players travelling:

Goal Keepers: Muwonge Hamza (Vipers), Kimera Ali (SC VU)

Defenders: Wadada Nicholas (Sc Vipers), Guma Denis (Sc Vu), Kasaaga Richard (Kiira Young Fc), Mukisa Yusuf (Proline) and Savio Kabugo (SC VU)

Midfielders: Ntege Ivan (KCC), Majwega Brian (KCC FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (KCC FC), Mpande Joseph (Vipers), Muganga Ronald (Sc Villa), Kyeyune Said (URA), Ali Feni (URA)

Strikers:Edema Patrick (Sc Vu-Loan expired), Frank Kalanda (URA), Herman Wasswa (KCC FC) and Tonny Odur (KCC).

Officials : Milutin Sedrojevic (Head Coach), Kefa Kisala & Sam Timbe (Assistant coaches), Fred Kajoba (Goal Keepers’ Coach), Joseph Mutaka (Media Officer), D.r Ronald Kisolo (Team Doctor), Chrispus Muyinda (Team Manager)

Dropped:

Ismail Watenga (Vipers), Owen Kasule (URA), Magombe Hakim (Bul Fc), Birungi Micheal (KCC FC), Kisalita Ayub (Villa), Kawooya Fahad (KCC Fc) and Malinga Richard (KCC Fc).
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Cranes battle sizzling Dar heat
Publish Date: Jul 12, 2013

Cranes arrive at the international airport in Dar es Salaam. Photo by Hasfa Ssonko
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By Hasfa Ssonko in Dar es Salaam

Africa Nations Championship

Tanzania v Uganda

IF Cranes are to successfully overcome Tanzania in Saturday’s explosive Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) first leg fixture, they will need to adjust to the sizzling temperatures in Dar es Salaam.

As of yesterday afternoon, when the Cranes set foot here, temperatures were as high as 29 degrees centigrade —five degrees more than what the team has been experiencing back in Kampala.

“The temperature levels are very high but we know its not just for today (yesterday). This is the typical Dar es Salaam and we will do everything to adjust fast enough. The good thing is some of the boys have experienced this during the CECAFA Challenge Cup tournaments played here before,” Micho told New Vision Sport yesterday.

The Cranes have been booked at Sapphire Hotel which is 2km away from the 60,000-capacity Benjamin Mkapa stadium, where the two sides will face-off on Saturday.

The Cranes held their first training session at Kalume Stadium and looked fi red up for the weekend assignment.

On the evidence of the approximately two-hour workout, Micho is likely to stick with the 4-3-3 formation he deployed with the main Cranes team during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The local fans here are excited about the prospect of facing the CECAFA champions.

The match tickets are fast selling out and all media previews are looking towards a win for the home side.

A majority of the fans that the New Vision Sport talked to have never recovered from Uganda’s CECAFA 3-1 win over the home side during the 2011 edition.

The winner of both legs will qualify for the CHAN tournament in South Africa next year.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has replaced match official Jean Claude Birumushahu with fellow Burundian Herve Kakunze. Birumushahu failed a match fitness test.

Team in Dar es Salaam:

Goalkeepers: H. Muwonge, A. Kimera.

Defenders: N. Wadada, D. Iguma, R. Kasaaga, Y. Mukisa, F. Kawooya, A. Kisalita, S. Kabugo

Midfielders: I. Ntege, B. Majwega, H. Wasswa, J. Mpande, R. Muganga, S. Kyeyune, F. Kalanda

Strikers: P. Edema and T. Odur.



Micho wary of Tanzania’s experience in Chan clash

Cranes defender Guma (R) tries to stop Tanzania’s danger man Ngasa during last year’s Cecafa Cup at Namboole. Ngasa will worry Cranes’ defence. Photo by Ismail Kezaala.

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Posted Friday, July 12 2013 at 00:00
IN SUMMARY

Micho took with him 18 players including two goalkeepers, seven defenders, an equal number of midfielders and two strikers.

2014 CHAN QUALIFIERS, 1ST LEG
Tomorrow, July 13
Tanzania vs. Uganda
National Stadium, Dar es Salaam
Return leg, July 27
Uganda vs. Tanzania
Namboole

Micho Sredojevic, the Cranes coach, yesterday led his home-based players; most of them unrefined compared to their Saturday opponents, to Dar es Salaam ready to test their resolve against the experienced Tanzanians.

With skipper Hassan Wasswa and vice Denis Guma the only players to have been involved in last month’s World Cup campaign, and goalkeeper Hamza Muwonge the other experienced member, Uganda will face a Tanzanian side that has over seven players that were involved in the race to Brazil in the said period.

The two face off at the National Stadium tomorrow in the first leg of the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers with the return leg on July 27 confirming winners.

Chan, which will be held in South Africa next year, is a tournament only for home-based players. Micho has singled out two Tanzanian players Mrisho Ngasa, who has just rejoined Yanga, and Simba’s Amri Kiemba as examples of the experience in the Taifa Stars ranks.

“They have been together for a while and we have been together for just two weeks,” he said, “And they have great experience especially that all their stars play at home.

“But we believe in ourselves and together with my coach and players, we are ready and this is time to test our character.”

Micho took with him 18 players including two goalkeepers, seven defenders, an equal number of midfielders and two strikers.

Meanwhile, Caf have replaced Burundian official Jean Claude Birimushashu with compatriot Herve Kakunze. Birimushashu was appointed as first assistant alongside Theirry Nkurunziza and Pascal Ndimunzigo as central and assistant respectively but a statement from Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) indicates that the Fifa-badge holder ref has been axed after he failed a fitness test early this week.

Goal Keepers: Hamza Muwonge (Vipers), Ali Kimera (SCVU)

Defenders: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), Denis Guma - vice-captain (SCVU), Richard Kasagga (Kiira Young), Yusuf Mukisa (Proline), Fahad Kawooya (KCC), Ayub Kisalita (SC Villa) Savio Kabugo (SCVU)

Midfielders: Ivan Ntege (KCC), Brian Majwega (KCC), Hassan Wasswa - Captain (KCC), Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Ronald Muganga (SC Villa), Said Kyeyune (URA), Frank Kalanda (URA)

Strikers: Patrick Edema (SCVU), Tonny Odur (KCC).

Officials: Crispus Muyinda (team coordinator), Micho (head coach), Sam Timbe (assistant coach), Kefa Kisala (assistant coach), Fred Kajoba (goalkeeper coach), Dr. Kisolo (team doctor), Okelo Calvin (head of delegation), Joseph Mutaka (Cranes media officer)
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CHAN: Uganda ready for Tanzania test
Publish Date: Jul 13, 2013

The Uganda Cranes
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By Hasfa Ssonko in Dar es Salaam

CHAN qualifier - FIRST LEG

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Tanzania vs Uganda - 3pm

An away goal is every visiting team’s dream. Well aware of the cushion that a goal in Dar es Salaam will give the Cranes, coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevich has told his troops to make use of every opportunity that comes their way.

“We are going to be cautious but we also have to execute all chances that come our way or else we will have a very tough return leg ahead of us,” said Sredojevich after yesterday’s training in the Benjamin Mkapa stadium.

Patrick Edema is the man on whose shoulders the task of getting that golden goal will lie. Micho will deploy him as a lead striker in front of what has all the markings of a solid midfield.


Team captain Hassan Wasswa will marshal the midfield together with Saidi Kyeyune and Joseph Mpande.

This is what he said at the pre-match press conference yesteday. "This is my first time in Tanzania and I want to go back home with a good story to tell. I want to tell my country that it was so easy to beat Tanzania," Hassan smiled .

"I am the team captain and I believe in my colleagues who have also got zeal to take good results home, so expect a tough encounter."

Richard Kasagga has been deployed at left full back to keep speedy winger Mrisho Ngassa in check.

At the heart of the Cranes defence will be Denis Iguma and Savio Kabugo. Nicholas Wadada will be deployed in the right full-back position.

Tanzania maximise home advantage

Apart from facing a solid Tanzanian team that has been together for a very long time, the Cranes also have a challenge of adjusting to the sizzling temperatures in Dar es Salaam.

To make matters worse, the hosts have chosen to play the game at 3pm, when the heat is at its peak.

As of yesterday afternoon, the temperatures were as high as 29 degrees centigrade —five degrees more than what the team has been experiencing back in Kampala.

The temperatures are expected to rise to 30 degrees centigrade by kick-off. “The temperature levels are very high but we know its not just for today (yesterday). This is the typical Dar es Salaam and we will do everything to adjust fast enough,” Micho told New Vision.

The Cranes were booked at Sapphire Hotel which is 2km away from the 60,000-capacity Benjamin Mkapa stadium, where the two sides will face-off today.



Cranes eager to gain early Chan advantage

Cranes coach Micho (C) directs traffic during a training session at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole earlier this week. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA

By ANDREW MWANGUHYA

Posted Saturday, July 13 2013 at 01:00

Kampala- Uganda will want to face Tanzania in the return leg of the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) in a fortnight while still in a healthy position to make the tournament in South Africa next year.
And that, they must embark on starting today when they take on their neighbours at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Cranes and Taifa Stars coaches Micho Sredojevic and Kim Poulsen appreciate it will not be an easy tie and both the Serbian and Danish concur that Uganda come against experience although the visitors have enjoyed a good run over hosts recently.

“It will be a tough match for us because of Uganda’s pedigree,” said Tanzania coach Poulsen, The Cranes have been a formidable force in the region for many years now and we have always lost to them when we need victories the most.

“But we have a reason to hope, they have assembled a largely new team, thus we will use our experience to kill the jinx.”
The two nations have met 41 times with Uganda edging Tanzania with 23 victories over Tanzania’s 11.

Two survivors
Only skipper Hassan Wasswa and his vice Denis Guma were involved in last month’s World Cup campaign while three quarters of the Tanzanian side were involved. But Micho is confident his inexperienced boys can get a positive result. “I have strong belief in my coaches and the players and in what we have done in the last two weeks,” he said.

“We face a Tanzanian side in good touch but we shall do our best. These two games against Tanzania, the one against Senegal in September, these are stepping stones to 2015 Africa Cup qualification.

“We are looking to get a very competitive squad for that. We face a very tough side on Saturday but we believe in ourselves, and it will help test our character.”

The last game between the two sides came in the 2012 Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup semi-finals at Namboole which Uganda won 3-0.
The Chan qualifiers are played on regional basis with two countries are drawn from the North zone, an equal number and three from Central East among others. It will comprise of 16 teams.

2014 CHAN QUALIFIER
TODAY - FIRST LEG
Tanzania vs. Uganda
National Stadium, Dar es Salaam

RETURN, JULY 27
Uganda vs. Tanzania
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole

PROBABLE STARTING XI TEAM
Ali Kimera (SCVU), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), Denis Guma (SCVU), Savio Kabugo (SCVU), Richard Kasagga (Kiira Young), Hassan Wasswa (Captain - KCC), Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Said Kyeyune (URA), Ronald Muganga (SC Villa), Patrick Edema (SCVU), Tonny Odur (KCC).
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2013/14 league fixtures released
Publish Date: Jul 22, 2013
2013/14 league fixtures released

By James Bakama

Uganda Premier League

SC Villa v KCC

Masaka v Vipers

Soana v CRO

ONE of Uganda’s biggest football rivalries will be renewed on August 20 when the 2013-14 Uganda Premier League kicks-off.

The two giants will again be the center of attraction when they face off at Nakivubo in one of the three opening matches of the league.

The Jogoos and KCC have finalized on strategies for the new term and are set to start training next week. Both sides are in final stages concluding negotiations for international friendless.

Coach George Nsimbe revealed that KCC, which starts training on Monday, has an ambitious recruitment plan that has them eyeing national team stars Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Saidi Kyeyune (URA) and William Wadri.

Nsimbe noted that they have to be at their best against Villa. “Opening matches more so against Villa are usually tough. So, we have to seriously prepare.”

Villa team manager Peter Nsaba was yesterday due to present a 2013-14 work plan to the team’s technical committee. “Expect a much improved Villa this season,” warned Nsaba who has set Tuesday as the first day of training.

Fixtures of the league that were released today by the FUFA Uganda Super League board chairman Haj Abbas Kawaase will have the first round ending in November.

Uganda’s top sports competition was recently given a new name by the Education and Sports Ministry.

In an effort to ensure that Uganda runs a truly professional league, world soccer governing body FIFA will organize a course for the clubs. Dubbed “The Professional League Management Course,” the course will run from from 30 to 31 July.

It will be conducted by FIFA Manager for member associations James Johnson, CECAFA Chairman Leodenga Tenga and FIFA Development Officer in charge of East and Southern Africa Ashford Mamelodi.

The 2012-13 season was chaotic with the local federation FUFA and the Uganda Super League both organizing leagues.

Minister Jessica Alupo later directed that teams that had featured in both competitions merge to form the Uganda Super League.

FUFA Super League board chairman Hajji Abbas Kawaase said they are set for action. He explained that the only snag has been in the placing of the new name in the registrar’s office.

“We are ready to play as Uganda Premier League as directed by the Ministry, but that particular name has a few hiccups at the registrar's office that are being sorted out. We will notify you as soon as we make the name change official,” said Kawaase.
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Sserunkuma excited for trials in Eastern Europe

By MTNFootball.com
Wednesday Jul 24, 15:01 +0200

Uganda Uganda Cranes striker Daniel Sserunkuma is excited about his intended trip to Eastern Europe for trials with three clubs.

The Gor Mahia FC player in Kenya’s Tusker Premier League told MTNFootball.com on phone from Nairobi this afternoon that since it is a dream for every African player to play in Europe, he is glad he will get a chance to undergo trails in Eastern Europe.

Sserunkuma, the Kenya Premier League player of the year last season, said he has been invited for trials in Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus.

“I will be leaving in two weeks’ time. I am so eager to go and prove to the teams where I will have trials that I can comfortably play in their leagues,” said a confident Sserunkuma, who has netted one goal in three matches for the national team.

He revealed that British-born FIFA players' agent Ken Joseph, a director with Emerging Talent Sports Management (ETSM), is the one working on his intended move to Eastern Europe.

Sserunkuma, who is a darling to the Gor Mahia fans, said the club has already cleared him to go for trials.

Speaking about former Cranes coach Robert ‘Bobby’ Williamson, who joined Gor Mahia two weeks ago and has won all his two games in-charge, the player said they are having a wonderful time.

“The whole team is enjoying what Bobby is taking us through. I will miss them for the few days I will be away in Eastern Europe,” he added.

Gor Mahia are currently top of the league table on 32 points, four ahead of second placed Thika United.

Sserunkuma, who joined Gor Mahia from another Kenyan side, City Stars, netted 17 goals in the league last season to finish second on the scorers chart.
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Cranes to play friendly against Egypt
Publish Date: Aug 02, 2013

By Swalley Kenyi

International friendlies

August 14

Senegal v Zambia

Egypt v Uganda

World Cup qualifier

September 7

Senegal v Uganda

MICHO Sredejovic’s prayers for his Cranes team to play at least one international friendly match against a top team before facing Senegal in their last 2014 World Cup qualifier have been answered.

A top FUFA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Uganda will play a build up against Egypt on the FIFA designated date of August 14.

The Egyptian football association and FUFA will jointly foot the costs for the Cranes to travel and play the match at either the 12,000 seater El Gouna Stadium or the 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium.

When contacted for a comment Micho gladly said that, “it is very good news for us if this can happen. We need to play a top team before we play Senegal in Morocco.”

For Micho, Cranes playing a game out of their comfort zone in Kampala gives them a feel of a hostile away environment before they travel to play Senegal in Marrakesh.

On the same day Cranes will play Egypt, opponents Senegal will also take on former African champions Zambia in France. The football federation secretary general Victor Ciss confirmed the friendly.

According to Ciss, the move to take the friendly to France targets convenience for most of Senegal’s professional players, who play for Ligue 1 clubs France.

FUFA had also written to Gambia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Ghana, Chile, Iraq but Egypt was the first to respond by accepting the request.


Pharaohs to face Cranes in friendly
By MTNFootball.com
Friday Aug 02, 10:24 +0200

Mohamed Aboutrika

Record seven-time African champions Egypt will host Uganda in an International friendly on August 14.

The Cranes will face the African giants in a fortnights time in the coastal town of El Gouna.

The Cecafa regional champions Uganda will use the game to prepare for their big 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal, while Egypt will also gauge themselves before taking on Guinea in a Group G formality tie.

A source in the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) secretariat revealed to MTNFootball.com last night that the deal to play the Pharaohs was sealed on Thursday. “I cannot tell you all the details, but the game will be played in the town of El Gouna which is safe from political confusion,” added the source.

However, when MTNFootball.com contacted Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, he too confirmed that they will play Egypt. “I need to start assembling the team and also get in contact with some of my professional players ahead of this game,” said the Serb.

Egypt decided to play the friendly in El Gouna, 430km from the capital because of the security tensions in Cairo.

African Champions League title holders Al Ahly will also host Orlando Pirates at the El Gouna Stadium on Sunday.

The Cranes who are second in Group J on eight points need an outright win against leaders Senegal, who have nine points, onSeptember 7 in a game to be played at a neutral venue in Marrakech, Morocco to qualify for the final play-off qualifying phase.

Egypt is already through to the play-off round with a game in hand after picking up an unassailable 15 points ahead of second placed Guinea who have 10 points.



Micho plans to help OkwiPublish Date: Aug 01, 2013

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By Fred Kaweesi

World Cup qualifier

Senegal v Uganda (September 7, 10pm)

MICHO Sredojevic has presented FUFA a five-point master plan that —if followed —should eliminate Senegal and earn Uganda a place in the 2014 World Cup play-offs.

According to the Cranes tactician, the strategy that has been worked on in consultation with his technical team will also adequately prepare Uganda for the 2014 Africa Nations Championships in South Africa.

“I met my bosses and presented them my five-point programme through the next months to January. If we implement all, then we should hope for the best,” the Serbian told New Vision Sport yesterday.

The five-point plan involves:

One international friendly on August 14

Facilitation to compile various reports on the opponents and furnish each Cranes player with necessary dossiers on direct opponents

Organise a one-week training camp out of the country before the Senegal game

Identify Sunday of every week for national team retreats

Secure a training base in South Africa, two weeks before CHAN starts

Although the Serbian has equally been moved by his impressive start to his Cranes reign, he insists that he will only take pride after leading Uganda to considerable success in a major tournament.

“I want to prepare the CHAN team in the best possible way. If we can assemble the Cranes every Sunday for sessions and discussions with club coaches and camp in South Africa before the tournament, we will do well,” Micho hinted.

“I have contact with a club in South Africa that is willing to offer us an opportunity to use its facilities for two weeks. If all goes to plan, that’s where we will be based in the build-up to the tournament,” he added without mentioning the club.

All eyes in Morocco But while Cranes’ CHAN preparations continue to gather pace, Micho will spend the next couple of weeks strategizing for the strenuous assignment in Morocco.

On Tuesday, FIFA finally confirmed that Uganda’s World Cup qualifier against Senegal on September 7 will be played at the Stade de Marrakech.

FIFA’s decision follows a recommendation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last month to have the game switched to Morocco and not Guinea, where Senegal had played Angola earlier on.

Senegal were banned from hosting matches for a year following fan violence during their Africa Nations Cup qualifier against the Ivory Coast in 2012.

And if history is anything to go by, then Cranes will have reason to be delighted with the choice of Marrakech —a venue the team enjoyed an impressive run in the LG Cup in 2011.

Back then, the Cranes even shocked hosts Morocco with a 1-0 win before finishing second to eventual champions Cameroon.

Micho to help Okwi One of the hurdles that Micho needs to negotiate before the trip to Morocco is how to improve the fitness levels of Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi and left-back Godfrey Walusimbi.

The two first team players have spent recent months in Kampala following misunderstandings with their respective clubs in Tunisia (Etoile du Sahel) and DR Congo (Don Bosco).

Okwi chose to remain until Etoile complete an unknown balance of his sign-on fee while Walusimbi opted for the same move after Don Bosco failed to fulfil some of his pre-contract agreements.

“I am trying to find a club where to place Okwi so that he works on his fitness. I need to help him urgently,” Micho stated.
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Crystal Palace youngster Sekajja gets Cranes call up
Publish Date: Aug 05, 2013

Sekajja has been capped by the England U16 team.
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By Pius Arinawe

20 year old Crystal Palace forward Ibra Sekajja has been called up to the Cranes squad for the upcoming international friendly against Egypt and the World Cup qualifier against Senegal.

Ugandan-born Sekajja has been on the newly promoted Premier League side’s books since 2007 and signed professional terms with the club in 2011 and enjoyed a memorable debut when he scored moments after coming off the bench.

Sekajja is currently involved in Crystal Palace’s pre-season preparations and scored a late goal in the Eagle’s 4-0 win over Waterford United on Saturday.

He spent the last half of the 2012-13 season at League Two side Barnet under the tutelage of former Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids after a spell at MK Dons earlier in the season but was restricted to just one appearance.

Sekajja is eligible to play for England and has represented the Three Lions at Under 16 level.

The preliminary 31 man squad includes some players who impressed in the recent CHAN qualification campaign such as Frank Kalanda, Richard Kassaga, Savio Kabugo and Joseph Mpande.

There was also a surprise call up for Sudan based midfielder Joseph Kabagambe who plays for El Mereikh. Kabagambe impressed as his side finished third at the CECAFA Kagame Cup in June.

The squad will further be trimmed before Cranes face Senegal in the final Group J match in Morocco.

Locally based players are expected to begin training later this week as coach Micho Sredojevic looks to improve their fitness after they were granted time off after the win against Tanzania.

The squad

GOALKEEPERS: Robert Odongkara (St. George), Denis Onyango (Bidvest Wits), Abbey Dhaira (Simba SC), Hamza Muwonge (Vipers).

DEFENDERS: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), Denis Iguma (SCVU) Godfrey Walusimbi (Don Bosco), Joseph Ochaya (Asante Kotoko), Andy Mwesigwa (Ordabasy), Isaac Isinde (St. George), Henry Kalungi (Richmond Kickers), Savio Kabugo (SCVU), Richard Kassaga (Kiira Young).

MIDFIELDERS: Hassan Wasswa (KCCA), Geofrey Kizito (Sai Gon), Tonny Mawejje (IBV), Martin Mutumba (AIK), Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Said Kyeyune (URA), Moses Oloya (Sai Gon), Brian Majwega (KCCA), Kizito Luwaga (Leixoes), Joseph Kabagambe (El Mereikh Al Fasher), Vincent Kayizi (Motor Lublin), Patrick Ochan (TP Mazembe).

STRIKERS: Frank Kalanda (URA), Emma Okwi (Etoile du Sahel), Robert Ssentongo (St. George), Hamis Kizza (Yanga), Geofrey Massa (Yenicami), Ibra Sekajja (Crystal Palace).



Micho faces major fitness concerns
Publish Date: Aug 05, 2013

By Fred Kaweesi

International friendly

August 14

Egypt v Uganda

World Cup qualifier

September 7

Senegal v Uganda

ALL footballers that have successfully made it to the very top in professional football will tell you that accomplishing such heights demands more than just the obvious basics like routine training.

That, there is also a restricted extent talent can play a part. That instead, sacrifice and self-discipline play a huge part.

Unfortunately, this is where a majority of Ugandan footballers have fallen short.

When the Cranes upstaged Tanzanian with a 4-1 aggregate victory to guarantee a place at the Africa Nations Championship finals due in South Africa next year, the players were expected to engage higher gears in preparation for the championship.

They were expected to work harder because there was not only going to be stiff competition for places in the South Africa-bound team but that the CHAN finals were supposed to be deemed a golden opportunity of redeeming all pride shattered in the previous campaign.

Instead, what a majority of the CHAN squad members have decided to do is ‘party’ since their remarkable achievement two weeks ago.

According to a survey conducted by New Vision Sport at the end of last week, with the exception of Brian Majwega, a majority of the players have never reported for training at their respective local clubs.

Which means, coach Micho Sredojevic will have serious fitness issues to contend with when the Cranes regroup later this week for the highprofile friendly against Egypt on August 14.

When the Serbian was asked if he was aware of the prevailing situation, he said: “I expect the players to know what chances they have before them. This is their moment to succeed in life and sacrifice a lot for their nation.”

“I will do everything to have the best possible team and this means the players too will have to prove they are good enough to be part of my plans.

“When we regroup, I will check each player’s fitness levels before travelling next week. I will take fit players and not tourists,” he warned.

On the evidence of Cranes’ performances over the twoleg play-off against Tanzania, the likes of Savio Kabugo, Richard Kasagga, Majwega, Frank Kalanda, Joseph Mpande, Nicholas Wadada and Said Kyeyune are likely to be considered for selection in the senior Cranes squad.

There is enough reason as to why Micho indeed needs to assemble a fit side for the game against Egypt.

The Pharaohs are on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1990 following their progress to the play-offs due in October and November as Group G winners.

Under former US head coach Bob Bradley, the Pharaohs have looked solid and a new documentary, “American Pharaoh: Bob Bradley & the Egyptian Soccer Team.” has been filmed and released by Soura Films.

Egypt is one of only two countries that has so far gone undefeated in World Cup qualifying (the Netherlands is the other) and under Bradley’s tutelage, Mohamed Salah, a 20-year-old striker whom Bradley called “the future of Egyptian soccer,” has scored 15 goals in his last 21 games for Egypt.
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Cranes striker signed for Boluspsor FC in Turkey


Cranes striker Geoffrey Massa 27 signed for Turkish second division side Boluspor on a 2 year deal.
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Cranes striker Geoffrey Massa 27 signed for Turkish second division side Boluspor on a 2 year deal.
Monitor and New vision are reporting that he is moving to the south African league.
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yh i have seen to be honest i have no idea what happened ..
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Ugandan midfielder Sula Matovu signs for BK Hacken in Swedish Allsvenskan
19 Nov 2013 Written by Phillip Corry

Sula Matovu shaking hands with BK Hacken sports director Sonny Karlson, after completing his deal

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Swedish side BK Hacken has signed tricky Ugandan midfielder Sula Matovu from Iraqi side Erbil Sports Club for an undisclosed one year deal with the Goteborg based side that plays in the Swedish top division the Allsvenskan.

BK Hacken has completed its fourth acquisition. 21-year-old winger Matovu from Uganda who has signed a one-year contract, can Fotbolltransfers.com reveal.

The burly attacking midfielder arrived in Goteborg in late October to test train with BK Hacken . Since then he has impressed the team management and signed with the Swedish side to retain his services.

He signed his contract today, so everything is clear and he will be wearing yellow and black next year. The player is very happy about this. As well as the sports director entire organization in BK Hacken has been excellent, says player's agent Faustino Mukandila to Fotbolltransfers.com.

Matovu, who can play in several offensive positions, has signed a one year contract with an option for three more years.

He has played 15 international matches for Uganda and Iraq Erbil SC as his last club.

BK Hacken has in recent weeks also enlisted Qviding duo Alexander Jeremejeff and Ronald Mukiibi and ÖIS goalkeeper Peter Abrahamsson.



Mawejje Set For Norwegian Side, FK Haugesund

18 Nov 2013 Written by David Isabirye

Tonny Mawejje set to join Norway Side, FK Haugesund

Uganda Cranes midfield ace is set to join Norwegian football club FK Haugesund, if the top Division club deems him fit enough and valuable to the club setting.

The 26 year old player who has been featuring for Iceland side, IBV was invited to conduct training sessions at FK Haugesund. According to the club website, Mawejje's move was initiated by his agent, a close associate of FK Haugesund.

"If all goes well and he impresses the technical staff here, we shall sign him in preparation for the upcoming season ", a club statement says.

Mawejje has since 2009 played for the Icelandic top league team IBV, where he has played more than 100 matches. At IBV, Mawejje has been playing with fellow Ugandan Midfielder, Azizi Kemba, (Currently training with Bul-Bidco as the season in Iceland came to an end).

He has 49 appearances for the national team of Uganda and has scored 8 goals.He played his first conclusion Super bow September this year.

"Mawejje is a strong running attacking midfielder who can add alot of quality to our team" Anthony Annantye is quoted by the Asbojorn website.

If Mawejje successfully passes the trials, he is set to join two other African players in the team that features in the Eliteserien league.

Nigerian born midfielder, Ugonna Anyora and Sierra Leaone defender Umaru Bangura have been featuring for the team that finished third 12 points behind champions, Stromsgodset and 11 off the second placed Rosenborg, on the 16 team log.

Just a few weeks back, Tonny Mawejje was hosted by Beat F.M, one of the local radio stations in Uganda for an interactive talk show where he encouraged the young to train hard if they expect something positive out of the game. He used the platform and promised a bigger signing was well ahead of him.

"I expect to have a new club in the near future, let keep the figures crossed", Mawejje is reportedly quoted to have said as presenter Dennis Katumba tasked him of his future aspirations in the game.

Who is Mawejje?

Full- Names: Tonny Mawejje

Born: December 15, 1986 (age 26), Masaka, Uganda

Education: Masaka Secondary School (O and A level)

Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)

Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg

Career start: 2004

Teams: Masaka Local Council, Kampala City Council (KCC), Uganda national football team (Midfielder),Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja (#15 / Midfielder)

About Haugesund Football Club:

klubben Haugesund is a Norwegian football club from the city of Haugesund. It was founded on October 28, 1993, after a merger between the football clubs Djerv 1919 and SK Haugar.

League: Tippeligaen

Stadium: Haugesund Stadion (In Haugesund City), Capacity of 8236 people


Mawejje a target for Norway’s FK Haugesund

By MTNFootball.com
Tuesday Nov 19, 10:41 +0200
Tony Mawejje Uganda midfielder Tony Mawejje is undergoing trials with Norwegian top division side FK Haugesund.

Mawejje, who last featured for the Cranes in the 1-0 defeat to Senegal in the 2014 World Cup qualifier, has been in Norway since last week.

“I pray that I can impress during the trials because I have been in Iceland for a while now and need another challenge,” he told MTNFootball.com.

The midfielder, who has been a key figure in the Cranes squad for the last four years, has been featuring for Iceland side IBV since 2009.

FK Haugesund’s club website said Mawejje’s trials were initiated by a Norway-based agents.

Goalkeeper Abel Dhaira, who has since joined Tanzania’s giant side Simba SC, previously featured for IBV for three years.

Another Ugandan Aziz Kemba also joined IBV four months ago from Proline FC.

Nigeria’s Ugonna Anyora and Umaru Bangura (Sierra Leone) are the other two African players featuring for the FK Haugesund team.

The team finished third behind champions, Stromsgodset and second-placed Rosenborg last season.

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