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Old May 11th, 2011, 12:14 AM   #41
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Athletics body acquires timing device
Tuesday, 10th May, 2011
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Germany Ambassador Klaus Dieter Duxmann (centre) unveils the electronic timer kit to UAF boss Dominic Otuchet (left) and sports commissioner Dan Tamwesigire. Right is German-Uganda based sports development expert Gunter Lange

By Norman Katende
and James Bakama

UGANDAN sprinters and jumpers will no longer need to travel to Nairobi or elsewhere as they bid to qualify for international events.

The Uganda athletics governing body UAF has acquired an electronic timing device worth sh60m from the Germany government.

Germany Ambassador to Uganda Klaus Dieter Düxmann handed over the equipment to UAF president Dominic Otuchet at Namboole yesterday. He said the device is a gateway to the further development of Uganda athletics.

“We know how the federation has been affected without the timer,” said Duxmann.

He added; “We believe that getting it is a gateway for Uganda athletics to prosper and host international events.”

The gadget has an electronic timer, start gun, wind vane and a camera to help in the tight finishes that have been problematic in several national trials.

UAF administrative officer Timothy Masaba travelled to Nairobi a fortnight ago to attend a seminar in managing electronic timers.

The Germany government is also planning to have an instructor here in June to teach the Ugandan officials how to handle the timer.




Can Bogere rule the boxing world?
Tuesday, 10th May, 2011
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Ugandan boxer Sharif Bogere (right) punches an opponent in one of his previous fights
By JAMES BAKAMA
and JOHNSON WERE

Friday
WBO lightweight title
S. Bogere v R. Beltran


PROFESSIONAL boxer Shariff “The Lion” Bogere’s prayers have finally been answered. The Las Vegas based Ugandan has landed a rare world title shot.

Unbeaten Bogere, who has knocked out 12 of his 19 opponents, on Friday takes on Mexican Raymundo Beltran in a World Boxing Organisation lightweight title fight. The contest doubles up as an NABF title fight.

Another Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez previously held the titles that recently fell vacant.

This will be Bogere’s biggest test in a three year prize fighting career. Beltrun, who has 24 wins(16kos) and four losses is not only much more experienced, but is also a sparring partner of multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao.

Beltrun’s training included sessions with Pacquiao as the Filipino fighter prepared for last weekend’s WBO welterweight title fight against Shane Mosley. Pacquiao won by a unanimous decision.

Besides being a United States Boxing Association title holder, Belatrun has also fought for continental WBC and WBA titles.

A win for Bogere will make him the fourth Ugandan to win a world title. He is following in the footsteps of Ayub Kalule, Boza Edwards, John “The Beast” Mugabi and Kassim “The Dream” Ouma.

Barely a month later, another Ugandan will also be involved in a world title fight. Ouma in June challenges unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (20 wins, 17Kos-0 losses).

The fight will be on either June 2 or June 4 in in the Central American state of Panama.

Four-man comittee incharge of national team
Meanwhile, National Council of Sports has named a four man committee that will manage the national boxing team for both the All Africa Games and the London 2012 Olympics qualifiers.

The committee to be headed by the director of sports in the UPDF Major Godfrey Muwanguzi also has Michael Kintu of Matugga Boxing Club, Roderick Munyatwali, former Makerere University Games Union chairman and Patrick Lihanda.

Lihanda is vice president (technical) Godfrey Nyakana’s UABF.

“We looked at mature people of integrity but we are still consulting with them and are yet to confirm whether they are taking up the assignments or not,” NCS general secretary Jasper Aligawesa confirmed.

When contacted, Major Muwanguzi welcomed the idea and lauded NCS for their efforts in resolving the boxing impasse.
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Bogere outlasts tough Beltran

TALENTED: Ref Byrd raises Bogere’s hand after he won the fight

Sharif ‘The Lion’ Bogere kept his undefeated record, but had to overcome his stiffest challenge yet. In a good action fight, unbeaten lightweight prospect Bogere (20-0, 12 Kos) won a bloody ten round unanimous decision over “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran (24-5, 16 KOs) on Friday night at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada.

In the ShoBox main event dubbed: ‘The New Generation’, Bogere just got past Beltran in a head butt-filled cracker of the main event, winning on the scorecard of all three judges 96-94, 96-94 and 97-93. Bogere had a pretty big speed advantage over Beltran, but for much of the fight was unable to keep the distance necessary to really exploit it.

Beltran constantly stalked him, walking through his punches with relative ease, and looking to engage him in close quarters. For much of the bout, this worked for Beltran, but the Ugandan definitely had plenty of moments. A would-have-been critical moment came in the eighth round. Bogere was nailed with a left uppercut, then staggered into Beltran and hit the canvas, pulling Beltran down with him.

Referee Robert Byrd did not rule a knockdown, but in the end the knockdown wouldn’t have changed the result, so it would not be a huge factor, at least in terms of the scores. What Bogere showed in ring to the cheering fans, is that he is a talented but still rather raw fighter, taking on a highly-regarded sparring partner whose own career doesn’t get enough credit. Beltran is no easy opponent, and has made major strides since his last loss in 2008.

Another Ugandan prize fighter Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma comes up against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17KOs) at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama on June 18. Ouma lost five out of his six fights in 2010, but he bounced back in style to capture the North American Boxing Association middleweight title.



19-year old Negesa wins 2nd career gold
Sunday, 15th May, 2011
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Negesa made her mark in Botswana
By NORMAN KATENDE

Africa Junior Championships
Finals
1500m, Women
1. A. Negesa (UGA) 4:09.17
2 Chepkwemoi (KEN) 4:09.25
3 S. Ndiwa (KEN) 4:15.84

5000m, men
1. A. Zerihun (ETH) 13:38.52
2. A. Abraham (KEN) 13:39.17
3 T. Ayeko (UGA) 13:40.04


ANNET Negesa ended her junior career by picking two continental gold medals and also setting a national 1500m women’s record.

The 19-year old achieved the feat at the Africa Junior championships that ended in Gaborone, Botswana yesterday.

Thomas Ayeko also won a bronze medal in the 5000m event his second bronze in the biennial event.

At the climax of the four-day meet, Negesa had to push hard after Kenyan Nancy Chepkwemoi stayed close to her in the lead until the last 200m of the three and half lap race.
It was however the final kick that she has been working on for the last three days that saw her sprint to victory in a national record breaking time of 4 minutes 9.17 seconds.

It was the second gold at the meet for Negesa, who last year won bronze in the 800m of the world junior championships, but finished sixth in the 1500m final in Moncton, Canada.

Janet Achola owned the past record of 4:09.51 which she set during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year.

“She was tired and I advised her to take it easy and save the energy for the final stretch which she did.

She kept with the leading pack, cautious of not taking the lead, but again not allowing them to build a big gap. It is a good result,” said coach Ronnie Kasirye yesterday. Negesa had on Friday won gold in the 800m race.
But Thomas Ayeko was not that lucky with the last sprint, falling off from gold and silver medal positions in the final 20m to the finish line in the men’s 5000m.

It was here that Ethiopian Yitayal Atnafu Zerihun and Kenyan Abraham Kasongor, outpaced him, leaving him the bronze as Zerihun struck gold and the Kenyan took silver.

He was beaten by less than two seconds and Kasirye blamed it on lack of experience.

“If he gets more time and races, he is a good runner. It is not too bad a result for him,” the coach added.

The team is scheduled to return on Wednesday after finding difficulty in flight connections from Botswana.
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Ekiring For Spanish Open!

EKIRNG IN ACTION
By Michael Mubiru.
Uganda’s badminton top seed Edwin Ekiring will today sweet it out with the world’s best shuttlers in the Spanish Open in Madrid.

Ekiring, who was a winner of the men’s singles bronze medal at the 2011 All Africa Individuals Championships in Marrakech Morocco this month will be out again to improve his rankings as well as preparing for the London Olympic games. He opens his encounter with USA’s Job Castillo.



Busiika track gets new face
BY FRANK SERUGO
Proprietors of the Uganda Motorsport racetrack at Busiika have given it a facelift to meet international standards at a cost of Shs20m. According to Arthur Blick jnr, a racer, proprietors set out to redesign the 35-acre track after getting tips from Canadian motorbike expert Mitch Cooke. The track will this weekend host the third national motocross round.

Riders prepare to take off during one of last year’s championships. (FILE PHOTO)

“We have at least made the track 50 per cent sandy to fit the required international standards. Riders will need to get used to it, and I believe by the time the redesign is 100 per cent sandy, many will have learnt to deal with the new changes,” said Blick.

Many riders are set for the weekend action, where former national champion Assaf Natan and fast-rising youngster Maxime Van Pee are expected to put up a spirited show against Blick in the open class category.



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Ekiring won a bronze medal at the Africa Championship

Uganda’s Edwin Ekiring ended his continental campaign at the semifinals, settling for a bronze medal in the biennial event.
The Africa Badminton championship was taking place in Marrakech, Morocco and concluded on Saturday.

Ekiring failed to beat Nigeria’s Ephraim Jinkham in the semifinal, losing 21-19 in the first set, before failing to take advantage of a deuce, and going on to lose 22-20 in the second set.
Jinkham beat country mate Fagbemi to the title.

“It was a hard game. I was tensed up. It is difficult to play your game when you are the tournament favourite. You make so many mistakes. My only prayer is that I recover fast before the All Africa Games,” said Ekiring, who in the last edition on the 2007 Algiers All Africa Games also won a bronze medal.
“I would have performed better. I will not give up. I have to rule the continent not only in ranking but also in medals,” said the current African top ranked player, who was also top seed in the tournament.

The other Ugandan players had early round exits in the biennial tournament, which is organized by the Badminton Africa body. The competition is aimed at helping athletes gain points that can qualify them to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ekiring today resumes his campaign for more points when he takes part in the Spanish Badminton Open Championships.
Africa Badminton championships

Finals
MS: IFRAIMU (NGR) / FAGBEMI (NGR) 16-21, 21-19, 21-18
WS: DOUBELL (RSA) / HARRINGTON (RSA) 21-18, 21-16
MD: VILJOEN-JAMES (RSA) / IFRAIMU-FAGBEMI (NGR) 21-18, 21-14
WD: EDWARDS-VILJOEN (RSA) / BRAIMAH-IDEH (NGR) 21-9, 21-16
XD: JAMES-EDWARDS (RSA) / VILJOEN-VIJOEN (RSA) 21-14, 21-12

Semi finals
Ephraim Jinkham (NIG) BT Edwin Ekiring (UGA) 2-0
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Germany boosts Kids athletics
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Germany government wants to see more sports in children

The Germany government is investing Euros 7,000 (sh28m) in the sports made in Uganda arm – which is aimed at introducing sports to the children, with a main aim of building their interest in the game.

The money that has been channeled through the federal foreign office of the Germany Sports Co-operation Progamme has been used in conducting four Kids on the Move clinics, with the fourth one set to be held at Old Kampala Secondary School on Friday.

Rwenzori beverages are also providing mineral water to the participants that are set to come from the primary schools in the neighbouring areas.
“This is the last event we are having in Kampala. One thing we are realising is that the enthusiasm the kids and their parents are getting is great,” said Gunter Lange, the German sports expert, who is coordinating the entire programme.

Also the world athletics and football governing bodies, through the memorandum signed by their respective federation and the ministry and also Uganda Olympic Committee, through the sports for all programme have been supporting the different programmes.

Earlier programmes took place at Bugolobi, Shoprite Lugogo and Ntinda.
The Old Kampala Kids on the Move project is the last for Kampala, and after, the program will be carried out in Jinja (May 28), Soroti (June 11), Entebbe and Kanungu (June 18), Gulu (July 9) and Adjumani (July 25).
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Rugby Cranes impress coach
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Its so far so good for national Rugby coach Kasasa/Michael Nsubuga

Rugby Cranes coach Yayiro Kasasa is impressed with the players’ response in training ahead of the CAR Division 1B tournament in Kampala next weekend.

Kasasa who yesterday worked ball rucks, defense, tackling and communication on pitch said that he is confident the boys will deliver.
“We have emphasised the basics because in other areas the boys are doing well, they are tackling hard which is good but we have to perfect it by tackling the middle part of the body to avoid penalties, ”Kasasa stated after training.

Kasasa added that the coaches have emphasised a lot on ball passing which has been the team’s major problem and there is a lot of improvement.
“We have assigned twenty minutes of ball passing and handling in every day warm up and this has yielded results, “Kasasa added.
He added that the team jellying between the senior players and the young upcoming players was perfect which encouraged him most as he builds the team for the 2015 rugby World Cup.

The thirty two players undertraining at Kyadondo rugby club will be trimmed to twenty five on Monday, a week to the CAR game against Zimbabwe.
The players in training are, Brian Odong, Denis Mugambe,Arthur Mukama, Ronald Adigas, Mathias Ochwo, Robert Seguya, Romano Ogwal, Denis Mullo, timothy Kabonero, Ronald Musajjagulanyago, Dan Chanowira, Oscar Echulu, Solomon Mawanda, Victor Wadia, Stephen Ogwete, Andrew Olweny, Alex Mubiru and Ronald Mwisaka (forwards).

The backs are; Brian Kikawa, Benon Kiiza, Tony Lugya, Michael Wokorach, Bishop Onen, Lawrence Wakabi, Timothy Mudoola, Evans Kingasia, Simon Wakabi, Paul Kabazi, Faizal Gama, Ambrose Kamanyire, Justin Kimono and Jude Keremundu.
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Bayigga, Gamba take battle to TZ
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Sprinter Geoffrey Akena will be competing in the Eastern Africa event

Uganda’s leading female sprinters have taken their battle to the coastal city of Dar es Salam, Tanzania, as they fight to qualify for a number of international athletics events.

Justine Bayigga, Emily Nanziri and Mildred Gamba, are some of the nine athletes that left by road on Tuesday afternoon, for the three day competition, which is aimed at helping the regional countries qualify for international events.The trio have had ups and down in the national trials, with every one winning some races and beating the other.

But in Dar es Salam, they will be against some top sprinters mostly from Sudan, Kenya and the Northern regional countries, expected in the regional competition as guest runners. Zambia and Zimbabwe will have runners in the regional event, which will also attract athletes from Egypt, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Burundi and hosts Tanzania.

“Well it gives us another opportunity to train and qualify for international events. We will be coming up against other regional big names who are also seeking for qualification to international events,” said Nanziri before the team departed for the trip sponsored by Queens Coaches.

Ali Ngaimoko is the only sprinter missing from the men’s team, after a back and head injury forced him to pull out of the even at the last minute. Ngaimoko was a victim of boda boda accident as he travelled home on Monday night.

He is coming back from Khartoum, Sudan were he competed in another regional championships.The sprinters will be missed in the Akii Bua Memorial trial, which has been shifted from Saturday to Sunday at Namboole, since the venue is being used for the Africa Cup of Nations match on Saturday.

The team to be led by Jimmy Issamat and Beatrice Nabirye has Justine Bayigga, Emily Nanziri, Agnes Aneno, Dorcus Chesang, Mildred Gamba, Geoffrey Akena, Waisswa Lukungu, Praise Demus and Ben Siwa.


Byekwaso to challenge World best
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Byekwaso will challenge the World's best

Ivan Byekwaso will be out to challenge experienced body builders in the NAC International Bodybuilding and Fitness championships that is set for the sports hall in the Dutch city of Luxembourg.

Byekwaso has been sponsored by Jet Tours and travel, who have given him an air ticket to travel for the three day event that is set to attract some of the greatest and most experienced body builders in the world.
Byekwaso had pulled out of the three-day event until Uganda Olympic Committee president Roger Ddungu connected him to Jet Tours and travel, who offered him a return air ticket.

Ddungu handed over the ticket yesterday, saying that fitness is one of the main elements that are required in all sports.“You are going out there to lift high Uganda’s flag. Please do not let us down,” Ddungu appealed to Byekwaso, who was second at the Fame UK Natural Championships in May last year.

“I believe I can achieve more than that. I have training hard because I had hoped that I will perform better,” said Byekwaso before departure. Another team of other body builders led by Rashid Kasimu is also traveling to Kenya to compete in the Masomania Africa Championships due this weekend.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee sponsored wrestling course is set to be opened officially on Wednesday at Buziga Country resort.The workshop, which is aimed at giving the coaches basic of modern training tips, as a way of improving the game.Another IOC course for football coaches is also taking place at Makerere University.
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Ugandan cricketers to showcase their talent across Africa
Wednesday, 1st June, 2011
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UGANDAN cricketers will get a chance to showcase their talent across the African continent after the organisers of the new East African Premier League and East Africa Cup reached an agreement with broadcasters SuperSport.

Norman Katende writes that the competitions will feature four teams from Kenya and two from Uganda.

The sides will compete on a home and away basis, with the top two playing the final. Action starts next month.

The contract gives SuperSport exclusive rights to broadcast all the matches. They will show live coverage of both competitions including the finals to be staged on October 1 and 2. They will also run a weekly magazine show of highlights, features and player profiles.

“The partnership is a massive boost to East African cricket. The competitions will improve the playing standards, bridge the gap between domestic leagues and international competition and raise the profile of Kenya and Uganda beyond East Africa.” Cricket Kenya chief executive Tom Sears said in an interview.

Uganda has already named the two teams – Nile Knights and Rwenzori Warriors for the competitions.
Nile Knights: D. Arinaitwe, A. Kyobe, F. Nsubuga, A. Saleh, B. Musoke, J. Patel, D. Muhumuza, D. Ruyange, D. Tabby, A. Seyigga, S. Chunara, F. Isabirye, A. Ziraba, R. Otim, M. Otiti, T. Eremuka, D. Musali, N. Kebba, A. Suleiman, I. Baidhu, N. Bibodi A. Patel and M. Suji (coach)

Rwenzori Warriors: L. Ssematimba, R. Mukasa, R. Ssemanda, I. Thawithemwira, S. Ssesazi, A. Lubega, B. Masaba, S. Kamal, H. Ssenyondo, C. Waiswa, J. Ssebbanja, A. Raza, M. Ondeko, M. Shafeek, A. Alema, N. Singh, A. Otwani, B. Akbar, I. Suleiman, A. Seguya, I. Kakande, D. Musoke, H. Okecho (coach)




Inzikuru wins Italy road race
Wednesday, 1st June, 2011
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Azerro road race
1. D. Inzikuru (Uganda) 16:32
2. S. Labani (Italy) 16:43
3. Z. Chebet (Kenya) 17:04


DORCUS Inzikuru started her campaign to regain top form by winning the 5km Gara Assoluti road run held in Azerro, Italy on Sunday.

Inzikuru, who has been in Italy for a while was testing her endurance ahead of her maiden steeplechase competition this season in Torino, Italy on Saturday.

Inzikuru has been battling for fitness, but ever since she moved to Europe after a short stint in Kenya she has improved.

And the improvement was visible on Sunday when she decided to do the chasing. In the final 200m, she increased her push going on to win the race by 10 seconds.

The time was over a minute slower than her personal best over 5000m on the track which is 15.5 minutes.

“It was the last of the road races. I am going to start competing in the steeplechase events as I battle to qualify for the World Championships. I will start on Saturday,” Inzikuru said yesterday.
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Bayigga (left) raced to double gold in Tanzania

Justine Bayigga proved that she is the Eastern region’s top sprinter, when she won the 100m gold medal in the Eastern Africa senior athletics championships in Dar es Salaam Friday afternoon.

Bayigga, who is fighting to qualify for the World Championships due in Daegu, Korea had a good start and never rested until she passed the finishing line in the event that has attracted athletes from the regional countries. The event is aimed at helping regional athletes qualify for the All Africa Games.
The gold was the second for Bayigga, who had also led the women team to the short relay gold medal a day earlier.

She had combined with Halimah Nakayi, Emily Nanziri and Mildred Gamba to beat hosts Tanzania, Kenya and other countries to the podium.
The weather is hot but they are trying their level best,” said the team coach Jimmy Issamat after Bayigga’s action.

Prizes for Akii Bua meet

Though the sprinting force, save for Ali Ngaimoko are in Dar Es Salam for the Eastern Africa championships, this will not take away the competitiveness in the 13th edition of the Akii Bua memorial track and field Athletics championship.

The event was pushed from Saturday to Sunday due to the Africa Cup of Nations match at Namboole.

According to the federation organising Secretary Faustin Kiwa, there will be money paid out to the top performers in the annual event, which will help in increasing the competition as a way of improving their chances of qualifying for the different international events.

Among the international events lines up for qualification are the World championships, World Youth Championships, commonwealth Youth games and the All Africa games due in Mozambique this year. The event is organised in memory of the late John Akii Bua’s, who won an Olympic400m gold medal with a world record of 47.68 seconds in Munich.

Toroitich in Jakarta

Martin Toroitich will also not be part of the Akii Bua meet, as he prefers to concentrate on road running.
He has been lined up for the Indonesia international 10km road race that is due in Jakarta, Sunday.

Toroitich, who has surprisingly performed more on the road than on the tack was second in last year’s event and he believes that he can improve on his performance in this year’s race.

He will be among 32,000 international and national runners, who will be competing to share part of the $70,000 prize money that is up for grabs
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And 1 street Basketball in Uganda

Much anticipated And 1 Street basketball took place yesterday at the YMCA grounds in Wandegeya, and it lived up to the expectations of basketball lovers.
The players from the USA had fans on their feet with their breathtaking range of skills and stunts
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Rugby Cranes lose to Zimbabwe

The Uganda rugby Cranes' hopes of qualifying for a place on the 1st tier Confederation of Africa Rugby were dealt a heavy blow when they lost to Zimbabwe 25-15, at the Kyadondo rugby grounds.
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150 acres for Kapchorwa High altitude sports centre

The construction of the first phase of the national High altitude training center on Teriete hill in Kapchorwa district, will start next year following the successful degazeting of the 150 acres of land for project.
The 250 meters above sea level site,is a multi-sport project but Athletics has been prioritized.
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KCC FC to revamp Lugogo Stadium
Thursday, 23rd June, 2011
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The upgraded dressing rooms for the away teams
By Michael Nsubuga

September, 9, 4.30pm
League opening games
KCC FC v SC Villa
Bunamwaya v Proline
Express v Police
Simba v Hoima
Maroons v Masaka
Victors v UTODA
URA FC v Waters


AFTER three years of uncertainty on whether KCC FC’s ground at Lugogo would survive sale or encroachment, all that seems to have come to pass after the team’s executive registered it as their home ground.

The ground that is currently under repair will also host games for another Uganda Super league side Pro-line for the 2011/12 season.

According to KCC team manager Ahmed Kabuye, the works that are currently going on will in two months’ time have turned into a 10,000 capacity stadium.

It will also be the most intimidating for the opposition —the equivalent of Turkey club Galatasary’s Stadium of Hell.

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) engineering department that is carrying out the repairs has re-leveled the ground, planted fresh grass, worked on the drainage and will soon erect a perimeter fence on top of constructing public toilets on the facilities.

After completion, KCCA sports officer Tom Lwanga believes it will be the start of good things to come for the club. “We will feel at home, consequently winning more games and accumulating more points. It will also help us financially as we will remain with a big portion of the gate collections,” Lwanga said.

He is also of the view that the move will have more players attracted to the Lugogo side, on top of attracting more fans.

In a move aimed at seeking support, the club executive recently had the new KCCA chief executive officer Jennifer Musisi tour the facility to appreciate it. She immediately promised her support.

Recent developments around Lugogo have seen much of the once sporting area turned into hotels and shopping malls with the neighboring Kampala Rugby Club the latest to go.

It remains to be seen whether in the long run the other two remaining fields in the vicinity will survive.

Many top league sides have of late tried to get own grounds as a move towards professionalising Ugandan soccer in the four-year road map set by the Jinja declaration.

The declaration requires that clubs increase fan bases and aggressively pursue membership drives in the surrounding communities.


Golola wins verbal battle
Thursday, 23rd June, 2011
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Kampala’s Moses Golola is ready for battle
By Douglas Mazune

COMICAL East African kickboxing champion Moses Golola has made a verbal impression in Kampala but Sudanese champion Abdull Qadir Rahim is bent on humiliating the chatty Ugandan at Hotel Africana on July1.

Rahim, who takes on Golola for the vacant middleweight World Kickboxing Federation (Africa) title, is due in Kampala four days before the fight in a bid to acclimatise.

He is expected to enjoy a hero’s welcome by a large Sudanese community living in Kampala.

Rahim is already aware of the pomp this fight has generated and the popularity that Golola enjoys and promises to shock him in front of his home crowd.

“I know he is a good fighter and will have so many people supporting him but am coming for the title and nothing will stop me,” Rahim said in an email circulated to the Ugandan media.

Rahim will train at the Hotel Africana gym while Golola is getting set for the contest a few metres away at the Centenary Park based Life Fitness centre.

Golola has reportedly stepped up his training under coaches Patrick Lihanda and Abdul Nasser.

The fight will be preceded by eight under card bouts and spiced up with entertainment by artistes Bobi Wine, GNL, Jamal, Vamposs and MUN G among others.

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Golola is new Africa Kickboxing champion

CHAMPION: Uganda’s Golola shows off his new African title belt. On the right, he knocks down Sudan’s Qadir. PHOTOS: ISMAIL KEZAALA Uganda

By Innocent Ndawula & Abdu Wasike (email the author)

Posted Saturday, July 2 2011 at 15:57
IN SUMMARY

World Kickboxing Federation
African title fight (75kg)
Moses Golola (Uganda) bt Abdul
Qadir Rahim (Sudan) by TKO
Undercards
R. Mulondo bt D. Baluku
P. Mwesigwa bt Y. Mutebi
R. Ndawula bt R. Ddamulira
A. Maseruka bt R. Zziwa
E. Onen bt M. Onyu
R. Romano v F. Kigenyi
(Walkover for Romano)

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Moses Golola put up a ruthless display to grab the vacant 75kg World Kickboxing Federation African title by knocking out Sudanese champion Abdul Qadir Rahim inside two rounds at Hotel Africana on Friday night.

From the onset, there was always going to be one winner and Golola lived up to the hype by proving the better fighter on the night.

“I am so happy and I thank God for today,” an overly elated Golola, who was now being lifted shoulder-high by tens of supporters that thronged the ring, said soon after Qadir failed to beat the referee’s count inside two minutes of the second round.

“I thank my coaches (Patrick Lihanda & Abdul Nasser) for the good job done and everyone else who has made sure this fight happen. I told you I would beat this man by knockout and you have all seen. I am not paid for overtime. I am not a joking subject. But I will not talk too much because I might lose my power,” a full praise Golola showed while proving he had not lost any of his comical ways.

No chance
Qadir never stood a chance to upset the fired-up Ugandan who started off with a cautious approach, preferring to guard and study his opponent for the entire first round.

During that round that started at 9.50 pm after a flurry of patience-testing speeches, Golola was the first to kiss the canvas.

But the motor-mouthed prize fighter quashed any fears of the slightly taller Southern Sudanese gatecrashing his party by engaging a bold attitude.
Golola attacked and guarded fearlessly for the rest of the round, forcing Qadir down three times in the last minute.

The 31-year-old Ugandan showed intent to wrap up things as soon as the gong for the second round went. He engaged brutal mood forcing his rival down in the first 30 seconds. Qadir, who kicked more than punch, beat that count again but it was like the proverbial ‘last kick of the dying horse’ as his end was nigh.

A good combination of well-timed kicks to the abdomen and punches to the upper body opened Qadir’s defences and Golola never hesitated to pounce.
A former amateur boxer, Golola unleashed a powerful swinging left jab to Qadir’s head that sent him staggering onto the ropes and proceeded to knock him down with a right-handed punch that felled him down like a log.

Rematch request
The referee’s count was only mandatory as there was no returning for Qadir. But after he regained consciousness, his coach Pure Okelo Obob refused to admit that his fighter was way below the radar for the fight.
“Those were slaps. Golola didn’t play kickboxing tonight, he just came to fight. The officials wanted him to win because he was at home,” said Obob in defence of his fighter.

“If he thinks he is good, let him accept a rematch in Southern Sudan. We are ready to host him.” The night offered a new birth for Uganda Kickboxing Federation as they were hosting their first-ever professional fight and their 10 of their amateurs got a moment in the limelight as they showcased raw talent infront of more than 4,000 vociferous people.


Golola thumps Quadir to claim title

Golola celebrates his victory on Friday

By Douglas Mazune

JUST 58 seconds into the second of the scheduled six rounds Sudanese Abdul Quadir lay belly-up close to his blue corner, motionless under the bright lights amidst loud chants by his tormenter Moses Golola’s baying fans —and it was all over.

The taller but somewhat flabby Quadir (8 fights, 8 wins) had crashed into Golola’s solid right that sent him into the ropes, bouncing off to the converse. The job Golola had been training for since April was finished—just simply like that. The Ugandan registered his 14th knock victory in 19 fights.

And if you thought comical Golola who boasted that he could hang clothes on an MTN line and tear pages out of facebook was crazy, then his passionate fans were more than crazy.

Within no time the ring was filled with jubilant Golola fans despite the MC, Roger Mugisha pleading with them not to invade the ring. When calm was restored after 14 minutes, fans called for Golola to be handed the microphone so he entertains them with his funny rhetoric. Some fans were dissatisfied with the brief show as is always the case in ‘no contests’.

“Ladies and gentlemen I am so happy that what I promised has happen in record time. I told you that I am not paid for overtime and I finished the job in time because I am not a joking subject. I don’t want to talk too much because power (electricity) will even go off,” Golola said before he was handed the World Kickboxing Federation (Africa) middleweight belt.

Earlier on Golola had thrice knocked down Quadir with mid-body butting kicks in the first round, much to the excitement of his multitude of fans, some of whom kept sharing fight updates with friends on facebook, twitter and mobile phone text messages. The victory earned Golola a slot in the Africa Kickboxing Cup due in October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Quadir immediately asked for a rematch with Golola in Juba, Southern Sudan.


Golola hysteria takes sport to new heights

Golola stretches on the ropes before beating Qadir on Friday. PHOTOS: I. KEZAALA

By Mark Namanya (email the author)

Posted Sunday, July 3 2011 at 00:00
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Before the advent of the Moses Golola phenomenon, it is true that hardly anyone knew a thing about the sport of kickboxing.But after his Friday victory over Abdul Qadir Rahim, the profile of the sport has now ventured into colourful waters. Thanks to the self-styled ‘No joking subject.’

Golola has not just turned himself into a larger-than-life brand; he has elevated a sport that hitherto no one really cared about. He has become the emperor of a new kingdom, the actor of a blockbuster movie.

Ask for another name in Ugandan Kickboxing and the chances are that you will not know the fighter. Judging by the numbers of people who made their way to Hotel Africana for his one-sided, if not hyped triumph, it was clear that he has tickled fans.

Sport in this country is awash with stories of in-fighting, wrangling and clash of egoistical individuals. For many, Golola is the clown to enliven their entertainment that is sport. He talks with a bravado that makes you not ignore him.

He has built this image that is hard to miss. Golola has used the social media to enhance his brand to good effect and has a creative team that is evidently devising new means of enlarging his mushrooming profile. The 31-year-old chooses his words carefully and always retains a brazen humour about him.

Golola’s clownish loud mouth in some ways evokes US boxer Floyd Mayweather. When ‘Pretty Boy’ talks, you can’t ignore him. He riles and appeals in equal measure and as such, several fans attend his bouts wanting him either to win or lose.

Golola similarly managed to attract an impressive crowd because he had as many fans as detractors. You can be certain the Golola phenomenon will not be taking a back seat after Friday. His marketing team is now thinking deep how to gain momentum from the Qadir win and the thousands of fans he has won over in the last few months.

He will continue making impeccably timed appearances at basketball games and other social functions to win over more crowds and goodwill.
Most importantly though, Golola must know that he can only build that burgeoning brand by winning fights in and out of Uganda.

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