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As Kigali Win Record 9th Women’s League Title

By Peter Kamasa

AS Kigali Women Football Club head coach Shaban Mbarushimana has praised his players after winning a record-extending 9th women’ league title on Saturday.

Mbarushimana’s team defeated ES Mutunda 4-0 in the final game of the season played at Kigali Stadium in Nyamirambo, to crown off the campaign with an unbeaten record.

Striker Calixte Iradukunda scored a hat-trick while Florence Imanizabayo netted the fourth goal as the City of Kigali-sponsored side registered a 14th successive league match.

“I am very happy for sure. My players deserve credit because they have done exceptionally well throughout the season. They gave everything to win the league and here we’re champions with unbeaten record,” Mbarushimana said after Saturday’s victory.

He added that, “It is something special for us as new coaches, we came in to win and we did it in the first season, hopefully, we will keep the winning spirit next season.”

Mbarushimana replaced long-serving Grace Nyinawumuntu, who was sacked in March having led the club to eight consecutive league titles.

The game was initially supposed to be played last month before being postponed as both teams’ players’ engagement in the regional inter-schools games, which were staged in Uganda.

AS Kigali won all their 14 matches, scoring 82 goals and conceding only four goals, while ES Mutunda finished in second place with 29 points from 9 wins, two draws and three losses.

Iradukunda finished the season as top scorer with 22 goals.

Kamonyi finished in third spot with 27 points; Rambura in fourth slot with 22 points; Inyemera fifth with 17 points; Bugesera sixth with 13 points, while Gakenke and Nyagatare were 7th and 8th with six and four points respectively.

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AS Kigali 4-0 ES Mutunda

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Soccer – Bayisenge Joins JS El Massira in Morocco

By Richard Bishumba

RWANDA international Emery Bayisenge has crossed from Moroccan second division side Athletic Club to archrivals Jeunesse sportive El Massira (JSM) on a one-year contract subject to renewal.

The former Isonga and APR FC central defender, joins JS El Massira after one year with their biggest rivals, Athletic Club.

The 23-year-old versatile defender was allowed to move before end of his contract with the 4-time Moroccan champions, which still had one year remaining after failing to break into the first team as a regular starter.

Bayisenge joined Kenitra Athletic Club shortly after starting for Amavubi at the 2016 African Nations Championship finals, helping the hosts to reach the quarter-finals before losing 2-1 to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who went on to win the tournament.

JS El Massira is a Moroccan second division football team based in El Aaiún, Western Sahara that was founded in 1977 and hosts its matches at Stade Cheikh Laaghdef. The club is currently coached by Najib Hannouni.

Bayisenge captained the U17 Amavubi starlets that competed at the 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup in Mexico, and has since rose through the ranks rapidly, making his full Amavubi debut in 2012. He has 37 international caps on his name.

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Coach Ramadhan Replaces Kinnah At Mbeya FC

By Green Muheya

Tanzanian Premier League side Mbeya City Council FC has hired another former Big Bullets coach Burundian Nswazirimo Ramadhan to be Head Coach to replace Kinnah Phiri.

Kinnah agreed to a mutual termination of his contract with the Tanzanian club last month.

Mbeya information officer Shah Mjanja confirmed in a statement posted on the club’s website that Ramadhan has taken over the mantle at the club.

The Burundian tactician has been hired on a year-long contract with the possibility of extending basing on his performance.

Ramadhan will be deputised by Mohammed Kijuso who is currently the caretaker coach.

Kinnah, who guided the Malawi national team to their second Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification in 2010, claims to have left the Tanzanian club because it was not paying him.

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Nakumatt, Zoo Kericho Feel the Pain

By Cellestine Olilo

Players and technical bench members of Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho are now left with nothing to do but await the Court of Appeal’s decision regarding their continued participation in the SportPesa Premier League.

The two teams were last week eliminated from the league’s remaining fixtures following a decision from the High Court rendering their promotion to the top flight league null and void.

And in compliance with this directive, the league organisers on Monday circulated a fresh order of table standings excluding the two teams, and explaining that all points gained or lost against the two teams no longer count in the new leaderboard.

Nakumatt Secretary General Albert Wesonga told Nation Sport on Mondaythat the High Court’s decision is bound to have far reaching effects on the playing unit who depend on the club for their livelihood.

“What do we do with all these players? We have a contract with each of them so we cannot stop training. This situation is very unfair to the 34 team members because these are people who depend on football to feed themselves and their families.

“We have met with our sponsors who are of the opinion that we wait for guidance from the federation and the Court of Appeal,” he said.

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa on Monday confirmed that his office has taken the matter up at the Court of Appeal challenging the devastating High Court ruling by Justice Mativo that directed that the top-flight league comprise of 16 teams.

“I can’t speak much about the matter because it is now in court, but it is a decision we have to seek redress because it leaves us in quandary. We have only nine games before the end of the season.

What do we do with the players from the two teams?

“The ruling also suspended the enforcement of club licensing. But how can we avoid club licensing when it is a mandatory requirement for teams taking part in Caf competitions?” he posed.

In the revised fixtures, league leaders Gor Mahia lost nine points for their two wins over Nakumatt and three more points achieved from beating Zoo Kericho in the league’s first leg.

Their closest challengers in the new pecking order are Kakamega Homeboyz, who lost just two points from the two draws with Nakumatt and Zoo.

Contrary to the last table which had K’Ogalo leading by 12 points, the 15-time champions are only five ahead of Homeboyz ahead of their midweek league match against Sofapaka.

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Gift Ali, Mubiru Turn Police Guns On Proline

By Elvis Senono

Kampala — For seven years Gift “Gigi” Ali was at the forefront of a Proline project that once threatened to change the face of Ugandan football.

He even persisted with the club even as it suffered relegation from the topflight in 2014. In that period he also suffered serious knee injuries that almost derailed his career before bouncing back.

And after showing shades of the dominant midfield force that he once was, he made the decision to leave the Lugogo side after Police came calling at the start of this season.

Having played some of his best football at Proline under Abdallah Mubiru in 2012, the pair is keen to revive their careers that have taken a number of hits over the years.

Mubiru is particularly looking for a fresh start after unsuccessful stints at KCCA and Vipers.

Today the coach and player duo turn guns on former employers Proline in the only Azam Uganda Premier League fixture at Mandela National Stadium.

The game promises to be an entertaining fixture with both teams encouraging free-flowing football. Police, the 2005 champions have made the brighter start picking boardroom points from their opening game against Masavu before salvaging a 1-1 draw with SC Villa last week.

Proline on the other hand are bottom of the log having picked one point in two games.

They could however be boosted if experienced additions Ivan Bukenya, Savio Kabugo and Sula Matovu rejoin as well as Joseph Ssemujju’s loan is finalised in time.

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Soccer – Simba Out to Reclaim Top Spot

SIMBA are likely to reclaim the pilot seat, as they face Mbao FC in a tricky Mainland Premier League fixture at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza this evening.

A win for Simba will see them post ten points to leapfrog Mtibwa Sugar, who enjoy the driver’s seat on maximum nine points from three matches.

Simba are currently placed second on the log on seven points from three matches, while Mbao FC are tenth on the league table on three points from three matches.

Simba have kicked off the 2017/18 league season in higher note having scored a total of 10 goals after recording two victories and a draw. They will be looking at maintaining their form when battle for the three points against Mbao.

This will be the first away game from Dar es Salaam for Simba since the opening of the new season. The Msimbazi Reds played all their three games in Dar es Salaam, which saw them recording a resounding 7-0 victory over Ruvu Shooting, before being held to a barren draw by Azam FC and the last weekend’s 3-0 over Mwadui FC.

However, against Mbao, it will be a huge challenge for Simba’s Head Coach Cameroonian, Joseph Omog, who for the past few days has been on firing lines.

Rumours first flew in from old guards about the future of their tactician but the club’s loquacious spokesman, Haji Manara, was quick to dispel the rumours, terming them nothing more than the work of quack soccer analysts, who have never even touched the ball in their lives, let alone seen the inside of a soccer training institute.

It was immediately after the barren draw against the ice cream makers on September 9th at the Chamazi Complex that Dar es Salaam’s rumourville was set in motion, forcing Manara to come out firing on in all cylinders.

Things quickly settled down after a win against Mwadui but definitely, basing on the tradition of Simba and their rivals Young Africans, anything could resurface depending on the match results and this is why, it will be crucial for Omog to lead his charges to victory today.

The tactician will bank his hopes on free scoring striker, Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi, who has so far netted six goals from two matches he has featured for Simba this season.

Lanky striker John Bocco, who netted his first goal for his new club in a win against Mwadui last Sunday, will be targeting to impress the technical bench, so he could be an automatic choice in the starting line up ahead of Laudit Mavugo and Mohamed Ibrahim.

Ghanaian striker Nicholas Gyan will as well be battling to score his first goal since joining the club after failing to do in the game against Azam FC and Mwadui despite proving his capability.

Simba will also be boosted with the return of their maestro midfielder Haruna Niyonzima, who missed the previous game due to injury picked during Azam game.

Going into the fixture, Mbao Head Coach, Etienne Ndairagije assured the team’s supporters good results. Ndairagije, whose team played all three games in away venues, said their first home game will be historic as he hopes to stain Simba’s clean-sheet as well as the unbeaten run.

He said last season Simba were lucky to survive his team’s 2-0 lead scare and end 3-2 victors at the same venue, but it won’t be the same this year. He said his team is well prepared tactically and psychologically for the match.

“My team is improving and we have managed to score a goal in all our matches we have played so far. We are having a new team but now I’m working very hard in order our players to get enough experience” He said.

Mbao opened the season with a win over Kagera Sugar before losing two matches against Singida United and Mtibwa Sugar.

They have netted three goals and conceded four goals. Simba and Mbao have met three times since the Mwanza side was promoted to the top flight league last season and Simba have won all the three matches.

Simba beat Mbao 2-1 to clinch the Federation Cup in a thrilling and nail biting final held at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma. In the two league games, Simba won 1-0 in Dar es Salaam and 3-2 away in Mwanza.

Mukura VS Coach Opts for Pre-Season Games Strategy

By Jejje Muhinde

Mukura Victory Sports coach Francis Haringingo has said that playing some pre-season games will boost his side ahead of the official start of the new season.

“We plan to have around four to five pre-season games ahead of national league start. Preseason games matter to gauge, fitness, to give time to young players on the pitch, grade players and check on injuries.”

Haringingo who replaced Belgian Yvan Minnaert in July added that “These are teams we shall be facing during the season; playing against SC Kiyovu and other games is important to weigh ourselves ahead of the season.”

The new Mukura coach has already played four pre-season games against Bugarama FC, Espoir, Amagaju and Etoile de l’Est of Bukavu DRC and has scheduled a fixture against Nyamirambo based side Kiyovu on September 24 at Huye stadium.

“Before we face Kiyovu in our last preseason game, we shall travel to Nyamagabe Stadium for a second game with Amagaju FC next Sunday,” Haringingo said.

Mukura has already brought on board a new goal keeper David Nshimirimana from Musanze FC after failing to agree with former APR player Jean Claude Ndoli.

The club also signed Saidi Iragire a former captain from Burundi’s Muzinga FC, Ugandan forward Rachid Mutebi on a two-year deal as well as Omar Rwabugiri formerly of Musanze FC and Alexis Nkomeje from AS Kigali.

Last season was a tough one for Mukura Victory Sports fans, the club finished in 12th spot with just 32 points out of 30 games played.

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KCCA Concerned but Not Worried, Says Coach Mutebi

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Kampala — It was a lively, sunny Saturday afternoon of February 25 this year when a teenage Kibuli SS student was unleased against one of the most followed and supported Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) sides – Onduparaka.

KCCA manager Mike Mutebi had been threatening to unbridle the boy from the shackles of protection.

And when he finally did, Onduparaka – whose fairy-tale had seen them reach the Uganda Cup final, as well get promoted – did not like it an inch.

By the 10th minute, the boy – Allan Okello – had broken the visitors’ resistance with his debut goal, adding his second and third on 35 and 81 minutes – Paul Musamali, the departed duo of Robert Ssentongo and Geoffrey Sserunkuma – netting others for a 7-0 whitewash.

KCCA face the same opponents at Star Times Stadium today, and Mutebi believes this is a game well timed and suited for the 18-year-old Okello, who has since grown into a more influential figure at the club.

Contrasting positions

“Okello will start,” emphasised Mutebi, “Because this is the game that launched him.” However, Okello and KCCA enter today’s match not in the best form, in 10th place actually, with just two points from as many games – and only one goal scored!

“Yes we are concerned,” admitted Mutebi, “But we are not worried. This is actually the best time to play them because of the situation we are in and because they are topping the table, and haven’t conceded.”

Onduparaka, fresh from a 2-0 victory over Maroons – with KCCA old boy Caesar Okhuti grabbing both – are joint top with five others on four points.

“Yesterday I was chatting with one of their coaches and he said they come here very confident to play a good game with us, and we are ready for them.

“It is only the third game of the season and we must win it. We are concerned that we have lost four points but we are going to remedy the situation. I believe the lads will step up.”

Ondu not afraid

Speaking to Daily Monitor after victory at Maroons on Saturday, Onduparaka technical boss Leo Adraa was buoyant.

“We are not afraid of anybody and we shall go to KCCA in that mode. We need to improve our away form from last season’s and this result against Maroons is a good starting point.”

KCCA are still without injured Saddam Juma but welcome back Jackson Nunda.

Muzamir Mutyaba, scorer of KCCA’s only goal of the season, and Okello will have to do much more against a resilient Onduparaka, while Derrick Nsibambi will hope to get off the mark.

Elsewhere, an intriguing encounter ensues in Luzira, where hosts Maroons and URA will both be looking to bounce back from defeat.

In Mbarara, City will look to continue from their Saturday fairy-tale of beating Express 1-0 at Kakyeka Stadium when they host Bright Stars.

KCCA Coach Mutebi Faces Fans Protest After Another Dour Display

By Denis Bbosa

Kampala — Indeed any football manager is as good as his last result.

Travelling KCCA fans had no kind words for club manager Mike Mutebi, coming off a double winning season, after his side was outplayed, outthought and outmuscled in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bombo.

The fans, already upset by what they branded a ‘lukewarm’ transfer business, threw tantrums at Mutebi and his technical staff as they tried to absorb the shocking result moments after the final whistle.

Mutebi’s first choice attacking trident of Patrick Kaddu, Derrrick Nsibambi and Paul Mucureezi lacked bite synonimous with Geoffrey Sserunkuuma goal laden days and was easily tamed by the Soldiers backline.

Midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba’s goal temporarily lifted the monkey off Mutebi’s back but Ezekiel Katende equalizer brought the pain back and increased the fans booing.

Nsibambi’s penalty miss after Kaddu had been fouled in the box showed the amount of work on Mutebi’s table if he is to retain the league trophy this season.

“We are not in a crisis.Our team will compete for trophies but we are still let down by injuries to key players,” Mutebi told Daily Monitor.

In a game his midfielders Mutyaba, Allan Okello and Isaac Kirabira looked offcolour, he missed the services of Saddam Juma and Jackson Nunda through injury.

“Nsibambi penalty miss determined the entire game. We will bounce back stronger against Onduparaka (on Tuesday at Lugogo), ” Mutebi added.

He asserted that KCCA won’t be adding on another signing even as the rumour mill has it the Onduparaka starlet Muhammad Shaban is on the verge of joining Lugogo before the Thursday transfer dealing to bolster the club’s striking realm.

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AFC Leopards Players Agree to Honour Homeboyz Match

By David Kwalimwa

Striking AFC Leopards players have agreed to honour Sunday afternoon’s SportPesa Premier League assignment against Kakamega Homeboyz in Machakos after they were assured their accrued match winning allowances and bonuses totalling Sh1.8 million will be cleared.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja on Saturday intervened to stem a looming crisis at the den after the players, who have boycotted training since Wednesday, said they will only return when their dues are settled.

Refusal or inability to honour a league match attracts severe sanctions from the competition’s organisers including forfeiting three points and a hefty fine.

Sakaja met the players at a Nairobi Hotel from where he made a raft of promises that included a Sh150,000 personal donation.

“I am told you are on a go-slow because players from Gor Mahia also went on strike earlier this week,” the youthful politician said.

“Which is a good thing because if you didn’t boycott training, I wouldn’t have known about all these challenges you are facing.”

“The government’s vision entails ensuring the youth benefit from their talent.”

Leopards’ secretary general Oscar Igaida confirmed each player is owed Sh60,000. The club pays each player Sh7,000 for every win in their home matches, and an additional Sh1,000 for an away win.

“The meeting was fruitful. We are now able to focus on getting maximum points against Homeboyz,” Leopards coach Robert Matano added.

Besides Leopards, Gor Mahia and Ushuru players have downed their tools in the past few days owing to financial related challenges.

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