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Kumi Host Nkumba in Varsity League

By Elly Kyeyune

Nkumba University can consolidate their top position of Group D with victory over Kumi University when they travel to Kumi for the Nile Special University Football League (UFL) tomorrow.

Coach Patrick Sebuliba’s men have been sensational this term, picking up four points from their opening two top flight fixtures and he is happy with his team’s progression. Sebuliba says his side will be aiming for nothing but a positive result away to ease pressure on them in the second round.

“I believe we have a strong squad which can get a good result away from home. Our goal is to get a good result in Kumi. Our preparations have gone pretty well and the mood is great among the players,” Sebuliba said.

Last week was phenomenal for Sebuliba’s team, which hammered St Lawrence University 4-0 and followed up with a goalless draw at Makerere University Business School (Mubs).

“We shall build on that result we picked against Mubs and improve on our scoring on the road. I think we just need to carry on playing as we have been; the boys know their job and we want to continue our run,” Sebuliba added.

However, Kumi University will have to put in a countless performance against powerhouse Nkumba University side to pick up their first win of the season. Kumi University picked up a vital point in Kampala against St Lawrence, and this is the motivation they have when they take on Nkumba.

“We basically played a good game, but we failed to convert most of our chances and that haunted us after the 90 minutes against St Lawrence University but there is great improvement within the team,” Kumi’s coach Simon Opio said.

“We have heard they are a very good and strong team and we have put in extra effort in training this entire week to handle them.

“A point against Nkumba would do us better,” Opio added.


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Rwanda, Morocco Sign New Deal On Infrastructure Development

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has signed a new agreement with the Federation Royal Marocaine de Football (FRMF) aimed at improving football infrastructure in the country.

In a statement released on Saturday, Ferwafa president Vincent Nzamwita confirmed the development on the conclusion of a seven-day visit to Morocco on the invitation of his counterpart, Fouzi Lekjaa.

The two sides discussed the funding of the FERWAFA Hotel (that’s under construction with the works being partially funded by FIFA) and Morocco FA’s assistance in the laying of artificial turfs in various parts of Rwanda.

“We are very delighted with the new agreement with the Federation Royal Marocaine de Football, who have played a very crucial role in the development of our game,” Nzamwita said.

“According to the new partnership, Morocco FA will offer financial support to FERWAFA to ensure the completion of the first phase of FERWAFA Hotel, which means we’ll not be going for a loan from any bank to complete the project as had earlier been planned,” Nzamwita explained.

FIFA will raise 65 per cent of the total cost of the Rwf3.85 billion project.

Furthermore, Morocco FA agreed to finance the construction of artificial turf stadiums in various districts in Rwanda as well as renovate the existing stadiums.

Experts from Morocco FA in charge of infrastructure development are expected in Kigali on April 27 during which they will visit three districts where these stadia will be constructed.

“Morocco FA has agreed to offer a loan to fund the construction of artificial turf stadiums in these three districts which are yet to be identified with a view of repaying back the loan after five years,” Nzamwita further stated.

The first partnership deal between the two Football Associations was signed in 2015, a year after Nzamwita assumed the leadership of Ferwafa.


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Revive Cecafa to Boost Regional Football

IT was a sad day for Tanzania when the country’s only envoys at the continental level tournaments, Young Africans crashed out with a humiliating defeat in Algiers last Saturday.

The Tanzanian envoys and Uganda’s Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] were the only East African teams that at least had hopes to advance following their home wins against North Africans teams, MC Alger and Egypt’s Al Masry. But the return legs in Algiers and Cairo were disastrous for our teams.

Football level, under CECAFA signature, still face an uphill task to reach a desired level as opposed to that of Southern Africa or COSAFA zone, which has seen a remarkable progress while our CECAFA zone continue to be eclipsed.

African champions Mamelodi Sundown, Mbabane Swallows who kicked Tanzanian envoys, Azam out of the Confederation, and Super Sports, are a few of the highly successful Southern Africa teams that previously were never seen to be threats.

We are nowhere on the football map, and It is shocking to see that the regional football body, CECAFA seemed to have melted into the thin air alongside its tournaments. Kagame Cup champions, Azam FC still hold the crown for the second year now because there was no tournament that could make them defend the title.

The famous East African Senior Challenge Cup, also seems to be gone forever and so is its big campaigner, Nicholas Musonye who previously fought tooth and nail to ensure East Africa’s oldest tournament is successfully staged.

Both club and national level tournaments staged by CECAFA were very essential in testing skills, team-work basis as well as advertising football skills found in the region.

Some of the best picks include Amis Tambwe, Burundian who now serves Yanga after emerging the best scorer in one of the CECAFA tournaments.

Ugandans Brian Majwega and Hamis Kiiza, Rwandans Jean Mugiraneza and Haruna Niyonzima who joined Tanzania teams; Azam and Yanga are also among the notable products of CECAFA-staged tournaments.

Serious strategies must be done now by members states to help CECAFA regain life and enable it renew its campaign to develop football and East Africanism through football.


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Uganda: Council Want Kaguta Road Reconstructed

By Perez Rumanzi

Ntungamo — Ntungamo Municipal Council officials have cited poor workmanship on Kaguta Road and want some sections of the road reconstructed.

The Mayor of Ntungamo Municipality, Mr Jacob Kafureka, the town clerk, Mr Christopher Ahimbisibwe, and councillors said some sections of the road were constructed in a way that makes some parts of the town inaccessible while others are not compatible with the town plan.

Works on the 1.3 kilometre Kaguta Road are part of Ntungamo-Mirama Hills road construction project contracted to Zhongmei Construction Company.

“When you look at the way the road has been done, it makes doing business in the town difficult yet our aim is to facilitate this in the most easy and convenient way,” said Mr Ahimbisibwe.

He was speaking at a meeting between officials from Ntungamo council, Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) and Zhongmei Construction Company at the Municipal Council Hall on Wednesday.

The meeting was called after a section of the councillors petitioned the executive director of Unra over the road’s poor design and workmanship.

The council authorities want roundabouts fixed at the Mirama Hills Road and Kaguta-Mbarara Road junctions. Mr Elias Kakyafu, the Kyamate ward councillor, said without a roundabout and widening of the road at the Mirama Hill Road junction, there will be a rise in accidents.

Mr Kafureka blamed the poor workmanship on Unra saying several earlier pleas by council officials to meet them and the contractor over the matter fell on deaf ears. He said the meeting has come when the work is almost complete.

The Unra project engineer, Mr Paddy Ahimbisibwe, however, said most of the demands by the council were not captured in the original contract and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

However, the municipal authorities said they have never signed a MoU with the contractor and neither did they know that there was such a requirement.

The public relations officer of Zhongmei, Ms Dorris Amutuheire, said the contractor followed technical drawings of the road, and that it will only be redone when the contract has been reviewed.


East Africa’s Cecafa Moot Joint Afcon Bid

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Uganda: Foot and Mouth Disease Hits Luweero Again

By Dan Wandera

Luweero — The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has imposed a cattle movement ban in Luweero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts to contain the outbreak of foot -and -mouth disease (FMD) which was detected early this week.

In Luweero District, the animal movement ban covers the entire Butuntumula Sub-county where the first case of FMD was detected at Kaaya Farm in Kalwanga village on Easter Monday. However, the cattle movement ban extends to Nakasongola and Nakaseke Districts where the farm stretches for more than 60 square miles.

“We want to ensure that FMD does not spread to other areas outside this large farm (Kaaya Farm) which stretches through the districts of Nakaseke, Luweero and Nakasongola. We have embarked on an animal census exercise to identify the number of animals on the 60-square mile farm,” Dr Aloysius Lumbuye, the Luweero District veterinary officer, told the Daily Monitor yesterday.

“We need to get the exact number of animals on this entire farm and submit the information to the ministry of Agriculture,” he added

In Nakaseke District, the first case of FMD was detected on a farm at Kijumba village in Ngoma Town Council, according to Dr Moses Ssekandi, the Nakaseke District veterinary officer.

Past disasters

In 2014 , FMD hit about 30 districts across the country and government imposed a quarantine and sale of beef and dairy products in those district only resumed six months later after containing the disease .


East Africa’s Cecafa Moot Joint Afcon Bid

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Albino Children Abandon School Due to Stigma

By James Owich

Gulu — Two primary school pupils with albinism were forced to abandon education for one year due to unending stigma by fellow pupils. Daniel Rubangakene, 13, and his sister Rebecca Masala, 14, could not stand the endless taunts by fellow pupils and decided to drop out of school. The duo were studying from one of the schools in Paicho Sub-county in Gulu District.

Both Rubangakene and Masala were born with a condition which reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and the eye. Rubangakene, a Primary Three pupil, says they suffered emotional and psychological pain because of their skin colour. “We could not take it anymore and decided to quit,” he said.

Masala on the other hand says her skin complexion has been a subject of debate among pupils with many questioning why she is white.

“I wanted to get rid of the psychological pain I was being subjected to,” she said.

Ray of hope

However, there is a sigh of relief after a local non-governmental organisation, Galaxy Poets of northern Uganda in partnership with People Help People, a German-based organisation, relocated the siblings to another school in Gulu Municipality. Mr James Onono Ojok, the chairperson for the organisation, noted that people with albinism are stigmatised because society hardly understands their situation.

“Government should support children with such a condition especially in the areas of education and safety,” Mr Ojok said.

The mother of the siblings, Ms Hellen Akech, expressed relief, saying she is confident her children will now concentrate on their studies. She says her children were quite often referred to as pigs, among other insults, and were always looked at as aliens. The head teacher Gulu Prisons Primary School where the children have been relocated, Mr Christopher Charles Opira, told Daily Monitor that the school has adequate skilled teachers trained on how to handle pupils with special needs.

Ms Irene Lajwee, one of the special needs teachers, says she will ensure Masala and Rubangakene get genuine friends who will not taunt them on account of their colour.

There are about 8,725 albinos in Uganda out of the more than 34 million population, according to African Albino Foundation Uganda.


East Africa’s Cecafa Moot Joint Afcon Bid

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Yanga Land, Focus On Home Duel

Young Africans players and official, who missed flight in Algiers, arrived in the city yesterday after a painful exit from the CAF Confederation Cup following a 4-0 loss to hosts MC Alger last Saturday.

The team arrived, focusing much on Azam Federation CUP and the Mainland league, according to a team official. The team’s Secretary General, Charles Boniface Mkwasa, unveiled immediately after the arrival of the second group of players and officials who missed a home bound flight on Sunday in Algiers.

Mkwasa said after having been eliminated from the tournament, their focus will now turn on their Federation Cup’s quarter final match against Tanzania Prisons this Saturday.

He, however, expressed worries that the delay might affect players in their crucial Saturday’s games. He said, though it is an uphill task to beat Tanzania Prisons who are also targeting victory, experience will help his players to fight hard and win the semis place. He said logistic complications caused the team’s second group of players and officials to delay and miss the flight.

Mkwasa also refuted allegations that the team was faced with financial constraints while in Algiers, saying they had enough money to facilitate a comfortable stay in Algerian capital for even ten days more.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) was forced to intervene by helping players and officials to return home aboard Emirates since a delay would lead to the disruption of Federation Cup fixture.

The last group of eleven players and an official stranded in Algiers comprised goalkeepers; Deogratius Munishi, Beno Kakolanya, defenders, Juma Abdul, Oscar Joshua, Haji Mwinyi, Andrew Vincent and Kelvin Yondan while Thabani Kamusoko, Haruna Niyonzima, Deus Kaseke are midfielders and striker Donald Ngoma, arrived safely at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) under Mkwasa.

Yanga who were demoted to the Confederation Cup play off from the CAF Champions League, were seeking a place in the Confederation Cup’s group stage. By failing to qualify for the stage, the team misses US dollars 275,000 (550m/) package.

The Total CAF Confederation Cup is an international club association football competition run by the Confederation of African Football Select club sides from Africa’s football leagues and the FA Cup winners in the respective nations are invited to participate in this competition, which is the second biggest club football competition in the continent behind the CAF Champions League.


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PM – Rally Behind Serengeti Boys

By Abdallah Msuya

Dodoma — Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has drummed support for the national youth team, Serengeti Boys, urging Tanzanians to rally behind the country’s youngsters ahead of the U-17 Africa Youth Championship (AYC) finals in Gabon.

Presenting his budget estimates for the 2017/18 financial year, Majaliwa noted that Serengeti Boys’ qualification to the first ever continental youth finals, were among notable success the country attained in sports recently.

The PM said there were good signs on the improvement of the sports sector in the country, following good performance by Tanzanian teams and athletes at the international arena. “For instance, in May, 2017, the (national youth) football team Serengeti Boys, has qualified to compete in the Under-17 African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.

In Athletics, our fellow Tanzanian, Alphonce Simbu won Mumbai Marathon in India. “Also in September last year, the national women’s soccer team (Kilimanjaro Queens) made a history by becoming the first ever team to win the CECAFA tournament.

I congratulate those who won the nation honours via sports,” Majaliwa told the National Assembly. He said sports was a key sector in increasing employment, improving health, propelling economy, building national unity as well as promoting the country at the international stage. The PM underscored the importance of investing on youth, recalling that most successful nations in sports invested on nurturing youth talents.

“Now it is important that TFF (Tanzania Football Federation) ensured there is a proper player development plan for Serengeti Boys youngsters in order to protect and nurture their talent, so that they can represent the nation in other international competitions,” Majaliwa made the call.

The Prime Minister, a qualified football coach, called on other sports associations to put more efforts on youth sports, by investing in young athletes in primary and secondary schools, as they are the future of the country’s sports.

He urged organisers of interschool games, UMITASHUMTA and UMISETA, which he confirmed that will be staged in Mwanza region following the postponement of last year’s edition, to stage early preparations and make the tournaments the best platform for tapping gifted young players.

The eyes of Tanzanians will be in Gabon when the Boys mark the country’s first ever appearance in the youth finals next month. Serengeti Boys won their ticket to the AYC finals, following their successful appeal in October, last year, against Congo Brazzaville, who fielded Langa Lesse Bercy, who was later proved to be aged above 17 years.

Serengeti Boys will pitch a month-long camp in Rabat, where they will play at least two friendly matches against hosts Morocco and either Tunisia or Egypt.

The team will then head to Cameroon on May 1, where they will also play two games on May 3 and 6 against Cameroon, before travelling to Gabon on May 7 ready for the AYC finals.

Serengeti Boys is pooled in group B alongside defending champions Mali, Niger and Angola. Serengeti Boys is targeting to win the championship as well as to book its ticket to the Youth World Cup finals scheduled for November in India.

Contributing to Prime Minister’s budget speech, lawmaker Sebastian Kapufi, (Mpanda Urban – CCM), said the country was still lagging behind in sports and largely due to ineffective short-term strategies and said it was high time the nation embarked on long term plans.

“The main problem is our short term programmes, most often we’re embarking on fireextinguisher preparations, we need to embark on sustainable approach, let’s invest in this area, where are the Bayis of the old glory days, we need to create new Bayis in athletics, football and other sports,” he said, referring to legendary middle distance runner Filbert Bayi.

Women National Football League to Start On May 6

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

The 2017 women’s first division football league is scheduled to start on May 6, according to the Rwanda Football Association (FERWAFA).

The first division league will comprise eight teams, the same number that will also compete in the second division whose kick-off dates are yet to be set.

The dates were set during a meeting of the participating clubs on Tuesday, chaired by Félicité Rwemalika, the head of women football in FERWAFA.

Clubs that attended the meeting include; AS Kigali, Kamonyi FC, Les Lionnes, Rambura FC, Bugesera FC, Gakenke FC, Inyemera FC, Rugende FC and Nyagatare FC.

Others were; Imanzi FC, Nashyo FC, Rwamagana City FC, Scandinavia FC, Gatsibo FC, AS Kabuye and Ndabuc FC.

Addressing the meeting, Rwemalika said, “Don’t focus on receiving the financial support from FERWAFA but instead aim to have your teams play and be involved in making the league more competitive.”

“We have come a long way to ensure that Rwandan women football reaches this stage, there is more that needs to be done but let’s collectively work starting this season to make the league more competitive and attractive to potential sponsors,” she stated.

During the meeting, it was agreed there will be a three-team contest to decide the two teams which will remain in the first division league along with the top six from last season to make the eight-team league. The remaining team will be relegated to the second division league.

The three teams that will feature in the play-off round include; Inyemera FC, Rugende FC and Nyagatare FC. AS Kigali are the reigning champions.

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Nyirarukundo Eyes Medal At IAAF World Championships

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Nyirarukundo Eyes Medal At IAAF World Championships

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

Highly-rated female athlete Salome Nyirarukundo has vowed to become the first Rwandan athlete to win a medal at this year’s IAAF World Championships.

On Sunday, the 19-year-old made history by winning the third edition of Berkane International Half Marathon in Morocco on her debut.

She finished the 21.097km race, ahead of an Ethiopian and three Kenyans after posting one hour, 11 minutes and 13 seconds. She set a new course record as well after breaking the one set by Ethiopian Olira Belyenesh, the winner of the inaugural edition in 2013, who clocked 1h:11′:18.

Nyirarukundo beat her closest challenger, Borecha Bekolech Gudeta from Ethiopia by 40 seconds.

“It was my first time to compete in this race but I was determined to do well, I was also very confident because I had two months of good preparations in Kenya. I broke away after 16 kilometres and never looked back until the finish line,” she told Times Sport on Tuesday.

Following a successful 2016, Nyirarukundo attracted attention from the world’s top athletics managers, and in January this year, after parting company with APR Athletics Club, she struck a deal with Netherlands-based Global Sports Communication, which also has bases in Uganda, Kenya and China.

The company represents up to 150 athletes from 20 different countries including; Eliud Kipchoge, the 2016 Rio Olympics Marathon gold medalist, Kenenisa Bekele (the current World and Olympic record holder in men’s 5,000m and 10,000m), Almaz Ayana (Rio Olympics women 10,000m gold medal winner).

Others include; Kenyan Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor (the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country champion) and Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich the 2012 London Olympics marathon gold medalist.

Nyirarukundo, who currently trains with the above world champions at Kaptagat training camp in Eldoret, Kenya, revealed that her focus now is winning a medal at the IAAF World Championships set for August 4-13 in London.

The youngster qualified for the world championships in the women’s 10,000 meters during her debut at the 2016 Olympics.

She said, “My target is to win a medal in London. Because of training with all these world-class athletes, I feel it’s very possible. All I need is to continue training hard.”

The entry standard in women 10,000m is 32 minutes and 15 seconds, valid from January 1, 2016 until July 23, 2017. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Rutsiro-born athlete debutant finished 27th after clocking 32:07:80.

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Women National Football League to Start On May 6

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