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Coach Kefa Kisala’s URA FC boys rest on Monday (Today) before resuming business at the annual Mapinduzi Cup on Tuesday against Jang’ombe Boys.

Striker Labama Bokota Kamana scored a brace in the opening match as URA FC started this year’s race with a 2-0 victory over Zanzibar outfit KVZ on Sunday.

URA FC’s fitness appears to be their biggest advantage in Zanzibar as both of Bokota’s goals came in the second half of the game in the 56th and 90th minute when the opponents looked tired.

On Thursday, URA FC will take on Simba before winding up the group matches with another Zanzibari team Taifa ya Jang’ombe.

URA FC are the tournament defending champion.

URA FC Group Matches:

01. January. 2017: KVZ FC 0-2 URA FC

03. January. 2017: Jang’ombe Boys VS URA FC

05. January. 2017: URA FC VS Simba SC

08. January. 2017: URA FC VS Taifa ya Jang’ombe

Physical Education and National Council of Sports have helped FUFA present a final Uganda Cranes budget of over four billion Ugandan shillings to the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The federation expects government to fund the budget to allow the team compete at the AFCON finals next year.

FUFA had presented an ambitious budget of Ugandan shillings seven billion for the Cranes to participate in the event for the first time since 1978.

FUFA finance director Decolas Kiiza said that the trimmed budget is at the ministry of Education and sports awaiting approval.

The final budget was drawn with help of officials from the physical education department in the ministry of Education and Sports and NCS.

FUFA expects to receive the money before they travel for the Nation Cup final on January 14, 2017 to meet various demands of the team.

FUFA president Moses Magogo has joined National Council of Sports to congratulate Arua based Onduparaka FC for disproving mindset of many that top flight football in Uganda is for Kampala based clubs.

During his end of year statement, Magogo said that, “I must mention my excitement with Onduparaka. It has proven many theories wrong. Many people were saying upcountry clubs cannot exist in the league for economic reasons”.

Onduparaka FC is the only upcountry side that has performed tremendously including securing a sponsor (Betway) to bankroll them this season.

Currently other sponsored Azam Uganda Premier League clubs are Vipers SC (Hima Cement), Bright Stars (Lato Milk), Express FC (DStv), SC Villa (Star Times), KCCA (Star Times & Others) out of 16 Clubs.

When NCS officials led by the chairman Bosco Onyik visited Onduparaka FC at their home Stadium of Light in Arua, they advocated for other clubs to consider it a learning experience.

NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi had said that Onduparaka FC ability to qualify for the Azam Premier League and secure a sponsor disproves a myth that it is difficult for clubs to get funders.

 

He advocated for community clubs like it is for Onduparaka FC where everyone in the area feels part of the club.

Uganda Cranes midfielder Tonny Mawejje has promised to offer that he can to be part of the final 23 squad that will represent Uganda at the Total Africa Cup of Nations in January 2017.

Mawejje and Murushid Juuko are the latest players to join a total of 29 players who are currently camped at Serene Suite in Mutundwe, a suburb of Kampala.

The experienced midfielder revealed that as a team their target is to reach group stage of the competitions.

Uganda Cranes returns to the competitions for the first time since 1978 in Ghana -39years now, when they reached the finals against the hosts.

Players’ routine for now starts with gymnasium and ball work drills.

The Squad:

Goalkeepers: Isma Watenga (Vipers, Uganda), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA, Uganda)

Defenders: Ronald Mukiibi (Östersunds FK, Sweden), Denis  Iguma (AlAhed, Lebanon), Joseph Nsubuga (SC Villa Jogoo, Uganda), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker, Kenya), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Richard Kassaga Jjuuko (URA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka, Uganda), Murshid Juuko (Simba,Tanzania .

Midfielders: Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Vipers, Uganda),  Kizito Kezironi (Vipers, Uganda), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA, Uganda), Saddam Juma (Express, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Paul Mucurezi (KCCA, Uganda), Martin Kizza (SC Villa Jogoo, Uganda) and Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu (SC Villa Jogoo, Uganda), Tonny Mawejje (Thotur,Iceland .

Strikers: Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves, Finland), Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA, Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda).

Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic has insisted his first choice goalkeeper Dennis Onyango deserves to be the 2016 African player of the year.

Onyango, also goalkeeper for Mamelodi Sundowns FC has progressed and made the final list of three players for the award for Africa based players.

Micho insists that his goalkeeper has achieved at all fronts (Club –locally and internationally and with National team) while his competitors have only achieved at one front.

Onyango is one player whose great role on the Uganda Cranes team helped the country get to AFCON finals in Gabon.

This is after trying in vain for the first time in over 38 years. He also helped Mamelodi Sundowns win the domestic league and the Africa Champions league trophy.

He is competing with Sundowns teammate and Zimbabwe forward Khama Billiat as well as TP Mazembe and Zambian midfielder Rainford Kalaba who either achieved at national level but failed at international level or vice versa.

The three players were votes by Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Football Associations affiliated to CAF, Media Committee, Technical and Football committee and a panel of Media Experts.

The winners will be revealed at the CAF Awards Gala on Thursday, 5th January 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Ndejje University have defended their overall title at the 2016 East African University Games in Nairobi, Kenya.

Uganda’s Ndejje University that fielded the biggest number of athletes in the annual Games collected a total of 36 gold medals, 28 silver and 30 bronze medals respectively to emerge at the top.

Ndejje particularly excelled in women Handball and Volleyball, Track and Field events, Woodball, Karate and Swimming where they collected the 36 gold medals.

Another Ugandan University Kyambogo came a distant second with 17 gold medals, five silver and two bronze medals.

Hosts, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology finish third with 15 gold medals, 20 silver and 21 bronze to.

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