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Bombers with their medals from Africa Championship

National Council of Sports has congratulated the National Boxing team –the Bombers for their achievement at the African Confederation Boxing Championships that has just concluded in Congo Brazzaville.The Bombers won three medals from the competition which means the winners qualify for the forthcoming 19th AIBA World Boxing Championships due in Hamburg, Germany in August.

NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi together with his chairman Bosco Onyik said that the team’s achievement encourages Council to keep supporting them.

“We congratulate the entire team and the particular winners for their effort. As Council we want to associate with winners and that is why we shall continue supporting those who win like you (boxers),” Onyik said.

Bombers and their fan (in cap) at NCS offices in Lugogo

While flagging off the team for the championship from Lugogo, Muramagi had promised that NCS will offer whoever boxer qualifies for the World Championships the necessary support for them to camp in better hotel and train from a more comfortable gymnasium as they prepare to represent Uganda.

NCS facilitated the Bombers training for the Africa Championship with accommodation at Lugogo among other things and also bought for the boxers air tickets to travel to Brazzaville.

Welterweight boxer Muzamir Kakande won gold while Bantamweight Geoffrey Kakeeto and super heavyweight David Ayit picked silver medals at the continental competition which was also qualifier for World Championship. 

National Council of Sports (NCS) has encouraged Uganda Netball Team -the She Cranes to focus and ensure they emerge top of the Africa Netball Championships.

Uganda will host and compete with their counterparts in Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the MTN Arena.

While meeting to morale boost the players, NCS chairman technical Zubair Galiawango who stood it got his boss Bosco Onyik encouraged the players to do their best at the championship.

He was flanked at a press conference at Lugogo by NCS assistant general secretary David Katende and Uganda Netball Federation president Susan Anek.

NCS has already injected over sh100m to support the senior and the junior netball team –the Pearls both of which are preparing for international engagements.  

In acknowledgement of the NCS, Anek described NCS’s contributions towards their activities as tremendous.

“I would like to thank National Council of Sports for tremendous support towards this activity. NCS has covered for the participation, and umpires fees for the championship, public Address system, indoor (stadium) and the gym. They will also take care of the AGM on Saturday,” Anek announced.

The She Cranes captain Peace Proscovia who thanked NCS official for supporting netball was confident that Uganda will win the Africa Netball Championship at Lugogo.

Proscovia, who has just won the best shooters award at the England Netball Super league this season with a tally of 812 goals in 18 matches and was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) said, “the spirits are high among the players”.

She has been sharing her aiming skills with other shooters on the She Cranes team, Rachael Nanyonga, Stella Oyella, Hadijah Nakabuye and Martha Soigi.

Meanwhile, Uganda will send their U-21 team –the Pearls for the Netball Youth World Cup that is due from July 8 to 16, 2017.

 

NCS has taken care of the team’s accommodation, dressing, feeding and air tickets besides facilitating the team’s training at Namboole stadium. 

President Yoweri Museveni has given the national netball teams –the senior She Cranes and junior side U-21 shillings 96million.

National Council of Sports (NCS) chairman Bosco Onyik announced the money in cash and handed it over to Uganda Netball Federation president Susan Anek at a press conference at NCS offices in Lugogo on Wednesday.

The press conference was attended by manager of the parliamentary netball team manager Jalia Lugonza among other netball loving members of parliament.

President Museveni

The money is meant to reward the senior team players for their good performance at the ongong Africa Netball Championship and facilitate the junior team at the Africa U-21 Netball Championships in Botswana.

“I’m happy to announce that President Yoweri Museveni through the first lady Janet Museveni has given the netball teams sh96million this competition and the one Botswana,” Onyik said amidst cheers.

Onyik said that as chairman of National Council of Sports currently is happy with achievements the country has made in football, athletics, boxing and now netball.  

He assured the sports fraternity that as long as they perform in their respective disciplines, government will always support them.

National Council of Sports had prior to the financial boost, injected sh121m for the same causes but it was not enough.

National netball team –the She Cranes captain Peace Proscovia was overjoyed with the offer and promised to ensure the team wins all its five games of the Africa Netball Championship.

Uganda has so far won all four matches it has played and won the championship against Botswana, Namibia, Malawi and Zimbabwe and plays Zambia on Thursday.

Malawi have arrived in Kampala, trained at the MTN Arena, Lugogo as they set to take part in the Africa Netball Championships starting on Saturday.

 

They will compete against the host Uganda’s She Cranes and other foreign teams from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Other foreign teams however are not yet here although the hosts of the championship Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) are optimistic by Friday all the teams that have already confirmed will be here.

The Malawi Lady Flames played Uganda Cranes at the World Cup last year arrived in the country with 11 players and seven officials on Monday via Nairobi, Kenya.

They are expected to use the remaining days to championship to acclimatize for the competition. Notably missing is heavy weight South Africa.

According fixtures released for the competition, Uganda will open the championship against Botswana on day one of the championship.

Fixtures of the championship

Saturday, 24th June 2017:

Opening ceremony (2 p.m),

Uganda Vs Botswana (4 p.m)

Sunday, 25th June 2017:

Malawi Vs Zimbabwe (11 a.m)

Uganda Vs Namibia (2 p.m)

Botswana Vs Zambia (4 p.m)

Monday, 26th June 2017:

Malawi Vs Uganda (11 a.m)

Zimbabwe Vs Botswana (2 p.m)

Namibia Vs Zambia (4 p.m)

Tuesday, 27th June 2017:

Zambia Vs Zimbabwe (2 p.m)

 Malawi Vs Namibia (4 p.m)

Wednesday, 28th June 2017:

Botswana Vs Namibia (11 a.m)

Uganda Vs Zimbabwe (2 p.m)

Zambia Vs Malawi (4 p.m)

Thursday, 29th June 2017:

Namibia Vs Zimbabwe (11 a.m)

Botswana Vs Malawi (2 p.m)

Uganda Vs Zambia (4 p.m)

Closing Ceremony (6 p.m)

Uganda She Cranes team captain Peace Proscovia has warned of better results for the team as the Africa Netball Championship progresses.

She encouraged netball fans to turn up for the next matches in big numbers to moral boost the women in the remaining matches.

Proscovia was speaking to the media after Uganda launched campaign to win the continental championship with a huge defeat of Botswana at the MTN Arena in Lugogo on Saturday.

Uganda beat Bostwana 72-29 in the opening match presided over by the country’s vice president Honourable Edward Sekandi flanked by state minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi, NCS chairman technical Zubair Galinwango and assistant general secretary David Katende.

Uganda continues the campaign with a match against Namibia tomorrow. Malawi will face Zimbabwe while Botswana return to the court against Zambia.

Foreign crews from Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda and Belgium are so far confirmed for the 2017 Pearl of Africa Rally.

The usually thrilling competition will this year take place on the weekend of June 29 to July 1 at Busiika and in Kayunga.

Kenya has so far presented three crews, Zambia and Rwanda have two each while and Belgium has one confirmed participant with a few others yet to confirm before entries close on 17th June.

2015 Africa Rally Champion Jaspreet Chatthe, Dilraj Chatthe and Manvir Baryan will represent Team Kenya.

Team Zambia will have the Gomes brothers Leroy and Kleevan.

 

Jean Claude Gakwaya and Yoto Fabrice will represent Rwanda while Giancarlo Davite will make a return to the cockpit to represent Belgium.

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