Author: Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.

Ethiopia coach Wubetu has put their 2021 AFCON opening loss to Cape Verde on inexperience and an early red card. Ethiopia lost 1-0 to Cape Verde in a game they played with 10 men for about 80 minutes after Yared Bayeh’s red card in the 12th minute after VAR. Julio Tavares close range header helped Cape Verde pick a needed win but Ethiopian keeper Teklemariam Shanko Balcha made some good saves to give the score a decent look. “We lacked experience against a good Cape Verdean team,” said coach Abate. “A defeat is true but we will learn lessons for…

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Stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 64•Rusekere FC vs Kataka FC•Heros FC vs Gadafi FC•Booma FC vs Nyamityobora FC•Seeta Utd FC vs Tepa FC•Kajjansi Utd FC vs MYDA FC•Six O’Clock FC vs Mbarara City FC•Kiyinda Boys FC vs Wakiso Giants FC•Kalongo Utd FC vs Adjumani TC FC•Bushenyi Veterans FC vs Police FC•Paidha Utd FC vs Onduparaka FC•Kigezi Homeboyz FC vs Vipers SC•Kireka Young FC vs Kitara FC•SC Tawai vs Ndejje University FC•Basere FC vs Luwero Utd FC•Super Eagles FC vs SC Villa•Total FC vs URA FC•Busia Utd FC vs KCCA FC•Nsambya SC vs Kyetume FC•Ateker FC vs Lugazi Municipal FC•Jinja North…

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Sunday, January 9•Cameroon 2-1 Burkina Faso•Ethiopia 0-1 Cape Verde Monday, January 10•Senegal Vs Zimbabwe – 4pm•Guinea Vs Malawi – 7pm•Morocco Vs Ghana – 7pm•Comoros Vs Gabon – 10pm Hosts Cameroon got off the mark with a hard fought victory over Burkina Faso in the opening game of the rescheduled 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Indomitable Lions needed to come from down after Burkinabe had taken a lead in Yaounde on Sunday. Captain Vincent Aboubaker led Cameroon’s riot with two well taken penalties to cancel out Gustavo Sangare’s opener at Olembe Stadium. Cameroon failed to defend well a brilliant cross…

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Friday, January 7*Express 1-1 Bright Stars*Gaddafi 1-0 Wakiso Giants Denis Kaka Omony scored a late goal as Bright Stars picked a point to deny Express a routine win at Wankulukuku. Express were on course for a deserved victory after they were put in front by George Ssenkaaba in the 58th minute. But substitute Kaka capitalised on an error by Express to score in the 90th minute of the game! Express goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa will take the big blame for the goal – He came out of the goal shouting ‘my ball’ to meet a Marvin Youngman Joseph cross which could…

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Betway KOBs have confirmed that Prop Brian Odongo has finally retired from both club and international rugby. Odongo, a prop, has been on and off the pitch in recent years due to a knee injury. The defending champions have stated that Odongo will continue as the Club Secretary. “The KOBs family and rugby fraternity will forever be indebted to Brian Odongo for the selflessness, leadership, joyful moments, wins and losses that manifested during his magnificent rugby career,” new KOBs chairman Dr Tonny Stone Luggya said in a statement. “Players come and go but Odongo can never be replaced so we…

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Match-day 15 Friday, January 7•Express Vs Bright Stars – Wankulukuku•Gaddafi Vs Wakiso Giants – Gaddafi Arena Saturday, January 8•URA Vs KCCA – Ndejje•Vipers Vs BUL – Kitende•Onduparaka Vs Tooro United – Arua•SC Villa Vs UPDF – Njeru Sunday, January 9•Police Vs Arua Hill – Lugogo•Mbarara City Vs Busoga United – Kakyeka Team News Express welcome back Mahad Yaya and Nicholas Kasozi after the duo missed the trip to Tooro UnitedMurushid Juuko will need a late fitness test while Abel Eturude and Arthur Kiggundu are sidelinedFor Bright Stars, Ivan Irinimbabazi is back from suspensionEmmanuel Loki, Warren Bbule and Andy Kyambadde are…

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The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) has confirmed the calendar for the new year 2022. Per the released calendar, the National Basketball League – the top division for both Men and Women – will get underway on March 11 2022. The open transfer window and team registration will commence on January 10 before its deadline on February 10. The season was last played to competition in 2019, with the past two seasons halted midway due to Covid19. Last year, the league was stopped on June 3rd, when NCS directed FUBA to suspend “with immediate effect” all planned fixtures for…

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Wednesday, January 5•KCCA Vs Mbarara City – Lugogo•Busoga United Vs Onduparaka – Njeru Team News KCCA FC have not reported any new injury or returnee since the abandoned Onduparaka game, so Geoffrey Wasswa, Julius Poloto and Yasser Mugerwa may continue to miss out.Peter Magambo, Brian Kayanja and Emmanuel Wasswa are long term absentees whose return dates are unknownFor Mbarara City, Hillary Mukundane returns from suspension having missed the home loss to GaddafiKarim Ramathan is ruled out due to Malaria Probable Lineups KCCA FC – Benjamin Ochan, Innocent Wafula, Musa Ramathan, John Revita, Herbert Achai, Ashraf Mugume, Arafat Usama, Brian Majwega,…

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Tuesday, December 4 •Tooro United 0-2 Express – Buhinga•Arua Hill 1-0 Vipers – Barifa•Gaddafi 1-1 URA – Gaddafi Arena•UPDF 0-1 Police – Bombo•Wakiso Giants 4-3 BUL – Wakissha•Bright Stars 1-0 SC Villa – Kavumba Striker Alfred Leku scored against his old club as Arua Hill scrapped past Vipers for a 1-0 win at Barifa stadium in Arua. The Lanky forward headed home from close range thanks to a well weighed corner from Gaddafi Wahab in the 11th minute. Vipers reacted impressively but failed to stand stronger in crucial moments in a cagey affair. The Venoms were the better side and…

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Uganda Cranes defender Bevis Mugabi is strongly linked to a switch to Scottish giants Celtic FC. The defender has had a successful spell in Scotland since joining Motherwell in September 2019. And he has now emerged as a shock Celtic target in the ongoing transfer window per sources in Scotland. If the move comes to pass, Mugabi will face it rough to break through Manager Ange Postecoglou’s starting team that has Cameroon Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt among other centre backs. Mugabi, 26, who can play on the right side of defence, has entered into his last six months of Motherwell…

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Match-day 14 Tuesday, January 4•Tooro United Vs Express – Buhinga•Arua Hill Vs Vipers – Barifa•Gaddafi Vs URA – Gaddafi Arena•UPDF Vs Police – Bombo•Wakiso Giants Vs BUL – Wakissha•Bright Stars Vs SC Villa – Kavumba Wednesday, January 5•KCCA Vs Mbarara City – Lugogo•Busoga United Vs Onduparaka – Njeru Team News Bright Stars will miss Ivan Irinimbabazi who will be serving his last game of suspensionEmmanuel Loki and Warren Bbule are both injured while Andy Kyambadde is also out due to fever.Ronald Ssekiganda is available for selection after missing a couple of last gamesThe Joogos will still be without long term…

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Match-day 14 Tuesday, January 4•Tooro United Vs Express – Buhinga•Arua Hill Vs Vipers – Barifa•Gaddafi Vs URA – Gaddafi Arena•UPDF Vs Police – Bombo•Wakiso Giants Vs BUL – Wakissha•Bright Stars Vs SC Villa – Kavumba Wednesday, January 5•KCCA Vs Mbarara City – Lugogo•Busoga United Vs Onduparaka – Njeru Team News Arua Hill welcome back captain Rashid Toha after the defender missed the BUL game due to suspensionFaizul Ibrahim and Geriga Atendele are both sidelined while Innocent Maduka and Richard Anyama are backFor Vipers, Right-back Paul Willa back from suspensionRichard Basangwa, Umar Kyebatala and Lawrence Tezikya remain long term absentees Probable…

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Match-day 14 Tuesday, January 4•Tooro United Vs Express – Buhinga•Arua Hill Vs Vipers – Barifa•Gaddafi Vs URA – Gaddafi Arena•UPDF Vs Police – Bombo•Wakiso Giants Vs BUL – Wakissha•Bright Stars Vs SC Villa – Kavumba Wednesday, January 5•KCCA Vs Mbarara City – Lugogo•Busoga United Vs Onduparaka – Njeru Team News Tooro United striker Marvin Oshaba remained in Kampala to complete his University examsApollo Kaggwa was sent off against SC Villa while Hussein Mwanje is also suspended due to accumulated yellow cardsFor Express, Arthur Kiggundu and Abel Eturude are still long term absentees while Issa Lumu returns from suspensionThe trio of…

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StarTimes Uganda has vowed to give the fans a tremendous watching experience of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The 33rd edition of the tournament that brings together top African nations, will take place from 9 January to 6 February 2022. StarTimes Uganda has confirmed that they will broadcast all the games live from Cameroon, with English commentary and five other local languages. The fans will get a chance to support their favourite African countries and Premier League stars like Mohammed Salah, Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane among others at the comfort of their Living rooms courtesy of StarTimes. “Uganda…

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Joseph Ssemujju has left Uganda Premier League side BUL FC, the Pacy Winger has told The-SportsNation. The club is yet to confirm the developments but Ssemujju said that he wants a new challenge. “I have left BUL FC,” Ssemujju told The-Sportsnation. “There is no big deal, I have agreed with my club to part ways. I just feel like I need a new challenge.” The former Vipers, Express, SC Villa and Proline attacker joined BUL FC in January 2020 and leaves with six months still on his contract. New BUL CEO Joseph Mutaka, formerly a Club Head of Communications, has…

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Uganda Premier League side Onduparaka FC have been deducted two points and two goals after ugly scenes during their abandoned match with KCCA FC on December 27 2021 at Greenlight Stadium in Arua. The FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel has also ordered the abandoned match between Onduparaka and KCCA FC to be replayed at a neutral venue. The said match was prematurely ended in added time at 2-2 after Onduparaka fans stormed the pitch in protest of Referee Ronald Madanda’s decision to award KCCA FC a late Penalty. The ruling posted on FUFA Website reads in part: Onduparaka FC is hereby…

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Wednesday, December 29*Mbarara City 0-1 Gaddafi*Police 5-0 Bright Stars Gaddafi FC managed to leave Kakyeka unscathed after a 1-0 hard fought win over hosts Mbarara City in one of the two league games played on Wednesday. Amos Kirya’s goal in the 20th minute handed Gaddafi FC their first away win of the season, having drawn four and lost twice in their previous six visits. Kirya made an impressive run leaving Mbarara City defence chasing shadows before finishing neatly past goalkeeper Muhammad Ssekeba. Mbarara City will rue missed chances especially in the second half and coach Hussein Mbalangu cut a distraught…

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Wednesday, December 29•Mbarara City vs Gaddafi – Kakyeka•Police Vs Bright Stars – Lugogo Team News Mbarara City will miss captain Hillary Mukundane who is suspended after garnering three yellow cardsSwalik Bebe is back while Raymond Onyai and Makueth Wol are sidelined.Gaddafi FC will be without Hassan Musana and Umar Kyeyune due to injuriesWillis Otongo remains ruled out as well. Probable Lineups Mbarara City – Muhamad Ssekeba, Steven Othieno, Jasper Aheebwa, Ronald Otti, Ronald Edwok, Souleyman Bamba, Karim Ramathan, Pistis Barenge, Solomon Okwalinga, Swalik Bebe, Arigumaho Seiri Gaddafi – Ronald Mutebi, Karenzi Buchochera, Andrew Waiswa, Paul Musana, Bakali Magumba, Yunus Sibira,…

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Express FC eased past Busoga United in a league game at Wankulukuku to climb into fourth place on the log. Eric Kambale scored a brace, George Ssenkaaba and Mahad Yaya Kakooza added one each in the in a one-sided affair. Ssenkaaba set the tone when he freed himself from Peter Onzima before firing in with a left foot in the 23rd minute. Kambale quickly doubled the advantage a minute after with another powerful strike. The Congolese forward was set by Martin Kizza just out side the box to send his effort into the top corner. Kambale grabbed his second, and…

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FUFA President Moses Magogo has asked Ugandans to give Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic more time to build a strong National team side. Micho was appointed Head coach of the Uganda Cranes on a three year renewable contract effective 1st August 2021. His appointment was met with mixed reviews and many have punched more holes in his ability after Uganda Cranes failed to reach the Playoff round of the World Cup Qualifiers. “It took sometime to build a team that took us to AFCON twice and it was not going to be easy after Stars on that team stepped aside,”…

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