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.

Four English Premier League players have been included in Ivory Coast squad for the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations due January 9 to February 6 2022 in Cameroon. The four players in head coach Patrice Beaumelle’s final 28-man squad are Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Willy Boly (Wolves), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) and Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal). The return of Zaha is a huge boost for the Elephants after the winger reportedly asked not to be included in November’s World Cup qualifiers. Jean Michael Seri of Championship side Fulham is the other English based player in the squad but Man United winger…

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What – SC Villa VMTs & General Fans MeetingWhen – 10am, January 2, 2022Where – Villa Park (Nsambya)Why – Make SC Villa Great Again Sports Club Villa Vice President (Fans Mobilisation) Eng Ben Misagga has called a meeting with Members Trust and General Fans, its official. The meeting, due January 2 at Villa park, comes in the wake of the club’s punishment by FUFA over fans trouble. FUFA Disciplinary Committee docked a point off SC Villa’s tally after crowd trouble in a league game against KCCA and against BUL FC earlier. Misagga, in a meeting notice, has called upon all…

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Uganda’s heavy weight powerlifter Roy Mubiru, based in the United States of America, together with friends of powerlifting have extended food support to lifters in Uganda. The food relief including rice, sugar and cooking oil, was given out in a function at Uganda Olympics Committee. It was a timely intervention after the Covid19 induced lockdown affected most athletes in Uganda especially those that take part in close contact sports like Powerlifting. Frank Kahesi Speaking at the handover, Frank Kaheesi Sserugo manager to Mubiru, who doubles as patron for RM Powerlifting and Crossfit Club, thanked friend of powerlifting Nsubuga Trading and Projects based…

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URA FC managed to overcome Mbarara City in Uganda Premier League game at the Arena of Visions in Ndejje. Shafic Kagimu and Ibrahim Dada were on target for the Tax Collectors who ended their four-game drawing run. Kagimu scored from the rebound after his initial effort had ricocheted from the post. While Kagimu will take the credit for the goal, but Steven Mukwala did the donkey work on the right flank to deliver a teasing cross that troubled the Mbarara City defence. Mbarara City improved in the second half but failed to find the equaliser before substitute Dada extended the…

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In his one-hour End of Year Speech, FUFA President Moses Magogo made firm remarks on the state of officiating, the proposed Sports Bill, and the success stories in the year 2021. Magogo who was accompanied by FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, National Teams’ Organization (Off-Pitch) chairman Apollo Ahimbisibwe and Vice Chairman Finance Aliga Rasoul, also talked about the Federation’s challenges and also torched into the year 2022. He categorised his speech into 8 sections that include among others Governance and Administration, Football Development, Football Competitions, Finance & Marketing, Communications, Hardware (Infrastructure), Stakeholders and Innovations. Magogo’s comments on officiating comes in the…

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Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has included two foreign based players in the squad for upcoming international friendlies. The two players are South African based duo of goalkeeper Ismail Watenga (Chippa United) and Moses Waiswa (SuperSport United). Striker Patrick Kaddu, currently without a team, has also been summoned in the squad. Eighteen (18) of the 21 players are all from the Uganda Premier League as Uganda Cranes prepares to face Mauritania and Gabon. The two fixtures against AFCON bound teams will be played in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The first game will be against Gabon on 30th December…

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Long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei was on Tuesday named the Best Sportsman in Uganda for the year 2021 at the ForteBet Real Stars Sports Awards. The Awards that recognises Sports excellence are sponsored by Betting company ForteBet and Jude Colour Solutions. Reverand Canon Duncans Mugumya, the Commissioner Physical Education, Min. Of Education and Sports, was the Chief Gueest. Cheptegei deservedly takes the crown, Real Super Star, after a successful year in which he won two medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The World Champion won Silver in the 10,000m before scooping gold later on in the 5000m race where he…

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Wednesday, December 22•KCCA FC Vs Express – Lugogo•UPDF Vs BUL – Bombo•URA FC Vs Mbarara City – Ndejje•Wakiso Giants Vs Arua Hill – Wakissha•Busoga United Vs SC Villa – Njeru Team News KCCA FC welcome back the quartet of Musa Ramathan, Ashraf Mugume, Innocent Wafula and Sadat Anaku from suspensionGeoffrey Wasswa is injured and so are Julius Poloto, Yassar Mugerwa and Peter MagamboExpress FC welcome back winger Martin KizzaAbel Etrude and Arthur Kiggundu will continue to miss out Probable Lineups KCCA FC – Benjamin Ochan, Innocent Wafula, Herbert Achai, Denis Iguma, John Revita, Gift Ali, Ashraf Mugume, Usama Arafat, Sadat…

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Tuesday, December 21•Bright Stars 0-1 Vipers SC•Tooro United 1-3 Police FC•Gaddafi FC 2-2 Onduparaka Vipers crawled past Bright Stars in a closely contested Uganda Premier League affair at a muddy Kavumba Recreation ground. Yunus Sentamu scored the only goal of the game but Bright Stars goalkeeper Simon Tamale will feel hard done to end on a losing side after an outstanding performance. Tamale saved Caesar Manzoki’s penalty and kept out a low effort from Milton Karisa later on among other saves on the day. Tamale was named the player of the match, his successive accolade after against BUL where he…

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Match-day 12 Tuesday, December 21•Bright Stars Vs Vipers – Kavumba•Gaddafi Vs Onduparaka – Gaddafi Arena•Tooro United Vs Police FC – Buhinga Wednesday, December 22•KCCA FC Vs Express – Lugogo•UPDF Vs BUL – Bombo•URA FC Vs Mbarara City – Ndejje•Wakiso Giants Vs Arua Hill – Wakissha•Busoga United Vs SC Villa – Njeru Team News Bright Stars will continue to miss Emmanuel Loki despite returning to trainingJames Angu will be available next week after finishing his examsFor Vipers, Paul Mucureezi is expected to miss out again for reasons unknownLawrence Tezikya, Richard Basangwa and Umar Kyebatala remain the long term absentees for the…

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Match-day 12 Tuesday, December 21•Bright Stars Vs Vipers – Kavumba•Gaddafi Vs Onduparaka – Gaddafi Arena•Tooro United Vs Police FC – Buhinga Wednesday, December 22•KCCA FC Vs Express – Lugogo•UPDF Vs BUL – Bombo•URA FC Vs Mbarara City – Ndejje•Wakiso Giants Vs Arua Hill – Wakissha•Busoga United Vs SC Villa – Njeru Team News Tooro United will miss Marvin Oshaba who will be having his Exams at Makerere University on TuesdayLubega Rashid will miss the match but Patrick Sserunjogi is backFor Police FC, Johnson Odongo is sick, Mahmood Hassan, Tonny Kiwalazi and Mubarak Nsubuga did not travel with the teamIsaac Kiberu…

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Striker Alfred Leku wants to score more after an impressive start at newcomers Arua Hill SC in the Uganda Premier League. The former Kibuli and Kitende student joined the Kongolo this season after ending his unproductive spell at Proline FC. He has scored five goals in the league so far and destined to add more in games to come. He showed glimpse of his ability on Arua Hill debut against Express at Wankulukuku when he set Robert Eseru to score in the 62nd minute before his hockey pass helped Rashid Kawawa double the advantage in a stunning 2-0 away win.…

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Uganda Premier League record winners SC Villa are set to be docked points for repeated fans hooliganism. The Jogoos were earlier slapped with a suspended deduction of two points after fans trouble in a league game against BUL on November 23rd, meaning that the punishment would be implemented if a similar crime is repeated. On Saturday, SC Villa fans threw broken beer bottles at the KCCA FC technical bench during their 1-1 draw at Njeru. The latest developments are that the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel has asked SC Villa to submit a written response by Wednesday 22nd December 2021 over alleged…

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There were ugly scenes at AkiBua Stadium in Lira after a FUFA Big League match between hosts Blacks Power FC and visiting Proline FC was called off in the 38th minute on Sunday! Proline FC who started the game with only 9 players, later saw the number reduce to six before referee Rahuman Atiku abandoned play with the hosts leading 1-0 through James Okiror goal. Yusuf Mukisa sustained a nasty injury and was rushed to the hospital after a collision before Joseph Mandela and later goalkeeper Shatif Magoola also picked knocks and were unable to continue, leaving Proline with just…

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Tooro United Coach Edward Golola has explained the reason for missing a return to St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende to face his former side Vipers. Tooro United’s poor run of form continued on Saturday with a 1-0 to Vipers courtesy of a Caesar Manzoki strike in the second half. Golola was not with the team which has since fueled more rumours of his resignation at the financially-hit side. The gaffer left Tooro United team in Fort Portal about four days prior to the Vipers game. In an exclusive interview with The-SportsNation, Golola said that he has not thrown in a…

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Sunday, December 19*Our Saviour 68-67 Tropical Royals Our Saviour beat Tropical Royals 68-67 in a thrilling Game three at Nakasero to win the series 2-1 and this year’s Division One Basketball League title. Both sides were earlier promoted to the National Basketball League (NBL) after winning their respective semifinals, with Our Saviour edging RezLife Saints while Tropical Royals ousted Kampala Rockets. In the final series, Our Saviour won Game One 65-60 to draw first blood on December 12 but the Royals were level on Saturday thanks to a 73-67 win in Game two to force a decider. In a pulsating…

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Sunday, December 19*Kitara 2-1 MYDA*Kyetume 9-1 Nyamityobora*Luwero United 0-1 Calvary*Kataka 1-0 Ndejje University*Blacks Power vs Proline (Abandoned) Ezra Bida scored a hat-trick as Kyetume put sorry Nyamityobora to the sword in a FUFA Big League game at Nakisunga Ssaza ground. It was a commendable show for Bida, and his best performance since he signed from Onduparaka FC. Ezra Kizito Kaye bagged a brace while Steven Kabuye, Emmanuel Kalyowa, Rahumatah Kagimu and David Oyeda added one each in a one sided game. Clinton Kamugisha was on target to slightly save Nyamityobora total humiliation. The calm before the storm Action at Nakisunga…

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The Prosper Soccer League launched last week will be targeting to spot and develop talent, the organisers said. The League is an initiative of Prosper Soccer Academy which is under the Prosper Soccer agency. The Academy’s director Denis Namanya said that the league which will get underway on February 5 to April next year, is for Kids aged between 3 to 12 years for both Boys and Girls. “We will be playing at City High Lugogo bypass but with time we can advance to another playground,” said Namanya. “This is open to anyone who wants to join. We welcome all…

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Saturday, December 18*Arua Hill 2-1 UPDF*SC Villa 1-1 KCCA*Police 3-1 Busoga United*Vipers SC 1-0 Tooro United Caesar Manzoki scored the only goal as Vipers managed to edge Tooro United in a league game at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende. The Venoms were frustrated until the 71st minute when the Congolese managed to break Tooro United’s resilience. It was a well worked out goal – Allan Kayiwa fonds Aziz Kayondo who strolled forward before teeing up Manzoki for the forward to slot under an onrushing Lukyamuzi. Manzoki who earlier saw his goal ruled out for offside, has now scored six league…

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Saturday, December 18*Arua Hill Vs UPDF – Barifa*SC Villa Vs KCCA – Njeru*Police Vs Busoga United – Lugogo*Vipers SC Vs Tooro United – Kitende Team News Vipers welcome back Milton Karisa after the winger missed the last Busoga United game due to yellow card suspensionLawrence Tezikya, Richard Basangwa and Umar Kyebatala remain the long term absenteesFor Tooro United, Shafic Nana Kakeeto rejoined the squad after missing recent gamesRashid Lubega and Gerrard Lubanjwa are ruled out of the game Probable Lineups Vipers – Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Livingston Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Aziz Kayondo, Yunus Sentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Bright Anukani, Caesar Manzoki,…

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