CECAFA honours Obua
By CHARLES SEBUGWAWO
Former FUFA and CECAFA president Denis Obua has been bestowed upon the award of CECAFA honorary life member. This award automatically makes him a life member. Obua led local governing body FUFA from 1998-2005 as well as CECAFA from 2004-08.
When contacted, Obua said that "this shows that he did great things for football in Uganda and the region in particular."
Cricket team for Bermuda
By John Vianney Nsimbe
The National cricket team flies out on August 14 for the Inter-Continental shield cricket match against Bermuda.
In more ways than one though, it’s going to be an opportunity for the fringe players to show their worth in the absence of established players like Joel Olweny and Kenneth Kamyuka among others.
South African Mohamed Barney, the national cricket coach is excited about the prospect of working with new players. “For the first time, Uganda is going to play a four-day-game. But most importantly, the new players are eager to impress. Uganda cannot continue depending on a few players if its cricket is to develop.”
National U-17 footballers face daunting task
By John Vianney Nsimbe
Since finishing second at the Under-17 CECAFA Cup in 2007, Uganda’s Under-17 football team hasn’t been active. Richard Wasswa, the team’s coach suggests that it’s high time Uganda sets up regular under age competitions to keep the young players active.
As the team prepares to compete in this year’s tournament in Sudan from August 19-31, Wasswa told The Observer that without under age competitions, it becomes hard to spot players.
“The time has run out for us to start building a new team. It would have been easier if there were regular under age competitions where we would have spotted the best talent early on,” says Wasswa.
Wasswa concludes that it’s important that our young players get more competition so that they get experience before such major events. Guest teams like Nigeria and Egypt will grace this event. Uganda will be in group ‘B’ battling Kenya, Ethiopia and Zanzibar.
KCC hit by player exodus
By John Vianney Nsimbe
If the Super League season were to start now, no giant team would probably be more exposed than KCC FC. Not after the player exodus.
As such, Sam Ssimbwa, the newly appointed KCC coach feels hard-done.
He told The Observer that he’s disappointed at the player exodus. “I can’t imagine this kind of situation. I have to start from zero building a new team. This is going to make my work really difficult,” says Ssimbwa.
But Godfrey Kisekka, the club chairman views this differently. “That is the price we’re paying for doing well on the continent. We can’t stand in the players’ way of progress. But we’ll build another great team although it may not be soon enough for the fans.”
KCC will have to make do without, Brian Umony, Benjamin Ochan, Robert Ssentongo, Captain Sam Mubiru who’s headed for Serbia, Anthony Bongole (SuperSport trials), Sam Senoga and Patrick Senfuka to URA. Other players like Omar Hitimana, Trezor Munungu and Zuna Atoloba have also left the team.
Anyau’s Mbogo eyes Bika title
BY CHARLES SEBUGWAWO
The semi finals of the Bika Bya Baganda kick off today at Nakivubo Stadium. Mbogo clan will feature in today’s first semis encounter which will be played on the home and away basis.
Mbogo coach Frank “Video” Anyau was all smiles when The Observer sought his views about the semis and probably the finals.
Anyau says he’s biggest problem is learning how to prostrate before the Kabaka of Buganda because “Mbogo is headed for the finals.”
However, Anyau attributed the clan’s success to the clan leaders whom he says are committed to the clan’s welfare – a fact that has made them reach this far.
He also commended his team which has been hard working, disciplined and obedient despite having only three super division players; Robert Kabanda of Nalubaale and Godfrey Serubogo from Simba, and Dive Kyagulanyi from newly promoted CRO.
“The players listen to me and play according to instructions that’s why we are beating every opponent we face.”
Asked about the next opponent, Anyau said that agya ya yagya, meaning loosely that they will take on whoever qualifies.
“We were the first to qualify for both quarters and semi finals and I can assure you we shall be the first to reach the finals,” he boosted.
To reach the semi finals, Mbogo beat Butiko 1-0 in the first round, beat Kkobe 2-0 on aggregate in the second round and then eliminated Ente clan 1-0 on aggregate in the quarter finals.
Faizal is MTN Bingwa king
By Charles Sebugwawo
Villa and Arsenal fan Faisal Ali is the 2009 MTN Bingwa champ after beating off all competition from 560 participants to win the one-month sports quiz aired on CBS FM.
The Uhuru restaurant employee claimed the Shs 3m first prize on last Saturday after amassing 25 points, beating his closest rival Sula Buyondo by four points. The final was held at Bulange, Mengo.
Among others, Faizal attributed his triumph to reading The Observer Sport regularly.