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.

Sunday, July 3•Senegal 2-0 Uganda Uganda’s senior women national football team, the Crested Cranes, failed to get off the mark after a 2-0 loss to Senegal in their opening game of the 2022 Women AFCON in Morocco. Ndeye Awa Diakhate and Nguenar Ndiaye scored for Senegal who inflicted a painful loss to the Crested Cranes at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium. Making a return to the continent for the first time in 22 years, Uganda were hard done by a couple of mistakes at the back and failure to convert their chances up front. Coach George Lutalo will hope to…

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Ronald Otti has commended the role of his former club Mbarara City after joining BUL FC. The Centre back was confirmed as the BUL latest signing on a two-year contract. “It has been utmost honour to represent this club for almost three and half years,” Otti wrote after leaving Mbarara City. He commended former coaches Livingstone Mbabazi, Brian Ssenyondo and Sadiq Ssempigi, the former gave him his first appearance at the Club. “To all my teammates over the years, I salute you. Throughout all the challenges and happy times, it was a real honour to play alongside all of…

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Alestair Blick Junior has expressed readiness ahead of Sunday’s round five of the 2022 Uganda MotorCross Championship. All roads lead to Victoria Raceway Park in Park for the much anticipated MX event. “I am very prepared, I have been working on my fitness, speed and agility on the Bike. I believe am ready for it,” Alestair said on Saturday. “There is good brewing competition between me and Maxime (Van Pee), if he comes for the race on Sunday, I will be happy to battle and race with him once again. “I enjoy battling with someone of his magnitude and…

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Saturday, July 2 •Morocco 1-0 Burkina Faso Sunday, July 3 •Senegal Vs Uganda – 6pm •Cameroon vs Zambia •Tunisia Vs Togo Uganda’s senior Women Football national team, the Crested Cranes, will seek to get off the mark when they face off with Senegal on Sunday in their opening Group A 2022 Women AFCON match at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco. The Crested Cranes are making a return to Women AFCON for the first time since their maiden appearance in 2000 tournament held in South Africa then. Uganda qualified to this year’s edition in Morocco after eliminating Ethiopia…

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*Kenya 42-07 Uganda The Rugby Cranes were well beaten by rivals and neighbors Kenya in a Quarterfinal match of the ongoing Rugby World Cup Qualifiers – Africa. The Rugby Cranes were second best throughout, and failed to live as advertised as Kenya ran away with a deserved 42-07 victory at Stade Maurice David, Aix-en-Provence. The win means Kenya progress to the semifinals while Uganda will seek for pride in placement games. John Okoth and Thomas Okeyo scored converted tries for Simbas to take an early 14-0 lead. And Kenya saw their next two tries canceled including one for Collins Injera…

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Saturday, July 2 •Nigeria 20-00 Mali •Cape Verde 87-78 Uganda Sunday, July 3 •Uganda Vs Nigeria Uganda are through to the second round of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers despite loss against Cape Verde. This, comes after Mali forfeited another game in a row and are hence eliminated from the Qualifiers. Mali whose players are on strike over unpaid wages, missed Friday’s clash with Uganda and were no were to be seen against Nigeria on Saturday. The development leaves three teams in Group A – Cape Verde, Nigeria and Uganda – who all progress to the second round. Per…

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Uganda Premier League side Vipers SC have agreed a two-year deal with Nigeria striker Abubakar Lawal. Lawal, 26, joins Vipers from AS Kigali and has already bid farewell to his club, as first reported by New Times in Rwanda. He bagged eight goals and 10 assists in all competitions for AS Kigali and leaves the side he joined 2020. He played for Nasarawa United in Nigeria Professional Football League and scored Seven goals in 18 games before the 2019/20 season was halted by COVID. Lawal, is a former Nigerian U-20 international and also featured for Wikki Tourists of Bauchi…

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Friday, July 1 •KIU Rangers 50-73 JKL Lady Dolphins •Nam Blazers 76-58 KIU Titans Saturday, July 2 (Kansanga) •Victoria University Vs KCCA Panthers – 10am •KCCA Leopards Vs Magic Stormers – 12pm •Tropical Royals Vs JKL Dolphins – 2pm •Ndejje Angels Vs KIU Titans – 4pm Nam Blazers beat KIU Titans in the National Basketball League game played on Friday at YMCA court in Wandegeya. The victory ensures that the Blazers record a League double over the Titans having won the first round tie 74-65 back in May. Namuwongo quickly got off the block and were 23-13 up after…

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Friday, July 1 •Namibia 71-05 Burkina Faso •Zimbabwe 38-11 Ivory Coast Saturday, July 2 •Uganda Vs Kenya – 4pm •Senegal Vs Algeria Uganda’s senior men Rugby National team, the Rugby Cranes, face off with Kenya Simbas in the quarterfinals of the Rugby Africa Cup on Saturday. The last stages of this tournament are being played in France, a controversial decision earlier made by Rugby Afrique. The tournament is acting as a qualifier for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Winner between Uganda and Kenya meet Senegal or Algeria while the other semifinal will see Zimbabwe and Nambia face off for a…

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Police have confirmed Angelo Lonyesi as their new head coach as the side prepares for a strange season in FIFA Big League. A statement from the club said that the decision to appoint Lonyesi was reached after a meeting held on June 2. That meeting, attended by club chairman RTD AIGP Asan Kasingye, Rajan Livingstone (Chairman Technical) and RTD CP P.K Arinaitwe, was held in Katabi – Entebbe. Lonyesi replaces Abdallah Mubiru who was sacked before the close of last season due to poor results. He returns to the role since 2008 when he replaced Sam Timbe, and he…

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The 2022/23 Uganda Premier League season tentative kickoff dates have been set on September 30 2022. That will make exactly 132 days since the previous season ended on May 21 2022 when Vipers where crowned the league champions. The draft fixtures are expected to be released on August 10 by the Secretariat. Pilsner Super Eight competition returns on August 1, a preseason tournament that fine-tunes selected top clubs before the start of the season. The club’s will received their licenses due August 1-5. An All Star match will be played on September 1, an event that will mark its…

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Friday, July 1 •Nigeria 70-79 Cape Verde •Uganda 20-00 Mali Saturday, July 2 •Mali Vs Nigeria •Cape Verde Vs Uganda – 4pm Uganda’s National Basketball team, the Silverbacks, have picked a walkover against Mali in their first game of the second window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Mali have forfeited the game, with reports suggesting that the players are on strike because of unpaid bonuses. As Uganda players were warming up on one side of the Kigali Arena court, Mali were nowhere to be seen. Per the rules, a team has until a minimum of 15 minutes to…

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KCCA FC new signing Faisal Wabyoona says that he is aware of the task at hand after sealing a move to the club The Midfielder has joined KCCA FC on a 5-year deal until 2027. The youngster was part of Uganda Hippos in the AFCON U20 finals in Mauritania 2021. And the deal reunites him with coach Morley Byekwaso who was also his coach at the Uganda Hippos. “I feel very happy to sign for KCCA FC. This is a very big club and I am aware of the task at hand but I am ready for the competition,”…

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Uganda Cricket Association has appointed Alan Mugume as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the next three years. He replaces Martin Ondeko whose reign expired recently after his appointment in 2018. Mugume, a business development consultant, was unveiled on Friday at the Copper Chimney in Lugogo in front of the press. UCA Chairman Michael Nuwagaba described the selection process as ‘long and vigorous.’ The Association used an external recruiter for the process where they received about 80 applicants from all over the world before Mugume came out on top. Mugume comes at a crucial and busy time at…

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Friday, July 1 (YMCA) •KIU Rangers Vs JKL Lady Dolphins – 7pm •Nam Blazers Vs KIU Titans – 9pm JKL Lady Dolphins small forward Brenda Ekone says she wants to continue scoring this season in the NBL. Ekone, averaging 19.4 points, leads the scoring charts in the Women’s Division with 233 points. She scored a game high 22 points (and 10 rebounds) as JKL beat Angels on Wednesday and will once again be the one to look out for as they face off with KIU Rangers on Friday at YMCA. “Definitely, my individual target is scoring more points so…

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The 2022 National Rally Championship returns with the Fort Portal Tourism City Rally. The event, organised by the Uganda Motor Club, is the fourth round on the NRC calendar this year. The first NRC was held in Mbarara and Kiruhura in January won by Ponsiano Lwakataka won the first two NRC rounds in Mbarara (January) and Kaliro (March) before Jas Mangat won the recent and third leg (Pearl of Africa) in May. And there is much anticipation ahead of the fourth round which is due July 8-10th, as Rally return to Fort Portal after a two-year hiatus. President UMC Paul…

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Friday, July 1 •Nigeria Vs Cape Verde – 1pm •Uganda Vs Mali – 4pm •D.R. Congo Vs Kenya •Central African Republic Vs Guinea •Rwanda Vs South Sudan •Egypt Vs Senegal •Angola Vs Ivory Coast •Tunisia Vs Cameroon Uganda’s National Men Basketball team, the Silverbacks, will be in action on Friday as the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers return. The Silverbacks face Mali in Group A’s second window of the Qualifiers at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda. Cape Verde and Nigeria are the other opponents in Uganda’s Group. https://twitter.com/BrianKawalya1/status/1542606559120867332?t=9ZHrBo4u1cGM8pMUKbexTg&s=19 Uganda sit third in Group A after the first window of the…

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Express FC captain Enock Walusimbi and KCCA FC striker Sadat Anaku headline a list of players invited for trials abroad. Both Walusimbi and Anaku will prove their ability at Scottish side Dundee United. The long list also has Proline’s Hakim Kiwanuka and Bright Stars youngster Ivan Irinimbabazi. These are some of the players who impressed from Team Fundi, a Uganda select side, that toured Spain early this year in Spain. The players have been invited by clubs in Spain, Portugal and France. Eric Ssenjobe, Derrick Emukule, Rashid Mukungu, Raymond Onyai, Nicholas Kabonge, Alfred Onek, Ivan Ocholit and Andrew Okiring have…

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Uganda’s debut at the World Lacrosse Championship has been dealt with a hard blow after the team was denied Visas! The Uganda Girls was set to become the first team from Africa to compete at the World Lacrosse Championship. The tournament is already underway at Towson University in Towson Maryland, United States. “It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce that World Lacrosse removed the Uganda women from the competition lineup today,” Team Manager Thuy Williams has told The-SportsNation. “We haven’t been able to talk about it until the decision was made today.” Thuy said that the…

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New Silverbacks addition Jonathan Komagum is excited to represent his country Uganda. Komagum, 6″9, is with the Silverbacks in Kigali Rwanda ahead of the second window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. The forward cum center, described as a skilled rebounder and shot blocker who can score the ball on the block, is expected to make his debut when Uganda face Mali on Friday. “It feels great to represent Uganda,” Komagum told The-SportsNation in an exclusive interview. “Most of my family still lives in Uganda and are very excited to see me play.” He is a son of an…

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