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, May 22•KCCA Leopards 79-47 Magic Stormers•Our Saviour 62-60 Ndejje University Angels Our Saviour fought back to beat Ndejje University Angels in a Tusker-Lite sponsored NBL thriller at Indoor Arena in Lugogo. Ndejje led for extended stretches but failed to hold down the stretch to succumb their eighth loss of the season. https://youtu.be/iAQQcDtx7eo Our Saviour, playing catch-up for most part of the game, gained control in the closing stages to finish up the tie. Davis Assiimwe bagged 16 points and Sam Gombya added 11 points in the winning effort. Godwin Muhamiro (16), Haron Alinaitwe (13) and David Mayom (10) scored…

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Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Micho Sredejovich has summoned a provisional squad of 33 players to start preparations for the 2023 AFCON Qualifiers. The Cranes face Algeria (away) on June 4 before hosting Niger at Kitende on June 8th. The team enters camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisasi on Monday, FUFA has confirmed. The squad include a couple of foreign-based players including Huddersfield goalkeeper Bellagambi Giousue. https://youtu.be/iAQQcDtx7eo Video: Watch the Inbound show The Squad Goalkeepers Lukwago Charles (St. George-Ethiopia), Bellagambi Giousue (Huddersfield Town, England), Alionzi Nafian (URA FC Uganda) Defenders Bwomono Elvis (IBV Iceland), Kizito Gavin (Sc Villa Uganda), Begisa…

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Friday, May 20•Orlando Pirates 1(4)-(5)1 RS Berkane Morocco’s RS Berkane were on Friday crowned champions of the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup after beating South Africa’s Orlando Pirates at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria. The match ended goalless after 90 minutes and 1-1 in extratime to necessitate shootouts. And it was Lorch Thembinkosi, who had equalised for Pirates after Youssef El Fahli had put Berkane up in extratime, who missed his penalty. Orlando Pirates (black) were the better side before shootouts. CAF photo Hamza El Moussaoui, Youssef Zghoudi, Ismail Mokadem, Issoufou Dayo and Brahim El Bahraoui scored their respective…

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Friday, May 20•JKL Dolphins 58-52 Our Saviour JKL Dolphins finished the first round on a high thanks to a 58-52 win over Our Saviour in a Tusker-Lite sponsored NBL game at YMCA court in Wandegeya. https://youtu.be/iAQQcDtx7eo Are Nam Blazers Good as Advertised? Mabor Makol led the way with a game high 23 points and added 16 rebounds to complete his double-double. Mabor who was named the Tusker-Lite player of the game, scored 13 of JKL’s 19 points in a crucial fourth quarter! Tusker-Lite player of the game Mabol Maker JKL led 36-27 at halftime but were limited to just three…

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The first of it’s kind Mid-Season Transfer Window is now open, and will close on May 30 2022, FUBA has confirmed. FUBA General Secretary Hudson Ssegamwenge, in a letter addressing the clubs, said that any Player/s may transfer from Lower Division Leagues during this window after consent of all parties involved. The players transferred from NBL to Lower Division Leagues shall only be eligible to play in the second round of the different Lower Leagues. He added: “Such Players shall cease to play in the NBL once communication ofhis/her Transfer has been made to the Competition Council during thisTransfer window.”…

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Friday, May 20•Orlando Pirates (South Africa) Vs RS Berkane (Morocco) – 10pm (UG time) Orlando Pirates will be seeking to win their maiden CAF Confederation Cup title when they meet RS Berkane in Friday’s final at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria. The Buccaneers are playing in their third CAF Confederation Cup tournament after previous appearances in 2015 (finals) and 2020/21 (quarterfinals). This is their second final having lost in 2015 to Tunisia’s Etoile Du Sahel 2-1 on aggregate (final was played over two legs then). Last season, they were eliminated by Raja Casablanca of Morocco at the…

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It was a huge day for team Uganda after clinching two golds out of their four won on Thursday at the ongoing 2022 ISF World School Sport Games in France. Loice Chepkwemoi and Maureen Chebet won gold in 2000m steeplechase and 800m respectively. Priscilla Akello (2000 Girls) and Dolphine Chelimo (2000m Boys) won bronze each on Thursday. https://youtu.be/iAQQcDtx7eo Uganda’s medal count now stands at five (2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze). Victor Cherotich had earlier won Uganda’s first medal, Silver, in the 3000m. Chebet came 2:09.56 in 800m to fend off resistance from India’s Laxita Vino Sandilea to win…

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Friday, May 20 (YMCA, Wandegeya)•JKL Dolphin Vs Our Saviour – 9:30pm JKL Dolphins’ Guard Jude Ochen says they must improve their team defense if they are to achieve their targets. JKL Dolphins face Our Saviour in the Tusker-Lite Sponsored NBL on Friday in their remaining first round fixture. https://youtu.be/iAQQcDtx7eo The Inbound E2: Are Nam Blazers Good as Advertised? They come into this one on the back of a 56-64 loss against UCU Canons on May 13 at Lugogo. “Our defence had a lot of lapses especially in the third quarter, they (UCU) had about three or four possessions where they…

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Thursday, May 19Nepal – 99/8Uganda – 101/4 (18.2/20 ov)•Uganda win by 6 wickets Uganda’s Women Cricket team, the Victoria Pearls, beat Nepal in the third game to win the T20 Series on Thursday. Kevin Awino, player of the match, starred with an unbeaten stand for Uganda to take an unprecedented 3-0 lead. Coming into Thursday’s game, Uganda had won the first two ties by 12 runs (Tuesday) and by 1 wicket (Wednesday). Thursday’s win by 6 wickets confirmed Uganda’s triumph with two games to spare, and the two teams will be playing for pride in the Friday and Saturday games.…

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Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga is among the three Women Referees selected for the first time ever to officiate at the FIFA World Cup. She is joined by Stéphanie Frappart (France) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan) for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In addition, three women have been named as assistant referees – Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA). The FIFA World Cup is due November 21 to December 18 in Qatar. Mukansanga at the AFCON It has been a big year for Mukansanga as the achievement comes on the back of making history as the first…

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Ndejje University Elites have left for Tunisia to represent Uganda at the 2022 Women’s African Volleyball Clubs Championship. The championship will get underway on May 21 to June 1 in the city of Tunis. Ndejje have their work cut out in a competition where Ugandan clubs have failed to thrive. But they will be banking on their domestic performance having collected the League and National championships. The team has received strong financial banking from their University, and the onus is on the players to show their capabilities. Ndejje will be making their fourth appearance on the continent after previous displays…

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2022 Buganda Masaza Cup Groups *Group A – Buwekula, Mawokota, Butambala, Gomba, Kabula, Kooki *Group B – Buddu Buluuli, Kyadondo, Ssingo, Mawogola, Buvuma *Group C – Bulemeezi, Kyaggwe, Busiro, Ssese, Bugerere, Busujju The Masaza Cup committee have confirmed the kickoff dates after draws for the 2022 tournament held on Thursday in Mengo. Defending Champions Buddu have been pitted in Group B alongside rivals Ssingo, Kyadondo, Buluuli, Mawogola and Buvuma. The opening match will be between Buddu and a yet-to-be determined team in Group B on June 25 at Masaka Recreation ground. The organising committee will be releasing the full detailed…

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She Cranes Head Coach Ssalongo Fred Mugerwa Tabale has named a provisional squad of 30 players ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due July this year. The team has two professional based players – Captain Peace Proscovia (Surrey Storm) and Mary Nuba Cholhok (Loughborough Lightning) who both ply their trade in England. Peace Proscovia and Mary Nuba Mugerwa confirmed that the team’s training will get underway on Sunday, 22nd May 2022 at Kamwokya Community Sports Centre. He is quoted: “We are going to start with non residential training, going to have two sessions, morning and evening and then…

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Wednesday, May 18•Nam Blazers 76-60 Falcons Sleeping Giants Falcons finished the first round of the Tusker-Lite NBL without registering a single win! https://youtu.be/iAQQcDtx7eo Are Nam Blazers Good as Advertised? Second episode of The Inbound drops. The six-time league champions lost 60-76 to Nam Blazers on Wednesday at YMCA in a rescheduled game. This, was the club’s 12th loss from as many games and remain rooted at the 13-team log. The side will be hoping to make amends when the second round tips off around June 3rd, awaiting official FUBA confirmation. It has been a difficult spell for Tonny Oluka’s side…

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Wednesday, May 18•BUL 1-0 Booma(BUL win 6-1 on aggregate) BUL FC beat Booma FC 1-0 at Bugembe Stadium in the second leg of the Semifinal of the Stanbic Uganda Cup. Karim Ndugwa scored the only goal of the game, nodding in after a good delivery from Ivan Wani on the left flank early into the game. The result means that BUL progress to the final with a 6-1 aggregate having won the first leg 5-1. They will meet Vipers who beat Mbarara City 6-1 on aggregate as well in the other semifinal played. The BUL-Vipers final due June 12 at…

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Semis:Tuesday, May 17•Vipers 4-0 Mbarara City Wednesday, May 18•BUL Vs Booma Vipers have returned to the final of the Stanbic Uganda Cup after knocking out Mbarara City in a one-sided semifinal. The Venoms beat Mbarara City 4-0 in the second leg at Kitende to progress on 6-1 aggregate having won the first leg 2-1 at Kakyeka. After a goalless first half, Vipers got the opener quickly at restart with Bobosi Byaruhanga’s corner getting a slight deflection and into the goal. Milton Karisa doubled the lead at the hour-mark with a ferocious effort that stunned goalkeeper Martin Elungat after he was…

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CAF has appointed FIFA trained security expert Dixon ‘Bond’ Adol Okello as the head of Security for the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup final. South African side Orlando Pirates will play RS Berkane of Morocco in the much anticipated final due May 20 in Nigeria at the Uyo-Godswill Akpabio Stadium. It’s the latest assignment for Bond who was voted the best security officer at the 2021 AFCON finals in Cameroon. The no-fitina man – as he is commonly known in Uganda – was the head of Security at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final between Senegal and Algeria in Egypt..…

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Iconic Midfielder Tonny Mawejje is set to play his last game this weekend as Police FC take on hosts and champions Vipers in the Uganda Premier League at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende. Mawejje who has hinted about his retirement since last season, confirmed that the match against Vipers will be his last. He made the revelations on Monday night during the NTV’s rebranded sports show the NTV Sport Knights hosted by Patrick Kanyomoozi. “Yes it’s true, I will be paying my last game against Vipers,” the highly respected midfielder stated. On his future plans, Mawejje explained: “I have zeroed…

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Monday, May 16 Uganda – 102/5Nepal – 90/9•Uganda win by 12 runs Uganda’s Women national Cricket team, the Victoria Pearls, beat hosts Nepal by 12 runs to start their T20 international series on a good note. This, was the first of the five matches Uganda is playing against Nepal as the side fine-tunes for the World Cup Qualifiers next year. The two teams meet again on Tuesday, with all of the games in the series being played at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur. Despite arriving in Kathmandu 12 hours to their 1st T20 game, The Victoria Pearls…

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Liverpool fans in Uganda, under their umbrella body Liverpool FC Supporters’ Club in Uganda (UG Kop), were in joyous moods after beating Chelsea in the 2022 FA Cup final on Saturday. The fans, donning their Kop jerseys, came out in large numbers to support their team at Fast Sports Fusion in Bugolobi in a colourful event sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank. And their team did not disappoint as the Reds triumphed 6-5 on spot-kicks after a goalless 90 minutes and extra time. Rhema Daniels There were wild celebrations all over the place when Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson saved Mason Mount penalty,…

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