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.

Wednesday, June 29 •Angels 52-78 JKL Lady Dolphins •JKL Dolphins 47-68 UPDF Tomahawks UPDF Tomahawks beat JKL Dolphins 68-47 in the NBL match at Lugogo to move third on the log. The Tomahawks staged a second half blitz to pick their 11th win of the ongoing campaign. The first half ended 26-26 and UPDF made amends thereafter in the second period which they shared and moved the ball seamlessly. JKL who missed Brian Namake and Jude Ochen, were not efficient on offense and turned the ball 32 times against UPDF’s 16. Only Mabor Makol (14) scored in double figures…

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SC Villa have acquired Kaaro Karungi FC versatile player Derrick Muhindo, it’s official. Muhindo was integral as Kaaro Karungi earned promotion to FUFA Big League. Signed as a holding midfielder then, Muhindo later was played in Defence last season in the Regional League. He was later put into goal after Kaaro Karungi had a goalkeeping crisis, keeping a couple of clean sheets before saving two penalties in the playoffs final at Kyamate grounds to send the team to Big League. It’s a fast rise for Muhindo who joined Kaaro Karungi midway last season. He played for Bweera Boys, Broken SC…

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Mary Nuba Cholhok has joined the She Cranes side, Uganda’s senior netball team, preparing for Commonwealth Games. The Goal Shooter who plays for Loughborough Lightening in England, trained with the team for the first time on Wednesday at Kamwokya. “I am really excited to be joining the Girls and we want to keep on challenging ourselves as we go out there,” Nuba said. “We want to have fun, this will be my first time to play at Commonwealth Games and I am looking forward to seeing what awaits for me and enjoy the game.” Nuba scored 633 goals in…

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Onduparaka FC’s Versatile player Denis Ojara is a centre of attraction for a couple of UPL Clubs after his impressive performance last season. Uganda Cup winners BUL FC have reportedly contacted the player as they look to strengthen the squad for CAF Confederation Cup. Newly promoted Blacks Power are the other side in the race as they prepare for their debut season in top flight. The lanky player, turned defender, joined Onduparaka midway last season, finding the club in 13th in battle to beat the relegation. His good show, highlighted by Player of the Match accolades against KCCA, Gaddafi,…

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Attacking Midfielder Simon Peter Oketch has renewed his stay at BUL FC ahead of the new season. Oketch has signed a two-year contract with BUL, a move that will see him stay at the club until June 2025. He scored 9 of his 13 goals last season in the League in a season where the club finished fourth and also won the Uganda Cup. “There is no reason why I should leave for another team. BUL is now a big club in the country, and I can achieve everything with this club,” Oketch told the media. “I have grown…

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Simba SC have confirmed hiring Serbian tactician Zoran Manojlovic as their new head coach. Details of Zoran’s contract are yet to be communicated by the club. Zoran who turns 60 next month, replaces Pablo Franco Martin who was sacked at the start of this month. Franco who was appointed last November, helped Simba win Mapinduzi Cup and reach the quarter final stage of the Confederation Cup 2021/2022 before they lost to Orlando Pirates. Zoran’s next assignment will be to build a squad that will challenge for the league title next season. Simba lost this season’s League title to Yanga…

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Wednesday, June 29 •Angels Vs JKL Lady Dolphins – 6:30pm •JKL Dolphins Vs UPDF Tomahawks – 8:30pm JKL Dolphins will be banking on recent form when they face off with UPDF Tomahawks as the National Basketball League continues on Wednesday at Lugogo. JKL have won their last two games including a stunning 62-56 victory over five-time champions Power on Sunday. The side, coached by Sam Obol and Henry Malinga, has won seven and lost eight matches this season. That win against Power came on the back of another deserved victory over Our Saviour on Saturday at YMCA. They added…

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Kenya WRC 1. Kalle Rovanperä (Finland) – 3:40:24.9 2. Elfyn Evans (Wales) – 3:41:17.7 3. Takamoto Katsuta (Japan) – 3:41:57.6 4. Sebastian Ogier (France) – 3:42:35.2 5. Thierry Neuville (Belgium) – 3:51.05.08 Kalle Rovanperä won the Safari Rally Kenya on Sunday to strengthen his grip on the FIA World Rally Championship title. The 21-year-old continued his run of form to clinch his fourth win of the season as Toyota completed a 1-2-3-4 sweep. Elfyn Evans finished second, 52.8 seconds behind the Rovanpera. Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta came third and eight-times world champion Sebastien Ogier fourth. Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville was fifth in…

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Wakiso Giants unveiled John ‘Ayala’ Luyinda as the club’s new coach for the next two years. The gaffer briefly talked with the press ahead of first job as a head coach after previous stints as assistant at Police, Vipers and KCCA FC. “The last 10 years as an assistant, I have worked with top coaches and prominent administrators,” he stated. “Anyone who doubts my ability, is really doubting the ability of the former people I worked with.” WATCH VIDEOS HERE Wakiso Giants unveil Ayala https://youtu.be/cMFqHMiaN7M Wakiso Giants CEO Sula Kamoga https://youtu.be/vQcem_1qG34 Ayala Speaks To The Press https://youtu.be/UYnwWqpjuKI

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Uganda’s National Men basketball team, the Silverbacks, will be hoping to seal a place in the next round when the second window of the First round of FIBA World Cup Qualifiers tip off in Kigali. The team, however, lost all their three friendlies in Cairo against Rwanda (45-84) Egypt (58-89) and Jordan (66-78). “These games have been great for our preparation and showing us where we need to improve,” said Silverbacks coach George Galanopoulos. “The players have been working hard and more committed that ever and getting better, we are looking forward to getting to full strength. “We are going…

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Defender Yeseri Waibi has finally announced his retirement from the beautiful game. The left back last featured for URA FC in the Uganda Premier League in 2020 under coach Sam Ssimbwa. He saluted the gaffer in his farewell message, who he branded his ‘football father.” “Special thanks to Coach Sam Ssimbwa my football father, no word can explain my gratefulness to you my Mulangila, you gave me a platform, mentored me, loved me even when others rejected me, you welcomed me and no one is like you coach,” Waibi wrote. Waibi was signed by the Tax Collectors in 2018…

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Former SC Villa coach Petros Koukouras reflected on his time at the UPL side in the wake of his sacking. The Greek coach was shown exit door last Thursday, a decision he got to learn of while back in Greece to renew his coaching license. Appearing on NTV Sport Knight, Koukouras said that his last chat with the Bosses at SC Villa indicated that he was going to continue for another season. “Throughout the year, I was told that we just have to survive relegation and then they will give me enough time and resources to reinforce for next…

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Uganda Cranes Coaches Under Magago’s Reign: •Milutin Sredojević (2013–2017) •Moses Basena (2017) •Sébastien Desabre (2017–2019) •Abdallah Mubiru (2019) •Johnny McKinstry (2019–2021) •Abdallah Mubiru (2021) •Milutin Sredojević (2021–present) FUFA President Moses Magogo has finally opened up on reports that the National team’s coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic was sacked. The reports that spread like wildfire were in the wake of Uganda Cranes poor start to the 2023 AFCON Qualifiers. After the 2-0 loss away to Algeria, the Cranes failed to make a good account of themselves at Kitende with a 1-1 draw against Niger to stay bottom of Group F with just…

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Sport is basking in glory following the Government increment of the budget from Sh17bn to Sh47bn this starting Financial Year 2022/23. It has been a progressive journey that saw National Council of Sports receive Sh3bn in 2000! During the Sports Sports Forum, State Minister for Sports and Education Hon Hamson Obua stated that the target is to reach Sh100bn. Per the new arrangements, Football will continue taking the lion’s share with Sh18bn. More Federations have this time had their cake ring-fenced. Three Federations – Athletics, Boxing and Netball – have Sh9bn to share. The three said sports have a special…

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BUL FC have confirmed striker Frank Kalanda as their first new signing, the club has announced. Kalanda joins BUL FC on a two-year deal after ending his stay at Police, a side he joined last season. He is has played for Express over two spells, URA FC, Tooro United and also had stints in Rwanda at AS Kigali. “Being part of the biggest clubs in Busoga and Uganda at large is exciting,” he is quoted by the Club. “I am so thankful for this opportunity given by the club and the coach – Alex Isabirye; and I am willing…

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Team Uganda: •Jonah Kyobe (Feather Weight) •Joshua Tukamuhebwa (Light Welter) •Owen Kibira (Welter Weight) •Isaac Senyange Jr (Light Middleweight) •Yusuf Nkobeza (Middle weight) •Nakimuli Teddy (Fly weight) Uganda’s National Boxing Team, the Bombers, have on Monday entered residential camp at Forest Park in Buloba. A team of six boxers is preparing to represent Uganda at the forthcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Boxing at this year’s Commonwealth Games will be held at the National Exhibition Centre in Solihull due July 27 to August 7 2022. The six team, that includes one female fighter Teddy Nakimuli, is the same squad that…

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Uganda Rugby Cranes team posing before flag-off at Lugogo. (Photo by Mugabi Don) Quarterfinals: •Uganda Vs Kenya •Senegal Vs Algeria •Namibia Vs Burkina Faso •Zimbabwe Vs Ivory Coast Uganda’s National Rugby 15s team, the Rugby Cranes have been flagged off for the Rugby World Cup African qualifiers in France due July 1-10 2022. The final bend of the tournament, that is controversially being played in France, is a qualification pathway to the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The Eight teams are competing for the one direct ticket to the World Cup in France next year, while the runner up will try…

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New Wakiso Giants coaching Staff: •Head Coach – John ‘Ayala’ Luyinda •Assistant Coach – Pius Ngabo •Goalkeeping coach – Richard Kansole •First Team Trainer – Hakim Ssenkumba •Junior Team coach – Alex Kizito •Team Doctor – Keith Walusimbi Uganda Premier League side Wakiso Giants has unveiled John ‘Ayala’ Luyinda as the new Head Coach. The appointment, as first earlier reported by The-SportsNation, was made in a press conference on Monday morning at Papo Restaurant in Kampala. Ayala has been given a two-year contract until June 2024, with the option to extend for a further year. The unveiling was…

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Sunday, June 26 (Lugogo) •JKL Lady Dolphins 83-56 Nabisunsa •Tropical Royals 43-82 UPDF Tomahawks •Miracle Ravens 47-45 Magic Stormers •Power 57-62 JKL Dolphins •Ndejje Vs City Oilers – (postponed) •Ndejje Angels 79-84 Nam Blazers Chris Omanye has completed a return to Nam Blazers in the ongoing National Basketball League transfers. The Congolese point guard played 28:14 minutes as Nam Blazers beat Ndejje Angels during Sunday’s last game at Lugogo. He finished the game with 7 points and 5 assists as Nam Blazers picked a deserved 84-79 win. It’s the second spell for Omanye who joined Nam Blazers last season…

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Sunday, June 26 •Buganda Royal 5-9 St Lawrence St Lawrence beat Buganda Royal 9-5 in a thrilling final at Njeru to defend the National Beach Soccer League title. Brian Nkuubi scored four goals while Baker Lukooya, Jonathan Kikonyogo, Allan Katwe, Sulaiman Ochero and Joram Anyama were also on target for SLAU. Ronald Magwali had a brace and a goal each from Ambrose Kigozi, Paul Lule and Sharif Lubega proved not enough. It was a deserved win for St Lawrence who earlier in the day beat MUBs 6-1 in the semis to reach the final. It should be noted that…

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