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, June 26 Kenya – 220 Uganda – 224/3 (45.1/50 ov) *Uganda won by 7 wickets Jersey – 371/8 Bermuda – 80 (17.5/50 ov) *Jersey won by 291 runs Monday, June 27 •Bermuda Vs Italy – Lugogo •Hong Kong Vs Kenya – Kyambogo Uganda registered a seven-wicket victory against rivals Kenya to seal a top spot after their last second round game of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B. Simon Ssesazi (*87) and Cosmas Kyewuta (3-22) were key for the Cricket Cranes at Lugogo in-front of a cheerful crowd. Ssesazi shared an unbeaten 90-run stand with Dinesh Nakrani…

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Sunday, June 26•Power 56-62 JKL Dolphins JKL Dolphins stunned Power to claim a 62-56 victory in a National Basketball League game at Lugogo. JKL quickly started with a 10-2 run before taking a 22-14 lead after the first quarter. And they proved to have all the answers every time Power pulled within reach in a game Henry Malinga’s charges led by 15 points at one stage. Maluel Dier shot 10-for-17 to reach his game high 23 points while Mabor Makol contributed 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in a hard fought win. Power’s Guddi ‘Kikiri’Nasser Only Innocent Ochera who…

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Masaka was moving as a mammoth crowd turned up to welcome Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi at the Recreation Ground for this year’s opener between hosts Buddu and Mawogola. The much anticipated encounter failed to leave as advertised however. Last year’s champions Buddu were held to a goalless draw. And here are the best of Photos as caught by Airtel Uganda Media.

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Sunday, June 26 •Uganda Vs Kenya – Lugogo •Bermuda Vs Jersey – Kyambogo The Region is at standstill as Uganda meet eternal rivals Kenya at Lugogo in the Challenge League B encounter on Sunday. This will be Uganda’s last game in the second round while it’s the penultimate for Kenya who will climax their campaign against Hong Kong on Monday. And the six-nation tournament will shift to Jersey (July 28 to August 10) for the third and final leg of the Challenge League B to see which top team continues with the Qualifiers in a long walk to the…

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Saturday, June 25 •Buddu 0-0 Mawogola Buddu were held at home by Mawogola in the opening game of the 2022 Masaza Cup match in Masaka Recreation ground. Coming into the match, Buddu the defending champions were the outright favourites to claim maximum points in front of their home fans. But they fired blanks and failed to utilise their chances in a goalless draw watched by a sizeable crowd and graced by Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi. “We attacked in numbers but chances didn’t go our way,” said Buddu coach Steven Bogere who felt his side could have walked away with…

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Newly appointed Gaddafi FC coach Wasswa Bbosa has started assembling his squad that will “compete for the title” next season. Bbosa has called up on the services of his defender Murushid Juuko and winger Godfrey Lwesibawa, a duo he worked with at Express FC. Bbosa, sacked by Express on February 14 this year, won the Red Eagles’ first league title since 2011/12 last season and guided them to their maiden CECAFA Kagame Championship triumph. And the two players were integral as Bbosa defied odds at Express FC, a template he wants to use at Gaddafi. Juuko joined Express FC…

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Saturday, June 25 (YMCA) •Nabisunsa 53-55 A1 Challenge •Victoria University 63-62 Falcons •JKL Dolphins 62-47 Our Saviour •Magic Stormers 71-44 Nkumba Lady Marines •Ndejje Angels Vs Nam Blazers (Rescheduled) Sunday, June 26 (Lugogo) •JKL Lady Dolphins Vs Nabisunsa – 10am •Tropical Royals Vs UPDF Tomahawks – 12pm •Miracle Ravens Vs Magic Stormers – 2pm •Power Vs JKL Dolphins – 4pm •Ndejje Vs City Oilers – (postponed) •Ndejje Angels Vs Nam Blazers – 6pm Falcons put up a good fight but it was not enough as they suffered a routine loss against Victoria University in the NBL on Saturday at…

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Saturday, June 25 •Nabisunsa Girls 53-55 A1 Challenge A1 Challenge made a spirited comeback to win 55-53 against Nabisunsa Girls in the National Basketball League encounter at YMCA on Saturday. A1 scored just one point in the second quarter to trail 26-13 at halftime and were 14 points down going into the last quarter. But they outlasted Nabisunsa 30-14 in the fourth quarter to win a relegation thrilling affair. Yaweh Precious (13) and Sandra Ayikoru (10) were the only A1 Challenge players to score in double digits while Kekimuli Cathy added 55 rebounds. Patience Karungi led the way with…

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SC Villa Midfielder Nicholas Kabonge is set for trials at Real Oviedo, a Spanish football club based in Asturias. Real Oviedo plies their trade in Segunda (Second Division) of Spanish League hierarchy. They finished seventh (7th) last season, narrowly missing out on promotion playoffs to La Liga by just goal difference. Kabonge scored two goals last season for SC Villa who spent the best part of the campaign fighting to beat the drop. He is a 2018 Masaza Cup winner with Gomba and has well played featured for KJT in lower divisions.

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Saturday, June 25•Buddu Vs Mawogola – Masaka Recreation ground (3pm) Buddu will start their Masaza Cup title defence at home against Mawogola as this year’s edition gets off the mark at Masaka Recreation ground. Buddu beat Buwekula 2-0 to win their second title last season at Kitende thanks to goals from Captain Marvin Kavuma and Bruno Bunyaga. And they will be hoping for a perfect start in their bid to win their third title after their first in 2016 when they beat Gomba in the final at Namboole. 2021 and 2016 Masaza cup champions Buddu They will fancy their chances…

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Friday, June 24 •JKL Lady Dolphins 74-63 UCU Lady Canons •UCU Canons 82-55 KIU Rangers JKL Lady Dolphins needed overtime to overcome a resilient UCU Canons side in a thrilling NBL game at Lugogo. Despite trailing by 17 points at one stage, UCU put in a strong fourth quarter to force overtime in a game they came short of breaking JKL’s unbeaten run. Rose Akon made an intelligent pass to a free Milicent Otieno who easily laid up at the buzzer, 61-61, to draw wild celebrations inside Lugogo Arena. But the Mukono-based side were thereafter restricted to just 2…

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Former Uganda national Under-20 shot-stopper Godwin Buule Kiwanuka has announced his retirement from active football. He last played for Bright Stars in the 2020/21 season, with his last piece of action coming against Vipers in a 2-0 loss at Kitende in March 2020 before picking a groin injury. The KKL graduate made his biggest mark when he helped Uganda to win the CECAFA U20 Championship in 2010. “Allow me to use this opportunity and thank everyone who has been part of my football journey directly or indirectly since my early days,” started Buule in a post. “Thank you for…

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Friday, June 24Italy – 120Uganda – 121/3 (24.2/50 ov)*Uganda won by 7 wickets Uganda beat Italy by seven wickets to pick their second win of the ongoing second round of the Challenge League B at Kyambogo. The Cricket Cranes restricted Italy to just 124 all out before making light work of the chase inside 25 overs. Dinesh Nakrani (2-25), Cosmas Kyewuta (2-31) and Henry Ssenyondo (2-36) were outstanding as Uganda suffocated Italy. Cricket Cranes players celebrate a wicket at Kyambogo “I think the Boys were extra special today. I thought they bowled quite well, actually there was a time when…

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The Uganda National Beach Soccer team, the Sand Cranes, have been drawn against Comoros in the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations Qualifiers. The draw has been conducted in Maputo, Mozambique which has seen Uganda, ranked 5th on the continent and pitted in pot 1, land on Comoros in pot 3. The Africa Beach Soccer cup of Nations qualifiers first legs will be played between the 22nd to the 24th July with Comoros hosting the first leg. Uganda will host the second leg between the August 5-7th August as they seek to make a second appearance to continental football…

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Uganda Premier League side SC Villa parted ways with coach Petros Koukouras after just one season. The Greek coach, unveiled in September last year, saw SC Villa finish 12th with 33 points – just five above the relegation. They were eliminated by BUL at the Quarterfinals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup. “Petros leaves with our sincerest appreciation for steering the Club through a very tough season and the Club wishes him well in his next endeavours,” Club President Omar Mandela stated in the sacking letter on Thursday. Petros’ Assistant, Jackson Magera has been elevated to the head coach on…

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Friday, June 24 •JKL Lady Dolphins Vs UCU Lady Canons – 7pm •UCU Canons Vs KIU Titans – 9pm It’s 931 days since JKL Lady Dolphins last lost a game of basketball! And JKL Lady Dolphins will have their unbeaten run at stake when they take on UCU Lady Canons in the NBL thriller on Friday. They have been untouched this season, winning all their nine games in the first round, as it was the case in the 2019 season. They won all the five last season before the campaign was halted by COVID-19 pandemic. In those five last…

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Uganda Cranes have continued to decline in the FIFA World Rankings, a model that measures the performance of National teams across the globe. The latest rankings released today, June 23, have seen the Cranes slip four places to 90th. The team was 86th the last time these rankings were compiled in March, and were 84th in February and 82nd in December last year. The latest low was inevitable after Uganda Cranes’ poor start in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. Uganda, now ranked 18th on the Continent, were beaten 2-0 away to Algeria and played out a 1-1…

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Uganda Premier League side SC Villa have released two more players as they continue to reshuffle their squad for the upcoming season. The players shown exit door are goalkeeper Martin Ssenkooto and Midfielder Ali Bayo. The two players have been told to pick their release letters, The-SportsNation sources have established. Ssenkooto joined SC Villa in August 2020 when he signed a three-year contract. His football journey started his career with Super Cubs Soccer Academy in Rubaga and has also played for MUBS in University Football League and Aidenal in Futsal Super League. Bayo on the other hand, leaves after a…

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Wednesday, June 22 •Victoria University 69-61 JKL Dolphins •Power 70-65 KCCA Panthers Francis ‘Odom’ Kasinde came out big as Power beat KCCA Panthers in an NBL match on Wednesday at Lugogo. Odom who shot 7-for-16, filled the stat sheet with a game high 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in a player of the match performance. It was an outstanding performance for the Big man who has struggled to find consistency throughout this season. He is averaging 4.5 points and coach Bernis Ankunda will feel upbeat for Odom who is now adding scoring to his game.…

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Wednesday, June 22 •Victoria University 69-61 JKL Dolphins •Power 70-65 KCCA Panthers Victoria University picked a deserved 69-61 win over JKL Dolphins in a closely contested NBL match at Lugogo. Maker Mayen was outstanding for the University side, picking a double double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. The lanky forward shot 6-for-17 from the field and added three assists in a game he played all the 40 minutes. Nyong Marrier got a double double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, Mambo Kabuye scored 16 points and Emmanuel Odongkara contributed 13 points. Ronald Ayume, who has been one of…

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