Photos: 2013, The Sporting Year


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New comers City Oilers beat the odds and trounced record champions Falcons 62-74 in their last playoff game in the 2013 Airtel FUBA National Basketball League and eventually winning their maiden trophy in the league.

City Oilers celebrating

“We fought hard and gave in our best which yielded good results. We gave them a run for their money,” boasted “Danger man” Ramadhan Arou, who had just recovered from an injury.

UCU Lady Canons also won in the women’s tier after edging KCCA with four wins out of their six final playoff games.

Kiprotich wins gold

It was yet another moment of happiness when on August 17, Ugandan athlete Stephen Kiprotich won yet another gold medal after a dazzling performance at the World Championships in Moscow clinching 2 hours, 9 minutes and 51 seconds time and defeating Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa who only settled for silver.

Golden boy Kiprotich being sent home

“I knew I was strong and therefore, I left Kiprop to lead so that attention could be moved away from me. I then moved in a zig zag way and upfront in order to set pace high for other runners,” stressed the 24 year-old runner while addressing journalists at Protea Hotel in Entebbe before being hosted to State House.

Many fans of the sprinter took to streets, especially along Entebbe road, to welcome their hero back to the country.

Magogo elected FUFA President

The year was 2013 in August that Telecommunication engineer, businessman and former FUFA Vice President, Moses Magogo, was elected unopposed to the country’s most top football seat after all the other contenders were found illegible to contest.

Moses Magogo

He polled 68 votes out of the 72 delegates who turned up for the election exercise at the FUFA General Assembly that sat at Jinja Nile Resort Hotel.

Micho appointed Cranes coach

Serbian tactician, Sredojevic Micho, was appointed the new Cranes coach penning a two year contact and replacing Bobby Williamson who was relieved of his duties for failure to qualify for the AFCON finals.

Unveiling Micho

“This is my footballing home because I started my dream here. I am happy to be back home after travelling all over the continent,” said the cheerful 43 year-old Serbian whose contract had been terminated in Rwanda.

Golola floors Tugume

Motor-mouthed Moses Golola in just seconds beat National Kickboxing champion, Titus Tugume, to claim the East African Kickboxing Championship title in a fight held at Freedom City.

The punch that dazed Tugume sending him scampering to the floor

Earlier before the August fight, Tugume had said, “Golola requested for the coffin and I have brought it and I promise to beat him in a second”.

The UPDF and Ggaba based kickboxer, however, never lasted a round in the ring after his head met a heavy punch from the man commonly known as “I am not a joking subject’’ and eventually landing to the ground for some minutes before gaining consciousness.

Golola was declared winner after what was termed as a technical knockout by the judges.

Tugume still unconscious

However, Tugume was not contented with the defeat and called for a rematch with his tormentor.

Cranes gets new sponsors

Telecom giants, Airtel Uganda, unveiled a whooping Shs 1.05bn sponsorship package to the Uganda Cranes team at a function held at Serena Hotel in Kampala.

Cranes coach Micho, FUFA president Magogo and Airtel CEO unveiling the sponsorship package

According to FUFA President, Moses Magogo, the money would also cater for the FUFA Big League and Uganda Cup both of which didn’t have sponsors.

According to the four year-contract, Shs 950m would be injected in the national team while Shs 100m would cater for both FUFA Big League and the Uganda Cup every year.

Ndejje retains Inter-university trophy

Luweero based Ndejje clinched the Inter-university championship after collecting 19 medals in the 15th edition of the games held at Uganda Christian University in Mukono.

Ndejje university in maximum joy

Record winners on 12 occasions, Makerere University, were second after collecting 13 medals.

She Cranes win Singapore tourney

The poorly facilitated Uganda She Cranes beat the odds to win the Six Nations Tournament in December.

She Cranes being welcomed back at Entebbe airport

The ladies who had earlier missed their flight beat hosts 52-29 in the finals to be crowned champions.

Uganda qualifies for CHAN

The Cranes beat Tanzania’s Taifa Stars 3-1 in a game played at Namboole to qualify for the 2014 CHAN in South Africa scheduled for January to February.

The Ugandan team had earlier beaten their Tanzania counterparts by a goal to nil in their own back yard.

Cranes, after beating Tanzania and qualifying for CHAN

Tax collectors, URA FC’s Frank Kalanda, and KCCA FC’s Brian Majwega, were on the mark for the Cranes scoring all the tree goals at Namboole to book a place for the home team.

Cranes eliminated from 2014 World Cup qualifiers

West African giants Senegal halted Uganda’s chances of participating in the 2014 World Cup after beating the latter by a goal to nil in a match played at the Marrakech stadium in Morocco.

Dejected Cranes players walk away

It was an 84th minute left foot strike from Sadio Mane that silenced the Cranes after defender Godfrey Walusimbi had been red carded for a tackle on a Senegalese player.

University Football League resumes

Ggaba based Kampala University were crowned champions of the Uganda University Football league after pimping Nkumba University who lost their last game to Makerere.

Inter-university league on

Kampala University who were playing their maiden season put up a spirited fight for the whole season and indeed deserved to win the trophy.

Mbarara University’s Siraje Musindo also put up a good performance winning the top scorer award.

Beach Soccer League resumes

The second edition of the Uganda Beach Soccer league resumed as fans were treated to a host of mouthwatering matches played at Entebbe based Lido beach.

Beach Soccer League in progress

The FUFA and Uganda Beach Soccer Association organised league, however, broke off after the end of the first round in December.

Mangat misses ARC title

Ugandan rally driver, Jas Mangat, failed to win the African Rally Championship after dropping out of the Madagascar Rally on the second day of the three days competition.

Jas Mangati

Mangat who had failed to win the Rwandan Rally after dropping out and eventually losing to Giancarlo Davite had camped in Madagascar for two weeks but lost to Zambia’s 20 year-old Jessy Singh.

He became the youngest driver ever to win the African championship.


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