Cash-Strapped She Cranes Gets 250 Million Boost

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CAF U23 Championship Qualifier 2nd round return leg

Saturday 30th May 2015

Uganda U23 (2) vs (1) Rwanda U23

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has selected Sudanese referee to take charge of the Caf U23 championship qualifier return leg clash between Uganda Kobs and Rwanda U23. The match is slated for Saturday 30th May 2015 at Nakivubo stadium.

The match officials include Sabri Mohammed Fadul who will be the center referee and assisted by Mustafa Ibrahim Medany and Eltifiri Saeed Idris as the first and second officials respectively.

Hafiz Abdelghani Alamen has been reserved for emergency while Mohammed Omar abubaker Yusuf will act as the match commissioner.

Uganda set one leg into the next round following a 2-1victory in Amahoro stadium, order Kigali. The Kobs grabbed the lead courtesy of a Farouk Miya’s early first half goal and Muzamiru Mutyaba’s late winner and now need only a draw or a 1-0 loss to set a date with Egypt for a place in the finals to be held in Senegal later this year.


Former prime minister and NRM Secretary General Amama Mbabazi on Saturday afternoon graced the wedding ceremony of rebel MP and Buyaga West legislator Barnabas Tinkasimire as the chief guest .

At the wedding, abortion Tinkasimire’s fellow rebel MPs Theodore Ssekikubo and Wilfred Nuwagaba acted as the best man and the organizing committee chairperson.

According to the Daily Monitor newspaper, capsule Mbabazi who is soon declaring his presidential ambitions was quoted supporting the teachers’ strike adding that government ought to have fulfilled its salary increase pledge to the teachers.

Teachers under their umbrella body UNATU last week kicked off their industrial action citing lack of commitment by government to fulfill its promise of increasing the salary by at least 10%
Mbabazi told the people in Kibaale district that government had no reason for not fulfilling its promise as agreed and rallied the teachers to continue pressurizing for their demands.

“If you teachers decided to let the struggle go, buy it is upon you because the increment was every financial year to channel a percentage,” Mbabazi said at Tinkasimire’s wedding ceremony on Saturday according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

Mbabazi further told the people who had gathered for the wedding that, ”You have waited for weeks and weeks but you now have days.” This statement has caught the attention of many commentators, is he account

The former Prime Minister is further quoted to have said that the reason for gracing the wedding party of Tinkasimire was because of the latter’s confidence in articulating issues of national importance.

In 2013,Legislators Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa County East), Theodore Sekikubo, (Lwemiyaga County) Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga County) were shown the exit by the NRM Central Executive Committee for breaching the party constitution through use of foul language and campaigning against official party flag bearers during elections.

While meeting members of the Poor NRM Youth at his home in Kololo, Mbabazi said the party leaders had no powers to send away any member from the party.

“Unless the party through a court procedure dismisses you, no member can be forced out of the NRM party. In fact there are grounds in the constitution through which you can be forced out of the party,” the former NRM Secretary General told journalists.

Mbabazi was in December last year deposed as the ruling NRM Secretary General at an extraordinary General Meeting at Namboole.

The former Prime Minister is said to harbor presidential ambitions and an allegation he doesn’t deny and is soon expected to announce his next move as far as standing against President Museveni in the forthcoming 2016 general elections is concerned.
Uganda Netball Federation has been handed a lifeline after the government boosted the National netball team, pharm the She Cranes with shillings 250 Million on Saturday.

The International Netball Federation had previously given the cash strapped federation an ultimatum of 30th May to pay hotel booking fee totaling to about Ugshs. 35 Million [Us$12, discount 000].

The payment is meant to clear the bills for the hotel they will be occupying during their stay at the August World cup in Sydney, pill Australia.

“Am most disappointed that you have not paid US$ 12, 035 for accommodation and your preliminary team entry is incomplete yet deadline was May 7,” INF letter to Ugandan federation read in part.

The 250 Million  will also cater for the team’s  travel arrangements even though the funds is just a small drop of what the federation needs for the whole preparations. UNF requires a total of 1.8 billion to fully and adequately prepare for the global showpiece.

The team officially launched the world cup official Ball and song on Friday in a poorly attended event at Lugogo.

“We invited people from all walks of life but no one has bothered to come. It seems we are on our own,” an angry team patron, Madam Sarah Muwonge told the monitor.

Despite financial challenges, they qualified for the tournament after emerging the best in Africa netball world cup qualifiers in Botswana. The world Netball Championships is a quadrennial event organized by the International Netball federation.

Uganda is currently ranked 14th globally and are in group D with Zambia, Wales and Fiji. South Africa and Malawi are the other African representatives in the 16-team tournament.



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