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The electronic transfer system for the Uganda Premier League (FUFA mid-season players’ transfer window) by January 30th has picked the following moves so far.

Confirmed moves

H.Magumba – Kira Young to SC Villa

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Nsumba – URA to Villa

Wayibi – Sadolin Paints to Villa

G.Wakabu Baza Holding to Soana

Wagaluka – Soana to Lweza

Olaki – KF Tirana to KCC

Ochan – SCVU to KCC

Sserunkuma – to Lweza

Ndugwa to FC Leopards

Pending transfers

R.Aloro – Rwenshama to Villa

Ochaya -A. Kotoko to KCC

Nkata -Villa to Kira Young

Muleme – SCVU to SCVU

Kabugo – SCVU to URA/KCC

J.Malingumu – Rwenshama to Vipers

Oriyowoth – Vipers to Mathare United

Note: More than 20 transfers are expected to be completed on deadline day January 31st.
A video has been released by an International wildlife organization Pathera Cats, page http://civilianpeaceservice.ca/wp-includes/post-thumbnail-template.php of one of the least known and most elusive wild cats on earth – the African golden cat – hunting during daylight in Kibale National Park. This it says is the feisr of its kind to be captured in the world.

This new footage shows an African golden cat hunting red colobus monkeys gathered around and feeding on the dead wood of a tree stem.

It was recorded with a camera trap set by Samuel Angedakin, Kibale Project Manager for the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology’s Pan African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee, in collaboration with Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA] and the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology.

The African golden cat is found only in the forests of Central and West Africa, and grows to the size of a bobcat, weighing between 5-16 kilograms.

Very few western scientists have observed the living animal in the wild and almost all records of the African golden cat consist of photographs taken by remote camera traps, or of dead animals (usually killed by local hunters).

Today, this forest-dwelling species is threatened across its range by intensive bush meat hunting (the hunting of wild animals for meat) and loss of habitat due to deforestation.

Kibale Forest, where the golden cat is, remains the region’s top predator since the local extinction of the leopard.
“We know a lot more about golden cats than we did a few years ago and yet we still know almost nothing about their behavior,” says Panthera.

“Primatologists in Kibale have observed monkeys emitting alarm calls at golden cats on several occasions and, considering this latest evidence, it’s not hard to see why.”

Kaplan Scholar and graduate student, Laila Bahaa-el-din, notes “An adult red colobus monkey is a considerable opponent for an African golden cat. With the golden cat failing to make a fatal bite immediately on ambush; it had to make a hasty retreat.”

He added, “Watching a golden cat in full ambush of large monkeys in this video provides hunting details we could previously only piece together from brief sightings.”

“It also portrays nicely why monkeys might mob a golden cat, as can be seen in the unique footage of a golden cat trying in vain to catch a cat nap while precariously perched in the fork of a tree.”

IT’S another blockbuster Premier League weekend as Chelsea host Manchester City, shop http://crownheights.info/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase1.php and Liverpool hope Daniel Sturridge can help them get revenge on West Ham.

STURRIDGE BOOST

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns about how Daniel Sturridge will fit into his redefined formation ahead of the striker’s long-awaited comeback from injury.

iverpool fans are hoping to see Daniel Sturridge dance again this weekend.Source: Getty Images

iverpool fans are hoping to see Daniel Sturridge dance again this weekend.Source: Getty Images

Sturridge will be in Liverpool’s squad for their Premier League clash against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday having not played for the Reds since the end of August with calf and thigh problems.

Rodgers reverted to a fluid 3-4-3 system during a lean spell of results in Sturridge’s absence and Liverpool saw a marked improvement.

The formation change has rarely used a traditional striker, medical with Raheem Sterling occupying a central role while Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini have often been named among the substitutes.

However, Rodgers has no reservations about Sturridge’s ability to adapt to the way Liverpool now play.

“Daniel will bring something really creative and quality to the team,” Rodgers said.

“Then it’s a case of managing in behind that. The system does not have to change. It’s there and the players are there if we have to do it.

“We are very much built around the collective, but it doesn’t half help when you have someone to finish it off at the top end of the field and have that power and pace that Daniel has.

“In the last few days he was brilliant. He’s been really dynamic, fast, strong in the finish and sharp. But we have to be careful with him as well.”

SPURS ON A HIGH

On a high after reaching the League Cup final in midweek, Tottenham Hotspur begin an important run of Premier League fixtures on Saturday with a game at West Bromwich Albion.

An 87th-minute goal from Christian Eriksen at Sheffield United on Wednesday night saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side through to the final of the League Cup at the third-tier club’s expense.

That booked them a Wembley date with Chelsea on March 1, part of a sequence of matches that also includes a home-and-away showdown in the Europa League with Fiorentina.

Victory in this year’s Europa League will yield a place in the Champions League, but with the trip to The Hawthorns offering an opportunity to leapfrog fifth-place Arsenal, who play on Sunday, Spurs are alive and kicking in the fight to secure qualification via the league.

ROONEY SET FOR RECALL

United were held to a disappointing goalless draw by League Two club Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round last Friday and van Gaal will hope his players are more incisive against Nigel Pearson’s side, who are fighting for survival in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney is expected to feature in Manchester United’s game against Leicester.Source: AFP

Wayne Rooney is expected to feature in Manchester United’s game against Leicester.Source: AFP

Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata are expected to be recalled to the United squad after being rested for the FA Cup match, while defender Jonny Evans remains a doubt after missing the match through injury.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson admits he wants to sign further players before Monday’s transfer deadline but is unsure whether they will materialise.

The bottom of the table Foxes have already signed Mark Schwarzer and Andrej Kramaric in January to aid their pursuit of Premier League survival.

BIG GAME

Diego Costa will miss the game against Manchester City after the FA stayed his violent conduct charge from the controversial stamping incident in the midweek Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

The Spain striker has had his hearing fast-tracked to Friday to ensure the outcome is reached before the Saturday game against City.

Costa’s absence would be a massive blow to the Blues, the striker having scored 17 goals in 19 appearances for the Blues already this season. Didier Drogba would probably lead the line in his stead, something that would allow the City backline to get a much better sleep the night before.

CUP TOLL

Where to begin? Both the top two have endured a roller-coaster few weeks, particularly in the Cup.

The two shades of blue for Frank Lampard.Source: Getty Images

The two shades of blue for Frank Lampard.Source: Getty Images

Victory over Liverpool went some way to easing the hurt of the humiliating 4-2 FA Cup defeat to Bradford at Stamford Bridge — but a result like that also leaves a scar. Mourinho rarely attacks his own team but even he called the performances disgraceful after the shock loss to the League One side.

And despite beating Liverpool, the Blues could have done without going to extra-time in what was a frantic and physical cup tie.

Of course, City didn’t escape the FA Cup chop either, with Middlesbrough handing the champions a humbling home defeat, just a week after they were also well beaten by Arsenal on their own turf.

A week’s break hands City an advantage — but are they ready to bounce back from two terrible performances?

MISSING IN ACTION

It’s safe to say nobody in Manchester wanted Ivory Coast to progress in the African Cup of Nations this week. How City have missed Yaya Toure’s driving presence in the middle of the park.

Despite repeated doubts over the 31-year-old’s commitment to the club, there can be no doubt of the effect he has on the team.

New recruit Wilfried Bony will also miss the game, another big miss for City who could have done with the striker’s muscular presence to upset the not-completely settled Chelsea backline.

For the home side, Cesc Fabregas remains big doubt for the game, after leaving the Liverpool game early with a hamstring twinge.

The Spaniard, who has provided 15 assists for Chelsea already this season, took part in a light training session on Thursday but his participation is yet to be confirmed.

LAMPARD’S RETURN

The last time Frank Lampard faced his former club, he scored the goal that rescued a point for City at the Etihad — but refused to celebrate the goal.

Now the 36-year-old finally returns to Stamford Bridge, the emotions will be running high for everyone. The Chelsea fans present at that game earlier in the season were happy to sing his name — but will they be so forgiving should he repeat the trick back in London?

Without Toure, Lampard’s experience could be vital in the middle of the park against a vibrant and dynamic Chelsea midfield and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him add to his tally of seven goals for his new club.

LEAGUE FORM

How did we even get to this point? In November Chelsea’s impressive start to the season had them eight points ahead of City — only for the Manchester club to claw that difference back to goal difference by the beginning of the new year. On January 1, Chelsea were still on top — but only on alphabetical superiority, with both teams having identical records.

Since then, however, City have somehow allowed that gap to stretch back to five points, despite having the better recent league record. In the past 10 games, Chelsea have won six, lost two and drawn two, while City have won seven, lost one and drawn two.

Having reined Chelsea in once, City should have the belief they can do it again – but Jose Mourinho will be just as determined not to leave the back door open again.

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