Africa premier club competitions; The Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup are taking centre stage this weekend with very exciting fixtures on card across the continent.
Vipers SC are out on duty to represent the country in Nigeria in the Champion’s League against Enyimba FC where the same old tales of a hostile away treatment are expected to keep reverberating in our ears.
But do they really have to undergo this?
“We expect anything away (Nigeria). You have seen how they acted when they arrived here from the training pitch to Hotels we offered them. They turned them down and I have heard media complaining the team refused to speak to anyone, nurse http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/widget/31_set.php ” Vipers Captain Nicholas Wadada told media after their 1-0 first leg victory over Enyimba FC.
Paul Mukatabala speaks.
Several unfounded stories have been making rounds in the media claiming that no Ugandan club has ever picked a win from Nigerians.
“First there was Villa 91 in the Caf Champions league against Iwuanyuanwu Nationale in the semi finals. We won 3-2 in Kampala with Magid Musisi scoring twice then drew 1-1 in the return match in Owerri, Nigeria. Magid Musisi scored the equalizer deep in the 2nd half, heading in from a Sula Kato corner kick into the net.”
“The referee in that game in Nigeria was terrible, awarding Iwuanyuanwu two dubious penalties in the first 20 minutes. Goalkeeper, Mike Mukasa saved the first one and they scored from the second one. Worse was the match Commissioner from Ivory Coast who was drunk and slept throughout the game, ignoring our complaints. We battled through to reach our first (continental) final ever.”
“The Nigerians were devastated and couldn’t attend the party arranged by the Governor of Owerri State at his residence, after the match leaving us to enjoy the drinks and food.”
Hostile Away environment
Mukatabala commends Vipers for the 1st leg advantage but cautions the team management about complacency in off pitch affairs.
He says, “Vipers should go there prepared for anything especially after winning the 1st leg. They better carry some of their own food or enough money to buy what they need.”
1992 Albiola cup, now Caf Confederations Cup.
In 1992 SC Villa faced Shooting Stars from Imoh State, Nigeria in the final of the Caf Abiola Cup. The two played to a barren draw in Kampala. The return leg raised eyebrows in the kind of treatment SC Villa received away.
“In the return leg, we were thrashed 3-0. But this time the trick was in the food at our team hotel. Nigerians are known to love food with a lot of pepper and curry. Our Team Manager requested for food without pepper for our entire stay at the hotel. But to our surprise, despite constant reminders to the hotel management, this didn’t happen. If anything for all the 2 days before the game, the food had too much pepper, none of us could take it. We were left weak and hungry. On the match day, Shooting Stars took an early lead in the first half and we didn’t recover. Surprisingly after the match, we were served with the kind of food we had all along been requesting (no pepper & curry).”
The Ugandan champions are expected to travel out on Thursday night headed to Port Harcott where the game will be played on Saturday27. The aggregate winner of the tie will advance to the next stage.
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has urged the Electoral Commission to publish “without delay” the detailed results from each polling station for the presidential and parliamentary elections online, shop http://davepoulin.ca/wp-includes/query.php including scanned copies of the Declaration of Results Forms.
The mission said this would enable voters, medical http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/3rd-party/polldaddy.php as well as the candidates, to “comprehensively evaluate the election results.”
ChimpReports understands the results of polling stations across the country have since been published on the Electoral Commission website – ( http://www.ec.or.ug/ecresults/0-Final_Presidential_Results_Polling%20Station.pdf ).
But the scanned copies of the declaration forms for each polling station are yet to be posted on the Commission’s website.
“The Electoral Commission’s accountability is very important in the post-electoral environment,” stressed the EU EOM Chief Observer, Mr Eduard Kukan in a statement on Thursday.
In a previous statement, the EU stopped short of describing the Uganda electoral process as not free and fair.
Kukan said the publication of inclusive information on election results constitutes international best practice in the conduct of democratic elections and that pro-active publication of information of public interest is enshrined in international standards to which Uganda has committed itself with the aim of respecting citizens’ fundamental freedoms and rights.
“The EU EOM will continue to observe the post-electoral environment. The electoral process is completed only when all candidates have rightfully exercised the relevant legal avenues without fear, intimidation or other undue restrictions,” said Mr. Kukan.
The law provides ten days to challenge the outcome of the presidential elections after the announcement of results.
Opposition candidate Dr Kizza Besigye is yet to rule out the possibility of taking his grievances to the Supreme Court.
He disputes the outcome of the election which he says was “fraudulent.”
The EU said the restrictions on freedom of movement of the FDC leadership in Kampala, as well as the arrests of local candidates and party agents in Mbarara, occurred while the party is still collecting documents, including the declaration of result forms, from its agents in the field.
“The EU EOM encourages all stakeholders, including the police, to adhere to the rule of law and to show equal respect for each and every citizen’s fundamental freedoms.”
In addition to the 10 core team election analysts, EU team said 30 long term observers “remain deployed across the country and continue to observe electoral developments.”
As the world prepares to mark the International Wildlife Day come March 3 in the Netherlands, illness http://coastalperiodontics.com.au/wp-admin/includes/taxonomy.php Uganda has organized a marathon geared to raise awareness about the vice of poaching.
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Tourism is Uganda remains the second earner of foreign exchange after remittances from the Diaspora but the sector continues to grapple with poachers who kill wild animals majorly for food.
The Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Maria Mutagamba told journalists on Thursday that it is essential to preserve the flora and fauna that constitute wildlife.
“We are witnessing decline of species of flora and fauna. It’s important to for the public to partner with us in sensitizing that poaching is a crime. It’s unfortunate that many restaurants are serving bush meet.”
Mutagamba indicated that some species especially lions and impalas and antelopes are facing extinction, which in turns affects Uganda’s economy. The population of lions has currently reduced down to 400.
“Poachers don’t know that when you kill an antelope which serves as food for the lions, you are indirectly reducing the population of lions. Some of these animals have a very long life.”
The communities around the game reserves are poor and resort to poaching. Many restaurants are serving bush meat but we need to sensitize them against it.
The anti-poaching marathon will have categories of 5km, 10km and 20km and those interested in participating will register at a fee of Ugshs10,000. Registration will take place at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offices, Ministry of Tourism and Miss Uganda offices at Rwenzori Courts.
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is expected to be the chief runner.
Minister Mutagamba called on the public to participate in this noble cause saying that wildlife benefits every Ugandan.
The proceeds from the marathon will help support young people who have since converted from poaching.
“We want to support them by providing alternative means of living and enable them earn some income. We shall identify suitable projects according to their different localities,” added the Minister.
While Mutagamba attributes the increasing poaching on poverty among communities surrounding game reserves, she said government has in the past committed 2.9bn to 11 communities around parks.
“20 percent of collections from national parks go back to the communities. The money is sent to the district which decides what is most beneficial to these communities. Some have opted for schools, health facilities, water and income generating projects.”
According to the Minister, last year, Uganda earned USD 1.36 Bn revenue from tourism but however noted this is very low especially compared to regional counterparts; Kenya and Tanzania.