CECAFA: Uganda, Kenya in Giant Group Opener

President Museveni has urged the people of Gulu to rest assured as their home town will soon acquire the city status as they requested some time back.

Cabinet recently passed a resolution to grant 6 towns Arua, help cialis 40mg Gulu, ed Fort Portal, Mbarara, Mbale and jinja the city status and is awaiting approval by parliament.

Addressing supporters at a rally held at Boma grounds in Gulu municipality on Saturday evening, the President said that the process is finalized and awaiting parliament to endorse the city status early next year.

“You don’t need to worry anymore because government has agreed to turn Gulu into a city. It had not been confirmed because parliament was busy working on municipalities and new constituencies but as soon as elections end, it will be summoned and approve Gulu as a city,”Museveni said on Saturday.

The president equated the process of approving Gulu’s city status to church confirmation where a believer has to go through a series of tests before being confirmed which he said the Northern Uganda town had passed through successfully.

“I was confirmed in church in 1957 but before that I had to do catechism, reciting the Apostles ’ Creed, and passing exams but I could not go for holy communion before the Bishop could lay hands on me. The same way, Gulu has passed all the stages but the Bishop has not yet put hands on the city.”

In an interview with Chimpreports, Alfred Ogwang, the NRM flag bearer for Gulu Municipality said the town has fulfilled the requirements necessary for it to be granted the city status.

“We have an airport that is soon being uplifted to international standards on top of better roads, hospitals, university and other facilities like hotels that are up to the required standards,”Ogwang told this website.

The Gulu mayoral aspirant however expressed concern over the cleanliness of the city which he said is not yet up to standard but noted this would improve as time goes on with strict measures put in place to address the issue.
The fierce rivalry between two of East African giants, ambulance Kenya and Uganda will return on Sunday afternoon in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia when action commences in group B of the 2015 Cecafa senior challenge.

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Uganda go into the tournament as the main favorites ranked on 68th position globally, the highest among all the participants. The Cranes are also the only team that has qualified for worldcup group stages and currently top the Afcon qualifiers.

Uganda boost a record 13 titles with their Sunday’s opponent following with six. The Harambee stars come into the match as defending champions having won the last edition held in Nairobi in December 2013.

Uganda last won the title in 2012 at home in Namboole under coach Bobby Williamson beating Kenya 2-1 courtesy of Geoffrey Kizito’s late winner and an own goal. The scottish coach is now heading the Harambee Stars while Joseph Ocaya is the only member of that team present in this tourney.

Cranes boss Milutin ‘Micho’ has stressed that his team will go for the trophy.
“We are going to Ethiopia to win definately, no team goes just for participation. We shall try out most of the players who will be used in Chan,” coach Micho said.

How Uganda will line up.
Vipers rising star James Alitho is expected to start in between the post after a good exhibition in the Chan qualifiers.

Simba SC star, Murshid Jjuuko is expected to partner with Hassan Waswa Dazo in the heart of defence while another Kcca fc star Joseph Ochaya mans the left wing as Dennis Okot does the other.

Coach Micho is likely to use four midfielders with  Ivan Ntege shielding the defence while KCCA FC teammate Muzamir Mutyaba partners with Captain Farouk Miya and Keziron Kizito in the creative role.

League topscorer, Ceasar Okhuti and Erisa Sekisambu are expected to look for goals.

Cranes probable XI:
James Alitho, Joseph Ochaya, Murshid Jjuuko,  Dennis Okot, Hassan Waswa Dazo, Ivan Ntege, Muzamir Mutyaba,
Erisa Sekisambu, Keziron Kizito, Farouk Miya(C), Ceasar Okhuti.

Kenya probable XI.
Boniface Oluoch ( GK )
Defenders : Harun Shakava, David Owino, Joe
Birgen, Omar Mbongi
Midfielders : Teddy Akumu, Collins Okoth, Ali
Strikers : Michael Olunga, Jesse Were


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