Uganda to Face Zanzibar in Beach Soccer Friendly

Government has signed the Development Assistance Framework 2016-2020 agreement with UN agencies, buy securing a commitment from them to provide the entire US$6.5m (about Shs 18b) required for Uganda’s proposed Ebola and Marburg Response Fund.

Ebola has since killed thousands in West Africa and threatened to crush economies there.

The agreement provides for terms of reference for the modality for high-Level engagement with the country team which includes all the 23 UN agencies operating in the country under the umbrella of “Delivering as One”.

The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda signed for the government while the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie signed on behalf of the agencies on Thursday.

The signing ceremony, in the Office of the Prime Minister Conference Hall, was witnessed by several members of Cabinet and representatives of the agencies during the 2nd Joint Meeting of the Policy Coordination Committee of the Office of the Prime Minister and the UN country team.

While delivering his statement, Dr Rugunda said the government had engaged the UN agencies to build the nation’s capacity for sustainable confrontation of strategic development challenges.

He outlined the challenges as inadequate infrastructure and democracy, underdeveloped agriculture, services sector and human resources, a weak private sector, limited markets, ideological disorientation and lack of industrialisation.

“Whilst development assistance is vital and should be embraced, it is absolutely essential that any assistance the country receives is based on the principles we have all agreed to in major international commitments,” he said.

Dr Rugunda announced that government was arranging the national partners’ forum with the UN agencies as a wider platform to discuss how to enhance coherence, efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery, and reduce transaction costs.

He said the government would play a leading role in overseeing the in-country “Delivering as One” processes. The paradigm aims to enhance coordination in the country-level UN programmes to increase efficiency, cut waste and pass on savings to programmes.

The paradigm operates under five key pillars: one leader, one budgetary framework, one programme, operating as one and communicating as one; to respond to the challenges of the changing world.

Speaking on behalf of the UN agencies, Eziakonwa-Onochie pledged financial support for the disaster fund that has been proposed for the next one year, to which Britain alone would conribute US$0.8m (about Shs 2.2b).

“We are extremely happy with Uganda for having managed to battle Ebola and stem its escalation in West Africa, and we commit to walk side-by-side with the Government to ensure the plan is fully funded,” Eziakonwa-Onochie said.

Eziaknowa-Onochie hailed Uganda for being one of the first countries to develop a course for fighting Ebola at Makerere University. She said by that, sending health workers to W. Africa where the disease has so far killed over 5,000 people, among other actions Uganda had raised the bar.
Uganda National beach Soccer team, drug the Sand Cranes will play Zanzibar in an international friendly game on Saturday, 6th December 2014 in the Indian Ocean Island of Zanzibar.

The team’s head coach, Harunah Kebba has already summoned 17 players set to travel on Tuesday.

There will be an official flag off for the team on Monday, 1st December 2014 at FUFA House in Mengo.

The Uganda Sand Cranes team is preparing for AFCON Beach Soccer Championships that will be hosted by Seychelles in April 2014.

There is planned training for the team with two dates set in December (28th and 29th) before a test match that will take place at Lido Beach resort in Entebbe.

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) mandated the Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) to organize the game of Beach Soccer in Uganda.

So far, UBSA has recorded success in organizing the Pepsi national beach soccer league, the Women’s league, Corporate League, University and Institutions Championships and secondary schools tournaments.

One front where UBSA has scored highly is the securing of sponsors (Crown Beverages Limited under the Pepsi brand) to run the national beach soccer league.

The Sand Cranes team:

Goal Keepers:

Michael Kalule (Sand Pirates), Nasser Rwamunda (Buwanika Bulls United)


Douglas Muganga (Nkumba Select), Derrick Teko (Y.M.C.A), Davis Kasujja (MUBS), Jeff Akabwayi (KIU), Ambrose Naturinda (Y.M.C.A), Joseph Nsubuga (St. Lawrence University)

Creative Players:

Baker Lukooya (MUBS), Johnnie Levita (Real Galaticos), Saidi Mzee (Real Galaticos), Emma Kalyoowa (St. Lawrence University)


Brian Nkuubi (MUBS), Phillip Lwezawula (St Lawrence University), Roch Somoka (Nkumba Select), Nicholas Kamya (Sand Pirates), Ismail Kagingo (KIU)

Technical Department:

Head Coach: Harunah Kebba

Assistant Coach: Peter Sseguya

Vice Chairman Technical: Hamzah Jjunju


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