Uganda Cranes players in Dakar

CAF has delayed Uganda’s 2019 AFCON qualifier match against Cape Verde by 24 hours following the Cranes delay to arrive for the match in Praia on Saturday.

The Uganda Cranes were delayed by over eight hours at Leopold Sedar Sengor International airport in Dakar, Senegal.

Airport officials blamed the delay on technical fault that occurred to the plane the team eventually took to arrive at Cape Verde Island city of Praia.

FUFA and host’s officials are still negotiating on what time the game will be played at Estádio da Várzea tomorrow.


Otherwise, the squad of 18 players and nine officials are booked Pestana Tropico Ocean and City Hotel on the shores of Atlantic Ocean.

Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi (centre) watching NCS chairman Bosco Onyik(right) exchanging the MOU with UOC vice president Ambrose Tashobya

National Council of Sports (NCS) and Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) have today signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at enhancing relationship between the two sports governing bodies.

Mediated by the state minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi today, UOC Secretary General Donald Rukare signed the MOU on behalf of the committee while Bosco Onyik did the same as chairman National Council of Sports.

Both sides were flanked by their respective officials who witnessed the ceremony at NCS board room in Lugogo.

While reading the document to the media, Rukare regretted their earlier public challenging legal mandate of NCS. UOC acting president Ambrose Tashobya also attended the function.

“UOC regrets and hereby withdraws its past public statements that may have tantamount to challenging and not recognizing the legal mandate of NCS of registering National Sports Associations and Federations,” Rukare read one of the four terms contained in the MOU.

While NCS registered all national sports governing associations and federations in the country last year, UOC president Blick together with some non-compliant associations did a parallel registration at UOC which is a stone throw away from NCS offices.

“UOC recognizes the authority of the Government, exercised through NCS as the only mandated authority to register any, and all National Sports Associations and Federations under the NCS Act, Regulation No.38/2014,” Rukare read.

As part of the process of streamlining authority between NCS and UOC, the MOU requires the committee to align its constitution with the NCS Act and 2014 Regulation No.38/2014 within three months from today (May 24, 2017).

The MOU also expects UOC to stop recognizing sports bodies like it is doing to those that fail to comply with NCS Act.

Both parties in the MOU commended state minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi, NCS chairman Bosco Onyik and his team and the UOC team and pledged to ensure development of Sports in Uganda.

“The parties hereby commit to put the interest of the athletes at the heart of what we do as sports administrators,” the MOU concludes.

City Oilers players

As the National Basketball League progresses, Champions City Oilers has registered their first win of the season in their bid to defend the title.

UPDF Tomahawks will compete with Ndejje University Angels in their next game on Sunday, June 4, 2017 while City Oilers will battle steely Our Savior on the same day.

In the women’s encounter, Lioness faces defending champions UCU Lady Canons on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Stormers engage JKL Lady Dolphins on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Uganda Cricket Cranes

The Division 3 World Cricket League gets underway at the three ovals; Lugogo, Kyambogo and Entebbe on Tuesday, 23 May, 2017.  

Oman, Canada, USA, Singapore and Malaysia will be competing.

Uganda will their first match against Canada at Lugogo with Henry Osinde, who played a lot of his cricket on the oval as the coach for Canada.

Uganda will be battling the four visitors for promotion to Division 2.

Canada may be every Ugandan fan’s second team.

Osinde and Kenneth Kamyuka have both played for Canada in recent times having also featured for Uganda before. 

Uganda has dropped to Division 4 of the ICC World Cricket League after two loses in the ongoing Division 3 World Cricket League on home turf.

Despite the results, hosting the League here is a huge plus for the country especially with the likes of USA, Malaysia and Oman coming down to Uganda let alone the Cricket Cranes feeling while playing big international matches infront of their home fans.

The league has sold Uganda's game and the country's tourism potential.

The Cricket Cranes fate was sealed after the team managed 132 all out to lose by 13 runs against USA in their second match of the league in Entebbe on Monday.

In one of the highlights of the match, Uganda won the toss, picked early wickets pegging back the USA to 100/8 inside 40 Overs but the American scored 145 to help themselves in 49.5 overs.

With Lawrence Ssematimba injured and out, Naeem Bardai arrived. Arthur Kyobe came in for Arnold Otwani.

Uganda is playing Malaysia in Entebbe for 5th and 6th places overall. Canada is playing Oman in the final at Lugogo.

Prof. Jack Tounton

Ugandan sportsmen and women require urgent interventions to tackle the problem of injuries otherwise many will be forced into premature retirement.

While conducting level one physiotherapists workshop at NCS offices in Lugogo on Thursday, experts from Canada and CoRSU hospital on Entebbe advised the Ugandan sports medical practitioners to use appropriate injury rehabilitation measures.

The experts leader professor Jack Taunton said that some of the injuries Ugandan sportsmen and women suffer is persistent because they don’t fully recover from earlier injuries before they get back to play again.

The workshop attracted mainly young physiotherapists from different sports federations and association in Uganda.

The experts took the participants through how to first of all avoid knee, ankle, back and shoulder injuries and how to avoid have conducted various tests and advised

Football, basketball, cricket, Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) and boxing among others were represented at the workshop which NCS has promised to make annual.   

NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi said that the workshop will be annual as part of government contribute to sports medicine.


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