ENTEBBE Uganda (Xinhua) --
The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni has said the world football governing body (FIFA)
has confidence in his country.
speaking at his State House in Entebbe on Monday while
officially receiving the FIFA World Cup trophy which
arrived from Cape Town, South Africa. “FIFA has a lot of
confidence in the way we are managing football affairs
in the country and that is why we are among the few
African countries to receive this trophy,” said Museveni.
He also said
he is proud of the national football team, Cranes who
came close to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
in Russia. Museveni said that although it might take a
few years for the Cranes to qualify for the World Cup,
they will make it one day.
congratulate Uganda Cranes the job well done in the FIFA
World Cup 2018 qualifiers,” said the President who also
hinted on how the government appreciates and supports
sports and football in general.
Bakkabulindi, the State Sports Minister thanked FIFA for
considering Uganda among the 51 countries and regions in
the whole world to receive the FIFA World Cup trophy.
ambassador of Russia in Uganda H.E. Alexander
Dmitrievich Polyakov, Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister
Ruhakana Rugunda, FUFA President and also the CAF
Executive Committee member Moses Magogo, other
government ministers, ministry of education and sports
officials also attended the event in Entebbe.
World Cup trophy tour kicked off last September in host
country Russia and will visit more than 50 countries and
regions across six continents, traveling 126,000
kilometers in nine months in the lead-up to the football
FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14-July 15 in
Russia. Africa will be represented by Nigeria, Senegal,
Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco.
Uganda to attend
first CAF symposium on women’s football in Africa
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Federation of Uganda Football
Association (FUFA) will be part of the first ever
symposium on women’s football in Africa. Organized by
the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the
symposium will take place in the Moroccan town of
Marrakesh on March 5-6.
“This is a
very good chance for us to deliberate on women’s
football and also to come up with new ideas to make it
better,” Humphrey Mandu, the Uganda FA Assistant CEO,
said on Sunday.
also be represented by Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, FA
Vice President in-charge of the League and Agnes Mugena,
a representative of women’s football with the FA. The
symposium will be held under the theme ‘Raise our Game’
and will be organized by CAF in partnership with the
Royal Moroccan Football Federation.
CAF General Secretary, highlighted that the important
event will be attended by numerous experts, consultants
and legends. The goal is to elaborate a roadmap and a
strategy for development and the promotion of women’s
football across the continent.
Some of the
topics that will be discussed in groups include; how to
expand the practice of women’s football, means of
development of sponsorship for women’s football and the
role of women’s football in gender promotion and
Johansen, President of the Sierra Leone Football
Association (SLFA), is the head of the Confederations of
African Football (CAF) Women’s Football Committee.
appointed at the inaugural meeting of the CAF Executive
Committee which took place in May last year in Manama,
Bahrain, on the margin of the 67th FIFA
host Saudi Arabian cricket team
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has
confirmed that the national team of Saudi Arabia will
travel to Uganda to play a series of international
Ondeko, an administrator at the Association, told Xinhua
on Sunday that the Saudi Arabian team has confirmed they
will arrive in the country on March 28 ahead of the five
very good news for us because playing against tough
teams like Saudi Arabia will get our team stronger ahead
of the ICC Division 4 qualifiers in Malaysia in April,”
East Division 5 team was supposed to tour last year but
couldn’t make it because of the qualifiers they were
participating in. Saudi Arabia will also use the tour to
Uganda to prepare for their T20 Asian qualifiers.
Cricket Cranes toured Qatar and India last month where
they played 13 games, won nine games and suffered four
defeats. Head coach Steve Tikolo told Xinhua that he is
excited about the five games they will play against
Saudi Arabia. “We benefited a lot last month with games
in Qatar and India and certainly playing Saudi Arabia
will also give us another good international test,”
relegated to Division 4 last year together with Malaysia
after they finished 5th in the tournament
hosted in Kampala. In Malaysia they will play against
the hosts, Jersey, Bermuda and Vanuatu.
tournament takes place between April and May 2018 in
Malaysia and will also form part of the 2017-22 cycle of
the World Cricket League, which determines the
qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
Mukasa, Ham Kayondo, Zephania Arinaitwe, Simon Ssesazi,
Abdallah Lubega, Arthur Ziraba, Shanzad Kamal, Steven
Wabwose, Lloyd Patternot, Arthur Kyobe, Nanji Pingoria,
Brian Masaba, Frank Nsubuga, Kenneth Waiswa, Derrick
Bakunzi, Fred Achelam, Rogers Olipa, Irfan Afridi, Henry
Senyondo, Frank Akankwasa, Jonathan Ssebanja, Charles
Waiswa, Emmanuel Isanez, Trevor Bukenya, Arthur Kyobe