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Mashami aims to win all nine remaining matches

Interim head coach Vincent Mashami is aiming to win all the nine remaining Turbo King National Football league matches as he bids to lead APR to the 2013/2014 title. Vincent Mashimi talks to the media after winning his first game in charge against Police FC two weeks ago. The army side, seeking a record extending 14th league title, sit on top of the table with 40 points, three points clear of the reigning champions Rayon Sports. Mashami has won his first two games since replacing German Andreas Spier who resigned. “Everyone is focused on winning the remaining matches, which will help us to win the title; we are determined to do better than before. Our aim is not to surrender the top spot, and we need to continue with our winning style,” Mashami told Saturday Sport. The 32-year-old noted that the team will manage the pressure that comes with being on top of table. “We need to be consistent, and if we can do that for the rest of the season, I don’t see why we can’t win the league. We know we can do better in upcoming matches but it is good to have strong mentality and character to be a winner. This is what we need in our team and I am trying to guide this team to success.” APR, who have only lost once this season against AS Kigali, play their next two league games against Mukura next weekend and Etincelles a week later. By Peter Kamasa, The New Times

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Okwi leads Yanga against Ruvu

Ugandan striker Emmanuel Okwi is expected to start today as defending champions Young Africans face Ruvu Shooting at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in a cut throat Mainland Premier League encounter. Emmanuel Okwi Title rivals Azam FC and Mbeya City will also be in action today. Table toppers Azam will be at their home ground; Chamazi Complex to face rejuvenated Tanzania Prisons, while third placed Mbeya City travel to Tanga to face Coastal Union at the Mkwakwani Stadium. Both Azam and Yanga will be retuning to the local league, after two weeks break to allow them launch a successful campaign in the CAF club competitions. Yanga, who are second in the league table on 35 points, are the country envoys in CAF Champions League and they successfully dispatched Komorizine of Comoro in the preliminary round by 12-1 aggregate to set up a date with holders Al Ahly of Egypt. Azam were dismissed in CAF Confederation Cup after suffering a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Ferroviario de Beira. They won 1-0 in the first leg but suffered a 2-0 defeat in the second leg in Beira. For the past few days Yanga have arduously been gunning up for this crunch clash in the city, knowing that a win will pave their way to league glory this season. With two games in hand, Coach Hans Van der Pluijm team should be viewed as favourites in this title race. The yellow-green sporting side, have experience and importantly, they know how to finish the race and retain the trophy they won last season. Dutch Coach Pluijm admitted that he does not have a clear picture and strength of the opponents they will face today but he is convinced that Ruvu Shooting who sits fifth in the league table on 25 points will provide a stiff resistance against his side. He told the club’s website that “We’re well aware that it won’t be an easy game for us but we’re well prepared for the battle. Our players are in good shape and the good news is that we’ve no injuries and this will give us a bit of selection headache.” Offensively, Yanga’s hopes rest on Ugandan goal poacher Hamisi Kiiza, Didier Kavumbagu and Mrisho Ngassa. They have the most potent striking force in the league and certainly, present an utmost challenge to Ruvu Shooting and with top striker Emmanuel Okwi available, coach Pluijm will be rich in attacking selection. Reports within the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) suggest that Okwi’s licence from CAF has been secured and the player is free to be used by his new club for both local and international assignments. However, the fact that Ruvu Shooting are not playing for survival, would mean that pressure will be on Yanga to snatch maximum points. Ruvu Shooting will certainly be playing to keep their mid table status strong. The day will also see Azam confronting Tanzania Prisons. Azam on 36 points are on top of the 14 teams’ league and with two games in hand, a win for the ice cream makers against Tanzania Prisons will continue to throw the title race wide open. Azam, who are craving for their first ever top flight silverware, could open a four point lead if Yanga and Mbeya city slip up. Mbeya City will be up against Coastal Union, who have only managed two points in the second round of the league so far. Tomorrow, fourth placed Simba will play against JKT Ruvu at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam

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Leopards face French Navy

Dar Leopards Rugby team will have a preseason match against a French navy side at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) grounds on Sunday. The match, which is programmed to start at 4pm, will provide the opportunity for the Leopards to warm-up for their match against the Arusha Rhinos to start the season next month. Their opponents on Sunday are actually members from a team on board a visiting French Navy ship, which is expected to be docking into the Dar es Salaam port this weekend. “For us it’s an opportunity to test our levels and make sure everything is in place before going into our first official rugby game of our cup this season. We encourage local rugby fans to come out in their numbers to encourage their side,” the Leopards’ Chairman, Philippe Poinsot, told the ‘Daily News on Saturday’ on Friday. He confirmed that Sunday’s encounter will be a full combat game, which he is expecting to have many tries. Seeing that his team has been working hard on all the various stages of the game, he added makes him confident of the Leopard’s being victorious and winning the match, although he expects the visitors to give them a big fight. “Such preseason matches are extremely important to the team because you can train as much as you want but the proof of the pudding, as they say, is when you get the chance to face an adversary and see whether or not you can bring out what is required to get the tries,” he said. The actual rugby season starts on the eight of next month and he is pleased the team will get this opportunity on Sunday to test their ability after months of training. With regards to the visitors, Sunday’s game will give them the chance to flex their muscles after months at sea. It will also give a chance for the new players who have joined the Leopards side this season to show how they work as a team. By IMAN MANI, Tanzania Daily News

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Uganda Cranes to face Zambia

Uganda Cranes striker Yunus Sentamu is expected to return to the FUFA Super League Friday after an unsuccessful bid at professional football in South Africa. Yunus Ssentamu League leaders Vipers will take on Jinja-based side BUL at the Kitende ground. The 19-year-old striker is back in the country after undergoing trials with South African side Amazulu. Striker back Vipers secretary Haruna Kyobe confirmed Sentamu’s inability to make his mark during the trials, adding that he is back to the club. The official added that the player trained with his teammates. Kyobe said that Coach Richard Wasswa picked him to lead the attack during the training session. He went on to say, “I believe that the South Africans realised that Sentamu had been rushed for the trials. “The player is back home. But we have not yet got any communication from the South African club.” Kyobe said that the striker will stay with the team for the rest of the season before he can embark on a fresh bid for professional football. Sentamu shot to the light- lime after his brilliant scoring skills at the African Nations Championship in South Africa recently. He scored three goals though Uganda Cranes failed to go past the group stages. The player was making his Cranes debut. Sentamu’s return will further boost Viper’s league title campaign. Chasing title The team leads domestic football’s premier competition with 32 points from 16 matches in the second round schedule. BUL are in 7th position with 26 points from the same number of games. A successful campaign will lead Vipers to their maiden league crown. Meanwhile, Soana coach Richard Makumbi has urged his charges to step up their performance in a bid to finish among the top four. Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes will take on former African champions Zambia in an international friendly in Ndola on March 5. Today: 4:30pm FUFA Super League K. Young v Express FC Soana v Police Proline v SCVU Entebbe v URA BUL v Vipers Masaka v Simba B. Stars v SC Villa Uganda Cup: 4:30pm K. United v KCCA By Swalley Kenyi and Shafik Ssenoga, The New Vision

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Team Ikong take on Enabu outfit live on Urban TV

Team Ikong’s debut in Season Four of the Friday Night Lights (FNL) at the YMCA will be captured live on Urban TV, a fact that should add extra spice to their bow. Team Ikong, winners of the first two editions and semi-finalists last year, have a reputation of rising to the occasion. And they should, given the calibre of their opponent tonight. Team Enabu play at the kind of frenetic pace seen in the NBL postseason rather than a preseason tournament like FNL. Of course, that is down to the playing style of the Team Enabu captain, Ivan and his younger sibling Jimmy, both blessed with rocket feet. Joseph Ikong is no slouch himself and he is at his best in the open floor, all of which promises a highly intense battle that should deter fans from heading home early, seeing as this is the last of the Day 2’s four matches. Day 1 was, of course, a success, thanks in part to the brilliant individual display of Sudi Ulanga, who grabbed a season high 32 points and 16 rebounds as his team tore apart defending champions Team Malinga 65-37. Team Sudi should make it two wins out of two when they face the slow-moving Team Legends, beaten 49-27 by Team Enabu last week. Team Kasewu also make their debut today, versus Team Duxx (who lost 54-46 to Team KB08 last week). Team KB08 face the only female- skippered outfit in FNL this year, Team Amoding. Maureen Amoding’s side stunned Team Blick 52-48 last week to lay down their intentions. Pop acts Jackie Chandiru and Rabadaba are lined-up to entertain what should be another capacity crowd. Today: YMCA Friday Night Lights Legends v Sudi Kasewu v Duxx Koma v Amoding Live on Urban TV, 10pm Ikong v Enabu By Charles Mutebi, The New Vision

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UGU boss outlines 2-year work plan

The newly elected president of the Uganda Golf Union, Kiryowa Kiwanuka has singled out development of the national team as one of the key areas that his executive will focus on in its two-year term. In an exclusive interview with New Vision, Kiwanuka said special emphasis will be placed on the development of the national team with golfers subjected to qualifiers before making it to the team. The first of these qualifiers will be held next week over four days to pick a team for the Zone Six and Africa Junior championships due in South Africa and Zambia in April. “We want to keep a big field of about 20 golfers this time on the national team. So for us, this is going to be our biggest challenge because we must maintain these players to keep them in top form throughout the year,” Kiwanuka said. “Uganda might not win any of these tournaments, but what I know for sure is that the team will earn respect, because of the organisation, discipline and the good golf that will be played. We want the national team golfers to grow knowing they have a duty to perform with the national team,” he added. Kiwanuka pointed that unlike in the past, the Union will hold training camps for national team golfers ahead of major competitions. “We shall not allow the national flag to be carried by people who are not well prepared. It is a choice that we must make as a Union because even if we don’t win, we must earn respect at all these major events,” Kiwanuka stated. He advised those who finally make it to the team to watch their discipline as this will be key in maintaining their places on the team. Apart from spreading the sport countrywide, Kiwanuka’s executive will also set up a legally recognised office for the Union on top of opening up communication channels through a website. “We have asked NCS to provide us with premises so that we can have a fully-fledged office with a full time administrator to manage all affairs of golf. The entire committee is full of volunteers with other jobs everyday so we need someone who will follow up all golf issues,” Kiwanuka reasoned. The Union will also engage Government in the course of its operations. “The UGU is by law affiliated to NCS therefore our plan must tie into the plan of the Government of Uganda. So when we get organised, then we can go with our plan to Government and we compare with theirs so that we can marry the two to take the sport forward,” he added

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Dar to step up sports diplomacy

Tanzania is set to embark on sport diplomacy to enable its athletes perform better and bring in medals from international events, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games slated for July this year in Glasgow, Scotland. Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Bernard Membe The diplomacy, which is meant to enhance capacity building amongst the sportsmen and women, will include sending local athletes to other countries and learn new tactics and improve their performance. This was said on Thursday by Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Benard Membe, who insisted that it was high time local athletes also shine in international competitions. “We are now set to practice sport diplomacy and we will try to send our local athletes outside the country to learn new techniques in sports. When this is implemented as planned, we believe we will get positive results at the international stage,” he noted. Membe said that the government would do the best it can to ensure that in the coming quadrennial Games, Tanzanians emerge with a number of medals. He said that in January when President Jakaya Kikwete received the Queen’s Baton Relay, he challenged sport bodies in the country to ensure that local athletes were prepared well enough before going to Glasgow to make them fit and able to compete successfully. The president showed his concerns that in recent years the country’s representatives have underperformed. In that perspective, Membe pointed out that more efforts and plans were to be initiated to ensure that participations in international tournaments become more fruitful. He added that the government has requested the Turkish government to allow Tanzanian athletes to camp in the country, a request which was agreed upon. He said the disturbing scenario of failure to win medals in major competitions has to end now and the country should regain its lost glory, especially in such events as the Commonwealth Games, where the country has a history of performing well. The Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) is planning to send 36 athletes to Glasgow for the Games

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