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Massa named in squad to face Zambia

The Cranes squad to face 2012 AFCON champions Zambia in an international friendly has been named. The squad features South Africa-based striker Geoffrey Massa who has not been part of the setup since he fell out with coach Micho Sredojevic last year ahead of the crunch tie against Senegal in Marrakesh. Massa who turns out for University of Pretoria in the PSL, has enjoyed a decent start, scoring 4 goals in 14 appearances since joining from Cypriot side Yenicami. The match will be played on 5th March, at the Levi Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola as both sides begin preparations for upcoming international fixtures later in the year. GOALKEEPERS Dennis Onyango, Robert, Ismail Watenga DEFENDERS Denis Iguma Wadada Nicholas, Godfrey Walusimbi, Alex Kakuba, Henry Kalungi, Isaac, Andrew Mwesigwa, Richard Kassaga, Joseph Ochaya MIDFIELDERS Tony Mawejje, Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey Kizito, Ivan Ntege, Moses Oloya, William Kizito Luwagga, Sula Matovu, Brian Majwega STRIKERS Geoffrey Massa, Emmanuel, Hamis Kizza, Dan Sserunkuma, Tony Odur The New Vision

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Okeyo to support Uganda’s bid

The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) vice president David Okeyo has vowed to support Uganda’s bid to host the 2020 Africa Athletics Senior Championships. The Confederation of African Athletics officials led by the vice president David Okeyo (left) gesturing at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. Photo by Norman Katende Okeyo said that he will act if the Government gives CAA the go ahead to support the bid. South Africa and Nigeria will host the 2016 and 2018 editions respectively. Okeyo, who visited the country, was impressed by the infrastructure, hotel facilities and the Mandela National Stadium at Namboole. The official said that the prevailing facilities are worth his support for Uganda’s bid. Okeyo was accompanied by the CAA secretary Faty Lamine. “You have a good stadium with a proper sitting arrangement and enough hotels. Put in the bid, you will get our support,” Okeyo said. Meanwhile, Uganda is getting set to stage the Africa Cross Country Championship on March 16. The event is coming to Kampala for the first time. By Norman Katende, The New Vision

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KCCA determined to repay Musisi’s faith

KCCA couldn’t have asked for better motivation ahead of their away encounter with Nkana Red Devils than an assurance of increased support from their sponsors. The Lugogo side that leaves for Zambia o Wednesday has been assured of not only total support from Kampala Capital City Authority, but also more funding from other corporate bodies. The urge to excel was as result almost palpable as coach George Nsimbe’s side started residential training at Namboole on Saturday, days after KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi promised more support. A jovial Musisi during a chat with the team before it kicked Sudanese giants El Merreikh from the CAF Champions League, said financing the club was one of the their priorities. “My job is to release money. That’s why your salary is always on time. Football is amongst our priorities because of the good mileage it gives us,” said Musisi. Musisi, who also praised KCCA’s volleyball side, urged the football team to reciprocate by advancing on the continent. “I would rather cut money from elsewhere to ensure that your salaries are paid,” she told the cheering footballers. To underline her support she gave each of the players $100 (sh245,800) and the officials $150 (sh368,700) as her personal reward. “You all remember what the director said. Let’s not disappoint her. All we have to do, is play our part by winning our games and the sky will be the limit,” Nsimbe told his players as they entered camp at Namboole. To further boost the club’s financial might, Musisi said they are working on corporate partnerships. Key among KCCA’s plans is improvement on the club’s stadium at Lugogo to be able to host international matches. Musisi has also promised the team what she described as the best bus in the country. “The bus has actually already been secured. We are working on a few modifications, you should have it anytime,” she said. The offers however follow a history of a poor financial history at Lugogo. Stories of players being defrauded of their salaries by team officials were common. On Saturday, KCCA beat Kamwoya United 3-0 to qualify for the round of 32 in the Uganda Cup. Meanwhile, Zambian sports minister Chishimba Kambwili has asked the Zambian football association (FAZ) to attach Chipolopolo goalkeeper trainer Davies Phiri to the Nkana team. Kambwili watched Nkana register a 5-2 aggregate win over Mbabane Swallows but was disturbed with the quality of goalkeeping and defending.

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Uganda: National Open attracts veteran boxers

The National Open Boxing Championship that gets underway at Lugogo today promises fire as several old guards make a fresh bid to rejoin the national team-the Bombers. Organisers of the event were taken aback as the veterans, some of them over 40 and who hanged up their gloves several years ago, appeared for the weigh-in at Lugogo yesterday. The week-long Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) premier competition, will be held at Lugogo. The old guards are up against several youngsters at the event coming after the National Intermediates and Juniors Championships. The veterans making a comeback include the UPDF coach Tony Sekabembe. The heavyweight, who quit the ring four years ago, is optimistic of bouncing back to the national team. Sekabembe is lined up against another veteran — Charles Komakech representing Police. “I have been hearing a lot of talk that some of us are a spent force. That is why I have decided to make a comeback,” Komakech said. “Some of us have rich experience to teach the young ones.

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Simba sail in troubled waters

The die seems to be cast on Simba SC, who on Sunday fell 3-2 to Ruvu JKT in a Mainland Premier League match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. SIMBA Sports Club’s Issa Rashid (right) tussles for the ball with JKT Ruvu winger Amos Mgisa in the Mainland Premier League match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. JKT Ruvu won 3-2. It was the fifth match in a row Simba have failed to register victory and this puts them far beyond the reach of the prestigious title they last held in 2012. It also casts doubt on the future of their Croatian coach Zdavko Logarusic. Ruvu, who in their previous match lost 6-0 to Tanzania Prisons in Mbeya, were quite a different side yesterday and were determined from the start to emerge winners. They proved their intention by going ahead in the 13th minute through Hussein Bunu. Bunu opened the score after rounding up Henry Joseph, who is usually a midfielder but played as a left full-back yesterday and had difficulties at times to master the position which cost his team dearly. Three minute after the goal Simba introduced in Ally Badru for Said Ndemla but the substitution did not do the Msimbazi Street based club any good as their strikers Amis Tambwe, Haroun Chanongo and attacking midfielder Amri Kiemba failed to put the ball into their opponents’ goal. Things got worse for Logarusic lads a few minutes to the breather when off-form Joseph brought down the charging Amos Mgisa in the penalty area. And referee Amon Paul awarded JKT a penalty which was superbly converted by Emmanuel Swita to make it 2-0 at half time. In the second half, Simba brought in Uhuru Selemani for Joseph thus necessitating some changes in Simba’s defenceline where William Lucian shifted to left back and Joseph Owino to the right back. The changes seemed to revitalize Simba, who displayed poor football in the first half, but luck was not with them as in the 53rd minute Swita added the third goal for JKT in a counter attack. Mgisa coordinated well with Swita who unleashed a powerful shot that Simba goalkeeper Yaw Berko failed to stop. The goal served as wake-up call for Simba strikers and in the 64th minute Kiemba was brought down in the penalty box as he tried to penetrate JKT Ruvu defence.

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Mukangara to grace 2014 Kili Marathon

The Minister of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Fenella Mukangara, is expected to be the chief guest of the 12th edition of the Kilimanjaro Marathon schedule to take place this weekend in Moshi, Kilimanjaro region. Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Dr Fenella Mukangara Aggrey Marealle, the Managing Director of Executive Solutions, who are the event coordinators, disclosed yesterday that the minister has agreed to grace the event and will also attend the prize presentation ceremony. He said Mukangara will present prizes to the top ten winners of the main event, the 42.2 kilometre marathon, for both men and women’s categories. “The presence of the minister is a sign of support for the event. She has expressed her appreciation of the preparation of the event and has time and again reiterated the government’s supports due to its contribution in developing sports, tourism and the economy,” said Marealle. John Addison, the Managing Director of Wild Frontiers, who are the event organisers, said this year’s event has various attractive incentives expected to inspire an increase of the number of participants. The winners of the 42.2km full marathon for both men and women will be presented with 4m/- each, and the first runners-up will receive 2m/- each while the second runners-up will take home 1m/-. The winner of half marathon for both categories will be awarded 2m/- each while the first and second runnersup will be awarded 1m/- and 500,000/- each. Addison added that medals and T-shirts will be available for the first 500 runners who will finish the 42.2km race and the first 2,200 runners who will complete the half marathon, plus the first 80 runners who will finish the disabled race. The first 3,000 participants to finish the Vodacom 5km Fun Run will be presented with T-shirts and will also have the opportunity to win other various attractive prizes from Vodacom, who are sponsoring the event. The Kilimanjaro Marathon, which embraces the 42.2km full marathon, half marathon (21.1km) and Fun Run (5km), is a fully registered IAAF race sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, Vodacom Tanzania, GAPCO, Simba Cement, KK Security, Keys Hotel, TPC Sugar, TanzaniteOne, CMC Automobiles Ltd, Kibo Palace Hotel, Rwandair, FNB Tanzania, UNFPA and Kilimanjaro Water.

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Kivule veterans stage first soccer bonanza

New Kivule Veterans held their first veterans football bonanza at Kivule in Ilala district, Dar es Salaam yesterday with 14 teams taking part. he event organised by members of the Veterans Group of Dar es Salaam is aimed at encouraging residents of Ukonga Ward to engage in community policing. The 14 teams that took part in the bonanza included Kitunda, Tumaini, Bandari, Tumaini, Mbagala, Ulongoni, Makangarawe, Kigamboni, New Kivule and six others drawn from different parts of Ukonga Ward. “Apart from encouraging residents of Ukonga Ward to engage in community policing, the veterans also want to use the bonanza to support the development of football by providing sports gear such as jerseys, balls and promoting young players,” New Kivule Chairman Joseph Mmewa said. The bonanza was opened by a match between Kitunda and Bandari which the latter won 2-0. It was followed by another match in which Tumaini were thrashed 4-0 by Mbagala. In the third match, Makangarawe beat Ulongoni 3-0. The anxiously awaited clash between hosts New Kivule Veterans and Kigamboni ended in a one-all deadlock. Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Senior Technical Advisor Pelegrinius Rutayuga acknowledged the efforts being put by New Kivule Veterans in organising such an event in their ward, saying that his office is ready to offer technical support whenever they need it. Notable veterans who featured in the bonanza included former Mirambo and Pamba player Salim Lyandungu (New Kivule), Simba’s Victor Costa (Kitunda), Young Africans’ Omary Kapilima (Mbagala) and Simba’s Peter John (Makangarawe). Lyandungu, who played for Mirambo in1994, Pamba from 1995-97 and Mtibwa from 2000- 01, said that local soccer players are currently playing below standard and that is why clubs are signing players from outside the country. He also said there is need to unearth talent and groom them at tender age to get good soccer players and TFF should introduce football academies to ensure their success. The bonanza was sponsored by Global Beverage (T) Limited. By MAUREEN ODUNGA, Tanzania Daily News

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