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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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Jeshi Stars withdraw from EA netball meet

Jeshi Stars, who were among the four local teams to represent the country in the forthcoming East Africa Netball Championship to be held in Dar es Salaam next month, have opted out. Netball Association of Tanzania (CHANETA) Chairperson Anna Kibira told the ‘Daily News’ in the city that they have instead written to Mbeya City Council team (HAMAMBE) requesting them to replace Jeshi Stars.“ Jeshi Stars have officially pulled out of the tournament and we have, therefore, written to HAMAMBE requesting them to replace them,” she said. “We’re just waiting for their re sponse as the deadline for confirming participation is the end of this month,” she added. Other local teams representing Tanzania Mainland in the championship set for March 22-31 are champions Filbert Bayi, JKT Mbweni and Magereza Morogoro. Others are men’s Arusha City Council, Mangaya and Nakazaroho both of Dar es Salaam. Kibira said countries which have confirmed their participation are Kenya, who will be presented by seven teams — four men’s and three on women’s – and Zanzibar. Countries which are yet to confirmation are Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Seychelles. Kibira said they have not yet secured sponsorship for the event and are working round the clock to make sure they get at least one who will bankroll the championship. Kenya Prisons and Ministry of Communication and Science also from Kenya are defending men’s and women’s champions respectively. Source Tanzania Daily News

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Rayon back on top

Defending Champions Rayon Sports yesterday stormed to the summit of the Turbo King Football League after beating archrivals Police 2-1 at Stade de Kigali. Midfielder Djamal Mwiseneza seen with the ball, scored the first goal as Rayon Sports defeated Police 2-1 yesterday at Stade de Kigali. John Mbanda. The tie was a game in hand owing to Rayon’s Champions League commitments. Police went into the game as favourites following their back-to-back victories over the blues – 2-1 in the league and a similar score line in the inaugural Ombudsman Cup. Rayon Sports dominated proceedings in the first half with Fuadi Ndayisenga, Cedric Amissi and Meddie Kagere all coming so close to finding the back of the net. But no team could break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes. After recess, it was Rayon that showed more determination. That immediately paid off when, in the 46th minute, Djamal Mwiseneza scored the opening goal off a rebounding ball following a blunder by goalie Alexis Nganza who punched a stinging Cedric Amissi shot into Mwiseneza’s path. Luc Eymael charges used every chance to put the hosts under pressure. In the final third, the visitors made it two courtesy of impressive Cedric Amissi, who beat an off-side trap, to beat Nganza in the 61st minute

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