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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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20 athletes picked for Africa X-country championships

Rwanda Athletic Federation (Raf) has picked 20 athletes for this year’s Africa Cross Country Championships set for March 16 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala, Uganda. Godfrey Rutayisire is one of the most experiened runners on the team for this year’s event. File Speaking to Times Sport yesterday, Raf’s technical director Jean Pierre Ndacyayisenga confirmed that Rwanda will compete in the men and women senior races as well as the junior category. The Africa Cross Country Championship, which brings together the crème of runners from various countries, is one of the continent’s most competitive athletics competitions. “We picked the top performers at the National Cross-country Championships and we believe that they are good enough to stage a good show in Kampala,” Ndacyayisenga said. He added, “This is also an opportunity to assess their level of competitiveness as we bid to prepare them for next year’s World cross country championship.” The national team is expected to start camp in Shorongyi this weekend. Uganda Athletics Federation boss Domenic Otuchet said 53 countries are expected to take part in the event. Otuchet explained that Kololo was chosen because it meets all international cross-country requirements. National XC team: Senior: Men 12km: Potien Ntawuyirushintege [NAS], Leonidas Baganizi [NAS], Sept Nshumbusho [NAS] Godfrey Rutayisire [APR], Noel Hitimana [APR] Women 8km: Clementine Mukandanga [NAS], Fortune Manirafasha [NAS], Emilienne Muragijimana [NAS], Pelagie Musengimana [APR] and Blandine Uwamariya [Rulindo] Junior Boys 8km: David Gakuru [NAS], Theophile Bigirimana [NAS], Jean Bosco Niyodusenga [Kamonyi], Eric Turikunkiko [VJN] and Jean Marie Vianney Myasiro[MC]. Girls 6km: Marthe Yankurije [Nyamasheke], Rosette Twambazimana [NAS], Cynthia Mahoro [NAS], Angelique Tuyishimire [VJN] and Claudine Nyiransengiyumva By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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Amavubi look to Zim, Kenya for friendly matches

Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has written to Zimbabwe and Kenya requesting for friendly matches. If one of the two teams agrees, the match will be played on March 5, the official date for Fifa international friendly matches. The Ferwafa vice president Veduste Kayiranga, who also doubles as the spokesperson confirmed the development on Wednesday. “We have made official requests to Kenya and Zimbabwe for a possible friendly match next month. We are waiting for a response,” Kayiranga said. Head coach Eric Nshimiyimana has a tough challenge in May when the preliminary round of the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers gets underway. The new qualification system placed Rwanda into the preliminaries, which means Amavubi will have a challenging route to qualify for the Morocco finals. The qualifying draw will be conducted on April 27 in Cairo, Egypt, after which Rwanda will be able to know their preliminary round opponents. Unlike in the past where qualifiers had to run the course of approximately a year, the 2015 qualifiers will be held in just three months (September, October and November). It is for this reason that Nshimiyimana has a lot of work on his desk. He may need a pool of over 35 players to be able to successfully negotiate the fixture congestion. He will have to choose the best performers in the on-going Turbo King Football league and a few professionals scattered in different parts of the world before May. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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Espoir trounce APR to clinch pre-season tournament

Espoir proved once again that they will be the team to beat when the new season starts this weekend by winning the Men’s basketball pre-season tournament title on Wednesday evening. Espoir’s Lionnel Hakizimana scored 13 points against his former club on Wednesday. File Two-time reigning league champions trounced their archrivals APR 79-46 in the final at the National Paralympics Committee gymnasium court at Amahoro stadium. The clash was initially meant for Sunday but due to heavy rain it was rescheduled for Wednesday at NPC gymnasium but the changes didn’t stop Jean Bahufite’s team to justify their place as the top team in Rwandan club basketball. Espoir’s Burundian-born forward Christian Barutwanayo scored a game high of 23 points, Lionnel Hakizimana scored 13 points and Olivier Shyaka added 10 points, while new signing Mike Buzangu, who was handed the captain’s armband, was also restricted to just 10 points. APR came into the pre-season tournament aiming to try out their new signing and the club reached the final after finishing top of Pool B that also included Kigali basketball club (KBC), 30-Plus and NUR- College of Education (former KIE). “At least now we know what went wrong, what to correct on our weakness in general. We are going to work on mistakes we detected during this tournament so that we enter the new season a stronger team” said APR’s Kenyan-born head coach Cliff Owuor. Nyamirambo-based Espoir qualified for the final after finishing leaders of Pool A that was also made up of Cercle sportif de Kigali (CSK), league’s newcomers IPRC Kicukiro and United Generation Basketball club (UGB). Wednesday Men’s Final Espoir 79-46 APR By Richard Bishumba,The New Times

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Caf, UEFA sign deal

Ferwafa and other regional football associations will be the biggest beneficiaries of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Caf and their European counterparts (UEFA) yesterday at the Caf headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. As revealed on the Caf official site, the deal was signed by Confederation of African Football and Union of European Football Associations presidents Issa Hayatou and Michel Platini respectively.  Development of football in Africa The deal is meant to enhance mutual co-operation between the two confederations on development of football in Africa and Europe by providing a framework for exchange and dialogue. This will be achieved through sharing of information, experience and conducting joint technical development programmes  in various fields such as coaching, refereeing, youth and women football, organisation of competitions, administration, marketing, media and social responsibilities. Valid till July Countries set to benefit from the MoU deal valid till July 31 2015 are Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Djibout and Zanzibar. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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Former Fufa boss Mulindwa given Cecafa role

The Confederation of East and Central Africa Football (Cecafa) has appointed former Uganda Football federation boss Lawrence Mulindwa as the body’s vice chairman with immediate effect. Lawrence Mulindwa The Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye confirmed the development yesterday. He said, “Cecafa chairman Leodegar Tenga has appointed Mulindwa as the vice chairman. Tenga recognised the long experience of Mulindwa as chairman of Fufa for eight years and also a member of Caf standing committee for the same period of time.” “He also recognised his business acumen and entrepreneurship. Tenga expressed his satisfaction that the appointment of Mulindwa will enhance stability in the zone,” added Musonye. Mulindwa was elected as one of the four Cecafa executive committee members during the general assembly in Nairobi Kenya in November last year. The other members of the committee include Rwandan Raoul Gisanura (former Ferwafa vice president), Tariq Atta from Sudan and Abdiqaani Said Arab from Somalia. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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