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Vipers SC coach Jorge da Costa lambastes wasteful players in Uganda


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 11:30


Vipers Sports Club coach Jorge Miguel Da Costa has lambasted his side, saying they were incompetent against Uganda Revenue Authority last week.

Despite taking the lead inside four minutes Vipers lost 2-1 to URA.

Milton Karisa put the Venoms in the lead, before goals from Henry Kisekka and Shafik Kagimu turned the game in URA’s favour.

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Although Vipers were the favourites at the start of the season to lift the Ugandan Premier League crown, the Portuguese manager begs to differ.

“My team was not competent,” said Da Costa to Kawowo Sports.

“Our players can’t put the ball in the net, something that can even be done by a 12-year-old boy.

“If we continue to play the way we do, I doubt we can win the league this season.”

Vipers are now eight points off the log and lie fifth with 20 points from 12 games whilst SC Villa top the table with 28 points from 13 matches.



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Manchester United’s Juan Mata joins Cranes national team start to identify talent in Uganda


Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 18:00


Ugandan Women’s national team star Jean Ssenide has teamed up with Manchester United‘s Juan Mata to stage a tournament and unearth more talent.

Following the 2016 edition of the Sseninde Women Development Cup, efforts are being undertaken to ensure a much better tourney this year.

The Crystal Palace player is the key brain through the Sseninde Foundation and has engaged Mata to help develop more players in her country.

“The preparations for a successful Sseninde Women Development Football Cup are underway,” Ssenide tells KawowoSports.

“This tournament is for young girls and women who seek a chance to play without opportunities.

“Juan Mata is supporting the 2nd edition with a common goal to help create more opportunities for those less fortunate than us.

“There is excitement as we continue to prepare ahead of the 2nd Edition of the tournament. There is a chance to show support to a unique group of women and girls who have passion and desire to play soccer but with less opportunities, this time with a campaign.”

Sseninde was recently among the panel for the BBC African Player of the Year and is currently a key figure for the national women’s football team, the Crested Cranes.



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Daniel Ojara looking to dump Uganda for Sweden


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 14:00


Ugandan-born defender Daniel Ojara says he wants to dump his country of birth at international level and play for Sweden.

The 22-year-old left Uganda in 2014 for greener pastures in Sweden to develop his talent, build connections and live a better life than he was previously experiencing.

Currently in Sweden with a lower division club, Scandinavia Football Club, the club has expressed their wish to transform his citizenship.

“My own security is at stake back home. I wish never to return for the sake of my lif,e” Ojara disclosed to Kawowo Sports.

“I look forward changing citizenship so that I can fully concentrate on my career and settle these ends.”

Ojara hails from the Northern Uganda district of Gulu where he embarked on his career before crossing over to the famous Kampala Kids League team.

KKL exposed him through the Gothia and Tivoli cups in Sweden and Norway, where he won a number of accolades in the Danish and England Cup tournaments.

Together with the Okello duo of Ceaser and Martin as well as Baker Kiyemba, Ojara allegedly fled to Sweden in 2014 after being accused of illegal same sex acts.

Ojara was part of the Copa Coca Cola select team for Uganda that held training camps in South Africa where they also played a number of friendly matches in 2008 and 2009.



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Uganda name 2017 CECAFA Cup Squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 18:30


Ugandan national team coach Moses Basena has named his squad ahead of the 2017 CECEAFA Senior Challenge in Kenya.

Basena has assembled a squad of 26 players to start training on Wednesday ahead of the regional tournament.

The regional tourney kicks-off on Sunday, December 3 until December 17 as the Cranes will want to defend their trophy.

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Uganda are in Pool B against Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and guest team Zimbabwe.

The full squad:

Isma Watenga (Vipers SC), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA FC), Ikara Tom (Kirinya Jinja SS),Wadada Nicholas (Vipers SC), Joseph Nsubuga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Isaac Muleme (KCCA FC), Aggrey Madoi (Police FC), Juuko Murushid Simba-Tanzania), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Savio Kabugo (Proline FC), Bernard Muwanga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Tom Masiko (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Stephen Mugisha (Police FC), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mucureezi Paul (KCCA FC), Allan Kateregga (KCCA FC), Allan Kyambadde (Sc Villa Jogoo), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC), Derick Nsibambi (KCCA FC), Hood Kaweesa (Police FC), Batte Seif (Bright Stars FC), Saddam Juma (KCCA FC), Daniel Isiagi (Proline FC), Basse Methodious (Mbarara City FC).



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Superstar Milton Karisa delights in first goal for Uganda against Congo – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 15:30


Ugandan international striker Milton Karisa has thanked God, his teammates and the technical team after getting his first goal against Congo.

The Vipers forward salvaged a point for the Cranes in Congo Brazzaville in his first start as they ended their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with another away point.

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“I feel good because it’s not easy to get that chance and also get on the score sheet,” he told reporters.

“It’s not always easy, the pressure, different environment, my first game on the senior team.

“I thank God since he made me calm. I was calm and thank my teammates because we played as a team and got the point as a team.”

Karisa is arguably among the fastest rising youngsters in the team and was key as the Cranes qualified for the 2018 African Championships in Morocco early next year.



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Uganda captain Denis Onyango: We ended the campaign with respect – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 11:30


After finishing at number two in Group E, Uganda skipper Denis Onyango says they bowed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with dignity.

The Cranes goalkeeper has credited his teammates for bravery throughout the World Cup qualification campaign.

Onyango, who plies his trade with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, tweeted moments after their 1-1 draw away to Congo on Sunday.

“Great fight from the boys ending the campaign with respect despite not qualifying,” said Onyango.

Under the guidance of Moses Basena, the Ugandans rallied from a goal down to earn a point in Congo through Milton Karisa’s strike.

The Cranes finished second in the group with nine points, four behind the group winners Egypt whilst the Ghana ended third with eight points and Congo ended the campaign with two points.

Uganda will start planning for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, CHAN 2018 in Morocco as well as the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers.



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Disappointing end for Congo and Uganda in World Cup qualification – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Brian Lee

Sunday Nov 12, 2017. 18:43


Congo and Uganda exited their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns with a rather dull 1-1 draw in their final Group E match at the New Kintele Stadium in Brazzaville on Sunday.

The result leaves Congo without a win in Group E as they hold up the bottom of the standings with only two points from six matches.

The draw for Uganda leaves them in second place in Group E with nine points.

Egypt are the team to qualify from Group E after topping the standings irrespective of the last round of games.

The home side got off to the perfect start with Marvin Baudry opening the scoring for Congo in the tenth minute, 1-0.

Uganda, though, quickly hit back with Milton Karisa levelling matters a minute later, 1-1.

Congo controlled the rest of the half, but struggled to break down the Ugandan defence as the two nations headed into the half time break all-square.

The second half saw Uganda gaining the ascendancy early on, but their finishing in front of goal was poor with their attackers constantly firing off target.

Congo struggled to get their foot on the ball in the second 45 and were mere spectators in front of their home crowd.

Nonetheless, Congo threw players forward in the final ten minutes of the match as they went in search of a winner which they were unable to find as the game ended 1-1.

Congo (1) 1 (Baudry 10’)

Uganda (1) 1 (Karisa 11’)

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Congo: Mouko, Etou, Mayembo, Baudry, Badila, Delarge (Kifoueti 62’), N’dinga, Oniangue, Pambou Loembet (Bahamboula 70’), Bifouma, Saint-Louis (Tsoumou 52’).

Uganda: Onyango, Walusimbi, Isinde (Masiko 86’), Jjuko, Wadada, Wassa, Iguma, Muleme, Mutyaba (Kyambadde 56’), Karisa, Sserunkuma (Nsibambi 56’).



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Eyes on the future as Congo, Uganda clash in Brazzaville dead-rubber – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Frank Acheampong of Ghana challenges Nicholas Wadada of Uganda during the 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifiers Russia on 07 October 2017 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole, Kampala. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 09:00


Congo and Uganda will have one eye on the future when they go head-to-head in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Stade Municipal de Kintélé in Brazzaville on Sunday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 15h30 local time (16h30 CAT).

The match is a mere formality with Egypt having emerged victorious in Group E – subsequently booking their place at a first World Cup since 1990.

Both Congo and Uganda were hopeful of shining on the world’s stage for the very first time, but it was not to be for either nation.

The Cranes, though, can especially hold their heads high having held Ghana to successive goalless draws, while also registering a notable 1-0 win over the Pharaohs in Kampala.

Diables Rouges have endured a tougher time, and suffered defeat in both of their previous two home matches [1-2 to Egypt] and [1-5 to Ghana], but did show great resilience in both Alexandria and Kumasi.

Despite the match being classified as a so called ‘dead-rubber’ – Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango has highlighted the importance of the clash for the Cranes.

“We need to get into the habit of winning away from home so that it helps us build a winning mentality,” Onyango added.

“It may be a so-called dead rubber, but for us it means everything,”

“We are using it to prepare for other upcoming engagements and we want to finish strong and get a better seeding and draws,” he concluded.

The reverse fixture in Kampala last year ended in a 1-0 win for the then hosts. Farouk Miya with the only goal of the game.



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Uganda FA appoint Bernard Ogwel to help search for new national coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Godfrey Walusimbi of Uganda evades challenge from Mahmoud Hassan of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 21 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 16:30



The Federation of Ugandan Football Associations have roped in Dr. Bernard Ogwel to represent the National Council of Sport on the five-man panel set to vet the next Uganda coach.

Although the move will not come as a surprise to many in the sports fraternity, Ogwel believes his experience in Ugandan football justifies the appointment.

The Kampala International University lecturer has featured prominently in FUFA administration for years before recently crossing over to NCS as the assistant general secretary in charge of administration.

“I was not surprised at all by my appointment. My seniority and experience in Ugandan football must have played a big part in my nomination,” Ogwel told Daily Monitor.

“Apart from my high level educational background (has a doctorate), I’m a qualified coach, I played in the top league with Kamba FC (Lira) and I handled super league matches as a professional referee.”

Ogwel joins Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya (CAF and FIFA member), Edgar Watson (FUFA CEO), Asuman Lubowa (FUFA Technical Committee) and Livingstone Kyambadde (Uganda Coaches Association) in the panel to search for the new coach.

Although FUFA indicated that they will announce the new coach on November 15, FUFA publicist Ahmed Hussein said Watson and Bwalya have been engaged in a CAF technical and development conference in Cairo this week.



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Denis Onyango prefers a foreign coach over a local coach for Uganda job – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 16:30


Uganda skipper Denis Onyango says he believes foreign coaches are perfectly suited to lead the Cranes national team instead of local-based mentors.

The South African-based goalkeeper with Mamelodi Sundowns has made it clear that he does not feel local coaches are ready to take charge of the national team as the Federation of Uganda Football Associations are searching for a new coach.

FUFA is set to name a new coach on November 15 with interim coach Moses Basena among the applicants vying to get the job.

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“Although we need to start trusting our local coaches despite their weaknesses, they need to step up and stand their ground on certain things,” Onyango told BBC Sport.

“I don’t see in Uganda local coaches who can take decisions and own them.

“Due to the nature of the players we have, there is certain kind of football that we cannot play and so we shouldn’t bring in a coach who will have to start from scratch to learn the African style and approach.

“It is very important for us to return to the the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and that has got to do with the kind of coach who will be appointed, we could easily fail if we have a coach who cannot fit well with our style.”

The 32-year-old the current African Player of the Year based on the continent, added that someone with experience in Africa and who speaks English is a perfect candidate.



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Uganda and Egypt to appear as U20 COSAFA guests


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 19:30


Egypt and Uganda have been invited as guests for the upcoming U20 2017 COSAFA Cup to be staged in Zambia next month.

Egypt will grace the U20 Championship to be played in Kitwe, Zambia from December 6-16.

COSAFA announced in a statement on Friday that the Pharaohs and the Cranes will be guest teams at the regional youth competition.

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“North African powerhouse Egypt will be sending their crop of youngsters along with East African side Uganda, who have made great strides in senior football in the last few years,” COSAFA stated.

This will be Egypt’s second trip to Zambia after making a group stage exit during the 2017 U20 AFCON in March.

Meanwhile, the games will be played at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies Stadium and Nkana Stadium whilst the draw for the group stages will be held next week, with the 12 teams to be placed in three groups of four teams.

COSAFA announced that the group winners will then advance to the semifinals along with the best runner-up.



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Uganda receive 10 billion in country’s biggest sponsorship deal from Airtel – FUFA Super League 2017/18


Fufa President, Engineer Moses Magogo (L) and former Fufa President, Lawrence Mulindwa share a moment together after the 2017 Total Caf Confederation Cup match between KCCA FC (Uganda) and Club Africain (Tunisia) on 23 May 2017 at Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo, Kampala. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 17:00


The Federation of Ugandan Football Associations have received a massive financial boost as Airtel Uganda Limited has renewed its partnership with the FA.

Airtel is a leading telecommunications giant and announced the deal on Monday as the Cranes main sponsors.

It is announced that part of the package will be spent on the FUFA Juniors League, Airtel FUFA Awards and The Uganda Cranes Regional Tours.

According to a statement released by FUFA, the new new sponsorship deal is worth Ug.shs 10 billion for a period of four years.

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At the event, FUFA was represented by the President Moses Magogo whilst Airtel Uganda Limited’s delegation was led by the Managing Director VG Somasekhar.

“These are four more years to write a new history in Uganda’s football circles. The Shs 10 Billion contribution is to make a meaningful investment in football development,” said Somasekhar.

“The recognition of individuals at international level is success for the entire country.Life in Uganda can be summarized in three words. Eat, Sleep and play football.

“To the players, play for the name on the front of the shirt and remember the name at the back. Airtel Uganda is committed to serve football for the next 4 years, like we have done for the previous 4 years.”

Meanwhile, Magogo added that this was the biggest deal in the history of the country and also thanked Airtel.

“I thank Airtel Uganda for this renewal. Coaches, players, referees create the football product which is marketable to the fans and sponsors and regulated by Government,” adds Magogo.

“This is the biggest sponsorship in the history of this country. It is not about today but the future. Airtel Uganda even supported FUFA in the regional campaigns and the FUFA Awards for two years now.

“I also thank the Government of Uganda for the support throughout the AFCON and World Cup qualification campaigns.”



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Over 200 applications received for Uganda coaching job – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 14:30


The Federation of Ugandan Football Federations is currently searching for a new coach, but interim coach Moses Basena believes he has what it takes to lead the Cranes.

Media reports from the country reveal that Basena has joined Togo coach Claude LeRoy in applying for the vacant Cranes post.

Meanwhile, Free State Stars manager Luc Eymael and ex-Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund are also linked with the coaching role.

The BBC reports that there are more than 200 coaches who have showed interest in the job according to a Ugandan FA official.

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“I have worked as an assistant coach for some time now and played a role in helping the team qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations,” Basena told BBC Sport.

“I have what it takes to handle the national team because I have got a lot of experience now.”

FUFA announced that the successful coach will be announced on November 15 where Portugal’s 34-year old Joao Miguel de Castro Ferreira is also running for the job.

Basena was in-charge when the Cranes defeated the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 for the first time in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in August, before falling by the same scoreline in Cairo.



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Luc Eymael and Gordon Igesund gunning for the Uganda national team coaching job – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Gordon Igesund, greets the late Stephen Keshi, during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group A football match between Nigeria and South Africa at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 19 January 2014 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 10:30


Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael and former South African national team coach Gordon Igesund have been linked with the Ugandan national team coaching role.

Media reports in Uganda reveal that the Federation of Ugandan Football Association has received applications for the coaching job, but is yet to make a decision.

However, Belgian mentor Eymael and South African-born Igesund are the latest said to be in the running for Cranes coaching job according to the Daily Monitor.

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The FUFA committee officially stopped receiving applications for the coaching job in the country on Sunday which is headed by Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya.

It is mentioned that a five-man committee, which includes three FUFA members led by CEO Edgar Watson and a representative from the National Council of Sports, will now vet the applicants.

“We shall have everything in place by end of Tuesday and possibly on Wednesday we shall have an update,” Fufa spokesperson Ahmed Hussein told Daily Monitor.



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Uganda FA officially hunts for new Cranes coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Frank Acheampong of Ghana challenges Nicholas Wadada of Uganda during the 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifiers Russia on 07 October 2017 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole, Kampala. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 15:30


The Federation of Uganda Football Associations has officially opened the application process for the national team coaching job.

A statement on the FUFA website reveals that the application process starts on Monday, October 23 as FUFA Communications Manager, Ahmed Hussein confirmed the process.

“The exercise will last 7 days only. Interested persons for the job will send in their applications and CVs to the e-mail [email protected] starting Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th October 2017,” said Hussein.

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“It will be the only contact used for submission of documents for the job.

“Any documents sent in by applicants before the exercise officially opens will not be considered by FUFA. The job is open to Ugandans and foreign coaches.”

Meanwhile, FUFA Executive will make the final decision on who becomes the next coach to replace interim coach Moses Basena.



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Moses Basena demands coaching reins for Uganda national team – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 09:00


Uganda’s interim coach Moses Basena says coaching the Cranes has been an honour and hopes he will be handed the reins on a full time basis.

Basena’s mandate as interim coach is set to end after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers final match against Congo early next month.

Meanwhile the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations has opened a global search for a permanent coach that will take the Cranes to another level.

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The FA has roped in Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya to help in the recruitment of Cranes coach as the FA could be trying to show how that national team stakes have risen.

“To coach Uganda Cranes is an honour that brings the best out of you. I have enjoyed my time hope it continues,” said Basena.



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KCCA to pay Ugx 100m for Shaban – 2016/17 Uganda Premier League


Muhammad Shaban of Uganda tries to flick the ball past Andre Ayew of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 18:30


Media reports in Uganda reveal that Kampala Capital City Authority will have to part ways with more than Ugx 100 million if they want to sign Muhammad Shaban.

The reigning league champions have already spent Ugx 50 million on the striker for signing-on fees, but are yet to reach an agreement with Onduparaka where he remains contracted.

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Shaban was unveiled by the Lugogo-based side three weeks ago based on a ruling from the FUFA Players’ status committee that gave leeway for him to join a club of his choice subject to agreement with Onduparaka, which KCCA hasn’t done yet.

Kawowo reports that KCCA made an offer of Ugx 20 million which the Caterpillars rejected and it’s now understood they want not less than Ugx 50 million for their former captain.

“KCCA disrespected us and we are ready to follow the matter to its logical conclusion,” club CEO Anthony Affeti is quoted in the Daily Monitor.

“The player might have got his Shs50m sign-on fee but we can’t allow him to move at Shs20m (which KCCA reportedly offered).

“If we can’t get over Shs50m from our best player who even featured at AFCON, then when will we get that chance?.”



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Match Officials come under scrutiny following Ghana, Uganda clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Frank Acheampong of Ghana challenges Nicholas Wadada of Uganda during the 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifiers Russia on 07 October 2017 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole, Kampala. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Sunday Oct 08, 2017. 15:00


South African referee Daniel Bennett and his assistant match officials have come under immense scrutiny in aftermath of Uganda and Ghana’s goalless stalemate in Kampala on Saturday.

The Black Stars found the back of the net on two occasions during the course of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, only for the respective attempts to be chalked off with the assistant’s flagged raised for offside.

Ghana, desperate for victory to keep the heat on Egypt, scored what looked a legitimate goal with the final kick of the game, only for the assistant to cut short their celebrations.

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While Bennett was not at fault for the offside call, Ghana felt they should have had a clear penalty in the second stanza – with the referee taking a more diplomatic view.

Kwesi Appiah and his technical team were left fuming at the final whistle and approached the match officials in protest.

Officiating has been a hot topic of debate over the past 12 months across Africa, especially in aftermath of the charges against now disgraced official Joseph Lamptey.

Twitter users took to the social media platform to express their discontent following the stalemate in Kampala.



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Ghana hold Uganda to goalless stalemate in Kampala – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Moses Oloya of Uganda evades challenge from Frank Acheampong of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 17:25


Egypt are one step closer to booking their ticket to Russia following a goalless draw between Uganda and Ghana in a Group E 2018 FIFA World Cup (CAF) qualifier at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Saturday.

The result leaves both the Cranes and Black Stars reeling with the Pharaohs knowing that victory over Congo in Alexandria on Sunday will seal their place at next year’s showpiece.

Egypt, who have a game in hand, lead the way on nine points. Uganda and Ghana boast eight and six points respectively after five rounds of fixtures.

Following a rather cagey start to proceedings in the Uganda capital, the game finally sparked to life in the 18th minute with chances at either end of the pitch.

Richard Ofori on his toes to deny the Cranes before Thomas Partey guided his rasping effort into the side-netting.

Ghana ended the half the stronger of the two sides and had the ball in the back of the net through captain Daniel Amartey in the 34th minute, only for his attempt to be chalked off with the assistant’s flag raised for offside.

0-0 at the interval.

Uganda squandered a glorious chance to boost their World Cup hopes in the 65th minute as Derrick Nsibambi guided his header attempt wide with the goal at his mercy – to the shock and horror of the home fans.

The Black Stars found the back of the net with the final kick of the game, but once more the assistant’s flag was raised – to the dismay of the visitors who confronted the match officials following the final whistle in protest.

Uganda (0) 0

Ghana (0) 0

Uganda: Onyango; Isinde, Mawejje, Okwi, Kizito (Ochaya 73′), Nsibambi (Serunkuma 67′), Iguma, Wakiro, Walusimbi, Wasswa, Miya (Mutyaba 62′)

Ghana: R.Ofori; Opare, Partey, E.Ofori, Duncan (Dwamena 56′), Sarfo (Twumasi 51′), Agbenyenu, Amartey, Opoku, Yiadom, Acheampong (Attamah 86′)



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2018 FIFA WCQ: Uganda 0-0 Ghana – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Staff Reporter

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 16:55


Good afternoon and welcome to the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala for our live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier between Uganda and Ghana, on 07 October 2017.

Uganda: Onyango; Isinde, Mawejje, Okwi, Kizito (Ochaya 73′), Nsibambi (Serunkuma 67′), Iguma, Wakiro, Walusimbi, Wasswa, Miya (Mutyaba 62′)

Ghana: R.Ofori; Opare, Partey, E.Ofori, Duncan (Dwamena 56′), Sarfo (Twumasi 51′), Agbenyenu, Amartey, Opoku, Yiadom, Acheampong (Attomah 86′)

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

90+4′ Full-Time: Uganda 0-0 Ghana

90′ Four minutes added.

83′ Amartey has been an absolute beast for Ghana today, as the Cranes struggle to find a way past the burly defender.  Not long to go now, the Cranes are in desperate search of a goal.

75′ Into the final exchanges in Kampala and as things stand Egypt will be smiling, knowing that victory over Congo in Alexandria tomorrow will seal their ticket to Russia.

65′ MISS! Derrick Nsibambi with the miss of the decade as he heads wide from point-blank range! Could this be  the defining moment for the Cranes?

59′ Double booking as Okwi and Partey go into the referee’s book following a tussle.

58′ CHANCE! Patrick Twumasi’s free-kick attempt flies inches over the crossbar. Onyango found himself in an awkward position, but  lucky for him the ball sails wide.

54′ Uganda have had several chances on the counter-attack, but have looked nervous in-front of goal this afternoon. Meanwhile, Ghana are about to make their second change following the introduction of Twumasi.

48′ Early chance for Ghana who win a free-kick in a dangerous position, but it comes to nothing. Wasted opportunity for the visitors.

46′ Second-half is underway in Kampala.  All to play for!

45+2′ Half-Time: Uganda 0-0 Ghana

45′ Two minutes added to the half.

45′ Ebenezer Ofori tries his luck from range, but the ball was always flying wide of goal.

40′ Tempo has died down since the break in play. Both teams reluctant to flood bodies forward knowing a single goal could decide the outcome of the match.

34’Goal! No! … Amartey’s header is chalked off with the assistant’s flag raised for offside.

30′Half-hour played in Kampala and there is nothing to separate the two teams at this point. Stoppage in play following a clash of heads, with teams taking this opportunity to hydrate.

26′ The Black Stars are starting to flex their muscles having weathered early pressure from the Cranes. Still waiting for the game’s opener, though.

18′ CHANCE! Opportunities at either end of the pitch as the game sparks to life. Eric Ofori does just about enough to deny the Cranes before Partey see’s his shot rattle the side-netting from the resulting counter-attack.

10′ Nothing to write home about just yet, with the hosts edging the encounter thus far. A lot on the line and you can sense the tension in the air.

6′ Nervy start to the match for Ghana as Okwi breaks through on goal, but Amartey does just about enough to stop the playmaker in his tracks – takes one for the team so to speak and goes into the referee’s book as a result.

1′ Kick-off in Kampala! Crucial game for both teams with a win a must for the Black Stars especially, if they are to keep their slim hopes alive! The Cranes, though, are in the driving seat, but need all three points or they could see Egypt booking their ticket to Russia later tonight at their expense.

 



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Atsu to miss Uganda tussle on Newcastle advice – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Christian Atsu of Ghana (l) challenged by Ambroise Oyongo of Cameroon during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon semifinal football match between Cameroon and Ghana at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 02 February 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 20:00


hristian Atsu pulled out of Ghana’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala this Saturday, following advice from his club team.

The 25-year-old has – according to The Chronicle Live – been playing through the pain barrier over the past couple of weeks, and in an attempt to recapture his best form, the Magpies suggested that he not travel to Uganda.

The news came as a major blow for Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah, who will miss several key players as the West Africans aim to keep their slim World Cup hopes alive.

Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Thomas Agyepong, Harrison Afful and Johnathan Mensah will also play no part in Kampala.

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Atsu was key to Ghana thumping Congo 5-1 in Brazzaville last time out, and Appiah was hoping to count on the influential winger, only to be rocked by another withdrawal.

The former FC Porto man has started all put one of Newcastle’s English Premier League games this season and played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool last weekend.



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Uganda eye World Cup boost in Kampala – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Thomas Partey of Ghana battles for the ball with Geofrey Serunkuma of Uganda during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 18:00


Uganda will be aiming to give their hopes of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia a major boost, at the expense of Ghana, when the two countries lock horns at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 16h00, (15h00 CAT).

The Cranes sit in second spot in Group E, having accumulated seven points from four fixtures – two less than log leaders Egypt who they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to last time out.

Ghana are in third place with five points from four fixtures. A 5-1 thumping of Congo in Brazzaville keeping their dreams alive, albeit by the skin of their teeth.

In search of their first World Cup appearance, no one is more inspired than Uganda captain a star goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who underlined his country’s desire to reach the world showpiece.

“The group is still open,”Onyango told KickOff.com. “I think it will go until the last game, but it’s important for us to win the game, which is against Ghana at home, and put pressure on Egypt because they are playing away against Ghana in the last game. Ghana won’t make it easy for them.

“So for us it’s all about winning our remaining games and to see how far we can go because no one gave us a chance. We have surprised everyone,”the Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper concluded.

Ghana will be without several key players for the clash with Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Thomas Agyepong, Harrison Afful, Christian Atsu and Johnathan Mensah all set to play no part in the Ugandan capital.

Head Coach, Kwesi Appiah, though remains hopeful of his team’s chances having watched Thomas Partey and Richmond Boakye rise to the occasion in Congo.

“The squad is in high spirits especially after the huge win in Congo,”Appiah told Nation Sport. “We are hoping to extend that form in Kampala.

“We are not under pressure, but a win will be very positive for us. We will give it our all.”

The reverse fixture in Tamale last October ended in a goalless stalemate. Onyango emerging as the hero for the Cranes.



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Uganda will need $500 000 for Ghana and Congo clashes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), Moses Magogo

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 12:30


As they are set to wrap up their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers campaign, Uganda will need $500000 (Shs1.7bn) for their dream to book a spot in Russia.

According to the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA) boss, Moses Magogo, he said the government has to come to the party and aid the Cranes campaign.

Coach Moses Basena and his technical team are preparing for next month’s clash against the Black Stars of Ghana and will later face the Red Devils of Congo in November in their final Group E match.

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“We have demonstrated that we have the ability to win our remaining matches and consequently the biggest opportunity ever to play at the World Cup,” said Magogo.

“I have been given the best assurances as late as yesterday by the national team captain Dennis Onyango and a host of other players and they said that that they will give their best like they have always done.”

Meanwhile, the boss also urged all stakeholders to financially support the Cranes in the final matches of the qualification campaign because the World Cup is such an expensive venture.

Uganda sit at number two in Group E with seven points, two behind leaders Egypt who pipped Uganda 1-0 in Alexandria last month.



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Basena to lead Uganda until they wrap up 2018 World Qualifiers – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 21, 2017. 12:00


The Federation of Uganda Football Associations has announced that interim coach, Moses Basena will stay on as head coach of Uganda.

FUFA has announced the news that the interim technical team, consisting of Basena and Fred Kajoba will carry out their duties until they finish the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Apart from Kajoba and Basena, assistants Mathias Lule and Ibrahim Ssekajja will also form part of the technical team.

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Media reports in Uganda reveal the decision was done by the FUFA Executive Committee during their 15th meeting held on Tuesday.

The FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson confirmed the move to the media on Wednesday during a news conference.

“Basena will continue as head coach alongside all his assistants,” said Watson.

“It was agreed upon during the FUFA Executive Committee meeting.

“They will remain coaches for the national team until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”

Basena and Kajoba took over the national team after the resignation of Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic in July.

The duo’s initial contract was to handle the national team for four matches, two apiece in the 2018 CHAN and FIFA Qualifiers.



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KCCA coach eyeing Ugandan title defence – 2016/17 Uganda Premier League


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 09:30


As they prepare to defend their Ugandan Premier League crown, Kampala Capital City Authority coach Mike Mutebi says it will not be easy.

The KCCA manager was speaking to the media saying four clubs in SC Villa, Vipers SC, Uganda Revenue Authority and Express could challenge them for the title.

Although he says the four clubs can make their title defence aspirations difficult, he remains confident they will retain the title.

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“Naming the four is your part,” said Mutebi to the Daily Mail website.

“All I know is that four other clubs will compete with us for the title. They have prepared well and also have good squads.

“But I have confidence in the squad at our disposal to retain the title. We have brought in at least 10 youngsters to push the existing players.

“We want to score goals and we have brought in the players for that.”



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South Africa’s Daniel Bennett to officiate Uganda v Ghana World Cup qualifier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 09:30


South African referee Daniel Bennett has been handed the assignment of handling the upcoming the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Uganda and Ghana at Namboole.

Bennett will be assisted by two officials from Syechelles – Adelaide Eldrick Giles Mathieu is the first assistant referee whilst Marie Steve Jonathan shall be the second assistant.

Another official from the Seychelles, Fred Nelson Emile Louis, will be the fourth official of the highly anticipated crucial encounter.

On the other hand, Cameroonian Evehe Divine Raphael is the referee assessor and Kenya’s Omar Abubaker Yusuf Mohamed will work as the match commissioner.

According to Kawowo Sports website, the developments were confirmed by the FIFA 2018 World cup Qualifiers and International matches Division.

The Cranes will play host to the Black Stars on Saturday, October 7 at Namboole Stadium.



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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Egypt 1-0 Uganda – As It Happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Uganda and Egypt players engulfed in a scuffle

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 21:54


The hosts, Egypt are under pressure to bounce back from their 1-0 loss they suffered in Kampala last week to reclaim their top spot.

On the other hand, Uganda will be targeting a second win over the Pharaohs in Alexandria as they want to consolidate their top spot in the group.

Line-ups:

Egypt: El-Hadary, Fathi, Hegazi, Rabia, Abdel-Shaf, Hamed, Elneny, El-Said, Sobhi, Salah, Gamal

Uganda: Onyango, Wadada, Walusimbi, Isinde, Juuko, Mawanda, Aucho, Okwi, Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Ochaya

Commentary:

92′ – It is over in the Group B match in Alexandria. Egypt return to the top of the table with nine points.

90′ – Booking for Juuko

89′ – Sub for Uganda: Karissa for Nsibambi

88′ – Sub for Egypt: Gomaa on for El Said

88′ – Brilliant save by Onyango to deny Salah as the winger looked for a bottom corner. The Pharaohs piling pressure looking for a second goal.

83′ – Uganda really pushing to find an equaliser. A header from Nsibambi was not too strong as El-Hadary makes a save on the right corner.

79′ – Luwagga receives a wonderful pass on the far post, but his effort lacks power and goes wide. Egypt 1-0 Uganda

76′ – Sub for Egypt: Mahgoub on for Gamal

75′ – Booking for Uganda’s Aucho.

73′ – Onyango alert to read a dangerous ball, a cross is miskicked by Juuko. No clear cut chances in the final 20 minutes pf the contest.

70′ – Sub for Egypt: Trezeguet on for Sobhi

68′ – Sub for Uganda: Sserunkuma on for Okwi

64′ – Uganda pushing for an equaliser, they get a corner, referee gives a set piece to the hosts. Frustration for the Cranes.

55′ – Good defending by Walusimbi to deny Egypt from launching a dangerous counter attack. Uganda receive a corner.

50′ – Egypt calls for a penalty, but referee Victor Gomes not interested. A fats-paced start for the Egyptians.

Uganda sub: 46′ Muwanga on for Ochaya

46′ – The second half gets underway in Alexandria with the hosts still leading 1-0.

45+2′ Half time in Egypt.

45′ – We are in the injury time of the opening half in Alexandria. Egypt leading through Salah’s sixth minute goal.

40′ – Good touches by the Cranes but their decision making in the d-line or final third needs to be decisive. They are not threatening the opponent

32′ – Uganda delivers a dangerous set piece into the penalty area, but El-Hadary collects it. Egypt 1-0 Uganda

27′ – Uganda failing to make good decisions in the final third of the hosts. Good football so far from both sides. Onyango denies the El-Said from a powerful header in the box.

22′ – Two players are injured in the heart of the park. Onyango restarts the game.

19′ – Uganda now starting to come out of the blocks, a good cross down the right but Nsibambi’s header flies over the cross bar.

15′ – A well delivered cross by Salah in search of Amr Gamaal in the box saw the forward missing the ball from close range on the far post. Uganda 0-1 Egypt

10′ – The Pharaohs having an advantage in the first 10 minutes. They enjoy the ball possession so far. Uganda on the backfoot.

06′- Both sides chasing an early goal, but the hosts are the ones spending more time in the Cranes half. Mohamed Salah nets from a rebound after Onyango initially denied him from close range. Egypt 1-0 Uganda

1′ – The match is underway.



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Uganda out to claim a double in Alexandria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Godfrey Walusimbi of Uganda tries to challenge Mohamed Salah of Egypt

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 12:30


Uganda will chase their second win over Egypt as they meet in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Alexandria on Tuesday.

The Cranes are fresh from a hard fought 1-0 win over the Pharaohs at home last Thursday and a win away will boost their chances of making it to Russia.

Under the guidance of coach Moses Basena, Uganda now occupy the top spot in Group E with seven points from three matches so far.

Although a win will not come easy in Alexandria, a win will see them consolidating their spot with 10 points before the final round of matches in November.

On the other hand, the Pharaohs are chasing their first appearance at the global tournament since 1990 and a defeat at home could be a huge blow.

Coach Hector Cuper’s men sit at number two in the group with six points and will be gunning to reclaim their top spot in the group.

Although they will be without their experienced goalkeeper in Essam El-Hadary through an injury, they are favourites to rise to the occasion at home.

“The qualifiers are not over yet, we still have nine points to fight for,” said Cuper.

“We tried more than one formation and fielded many attackers, but we still could not get a better result.”

Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium will be the venue for the match, getting underway at 20:00 (CAT) on Tuesday, September 5.



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El-Hadary to miss the Uganda clash in Alexandria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 13:48


Media reports in Egypt indicate that the Egyptian national team will be without their experienced goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary who will miss the clash against Uganda due to injury.

El-Hadary will miss the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup second leg qualifier against Uganda on Tuesday in Alexandria.

The veteran Egyptian goalie sustained the injury at Namboole on Thursday in a 1-0 loss to Uganda following a collision with defender Ahmed Hegazi.

“We have called up Mohamed Awad and will start training sessions with the team starting from Friday,” said EFA’s Ehab Leheta.

The 44-year-old completed the game and made a couple of brilliant saves although he appeared to be in pain.



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Cuper calls up Mohamed Awaad ahead of Uganda return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 12:00


Hector Cuper has called up Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Awaad to replace Essam El-Hadary ahead of Egypt’s return match against Uganda next week.

This is after the veteran gloves-man was injured in Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Uganda in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Kampala on Thursday.

Awaad joins the squad ahead of the return game against the Cranes, which will be played at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old is one of three ‘keeping options available to Cuper, joining his fellow guards Sherif Ekramy of Al Ahly and Zamalek’s Ahmed El-Shennawy .

Egypt come into the game placed second on the Group E standings, one point behind leaders Uganda.



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