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President Museveni says FIFA has confidence in Uganda   

ENTEBBE Uganda (Xinhua) -- The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said the world football governing body (FIFA) has confidence in his country.

Museveni was speaking at his State House in Entebbe on Monday while officially receiving the FIFA World Cup trophy which arrived from Cape Town, South Africa. “FIFA has a lot of confidence in the way we are managing football affairs in the country and that is why we are among the few African countries to receive this trophy,” said Museveni.

He also said he is proud of the national football team, Cranes who came close to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Museveni said that although it might take a few years for the Cranes to qualify for the World Cup, they will make it one day.

“I congratulate Uganda Cranes the job well done in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers,” said the President who also hinted on how the government appreciates and supports sports and football in general.

Charles Bakkabulindi, the State Sports Minister thanked FIFA for considering Uganda among the 51 countries and regions in the whole world to receive the FIFA World Cup trophy.

The ambassador of Russia in Uganda H.E. Alexander Dmitrievich Polyakov, Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister Ruhakana Rugunda, FUFA President and also the CAF Executive Committee member Moses Magogo, other government ministers, ministry of education and sports officials also attended the event in Entebbe.

The FIFA World Cup trophy tour kicked off last September in host country Russia and will visit more than 50 countries and regions across six continents, traveling 126,000 kilometers in nine months in the lead-up to the football tournament.

This year’s FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14-July 15 in Russia. Africa will be represented by Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco.


Uganda to attend first CAF symposium on women’s football in Africa

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) will be part of the first ever symposium on women’s football in Africa. Organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the symposium will take place in the Moroccan town of Marrakesh on March 5-6.

“This is a very good chance for us to deliberate on women’s football and also to come up with new ideas to make it better,” Humphrey Mandu, the Uganda FA Assistant CEO, said on Sunday.

Uganda will also be represented by Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, FA Vice President in-charge of the League and Agnes Mugena, a representative of women’s football with the FA. The symposium will be held under the theme ‘Raise our Game’ and will be organized by CAF in partnership with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

Amr Fahmy, CAF General Secretary, highlighted that the important event will be attended by numerous experts, consultants and legends. The goal is to elaborate a roadmap and a strategy for development and the promotion of women’s football across the continent.

Some of the topics that will be discussed in groups include; how to expand the practice of women’s football, means of development of sponsorship for women’s football and the role of women’s football in gender promotion and socialization.

Isha Johansen, President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), is the head of the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Women’s Football Committee.

She was appointed at the inaugural meeting of the CAF Executive Committee which took place in May last year in Manama, Bahrain, on the margin of the 67th FIFA Congress.


Uganda to host Saudi Arabian cricket team

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has confirmed that the national team of Saudi Arabia will travel to Uganda to play a series of international games.

Martin Ondeko, an administrator at the Association, told Xinhua on Sunday that the Saudi Arabian team has confirmed they will arrive in the country on March 28 ahead of the five game series.

“This is very good news for us because playing against tough teams like Saudi Arabia will get our team stronger ahead of the ICC Division 4 qualifiers in Malaysia in April,” said Ondeko.

The Middle East Division 5 team was supposed to tour last year but couldn’t make it because of the qualifiers they were participating in. Saudi Arabia will also use the tour to Uganda to prepare for their T20 Asian qualifiers.

The Uganda Cricket Cranes toured Qatar and India last month where they played 13 games, won nine games and suffered four defeats. Head coach Steve Tikolo told Xinhua that he is excited about the five games they will play against Saudi Arabia. “We benefited a lot last month with games in Qatar and India and certainly playing Saudi Arabia will also give us another good international test,” Tikolo said.

Uganda was relegated to Division 4 last year together with Malaysia after they finished 5th in the tournament hosted in Kampala. In Malaysia they will play against the hosts, Jersey, Bermuda and Vanuatu.

The tournament takes place between April and May 2018 in Malaysia and will also form part of the 2017-22 cycle of the World Cricket League, which determines the qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

Squad: Roger Mukasa, Ham Kayondo, Zephania Arinaitwe, Simon Ssesazi, Abdallah Lubega, Arthur Ziraba, Shanzad Kamal, Steven Wabwose, Lloyd Patternot, Arthur Kyobe, Nanji Pingoria, Brian Masaba, Frank Nsubuga, Kenneth Waiswa, Derrick Bakunzi, Fred Achelam, Rogers Olipa, Irfan Afridi, Henry Senyondo, Frank Akankwasa, Jonathan Ssebanja, Charles Waiswa, Emmanuel Isanez, Trevor Bukenya, Arthur Kyobe



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