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Uganda FA investigates match fixing in top leagues       

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) set up a commission on Friday to investigate matching fixing in the country’s top leagues.

FUFA President Moses Magogo told reporters that the commission headed by Dan Kidega, former Speaker of the East African parliament, started work immediately.

“The Commission’s scope shall be specifically limited to the Uganda Premier League, FUFA Big League, Uganda Cup, The FUFA Drum, FUFA Juniors League, FUFA Women Elite league and the FUFA Women’s Cup,” Magogo said.

He urged the public and football stakeholders to cooperate with the Commission as its efforts are geared towards improving the game

The development comes after several complaints of match fixing especially in the premier league.

Ali Waiswa, vice chairman of the Referees Standing Committee, early this week disclosed that referees are corrupt and some are betting matches.

Mujib Kasule, coach of premier league side Proline FC, also said there is a lot of corruption in the game especially among the officials.

“This is too much for our football. It is good a commission has been put in place but it is late because the League is about to end,” he added.

The FA said anybody who forwards credible information will be given a reward of 285 U.S. dollars.

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Uganda defeats Cameroon in 2019 U-20 Afcon qualifier

KAMPALA (Xinhua) -- Uganda beat Cameroon 1-0 in the first leg of the second round in the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier played in  Kampala.

The hosts scored the lone goal through Steven Mukwala who capitalized on a well taken Geoffrey Wasswa throw after 44 minutes. Mukwala made no mistake beating Cameroon’s goalkeeper Christopher Assimba Atangana from close range.

Early in the game Cameroon’s skipper Ignatius Kpene Ganago who plies his trade with French team of League 1, OGC Nice, had two shots miss the target.

In the second half, Uganda’s Abubaker Kasule was booked for a foul on Ibrahim Abba.

Cameroon continued to play a highly passing and defensive game, but still failed to break the Ugandan defenders.

Mukwala should have made it 2-0 after 84 minutes, but his shot was blocked by the Cameroon goalkeeper. Uganda Hippos again had Robert Kitabalwa booked for a foul.

“We have been unlucky because we created so many chances but failed to score. We need to go back to the drawing board and plan for the home game,” Christophe Ousmanou, Cameroon’s head coach told Xinhua after the game.

Uganda  coach Mathias Lule said it is good they picked a win at home.

“We now need to plan well for the away game because it will not be easy,” he added.

Uganda eliminated South Sudan in the preliminary round 8-1 on aggregate, while Cameroon enjoyed a bye from the preliminary because they are highly seeded.

If Uganda  overcome Cameroon over two legs they will battle the winner between Mali and Tanzania in the third round.

The 2019 Afcon for U-20s championship will be held in Niger. The tournament is held every two years with the top four teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

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Egypt’s Al Ahly set to face off with Uganda in CAF Champions League tie

KAMPALA, (Xinhua) -- Eight-time African Champions Al Ahly of Egypt have arrived in Uganda ahead of a crucial Group A match in the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League against KCCA FC on May 15.

“It is going to be a very tough game because we know KCCA FC is a good team. But we are here to try and get points to advance in the tournament,” Al Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry told Xinhua on Saturday soon after arrival.

Al Ahly who have already won the Egyptian Premier League last week drew goalless against Esperance (Tunisia) in the other Group A match played, while Uganda’s KCCA FC lost 1-0 away to Township Rollers FC of Botswana.

While KCCA FC’s will welcome first choice goalkeeper Charles Lukwago who was serving a one-match suspension because of accumulated yellow cards, Al Ahly will miss Ayman Ashraf due to suspension.

The Al Ahly coach will also welcome the duo of Saad Samir and Ahmed Hamoudi who had been injured. El-Badry did not include Ali Maaloul, Ali Lotfi, Hesham Mohamed, and Karim Nedved on the squad.

But KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi has warned that his players have to treat the game against Al Ahly like a Cup final because they need to try to recover and pick maximum points playing at home.

“We need to raise to the occasion and try to win the game. We know Al Ahly is a big team, but we are also champions of Uganda and flying the flag high,” he added.

KCCA FC who eliminated Ethiopia’s St. George to qualify for the group stage of the competition are the only team in the Council for East and Central African Football Associations region playing in the group stage.

Al Ahly squad includes goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed El-Shennawy;

Defenders: Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Fathi, Sabry Rahil, Bassem Ali, Saad Samir;

Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Ahmed Hamoudi, Amr El-Sulaya, Walid Soliman, Islam Mohareb, Mahlambi, Mido Gaber, Ahmed Hamdi;

Forwards: Salah Mohsen and Marwan Mohsen. 

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Uganda’s KCCA FC prepare for tricky Al Ahly tie

KAMPALA, (Xinhua) -- Uganda Premier League defending champions KCCA FC have stepped up preparations ahead of a tricky Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League Group D game against eight-time African champions Al Ahly of Egypt.

“We are not taking anything for granted and are busy working on all departments to make sure we get maximum points from that game on May 15,” Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC’s head coach told Xinhua on Thursday.

KCCA FC started on a wrong note with a 1-0 defeat away to Township Rollers FC last week in Botswana.

Mutebi said, “I am happy that two key midfielders Muzamir Mutyaba and Ibrahim Saddam Juma are back from injury and are now match fit for the game next week.”

“After starting with a defeat, we have to prove a point and go all out for maximum points. We must show that we can compete with the big boys.”

Al Ahly are also expected to come all out to try and garner for points after drawing 0-0 against Esperance last week in Alexandria.

The Ugandan side are the only team in the Council for East and Central African Football Associations region in the group stage of the lucrative Champions League. They ejected Ethiopia’s St. George to enter the group stage.

           

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