Angels spur to victory

BY RONALD AWANY

UCU Angels beat Police 43-40 in their opening game as the East and Central Africa Netball Championships kicked off on April 3 at Lugogo indoor Stadium, in Kampala.

Prisons, UPDF, KCCA and National Insurance Corporation (NIC) are the other local sides alongside UCU, competing against opponents from across the region in the tournament, slated for April 2-9.

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Fatigued Cardinals bow to Gulu

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BY RONALD AWANY

UCU Cardinals opened their account in the 2016 season of the University Football League (UFL) with a rather disappointing result after losing 1-0 to Gulu University on April 2, at Gulu grounds.

Ocana Richard’s 77th minute strike condemned the tired UCU side, which had spent close to seven hours on the road to the games, to their first defeat of the season.
Gulu University thus came out the better team with a lot going for the side including: fresh legs, home advantage and having to face an exhausted team. This created a lot of chances and dominating possession for Gulu.

UCU on the other hand had poor finishing in front of goal with wasteful Robert Mugisha and Joshua Kirathe both firing blanks. UCU Coach, Jackson Nyima fielded a whole new side from last season’s comprising: Tumwine George, Jamilu  Kiyegga, Marvin  Asimwe, Ivan  Lony, Musa  Onji, Brian  Musuto and  Geoffrey  Komakech.

The team as their work cut out as they prepare to host defending champions Makerere University Business School (MUBS) on April 5, in Mukono.

Lady Cardinals back to winning ways

BY RONALD AWANY

The UCU Lady Cardinals got back to winning ways in a 3–2 win over Wakiso Sailors in their last game of the first round in the Elite Football League (EFL) at the university’s old football pitch.
Maureen Kinavudori beat the Sailor’s wall with a brilliant chip into the top left corner of the goal after a free kick was awarded for a foul against Millicent Mwanzi, to give the Cardinals the lead.

Mwanzi scored from the penalty spot 15 minutes later to make it 2–0 at half time. The visitors pulled one back in the second half before Kinavudori converted from the spot again to make it 3–1. The visitors put up a last minute fight to score a second for the game to end 3–2.
Action resumes in April with the Cardinals travelling to Soroti to face Olira Women Football Club and Divine Stars Football Club.

Lady Canons trio in FNL

BY RONALD AWANY

The sixth season of Friday Night Lights (FNL) fun Basketball Tournament, kicked off on March 4, at the YMCA Courts in Wandegeya with three Lady Canons stars featuring.
Judith Nansobya, Vilma Achieng and Zaina Lukwameri play for Team Koma, Team Jonah and Team Kami respectively, while none of the Canons men features this season.
The tournament involves national Basketball League players who team up with fans, then tussle it out for cash.
Each team takes home Shs3m irrespective of the result, but the major catch will be on the final winners. The overall winner will walk away with Shs3m, while the first runner-up will get Shs 2million and the second runner-up Shs1.5m.
The organizers chose eight captains: Maureen Amoding (Team Amoding), Kami Kabange (Team Kami), Ben Komakech (Team Koma), Jonah Otim (Team Jonah), Joseph Ikong (Team Ikong), Norman Blick (Team Blick), Ivan Enabu (Team Enabu) and Team Wazee (consists of legends of the game).

External fitness facility underway

 

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The gym under construction at the new pitch                      (Photo by Ronald Awany)

BY RONALD AWANY

UCU athletes will be excited with the construction of the external gym facility at the Sports Complex that commenced a fortnight ago.
The facility comes as a boost to the already existing gym that only accommodates static weights.
UCU fitness coach, Timothy Kibuye, praised the development as one that will help the athletes to manage body weight.
“This gym will cater for mostly athletes, rugby, football, and basketball players in building dynamic strength and it complements the other gym that is already in existence,” he said.
The facility that will constitute squat racks, T-bars, leg press, monkey bars, concrete weights, and steps, also will be accessible to the general construction commenced in February and is set to be completed by end of March.

Engineers to defend title

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Bachelor of Laws students celebrate a goal during an Inter-course game last semester   (File photo)

BY RONALD AWANY

The Easter Semester Inter-courses Tournament kicked off on March 4, with Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) losing to Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration (BSWASA) 2–1, while Bachelor of Laws (LLB) got a walk over defending champions, Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (BSCEE) after the latter failed to turn up.
The winners of the tournament will walk away with a Shs250,000 cash prize and Shs100,000 for first runners-up. Certificates will be issued to participants and outstanding players.
However, Guild sports minister, Julius Mugabi, decried the small budget of Shs3.5m allocated to sports for the whole year.
“We would have had more prizes to offer the teams and individual performers but very little money was allocated to the annual sports budget.
“Imagine I have to distribute Shs3.5m across three semesters, which is unrealistic,” he said.
He urged the guild government to give sports greater priority and financial allocation.
“It is high time parliament took sports seriously.
“Through these events, coaches are able to select players for their respective university teams but we cannot organise these events without enough money and because of that, this year we shall have no annual sports gala, which has always been a custom,” Mugabi said.
In contrast to the marginalised sports budget, the Guild President’s trip to the Netherlands and the guild trip were allocated Shs10m and Shs20m, respectively, while a debatable figure of Shs10m was also allocated to Foreign Affairs, which leaves a lot to be desired about how serious the guild government considers sports.

Oringa set

Tennis star to play Gasigwa Memorial in Rwanda

UCU Tennis star and Ugandan number two seed David Oringa is set to play in the Jean-Claude Gasigwa Memorial Tournament in Kigali, Rwanda from March 22-30.
Oringa fresh from the Uganda Open action where he was knocked out in the quarter-finals in February will be hoping to win the tournament amidst a lot of rivalry from Ugandan number one seed, Duncan Mugabe, and Zambia’s Edgar Kazembe.
The inaugural tournament organized in memory of former Rwanda number one, Gasigwa will be played at Amahoro Stadium tennis courts with several regional players to take part.
Gasigwa who defeated David Oringa in the finals of the 2014 Rwanda Open was born on July 8, 1983.
He died suddenly on January 8, 2015 after collapsing during training at Cercle Sportif de Kigali. His death shocked not only the continent but the entire tennis fraternity.
Gasigwa also won regional competitions such as Kenya Open in 2008, Tanzania Open in 2011, and Uganda Open in 2009 and 2013 among others. In 2011, Gasigwa also represented the country at the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.
The event is open to both amateurs and professionals and countries that have so far confirmed their participation include Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and DR Congo.