The week that was – full of stories making headlines around Uganda, Africa and the world at large – Here is the Timeline with Ronald Yiga for last week’s top stories.
OCTOBER 27, 2020
Gaddafi FC joins FUFA Big League
Jinja based club Gaddafi Football Club continued to show their potential of becoming Uganda Football’s next big thing when they booked their place in the 2020/21 Startimes FUFA Big League after edging Sansiro FC 3-0 in the Regional League playoff finals in a closed-door game played at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Patrick “Crespo” Asiku, Mark Bamukyaaye, and Ronald Bithum Nsumbiano scored all the important goals for Gaddafi FC against Sansiro FC.
The Army-sponsored team has only played one season in the Eastern Regional League but they look to be a determined side to take Uganda Football by storm.
Tonny Mawejje returns to the Cranes folds
Attacking midfielder Tonny Mawejje was given another shot at the Uganda National Team after earning himself a call up in a 22-man squad of locally-based players of which only six players will join the 20-foreign based players who will be taking on South Sudan in the AFCON 21 Qualifiers.
In case the intelligent midfielder makes the cut, he will have a chance to don the National Team colors once again after falling from grace for the past few years.
FIFA President tests positive for COVID-19
World football governing body (FIFA) President Gianni Infantino tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. This was after the 50-year old reported mild symptoms of the deadly virus.
“FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus,” a statement from FIFA read.
Infantino placed himself under self-quarantine and he is expected to stay indoors for 10 days
SC Villa accord with Ultimate Fitness Kampala in a deal worth 430M
The Jogoo camp was bolstered with the addition of Ultimate Fitness Kampala as their official fitness partners for the 2020/21 season.
The agreement between the two parties was signed at the UFK headquarters in industrial Area Kampala on Tuesday in a deal worth 430M Uganda Shillings
The SC Villa team will have the opportunity to access and work on their body strength in a modernized gym with modern equipment like never before.
OCTOBER 29, 2020
Vipers SC unveils Congolese international striker
Startimes Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC reignited their striking force with the acquisition of Congolese international striker Cesor Manzoki Lobi from AS Vita.
Manzoki who plays both as a center forward and can also play from the flanks will be the automatic replacement of Fahad Bayo who left the club for a professional stint at FC Ashdod in Israel.
The Congolese born brings experience to the Fred Kajoba coached side having previously played for African Giants AS Vita and TP Mazembe and featuring in the CAF Competitions where Vipers will be this coming season.
OCTOBER 30, 2020
CAF President tests positive for COVID-19
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad tested positive for COVID-19. The ugly news came a few days after the World football governing body (FUFA) President also contracted the same virus.
Ahmad showed symptoms of mild flu on his arrival in Cairo on Monday after attending the CAF Confederations Cup final on Sunday.
He will be quarantined for 14 days under treatment and those who came in contact with him were advised to take the same procedures.
Kateregga quits Erbil
Cranes midfielder Allan Kateregga left Iraq based club Erbil SC following the expiry of his one-year contract.
Kateregga joined Erbil in September last year from South Africa’s Cape Town City FC where he also featured for Maritzburg United FC on loan.
Kateregga has previously featured for Victoria University, KCCA FC, AFC Leopards, and Tusker FC.
Four teams complete the FUFA Big League puzzle
Four teams were promoted to the FUFA Big League after a series of playoffs at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru to complete the puzzle.
Luweero United FC (Buganda), Terazo and Tiles (Western), Gaddafi FC (Eastern), and Calvary FC (West Nile) are the four teams that were sportingly promoted to the 2020/21 FUFA Big League.