Timeline: KCCA FC and Vipers fight for Kawooya, Kiplimo a champion again plus this week’s top stories


It has been a week that registered more than just joy to the country for what Jacob Kiplimo did in the Rome Diamond League, clinching the 3000m race just a few days after claiming the 5000m WAC tour race in Ostrava.

There was sadness on the side of football as two of Uganda’s biggest football brands started a war of sorts over a minor Andrew Kawooya. This and more with Kamardin Shero in this week’s timeline.

13th September 2020
KCCA unveils double signings with problems

Andrew Kawooya - KCCA FC - The Touchline Sports

Uganda Premier League side KCCA FC unveiled two more new signings on Sunday evening during the club’s TV show on Sanyuka TV.

Left-back Moses Kalanzi and teenage attacking midfielder Andrew Kawooya were the new additions to the side to take the tally to eleven new players so far.

Kalanzi joined from Denmark’s Jammerbugt while Kawooya was snapped up from the Vipers JT.

But moments after Kawooya’s unveiling, Vipers cried foul on how the Kasasiro Boys had handled the business ‘to take their 17-year old’ player who’s currently undertaking studies at their St. Mary’s SS Kitende.

The other problem there could be for the Lugogo based side is the claim by Uganda Youth Soccer Academy on Moses Kalanzi who is querried by FIFA over traning Compensation to his former Academy.

KCCA FC confirms Bukenya’s departure

Lawrence Bukenya - The Touchline Sports

On the same night, KCCA FC confirmed the departure of Defensive midfielder Lawrence Bukenya.

Bukenya who was sent out on loan to Wakiso Giants at the start of last season was confirmed to ‘let out of the club’ to join Wakiso Giants on a permanent basis.

At KCCA FC, Lawrence Bukenya won two League and two Uganda Cup titles, and the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Club Championship.

Uganda Badminton president passes on

Uganda Badminton Association Chairman Shaban Nkuutu Muziransa passed away on Sunday morning.

Nkuutu succumbed t0 a Car Accident that happened on Kayunga Road at Naminya, Buikwe District on Saturday night when his vehicle rammed into a trailer carrying Sugar Canes.

14th September 2020
Uganda Cricket Association finally cancels the 2020 season.

The Uganda Cricket Association finally canceled the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The development was confirmed by the Association CEO Martin Ondeko in a press statement released on Monday

“It was a very difficult decision to make but the best under the current circumstances,” Ondeko said in a statement.

“We have run our permutations and will not be able to complete the scheduled leagues having in mind the time left in the year.”

The activities canceled included; 50 Over Men’s National League, 50 Overs Women’s National League, and Schools’ Cricket Week (both Boys and Girls).

15th September 2020
Crested Cranes player tests positive for Covid-19

Joan Nakirya

Uganda Crested Cranes player Joanne Nakirya confirmed that she had tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus.

The US-based defender revealed via her social media handle the developments as follows.

“I have tested positive for Covid-19 this afternoon. I was exposed to two people. I went from Zero to feeling sick in a matter of hours. Beginning with an itchy and dry cough, then massive headaches, loss of smell without fever.”

“I’m at school isolated. There are so many emotions arising to the process and so I’m going inward to heal myself.”

Nakirya recently joined the Mid-America Christian University Women Soccer team from Southwest Oklahoma State University.

Three players join UPDF

Uganda Premier League new entrants UPDF FC completed the signing of three new players ahead for the 2020/21 season.

The Bombo-based side acquired Isa Mubiru, Dickens Okwir, and Sam Kintu from Tooro United, Vipers SC, and Proline FC respectively.

The trio put pen to paper on two-year employment contracts.

Express FC unveils John Byamukama


John Byamukama completed a move to the Six-time Uganda Premier league champions Express FC from Tooro United.

On Tuesday afternoon, the former Bumate FC midfielder was unveiled as the Red Eagles eleventh signing after penning down a two-year deal with the Wakulukuku based side from relegated Tooro United.

Last season at Tooro United, Byamukama featured in all but 4 games for the fort portal side, scoring two goals against URA and Police FC.

Byamukama became the club’s latest addition after Abel Eturude, Mustafa Kiragga, Richard Bbosa, Baker Sakah, Mahad Yaya, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Denis Otim, Crispus Kusima, Charles Musige, and Isaac Nsengyiyunva.

He also became the seventh player to have worked with Bbosa in any part of his career after Lwesibawa (SC Villa and Tooro United), Kusima (Tooro United) Eturude (SC Villa), Mahad (SC Villa), and Musige (Tooro United).

Melvyn Lorenzen tested at English Club, Scores against Chelsea

Melvyn Lorenzen - the touchline sports

Ugandan International Melvyn Lorenzen was on target as a trialist for League One’s AFC Wimbledon in their friendly match against Chelsea FC at the Cobham training complex on Tuesday afternoon.

The winger, who is a free agent started training with the league one side on Monday morning, got a chance to feature in the side’s indoor friendly game against Chelsea FC, and impressed on his first shot, scoring the opening goal of the game.

The 25-year old flicked the ball in the far corner after a wonderful free-kick by midfielder Hartigan before Victor Moses leveled matters for the Blues, a few minutes later.

16th September 2020
Nyamityobora confirms two more additions

FUFA Big League side Nyamityobora confirmed two more additions to their squad ahead of the 2020-21 season.

The Abanyakare confirmed the acquisition of defender, Turinaawe Bafana Johnson, and Striker, Dickson Niwamanya Kihanga from Kigezi Home Boys FC on Tuesday evening.

Both Bafana and Kihanga put pen to paper on two-year employment contracts until the end of the 2021-22 season.

The pair joined Ssekitoleko Patrick, Makumbi Remmy, Kizza Katongole, Nsubuga Rashid, Juuko Fred, Solomon Mbowa, Tonny Musinguzi, Matovu Muhammad, and Lwanga Wahab as the club’s latest additions so far in the ongoing transfer window.

Bashir Mutanda finds new club

After months of speculation, former SC Villa striker Bashir Mutanda finally found a new club after completing a move to StarTimes UPL side Mbarara City FC.

Mutanda on Wednesday morning was unveiled as Mbarara City’s new addition at Kati Kati restaurant, putting pen to paper on a two-year employment contract with the Ankole Lions.

»Related: Bashir Mutanda: the numbers that make Mbarara City’s new signing

He became Mbarara City’s fourth signing of the ongoing transfers window and joined Ramathan Kareem, Ronald Edwok, and Godfrey Kalungi who moved to the west in the last few weeks.

South Sudan granted Wild Card opportunity ahead of 2021 AfroBasket 2021 qualifying round

South Sudan - The Touchline Sports

South Sudan national basketball team was granted a place in the Wild Card tournament, thereby giving them a chance to advance to the qualifying round of AfroBasket 2021, FIBA confirmed.

The per-tournament will take place between 23rd-25th October in Yaounde, Cameroon, and will now consist of 4 nations (Chad, Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, and South Sudan).

The team that tops the Wild Card Tournament group shall progress to participate in the second round of qualification for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 in Group E with Morocco, Egypt, and Uganda.

The four teams will play two tournaments in the international windows with the top three teams from each group automatically qualifying to the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda.

Bright Stars request for change of name approved

Bright Stars - The Touchline Sports

StarTimes Uganda Premier League club, Bright Stars’ request for change of name was approved by the Federation and with immediate effect became Soltilo Bright Stars Football Club.

The decision to this was arrived at during the FUFA Executive Committee meeting held on Tuesday 15th September which was chaired by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo

A listing of ten more clubs handed in requests for change of name, however, Sorts Barca FC’s request to change the name to Ibanda United was unanimously rejected because the name was currently used by another club.

Ibanda United have changed their name to Ibanda Municipal Sports Club therefore their previous name couldn’t be used by another club to avoid lack of clarity.

Full List of Approved requests

  • Bright Stars FC to Soltilo Bright Stars FC
  • Kengere Ward FC to FC Soroti Thunders
  • Light SS FC to Soroti City FC
  • Diamond Stars FC to Arua City Council FC
  • Future Options FC to Rwampara Bulls FC
  • U-Touch FC to Gulu City Council FC
  • Northern City FC to FC Pager
  • Ibanda United FC to Ibanda Municipal Sports Club
  • Bukedea Town Council FC to Blacks Power FC
  • Doves All Stars FC to Arua Hills FC
  • Faith Hope Love FC to Moyo Town Council FHL FC
17th September 2020
Kyetume intensifies quest for Synergy captain

Kyetume Orom Bithum - the touchline sports

Uganda Premier League side Kyetume Football club intensified the quest for Synergy captain Henry Orom Bithum, The Touchline Sports confirmed.

The Slaughterers expressed interest in the hardworking defender, who is capable of playing both on the right and Center back positions.

The defender joined Synergy FC at the start of the 2018/19 season and was named the Buganda Regional club’s captain last season due to his leadership and work ethic.

Jacob Kiplimo a champion again

Jacob Kiplimo Rome - The Touchline Sports

A week after winning the 5000m at the IAAF Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Ugandan Athlete Jacob Kiplimo was yet again a winner, and this time, it was in the 3000m race at the Rome Diamond League.

On Thursday evening, the former junior champion clocked 7:26:64 in the race, outsprinting Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen on the home straight and setting a personal best and meeting record in the process.

Uganda maintains position in FIFA rankings

Uganda maintained the 77th position in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

The Cranes have collected 1321 points, the same total to that when the last edition were released in March.

18th September 2020.
Faisal Ssekyanzi a Red Eagle again

Faisal Ssekyanzi - the touchline sports

Attacking Midfielder Faisal Ssekyanzi re-signed for the Six-time Uganda Premier League champions Express FC.

The 23-year old whose contract at Tooro United had expired at the end of last season, put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Red Eagles.

“Joining Express FC is a huge milestone but what’s more important is playing for the badge, I hope to build on what I achieved last season” Ssekyanzi stated after his unveiling on Friday afternoon.

Last Season, Ssekyanzi was involved in 6 of Tooro United’s 18 goals as they were relegated from the Uganda Premier League.

19th september 2020
Cheptegei, Kiplimo to lead Uganda’s World half marathon boud team

World half marathon - Joshua Cheptegei - The Touchline Sports

Diamond League winning duo of Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo will lead Uganda’s team that will take part in the this year’s 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

The event is set to be held in Gdynia 2020 on October 17, 2020, in the Northern Polish Baltic Coast City of Poland.

Cheptegei will lead the nine-man Ugandan team and will be assisted byJacob Kiplimo Stephen Kissa, Abel Chebet, and Moses Kibet sum up the men’s team.

The team is comprised of four female members and will be spearheaded by Juliet Chekwel who will line up alongside Doreen Chesang, Doreen Chemutai, and Rachael Zena Chebet, some of the country’s finest runners over the distance.

20th September 2020
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni gives Sport greenlight to resume

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni - The Touchline Sports

The President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni allowed ‘outdoor’ sports events to resume provided they follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) provided by the Ministry of Health.

Museveni made the pronouncement during the State of the Nation address on Covid-19 on Sunday evening at the State House in Entebbe.

“Sports can be re-open provided there are no spectators and the players are tested for Covid-19, 72 hours before. This test will expire in 14 days. Hence, the Sportsmen will have to repeat the test every fortnight.”

“Sportsmen and women should remember that masks shouldn’t be worn when you are engaged in straining exercises. With tournaments, teams should be quarantined for the whole season of the competition.”

But, Indoor sports were not allowed to resume.

“Indoor sports activities including Gyms remain closed, those indoor things are very dangerous because that’s where the virus spreads.

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