Timeline: Nsibambi in and out of Cranes camp, Ayub Khalifa tests positive plus all the top stories of the week

Nsibambi Cranes Ayub Khalifa plus Afrobasket - the touchline sports

Derrick Nsibambi was summoned to the Cranes squad however, he did not stay long enough before returning to Egypt with an injury with which he later featured for his club. On the other end, the U17 Girls team head coach Ayub Khalifah tested positive for Covid-19 and will be away from the camp until further notice while Sports Club Villa has also confirmed they are ready to meet the press of the club’s affairs – The timeline with Kamardin Shero.

5th October 2020
SC Villa snaps up Derrick Ssekiranda

Derrick Ssekiranda

Sixteen-time UPL champions SC Villa on Monday morning completed the signing of striker Derrick Ssekiranda from Mengo United FC>

The former KCCA U17 player joined the Joggos on a three-year deal and became the club’s tenth addition for the ongoing transfer window.

6th October 2020
12 home-based players summoned, start preps ahead of FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers

Twelve home-based players were summoned by the team Uganda management and started training preparations on Tuesday evening ahead of the upcoming FIBA AfroBasket 2021 qualifiers in Alexandria, Egypt.

Fayed Baale and Innocent Ochera were some of the new inclusions. David Kongor and Titus Odeke joined club teammate Baale on the team while City Oilers had Jimmy Enabu, James Okello, Tony Drileba, and Ben Komakech.

Other notable players summoned included Joseph Ikong, Geoffrey Soro, Ivan Muhwezi, and Stanley Mugerwa.

Full Summoned list

Home-based players

Ben Komakech (City Oilers), Tony Drileba (City Oilers), Fayed Bbale (UCU Canons), Innocent Ochera (Ndejje), Syrus Kiviiri (Betway Power), Ivan Muhwezi, Jimmy Abraham Enabu (City Oilers), Joseph Ikong Anyuru (Power), David Deng Kongor (UCU), Geoffrey Soro (Power), James Okello (City Oilers), Stanley Mugerwa (Warriors) and Titus Lual Odeke (UCU Canons).


Deng Geu, Emmanuel Mugenga, Eric Rwahwire, Robinson Opong, Ismail Wainwright, and Samuel Kalwanyi.

Derrick Nsibambi pulls out of Cranes Dubai Camp

Derrick Nsibambi - The Touchline sports

Forward Derick Nsibambi pulled out of the Uganda Cranes training camp in Dubai due to a hamstring injury.

The revelation was confirmed by the player himself on his official social media platforms and promised to be back as soon as possible.

However, it was not long enough before he was named in his club’s starting team Al Ittihad in the Egyptian Premier League.

URU declares Heathens as 2019-20 champions

Heathens Rugby Club declared Champions - The Touchline sports

The Uganda Rugby Union (URU) declared Hima Cement Heathens as the 2019-20 Nile Special Stout Rugby Premier League champions after the decision to end the season due to COVID.

The decision was taken after the URU Executive Committee meeting held on 30th September 2020 were members resolved to end the 2019-2020 seasons with immediate effect after describing the condition/situation as “strict but completely understandable conditions” set up by the government in regards to sports resumption which included player testing for COVID-19 every after 2 weeks.

As a result, Heathens were declared the Nile Special Stout Rugby Premier League champions as they were top of the log before the league was suspended in March.

The Union executive meeting also resolved that there would no promotion or relegation from the NSSRPL given the fact that the championship knockout stages weren’t played.

7th October 2020
FUFA reveals new kick-off dates for the 2020-21 UPL season

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) revealed a new date for the start of the 2020-21 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.

The Top-tier kick-off date which was earlier planned for 17th October was postponed to Friday 20th November 2020 to allow teams to adequately prepare for the new season.

The development was confirmed in a circular that was released by FUFA on the guidance of resumption of football activities.

“Kick-off of the 2020/2021 season is postponed from Saturday, October 17th to Friday, November 20, 2020,” read part of the circular.

Joshua Cheptegei breaks another Bekele record

Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei broke Bekele’s 15-year old world record in the 10,000m by nearly 7 seconds, in the NN Valencia WR Day In Spain.

The 24-yeat old clocked 26:11.02 to break the previous record set by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele at the Brussels’Memorial Van Damme meeting in Belgium.

It was the fourth record Cheptegei had broken in less than a year after breaking the 10km, 5km, and 5000m world records.

Uganda Cranes finally departs Uganda for Dubai

The Uganda Cranes finally departed for the training camp in Dubai on Wednesday evening aboard Ethiopian Airlines.

The team was supposed to depart on Sunday evening but did not make it due to a delay in the processing of some documents but finally departed and arrived safely in Dubai on Thursday morning.

Jayden Onen, Elvis Bwomono, Joseph Ochaya, Bevis Mugabi, Allan Kyambadde, Nicholas Wadada, Farouk Miya, and Jamal Salim were the eight foreign-based players that were already in Dubai before the local-based players’ departure from Uganda.

8th August 2020
Uganda women’s U17 preparations suffer a blow as Coach test positive for COVID-19

Uganda’s U-17 Women’s team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi tested positive for COVID-19.

Ayub confirmed the development on Thursday evening and said he is currently in self-isolation from where he will conduct sessions for the team which is currently in camp.

“I have on Thursday 8th October 2020 tested positive for COVID -19.

” I am now in self-isolation from the camp for a period as guided by the health officials for better medication and recovery.”

Uganda will face Cameroon in the first leg of the final qualification round on 31st October in Kampala before a second leg two weeks later in Yaoundé and the aggregate winners will automatically book a place in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India early next year.

9th November 2020
SC Villa inquires about using the Wankulukuku stadium

Record Uganda Premier league champions SC Villa sent in their request to the Wankulukuku management last month inquiring if they could use the stadium as their home ground for the 2020/21 season.

“We, therefore, write to the management of Muteesa II Stadium applying to be hosted here for the 2020/2021 season.” Part of the letter read

“We hope that management gives us permission to access and host all our home games at the stadium.”

If the permission is granted, SC Villa and Express FC will have to share the ground.

10th October 2021
Uganda Women U17  starts preps

In preparation for their world cup qualifier ties against Cameroon, the Uganda Women Under-17 team held their first training session on Friday afternoon at the Startimes stadium in Lugogo.

The training sessions were conducted by assistant coach Brenda Namuyanja after the absence of coach Ayub Khalifa who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

11th October 2020
Paddy Muhumuza joins Arua Hills SC

Midfielder Paddy Muhumuza joined FUFA Big League outfits Arua Hill Sports Club from Tooro United.

Muhumuza was unveiled by the club on their social media platforms after putting pen to paper on a two-year employment contract, becoming the club’s latest addition after Dan Birikwalira ( Vipers SC), Rashid Agau (Maroons FC), Kawooya (Tooro United), Collins Onega and Ceaser Okhuti from Onduparaka FC were snapped up by the Big league club.

12th October 2020
SC Villa finally decides date with the press

SC Villa date with Press - William Nkemba - the touchline sports

Sixteen-time Uganda Premier League champions SC Villa finally decided that they will hold a press conference to declare the work done by the interim committee that is led by former player Eng. William Nkemba.

The meeting is set for this coming Wednesday, 14th October 2020 at the Sheraton’s Rwenzori Ball Room at 9 am.

Kamardin Shero
Senior sports Editor at The Touchline Sports | Am down to earth person with a great heart of always wanting to assist where possible.

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