Timeline: Onyango lands Huawei deal, FUFA receives 5.6BN, Galiwango to Vipers, and all the top headlines of the week.

June 22, 2020
Uganda cranes players remind President Museveni of the promised pledge

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On Monday, social media was floated by several posts of several Uganda Cranes players who participated in the 2019 Africa Cup of the Nations reminding the President of the Republic of Uganda about the 1M dollar token of appreciation that he promised them nine months.

Headed by team captain Denis Onyango the post read;

“Greetings from Uganda Cranes players Your Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

In these tough Covid-19 times with everyone trying to fend for themselves, we find the timing right to remind you as the No.1 citizen of the Pearl of Africa about the $1m (One Million Dollars) promise soon after our respectable show during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt last year.

As a captain, my teammates (some already retired now) have been on my neck humbling requesting (others in a demanding tone because of the desperate times) me to remind you of the promise.

We feel frustrated, unhappy, and somewhat under-appreciated that our token of appreciation hangs in balance. We truly believe that you will come to our rescue soonest as you have done in the past.”

June 23, 2020
Cranes winger Abdu Lumala underwent a successful knee surgery

Uganda cranes and Pyramids FC pacey winger Abdul Lumala underwent successful knee surgery on his right leg in Belgium capital Brussels on Tuesday.

This was Lumala’s second surgery in a space of five months after undergoing the initial surgery late in December 2019 in Cairo. But, his doctors advised him to have complete knee surgery.

Galiwango joins Vipers

Earlier this week reports indicated that the most talked-about player during this transfer window, Disan Galiwango had joined Vipers SC on a two-year contract and he’s only waiting for the official unveiling.

Galiwango who has been linked to several clubs like KCCA FC has been a free agent after talks to renew with Express FC fell through.

If the reports are true, Galiwango will join a list of left-backs at Vipers SC including Aziz Kayondo, Farouk Musisi, and Dan Birikwalira.

June 24, 2020
Wakiso Giants appoints Douglas Bamweyana as new Head Coach

Wakiso Giants FC appointed Douglas Bamweyana as the club’s new Head Coach on a three-year contract replacing Livingstone Mbabazi who was fired towards the end of the 2019/20 season.

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Bamweyana who sunk Maroons but has previously saved Express FC and SC Villa joins a Wakiso side that is not patient with underperforming managers.

The CAF A license holder will be assisted by Richard Wasswa, Ali Kiggundu, and ‘Steven Bengo’ as well.

June 25, 2020
Saidi Keni commits future at SC Villa

SC Villa custodian Saidi Keni committed his future to 16-time Uganda Premier League champions after penning down a new two-year contract which will see him playing for the Jogoos up to 2022.

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“We are excited to announce that Saidi Keni has put pen to paper on a new contract, which will keep him at SC Villa until January 2022. This contract has been signed with the option to extend it for another year.” Read part of the club’s official statement.

Saidi Keni joined the Jogoos in 2019 and has been a key player for Edward Kaziba’s side which finished 3rd in the just-concluded 2019/20 Startimes Uganda Premier League season.

FUFA to receive 1.5M dollar Covid-19 relief fund from FIFA

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) will receive 1.5M dollars from the world football governing body FIFA as part of the post-COVID-19 relief plan.

“All member associations will be given a universal solidarity grant of $1m, with an additional $500,000 grant specifically for women’s football. Each confederation will also receive a grant of $2m,” reads part of the statement on FIFA’s website.

It is understood that all clubs will benefit from this fund in a rebuilding process following the catastrophe caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which hit the world of sports badly.

June 26, 2020
Abdallah Mubiru extends his stay at Police FC

Out of contract Abdallah Mubiru decided to extend his stay with Police FC for another three years after signing a new contract which will see him manage the Cops up to 2023.

Since joining the Police FC in 2017, Mubiru has only guided them to 7th place as their best finish in the 2017/18 season. But, they narrowly survived relegation last season when they finished 13th on the table with one point above the relegation zone.

Police also appointed Fahad Lumu as the new club CEO replacing Francis Kidega.

Denis Onyango lands Huawei deal

Uganda Cranes skipper and Mamelodi Sundowns custodian Denis Onyango and his club captain landed a new lucrative deal to promote Chinese company Huawei’s new GT 2e smartwatch.

The GT 2e watch is the new Huawei’s smartwatch which is equipped with various functions including checking heart rate and monitoring a person’s breathing rate which makes it suitable for athletes in their day to day routines.

Onyango and his counterpart will participate in a push-ups challenge on 1st July versing musicians.

June 27, 2020
Vipers SC extends the VIP section of St. Mary’s Stadium

Another highlight of the week was the announcement of the extension of St. Mary’s Stadium VIP section the home of StarTimes Uganda Premier League club Vipers SC.

The newly extended section will accommodate 1225 VIP fans ahead of the new season. The club announced via their website.

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