The national football team, the Uganda Cranes will camp in Istanbul, Turkey as part of their preparations for their World Cup deciding qualifier against Senegal on September 7th. This has been confirmed by Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic while addressing the media in Kampala. The Serbian also said that the Cranes will start training in Kampala with available players this afternoon. Uganda will also play a friendly against Botswana in Gaborone on August 31 en route to Istanbul. Micho is confident the game against Botswana and the camp in Istanbul will help prepare the players mentally and physically for the tough assignment against Senegal. The Senegal-Uganda match will be played in Marrakesh – Morocco. Uganda must beat the Lions of Teranga …
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has been confirmed as the chief runner at the 2nd Annual Rotary Cancer Run slated for 25th August at Kololo Independence grounds. The Cancer run is an initiative by Rotarians to raise funds for the construction of the second phase of the Cancer Ward at Nsambya hospital estimated at 1.1 billion. According to the chairman, Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme Steven Mwanje, about 600 million has been raised and it is hoped that the run will be able to raise enough funds to complete the ward. Other prominent personalities expected to grace the marathon are the Uganda Cranes, led by coach Micho Sredojevich, Central Bank Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile and golfers Flavia Namakula and Deo Akope.
Uganda’s Jas Mangat is favored to win this year’s V Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally that starts tomorrow at Lubiri. Mangat who drives a powerful Mitsubishi Evo10 leads both the national and African Rally Championship log with 58 points. His close competitor Muhammad Essa on 50 points will also stage a big fight. According to a provisional start list, Mangat will be flagged off first followed by reigning continental champion Essa. Ronald Ssebuguzi will take off third while Zambian Jassy Singh and Kenyan champion Carl Tundo are fourth and fifth respectively. 2011 Pearl Rally winner Ponsiano Lwakataka will hit the road eighth. Already 43 drivers have been confirmed by the FIA to take part in the event.
Leila Blick believes equaling fellow lady driver Susan Muwonge’s feat of winning a national championship remains one of her driving forces. Muwonge became the first woman to win a national championship in Africa when she clinched the National Rally Championship in the male dominated sport in 2011. Leila, Muwonge and Kenyan Helen Shiri will be pitting their wits against 24 male drivers. Muwonge in a Subaru N11, Leila in an Evolution five and Shiri in a Subaru will be the trio to watch as the 5th edition of the VPower Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 2013 gets under way this weekend. Century Bottling Company has boosted the event with water cartons, sodas and cash for the drivers.
The Uganda Cranes have been voted as the best sports personality by the Uganda Sports Press Association for the month of July unopposed. The Cranes qualified for their second straight Championship of African Nations after they defeated Tanzania 1-0 and 3-1 away from home and at home respectively. The national team was up against volleyball national teams that excelled recently on the regional stage. Athlete Ronald Musagala who is the only Ugandan to qualify for the World Athletes championship also got a mention. Golfers Deo Akope and Flavia Namakula were also among those recognized.