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Ekiring can still make Olympics

Edwin Ekiring is still gutted after being ejected from the Uganda International on Friday. He lost to Italy’s Wisnu Hary Putro 2-0. The youthful ace, who was forced to pull out at the quarter final stage due to injury last year, is yet to win the biggest tournament on the Ugandan calendar “I have more pressure to do well when I play at home,” said Ekiring, who rued an opportunity to impress the home crowd and win over some more fans. Successful 2011 Ekiring enjoyed a successful 2011 season winning a silver medal at the All Africa Games in Maputo, gold at the Botswana International and silver at the South Africa International. His performance for Dutch club Amsterfoort has also …

Man United better crisis managers

One of the sweet ambiguities of football that would have Alex Ferguson repeat those infamous words “bloody hell” has his tinkering and unpredictability working, while the relative stability of Andre Villas-Boas is not. Amidst all the chaos at Chelsea this season, triggered almost exclusively by a lack of the patience required to manage transition, there lies a recent expectedness about their line-up that will have gone unnoticed because of unsavoury scoreboards. On recent weekends, it will have been Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge on either side of Fernando Torres upfront, Oriol Romeu and Frank Lampard joined by Raul Mereiles in the middle (in the absence of Ramires and with Florent Malouda and Michael Essien providing back-up), John Terry and David …

Aubameyang leads Gabon against Mali

He has scored three goals in as many matches during the group stages at the current 28th edition of Orange African Cup of Nations, and has been hailed as Gabonese equivalent to Cameroon’s star striker Samuel Eto’o. But all that will be history unless Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helps Les Panthers past Mali into the semi-finals. The 22-year-old lanky striker, born in France and currently playing for French Ligue 1 side St Etienne, has been the revelation of a tournament lacking quality strikers after the disappointment of losing Senegal’s quartet –Demba Ba, Mamadou Niang, Moussa Sow and Papiss Cisse following their team’s shock exit. Aubameyang’s movement, work rate and creativity have also been exciting for the tournament which has lacked spark in …

Crunch time in Fufa/USL wrangles

While nothing extra-ordinary is expected to come out of the Lugogo meeting today, developments in the course of the day will be some step in trying to solve the impasse between local soccer Fufa and league managers Uganda Super League (USL). Not only will the sports ministry meet the two warring factions – Fufa, Uganda Super League (USL) and the topflight clubs, it’s also a day two senior officials from world body Fifa are expected in the country to assess the disturbing situation between the duo. A communication from Zurich, Fifa headquarters, to Fufa indicates that development officer Ashford Mamelodi and Primo Corvaro from the Fifa Member Associations Committee are the officials due in today. Fufa publicist Rogers Mulindwa confirmed …

Ssegonga calls it quits

One of Uganda’s most decorated referees Mohamed Ssegonga has retired from officiation of all matches. The 41 year old who became a FIFA referee in 1998, wrote to international soccer governing body FIFA requesting to be released from referees’ official duties due to personal reasons. The teacher cum referee officiated at the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and has been in charge of various continental club and international engagements. In a farewell message, the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Edgar Watson commended Ssegonga for the noble representation of Uganda at the different CAF and FIFA assignments that he executed.