AFCON: Kabushenga orders……

first_imgUgandans are enterprising, so there was even a business proposal thrown in. “I can as well add some touch on it by labeling it with your name using the latest technology! Your staff as well,” said @aagaba1.Historic return for CranesNearly four decades on from their last appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations, Uganda return to the tournament Tuesday with coach Milutin Sredojevic describing a date with 2015 runners-up Ghana as their destiny. “The order is in good faith. I hope no one will complain,” tweeted Richard Tumusiime @tumusiimeri soon after.“Just about what every Ugandan Employer should do tomorrow!” added Edward Echwalu @echwalu before many others took the opportunity to hit at national broadcaster UBC for failing to telecast the ongoing Nations Cup finals.“Why didn’t u order them to broadcast the match..#thnx Fr fa support,” said Moses Mukisa @MukisaWalker.The show of support for the boys in Gabon was nationwide, with a tweet from Mbarara indicating they already had their jerseys on a day in advance. The only side from eastern Africa at the tournament in Gabon, the Uganda Cranes are tasting the Cup of Nations for the first time since 1978, before any of their current squad were born.Back then, they lost 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the final, and 39 years later the same opponents await them in their Group D opener in Port-Gentil at 7pm.“I feel honoured, pleased and privileged to be here. We have worked very hard in Uganda to make this happen. Thirty-plus million people have dreamt to have us here,” said the Serbian Sredojevic, better known by his nickname “Micho” and who first began coaching in Uganda in 2001.“So many things you can escape but destiny you cannot — the last game of Uganda was in the final of the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana. Our first match back after 39 years is against Ghana so there is that symbolic aspect.”Uganda cannot compete with Ghana’s record at the Cup of Nations but they took four points off the Black Stars in their ultimately unsuccessful bid to qualify for the 2015 Cup of Nations and also held them to a 0-0 draw in Tamale in World Cup qualifying last October.“We will fight for first goal, first point, first win and possible qualification to the next round. The fact that we are the only country from the CECAFA region makes us proud. If we do well, then we have achieved a feat,” Micho said, adding ” If not, it’s an experience and a step towards the future. We are building a team and we have a project for Cameroon 2019.”“I am proud to coach Uganda. Since I took over, we have won 27 games, drew nine and nine losses. We have established a team identity and we will keep this starting from tomorrow’s game.”Ghana coach Avram Grant has admitted the pressure is on his team as they look to win a fifth Cup of Nations title, and a first since 1982.The Israeli almost led them to glory two years ago, but they lost on penalties to the Ivory Coast in the final in Equatorial Guinea.The majority of the 2015 side remains, including skipper Asamoah Gyan, who is preparing for his sixth Cup of Nations.“No disrespect to the Uganda team, but everybody knows statistically we are ahead of them,” said Gyan on Monday.“If they beat Ghana it’s big news for them. If we beat them, people might say it’s a normal thing.” Ugandan fans celebrate soon after Cranes qualified last year. FILE PHOTO KCCA MEDIATODAY: Uganda vs Ghana 7pmYou know a nation is excited when the CEO of one of the country’s leading companies tweets this: “I have ordered all @newvisionwire staff to wear the @UgandaCranes jersey to work tomorrow when our team plays #AFCON2017. U do the same.”The tweet by Vision Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Kabushenga Monday morning set social media alight, with the reactions “for” and “against” simply confirming the underlying excitement as the national football team Cranes returns to Africa’s top competition for the first time since 1978.Vision Group CEO @rkabushenga orders all employees to don Uganda Cranes jerseys tomorrow|https://t.co/54Bm9PFyDV via @PearlVibe pic.twitter.com/ztUGnauB28— Enywaru Pius (@penywaru) January 16, 2017 SEE GHANA-UGANDA FACTS P2Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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Mikey’s personal best puts Worlebury in front

first_img10 Aug 2015 Mikey’s personal best puts Worlebury in front A personal best from 14-year-old Mikey Nicholls helped his Somerset club to the top of the leaderboard after today’s first round of the Junior Champion Club tournament.The 18-handicapper from Worlebury had a gross score of nine-over 78 on the Green course at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, and earned 45 points.He was supported by Dominic Williams, who scored 39, while their third team member, Ryan Thrupp had 28. With the best two scores counting in each round, Worlebury are the halfway leaders on 84 points.They’re being chased by the trio from Doncaster, who all played below their handicaps and whose team score is 80.Meanwhile 12-year-old Imogen Rafferty had the best girls’ score of the day with 40 points and led Breadsall Priory into third place on 77 points.The Derbyshire team are two ahead of Newton Green, Suffolk and of Horsehay Village from Shropshire & Herefordshire, whose players include another 12-year-old, Euan Muttitt-Jones, who also had a personal best and scored 43 points.The morning starters had to play through a heavy downpour but the overall scoring, with 21 competitors playing below their handicaps, contributed to a sparkling start for England Golf’s first Golf Week. The Junior Champion Club was the first event to tee off the five-day festival which celebrates team and handicap golf.The rain had no effect on Nicholls as he compiled his best-ever round. “I don’t mind the rain. It makes the course play differently but you keep the same mindset,” he remarked.He went out with a clear game plan and stuck to it: “Keeping a double bogey off the card was definitely my aim, then trying for bogeys and making the pars when I could,” he said. “Tomorrow, I’ll just start all over again.” Nicholls is a member of the Somerset U14 squad and is targeting a 12 handicap this season.The Doncaster team were on excellent form with Jack Ciullo scoring 37 points, Cameron Newman 39 and Connor Longworth 41. It was a show which impressed their sizeable crowd of supporters: “The club has never been to this before and a lot of people have come to support and more are coming tomorrow,” said Longworth. “Anyone in pink – that’s us!”They all had highlights in their rounds. Longworth almost aced the par three 17th and enjoyed a tap-in birdie. Ciullo hit the pin on the 9th and lipped out for eagle. Newman birdied the first to get his round going – and between them they had five birdies.Breadsall Priory’s challenge was led by Imogen Rafferty, who plays off 21 and enjoyed the experience of playing in a major event, describing her day as “Really fun!” Her team-mates were Marley Najak who added 37 point to her 41; and Joseph Capewell who had 34.Euan Muttitt-Jones was the first player to tee off in the championship and set an impressive standard. The 12-year-old, playing off 15 handicap, was round in 77 gross and scored 43 points. He said: “I don’t know what happened, I just kept hitting greens and I had a couple of birdies.”He added: “I was playing so well I thought they must have shortened the tees! It’ll be hard to do it again but I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”Muttitt-Jones, a member of his county development squad, was supported by Max Robinson, who had 32 points, and Jack Edwards who had 31.The second and final round starts tomorrow morning at 8am.Click here for full scores.Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

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