DAVID ISABIRYE: Santa Claus wishes for Uganda’s sports in 2017

Santa Claus shows how it is done with a dunk

This is the long awaited season that Saint Nicholas (Kris Kringle), popularly known as Santa Claus is desperately visiting every country and home on planet earth to offer special gifts ahead of Christmas day and the new year, 2017 in a few days’ time.

Across the divide, the day presents special moments of the year to celebrate with family members, workmates, lovers, friends and foes alike.

Uganda inclusive, Santa Claus is around the corner to deliver the special gifts to the different excelling sports icons and teams that have toppled the rest throughout the year.

In the same vein, Santa will offer tips on how to maintain the status quo and perform better in the next 365 days and beyond.

To all the Uganda sports federations, Santa offers heartfelt appreciation for all the exceptional sporting disciplines and sportsmen alike.

The different sports icons and federations would definitely wish to whisper a word or two to Santa Claus.

From the Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC), the National Council of Sports, sports commissions to the respective sports federations, Santa Claus has the best wishes and aspirations.

2016 being the Olympic year, Santa welcomes back all the athletes from Brazil and officials who traveled with team Uganda including self made philanthropist, Jack Pemba.

Pemba signed a mega deal in the United Arab Emirates

Football Family:

Being the number one sport on the globe, many football players, fans and administrators would wish to thank Santa for the Christmas gifts and pray to the Almighty they live longer to get many of those gifts year in, year out.

The Uganda football family whispers thank you to Santa for the year gone by.

Playing at the CHAN finals in Rwanda and qualifying to the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Uganda Cranes nearly engulfed all the football news.

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Uganda Cranes’ players celebrate Farouk Miya’s goal against Congo Brazzaville in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Santa is offering an additional bonus of $20,000 to the team that played in the entire AFCON 2017 qualification campaign.

He has a special green hamper pack for the Onduparaka fans. The fans in Arua have exhibited how football should be cheered about.

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Onduparaka fans carry a casket before they won 2-1 against KCCA at the Green Light Stadium. Santa has a special gift to them

Santa wishes the best for the various local leagues from division two, first division, the FUFA Big League, National Beach Soccer League and the Uganda Premier League.

Champions KCCA and Vipers:

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KCCA celebrates the league success at Nakivubo stadium

 

Vipers celebrate with the trophy after defeating Onduparaka 3-1 to win the 2016 Uganda Cup

Santa carries with him 30 brand new pairs of playing boots for each member on the Vipers Sports Club and KCCA for winning the Uganda Cup and the Uganda Premier League respectively in the previous season.

Santa wishes the Uganda Cranes success in the forthcoming AFCON championships that will be held in Gabon come January 2017.

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Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic lifted by fans at the Namboole stadium.

He has a special bible for the Cranes ahead of the last phase of the FIFA World 2018 qualifiers that resume in September where Uganda leads is second in Group D with 4 points behind Egypt (6), Ghana (1) and Congo Brazzaville (0).

Santa will hand over a soccer board to coach Micho

Santa has offered a special coaching board to the head coach, Milutin Sredojevic on how to practically demonstrate to the players the on and off the ball movements as well as offering that crucial motivational talk prior to the games proper.

To KCCA and Vipers who will represent the country at the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup respectively, Santa has carried with him special angels to bless the players as they prepare for the continental show piece where Uganda’s clubs have struggled to make the cut.

He also carries a glittering synthetic Christmas tree to every member on the KCCA team for being the 2016 Christmas champions.

Beach Soccer:

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Nkumba Select and Uganda Beach Soccer national team captain, Roch Somoka dribbles during a league match at Lido beach in Entebbe

Santa will reserve a day for Nkumba Select Beach Soccer team for an evening out on the beach to eat fish, wine and dance for winning the 2016 Uganda Beach soccer title.

For the national team (Uganda Sand Cranes), Santa extends a financial package of $35,000 to help the team take part in as many international competitions as possible.

Women Football:

For the ladies who play the beautiful game, Santa has special boots for the various players.

He carries along with him sports bras for the lady players who play in the FUFA Women Elite league and all the Uganda Sand Cranes players who helped the national women side to finish fourth at the 2016 CECAFA Women Championship.

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US based Uganda Crested Cranes players Laki Otandeka chips the ball during the 2016 CECAFA Women Championship that took place at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru

 

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Uganda Crested Cranes team that finished 4th at the 2016 CECAFA Women Championship

He also has a bag of allowances for the girls amounting to $ 15,000.

Football Delegates:

2017 being the football election year, Santa  has a special note book for each of the over 80 football delegates with a manual well spelt out on how to ‘vote’ wisely.

Basketball:

With the recently concluded Zone V Club Championship and Africa Champions Cup where Uganda representative City Oilers played gallantly in the region and continent respectively, Santa has a brand new pair of sneakers for each member of the team.

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City Oilers Basketball Club before they took on BEAC Basketball at the 2016 FIBA Champions Cup in Egypt

Besides, he has carried a fat envelope to each member of the winning team and those on team UCU Lady Canons for winning the league honors and East Africa University Games.

Rugby:

Santa is well aware that the Rugby premiership has just taken the break to grant the players a breather in these festive days.

Uganda Rugby Cranes

He however welcomes back the national 7s team from the World Series with a rugby golden ball to each squads-man and a well tailored suit to the team that won the Africa 7s title in Nairobi.

On a serious note however, Santa’s official comment to the Ugandan ruggers is simple;

Enjoy responsibly, take less beers and food, the league resumes early January 2017.

Special gifts (mouth guards and brand new rugby balls) are offered to the league champions.

Netball:

Netball remains one of the oldest sports world wide but its snail pace development still worries the players, the sport die-hards and administrators.

Having qualified for the U-21 Netball World Cup, Santa Claus will offer a warm hug to every girl on the team on top of an open voucher for the players.

The Uganda She Cranes team after meeting the Parliamentarians in a session

The iron lady, Peace Proscovia, who plays netball, handball and basketball as well, Santa carries flowered kits for all her sporting disciplines and tonnes of energy enhancing drinks.

Pool:

The game is normally played and enjoyed in entertainment hubs and bars.

Santa follows every cue shot on the Pool tables in every corner of the country by the over 6000 players.

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2016 National pool champion, Sula Matovu also won the 2016 Christmas Championship

To the reigning National Pool Champion, Sula Matovu, Santa offers a special cue to the champion who features at CKI pool club.

Being part of the Uganda Pool Cranes team that scooped gold at the African meet held in Kampala, Uganda, Santa offers an additional Ug.shs 10M per player.

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Uganda Pool Cranes teams pose for a group photo with the National Council of Sports officials at Lugogo

Matovu also earns fuel for a full year that will be used in his car that he won at the National Championship in Lugogo.

Lady Pool players like the 2016 Pool queen, Vicky Namuyanja, Santa carries a well branded Pool table as the surprise gift.

Santa offers gift of a Santa colored Pool table, sweets and chocolates to the Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) for all its efforts of organizing the league and national teams as well as 2016 African championship that were hosted in  Kampala.

Golf:

As Santa flies over to deliver the gifts and inspirational talk, he is all over the different the golf courses across the country with a big risk the golf balls over the skyline can even hit him

The eagle’s eye and birdies are as eye catching as many rookies hope to target just that.

Santa wishes the golf family a bright Christmas time.

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Ronald Otile tees off at Uganda Golf Club

He will however reserve praise for Ronald Otile, who defended the country’s major golf championship – the Uganda Amateur Golf Championship and part of team Uganda that defended the East African Golf Challenge trophy in Ethiopia.

Santa will issue Otile a copy of the world’s elite golf magazine and pocket money of $5000 as he returns to his South Africa based university in January 2017.

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Ronald Otil recieves his trophy

He will also wish golf professionals a great year ahead especially as far as breaking the ice berg of making the cut in major golf events in the country and those organized out of Uganda.

To Deo Akope who made the cut at the prestigious 3e Actuaries Golf tournament in Equatorial Guinea, Santa offers to sponsor him fully to the 2017 edition.

Santa has a golf kit for lady golfer, Sergent Flavia Namakula for defending the Uganda ladies open.

Rowing:

Like all the other sports in Uganda, Santa is sad the long administrative wrangles that marred the sport have returned to dirt this water game.

For no sporting event held in the year 2016 under the Uganda Rowing Association, Santa has no kind words for the administration of President Hamza Khawa.

He also tasks the Government of Uganda for tax waivers on donated sports vessels after the Uganda Canoe and Kayaking Association failed to clear taxes of donated sports equipment that had boats.

Canoes auctioned by Uganda Revenue Authority which were bought by Nalubaale Rowing Club

URA auctioned the boats and Nalubaale Rowing Club were the beneficiary as they cleared the taxes to take the boats donated.

Santa still anticipates the best to come for rowing in 2017.

Athletics:

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Japhet Kipyegon Korir leads the pack

Santa has a special cock for the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF).

2016 was an Olympic year and Uganda sent in athletes at the Rio De Janeiro games.

With no results shown, Santa is not happy at all but offers his virgin terrain near Bukwo to UAF for the athletes to train ahead of the 2017 World Cross Country Championship that Uganda will host in Kampala.

Volleyball:

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Santa wishes the Ugandan Volleyball fraternity the best Christmas Holidays ever.

With elections coming up, Santa tasks delegates to vote wisely.

He offers special nets and balls to all the clubs in the top flight and lower divisions as well as schools and other learning institutions.

Cricket:

The Cricket family, like the rest of the group will be eager to receive Santa Claus.

True, Santa does not like mediocre performances, but cricket being the gentleman’s sport, Santa will accord them special Care and time.

Chess:

Retired chess gem, Harold Wanyama receives a golden chess board for his exceptional service to the game.

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Harold Wanyama

Santa wishes him the best for the rest of the times ahead of him.

For the rest of the games, Woodball, Cricket, Table Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Darts, Motor rally, Boxing, Lawn Tennis, Hockey, Athletics, Polo, Kick boxing, Lacrosse, Handball Santa says keep up the spirit as the struggle continues.

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Polo action at Kakira grounds. Santa has 20 horses to the teams that will play in 2017

 

Lillian Zawedde tee-off with her mallet at a beach woodball circuit. Zawedde preformed well throughout the year both on grass and sand. Santa has an assortment of woodball gear to the Uganda Woodball Federation (UWbF)

Santa offers kick boxer Moses Golola and weightlifter, Ivan Byekwaso, 5 tonnes of maize and other cereals with food supplements to help the prized sportsmen win more honours.

L-R: Kickboxers Matisko, Patricia Apolot and Shakey Mubiru

Santa sends a special congratulatory message to Ndejje University for coming top of over 40 universities at the 2016 East African University Games, winning with a massive 39 gold medals.

Sports Reporters In Uganda:

Santa calls upon unity among the sports journalists in country under the umbrella body, Uganda Sports Press Association.

To the respective sports journalists, Santa has categorized their gifts.

One group will share the wines and spirits pack, an online journal and a container of laptops to the others.

Santa has also created a new whats-up group for the sports journalists, only to be used in this festive epoch.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS 2017.