It’s been more than a year of anticipation, but the Uganda Rugby Cranes 15s men’s team is finally poised to make its long-awaited return to international competition. The stage is set for an exhilarating showdown as they prepare to face Zambia in a condensed edition of the Victoria Cup. This event is part of a tri-nation tournament that includes Kenya, Zimbabwe, and the host country, Uganda.
Zimbabwe, a formidable competitor in the rugby arena, expressed their apologies for their absence this year, leaving the field open for the Cranes to lock horns with Zambia and Kenya. Rugby enthusiasts and supporters across the nation are eagerly looking forward to this thrilling encounter.
Leading the charge for the Uganda Rugby Cranes is the talented and experienced Ivan Magomu, known as the Pirates ship pivot. Magomu is no stranger to the responsibilities of captaincy, having led the team during their remarkable journey to France in 2022 for the Gold Cup. His leadership on and off the field is expected to be a pivotal factor in the Cranes’ performance.
In the backline, the team will have the dynamic Conrad Wanyama, a player renowned for his exceptional skills and contributions to the game. On the forward line, the Cranes will draw strength from Byron Oketayot, a formidable force in the rugby world. Oketayot has been enjoying a remarkable comeback season, earning his place in the extended National 7s team after playing a crucial role in elevating the KOBs to the summit of the 7s competition.
Joining the team from the KOBs is Faraji Odugo, who will occupy a crucial position between the two props. Odugo’s outstanding performance during the KOBs’ impressive run earned him a well-deserved call-up to the extended 7s team for the year 2023.
To maintain the spirit of the National 7s team, former skipper Michael Wokorach is making his return to the Cranes, lining up at his preferred position of outside center. He will partner with the seasoned Eric Mula Mula, bringing their collective experience and expertise to the team.
Timothy Kisiga, who made his international 7s debut over five years ago, is making a much-anticipated return to the 15s format. This marks a significant moment in his rugby journey and a chance to showcase his skills on the international stage.
The wings for this exhilarating encounter will be held by two formidable players from the East – Jacob Ocen from Jinja Hippos, a versatile and dynamic utility player, and Shakim Sembusi of the Walukuba Barbarians, a rising star in the rugby world.
After more than seven months away from the game, Charles Uhuru is making a grand return to the rugby scene. He will assume his role in the engine room, lining up as a lock alongside the experienced Eliphaz Emong. Their partnership is expected to fortify the team’s strength in the forward pack.
In a 5-3 bench split, rugby enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing the debut of two promising players coming off the bench. Liam Walker, a skillful playmaker, and the proud Pirate Sydney Gongodyo are expected to make their mark on the game and contribute to the Cranes’ performance.
The stage is set, and expectations are high as the Uganda Rugby Cranes 15s men’s team readies itself for a thrilling international return. Rugby enthusiasts and supporters are eagerly awaiting this exciting clash against Zambia, where the Cranes aim to showcase their skills, determination, and teamwork in the quest for victory. It promises to be a memorable and intense encounter that will captivate fans and add a new chapter to the rich history of Ugandan rugby.
BREAKING: Multiple people shot at Super Bowl parade in Kansas City
In a shocking turn of events, a shooting occurred at the parade celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl championship, leaving multiple people injured. Reports indicate that shots were fired near Union Station, where the celebration was taking place, shortly after the festivities concluded.
Eyewitnesses described scenes of chaos as fans in red Chiefs gear scattered in response to the gunfire. Emergency responders swiftly arrived at the scene, with ambulances seen with flashing lights and at least one person spotted on a stretcher.
The shooting cast a shadow over what was meant to be a joyous occasion, with thousands of fans gathered to celebrate their team’s historic victory. Union Station, which had been bustling with excitement just moments before, became the center of a police investigation as authorities worked to secure the area and tend to the injured.
Despite the heightened security measures in place due to the large crowds expected for the parade, the incident unfolded rapidly, catching many by surprise. Police officers rushed to the scene, and two armed individuals were reportedly detained, although details surrounding their involvement remain unclear.
As the investigation into the shooting continues, questions arise about the safety measures in place at public events of this magnitude. The Super Bowl parade, a momentous occasion for Kansas City and its football fans, was marred by this tragic turn of events.
Authorities are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward as they work to piece together the sequence of events and identify those responsible. The incident serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of vigilance and security at public gatherings, even during times of celebration.
The community’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting and their families as they navigate this difficult time. As details emerge, the city of Kansas City rallies together in support of those affected by this senseless act of violence.
Meek Mill Endorses Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl Ad Against Antisemitism
Meek Mill has thrown his support behind Robert Kraft’s latest Super Bowl ad, which features Civil Rights-era veterans speaking out against antisemitism.
The ad, organized by Kraft’s Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (FCAS), marks the organization’s debut Super Bowl commercial and stars Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a key figure in the Civil Rights movement who served as a speechwriter and legal counsel for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Jones, who played a pivotal role in drafting Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington in 1963, is featured prominently in the ad. Meek Mill recently shared a post about a phone call between Kraft and Dr. Jones, hinting at the upcoming ad.
Last year, Meek Mill expressed his solidarity with Robert Kraft after the New England Patriots owner pledged $25 million towards combating discrimination through the “Stand Up To Jewish Hate” campaign, initiated by the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism.
Kraft’s campaign aims to raise awareness about the rising incidents of antisemitism, both online and offline, across the country. Meek Mill showed his support for Kraft and the initiative on Twitter, lauding the philanthropist with diamond emojis and a shoutout.
According to PEOPLE, Meek Mill and former Patriots star Tom Brady will leverage their platforms to promote the campaign. This collaboration is not the first between Meek Mill and Kraft, as they previously worked together, alongside JAY-Z and Michael Rubin, on the criminal justice reform organization, REFORM Alliance.
In a gesture of appreciation, Meek Mill and JAY-Z gifted Kraft a blue drop-top Bentley for his 80th birthday, accompanied by a heartfelt birthday card praising Kraft’s youthful energy and impactful work. Kraft had also visited Meek Mill in prison in 2018, acknowledging the rapper’s intelligence and advocating for criminal justice reform.
The relationship between Meek Mill and Robert Kraft underscores their shared commitment to social justice causes, extending beyond the realms of music and sports.
Megan Thee Stallion Teases Nike Collaboration with Bold Workout Video
Megan Thee Stallion is offering fans a glimpse into her highly anticipated collaboration with Nike, sharing her vision for the collection in a lively social media post.
On Wednesday (February 7), the Houston Hottie treated followers to a workout video featuring a fast-paced voiceover outlining her plans for the crossover.
“I went to they goddamn headquarters and I said, ‘Nike, first of all, we need some sports bras for the big-titty bitches, we need some shit that’s going to make the long-leg girls look poppin,’” she asserted, as footage previewed a sleek bodysuit from her upcoming collection. “We need to turn these goddamn ponies into goddamn stallions.”
Megan continued, “Bitch, it ain’t only bodysuits in the collection; we got everything — we got shorts, we got bras, we got goddamn crop tops.”
The 28-year-old rapper appears poised to join Nike’s exclusive roster of non-athletes, and her electrifying New Year’s Eve concert only heightened anticipation for the forthcoming line.
During her performance at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Megan showcased a series of fan-favorite hits, including her recent track “Cobra,” while donning all purple attire to signify her partnership with Planet Fitness. She subtly teased her collaboration with Nike by sporting the iconic Nike Swoosh below her collarbone.
Taking to Instagram the following morning, Megan shared snapshots of her outfit and a clip from the concert, captioning the post, “@nike Stay tuned for the drop, Hotties! #NikeByYou. Year of the Stallion.”
According to reports from KicksFinder last year, the “Sportswear Apparel Collection” is slated to launch on February 15, featuring items such as the “Bodysuit LS, NSW Jacket, Onesies 5 In, Bra/Bra Plus, Pro Short 5 In/In Plus, Slim Crop/Crop Tee Plus.”
Nigeria beat South Africa on penalties to reach AFCON Final
Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali was the hero for Nigeria after he saved efforts by Teboho Mokoena and Evidence Makgopa in a 4-2 shoot-out win, which only told half the story of an extraordinary clash where VAR was at the forefront of the action.
Nigeria thought they had booked their place in the final when Victor Osimhen tapped home in the 85th minute to add to William Troost-Ekong’s second-half penalty, but referee Amin Omar was told to intervene.
A review of the goal showed South Africa’s Percy Tau had been fouled inside the penalty area at the start of the move and the score went from 2-0 to Nigeria to 1-1 when Mokoena made no mistake from 12 yards.
The Napoli forward was able to carry on but a quiet opening period occurred.
South Africa had spent the majority of the first quarter of an hour on the back foot but had penalty appeals waved away with 27 minutes played when Khuliso Mudau’s cross hit the elbow of Fulham defender Calvin Bassey, but his arms were tucked into his body.
It was South Africa firmly in the ascendancy now with Tau squandering a promising position with a weak shot straight at Nwabali before he almost got in again minutes later but his touch was too heavy.
Nigeria had struggled to create chances after a bright start, but Osimhen provided a reminder of his threat when he headed wide from a corner at the end of the first half.
The Nigeria talisman played a decisive role in the opener when he turned away from Aubrey Modiba with a wonderful pirouette, burst into the area and was brought down by Mothobi Mvala.
It was Troost-Ekong who stepped up for the spot-kick duties and his low effort went under the body of South Africa’s last-eight penalty shoot-out hero Ronwen Williams to break the deadlock with 67 minutes gone.
South Africa immediately pushed for a leveller and Makgopa flashed an effort wide before a dramatic finale to normal time occurred.
First, Williams dived at the feet of Ademola Lookman, who had been played through on goal, but Nigeria were able to celebrate in the 85th minute when Osimhen tapped home at the back post.
The Super Eagles’ jubilation would quickly turn to disbelief when referee Omar was told to review the goal by VAR.
Omar was shown a replay at the start of the move of Nigeria substitute Alhassan Yusuf catching Tau inside the area, which resulted in the goal being disallowed and South Africa awarded a penalty.
Amid the pandemonium, Mokoena kept his cool from the spot with 90 minutes on the clock, but it could have been even better for South Africa after Khuliso Mudau fired over with only Williams to beat in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Nigeria impressively regrouped with Lookman testing Williams before a snapshot by Osimhen was also well saved.
Osimhen headed over soon after before Nigeria boss Jose Peseiro decided to replace him with Terem Moffi, whose first involvement resulted in Kekana being sent off.
VAR was again required with referee Omar eventually deciding Kekana had fouled Moffi, but the contact was just outside the area.
It ensured penalties were required where Nwabali stole the show before Kelechi Iheanacho rolled home to send Nigeria through to another final.