Cecafa: Cranes In a Do-Or-Die Clash Against Burundi

Emerging from an extraordinary visit to a shanty suburb in Nairobi Kenya where he strongly lashed out at the government and nation’s elite for neglecting the poor, this site Pope Francis has carried a related message to the Ugandan leadership – that the worldly wealth and power n is all but vanity.

Pope Francis this morning addressed hundreds of thousands of believers who gathered for a historic mass at the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine to mark 50 years of the canonization of the slain Uganda martyrs.

In his message which was relayed in full presence of everyone that matters in the topside of Ugandan political hierarchy, Pope Francis preached fervently about humility, respect of humanity, acceptance of the disadvantaged.

Reflecting severally on the lives and sacrifices of the Uganda Martyrs, His Holiness appealed to the congregation to focus not so much on the wealth and power that the world has to offer, for these are not the ultimate source of lasting joy.

“The witness of the martyrs shows to all who have heard their story, then and now, that the worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy or peace,” he said.

“Rather, fidelity to God, honesty and integrity of life, and genuine concern for the good of others bring us that peace which the world cannot give.”

President Museveni and his wife Janet arrive for the mass at Namugongo

President Museveni and his wife Janet arrive for the mass at Namugongo

At the grand mass at which President Yoweri Museveni; who has held power for the last three decades was in attendance, Pope Francis called for building of a “more just society which promotes human dignity, defends God’s gift of life and protects the wonders of nature, his creation and our common home.”

Also present was opposition leaders Dr Kizza Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi who during their ongoing presidential campaigns have preached the need for the country to see its first peaceful transition of power.

Opposition candidates Col Kizza Beisgye and Amama Mbabazi at the Namuguno Martyrs Shrine

Opposition candidates Col Kizza Beisgye and Amama Mbabazi at the Namuguno Martyrs Shrine

Prior to the Pope’s arrival, Col Besigye told press at his home in Kasangati that he hoped that the Pontiff would engage president Yoweri Museveni on the need to have peaceful power transfer.

Dr. Besigye said that the Pope’s visit is a blessing because the country needs prayers especially now that the national elections are around the corner.

Pope Francis will shortly be addressing youths at the Kololo Independence grounds where he is expected to emphasize the importance of their social economic inclusion, and empowerment.

The final group games of the 2015 Cecafa senior challenge cup will be played on Saturday afternoon in the Awasa city, seek Ethiopia.

Tournament hosts Ethiopia take on Tanzania. The Kilimanjaro stars are through to the quarter finals credit to their perfect performance in the opening two games While Ethiopia needs a win to take one of the two third place spot.

Uganda Vs Burundi

Cranes take on Swallows in the first match at 2pm. Uganda needs at least a point from the game to rise above Kenya who fatally lost 0-3 to Zanzibar on Friday.

Uganda is currently ranked 68, purchase about 39 places above Burundi but coach Micho is cautious to avoid the favorite tag.

“Today’s (Tuesday) win was important in developing confidence and performance individually, information pills partners, departments and whole team must be much improved for Saturday important match against Burundi team. Except two players all of them outplayed in Kinshasa one of top 4 teams from last Afcon, DR Congo (2-2) with stars from TP MAZEMBE African champions 2015 and Europe,” Micho told Chimp Sports from the team’s base in Ethiopia

“We want to do in Saturday our best to uplift performance and get result that will qualify us to last 8 of CECAFA. Next 3 days we shall use to recover team from injuries suffered from tough match against Zanzibar Heroes and be ready for Saturday do or die clash.”

A win or draw will take Uganda direct to qualifiers on a better goal advantage than Kenya who are praying for Tanzania to overcome Ethiopia in front of a capacity crowd.

Uganda had earlier beaten Zanzibar 4-0 on Tuesday with goals coming from Erisa Sekisambu, Ceasar Okhuti and a brace from Farouk Miya.


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