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I Want To Make Uganda Proud - Cheptegei


Uganda's star athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has said his good performance at the just concluded 2017 IAAF World Championship in London is big motivation for him to work even harder and better in the future.

Cheptegei settled for a silver medal behind world champion Mohamad Farah of England. He set a personal best time of 26:49.94, while Farah set a time of 26:49.51. The young athlete however did not take part in the 5,000m race because of injury.

Speaking to PRIME RADIO at the National Council of Sports (NCS) headquarters on Tuesday night, the young athlete said he is happy to win a medal in a very competitive 10,000m race.

He also made it clear that although he almost changed nationality last year in exchange of over UGX1 billion payment per year, but because he loves his country so much, he will never change allegiance. He added that it always feels good running for your country," he added.

Cheptegei said he will continue to run for Uganda and his dream remains to become a world champion. "It is always a good feeling representing the country. My passion is to make Ugandans proud by lifting the flag high," he added.

According to records over 300 sports athletes have officially switched nationality to compete for countries like Qatar, Bahrain, USA, Canada, Turkey and France among other.

Dominic Otuchet, the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) President explained that although Cheptegei is the only athlete to win a medal for Uganda at the Games, he was happy that it was the first time Uganda has qualified over 20 athletes for the event. "Our curve is getting better and better and that is good news," added Otuchet.

Apart form Moses Kipsiro (four time Commonwealth Games gold medal winner) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich who opted out of the Championship because they did not feel ready for the event, female athletes Juliet Chekwel and Adero Nyakisi got injured and did not travel, while Alex Chesakit was late to secure a UK visa and missed the marathon.


Cranes Will Triumph In Kigali – Mutyaba



Uganda's Cranes midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba has said they have what it takes to stop Rwanda in Kigali on Saturday.

Rwanda's Amavubi will host Uganda Cranes in the return leg of the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN0 qualifier at the Nyamirambo Stadium. Coach Moses Basena's side carry a 3-0 advantage.

Mutyaba who netted a brace in the first leg win last Saturday at the St. Marys Stadium, Kitende told PRIME RADIO that although they will not be over confident, he is optimistic they have a better team which will finish of the Rwanda team in Kigali.

"We need to be very cautious from the start of the game because the Rwanda team is very comfortable playing on the artificial pitch. We need to go out for early goals," added Mutyaba who was also pivotal for Azam Uganda League Champions KCCA FC in the 2016-2017 season.

But coach Basena made it clear that the job is not done yet. "Football is a funny sport and anything can happen any time. We need to be very disciplined in Kigali because every team is comfortable playing at home," he added.

While Rwanda coach Antoine Hey has included Ange Mutsinzi, Innocent Nshuti, Gilbert Mugisha and Ernest Sugira in the team, they will miss the services of experienced defender Aimable Rucogoza and striker Bernabe Mubumbyi who will serve suspension because of two yellow cards.

The overall winner on aggregate will book a berth to the final tournament to take place in Kenya between January 11 to February 2. The CHAN tournament is reserved for players who feature in their respective domestic leagues across Africa. Uganda has featured in the 2011, 2014 and 2016 CHAN tournaments.



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