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In a thrilling display of skill and speed, Yasin Nasser, behind the wheel of a formidable Ford Fiesta R5, fearlessly claimed victory at the MPU Championship Sprint held today in Busiika. Teaming up with co-driver Joseph Kamya, Nasser showcased his prowess by clocking the fastest time of 3:27.90, leaving competitors in the dust.

Chasing closely behind were the dynamic duo of Manveer Birdi and Arfan Aladin, steering a Subaru Impreza GVB. Despite a commendable effort, they fell short by a mere 4 seconds, settling for second place.

The crowd was treated to an intense battle for the podium, with Duncan Mubiru Kikankane securing third place in his Subaru Impreza GVB, expertly navigated by Joseph Bongole. The margin between the second and third-placed crews was a mere 40 microseconds, emphasizing the razor-thin margins in this high-stakes competition.

John Consta, piloting the Ford Fiesta Proto alongside navigator Hakim Mawanda, secured a respectable fourth place, trailing the leader by just 4 seconds.

Shell-sponsored team Ronald Sebuguzi and Anthony Mugambwa, driving a Ford Fiesta Proto, rounded up the top five with a time of 3:33.50, a mere 5 seconds behind the frontrunner.

Omar Mayanja, returning from a brief hiatus with his Evo X and new navigator Shakira Nalugwa, claimed the sixth position with a time of 3:34.30, adding excitement to the competition.

A rising star emerged in Musa Segabwe, navigating a Mitsubishi Evo9 alongside Mathias Kiyegga, securing the seventh spot with a surprising time of 3:36.90. This duo promises excitement for motorsport enthusiasts in the upcoming 2024 season.

Susan Muwonge, a two-time national champion known as “Superlady,” made a strong comeback, securing the eighth position in a Subaru N12, co-driven by Fred Wampamba. Their time of 3:37.70, though 9 seconds off the leader’s pace, showcased Muwonge’s resilience and skill.

International flair was brought by the Tanzanian crew of Randeep Singh and Taji Bala, claiming the ninth spot with a time of 3:38.00.

The top ten was completed by Umar Dauda and Steven Bunya, navigating an aging Mitsubishi Evo6, posting a time of 3:40.69.

Noteworthy performances from Fred Busulwa, Peter Kalule, and Ponsiano Lwakataka, securing the 11th, 12th, and 13th positions respectively, added depth to an already competitive field. Motorsport enthusiasts can undoubtedly anticipate more exhilarating competitions in the seasons to come.

1.Yassin Nasser/Joseph kamya -Ford Fiesta R5 3:27.90
2.Manveer Birdi/Arfan Aladin -Subaru impreza Gvb 3:31.30
3.Duncan Mubiru /Joseph Bongole-Subaru impreza Gvb 3:31.70
4.John consta/Hakim Mawanda-Ford Fiesta Proto 3:32.30
5.Ronald Sebuguzi/Anthony Mugambwa- Ford Fiesta Proto 3:33.50
6.Omar mayanja/Shakira Nalugwa -Mitsubishi evox 3:34.30
7.Musa segabwe/Mathias kiyega-Mitsubishi Evo9 3:36.90
8.Susan muwonge/Fred Wampamba -Subaru impreza n12 3:37.70
9.Randeep singh/Taji Bela-Subaru impreza Gvb 3:38.08
10.Omar Dauda /Steven Bunya -Mitsubishi Evo6 3:40.69

By Mwambazi Lawrence

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Beyond the Checkered Flag

Frank Nekusa, a self-trained navigator, embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of motorsport that spanned 27 years. Despite initially pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at Makerere University, fate led him to the exhilarating sport of fast cars.

In 1977, Nekusa’s life took an unexpected turn when he stepped in as a co-driver for Amos Mugisha, whose original co-driver withdrew due to the complexity of pace notes. This marked the beginning of Nekusa’s enduring contribution to rallying, a passion that would define his life until his unfortunate passing at the age of 65 due to COVID-19.

Known for his generosity and willingness to help fellow navigators, Nekusa played a crucial role in introducing the concept of pace notes to the racing scene. Despite not having motorsport as his initial love, he became a rallying icon, earning respect for his skill and jovial demeanor.

In 1985, after eight years of navigating, Nekusa transitioned to become a rally driver, teaming up with Jack Wavamunno. Together, they raced in Kenya, where they observed a Kenyan driver utilizing unfamiliar pace notes—an innovation they promptly adopted. This marked a turning point in rally team performance, with good pace notes becoming integral to success.

Nekusa’s collaboration with Karim Hirji, starting in 1988, brought about a series of victories, including multiple national championships from 1993 to 1995. Their triumph in the 1996 Pearl of Africa Rally driving a Toyota Celica ST185 showcased their prowess. The duo continued their success in the Safari Rally from 1996 to 1998.

However, tragedy struck in 1999 when a collision with a sugar cane tractor forced Hirji to retire from racing. Undeterred, Nekusa joined Charles Muhangi in the 2002 Kenya Safari Rally, competing against renowned drivers pursuing World Rally Championship points. Despite encountering mechanical issues and a premature exit, their performance was noteworthy.

Navigating the Subaru Impreza 555 named “Ekitaguriro,” a car celebrated for its 1995 WRC triumph, Nekusa reflected on it as the best car he ever raced in. This statement exemplifies the nature of navigators, often in the shadows, giving credit to the driver.

Frank Nekusa’s journey from a self-trained navigator to a respected rally driver left an indelible mark on the motorsport landscape. His legacy lives on, not just as a skilled racer but as a mentor and contributor to the evolution of rally racing in East Africa.

By Mwambazi Lawrence

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Rally legends who ruled the tracks


In the annals of Ugandan motorsport, the name Gerald Kiddu resonates as a tragic legend, a daring rally driver whose untimely demise left the sport forever changed. Kiddu’s life was one marked by audacity, skill, and an unyielding passion for speed, making him a focal point in the nation’s motorsport history.

Despite never clinching the national championship, Kiddu’s impact in the two fully active years of his career was nothing short of spectacular. His weapon of choice, the famous Golf GTI, became synonymous with his fearless approach on the tracks. Navigated by the equally audacious Paul Hendrickx, the duo embarked on a journey that would etch their names in Ugandan motorsport lore.

Kiddu’s earlier years saw him maneuvering the streets of Kampala in a Toyota Levin, setting tongues wagging with his breathtaking speed. Acquiring a Toyota Corolla Estate in 1984, courtesy of Hajji Lule, Kiddu faced initial challenges with an inferior car but showcased undeniable talent that won him admiration from fans.

Joining the Dembe rally team in the early ’90s, Kiddu found himself alongside rally luminaries like Karim Hirji and Frank Nekusa. The team, armed with a Golf GTI, became a force to be reckoned with, and Kiddu’s rivalry with the likes of Chipper Adams added a dramatic flair to the rallies.

One of Kiddu’s most memorable battles unfolded at the 1995 May Day rally in Lugazi, where he fiercely contested the second position with Adams. The seesaw battle ended with Kiddu securing the runner up spot in the final section. Weeks later, he displayed extraordinary bravery in the Victory rally, overcoming a dangerous rollover to finish third.

The pinnacle of Kiddu’s career came when he triumphed in the Nile beer rally, defeating the formidable Emma Katto. The 1995 Agip Independence rally in Masaka further solidified his daredevil reputation, as he drove on three tires after losing a wheel mid race, eventually finishing second with the fastest average speed in the last sections.

Venturing beyond Uganda, Kiddu showcased his prowess in the Great Lakes rally in Kenya, racing at an astounding 210 kph. His performance convinced Karim Hirji to entrust him with the powerful Celica GT4, leading to a shift in the motorsport landscape.

In the 1993 Coronation rally, Kiddu, now navigating with Nekusa, was on the cusp of victory when a tragic incident unfolded – the accidental death of a fan cost him the top spot. Misfortunes continued in the 1996 Kampala Casino rally, where a collision with two cows dashed his lead.

The pinnacle of Kiddu’s career arrived in April 1997 when he outpaced rally giants like Katto and Muhangi in the Kampala Casino rally. With 14 rallies since January 1995, Kiddu’s worst finish was third, solidifying his status as the nation’s rally maestro.

Tragically, on May 15, 1997, Gerald Kiddu’s life was cut short under mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. The sport lost a luminary, and to this day, the questions linger what championships could he have won, and how different would Ugandan motorsport be with Kiddu still at the helm?

BY Mwambazi Lawrence

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The recent Africa Sport Clubs Meeting proved to be a pivotal gathering for the sports community, addressing crucial aspects of the season and fostering collaboration among member federations. The meeting encompassed several significant events and discussions.

1. Season Report and Challenges Presentation
During the meeting, clubs presented comprehensive reports on their respective seasons, shedding light on accomplishments and highlighting challenges faced. This transparent exchange of information sets the stage for collective problem-solving and strategic planning.

2. ASN Forum: Sharing Experiences and Learning
The ASN Forum emerged as a dynamic platform where member federations and associations engaged in productive discussions. Participants shared experiences and gleaned insights from the success stories of their counterparts. This collaborative approach aims to elevate the overall standards of sports management across the continent.

3. Membership Benefits Unveiled
The meeting underscored the benefits of club membership, emphasizing access to the prestigious FIA University. Furthermore, discussions delved into road safety initiatives, exploring potential collaborations with governments to enhance safety measures for both athletes and spectators.

4. UN Partnership for Travel Solutions
A significant highlight involved partnering with the United Nations to address travel challenges. Uganda, in particular, highlighted the difficulties in obtaining visas for Africans and advocated for UN commitment to facilitating easier movement of people and goods. A notable example was the transportation of bikes to South Africa, where customs issues required resolution.

5. Online Abuse Awareness and Charter Signing
Recognizing the growing concern of online abuse, participants committed to protecting the integrity of the sport, officials, competitors, and volunteers. The meeting saw the signing of a charter aimed at combating online abuse and fostering a safer environment for all involved.

6. FIA University Graduation Ceremony
A moment of celebration ensued as members who completed their university certificates in Motorsport Governance and Management courses were officially graduated. Notable individuals such as Jackson Jay Serwanga, Lwanga Hamzah, Kees Kagolo, and GS Irene Blick were acknowledged for their commitment to advancing their knowledge in the field.
In summary, the Africa Sport Clubs Meeting served as a platform for collaboration, learning, and progression within the sporting community, reflecting a collective commitment to elevating standards and addressing challenges head on.

Compiled by: Mwambazi Lawrence.

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In the heart of East Africa, where the vibrant landscapes of Uganda meet the fervor of its people, a unique phenomenon has taken root – motorsport as a religion. With the largest fan base in Africa, Uganda has embraced rally racing not merely as a sport but as a unifying force that transcends boundaries.

Rally Groups Unite the Faithful
In this motorsport-centric nation, rally groups play a pivotal role in uniting enthusiasts. Among the plethora of clubs that have emerged, the Rally Fans Club Uganda stands out. This community serves as a gathering point for devotees who share a common passion for the adrenaline-fueled world of rally racing. With social media platforms as their pulpit, they disseminate information, share thrilling moments, and foster a sense of belonging among fans.

Rally Hunters: The Seekers of Speed
The Rally Hunters, another prominent group, epitomize the zeal of Ugandan rally enthusiasts. These fervent fans are the true seekers of speed, chasing rally events across the nation with unwavering dedication. Their camaraderie is built on the shared pursuit of witnessing the thunderous roars of engines echoing through the Ugandan landscapes.

Rally Addicts Uganda: An Obsession Shared
For those who have succumbed to the irresistible allure of rally racing, the Rally Addicts Uganda provides a sanctuary. This group celebrates the obsession, creating a space where fans can revel in their shared passion without inhibition. From discussing rally strategies to analyzing the performance of their favorite drivers, Rally Addicts Uganda is a haven for the truly addicted.

Motorsport Pilgrimages: Rally Events in Uganda
In the motorsport religion of Uganda, rally events are akin to sacred pilgrimages. The nation hosts a series of exhilarating rallies, drawing fans from every corner. The Pearl of Africa Rally, held against the breathtaking backdrop of Uganda’s diverse terrains, stands out as a testament to the country’s commitment to its motorsport faith.

Beyond Borders: Uganda’s Influence in African Rally Culture
Uganda’s fervor for rally racing extends beyond its borders, influencing the broader African rally culture. The nation’s large fan base becomes a beacon for motorsport enthusiasts across the continent, showcasing the unifying power of shared excitement for speed and skill.

In conclusion, motorsport in Uganda is not just a pastime; it’s a religion that binds people together. Rally groups like Rally Fans Club Uganda, Rally Hunters, and Rally Addicts Uganda serve as the congregations where the faithful gather, and the rally events act as the sacred rituals that affirm their devotion. In this land where the roar of engines echoes through the valleys, motorsport has become a cultural force, connecting Uganda with the wider world of rally racing.

Story By: Mwambazi Lawrence.

Posted by Jackson



The Central African Motocross Challenge is gearing up for an adrenaline packed weekend, showcasing the prowess of riders from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. While the event promises a multi national spectacle, the spotlight shines brightly on the intense competition between Uganda and Kenya.

Uganda, supported financially by the government through the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of Uganda, has dispatched a formidable team of 63 riders to vie for victory in this prestigious challenge. With a track record of six consecutive wins since 2016, Uganda aims to maintain its dominance in the motocross arena.

Among the standout contenders is Jude Kyle Musede in the Mx50 category, having secured victory in the first round at Busiika. Battling it out with Kenyan rider Amani Amani, Jude Kyle aims to claim the Central African Motocross Champion title, even if the duel with Amani proves challenging. Other notable contenders in this class include Jamairah Makumbi.

In the Mx65 category, Jonathan Katende, tied with Ramathan Mubiru after round 1, steps into the lead role in the absence of Miguel Katende. Despite nursing an injury, Jonathan, alongside riders like Ramathan Mubiru and Isaac Mitima, is determined to amass crucial points for Uganda.

Mx85 features Gift Sebuguzi and the Kenyan Lewis Ogonyi, with Ugandan riders Jerome Mubiru and Ron Young poised to contribute significantly. However, the absence of Dan Mitima, recovering from a hand injury, leaves a gap in Uganda’s points collection.

Mx125 showcases strong contenders in Milton Akaki Obote Akaki, Waleed Ali Omar, and Jeremiah Mawanda, prepared to take on the challenges posed by their Kenyan counterparts.

In Mx2, the duo of Jordan Mukiibi and Sharifah Kateete will face tough competition from Kenyan riders, while Mx1 places Fortune Sentamu as Uganda’s main hope for securing crucial points.

The veteran categories, Mx Vets and Mx Masters, see experienced riders like Geoffrey Kayira, Ashraf Mbabazi Sr, John Baptist Achal, Andreas Marinelli, and Hon. James Akena battling for valuable points.

The CAC race kicks off on Saturday with bike checks, practice, and the first heat in the later afternoon. Sunday follows with more practice, two heats, and the eagerly anticipated prize-giving ceremony, promising a thrilling conclusion to the Central African Motocross Challenge.

Story By: Mwambazi Lawrence.

Posted by Jackson

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