Christmas Day remains one of the most awaited days on the calendar world over.

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

Father Christmas, ‘Santa Claus’, also known as Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle  moves about every nation and home to deliver the day’s gifts and special messages.

All Uganda sports federations offer heartfelt appreciation to the man himself, Santa, who has the best wishes and gifts for all sporting disciplines and sportsmen alike.

To the entire sporting fraternity especially in Uganda, the different sports icons and federations would 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.

For the first time ever, Santa has a special gift to the UOC family ahead of the Olympic year.

For presenting that ‘accurate’ U.shs 1.9 billion accountability of the year, 2015 – Santa presents a casio calculator to help the body account for more funds in the years to come.

Football Family:

Being the number one sport on the entire 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 would whisper to Santa for the year gone by.

Uganda Cranes played 25 international matches and picked vital results away from home; most remarkably the 1-0 identical victories against Togo and Nigeria.

And in a true sportsmanship spirit, Santa will wish the best for Ugandan football bearing in mind the Cranes will play in the third CHAN Championships come January 2016.

For winning an unprecedented CECAFA 14th title, Santa is offering an additional bonus of $ 35,000 to the team that won in Ethiopia.

Santa wishes the best for the various local leagues from division two, first division, the FUFA big league, national beach soccer league and the elite Uganda Premier League.

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

Santa wishes the Uganda Cranes success in the forthcoming CHAN championships that will be held in the mountainous country, Rwanda come 2016.

He has a special bible for the Cranes ahead of the last phase of the AFCON 2017 qualifiers that resume in March 2016 where Uganda leads group D with 6 points ahead of favorites, Burkina Faso, Comoros and Botswana.

Cranes will also play in the FIFA 2018 World cup qualifiers and Santa has offered a special manual to the head coach, Milutin Sredojevic on how to instill self belief among players.

To SC Villa and Vipers who will represent the country at the CAF confederations and Champions league tournaments respectively, Santa has carried special angels to bless the players as they prepare for the continental show piece where Uganda’s clubs have struggled to make the cut.

Basketball:

With the recently concluded memories of the final closing stages of the FUBA national league play-off still fresh in many people’s minds; Santa will definitely deliver tokens of City Oilers for their third national title running and UCU Lady Canons for winning the league honors.

Santa cannot fail to thank FUBA and the Uganda National sides for having played at the Afro Basketball championships.

Rugby:

Santa knows it that the league broke off just to grant the players a breather in these festive days.

 Therefore, Santa’s official comment to the Ugandan ruggers is simple;

Enjoy responsibly, take less beers and food, the league resumes early January 2016.

Special gifts (mouth guards and brand new rugby balls) are offered to Hima Heathens for taking the league and Uganda Cup.

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.

Uganda made a giant leap by playing at the 2015 Netball world cup.

The She Cranes finished 8th out of the 16 participating countries at the world cup in Sydney, the capital of Australia.

To the entire She Cranes team that dearly lost Harriet Apako on October 15th 2015, Santa says;

Congs ladies for the 2015 successes. I am with you in spirit following the untimely loss of one of your members. Work harder to break into the top 5 in the year 2016.

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

Pool:

The game is normally played and enjoyed in entertainment hubs.

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

To the reigning Nile Special national pool champion, Amos Ndyagumanawe, Santa offers a special cue to the champion who also won the domestic league with Skin Samona pool club and was part of the Pool Cranes team that scooped silver at the African meet held in Maseru, Lesotho.

Ndyagumanawe also earns fuel for a full year that will be used in his Toyota Mark II car that he won at the national championship in Lugogo.

Lady pool players like the 2015 pool queen, Angella Busingye, losing finalist, Vicky Namuyanja, Vivian Kagoye, Ritah Nimusiima, Santa says keep up the legacy.

For winning her maiden pool queen  championship, Busingye earns a decorated pool table from Santa himself.

Santa offers gift of a Santa colored pool table, sweets and chocolates to the pool association, PAU for all its efforts of organizing the league and national teams, ahead of the 2016 African championship that will be held in Kampala.

Golf:

On the golf courses across the country, balls fly over the skyline.

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.

He will however reserve praise for Ronald Otile, the winner of the country’s major golf championship – 72 that was held at the Uganda Golf Club, Kampala.

Santa will issue Otile a copy of the world’s elite golf magazine for winning the Uganda Open (pros event).

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.

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

Rowing:

Like all the other sports in Uganda, Santa is happy, the long administrative wrangles that marred the sport in disarray will soon be a history chapter in the water game.

Santa still anticipates the best to come for rowing in 2016.

Athletics:

Santa has a special cock for the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF). 2016 being an olympic year, Uganda will send in top athletes at the Rio De Janeiro games.

Steven Kiprotich and Solomon Mutai have already made the grade, having been among the seven Ugandan athletes that have already hit the qualification mark and are upbeat ahead of the showpiece.

A cock for UAF for successes recorded in the year past.

Volleyball:

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

Santa congratulates the league champions, Nemostars (men) and the Ndejje Elites (women) for the successes recorded.

With a hot transfer of period forth coming in January, Santa takes this opportunity to advise the clubs not to cling to players who are ‘fad-up’ of the clubs they play for.

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 gem, Arthur Ssegwanyi receives a golden chess board for his exceptional performance in 2015.

For the rest of the games, Table Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Darts, motor rally, Lawn Tennis, Hockey, Athletics, Woodball, Polo, kick boxing, handball Santa says keep up the spirit as the struggle continues.

Santa offers kick boxer Moses Golola a special personal gift – a fresh kit of gloves so that he perfects the act of boxing while kicking than to ‘cheat’ his opponents.

To weightlifter, Ivan Byekwaso, Santa Claus has a 2 tonnes of maize and other cereals with food supplements to help the prized sportsman win more honours.

Sports Reporters In Uganda:

To the respective sports journalists (Both under USPA and those working independently), Santa has categorized their gifts.

One group will share the wines and spirits pack (all those who work well after tasting that bitter stimulant).

An online journal for reporters to learn more about their codes and ethics and several hard copy books that have the journalistic codes and Ways of Living.

Orange colour for those ‘sports-political journalists’ and white colour specially reserved for purely sporting reporters.

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS 2016.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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