Santa Claus playing Basketball Credit: Santa


By and large, Santa Claus is urging the different sports federations and associations to keep focused, remain as hardworking as ever, engaged in various competitions domestically and internationally, involve stakeholders, partners and sponsors to promote self-sustainability over years and ages.

The long-awaited festive season is here. This is a special moment to celebrate with family and friends, smile, rest, feast, wine and make-merry together.

The man of the moment is Santa Claus who is traversing continent after continent to deliver those special heart-felt gifts and best wishes.

Across families, homesteads, communities, villages, parishes, districts, regions, provinces, countries, territories, zones and continents, Santa Claus is up to the task for the aforementioned duty at hand especially on the D-moment, Christmas Day (25th December).

In Uganda, Santa Claus has a soft spot for the sports sub-sector that mid this year acquired a new state minister for sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang, replacing comrade Hon. Hamson Denis Obua.

From the different in-door sports disciplines as Squash, Table Tennis, Badminton, Scrabble, Chess, Bridges, Ludo, Draughts, Basketball, Dance sport, Pool-Table, Boxing, Swimming, Gymnastics, Fencing and others to the known out-door sports (Football, Rugby, Hockey, Athletics, Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Handball, Wood ball, Golf, Netball, Rowing, American Football, Skate-Boarding among others), Santa Claus has it in abundance.

Santa Claus has got the best wishes, gifts (tools, equipment and money) and other enviable deliverables.

Santa Claus with a soccer board that he has brought for coach Micho to use at the 2023 CHAN Championships in Algeria


Time immemorial, athletics has been the “golden sport” in Uganda’s sports parameters.

From the legendary Akii Bua who scooped the first Olympic medal in the Munich Games in Germany to the current hot crop of Joshua Cheptegei, Peruth Chemutai and Jacob Kiplimo, Santa Claus has all the athletics stars on His treasured finger tips.

Santa Claus is athletic, and he has proved it as he has sprinted to every locality in the world, Uganda inclusive.

Peruth Chemutai Credit: Christel Saneh

He aspires to complete the High Altitude training center in Tyret, Kapchorwa.

It is long overdue when the works on this center were expected to be done and dusted.

Santa Claus has come with an extra Shs 3 billion to facilitate the project.

In the same vein, Santa Claus wishes that Government approves a “special fee” to set up more training centers and complexes across the country to allow more talents be tapped and brought on board through schools, clubs and communities famed for grooming top notch athletes.

Santa Claus encourages everybody to make it a daily habit and wake up for training drills meant to keep the body and mind fit.

For those willing to participate in the upcoming fun runs and competitive marathons come 2023, Santa Claus has a running boot, a short and race vest to maintain the momentum.

Santa Claus humbly requests for a special lunch with Cheptegei, Kiplimo, Kiplangat and Chemutai in Kapachorwa.

Eugene (Oregon, USA), 15-24.07.2022, Hayward Field World Athletics Championships 2022: Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo | Credit: Francesca Grana
Santa Claus loves to juggle the ball


Not question, Football is the most popular sport in the whole world. The recent FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar lured as many as 6 billion viewers across the globe.

Testament to such figures, Uganda also follows suit and football reigns and roars.

Ranking aloft Santa Claus immediate wish-list is the excellent performance of the Uganda Cranes at the CHAN 2023 tournament coming up in Algeria.

For the previous CHAN tournaments Uganda Cranes has competed in, there has been no progress past the group stages.

Therefore, Santa Claus wishes Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic and his Uganda Cranes charges the best in CHAN and negotiate past a group that has the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as two West African countries Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Santa Claus has a special message of hope and anticipation to the local Football governing body, FUFA – surge forward the template the FA boss Hon. Moses Magogo came forth with in 2013 and replicate all the desired work plans at hand as the vision of “Being the best country on and off the field of play in Africa” is aggressively being sought.

To stamp the message home, Santa Claus has rich lectures to the over 2,000,000 current active footballers in the country, football administrators, referees and media practioners.

He has also delivered 6,000,000 balls, bibs, training cones and training kits to the academies registered under the vibrant Uganda Youth Football Association (UYFA).

Cricket Cranes against Tanzania in Rwanda


How on earth can Santa Claus miss out on the gentleman’s sport – Cricket.

No way. Santa Claus is a gentleman too.

He has a special plan to visit the National Council of Sports (NCS) with itching questions on why the Lugogo Oval has hosted more social concerts than exciting cricket duels.

Santa Claus will also visit the picturesque lake side Entebbe oval as well as the other amenities at Kyambogo, Mehta, Jinja SS and Kamengo.

Uganda Cricket Cranes training at Entebbe Cricket Oval | Credit: David Isabirye

Definitely, he has come with a lump sum of currency (in Euros) to the gallant Cricketers and administrators at Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) that he will personally deliver to their respective bank accounts.

He has a variety of goodies to leave behind ranging from head gears, shin guards, the yellow-ish beautiful kits, boots and groin pads.

In particular, Santa Claus congragulates the opening batsman Simon Ssesazi for scoring that sweet century (not out) in a T20 game as well as the gallant national teams (men and women) and the successful clubs in the season.

Simon Ssesazi Credit: John Batanudde


Santa Claus has not spared the netball fraternity too.

He is glad and excited to associate with the netball family.

Santa Claus has moved with the golden key to open up the locked up Uganda Netball Federation head offices over accumulated rent arrears.

This golden key has all the monies to pay for two years in advance as the Federation finalizes with the land issues to construct their own offices and sports complex that has administrative structures and netball courts.

Uganda She Cranes players celebrate after a game at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK (Credit: Netball Vitality)

He has also carried along with him some fancy netball outfits to all the male and female netball clubs, administrative manuals and a cash bonanza of Shs 70,000,000 per existing club in the country.

Santa Claus has also whispered something special to the ears of Hon. Sarah Babirye for the Uganda national team, The She Cranes.

This is an open cheque to the Uganda Netball Federation financial coffers to help in the administrative, technical dockets as well as the national teams’ activities.

Action during the WeatherHead Hockey 2022 tournament at Lugogo, Kampala city


Santa Claus has a beaming message of hope to the Uganda Hockey Association (UHA).

This is an encouraging message congratulating the family for a successful season thus far, the partnership with Uganda Baati and Next Media Services, among other stake-holders.

He has carried 5 sets of uniforms to every team in the Hockey National League, over 1000 balls and brand new Hockey sticks.

Santa Claus shows how it is done with a dunk


Santa Claus dribbles the Basketball, passes at free will and executes the eye-catching fancy dunks.

He is all over every Basketball court in Uganda both indoors and those in open spaces.

He has come with lots of basketballs, jerseys, knee caps and other equipment to be donated to schools, universities and clubs.

His catalogue of gifts to the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) has a menu of administrative courses for the officials, technical refreshers for coaches, technical directors and other officials.

Ceasar Kizito of City Oilers tries to drive past Isaac Afidra of Power Basketball Club | Credit: Viva Osuna


Santa Claus is a south paw boxer. He loves the work outs done every day to keep fit as he maintains his Bantam weight category.

On Christmas eve, Santa Claus visited Akamwesi Gardens for the official weigh-in of Moses “Of Uganda” Golola and Hamza “General Fungu” Keya who lock-horns on Boxing Day, alongside the finals of the Uganda Boxing Champions League.

This Christmas, Santa Claus pitched camp at Fairway Hotel, Kampala for the official weigh-in ceremony of Kassim “The Dream” Ouma and Kenya’s two time Olympian Rayton “Boom-Boom” Okwiri who square up on Boxing Day at the Lugogo Cricket Oval, alongside other enticing undercards.

Jafar Onen( EastCoast)in Blue against Julius Kaddu from Katabi (Red) in the Light Weight bout in the Uganda Boxing Federation Champions league game at Lugogo

He has carried new gloves to all amateur and professional boxers in the country, five state of art boxing rings to the five different regions (Central, Eastern, Western, Northern and West Nile).

He has special gold coated gloves to all boxers across the different age brackets.

Santa Claus, too, has a special message of delight and hope to Moses Muhangi, the president of Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF).

Byron Rugomoka races to the national title Credit: Innocent Mutaawe


Santa Claus loves speedsters from the motorsport family both in the cars and bikes clusters.

This is the reason why He will ride his Bike on Boxing Day to the Champions sprint event at Busiika.

Santa Claus wishes the best of FMU in the upcoming 2023 events.

He loves this sport to cherish with the due safety measures.

He is providing 20,000,000 litres of fuel to all drivers and a special garage where their machines will be worked on from, free of charge.

Santa Claus has a special gift of the latest Ford car to Byron Rugomoka and crew for winning the national rally championship in 2022.

He sends utmost apologies to the jailed Ponsiano Lwakataka and provides a hamper to his family.

Ponsiano Lwakataka and Paul Musaazi crew in action Credit: Innocent Mutaawe


Santa Claus loves Rugby to the brim. He racks, mauls, tackles and passes the ball with fluidity as well as accuracy, sprints for lovely touch-downs.

He has come with brand new boots, jerseys, head gears and mouth guards to every member of the Heathens team would recorded tremendous success in the season, most recently being the Rwenzori Uganda Cup.

Santa has provided the Uganda Rugby Union with a special coin that will be used to toss in case of future stalemates like the one witnessed as Heathens won the Rwenzori Uganda Cup in Entebbe Municipality.

With him as well are thousands of litres of liquor of all nature and varieties of well roasted meat and chicken.

Heathens’ Aaron Ofoyrwoth in action against Pirates during the 2022 Rwenzori Uganda Cup finale at Works Playground in Entebbe Credit: John Batanudde


Santa Claus cannot forget the Handball sport on his menu.

This is one sport of calculative inter-play, aggression, pace and quick reaction.

Santa Claus is combining all these aforementioned components to bring out such elements in reality.

Girls handball action during the 2022 FEASSSA Games in Arusha, Tanzania (Credit: USSSA Media)
Action between Uganda and Kenya during the 2022 East Africa Super Bowl American Football Championship in Nairobi city


Santa Claus wishes the best endeavors to a number of other out-door sports as Tennis, Woodball, Volleyball, Golf, American Football, Rowing, Lacrosse, Skate-boarding and others with a hefty Ug.Shs 6 billion to each to facilitate technical development programs, competitions, infrastructure, equipment, media visibility and other purposes at hand.

Andrew Ssekibejja, the reigning Tusker Malt Uganda Amateur Open winner

Indoor Sports:

These entail games as Badminton, Darts, Chess, Scrabble, Ludo, Table Tennis, Draughts, Pool, Swimming, Volleyball, Weighlifting, Karate, Judo, Dancesport and others.

Santa Claus has different enticing gifts for the indoor sports family members to appreciate them for the successful season carried out.

2022 Ludo Super League action

To the Uganda Ludo team that conquered the world during the global championships hosted in Dubai, Santa Claus has a Shs 200,000,000 token to every member on the squad, a Jeep each to the winner, special designer suits and Ludo boards.

He has also carried a grant of $2M to the president of Uganda Ludo Association Hajji Hussein Kalule to help spread the game to every corner of the country.

He has brand new rackets to Kibuli and Mbogo High School badminton teams for winning the men and women respectively.

Santa Claus warmly welcome backs the national team Swimmers from the world championships with sweet chocolates and sweets. He has a four billion grant to the Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) as they continue with the endeavors to construct an Olympic size state of art swimming pool in Uganda.

He has 2 billion grant donation apiece to the Ludo, Weightlifting, Kickboxing, Darts, Scrabble, Chess, Pool-Table, Ludo, Karate, Judo and others.

Lira Volleyball Club players block an attack during game two of the serie B men’s play-offs at Nsambya (Credit: John Batanudde)
Swimming action Credit: John Batanudde
Judo action in Uganda
Sofia Kawala of Kazo SS during the Dancesport in the 2022 USSSA Ball Games 2 in Lira city

By and large, Santa Claus is urging the different sports federations and associations to keep focused, remain as hardworking as ever, engaged in various competitions domestically and internationally, involve stakeholders, partners and sponsors to promote self-sustainability over years and ages.

He is presenting specially crafted Christmas cards made out of wood to each of the sports federations and the respective sponsors who inject in quite a fortune in these games.


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

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