The Formula 1 season starts this weekend with the Australian Grand prix taking place in Melbourne. The practice sessions started Friday with Vettel coming out fastest 0.078 seconds ahead of second placed Felipe Massa, who was just ahead of teammate Fernando Alonso. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton came in fourth in his first practice session for his new team after switching from McLaren. The three practice sessions will culminate in the race on Sunday at 8:30 am. There will be 19 races this season and from the first practice session it seems we have quite a competitive season on our hands. Catch the first race of the season live on Supersport 1 at 08:30 am on Sunday. I hope this doesn’t mean that you won’t go to church!
All the English teams are out of the Champions League, they all failed to make it to the quarter-finals, for the first time since 1996. Arsenal and Manchester United, the only English teams that made it to the last round of 16, were both knocked out by Bayern Munich and Real Madrid respectively. Arsenal came agonizingly close to qualification, for the second year running, when they beat Bayern 2-0 at the Allianz Arena but they could not find that one extra goal that would have sent them through.
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Galatasaray, Dortmund, Malaga and Juventus are the eight teams still left in the competition. The draw for the last eight will be held on Friday in Nyon at 2:00 pm. You can watch it live on Supersport 3.
The Premier League is back this weekend with the first match of the weekend coming from Goodison Park as Everton host champions (not for long) Manchester City as they look to close in on the 12 point gap between them and neighbors Manchester United. The clash will take place at 3:45 pm on Saturday.
After that we have the 6:00 pm games; Stoke City v West Brom, Swansea v Arsenal, Southampton v Liverpool and Aston Villa v QPR. These will be followed by the 8:30 pm match which takes us to Old Trafford where Manchester United will be hosting Reading. Catch all these games live and exclusively on Supersport 3, 5 and 7, not forgetting HD.
On Sunday Chelsea host West Ham United at 7:00 pm but before that their London rivals, Tottenham, host Fulham at 6:00 pm.
FUFA has submitted a budget for the Cranes’ trip to Liberia where they will play a World Cup qualifier on March 24. Addressing journalists at a weekly brief in Mengo, Rogers Mulindwa the FUFA spokesperson, said the association is in debt to the tune of about shs250m. This is particularly strange when you consider the fact that the association has not accounted for proceeds from the Uganda-Zambia match played at Namboole five months ago. FUFA also claims to be independent of government and says it’s only answerable to FIFA but the fact that they are asking government for money might very well undermine that position. We all know not to bite the hand that feeds us!