24 hours after parting ways with former coach Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have appointed club legend and former striker as interim manager until the end of the 2018/2019 season
Solskjaer, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for Manchester United between 1996 and 2007 with a winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, became the reserve team manager in 2008 before taking full managerial role at FC Molde in Norway.
Solskjaer will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place as the club conducts a systematic recruitment process for a new full time manager. He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and every one,” said Solskjaer in a club statement.
Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, also commented on the former red turned coach saying “Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on pitch and in coaching roles. His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back. We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”
With the number of sporting events that were happening in Kampala at the just concluded weekend, it is fit to refer to the whole of it as a “sports weekend.”
From the National Basketball League (NBL) Playoffs, to the Rugby Elgon cup, the UEFA Champions League finals, the Africa Women’s 7’s finals and finally the Monaco Grand Prix, the weekend was sports filled.
The events that were local were the NBL playoffs played at the MTN Arena in Lugogo, the Elgon Cup between Kenya Simbas and Rugby Cranes at Legends grounds and the Africa Womens 7’s final in Botswana.
Internationally was the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on Saturday and the Monac Grand Prix for formula 1 lovers on Sunday.
A total of 11 games were played in both the women and men’s leagues between Friday, May 25th and Sunday May 27th.
Saturday, May 26
Angels 47-36 Javon Ladies
UMU Ravens 29-56 Nkumba Lady Marines
Our Saviour 63-49 KCCA Impalas
City Oilers 65-48 Charging Rhinos
KIU Titans 46-47 Sharing Youth
Sunday, May 27
KIU Rangers 63-62 Magic Stormers
KCCA Impalas 60-89 Betway Power
Charging Rhino 59-66 Our Saviour
KCCA Leopards 58-55 A1 Challenge
UPDF Tomahawks 57-100 KIU Titans
Pemba Warriors 51-58 City Oilers
In a well-attended game played at Legends grounds in Nakawa, Rugby Cranes were humbled to a 16-32 loss to Kenya Simbas.
The Simbas dominated the better part of the game leading with 24-9 in the opening half.
Ivan Magomu would later breathe some life into Rugby Cranes after scoring three penalties although that was not enough to save the Cranes.
Africa Women’s 7’s finals
Uganda Ladies sevens went ahead to lose 16-34 to Kenya in the finals of the Africa Women’s 7’s held in Botswana on Sunday.
This came barely a day after the Rugby Cranes had lost to Kenya Simbas in the Elgon cup, making the weekend a not so good one for the rugby fans.
UEFA Champions League
There was a lot of anticipation for the UEFA Champions League finals and different hangout spots planned differently for the evening.
Despite the daunting loss for Liverpool fans and apologists, there was heavy partying in Kampala despite the results.
From Capital FM grounds where the radio station had partnered with Heineken to do a live screening, lots of fun activities took place that saw a number of pulsers walk away with hampers after predicting well.
Monaco Grand Prix
Despite Redbull’s Ricciardo taking the lead in the Monaco Grand Prix, it was a good day for Ferrari supporters, breaking Mercedes dominance.
In the circuit, Ricciardo came first followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Mercedes’ Luis Hamilton was third, Ferrari’s Räikkönen in fourth place while Mercedes’ Bottas was fifth.