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Kireka Panthers seek maiden triumph as the 2019 National Chess League nears climax

Kireka Panthers is one game away from becoming the 2019 Premier Bet National Chess League champions.

Kireka Panthers put up a spirited fight on Sunday 6th October to overcome Western Express 3½ – 1½ and Chess Dynasty 4-1 on the second last day of the league.

The maiden victories put Panthers a few steps away to being crowned champions ahead of their final two games in a fortnight against Mogadishu and another opponent yet to be known.

In their previous 12 games, Kireka Panthers have managed to 11 games and lost one to FM Harold Wanyama’s Mulago Kings with no draw.

Speaking to the team captain Kafuko Paul after the second last matchday at Nob View Hotel in Ntinda, he felt optimistic about becoming champions and noted on the team’s season target.

Paul Kafuko (Right) on a chessboard

“We are very happy that we are currently on top of the table. The competition has been very stiff but playing as a team with teamwork and determination has put us where we are.

“Our main target is to win the league and represent Uganda in the Africa Club Championships and we hope we shall do the needful to see our dreams come true.” He added.

Kireka Panthers is atop the summit ahead of sister club Kireka A as the league nears climax. D-Mark, Makerere University, Mulago Kings and Gambit Chess Clubs follow in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th positions respectively.

The league has 42 clubs and the best 12 teams will win huge sums of prize money courtesy of sponsorship from Premier Bet.

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