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    AFCON QUALIFIERS TIPS & PREVIEWS: What You Need To Know About Friday Games: Togo Yet To Register A Win!

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    Friday AFCON games:

    Cameroon vs Malawi5:30

    Gabon vs South Sudan 6:00

    Angola  vs Mauritania 6:00

    Guinea vs Rwanda 6:00

    Togo – Gambia 8:00

    Mali vs Burundi 9 :00

    Algeria vs Benin 9:00

     

    Togo and Gambia will be hoping to re-ignite their respective hopes of reaching the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when they lock horns in a third round qualifying match at the Stade Municipal in Lomé on Friday evening.

    The two nations have yet to register a win between them after two rounds of fixtures with Group D rivals Algeria and Benin currently occupying the two automatic qualifying spots.

    Togo suffered a 1-0 defeat away to the Fennec Foxes before being held to a goalless draw by the Squirrels of Benin in their most recent qualifier.  Gambia have also conjured a mere point thus far with a 1-0 loss in Benin last year followed by a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Algeria last month.

    The Scorpions head coach Tom Saintfiet has kept faith in the players that helped Gambia to a well-earned point at home to the more fancied Algerians, with the likes of Bubacarr Trawally, Omar Colley, Hamza Barry and Modou Barrow all overlooked.

    Instead, Saintfiet will be counting on the likes of Atalanta’s Musa Barrow as they set their sights on what would be a first AFCON appearance in Cameroon next year.

    “For the other people (the missing players) it is not a selection against them, it’s a selection for the people we choose,” Saintfiet said.

    “It would be unfair as a coaching team not to recognize that, not to respect that and to drop people who have shown me as a new coach that they’re ready to fight and die for the country.”

    Claude Le Roy’s Togo can still count on former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur forward Emmanuel Adebayor who is still scoring goals in Turkey’s top flight.

    In three previous meetings between the two sides, both Togo and Gambia have claimed a win apiece with the other game ending all square.

    Verdict:

    Adebayor to score and Togo will edge it out.

    Togo – Gambia-1

    Mali’s inform striker Moussa Marega

    Can Burundi Upset The Inform Mali?

    Mali will be aiming to build on their unblemished record when they play host to Burundi in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako on Friday evening.

    The Eagles currently occupy top spot in Group C following two wins from two matches. Mali followed a 2-1 win at home to Gabon with a 3-0 thumping of South Sudan in Juba last month, and will be eyeing a third successive victory in the Malian capital.

    Mali head coach Mohammed Magassouba has handed maiden national call-ups to Cheick Oumar Doucoure and Alimani Gory for their back-to-back games against Burundi.

    There is still no place for captain Yacouba Sylla who has struggled for game time in Belgium, while West Brom’s Bakary Sako was also not summoned.

    Mali boast an exciting squad with the likes of Amadou Haidara,Yves Bissouma and Moussa Marega in their ranks. Haidara has especially caught the eye for Red Bull Salzburg and has been tipped for a bright future. Burundi currently occupy second spot in the group with a 3-0 win over South Sudan.

    Verdict:

    Mali vs Burundi-1/gg

    Zaha is ready despite being in great form at Crystal Palace

    Can Ivory Coast Blow Away CAR

    Ivory Coast will square off with Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Group H match.

    The encounter will be played at the Stade Bouake in Bouake on Friday, October 12.

    The Elephants secured a 2-1 over Rwanda away in their previous 2019 AFCON qualifier last month.

    The win extended Ivory Coast’s unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions having two draws and two wins.  The West African giants will be targeting nothing but a victory against an unpredictable CAR side.

    Meanwhile, CAR suffered a 1-0 defeat to Guinea away in their previous 2019 AFCON qualifier last month.

    The defeat ended the Wild Beasts’ four-match unbeaten run in all competitions having recorded two draws and two wins.

    The West African side will be hoping to cause an upset against a strong Ivory Coast side.

    Verdict:

    Ivory Coast – Central African Republic-1/over

    More betting tips Friday:

    Gabon -South Sudan-1

    Angola – Mauritania-1

    Guinea – Rwanda-1/gg

    Cameroon – Malawi-1

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    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…

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    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.

     

     

    By Juma Ali

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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…

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    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…

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    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.

     

    By Juma Ali

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