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    Bracing Up For International Challenges, Venoms Recruit Congolese Forward To Kitende….



    Vipers SC coach Fred Kajoba with new signing Manzoki Cesar Lobi (R)

    Uganda Premier League (UPL) holders, Vipers SC have announced the signing of Congolese international forward, Manzoki Cesar Lobi on a two year contract.

    Manzoki has finally been cleared to play for Vipers, after agreeing to a two-year term for an undisclosed fee. Manzoki comes in weeks after South Sudanese Joseph Dhata put pen to paper.

    The Kitende based side as ambitious as it is wants to excel beyond domestic soccer this season, and have made some notable signings to not only fight to reclaim the UPL, but also favorably compete at Africa’s biggest soccer stage, the CAF Champions League.

    Manzoki is now the fifth fresh face that will be in the St. Mary’s Kitende park when the season finally kicks off later this year, having earlier on secured services of left back Dissan Ggaliwango from Express FC, midfielders Jamil Kalisa and David Bagoole and as South Sudanese U-20 international Joseph Dhata.

    Manzoki joins the Venoms after parting ways with Congolese side AS Vita which he joined in 2017. With his former club, the striker made 58 appearances and scored 38 goals.

    However, prior to that move, he featured for TP Mazembe between 2016 – 2017 scoring 12 goals in 21 appearances.

    During his debut top-flight season in Congo, he featured for Dauphin Noir De Goma for five seasons. Manzoki, has featured for the Congo National team scoring thrice.

    The Congolese forward with a strong reputation was a subject of interest from other name clubs in Tunisia (Olympic Club Beja) and Morocco.

    “I am so happy to be here,” exclaimed Manzoki after his paperwork was given the greenlight. “I want to use this chance well. My dream is to become an important player for Vipers. I hope I can become a starter immediately and hope win some trophies with my new team. I hope I can push my career further. My goals are that simple.”

    The 24-year-old added; “I don’t regret this move because it took me time to make this decision to move here. I chose the best team out of the many clubs that were after me and I am proud of it.”

    Manzoki mainly plays as a striker but can drift towards the flanks and center of the park where he can receive the ball, turn and drive at the defenders fearlessly. His first touch and passes are enviable and he boasts of an added advantage as a player who can shoot with both feet.


    Full Names: Cesar Manzoki Lobi

    Date of birth: October 12, 1996

    Height: 1.89cm

    Weight: 80kgs

    Position: Striker

    Nationality: Congolese

    Strong foot: Right & Left


    Previous Teams:

    Dauphin Noir De Goma: 2012 – 2016

    TP Mazembe: 2016 -2017 (12 goals/ 21 appearances)

    AS Vita: 2017 – 2020 (58 appearances/ 38 goals/assists)

    Personal Achievements:

    Caf Champions League (9 games/6 goals).

    Caf Confederation Cup (12 games).

    DR Congo National team debut in 2019.


    By Baron Kironde



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



    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…



    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…



    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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