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    CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Debutants KCCA Search For First Point Against Al Ahly Today



    Group A

    CCA (Uganda) vs Al Ahly (Egypt) 4:00pm

    Eperance (Tunisia) vs Township Rollers (Botswana)

     Group B

    Elifaa El Jadidi (Morocco) vs TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

    S Setif (Algeria) vs MC Alger (Algeria)

     Group C

    Casablanca  Wydad (Morocco) vs AS Togo (Togo)

    Conakry Horoya (Guinea) vs Sundowns (South Africa)

     Group D

    Manzini Swallows (Swaziland) vs Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)

    Sousse Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) vs Zesco (Zambia)

    Match day 2 of CAF Champions League will kicks off today  (Tuesday) and Wednesday with seven potentially enthralling fixtures lined-up.

    Six matches will be played today (Tuesday)  across Africa with only one tie to take place on Wednesday, a day reserved for the CAF Confederation Cup action.

    Horoya AC of Guinea and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa was postponed to allow the latter to play Spanish giants Barcelona in a high profile friendly match on 16th May.

    CAF moved the game to 22nd May after both teams agreed.

    Five draws and three wins were recorded with 17 goals scored in the opening day of the group stages.

    KCCA Vs Al Ahly

    This will be one of the games to watch, as  KCCA will play hosts to Egyptian giants Al Ahly in a Group A match at, Namboole, Kampala on Tuesday.

    This game is of historical significance as it will be the first time a Champions League group match will be staged on Ugandan soil.

    The two teams are looking for the first three points having failed to win the first game.  Al Ahly were held at home 1-1 by Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis while KCCA fell 1-0 away to group leaders Township Rollers of Botswana in Gaborone.

    The tie is billed as David versus Goliath encounter as KCCA, who qualified for the group stage for the very first time, will be up against Al Ahly, who are record 8-times African Champions.

    KCCA’s coach Mike Mutebi has declared intentions to go for a kill against the Red Devils.

    “I have a group of players who are quite impressive. Fans should expect a very entertaining game. I do not care if we win 4-3,” Mutebi said.

    “At the moment we are concentrating on Al Ahly. I do not want to look over my shoulder. We just need to do our job.”

    Ahly, who are already champions of Egypt for a record 40th time played a friendly against Ajax of Netherlands last week in Dubai  winning 1-0.

    The team arrived on Saturday in Kampala.

    Esperance de Tunis Vs Township Rollers

    In another Group A match Tuesday, debutants Township Rollers travel to Tunisia to face Esperance de Tunis at Stade Olympique 7th November, Rollers have their eyes fixed on recording another historic by winning two successive group matches.

    Township Rollers beat  KCCA 1-0 in their opening match and another victory will take them an inch closer to making it out of the group. But they have to be careful because Esperance are looking for the first win.

    Esperance are two times African champions (1994, 2011) and four times runners-up (1999, 2000, 2010, and 2012).

    Having secured Tunisia’s League 1 crown for a record 28th time, the Tunis-based giants will be concentrating all their energies in the quest for another continental glory and securing a quarter final place.

    Esperance are going to miss the services of dependable Tunisia international forward Yassine Khenissi who injured his muscle in a league match last week.

    Township Rollers will depend on the services of Lemponye Tshireletso, who netted the lone goal against KCCA at home.

    Difaa Hassani El Jadida Vs TP Mazembe

    TP Mazembe of DR Congo travel to Morocco for their second Group B outing against home-side Difaa Hassani El Jadida at Mohammed El Abdi Stadium, El Jadida Tuesday.

    Mazembe, five times African champions, head into the tie buoyed by the emphatic 4-1 win against ES Satif of Algeria in their opener played at Stade TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi on 5th May.

    El Jadida on the other hand picked a point away to another Algerian outfit Mouloudia Club D’Alger in a 1-1 draw in Algiers on the same day.

    The team lost 3-1 to Hassania Agadir in the Botola Saturday. They are currently 5thin the log standings outside the Champions League bracket.

    Mazembe’s coach Pamphile Mihayo has been doing his homework on his opponents.

    “I followed the last performances of our opponents and we will continue to work on our strengths and weaknesses,” Mihayo said.

    In the other Group B encounter, Mouloudia Club D’Alger will play hosts to Difaa Hassani El Jadida in an all North African clash.

    Wydad Casablanca Vs AS Togo Port de Lome

    Defending Champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco will lock horns with another newbies AS Togo Port de Lome of Togo at Mohammed V Stadium, Casablanca in a Group C match Tuesday.

    Wydad picked a point away to 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in a 1-1 draw in their opening group match at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria.

    AS Togo Port on the other hand lost 2-1 to leaders Horoya AC of Guinea in their first ever Champions League group stage match.

    A win for Wydad, who failed to defend their Botola title over the weekend, will see them ascend to the helm of the group with four points pending the outcome of the Horoya vs Sundowns fixture.

    Wydad are currently third in the Tunisian League standings – outside Champions League bracket with one round to go after being held to a 1-1 draw by Olympic Safi Saturday.

    Their surest ticket to Champions League football next season therefore lies in doing well in this year’s campaign.

    Etoile Sportive du Sahel Vs Zesco United

    In the only Wednesday match, Zambia’s Zesco United travel to Sousse, Tunisia to face Etoile du Sahel in a Group D fixture at Stade Olympique de Sousse.

    But, before then debutants Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland will host Club Desportivo 1 de Agosto of Angola at Mavuso Stadium, Manzini, Swaziland Tuesday in the other group’s tie.

    Swallows rallied to hold 2016 semifinalists Zesco to a 1-1 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola in Match Day 1.

    Etoile du Sahel versus Club Desportivo 1 de Agosto also ended in a 1-1 in Angola and hence throwing the group wide open.

    Zesco’s Kenyan international defender David “Calabar” Owino is upbeat they can pick their first maximum points on the road.

    “I think we learnt our mistakes and picked some positives; we are ready to make amends.

    “I know it won’t be a walk in the park, a tough game it will be, but we are equal to the task. We have played teams from North Africa before and they also know what we can do so we are hoping for the best.”



    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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