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    Coutinho Out For 20 Days, Liverpool Turn To Lemar, United/Barcelona Fight For Griezmann

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    PHILIPPE COUTINHO will have to wait at least three weeks to make his Barcelona after his medical revealed a thigh injury.

    The Brazilian becomes the Premier League’s biggest-ever export when he completed his £145m move to the Nou Camp from Liverpool today.

    However, any hopes Barca fans had of seeing their new man in action this Thursday in the Copa del Rey against Celta Vigo have been dashed. Coutinho’s medical was over two stages, with the first beginning at 7.30am local time and the second later in the morning.

    And the scans showed that the 25-year-old has a slight issue with his right thigh. That means he will miss this week’s cup clash along with La Liga matches against Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Alaves.

    He said: “It is incredible to know I will be around idols, with players who have such a great history like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets — all the great players. “To be able to play football, win titles, make the fans happy and play with a smile. These are the objectives.

     

    OTHER INTERESTING TRANSFER STORIES AND GOSSIP….

    Juventus are ready to challenge Manchester United for the summer signing of Mesut Ozil if the 29-year-old German is not sold by Arsenal this month. (Corriere dello Sport via Mail)

    RB Leipzig will resist any attempt from Liverpool to bring 22-year-old midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield this month. (Liverpool Echo)

    The Welsh Football Association risk losing out on managerial target Ryan Giggs to Stoke as they seek a successor to Chris Coleman.(Mirror)

    Chelsea have no interest in selling Ruben Loftus-Cheek – who is on loan at Crystal Palace – in the summer and still regard the 21-year-old as part of their long-term plans, although Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is keen to sign him permanently. (London Evening Standard)

    Sheffield United are set to move for Manchester United striker James Wilson, 22, and Wolves midfielder Lee Evans, 23. (Sheffield Star).

    France striker Antoine Griezmann, 26, will demand £400,000 a week to reject Barcelona and join Manchester United from Atletico Madrid. (Sun)

    Chelsea want Borussia Monchengladbach and Belgium forward Thorgan Hazard, 24, to join brothers Eden, 27, and Kylian, 22, at Stamford Bridge. (Bild – in German)

    Liverpool want Monaco and France forward Thomas Lemar, 22, to replace 25-year-old Barcelona-bound playmaker Philippe Coutinho – and are ready to try to make it happen this month. (Mirror)

    Or Liverpool’s decision to allow Coutinho to join Barcelona will not bring forward any possible move for Lemar. (Sky Sports)

    Real Madrid were willing to offer £177m for Coutinho, before he agreed to join Barcelona in a £142m deal. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

    The Brazilian is paying £11.5m towards the transfer. It is understood that the Brazilian, whose switch to the Nou Camp is set to be finalised tomorrow, has paid about £9 million out of his own pocket and is committed to paying another £2.5 million in the future. (Times – subscription required)

    Liverpool will attempt to bring Guinea and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita’s move to Anfield forward from the summer and are willing to pay more to get the 22-year-old in January. (Telegraph)

    Real Madrid’s top transfer targets in the summer will be two Chelsea and Belgium players – winger Eden Hazard, 27, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25 – but they will wait for Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, with the 24-year-old a long-term target for the Spanish club. (Sky Sports)

    Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, 25, wants to leave Paris St-Germain and join Manchester United this month. (Telefoot via Express)

    Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, 23, needs to “wait for his chance” at Barcelona amid rumours Inter Milan want the Spaniard, according to the Catalan club’s sporting relations manager. (Bein Sports via Football Italia)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club are not close to making any more January additions after they “signed a Greek boy” – 20-year-old defender Konstantinos Mavropanos. (Sun)

    Bournemouth are set to sign Colchester United’s top scorer Sammie Szmodics, 22, with the English midfielder costing the Cherries about £1m. (Star)

    Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, 24, says he is waiting for a phone call from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. (GloboEsporte, via Manchester Evening News)

    Newcastle are hopeful of completing a deal for Chelsea’s Brazilian winger Kenedy, 21. (Newcastle Chronicle)

    Leicester City are close to their first signing of the January transfer window – Mali forward Fousseni Diabate. The Foxes have agreed a £1.7m fee for the 22-year-old, who plays for French Ligue 2 side Gazelec Ajaccio. (Leicester Mercury)

    Leeds United have made Club Brugge’s Belgian left-back Laurens de Bock, 25, their top target this month. (Leeds Live)

    Sprint legend Usain Bolt, 31, has revealed he will have a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March, but he has his heart set on playing for Manchester United. (Express)

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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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