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    CRANES PLAYER RATINGS: We Are Adapting To Desabre’s Tactical Approach – Onyango



    Cranes team that started against Malawi



    Cranes 0-0 Malawi


    SABASTIEN DESABRE the Cranes coach was left wondering after the Malawi friendly where and how to get a creative midfielder so as to create more chances through the middle, dominate possession and get goals.

    Desabre was disappointed by his midfield and he said he still has to test Oloya and Farouk Miya.

    “I was forced to change systems from 4-4-2 to 4-5-2, but we are still organising the midfield, said Desabre.

    This was Crane’s second friendly in four days having beaten Sao Time by 3-1 on Saturday.

    Desabre made three changes in the team that started the game against Sao Tome  selecting Vipers’ midfielder Taddeo Lwanga in the place of Godfrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Denis Iguma replaced Nicholas Wadada and Yunus Sentamu started a head of Luwagga Kizito.

    Malawi dominated possession in the first 25 minutes led by John Banda who controlled the flow of the game.

    “‘The team is working hard to adapt to the tactics and it will be achieved because the boys are positive,” Cranes captain, Denis Onyango said.


    Cranes will face Tanzania, during match day 2 of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers in September.


    Coach Desabre of Uganda;

    “There is room to improve bit we missed a lot of chances,” said the Cranes coach,Desabre.

    Ronny Van Geneugeden (Malawi coach)

    “It is sad that we didn’t score, but Cranes are a physical side and I saw them playing well against Sao Time Principle.”

    Okwi (left) fighting for the ball

    Player Ratings:

    Denis Onyango (8/10)

    He kept his composure the few times Malawi threatened to score and he got his clean sheet.

    Denis Iguma (5/10)

    He did not help the team offensively despite of defending well. His final pass was also lacking.

    Godfrey Walusimbi (7/10)

    As usual he didn’t not put a foot wrong both defensive and offensively having combined well with Ochaya.

    Murushid Jjuuko (8/10)

    He was always at the right place and he never allowed the Malawi defenders to on goal.

    Devis Mugabi (8/10)

    The Yeovil defender did his defensive duties well and Desabre was impressed by his qualities.

    Taddeo Lwanga (6/10)

    He looked committed and ready to conquer in midfield despite making unnecessary fouls, he later got a yellow card.

    Milton Karisa (5/10)

    He had a bad day against Malawi and Desabre discovered it replacing him with Abraham Nduggwa.

    Hassan Wasswa (6/10)

    He tried to show his impact on the game through midfield but things didn’t work out.

    Emmanuel Okwi (6/10)

    He tried to make runs in the box but failed to get a shot on goal. Desabre was forced to replace him with Derrick Nsibambi.

    Yunus Sentamu (7/10)

    He tried to bring his ‘A’ game but he never got enough supply from the midfield.

    Joseph Ochaya (7/10)

    He looked brilliant and he is talked about as one of the foreign based players who has won the heart of Desabre.


    SUBS who played:

    Abraham Nduggwa (6/10)

    He tried to make things happens when he came on for Kallisa.

    Derrick Nsibambi (5/10)

    He failed to make any impact on the game despite replacing Emmanuel Okwi.


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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…



    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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