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    EPL: Why It Will Still End In Frustration For United And Arsenal Who Have Teamed Up Against City…

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    Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Man City's Pep Guardiola.

    Manchester City is looking for its 11th consecutive win in the Premier League (PL) this season with yet another clash between Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta.

    It’s one of those very entertaining and rare occasions where you find bitter rivals secretly rallying behind public foes if at all they can help manipulate statistics to the best of their team’s chances.

    It’s evident Manchester United has no good bussiness with Arsenal but the red devil’s army will atleast be supporting Arsenal to win today against their rivals Manchester City to help reduce the big margin of points between the first and second teams on the log.

    After 24 games before today’s encounter, United is 2nd with 46, 10 behind table leaders City with 56.

    United’s wish is that if atleast Mikel Arteta’s men can pick all 3 points against Guardiola’s side to keep them at 56 as they hope to add 3 to make 49 in their own encounter against Newcastle. That would reduce the gap between City and United by 3 to 7 from 10 points.

    That’s a very tall order from a rival more so to the Gunners who are struggling themselves. Offcourse they want to, and can also win against City today but high chances are they will hardly manage to.

    The student will challenge the master when Mikel Arteta attempts to outthink Pep Guardiola at the Emirates Stadium, though the Man City supremo looks ready to teach his former protegee a lesson in London.

    Interesting facts

    Going into today’s game;

    • Manchester City have won each of their last 17 games in all competitions.
    • Man City have already beaten Arsenal twice this season, once in the league and once in the Carabao Cup.
    • Man City have scored exactly three times against Arsenal in three of the clubs’ last six encounters.

    Fatigue to catch up with Arsenal stars

    Arteta rolled out his big guns on Thursday evening for Arsenal’s Europa League draw against Benfica, though his decision to field his stars could backfire when the Gunners take on the possession hungry Citizens this weekend.

    Domestically, Arsenal have been way off the pace in the Premier League and they could find themselves in the division’s bottom half again if they lose to City for the third time this season.

    City unstoppable at the moment

    City overcame a first half wobble to sweep Everton aside in convincing style on Wednesday evening, and the Citizens’ 3-1 victory at Goodison Park was their 17th win in a row in all competitions.

    Kevin de Bruyne also made his comeback from the subs’ bench in the games’ final throes on Merseyside, and though City haven’t missed a step in his absence, the midfield maestro’s return should make them even stronger.

    City already gripping onto the title

    Already ten points clear at the top of the table, City look set to romp home to the Premier League title, and the Citizens can take another big step towards silverware with another win against Arsenal.

    City thumped the Gunners 4-1 when they last visited the Emirates for a Carabao Cup clash just before Christmas, and a similar outcome looks possible when Guardiola’s relentless juggernaut powers through North London again on Sunday.

    The Cityzens’ impressive defensive record has been well documented, though they have kept just three clean sheets in their last nine on the road, and that record only back Arsenal to atleast score as City could most possibly score more to win.

    Arsenal Injuries and team news

    Kieran Tierney made his comeback as a substitute on Thursday and the Scottish fullback should be ready to start against City.

    Thomas Partey didn’t travel with Arsenal in midweek however, and the midfielder remains a doubt for Sunday.

    Manchester City injuries and team news

    Nathan Ake is City’s only major injury concern, with Ilkay Gundogan expected to return following a minor groin complaint.

    Kevin de Bruyne will expect to start for the first time since his return to fitness, while Argentinean striker Sergio Aguero is also pushing for a place in the XI.

    By Baron Kironde

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    FUFA Bans All Fans From Stadiums!…

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    Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium-Namboole

    FUFA has issued Circular number 1136 directing all clubs not to admit fans to the stadiums until further notice.

    The communication signed off by the FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza was issued on Thursday 3rd June 2021.

    The circular addressed to FUFA Members, Special Interest Groups of FUFA and Stakeholders reads;

    As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda.

    FUFA had earlier allowed up to 200 fans to watch FUFA organised and FUFA authorized competitions with strong adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This is no longer tenable in the current situation.

    Therefore, in order to ensure the Health and Safety of players, Technical staff and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.

    “As we wind up the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the Uganda Cup there shall be no fans in the stadiums,” FUFA emphasised, encouraging teams to limit all other authorized personnel to the bear minimum.

    As per the warning, SOPs must be strictly observed and COVID-19 vaccination enhanced by football officials and players throughout the country.

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    Mukwala Joins Cranes Camp!…

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    URA striker Steven Mukwala has been summoned to the Cranes camp

    URA FC striker Steven Mukwala has joined the Uganda Cranes camp after a late call up by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.

    The summoned squad of 34 players is preparing for an international friendly match against Bafana Bafana slated for 10th June 2021 in South Africa.

    Mukwala now joins three other tax collectors in the Cranes camp including his club captain Shafik Kagimu, Patrick Mbowa and Ivan Sserubiri to bring the number to four.

    URA’s number nine has so far had 20 goal involvements in 24 league appearances this season. Second, on the top scorers’ chart with only two goals less, Mukwala has scored 14 goals and assisted up to six times.

    The striker has already surpassed his last season’s tally where he scored 13 goals in 21 games hence finishing as the league’s top scorer of the 2019/20 season. The season was abandoned after 25 games due to the emergence of the Covid19 pandemic.

    The 21-year-old joins Mubiru’s side outfit hugely dominated by young players mostly featuring in the domestic league, while others make their debut appearances on the National team.

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    Fred Kajoba Deserts Vipers SC After Argument With His Boss…

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    Fred Kajoba

    Fred Kajoba has definitely left his role as head coach of Vipers Sports.

    According to local sports website Footbal256, Kajoba decided to end his relationship with Vipers SC after the club’s technical director Charles Masembe asked him to decide between Vipers and the Uganda Cranes.

    “When I went for our afternoon training session at Vipers, Mr. Masembe called me in his office and asked me to choose between Vipers and Uganda,” Kajoba told Football256.

    “Without thinking twice, I told him I choose Uganda, when Vipers hired me I was working with the Uganda Cranes and I will always choose the Cranes any day over any club job.”

    “So I have resigned from the job, I have said my good byes to the players and I am leaving the premises now,” Kajoba added as he left St Mary’s Stadium.

    Apparently, Kajoba at the expense of Vipers’ training had earlier today been part of the Cranes training at the MTN Omondi Stadium Lugogo as the side commenced preparations for their June 10th friendly with South Africa in Johannesburg.

    Trouble ensued there, provided that there is less than 48 hours to Viper’s Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal return leg against SC Villa at the Military barracks in Bombo.

    Kajoba joined Vipers midway the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season and led them to their fourth title much as the season was cancelled with five games to.

    It is not yet clear whether Kajoba leaves with his trusted right hand man Paul Kiwanuka or the latter will stay to see Vipers through the reminder of the season together with Francis Mugerwa and goalkeeping coach Ibrahim Mugisha.

    Before his resignation, Vipers were third on the Premier League log on 56 points, two points behind log leaders Express and one point behind second placed URA.

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