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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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    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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