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    FOOTY GOSSIP: Sanchez Handed 16-month Prison Sentence, Real To Give Liverpool Isco Plus Cash For Salah



    ALEXIS SANCHEZ has accepted a 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud – but he will not go to jail. Manchester United ace Sanchez was accused of not declaring funds of close to €1million to the treasury in Spain while he was at Barcelona.
    He has been fined €590,065 and will not receive any public aid or tax incentives for two years.
    Sanchez has accepted two eight-month prison sentences – but will not spend a day in jail unless he commits another crime in the next two years.
    The Chilean was represented by David Aineto, who also took care of Javier Mascherano’s trial.
    Sanchez spent three seasons at Barcelona before coming to England and spending three-and-a-half years at Arsenal.

    Lemar prediction
    Thomas Lemar will leave Monaco to join a “very big club”, according to ex-Everton, Leeds and France midfielder Olivier Dacourt.
    After pursuing him in the summer, Arsenal and Liverpool were once again keen on Lemar in the January transfer window but Monaco stood firm and kept hold of the 22-year-old,But Dacourt believes his compatriot will eventually leave the principality and join a major club.
    “[He’s] Great! For his shooting especially,” Dacourt told bwin.
    “Since he’s from Guadeloupe, I’ve been watching him a long time. He has a lot of potential.
    “Lemar is exceptional and being watched by massive clubs around Europe.
    “He is in Monaco but he will go to a very big club.”

    Salah coy on future
    Mohamed Salah has left the door open to a move to Real Madrid – but insists he is happy at Liverpool for now.
    Salah has been in stunning form for Liverpool since signing from Roma in the summer.
    And his goals have put Real Madrid on alert with Zinedine Zidane publicly praising him and the Egypt boss claiming he is destined to play at the Bernabeu.
    The Egypt star has scored 27 goals already – including 21 in the league – for the Reds and while he says he’s happy at Anfield he was coy when asked about a move to Spain.
    “At the moment I am here,” he told Spanish publication Marca.
    “I want to concentrate on my team and finish the season very well.”
    And when asked about the comments from his national team boss Hector Cuper he refused to distance himself from them.
    He said: ”Why do you think they say these things? I don’t have much to say about that. If I have to say something, I’ll say I’m happy at Liverpool.”

    Isco deal revived
    Liverpool are in the running to sign Real Madrid forward Isco, according to reports in Spain.
    AS Diario claim the 25-year-old is set to leave the Bernabeu in the summer as part of a huge summer overhaul of the squad.
    The Reds are among the suitors, along with Arsenal, Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
    Jurgen Klopp is said to have chased Isco last summer and could renew his interest if the Spain international is put on the market. However, real Madrid may be tempted to give Liverpool cash plus Isco for Salah.

    Salah talks Mourinho
    Mohamed Salah has insisted he has a good relationship with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, despite being overlooked by the Portuguese while at Chelsea.
    “We talked at Chelsea when I first came back from the loan spell at Fiorentina,” he said.
    “We also spoke after the match against Manchester United this season and have a good relationship. We didn’t talk much , but it was OK.
    “Three years ago I didn’t play much, but since day one back in England I wanted to show what I can do. I think I’m doing well.”

    Firmino’s never happy
    Roberto Firmino has admitted he is not happy with his achievements at Liverpool so far and thinks he has room for improvement.
    “No, I am never happy – I always want more from myself,” he said.
    “That will not stop until I’ve finished my playing career.
    “I dream aloud and I want more and more from myself.”

    Fred decides
    Fred has chosen Manchester City over Manchester United, according to his former manager.
    The Brazil midfielder is wanted by both Manchester clubs after impressing for Shakhtar.
    He is expected to cost around £50m but Mircea Lucescu reckons he’s bound for the blue half of the city.
    Turkey boss Lucescu said: “Shakhtar Donetsk’s best player is Fred in the centre of midfield. He was a bit anarchic on the left. I moved him in front of the defence.
    “He will go to City like Fernandinho before him.”

    De Gea to Madrid
    Craig Bellamy reckons it’s just a matter of time before David de Gea joins Real Madrid.
    The Manchester United goalkeeper has long been linked with Madrid and is their top target to replace Keylor Navas as No 1 in the summer.
    “He is the real deal and I have always felt that Real Madrid have been looking for him to be their No 1 for a number of years,” Bellamy told The Debate.
    “And it is just a matter of time before they get him.
    “His footwork is brilliant, he anticipates as well, he can read forwards and if you watch, he makes a lot of his saves with his feet. He is incredible.
    “He asks the forward so many questions when you are gunning down on him and he is a real top goalkeeper.”

    Elneny claim
    Mohamed Elneny believes Manchester City can still be caught in the race to win the Premier League.
    Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table, 24 points behind runaway leaders City, with just 12 games to play.
    But Elneny’s confidence appears to be extremely high as he’s predicted Arsenal are still in the fight for the title and backed them to mount a concerted challenge next season. “There’s nothing impossible in the English Premier League, we still have our chance to compete for the title, we have to fight till the end, many surprises can occur at any point,” Elneny told beIN SPORTS.
    “If we fail to compete for the title this season, we have to prepare for the next season, but currently we are only thinking about finishing as high as possible in the league.”
    Xavi on Messi and Ronaldo
    Barcelona legend Xavi sees Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as the natural heirs to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
    “I have a huge respect for him [Neymar].
    “He’s a fantastic footballer, when Messi and Cristiano lower their level, he will win the next Golden Ball.”
    When quizzed about Mbappe, Xavi added: “When Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retire, the debate about the best in the world will be between Neymar and Mbappe.”



    Liverpool are preparing a second move for Monaco’s 22-year-old France midfielder Thomas Lemar, after he turned down a new contract at the Ligue 1 club. (Independent)

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will not revive his interest in Leicester City’s 26-year-old Algeria midfielder Riyad Mahrez in the summer. (Mirror)

    Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona boss who has been linked with replacing Antonio Conte at Chelsea, is preparing for a move to England. The 47-year-old does not want to take over until the end of the season. (Telegraph)

    Tottenham are interested in signing Watford’s 25-year-old French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure in the summer. (Mail)

    Brazil defender Fabinho, 24, whom Manchester United were interested in signing last season, says his time at Monaco is “coming to an end”. (Metro)

    Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune are preparing another bid for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 30, after their first move was rejected. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

    Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has chosen Manchester City as his next club, according to former coach Mircea Lucescu. The 24-year-old Brazil international has also been linked with City’s neighbours Manchester United(Mirror)

    Arsenal are in talks with midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles over a new deal. The 20-year-old Englishman has 18 months remaining on his current contract. (ESPN)

    Italian striker Fabio Borini and Dutch winger Jeremain Lens will leave Sunderland in the summer after triggering the clauses in their loan deals that force their temporary clubs to buy them. They are on loan at AC Milanand Besiktas respectively. (Northern Echo)

    Nottingham Forest look set to sign Greece keeper Stefanos Kapino. The 23-year-old left Olympiakos – once owned by current Forest owner Angelos Marinakis – after a series of disputes. (Sun)

    Striker Benik Afobe, 24, is in line to make his Wolves return permanent if the Championship leaders seal promotion. He left Molineux to join Bournemouth in January 2016 but returned on loan in January. (Mirror)

    Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, says he joined Arsenal in January after a phone call with former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan. (Sky Sports)

    Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, says he can continue playing “for years to come”. (GQ – in Italian)

    Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw looks set to sign a new contract at the end of the season. (Mirror)

    Forward Theo Walcott says Everton boss Sam Allardyce was one of the main reasons he joined the Toffees in January after 12 years at Arsenal. (Sky Sports)

    Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, 33, says training sessions with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left players “dead” when he was in charge of Juve and Italy, and likened him to a “a police sergeant”. (Mail)

    Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler wants to see the “phenomenal” Mohamed Salah break “all the records going” after he became the fastest Reds player to reach 20 Premier League goals. (Star)


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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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