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    Friday Gossip: Giggs Criticizes Man Utd For Failing On Mbappe Deal And More….




    Manchester United legend and former assistant manager Ryan Giggs has criticised the club’s transfer policy claiming he advised them to sign both now-Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, 20, and Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 19 during his time on the staff. (The Times- subscription)

    Inter Milan want to take Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan in January, but cannot commit to buying the 28-year-old Armenia captain in the summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Talksport)

    Swansea are considering an approach for former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp as their new manager after the 48-year-old Dutchmanwas sacked as Ajax assistant. (Daily Express) 

    Alternatively former Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer and ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka are in the frame for the job. (Times – subscription required)

    Chelsea have offered to make Thibaut Courtois the best-paid goalkeeper in the world, putting a contract extension worth more than £200,000 a week deal on the table for the 25-year-old Belgium international. (Telegraph)

    Manchester City are monitoring defender Leonardo Bonucci’s situation at AC Milan, amid rumours the 30-year-old Italy defender is unhappy. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

    Alternatively City have prioritised Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 26, ahead of West Brom’s 29-year-old Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans and Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez, 26. (Telegraph)

    Barcelona and Spain midfielderSergio Busquets, 29, has been earmarked as a £50m replacement for Yaya Toure by Manchester City. (Daily Star)

    Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he cannot guarantee Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, will be at the club beyond the January transfer window. (Reuters)

    Everton boss Sam Allardyce wants to make Crystal Palace centre-back James Tomkins, 28, his first signing in a potential £20m deal. (Sun)

    Alternatively, Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone could be set for a reunion with former manager Allardyce with Everton interested in a £10m January move. (Mirror)

    West Ham are preparing a £20m bid for Swansea’s 23-year-old centre-back Alfie Mawson. (Guardian)

    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is confident he retains the support of the club’s board and can turn the Potters’ fortunes around. (Talksport)

    Newcastle are interested in Leicester and Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 29, but current takeover talks at St James’ Park could scupper any deal in January. (Leicester Mercury)

    Nice forward Mario Balotelli, 27, wants to move to a “big club” and would return to Manchester City for free. (Daily Mirror)

    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte expects to strengthen his squad by adding a forward in January. (Independent)

    Manchester United are keeping tabs on 19-year-old Borussia Dortmundand USA winger Christian Pulisic. (Daily Mail)

    Arsenal are considering a 20 million euro (£17.7m) move for 22-year-old Barcelona winger Jose Arnaiz. (Marca)

    Liverpool target Sime Vrsaljko, 25, will not be leaving Atletico Madrid in January, with the club’s president insisting he will remain with the La Liga side. (Radio CRC, via Daily Star)

    Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, would fit in perfectly at the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

    Liverpool are competing with Borussia Dortmund for 22-year-old Basel centre-back Manuel Akanji. (Independent)

    Atletico Madrid midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 29, will leave the club in January as Premier League sides want to sign him, says the Argentina international’s agent. (Foot Mercato, via Daily Mail)

    Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland, 31, has agreed a new deal at the club. (ESPN)

    Barcelona midfielder Paulinho holds no grudge about his ill-fated spell at Tottenham saying he keeps in contact with former team-mate Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Eric Dier. (Guardian)a

    Atletico Madrid have sold their share in Ligue 2 side Lens, just 12 months after making the investment. (ESPN)

    Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took a bit of a hammering from some pupils on a visit to a local school. (Twitter)

    Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari says striker Nicolas Anelka got him the sack at Stamford Bridge – by refusing to play on the wing. (ESPN Brazil, via Daily Mirror)


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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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