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    FUFA BIG LEAGUE FINALS: It’s Kiboga Young Vs Kitara FC – Only One Will Advance To The UPL, Who Will Have To Stay Back?



    Many teams contended and couldn’t keep up with the best so they dropped, the best 2 stayed, they now have 90 minutes of battle, a single spot to claim, and almost everything else to play for as as the FUFA Big League promotional play off final has eventually come, and the last two teams have earned themselves the meritorious opportunity to exhibit their indomitable dominance to retain the bragging rights.

    Western giants Kitara FC will square off with Mbale based side Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes in the FUFA Big League promotional slated for today at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru in the scorching sun of mid day.

    The much anticipated match will unfortunately be played behind closed doors, to the fans disappointment. The game will however be aired live on Sanyuka TV and, streamed live online on Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) facebook page.

    Only one will emerge victorious to dine at the table of men this season, and another will only go home with mixed reactions, glad that they heroically tried, and regretfully sad that they didn’t ultimately make it to Uganda’s most prestigious league, the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

    Kitara will battle Kiboga Young for the only single spot there’s left to fill in the Uganda’s Top League, The UPL. Army side, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) FC and Malaba Youth Development Association (MYDA) FC outrightly secured the other 2 slots having respectively finished above every other team in their groups.

    Kiboga Young, having pulled off an enormous display coming from a goal down to grab a well deserved win against University side Ndejje in the semi finals will now have to double their efforts, as they infront of them face an even longer hurdle to overcome against a more organized Fort Portal based Kitara side who only missed out on last year’s qualifications on penalties to another Western Giant, Mbarara City FC.

    Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes supplemented a spirited fight with heroic instinct, struggling from a goal down to thrillingly thrive past Ndejje University, scoring 3 goals in the second half of the game, securing their place in the finals of the play offs that are for Wednesday, 21st October 2020.

    Kiboga Young head coach, Richard Makumbi or “The Promotional Specialist” as he has been christened after guiding upto 10 teams now to the UPL has already signed, a has a standing contract with another Big League side Nyamityobira FC, and is seemingly only here at the finals with Kiboga Young today to exhibit his speciality, to lead the Mbale based side to the National first division of football competition.

    “We played our hearts out like soldiers. I thank the players. We shall fight until when promoted,” Makumbi stated.

    Records commendably regard Makumbi’s experience in as far as promoting clubs to the top tier league exceptional. He has repeatedly done so both in Uganda and Kenya, stretching back as far back as 1995 when he guided SCOUL to the Uganda Premier League.

    He then saw Iganga Town Council (1996), Mukono Lions (1997), Buikwe Red Stars (2004), Fire Masters (2005), Bunamwaya (now Vipers) in 2006, Bidco (BUL) in 2011, Utoda, Soana, Mbarara City (2016) and lately Kenya’s Western Stima in 2018.

    Kitara FC, who secured the first spot in today’s final only sleakly slided past Kataka FC, following a 7-6 post-match penalty victory after a goal-less score in 90 minutes.

    Kitara, who are also notably last year’s finalists squeezed past Kataka to keep their long sought dream alive, thanks to their custodian.

    In the tense shoot out, Kitara goalkeeper Jamil Kiyimba was the hero, saving two penalties.

    Kitara head coach Mark Twinamatisko after qualification hailed the character of his charges and strongly asserted that that going into the finals was only a job half done, suggesting that he’s only coming to the final today to complete the job he started.

    Kiboga Young tactician, Richard Makumbi

    Kiboga Young/Mbale Heroes Probable XI;

    1. Makumba Stephen (18)
    2. Julius Kizito (2)
    3. Godwin Kitagenda (12)
    4. Pascal Irasa (5)
    5. Beimos Opio (27)
    6. Solomon Ewol (23)
    7. Brian Olega (11)
    8. Jamaldine Buchochera (24)
    9. Godfrey Otika (30)
    10. Sula Wambede (10)
    11. Yahaya Luuti (15)

    Subs: Luka Okori (13), Alex Kapyo (6), Peter Otai (3), Edmond Wamboka (7), Ibrahim Gidudu (8)

    Head coach: Richard Makumbi

    Assistant coach: Muhammad Wasswa

    Kitara head coach, Mark Twinamatsiko

    Kitara FC Probable XI;

    1. Jamil Kiyemba (01)
    2. Maxwel Owachgiu (02)
    3. Musa Docca (22)
    4. Samuel Adibo (03)
    5. Yasin Mubiru (06)
    6. Jamil Kisitu Nvule (04)
    7. Vicent Kasoki (07)
    8. Brian Mululi Mayanja (08)
    9. George Senkaba (09)
    10. Daniel Patrick Ekoyu (13)
    11. Patrick Mugume (23)

    Subs: Ivan Akera (29), Benon Mike Baguku (10), Phillip Ssempira (15), Denis Monday (17), Pius Mbidde (19), Peter Lumoro (21)

    Head Coach: Mark Twinamatisko

    Assistant coach: Lawrence Bakilanze


    By Baron Kironde



    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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