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    FUFA’s The Drum Tournament Set To Sound All Over Uganda

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    Isaac Isinde is expected to play for Busoga province today

    The Drum Fixtures

    Saturday 24th February 2018

    Busoga Vs Bugisu at Kyabazinga Stadium Bugembe, Jinja

    Sunday 25th February 2018

    Ankole Vs Tooro at Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara

    Buganda Vs Kigezi at Nyendo, Masaka

    Bukedi Vs Kampala at Budaka Ssaza Ground, Budaka

    Bunyoro Vs Rwenzori at Hoima Boma Ground, Hoima

    Karamoja Vs West Nile at Moroto Boma Ground, Moroto

    Lango Vs Teso at Lango Sports Ground, Lira

    Teso Vs Sebei at Kongunga Ground, Bukedea

    NB: All matches kick off at 4PM

    FUFA’s The Drum tournament is set to kick off today when Busoga hosts Bugisu at Bugembe in Jinja district. Both provinces are expected to call up their best players, these will include national team players. Vipers SC captain and Uganda Cranes’ right back Nicholas Wadada is expected to play for Bugisu province while Uganda Cranes central defender Isaac Isinde is expected to play for Busoga province.

    Map showing The Drum provinces

    WHAT IS THE DRUM?

    Tournament initiated by FUFA to get football stakeholders closer to their heritage. It’s about the football provinces as broken down by FUFA.

    WHAT DOES THE DRUM BRING?

    FUFA’s The Drum tournament will definitely bring fans even closer to their football stars. Fans across the country will be able to get a close view of the player they hear about especially in this era when almost all national team games are played at Namboole. Players too will compete with pride to represent their provinces or places of birth. The tournament idea shows good innovation from FUFA as they strive to develop football across the whole country. The Drum tournament will boost tourism too. How many provinces with its fans will go to Karamoja or Kabale and want to go back there in a different capacity as tourists?

    CONTROVERSIES

    Where have you been if you haven’t heard of Vipers SC writing to FUFA stating how they won’t release players for the drum tournament? Well, FUFA did respond with its version that involved docking points from any team that fails to abide, Vipers SC had to oblige. The episode highlights glaring issues that can be fixed in Ugandan football. In my article 16 is a crowd for the UPL, I highlighted how UPL C.E.O’s need to meet more often to come up with solutions to the problems they face. Vipers SC writing to the federation on an issue that affects all Uganda Premier League (UPL) clubs is something that should have been done by all UPL clubs as a body then have dialogue with FUFA on how each parties’ interests can be best served and who compromises.

    FUFA say this’ a tournament meant to unearth raw talent that needs to be developed. You get a feeling that FUFA’s message wasn’t understood. It would have been better for FUFA to meet clubs in different leagues then clarify on all issues to do with the tournament. In return clubs would have been able to understand the message and avoid the saga we witnessed between FUFA and Vipers SC.

    Verdict: This a wonderful idea by FUFA, with time the tournament should go on to have U-15, U-17, U-20, U-23 and perhaps even above 40 year old categories for both women and men. At that point Ugandan football will develop at a faster rate. It’s very hard to have everything perfect, the best thing is to always start. The planning and execution of the Drum tournament could have been better, FUFA will learn from it.

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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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