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    Kajoba Out! Mutebi In?…



    Vipers Coach Fred Kajoba

    Vipers SC head coach, Fred Kajoba is under pressure and could be shown the exit away from the Venoms chief managerial role soon, more so if he fails to win the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (UPL) this season.

    Kajoba’s woes have escalated after an ugly evening at Kitende where the Venoms threw away a two goal lead at half time to eventually loose 3-2 to Mbarara City.

    With five games to go, it is logically unacceptable for a club in tight title contention to loose a point, and even worse three.

    With Express FC’s 4-0 against Busoga United on Tuesday, Vipers now slip to third with 53 points. The Red Eagles are now top with 55 points as they await URA’s fixture tomorrow.

    Vipers will hope to dust off their disappointment as they visit tricky side, Bright Stars on Friday.

    Now a sector of some Vipers’ fans are calling for Kajoba out as they believe his tactics were poor enough to aid the visitors’ victory.

    There’s so much anticipation that former KCCA coach, Mike Mutebi who is so synonymous with the UPL is lined up for the Kitende job.

    Mutebi, a proven tactician is still jobless after turning away two different offers outside Uganda. According to close sources to Mutebi, the coach wants to a job here in Uganda, and it can’t be further than another well established club like Vipers.

    The club has however not made any formally approached Mutebi for the offer, but he could hardly reject the same.

    How Vipers Lost To Mbarara…

    Vipers SC succumbed to a third defeat this season after throwing away a precious first-half lead.

    The victory means Mbarara City have now managed a league double over Vipers for the first time in their history.

    The Venoms headed into this one with a chance to go top of the league table with either a win or a draw especially with leaders URA visiting Kyetume FC on Wednesday.

    Vipers got off to a flying start, creating multiple chances before Yunus Sentamu yet again appeared on the score sheet after 16 minutes.

    The second was not far away as Sentamu’s shot was dropped into the path of Paul Mucureezi who tucked home from close range. Mucureezi could have added a third three minutes later but his thunderbolt was brilliantly thwarted by goalkeeper Muhammad Ssekeba.

    In the second half, Fred Kajoba’s side did not show up as Livingstone Mbabazi’s team went all out. Four minutes to the hour mark, Solomon Okwalinga slotted home from a penalty.

    Pressure built around the home team from then on and substitute Bashir Mutanda made it square after 63 minutes for his third in four games.

    Five minutes to full time, Jude Ssemugabi condemned the champions to a devastating loss with a third for the Ankole Lions.

    By Juma Ali



    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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