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    Mamelodi Champions! Onyango Sets Another PSL Record…

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    Dennis Onyango's Mamelodi Sundowns are 2020/21 PSL Champions

    Former Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Masinde Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns have beaten Moses Waiswa’s Supersport United to clinch the South African DSTV Premier Soccer League (PSL) title.

    Mamelodi, after playing 27 games are now topping the PSL table with 60 points, seven more than second placed AmaZulu on 50 points.

    The Brazilians’ 3-1 victory against Supersport has handed them an unassailable 10-point gap on top of the standings and they have been confirmed as champions with three games to spare.

    In the game played at the Loftus Versfeld, there were no goals until after half an hour played when Lebohang Maboe in the 32nd minute showed up in the right place at the right time to slot home, giving Mamelodi Sundowns the lead.

    Less than ten minutes after, Aubrey Modiba’s cross from the right beat everyone including the keeper to make it two for the home side.

    In quick succession, Masandawana made it three through Themba Zwane after a great team move with one minute to play for in the first half.

    Teboho Mokoena scored late for the visitors to deny Onyango a clean sheet.

    This season’s league title is a record 14th in Mamelodi’s cabinet, and a historical fourth straight win.

    This is also Masandanwana’s first title in the post-Pitso Mosimane era, and it could not have come at a better time than shortly after exiting from the CAF Champions League by a Pitso coached side (Al Ahly).

    Supersport’s loss has dented their already thin hopes of squeezing into the top three, as they remain at 41 points, five below third placed Golden Arrows.

    The Tshwane derby was followed closely in Uganda as the encounter pitted two of the country’s so loved players against each other after both Onyango (Mamelodi) and Waiswa were selected for the game.

    The Brazilians secured a derby win, league title, and three points, but Onyango painfully lost a clean sheet.

    Onyango is closing in on the Premiership clean sheet record which stands at 17.

    The above record, held by AmaZulu goalkeeper coach Joseph’s Moeneeb was set in the 2009/2010 season when he was still the shot-stopper at Orlando Pirates.

    With three games for Sundowns left to go until the end of the season, Onyango has already managed 14 clean sheets, just three adrift of Moeneeb’s record.

    Onyango at 36 has joined the very short list of few players with eight league medals.

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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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