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    Masaza Cup Group A Analysis: Why Gomba And Buwekula Will Dominate It



    The Kabaka crowning Gomba as winners of Masaza 2017 at Namboole



    Group A






    COACH Saddick Sempigi, one of the youngest coaches in Uganda and the former Kyaggwe and Kooki tactician has analysed group A.

    All masaza teams are currently in the transfer market and the deadline to submit their squads is 30th of this month as the competition that attracts thousands of people is slated to start in June.

    GOMBA: Gomba, being the defending champion, cannot be underrated, and we expect them to be the favourites in this group. However, they will also have to break the Masaza cup jinx where former champions tend to flop in the next tournament due to many issues like: mismanagement of players and players overrating themselves after they feel that winning adds value so they become expensive making it hard for teams to sign them.

    This happened to Buddu, the champions of 2016, in 2017, they lost their crucial players, like Janjali Joseph and Mbazira Shakidu in that season, after they crossed to Gomba.

    Buddu became weak and struggled to make it out of the group stages.

    Gomba will be without their top scorer Janjali Joseph who joined UPDF in the Azam Premier League, Ayuka Brian who has joined Buddu and their tactician Simon Dungu a.k.a Dunga, which is a big blow on their side. Gomba up to now have also not identified who will be their coach this season.

    Kabula: They will be without their former coach Noar and wll likely depend on ochaya as head coach who was assistant last season, as usual, expect nothing much from them other than participation, they invest less in the market and always sign poor quality players who cannot play beyond the group stages, though they are always hard beat at home.

    Buwekula: This time they look set and they have been busy in the market, since the end of last season, after parting ways with Allan Kaboge, they captured Mulangira currently coaching Buwambo F.C in Buganda region league in Katonga group. So far they have signed former Ssingo right full back Olom, Kyaggwe skipper Isaac Kiwanuka and now they are hunting for the signature of Nvule Jamil Kisitu their former captain from Ssingo and many more players are expected to join so am expecting them to compete compared to other seasons.

    Kyadondo: The city boys last season put on a better performance in the early stages of the fixture but gave up at the last moment, Emolon Recoba their former tactician has already joined Butambala, so we expect Badru Kaddu of KCCA to come in, but they have not yet named their tactician. So, I don’t see them competing far away from group stages.

    So, in group A, Buwekula and Gomba are probably the group favourites to progress to the next stage.



    Bya Kussam Kalema


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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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