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    Meet Liverpool’s New Record Signing Goal Keeper Alisson Who Is Set To Replace Calamitous Karius



    Liverpool are on the brink of making Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after agreeing a £67.5million deal with Roma.
    The Brazil international broke off from his holiday in Sardinia on Wednesday to head to Merseyside and is set to sign a six-year contract.
    He will have a medical on Thursday after Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director, reached an agreement with his Roma counterpart Monchi that will see the Anfield club pay £58.5m up front with £9m in add-ons.

    Liverpool’s first offer of £62m was rejected by Roma on Tuesday but manager Jurgen Klopp was adamant that no time should be wasted in order to see off competition from Real Madrid and Chelsea for the 25-year-old.
    The move for Alisson will almost double the previous record fee for a goalkeeper, set by Manchester City 12 months ago when they signed Ederson from Benfica for £35m.
    No problems are envisaged with regard to personal terms but Liverpool are anxious to get the deal concluded swiftly. Ideally Alisson will be confirmed as their fourth signing of the summer before they head to the United States on Friday.

    The arrival of Alisson will almost certainly end the Anfield career of Loris Karius, whose start to pre-season left Klopp with no option but to address the problem.
    It had been Klopp’s intention to give Karius the chance to redeem himself after he made two huge mistakes against Real Madrid in the Champions League final but the signals have not been right and it culminated in him making an error at Tranmere last Tuesday. Liverpool have been pursuing Alisson since January but there was a period when they felt the fee Roma demanded was too high.
    Chelsea tried to land Alisson for new manager Maurizio Sarri but several factors – not least goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ unresolved future at Stamford Bridge – meant they were second favourites.  Alisson is understood to have received positive reports from within Brazil’s World Cup squad, headed by Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, urging him to move to Anfield.
    Alisson is almost certain to be Liverpool’s last signing of this window. They have already strengthened their midfield by adding Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke and Fabinho from Monaco but they have not contacted Lyon about Nabil Fekir since a £53m deal collapsed on June 9.

    The cliche about Brazilian goalkeepers being a bit duff disintegrated years ago. True, the stoppers in the 1970 and 1982 World Cup teams rarely feature in debates about the best No 1s in history.
    But over the last quarter of a century things began to change. Claudio Taffarel was an indispensable part of the 1994 World Cup-winning side and lifted the 2000 UEFA Cup with Galatasaray. Nelson and Julio Cesar won three Champions Leagues between them, with AC Milan and Inter respectively.
    Of course, despite their sterling work, Dida and Cesar made the odd high-profile gaffe. Liverpool know all about goalkeeping errors so have taken decisive action by agreeing a £67million deal for the latest brilliant Brazilian between the posts.
    The Anfield club are on the verge of signing the man who gave Gianluigi Buffon a run for his money as Serie A’s best keeper last season.
    Alisson, 25, joined Roma from Internacional for around £6m in July 2016. He had already made his debut for Brazil’s first team and won the U20 Toulon tournament in 2013. But the fine form of Wojciech Szczesny stunted his progress.
    The Pole was Roma’s starting keeper, and although Alisson played in cup competitions, he was frustrated at his lack of league minutes. He later confessed that he considered leaving the Giallorossi, but Szczesny’s move to Juventus last summer was a turning point.
    Alisson was one of Roma’s standouts in 2017-18. It was a season of transition with key players leaving or retiring, particularly Francesco Totti and Mohamed Salah, plus a new coach in Eusebio Di Francesco.
    But the capital outfit had a campaign to remember, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 1984. Alisson was a crucial component. His courage and reflexes made him unbeatable at times.
    He was particularly impressive against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and was a wall dressed in black when Roma won 4-2 at Napoli in March. Despite his broad, 6ft 3in build, Alisson is extremely agile and springy. He regularly makes the first save from a powerful shot, and then bounces back into action to deny the follow up.
    That comes partly from natural athleticism, but also tireless work on the training ground. The Selecao star also possess a surprising array of samba skills with his feet. He became a cult figure at the Stadio Olimpico for his ability to extricate himself from tight spots without using his hands.
    Alisson is a very humble man. He is married to a doctor he met while playing for Internacional, and they have a young daughter – Helena. In February he told magazine SportWeek: ‘My wife Natalia left Brazil five months after graduating to be with me. That meant a lot to me. I enjoyed supporting her while she was finishing her studies at university.
    ‘I guess that made me a bit different to other footballers. And, if you don’t feel well, it’s better to be living with a doctor than a model.’
    In the same interview he revealed how is status as a sex symbol in Brazil caused a few embarrassing situations, and for once it wasn’t him providing the last-ditch saves.
    ‘We went to a restaurant when Internacional won the local championship and there were a lot of female fans trying to get near us. One or two tried to give me a pat on the backside, but my wife intervened to block them.’
    Last time Liverpool plundered the Eternal City it was a resounding success. Salah dazzled domestically and spearheaded the Reds’ run to the Champions League final.
    Their latest Roman recruit has got what it takes to replicate the Egyptian’s impact and become an idol. Opposing strikers and besotted female fans should prepare themselves to come away empty-handed from encounters with Alisson of Anfield.



    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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