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    Mike “Baggio” Siu: The Dead Ball Specialist!

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    Mike "Baggio" Siu

    Blacks Power FC midfielder and deputy captain Mike “Baggio” Siu has become a household name in the FUFA Big League (FBL).

    Siu, like former Italian international Roberto Baggio mainly plays as a second striker – a modified role of an attacking midfielder with capability of playing in several offensive positions

    The sensational midfielder has proved to be so dangerous, dictating play from the middle of the park and scoring from very tight angles. His art at set pieces is the most impressive.

    “If opponents make mistakes (fouls) near their goal, they have to be punished!” Siu authoritatively expressed after the last FBL game where he scored an all important free kick for Blacks Power against Paidha Black Angels (PBA).

    Briefly recounting the scenario, PBA foul from slightly outside the box, they sigh with relief, it is not a penalty. So the goal keeper takes his time to arrange upto five of his men to block Siu’s sight from goal, with the tallest standing and the extreme end – understably for extra caution.

    Siu, like Baggio steps up, calmly places the ball firmly on the ground, makes three and more steps backwards, pauses, heavily breathes out, tip toes forward and simply curls the ball around the last, tallest defender to find the back of the net.

    “I have scored quite many of those before, they are just not documented,” Siu says, blaming his slow progress to limited exposure.

    Siu has routinely scored from set pieces, deservedly earning himself the enduring title “the dead ball specialist”. He executes penalties with precision, he has commendably scored direct from free kicks, and corners too!

    However, coaches have a problem with Siu. They do not really fancy his daring antics of going direct for goal from corner kicks. Yes! he has attempted and ridiculously succeeded at some.

    “Yes, the coaches think it is unreal to say that you will try to score from an angle as tight as the corner ark. But I first look at the keeper’s movements and I know exactly where to place the ball; top corner, bottom corner or hang it in space for a team mate” Siu explains.

    “The things that boy (Siu) is doing in the FBL is no surprise to me. It is a craft that has been perfected overtime, so typical of the Mike (Siu) I know. Robert Magomu, a CRO FC legend who once coached the midfielder at UCU FC Mbale attests.

    “Mike is a perfectionist, it is not by chance that he repeatedly scores those free kicks,” he adds.

    Still forging a way in Uganda’s second division league, Siu’s ultimate ambition is to at one time play for the national team, but he first wants to guide Blacks Power to their first-ever Uganda Premier League (UPL) qualification.

    In the current 2020-21 season, Blacks Power is second on the FBL Elgon group table, as Siu is leading the top scorers’ chart with an impressive 8 goals, also assisting thrice in the process.

    Of the eight, he has scored four from open play, and the other four from set pieces.

    In Sironko where he was born, Siu is a darling. He captains Halasi Clan, the innaugural winners of the Bamasaaba Bikuuka (Clans) tournament.

    He lifted the 2017 Bikuuka tournament trophy for Halasi after beating Wakoko Clan in the final at Mbale Stadium in the competition initiated by the late Sir Bob Mushikori in his reign as Umukuuka.

    In the last edition of the Bikuuka tournament (2019), Siu captained Halasi to the final where he was voted the tournament MVP for his all-round outstanding perfomance despite Halasi losing out the final on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate with Mukonde Clan.

    Baggio, as Siu prefers to be addressed prides in his special attributes. He is optimistic his work rate and efficient skills will elevate him to the top.

    Local reports have already linked the midfielder to unconfirmed interests from as many UPL clubs including BUL FC, Express FC, URA FC, Police FC and KCCA.

    Fact file:

    Name: Mike Siu

    Nickname: Baggio

    Age: 23 (13/8/10/1997)

    Club: Blacks Power

    League: FUFA Big League

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Shirt No: 17

    Via Football256

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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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