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    MLW 1:0 UG: Uganda Needed Just 1 Point To Qualify – What Went Wrong?  



    The Uganda Cranes team that started against Malawi

    The Malawi Flames have just knocked out the Uganda Cranes to qualify for January 2022’s delayed 2021 AFCON Finals in Cameroon, after a narrow 1-0 win.

    The Malawi Flames confidently overcame the visiting Uganda Cranes in a swim or sink tie at Kamuzu Stadium today afternoon.

    Malawi was faced with an uphill task to collect all 3 points without fail from their Ugandan opponents who only needed a point to qualify. They instead lost by a goal to nil away to Malawi in Blantyre city.

    Richard Mbulu’s headed goal as early as the 15th minute was enough to see the hosts through.

    The Malawi Flames came fuming, and the Uganda Cranes who flew to Blantyre on a chartered plane for a special “fire extinguishing” mission terribly failed at it.

    The match was played behind closed doors. But fortunately for those who accessed the internet, streamed the game live on Football Association of Malawi Facebook page.

    Emulating Sudan, Malawi knocked out favorites South Africa, who like Uganda only needed a point to qualify.

    Uganda approached the game with extra caution, with coach Abdallah Mubiru shifting in more defenders to his side to contain the game against against a revamped Malawian side that started the campaign on a rather low note

    The Flames approached this game with a very tactical sense; they were too fast to read, and too slippery to handle.

    Malawi Utilised Their Home Advantage Well;

    And technically to mention offcourse, Malawi was playing at home. There were no fans, but there’s always that advantageous position playing on home soil. Malawi quite used it well.

    The 90 minutes clearly indicate that the hosts purely won in a sporting manner, but the build up to the game is justifiable for the Cranes to cry foul.

    The Ugandan coach was forced to alter his starting XI a few moments to the game. That sounds light, but counts as a very major distractive element.

    Up to four Cranes’ players, including experienced goal keeper and team captain, Dennis Onyango, midfielder Taddeo Lwanga and forwards Ibrahim Orit And Farouk Miya were initially put on hold as they awaited their COVID19 results to be scrutinized.

    They were all lately declared healthy and cleared to play against Malawi, forcing the coach to rethink his line up. Even when the initially blacklisted players were screened through, the Cranes camp was totally disorganized, and that was evident on the pitch, judging from their disorganized performance from the very opening minutes of the game.

    By Baron Kironde



    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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