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    MONDAY FOOTBALL NEWS: Chances Of Wenger Retiring After Carabao Cup Humiliation, Neymar Injured,Griezmann Man Utd Decision



    FANS are demanding Arsene Wenger quits Arsenal after their Carabao Cup humiliation. Thousands of supporters were seen streaming out of Wembley early after their side were hammered 3-0 by Manchester City. While hundreds of thousands more took to Twitter to demand the Frenchman resigns with immediate effect after the Wembley humiliation.

    Could Arsene Wenger resign?
    Despite the pleas from fans, it seems unlikely.
    Wenger agreed a new two-year contract, extending his then 21-year reign at the club, last May.
    It means he is under contract with the club until May 2019.
    Despite the huge calls for him to go, Wenger will likely stick it out until the end of the season at least.

    What could happen at the end of the season?
    Well, Wenger would still be under contract but he has previously admitted his position will be reviewed when the campaign is over.
    Speaking at the club’s AGM in October, Wenger said: “I want to see what the board thinks of my performance.
    “After that we decide where we go from there. My desire has always been to respect my contracts, but that is what I meant.”

    What are the pundits saying after Arsenal’s Carabao Cup disaster?
    The reaction has been, unsurprisingly, negative. Gary Neville went into a full-on rant at Arsene Wenger’s men live on air with Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey getting the brunt of his criticism.
    He said: “Look at Ramsey walking, he’s walking. Xhaka’s walking. Mesut Ozil is walking.
    “Don’t walk at Wembley. Don’t walk on a football pitch. It’s impossible. Run.
    “Look at Xhaka and Ramsey walking back, they are central midfield players.
    “Forget Arsenal, I’ll come into them in a minute as they’re a disgrace.
    “A minute before that goal I mentioned the walking of the Arsenal payers and the retreating runs of Ramsey and Xhaka.
    “They are an absolute disgrace they are, walking on a football pitch at Wembley, giving up. Spineless.
    “This is a dark, dark day. The team have just not shown up.
    “There’s nothing I’ve liked about this Arsenal performance – not one single thing.”

    Lewandowski to Chelsea: Blues ahead of Man Utd for move

    CHELSEA are reportedly in pole position to sign Robert Lewandowski ahead of Manchester United should Bayern Munich consider bids this summer.
    The Poland international recently switched agents to join forces with Pini Zahavi, ending his 10-year partnership with Cezary Kucharski.
    It has sparked speculation suggesting Lewandowski is preparing for a big-money move out of the Bundesliga.
    He has spent the past eight years playing in Germany, having joined Borussia Dortmund in 2010 from Lech Poznan.
    And the 29-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s best strikers in the German league.
    However, The Sun claim Lewandowski is considering a one final move and the Premier League is high on his wishlist.
    It is said Chelsea are the leading candidates for his signature.
    Zahavi helped Roman Abramovich take over at Chelsea in 2003 and he could play a crucial role in taking him to Stamford Bridge.
    If Bayern accept Lewandowski wants to leave though, it could spark a bidding war from the Premier League’s elite clubs.
    United have proven they have the financial muscle after making Alexis Sanchez the best paid player in the Premier League while Manchester City are likely to continue their spending power in the summer.
    Liverpool would reportedly also be in the mix to take Lewandowski as Jurgen Klopp as the man who helped the striker make a name for himself at Dortmund.

    Neymar Injured: PSG ace leaves pitch on stretcher in tears!

    NEYMAR was stretched off in Paris Saint-Germain’s match against Marseille this evening, leaving him in tears.
    PSG were cruising to a 3-0 win over Marseille this evening when disaster struck when Neymar fell to the floor in agony.
    After tussling with Bouna Sarr for the ball, the Brazil international seemingly fell awkwardly to the ground, leaving him clutching his ankle.
    Upon replay it looked as though he had twisted his ankle as he chased down the Marseille star.
    After being attended to by PSG medical staff, Neymar had to be stretchered off in the 82nd minute.
    And the 26-year-old was clearly distressed by the injury as he held his head in his hands as he departed the field.
    It could come as a huge blow to PSG heading into their second leg against Real Madrid, although they have nine days until that match.
    PSG lost the first leg 3-1 with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace, leaving it all to do in the return fixture.
    The away goal could prove pivotal for the Ligue 1 giants, but they would face an even bigger uphill battle should Neymar be ruled out.
    Neymar has enjoyed a stellar season so far in his debut campaign in the French capital having joined from Barcelona in the summer for a world-record fee.
    He has scored 29 goals in 30 matches as well as providing 17 assists.
    The Brazilian has struck up a frightening partnership alongside Edison Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, but there are constant rumours suggesting Real could make a stunning attempt to sign him at the end of the season.
    Emery offered some reassurance to PSG fans regarding Neymar’s injury after the game, claiming he is “optimistic” the forward will be fit to face the La Liga giants.

    Roberto Firmino plan revealed to prevent shock summer transfer

    LIVERPOOL are reportedly ready to reward Roberto Firming a bumper new contract in an attempt to discourage any potential suitors making a move in the summer.
    Firmino scored for the third time in a row in Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield to take his tally for the season to 22 goals in all competitions.
    He has also played a pivotal role in Mohamed Salah’s blistering start to life on Merseyside and continues to enjoy good line-up play with Sadio Mane.
    Eyebrows were often raised when Jurgen Klopp began using Firmino as Liverpool’s leading attacker as he was often seen as a second striker.
    But the Brazil international has proved he is one of Europe’s most feared forwards under Klopp’s stewardship for his tenacious effort to close down defenders from the front as well being a clinical finisher.
    And the Daily Mail claim Liverpool are ready to offer him a fresh deal as reward for his efforts.
    It is said the Reds are confident there will not be any hassle in agreeing terms on a new contract.
    Firmino is clearly very popular in the Liverpool dressing room as well, with Trent Alexander-Arnold giving a glowing report of his team-mate.

    Antoine Griezmann makes final decision over Man Utd transfer

    ANTOINE GRIEZMANN has reportedly turned down Manchester United and already agreed to join Barcelona in the summer.
    The France international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford at the end of last season.
    But Griezmann announced he would remain at Atletico Madrid due to the act they were unable to find a replacement because of their transfer ban.
    United swiftly turned their attention elsewhere by bringing in Romelu Lukaku, leaving doubt over whether they would return with a bid in the next transfer window.
    The 26-year-old’s current £175million release clause will drop to £100m in the summer, meaning most of Europe’s elite clubs could be vying for his signature.
    Despite Barcelona shelling out over £350m on Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi’s contract extension, they have emerged as favourites to sign the forward. And they have seemingly now won the race for his signature.
    That’s according to Spanish journalist Albert Roge, who claims the striker has already agreed terms privately to sign for Barcelona.


    Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says he would be “interested” in succeeding Arsene Wenger as manager of the north London club. (Sky Sports)

    Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. The 29-year-old Poland international wants to move to the Premier League. (Sun)

    AC Milan are lining up a move for Swansea’s South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, 29. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

    Arsenal want Paris St-Germain’s 17-year-old midfielder Yacine Adli. Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus are also keen on the Frenchman. (L’Equipe, via Sun)

    Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho have approved the club’s plan to bring in three new signings this summer. (Diario Gol – in Spanish)

    Tottenham are planning a summer move for 20-year-old Sheffield United forward David Brooks. The Premier League club hope to agree a deal worth about £10m for the Wales international. (Sun)

    Everton manager Sam Allardyce says the club’s signings over the past two transfer windows are not providing value for money. (Liverpool Echo)

    Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan appeared to lose a tooth in a clash with Franck Kessie during his side’s 2-0 defeat by AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday. (Football Italia)



    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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