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    Mouthwatering Premier League Finale Today: Can Express Survive Relegation, Will KCCA Grab The Trophy From Vipers? Managers And Players Speak Out



    Express technical staff addressing players during their last training session

    Final FIXTURES: (MD30): Friday, 25-05-2018 (All games start at 4:00pm)
    Soana FC Vs Maroons FC – Kavumba Recreation Centre
    Masavu FC Vs Express FC – Fisheries Training Institute (Bugonga) – Entebbe
    Mbarara City FC Vs Kirinya Jinja SSS FC – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara
    Proline FC Vs URA FC – StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
    Police FC Vs KCCA FC – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
    SC Villa Vs BUL FC – Masaka Recreation Ground
    Onduparaka FC Vs Bright Stars FC – Green Light Stadium, Arua
    Vipers SC Vs UPDF FC – St. Mary’s Stadium – Kitende


    Today has been dubbed the most exciting day for all football fans across the country with over three mouthwatering ties that involve Vipers, KCCA who are fighting for the title and Express, Proline who are fighting relegation, on the final day of the Uganda Premier League.

    Vipers only need three points off a relegation threatened UPDF side, to be crowned champions of 2017/18 season.

    “We can’t afford to lose to UPDF, we are ready mentally and physically,” said Vipers midfield anchor Taddeo Lwanga.

    Vipers are yet to lose a game in the second round of this season so the odds are against UPDF, who haven’t won a game in the last five away league games.

    KCCA will be praying they beat Police and Vipers lose if they are to have any chance of retaining the title.

    “We are not under pressure, it is Vipers’ trophy to loose but the boys have to do their job against Police as we wait for results to come,” said coach Mike Mute of KCCA.

    Express, Masavu and Proline in do or die games;

    Mathematically, any of the three above mentioned teams can still survive. Express ‘Mukwano Gwabangi’ take on Masavu, and coach Alex Gitta expects a tough game.

    Gitta who once coached Express and Masavu says that, “Express have been very poor away from home this season and they are playing a Masavu side that isn’t under pressure, so I’m scared we might see the mighty Express play in the Big League next season.”

    Proline fighting to stay against the tax collectors URA

    Proline will take on Sam Ssimbwa’s URA, at Lugogo. Proline need three points and if UPDF loses to Vipers, they will survive relegation despite having the same points with Express and what will separate them is who scores most goals.

    “By the blessings of Allah, we can survive and we are ready for the battle,” said Mujib Kasule.

    Soana only need a point to be safe and Paddy  Muhumuza, one of the Soana skippers say they will have to win their game to avoid the mathematics.

    .”We are coach less but we have been working as a team, I believe we shall win,” said Muhumuza.






    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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