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    PHOTOS: Busoga On Fire, Acholi stop Buganda, Ankole Grassing: What You Need To About The FUFA Drum Tourney



    Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre enjoying the Buganda vs Acholi game


    Results of the FUFA Drum tournament:

    Sebei 0-4 Busoga

    Kampala 3-1 Bunyoro

    West Nile 2-0 Ankole

    Tooro 2-0 Karamoja

    Bugisu 2-2 Teso

    Kigezi 1-1 Lango

    Rwenzori 1-1 Bukedi

    Acholi 0-0 Buganda


    The FUFA Drum tournament continued to attract huge crowds in the different parts of the country despite Buganda struggling against Acholi.

    Alex Isabirye is the latest coach to join Buganda’s technical bench though his new team failed to score when they visited Acholi. Star players like Robert Ssentongo and Yasser Mugerwa missed this game having reported back to their clubs for greener pastures.

    Buganda Province has failed to get their first win in this tournament.

    Isabirye faced a tough, rough and a physical game during Sunday’s goalless draw in which each team had great chances of leading the game.

    The top scorers

    Group standings

    Next games

    Acholi skipper Tito Okello was crowned man of the match at the end of the game. FUFA president Moses Magogo after the game promised that Acholi region will host one or two Uganda cranes games very soon.

    “I think what I have seen here on the pitch is good, the turn up is really encouraging, the security is also impressive so I think this side (region) can host a CAF game, ” FUFA president Moses Magogo said. After the same game, Democratic party president Hon Nobert Mao thanked FUFA for organizing such regional football games adding that they will bring unity among the citizens of Uganda. Acholi region is now leading the table with 4pts and the next game for Buganda region is in two weeks’ time at their home in Masaka at the recreation grounds.

    Twenty goals were scored in eight matches which indicates that the strikers are doing their job.

    Acholi team that got a point off Buganda Province

    Busoga Province On Fire

    Busoga Province continued with their flying start in the FUFA Drum tournament when they humiliated Sebei winning 4-0.

    Goals from Daniel Shabena, Amis Tibita, Richard Wandyaka and Joel Madondo were enough to help Busoga winning away from home.

    Busoga has won the first two games scoring seven goals and they lead with six points. Teso are second in group A behind leaders Busoga with four points, Teso drew with Bugisu Province. Musa Esenu and Opejo Kokas scored for Teso and Paul Musamali and James Alitho, who plays as a goal keeper at Vipers grabbed and equaliser for Bugisu. In the next game, Busoga will be a way to Teso.

    The province of Busoga has has always produced an array of talented stars who have gone ahead and made our nation proud. These include: Isaac Isinde, Andy Mwesigwa, Geoffrey Massa, the late Abel Dhaira to mention but a few.

    This Acholi fan enjoyed the game shirtless

    Kampala Province In Control Of Group C

    Willy Kavuma and Tony Odur are the key players in Kampala Province in the FUFA Drum tournament.

    Kampala beat Bunyoro 3-1 and they lead group C with six points. Rwenzori is second with two games. Bukedea and Bunyoro have two points respectively.



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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…



    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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