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    SATURDAY AFCON PREVIEWS AND TIPS: Rohr Warns Nigeria Against Coach-less Libya, Bafana Bafana Take On Seychelles

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    Ahmed Musa will be the Nigerian Captain on Saturday

    Saturday 2019 AFCON qualifiers:
    Nigeria vs Libya 6:00
    Mozambique vs Namibia 6:00
    DR Congo vs Zimbabwe 8:30
    Morocco vs Comoros 9:00
    Burkina Faso vs Botswana 9:00
    Tunisia vs Niger 9:15
    Senegal vs Sudan 10:00

    Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that the Super Eagles will approach their upcoming games against Libya in similar fashion to the back-to-back fixtures against Cameroon last year.
    The Super Eagles play host to Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday before the reverse fixture in Algeria on Monday, in a bid to leapfrog their opponents in Group E.
    Nigeria beat the Indomitable Lions 4-0 before holding the African champions to a 1-1 draw in Yaoundé within the space of four days, on their way to booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
    “We have to prepare for the two matches like we did against Cameroon last year,” Rohr is quoted as saying by NFF’s official Twitter page.
    “Focus is on Libya’s strong team who had a draw in South Africa and are the leaders in our group. “Two games in four days means to be very fit physically and technically.”
    Adel Amrouche resigned from the Libya coach four days to the game having discovered that they were planning to sack him for his random tactics.

    Verdict:
    Nigeria vs Libya-1/gg

    Tau is the man to watch as South Africa takes on Seychelles tonight

    Bafana Bafana Take On Seychelles With Out Vilakazi

    Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter will be without Vilakazi, Thapelo Morena and Vincent Pule for the country’s home and away 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against
    Bafana Bafana who have suffered injuries. As South Africa were preparing for the double header against Seychelles the news came in.
    South Africa’s Team Doctor, Thulani Ngwenya, on confirmed that the Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder ruptured his left tendon Achilles in a practice match against SuperSport United.
    Stuart Baxter’s troops won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from France-based Lebo Mothiba.
    The injury to the 28-year-old will come as a blow to both South Africa and Sundowns with Vilakazi set to face a few months on the sidelines.
    South Africa currently occupy second spot in their qualifying group having followed a 2-0 win over Nigeria with a goalless draw at home to Libya last time out.
    The goal-scoring form of Dino Ndlovu, Percy Tau and Lebo Mothiba are expected to be instrumental in the final third.

    Verdict:
    South Africa vs Seychelles-1/over

    Betting tips AFCON
    Saturday games:
    Uganda vs Lesotho-1
    Equatorial Guinea vs Madagscar-1/gg
    Nigeria vs Libya-1
    Morocco va Comoros-1
    Tunisia vs Niger
    Senegal vs Sudan-1

    More tips:
    Sato Friendly games:
    Peru – Chile-over/gg
    Myanmar – Bolivia-2
    China PR – India/over/gg

    UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE tips
    Netherlands – Germany-2/over
    Norway – Slovenia-1x
    Bulgaria – Cyprus-‘over’/gg
    Slovakia – Czech Republic-2/gg
    Republic of Ireland – Denmark-2/over/gg

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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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