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    Super Frankie Off With Perfect Start In Charge Of Derby

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    Derby Boss celebrates hos first win against Reading

     

    The white-shirted hordes in the away end bounced in unison and sung ‘Super Frankie Lampard’. Down below them, their new manager beamed and responded with a clenched fist of celebration.

    Welcome to management, Frank Lampard. This was the whole gamut of football’s emotions condensed into one 90-minute opening night for the new boss of Derby County.

    From walking off at half-time with mocking chants of ‘boring, boring Derby’ ringing in his ears from the Reading fans to being mobbed by his new backroom team when Tom Lawrence’s last-gasp header found the net, this was quite the induction.

    Mere seconds remained at the Madejski Stadium when Mason Bennett dug out a delightful cross from the right touchline and Lawrence jumped between two Reading defenders to loop home the winner.

    On the sidelines, Lampard barely completed his fist pump before being jumped on by his tracksuited colleagues. He admitted afterwards it was exactly what he was looking for in returning to the game.

    ‘It isn’t going to happen every week but those feelings are incredible,’ he said. ‘You could see from the celebrations how much that meant to us all.

    ‘It’s hard to compare but that is right up there with what I’ve done in my career but I don’t want to get carried away. That moment was fantastic.’

    But Lampard knows there is vast room for improvement. Derby didn’t deserve this opening night victory having struggled to break out of the firm stranglehold Reading had them under in the first-half.

    Lampard showed his ambition by setting his team up in a 4-3-3 system but that became irrelevant because his defenders didn’t look comfortable with the play-out-from-the-back policy.

    After Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s commanding header handed Reading the lead early in the second half, Derby had little choice but to play more directly.

    And it was appropriate that a Chelsea loanee, 19-year-old Mason Mount, should fire home their equaliser.

    There was something a little Lampard-esque about his finish, left-footed from outside the area, an arrow of a shot bound for the bottom corner.

    That it actually found the net owed everything to goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who allowed it to squirm through his grasp, but Lampard isn’t likely to care about such details on his opening night.

    The teenager was merely continuing the sparkling form he showed on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland last season, where he scored 14 times.

    He looks a shrewd acquisition for Derby, who are tipped for a top-six finish in the Championship regardless of their new manager being a managerial rookie.

    ‘Mason has great quality and energy and he will get better and better,’ said Lampard.

    Until that point, Reading had total control. Early on, their press forced Richard Keogh into two loose passes that were seized upon and led to chances Bodvarsson should have converted.

    But the 6ft 2in Icelandic striker made no mistake when Modou Barrow fired across a superb left-side cross, soaring above Derby’s defence to plant his header beyond Scott Carson.

    Yet it proved the trigger for swift Derby improvements and Lampard deserves credit for introducing the fresh legs of Bennett at the right moment.

    ‘We didn’t deserve to win the game and there’s lots of things to improve on,’ admitted Lampard. ‘We needed to quicken our game and show more urgency.

    ‘We had a reaction when they scored, so character-wise that is a massive plus.’

    Reading boss Paul Clement rightly felt hard done by: ‘Clearly if you lose the game with the last kick of the game it is a tough one, a real tough one, particularly the first game of the season when you’ve put in so much work.

    ‘We did enough to win the game. That stage of the game, 94 minutes, you have to make sure you don’t lose it.’

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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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