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THE CURSE OF THE COMMUNITY SHIELD: Chelsea Face Man City In Season Curtain Raiser

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Community Shield
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Date / Time: Sunday, August 5, 4:00pm
Venue: Wembley Stadium

 

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Chelsea vs. Manchester City (2/GG)
They may be two of the biggest names in English football, they may be the last two Premier League winners, and they may be meeting in the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season, but Sunday’s Community Shield match against Manchester City isn’t the start to Chelsea’s season. It’s not even the beginning to the beginning of the season.
Key players still won’t start, and they even have another meaningless friendly after it, against Lyon two days later on Tuesday (where thy are more likely to see serious minutes for said key players). Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, N’Golo Kanté, Oliver Giroud, and Gary Cahill are all only due back this weekend. They may get in a training session, maybe. More likely is that their first activity will be medicals and conditioning work.
Manchester City are much in the same boat. They sent 16 players to the World Cup (Chelsea sent 14), 11 of whom made it as far as quarterfinals. Guardiola has used “the youth” for much of preseason so far, and he’s also unlikely to deviate too much from that plan.
As usual, there will be no extra time if the scores are level after 90 minutes, and the penalty shootout is once again the ABBA system, rather than the standard ABAB that every other competition uses (including those that trialed the ABBA thing recently). Each team can use six of their seven named substitutes.

Referee: Jonathan Moss — love him or hate him, Chelsea win a lot when he’s the man in the middle. They beat Swansea and Brighton under his supervision last season.

Chelsea team news: Chelsea gazumped City for Jorginho, so that should add a bit of spice to what could be an otherwise unremarkable and (literally) friendly meeting, especially given the respectful, cordial, maybe even friendly relationship between the two head coaches.
Cesc Fàbregas managed to pick up a knee injury in the last game and was reduced to crutches for at least a couple days, so he probably won’t be fit to start. Sarri is planning on selecting an unchanged lineup otherwise, barring any further fitness or training issues, which should mean another start for 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi, greased lighting personified.
Sarri declared a public intention to win this thing — a slightly different tone from the “fun” message throughout July — and start his Chelsea career off on a good note.

Manchester City team news: Other than new signing Riyad Mahrez — it may be hard to believe, but he’s actually their record signing — famously snubbed by Germany for the World Cup Leroy Sané, and go-getter Bernardo Silva (who’s reminded everyone that he’s really good in City’s last game), Pep Guardiola has pretty much played the kids the whole preseason. As mentioned above, that’s been a bit of a necessity for him, and for most of the rest of the top six teams.
It’s anyone’s guess how City will line up, but an attacking trio of Mahrez, B.Silva, and Sané is already good enough to beat most teams. Guardiola’s bunch should continue working as a well-oiled machine, though their aging midfield core will be a concern — thus their big effort to sign an heir to 33-year-old Fernandinho, but missing out on both Jorginho and Fred (who joined Manchester United instead).

Last time: The last meeting between these two was the infamous match at the Etihad in which Antonio Conte infuriated pretty much everyone with completely passive tactics, even when behind by goal. So, instead let’s enjoy the last time we topped Pep Guardiola, a 2-1 victory on our way to the title in April 2017.

The Curse of the Community Shield?
A phenomenon noted as far back as 2005, since when plenty have pointed out that Community Shield victory is not much of an indicator of success for the forthcoming season. Only seven of its 26 winners in the Premier League era went on to be champions the following May, including a particularly inglorious period of eight clubs in a row between 1997 and 2004 who fell short in the league after lifting the Shield back in August.

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I Will Revenge Against Semata- Moses Golola

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Having lost to Umar Semata in a fight at freedom City, Moses Golola has asked for a revenge fight.

Golola is scared Semata invaded his territory having been the darling of kick boxing in Uganda for quite some time. Semata became the first Ugandan to beat Golola who had previously thumped the likes of Ronald Mugula, Titus Tugume and Kikenwa a.k.a ‘Baby Ndunya’.

“Semata mulindidde mu kkoona tajja Ku mpona, said Golola (meaning, Semata will find me around the corner and he will not survive, I will have my revenge).”

Golola had earlier promised his supporters that he is going to retire after the Semata fight and concentrate on his academy but he seems to have changed his mind.

Golola was beaten at Freedom City in a five-round fight by the Thai based Semata.

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CRANES: Cold Weather May Affect Players In Maseru

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2019 AFCON qualifiers:
Lesotho vs Cranes,

Uganda Cranes arrived in Maseru for the second leg against Lesotho as they seek to earn more three points in the 2019 AFCON CUP qualifiers.

The team held a recovery session on Sunday evening and will conduct the final session on Monday night at the Setsoto stadium prior to Tuesday business with Lesotho.

Cranes skipper Denis Onyango, is optimistic that they can pick more three so as to top the group with ten points. “We have the power, desire and talent to get the three points in Maseru but God has to be part of this project,” said Onyango.

Emmanuel Okwi scored a brace on Saturday and Farouk Miya got a third as Cranes continued to dominate group L. According to Grapevine sources in the Cranes camp, the weather may turn out to be a problem for the Cranes players because it is too cold in Maseru.

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Semata Breaks Golola’s Record To Become First Uganda To Stop Him

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Umar Semata, one of the technically gifted kick boxing fighters in Uganda, proved his doubter’s wrong when he beat Moses Golola at Freedom City in the early hours of Sunday morning, and was massively attended.

Golola was beaten in the fifth round. Semata showed that he is technical enough to stop the motormouthed Golola, who spent 90 days in Kabale preparing for his fight.

The Muay Thai fighter who had most of his fights outside the country ended Golola’s record and became the first Ugandan to beat him. Golola has dominated kick boxing with 36 wins out of the 41.

Golola had previously lost to Mate Zamboki at Kyadondo, Andras Nagy, in 2011 and Richard Abraham in 2014 at Speke Hotel in Munyonyo.

Semata had his 45th career victory from 78 fights.

How Golola was beaten:

Golola found his size in Semata, and many who enjoyed the fight at Freedom City’s state of the art Auditorium or live on TV will agree with me when I say that Semata was a class apart when it came to technical aspects of the fight compared to Golola.

Golola threw more heavy punches but Semata was using both kicks and punches which helped him score more points.

The kick boxing game is growing

Before the main fight, there were 12 under card fights, Paul Ababa beat Joshua Lumunya in the first fight of the night.

Allan Claude edged James Christon, Mududa Khalifan was beaten by Ivan Khoreta, Maxwell James was too much for Joel Semanda, Rebecca Among also managed to beat Brenda Masendi in an all-Women’s affair.

 

By Mutebi Edward

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