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    They Will Call Me If They Need Me – Aucho Not Stressing Over Missing On Uganda Cranes List To Face S.Africa…



    Khalid Aucho

    Uganda Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho has revealed that he is not having sleepless nights over being snubbed by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru in the latest team call up for national duties.

    Mubiru on Wednesday named a widely locally based 34-man provisional squad to face the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in an international friendly slated for June 10, 2021, and Aucho among a few other senior players like Salim Jamal and Joseph Ochaya were notably missing.

    Only ten foreign players have been summoned including Emmanuel Okwi who will captain the team, Mustafa Kizza, Allan Okello, Moses Waiswa, Elvis Bwomono, Abdu Lumala, Patrick Kaddu and Taddeo Lwanga.

    “I am very sure the recruiting team know exactly what they are doing, depending on their plans. They have the right to select who they want. If they had wanted me, they would have selected me,” Aucho told Football 257.

    “I am not even saddened at all. Besides, it is also not a must that I have to be summoned everytime, Uganda has many players,” the midfielder further expressed.

    The outspoken footballer who has been on the Ugandan national team for over ten years (since 2013) is however confident that the technical team knows his capabilities well and if needed, he will surely be called upon in the near future.

    Ugandan soccer fans who enjoy Aucho’s hardtackling approach only hope to see him playing for Uganda again, as it is now getting long since since he last represented Uganda.

    Aucho’s last outing with the Cranes was quite forgettable.

    On 20th November, 2020, Aucho was red carded two minutes before a Tito Okello goal saw Uganda Cranes suffer a set-back in the TOTAL AFCON 2021 qualification campaign, losing 1-0 to South Sudan during a group B duel at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

    The events after were more disastrous, Aucho was suspended by FUFA over indiscipline, and Uganda’s AFCON dream would days on be shattered in Malawi.

    However, FUFA stated that they would not hesitate to give midfielder Aucho another chance to don the national team colors as a Cranes player, only on condition that he would humble himself.

    World Cup qualifiers are up next for the Cranes in a few months time, and until then, Aucho might be called upon to serve but as for now, all he is doing is giving his all for his Egyptian club Misr Lel Makkasa SC.

    Full List: The Uganda Cranes Squad to face South Africa

    Goalkeepers: Ismail Watenga (Chippa United), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Simon Tamale (Bright Stars FC), Mathias Kigonya (Azam FC)

    Defenders: Elvis Bwomono (Southend United FC), Innocent Wafula (Mbarara City FC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Mustafa Kizza (Montreal Impact FC), Aziiz Kayondo (Vipers SC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Murshid Juuko (Express FC), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Kenneth Ssemakula (BUL FC),Paul Patrick Mbowa (URA FC), Enock Walusimbi (Express FC), Muhamud Hassan (Police FC)

    Midfielders: Taddeo Lwanga (Simba SC), Moses Waiswa Ndhondi (SuperSport United FC), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Ivan Sserubiri (URA FC), Bright Anukani (KCCA FC), Shafik Kagimu (URA FC), Ismail Mugulusi (Busoga United FC), Steven Serwaradda (KCCA FC), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids FC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Joseph Akandwanaho (Bright Stars FC)

    Forwards: Emmanuel Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria FC), Richard Basangwa (Vipers SC), Patrick Kaddu (Youssoufia Berrechid), Derrick Kakooza (Police FC), Yunus Ssentamu ( Vipers SC), Eric Kambale (Express FC), Allan Okello ( AC Paradou)



    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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