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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…

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    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)

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    Mane Follows The Money; Inside Contracts Of Mbappe, Mane, Haaland And Nunez, The Big  Four Transfers So Far This Season…

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    R-L: Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane and Darwin Nunez

    When the last games for last season were played, as usual, the footballing world was quickly driven into transfer gear on who is going where.

    The four main transfers were Kylian Mbappe, who allegedly wanted a move to champions league and La Liga Champions Real Madrid, Erling Haaland who wanted a move away from Bundesliga Runners-up Dortmund, Sadio Mane who told his bosses at Liverpool that his time at the club was up and Darwin Nunez who was on the radar of most big European clubs but most importantly the Champion’s League finalists Liverpool.

    Now that these deals are done and dusted, we bring you details of the contract each player has signed as we leave you to ponder, who will be worth the money!

    MBAPPE SIGNS MOST EXPENSIVE CONTRACT IN FOTTBALL

    First PSG were not willing to let Kylian Mbappe go.

    PSG’s Qatari owner renewed the Frenchman’s contract at a cost of 435 million euros making his agreement the most expensive in the history of football..

    According to the Italian paper ‘La Reppublica’, Mbappe’s 435 million euros is divided into three big parts.

    First is Mbappe’s renewal bonus. The player, who before the contract renewal seemed to have agreed everything with Real Madrid, will receive a huge bonus of 100 million euros just for accepting the proposal.

    The 23-year-old will also get 50 million euros net a year, which means a total of 150 million over three seasons.

    However, this will go up to 300 million through taxes and similar things.

    Lastly, PSG had to pay 35 million euros to Monaco. Few knew about this, but there was an agreement between PSG and Monaco that when the former bought the player from the Principality that they would pay Monaco 35 million if he renewed at PSG.

    ERLING HAALAND TO MAN CITY

    The second transfer was quick because the player made it very clear from the beginning. It involved the transfer of Erling Haaland to Pep Guardiola’s Premier league champions Manchester City.

    According to UK newspaper Mirror, Manchester City signed the 21-year-old Norwegian in a stunning overall package worth in excess of £200million.

    City triggered the £63million release clause in Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund contract, to beat Champions League conquerors Real Madrid to sign Europe’s most prolific young striker.

    Haaland will be one of City’s top earners on a basic salary of £400,000-a-week after agreeing personal terms, putting him on a par with Kevin De Bruyne and ahead of Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish.

    The 21-year-old signed a five-year deal, which will earn him a whopping £104m, with add-ons and performance-related clauses, it will take City’s overall outlay on Haaland through the £200m barrier.

    Haaland’s Manchester City contract is also believed to contain a release clause worth £128m which can be activated after his first two seasons at the club.

    SADIO MANE TO BAYERN

    Then came the Sadio Mane transfer rumours.

    Before the Champions League Final in Saint-Denis’s Stade de France in France, Mane made his intentions to leave known to his Liverpool bosses.

    The rumours spread like wild fire that the Senegalese Striker was going to German Champions Bayern Munich.

    Of course true to the rumours, Bayern placed opening proposals for Mane of £25m and £23.5m with £6.5m in unlikely extras.

    The Anfield side rejected the proposals arguing that they wanted a higher fee.

    Liverpool wanted to recoup their £34m outlay on Mane when he joined from Southampton in the summer of 2016, plus a small profit.

    Liverpool always prides in selling well, but they always make sure they are not an obstacle to players seeking a new challenge that have served them superbly.

    Bayern upped the figure to £42.5m for a Ballon d’Or candidate which it has been reported Liverpool have acepted.

    Sadio Mane is set to join the German champions reached a €41 million (£35m/$43m) agreement with Liverpool.

    Liverpool will receive a €32m (£27m/$34m) fixed fee for the Senegal international, with a further €6m (£5m/$6m) available based on appearances and €3m depending on individual and team achievements.

    The transfer fee means that Liverpool have sold the winger for more than the £33.5m (€39m/$40m) they paid to sign him from Southampton in 2016.

    Mane has played 269 Games for Liverpool, scored 120 Goals and made 38 Assists.

    He has won 1 Premier League trophy, 1 Champions League, 1 Super Cup, 1 Club World Cup, 1 FA Cup and 1 League Cup with the Merseyside club.

    The 30-year-old will undergo his Bayern Munich medical next week and will sign a 3-year contract, running until 2025.

    DARWIN NUNEZ TO LIVERPOOL

    When Liverpool was notified by Mane of his departure, they had to quickly and quietly start planning for his replacement.

    Of course the club is not short of good strikers, but the Manager Jurgen Kloop is trying to build an invisible Liverpool and the strikers department is an important piece of the whole system.

    With Mane and Origi gone, Klopp had to look for reinforcements in the striking department, even though he already has four in Salah, Diaz, Firmino and Jota.

    None fitted the bill than Benfica’s Darwin Nunez who by the way scored against Liverpool twice across the two legs of their champions league quarter final battle with Benfica.

    However, before the two ties, Liverpool had been tracking Darwin Nunez for years.

    It was around 2015 when a Liverpool scout based in South America spotted the young Uruguayan striker playing for Penarol’s under-19s.

    Since then, Liverpool tracked Nunez’s progress as he went from making his debut in place of ex-Liverpool player Maxi Rodriguez for Penarol in November 2017 to his move to Almeria, in Spain’s second division, in 2019.

    His 16 goals in 32 appearances were part of the reason Benfica broke their club-record fee to sign him for €24 million in September 2020.

    In the same way that Liverpool quietly watched Luis Diaz at Porto, they were watching Nunez at Benfica.

    The striker, who has 11 caps for Uruguay, scored 26 goals in 28 league games in 2021-22 – with 25 of those goals coming in the 24 league matches in which he started.

    He also scored six times in 10 Champions League games last season, including against Liverpool in both legs of their quarter-final in April.

    With his blistering performance in the two ties, Klopp had to give a thumbs up to the purchase of the “extremely good-looking boy”.

    Darwin Nunez became the most expensive signing in Liverpool’s history, for a club-record £85m; the Uruguay forward signed a six-year contract at Anfield.

    The upfront fee of £64m will rise to £85m should Nunez reach a number of milestones outlined in his agreement, which range from scoring goals to winning the Champions League.

    The club have reportedly pledged around £43.7 million in wages over the course of six years, with Nunez earning close to £140,000 a week with £21.34 million in add-ons.

    This puts him below the very top earners at Anfield such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Thiago.

    So, as we wait for the start of the new season, who of the four strikers will be worth the money?

     

    By Grapevine sports team

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    I Will Retire After World Cup In South Africa –Netball Coach Mugerwa Reveals Why He Dropped Senior Players…

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    She Cranes coach Fred Mugerwa

    She Cranes coach Fred Mugerwa has disclosed that he will retire from coaching after the 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa.

    In July 2015, Fred Mugerwa was fired from his role as the head coach of She Cranes under very unclear circumstances after coaching the Netball national team to the World Cup that was a month away.

    Uganda later finished 8th in the World Cup that was held in Australia.

    However, in October last year (2021), following elections held in June, there was change in leadership at the Uganda Netball Federation.

    The new regime led by the Federation president Sarah Babirye Kityo made many changes and one of them was returning Mugerwa to the national team as head coach for the next two years.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Mugerwa disclosed that he has set sights on winning the Commonwealth games this year and the world cup tournament in 2023 before calling it quits.

    Grapevine: What are your plans in the forthcoming Commonwealth games in Birmingham, England?

    Mugerwa : To beat all teams in our group so that we advance for next stage.

    Grapevine: What criteria did you use when selecting the squad?

    Mugerwa: We selected players who performed well in the league and in their positions.

    Grapevine: Why was Ruth Meeme dropped?

    Mugerwa: She is injured ,thats why we dropped her.

    Grapevine: And why were senior players like Rachael Nanyonga and Lilian Ajjio not selected? Will it not affect the team?

    Mugerwa: Ajio and Nanyonga were dropped due to their age. They can no longer compete with our young players in their positions.

    Grapevine: Many people after performing well at the international stage get better deals and leave, if you get a deal in Birmingham, in the commonwealth games, will you leave the national team?

    Mugerwa: No because am now growing old and I can’t manage working on pressure. I may actually retire after 2023 netball World Cup in South Africa.

    Grapevine: Who is your star player in the forthcoming common wealth games in England?

    Mugerwa: All the players I selected are very good in their positions because for us, we work as a team.

    Grapevine: What are the challenges you are facing during training in the camp?

    Mugerwa: Apart from playing international friendlies, we are not facing any major challenges.

    Grapevine: Which is the toughest team in your group?

    Mugerwa: All teams in our group are tough.

    Grapevine: How is politics in Uganda Netball Federation [UNF] affecting the netball game?

    Mugerwa: It affects us so much especially when officials are fighting over trivial issues. They don’t give the netball president time to do her things well or even support her. Instead of focusing on pushing the game and the players, some officials are just fighting.

    The Commonwealth Games are due to take place between 28th July – 8th August 2022 in Birmingham, England.

    Uganda is pooled in group B with the likes of England (who are the hosts), Northern Ireland, Malawi, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    INTERVIEW: It’s Sad That Aged Players Are Not Respected In Uganda – Tony Mawejje Reveals As He Quits Active Football, Names His Best 11 Cranes Players…

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    Tony Mawejje alias the Midfield General announced his retirement from active football last Saturday when his team (Police FC) was taking on the Champions, Vipers at St. Mary’s Kitende.

    However, Mawejje, who scored three goals this season ended his 19 years career in active football on a sad note when his team lost miserably after being defeated 5:0.

    theGrapevine had a chance to catch up with him as he marked the end of his journey in active football.

    Grapevine: You had decided to retire last season after two seasons with Police, what happened?

    Mawejje: It’s true I was supposed to retire last season but the outbreak of Covid affected my plans.

    Grapevine: So, why are you retiring at this time?

    Mawejje: I Have not been forced, it’s my decision but it’s very sad that aged players are not respected in Uganda.

    Grapevine: Talk about conflicts in Ugandan football.

    Mawejje: Conflicts have always been part of Ugandan football.

    Mawejje training

    Grapevine: What challenges did you face during your career?

    Mawejje: Injuries were the main problem.

    Grapevine: What next after retiring?

    Mawejje: In September, I am going to start my own academy, then after I will join a coaching course.

    Grapevine: Is FUFA not organizing a testimonial match for you?

    Mawejje: I don’t think so but it’s sad. I think they have to change because when a federation like FUFA organises a testimonial for a retiring player, it shows that his services were appreciated and it gives the fans a chance to have a final glimpse of their player. But I advise them to change for players who will retire in future.

    Grapevine: During your career, which was your best game?

    Mawejje: In 2004, when Cranes was playing Mauritius away, we lost 3:1 but we qualified.

    Mawejje in action

    Grapevine: Who was the toughest player you played against in your career?

    Mawejje: All are Ghanaian, Kwadow Asamoah who was playing for Juventus and Asamoah who was playing for Fiorentina.

    Grapevine: Tell us about your best career goal?

    Mawejje: Two goals, one was against Ethiopia in CECAFA and another one was against Ghana in Accra.

    Grapevine: And your worst career goal?

    Mawejje: When Cranes played Kenya and we failed to qualify for AFCON.

    Grapevine: By the way, tell us, why didn’t Cranes qualify for AFCON during that time?

    Mawejje: We were overconfident. We felt Kenyans were weak compared to us. But also, Obua’s dismissal from the camp affected us so much because he was our main player.

    Grapevine: Name best 11 players in your career?

    Mawejje :1-Denis Onyango, 2-Simon Masaba, 3-Nestroy Kizito, 4-Murushid Jjuko, 5-Ibra Sekajja, 6-Khalid Aucho, 7-Vincent Kayizi, 8-Tony Mawejje, 9-Geofrey Sserunkuma, 10-Mike Serumagga and 11-David Obua.

     

    By Juma Ali

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