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    TODAY’S HOTTEST FOOTBALL NEWS: Paul Pogba Wants Zinedine Zidane As Boss, Man City Will Win The Premier League, United Will Be Second And Chelsea 3rd – Neymar

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    Man Utd star Paul Pogba wants to play under Zinedine Zidane.
    Pogba has spent the last two years floundering for Manchester United and clashing repeatedly with Jose Mourinho along the way.
    The France international is understood to want out, with Juventus now his No 1 destination because of Cristiano Ronaldo.
    Manchester United are so far, however, holding firm. They insist the 25-year-old is going nowhere despite his ongoing power struggle with Mourinho.
    And The Sun say Pogba is hellbent on playing under Zidane, who has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Mourinho.
    Should Mourinho fail to arrest their slump, a parting of the ways would be on the cards.
    United have axed David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
    And they are likely to do the same should Mourinho fail to land them a place in the Champions League.
    The Sun say Pogba is keen to play under Zidane, who he idolised growing up.
    A club insider is quoted as saying: “Paul grew up with Zidane as his hero and would like to play for him at some stage in his career.
    “He could have back at Real, but he felt he had unfinished business at United and their interest only came along very late in the day.
    “Paul has a similar all action style to Zidane and a lot of what he days was off the back of watching him and learning from him.”
    Should Zidane take over at United, it may be enough for Pogba to stay.

    Luis Suarez makes Paul Pogba to Barcelona transfer claim

    Paul Pogba would like to be battling on more fronts than he currently does for Manchester United – and would be welcome at Barcelona.
    That’s the view of Barcelona star Luis Suarez who believes the Frenchman would be a hit at the Nou Camp.
    Pogba has struggled at United since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 with there being plenty of talk regarding his future over the summer.
    Barca, Juventus and PSG were all believed to be interested but the midfielder stayed put and was even named captain by Jose Mourinho for the opening two games of the Premier League season.
    United have already suffered two defeats this campaign and are not expected to fight for the title with Liverpool tipped to be Manchester City’s closest rivals.
    United are also unlikely to be in the running for the Champions League crown and Suarez believes Pogba would want to be more competitive having won the World Cup this summer.
    “He [Pogba] is a part of the elite and has a lot of quality,” Suarez told RAC1.
    “I think he would like to compete for more than he is now. He is not a player that belongs to Barca, but quality players would always be welcome.”
    Pogba was the subject of a cheeky £45m bid from Barcelona that included Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes – who have since joined Everton – in the deal.

    Man City will win the premier league, United will be second and Chelsea 3rd – Neymar

    Neymar, 26, has tipped Pep Guadiola’s Man City to win this seasons’s premier league.
    The PSG star when pressed on who would take the other top four places his chin before saying: “Second will be United, third is Chelsea.”
    The Brazilian then paused before adding: “Fourth is Tottenham.”
    Neymar was joined at the Pokerstars event by his former Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique, who was close by listening to Neymar’s predictions.
    Pique reacted in shock as Neymar dubbed Spurs as fourth-place finishers – handing a snub to Liverpool.
    But Neymar confirmed “no Liverpool” – despite the Reds sitting top of the pile after four games of the Premier League.
    NEYMAR’S TOP FOUR PREDICTION
    1) MANCHESTER CITY
    2) MANCHESTER UNITED
    3) CHELSEA
    4) TOTTENHAM
    City’s squad include a host of Neymar’s Brazil team-mates including Ederson, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho.

    Real Madrid boss Lopetegui reveals why Ronaldo Juventus transfer happened

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus from Real Madrid was unpreventable, according to Los Blancos manager Julen Lopetegi.
    Ronaldo stunned the football world earlier this summer by choosing to quit Real Madrid for Juventus.
    The 33-year-old decided to call time on his Bernabeu career to embark on a new challenge in Serie A after nine glittering years in La Liga.
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has not been well-received by Real Madrid fans, particularly given the club’s failure to land a replacement.
    Lopetegui succeeded Zinedine Zidane in June and was powerless to prevent Ronaldo from jumping ship.
    Real Madrid have enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular, start to the new season.
    Gareth Bale is now their talisman and, in the post-Ronaldo climate, the Wales international is back to his blockbuster best.
    And Lopetegui has now revealed why he was unable to convince the player to stay.
    Lopetegui was confirmed as Real Madrid’s new boss on June 12 while Ronaldo officially completed his move to Juve a month later on July 10.
    And the Spaniard’s latest comments suggest Ronaldo had already made up his mind prior to the World Cup that he would be leaving Los Blancos.
    He said: “I did not speak with him.
    “Because when I become Real Madrid coach, he had already chosen to leave.”
    Ronaldo has struggled for Juventus so far, failing to score in his first three Serie A outings.
    And Old Lady legend Alessandro Del Piero has given the veteran some advice.
    “In Italy we defend looking for the numerical superiority and it is complicated for a striker,” Del Piero said.

    Koscielny’s agent opens up on offers to leave Gunners

    Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny had multiple offers to leave the Gunners last season, according to his agent.
    The 32-year-old was reportedly considering a move away from The Emirates, with clubs in France and China interested.
    However, his season was cut short during a Europa League semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid, where he suffered a torn Achilles tendon.
    This ruled the defender out for a minimum of sixth months, scrapping any plans of a move away from Arsenal.
    His departure would have coincided with that of former boss Arsene Wenger, and Koscielny’s agent, Stephane Courbois, revealed his client had felt the time had come to move on.
    Speaking to France Football, he said: “At that time, Laurent was playing what might have been his final matches with Arsenal.
    “Laurent started to consider a possible move away from Arsenal at the same time as Arsene (Wenger).
    “The moment was right, leaving as a new coach arrived. I had already anticipated this and two or three offers were making us think hard.”
    Wenger ended his 22 year stay as Gunners boss in May this year, with new manager Unai Emery taking over the reins immediately.

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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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