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    TODAY’S HOTTEST FOOTBALL NEWS: We Want Pogba At Barcelona – Pique, Mourinho Sacking By December – Shearer, Chelsea For Sale….

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    GERARD PIQUE has revealed he wants Paul Pogba to sign for Barcelona – in a stunning interview with Express.co.uk.
    The Nou Camp captain, 31, is due to take on former team-mate Neymar in a charity tournament at PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona tonight.
    But in a candid interview before the event started, Pique waded in to discuss the ongoing furore around Pogba.
    The 25-year-old is still at the top of Barcelona’s wanted list and Pique has revealed he is desperate for the midfielder to join as his war with boss Jose Mourinho rages on.
    Asked directly about Pogba’s saga, Pique admitted: “I know very little about what’s happening there [with Pogba and Mourinho]. It’s very private between them, their relationship.
    “What I know is Pogba is a great player and he plays for Manchester United right now. We will see in the future if he wants to change clubs.”
    And in a transfer bombshell that will send shockwaves through Old Trafford, Pique – unprompted – turned the conversation with our man in Barcelona to a potential transfer.
    “We will be happy to have him here, obviously. We want the best players to be at Barcelona,” he revealed.
    “But we respect Manchester United because it’s his club. Until he says something or the club says something, he’s a Manchester United player.”
    Spanish clubs have until Friday to sign players – meaning a deal for the World Cup winner could still happen.
    Barca have shown before they are willing to wait to get their targets, having spent 18 months chasing Philippe Coutinho before landing him from Liverpool in a £142m deal in January.
    Pogba, United’s £89million club record signing, was understood to be fuming last month when Mourinho refused to praise his efforts in helping France win the World Cup in Russia this summer.

    Mourinho sacking by December – Shearer

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will be sacked before December if things don’t change at the club, according to Premier League legend Alan Shearer.
    “Mourinho clearly is not happy having failed to land all the transfer targets he wanted and was promised,” Shearer told The Sun.
    “Are he and Ed Woodward on the same page? Everyone needs to be very soon or a sorry chapter will be written in this proud club’s history.
    “They might have hit a record share price, but Woodward needs to take control of the football club.
    “They knew what they were getting with Jose. They knew the character, the style and they knew he wins trophies.
    “Two in his first season was a good return. So why give him a new deal if you’re not going to back him?
    “I have heard nothing from Woodward this season to tell me the manager has the backing of the club or owners.
    “Yet if things continue as they are, Mourinho will be gone before December — and that is NOT good news for Manchester United.
    “Why? Because they will be back to square one again.

    I don’t know what my future at Liverpool is – Mignolet on future

    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has questioned Jurgen Klopp’s “bizarre” decision to loan out Loris Karius and has intimated that he still wants to leave the club.
    Karius has sealed a two-year loan to Besiktas, as announced at the weekend, leaving Mignolet’s future in the dark.
    Speaking to Belgian news outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, Mignolet said: “The transfer of Karius doesn’t change anything for me. I have always been clear: I want to play.
    “Being number two or number three makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important thing.
    “Nobody has said anything to me after the departure of Loris. So I don’t know what my future at Liverpool is. We will see what happens this week.
    “I find it bizarre that Karius was loaned while I also had options to be loaned. But for some reason that was not possible.
    “A goalkeeper who was preferred to me last year may leave on a loan basis. Strange.

    Chelsea for sale

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly set to put the club up for sale.
    Chelsea could be sold to the highest bidder in the coming months if reports on Sunday are to be believed.
    The Sunday Times claim the Russian billionaire is looking to get rid of Chelsea from his assets. It comes after the owner endured visa problems when trying to return to the UK this summer.
    A £2bn offer from Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the boss of petrochemicals company Ineos, has already been rejected by Abramovich this year.

    Madrid’s Mbappe plan

    Real Madrid have made Kylian Mbappe their main Cristiano Ronaldo replacement target – but retain an interest in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, according to reports.
    Real Madrid have, so far, failed to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo despite links to the likes of Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Neymar.
    But Transfermarketweb say Los Blancos are now hellbent on landing Mbappe, with Chelsea’s Hazard also in their sights.
    They have reportedly made Mbappe their ‘ultimate’ choice to fill the void left by Ronaldo’s departure.
    PSG are currently the subject of a UEFA investigation and are reportedly struggling to pay Monaco the £166million they agreed to pay for Mbappe 12 months ago.
    Madrid could now make their move for the Frenchman if he becomes available.

    Neville praises Alisson signing

    Liverpool’s signing of Alisson Becker has been praised by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who thought Jurgen Klopp’s previous backing of Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet was ‘strange.’
    Liverpool were previously determined to keep faith with Karius in the wake of his Champions League nightmare, while also keeping Mignolet on the books.
    And Sky Sports pundit Neville thinks Klopp made the right decision to twist, rather than stick, with Liverpool now widely expected to challenge for honours.
    He said: “At the end of last season when Jurgen Klopp said he was going to keep faith with the two goalkeepers he had, I thought it was strange.
    “I didn’t see how that could happen if Liverpool were going to genuinely challenge for the title.
    “I watched Alisson and he looked good with his feet, though a few things came off him from parrying.
    “He passed his first test against Crystal Palace and I’m not necessarily looking forward to watching him, but I chose him in terms of answering the questions that need to be answered in a new league.”

    Ozil exit from Arsenal to PSG

    Arsenal star Mesut Ozil could leave for PSG or Real Madrid amid rumours of a bust-up with Unai Emery, according to the bookies.
    The Germany international missed yesterday’s 3-1 win over West Ham, with Emery pinning his absence on illness.
    Since then, though, reports have emerged suggesting Ozil chose not to partake in the game because of a furious bust-up with his Arsenal manager.
    Coral think PSG and former club Real Madrid are his likeliest destinations should he opt to pursue a new challenge elsewhere.
    AC Milan and Bayern Munich have then been made available to sign the 2014 World Cup winner.

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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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