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    TODAY’S HOTTEST FOOTBALL STORIES: Mourinho Gags Pogba, Scholes Blasts Jose: His Mouth Is Out Of Control And He’s Embarrassing The Club: PLUS Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea Gossip

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    Paul Pogba has been gagged from taking to the media by Manchester United following his comments about the club this season.

    Pogba fuelled speculation over his future at Old Trafford after captaining United to victory over Leicester in the opening game of the season in August by saying that he couldn’t discuss his situation without fear of being fined amid reports that he wanted to join Barcelona.

    United’s record £89million signing then caused another stir after the draw at home to Wolves last month when he appeared to criticise Jose Mourinho’s tactics by saying the team had an obligation to ‘attack, attack, attack’ at Old Trafford

    When Pogba passed through what Mourinho has pointedly referred to as ‘the famous mixed zone’ after Tuesday’s goalless draw with Valencia in the Champions League, he told waiting reporters: ‘I’ve been told I’m not allowed.’

    His mouth is out of control and he’s embarrassing the club: Scholes Blasts Mourinho

    Paul Scholes launched an extraordinary attack on Jose Mourinho on Tuesday night, stating he was surprised the Manchester United manager has not been sacked yet and accusing him of ’embarrassing’ the club.

    Mourinho is battling to save his job after United’s worst start to a season in 29 years, having publicly criticised his players and the United hierarchy.

    But former Old Trafford midfielder Scholes believes Mourinho should have been axed after the defeat to West Ham at the weekend, saying: ‘I am sat here actually surprised he survived after Saturday, the performance was that bad.

    ‘He’s constantly having a go at players. He’s having a go at those above him because he’s not getting what he wants. I think his mouth is probably out of control and I think he’s embarrassing the club.’

    French champions Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Manchester United’s France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25. (Sun)

    Barcelona may not be in a position to make a move for World Cup winner Pogba after announcing their financial results for 2017-18. (Telegraph)

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says he is surprised manager Jose Mourinho was not sacked after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham. (BT Sport)

    Zinedine Zidane will not replace Mourinho at United, says the ex-Real Madrid manager’s former France team-mate Christophe Dugarry. (RMC Sport – in French)

    Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is set to follow Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey out of Arsenal on a free transfer next summer. The 27-year-old England international is in the final year of his deal and there in no agreement over a new contract. (Mirror)

    Gunners manager Unai Emery has identified Napolimidfielder Piotr Zielinski, 24, as a replacement for Ramsey, 27. (SportMediaSet, via Star)

    Manchester City have been scouting Hoffenheim youth team midfielder Ilay Elmkies. The 18-year-old Israeli scored against City’s development side at the weekend. (Bild – in German)

    Tottenham are ready to make a bid for Paris St-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot in January. The 23-year-old France midfielder is out of contract next summer and can talk to clubs in January. (Mirror)

    Juventus defender Daniele Rugani’s contract talks with the club have stalled, which could give Chelsea hope of signing the 24-year-old Italy international. (Calcio Mercate – in Italian)

    A dressing room rant from West Ham captain and midfielder Mark Noble, 31, after the side’s loss to Wolves in September was the catalyst to their upturn in form. (Mail)

    Argentina interim coach Lionel Scaloni says he has not spoken to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero about returning to the national side. Aguero, 30, did not feature in the country’s post-World Cup friendlies. (ESPN)

    Chelsea will offer Brazil midfielder David Luiz a one-year contract extension. The 31-year-old’s deal expires at the end of next season. (Evening Standard)

    Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, 18, is in line for his first England Under-21 call-up this week, with Aidy Boothroyd set to include him in the squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland. (Times – subscription required)

    Sweden captain and centre-back Andreas Granqvist, 33, says the interest from Manchester United in bringing him to the club is “incredibly flattering”. (FotbollDireckt – in Swedish)

    Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson says he considered staying at Roma before joining the Premier League club. The 26-year-old Brazilian, who joined the Reds in July, said he cried when he left Rome, where his daughter was born. (La Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

    Also, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Egypt striker Mohamed Salah, 26, to “relax” and the goals will start coming. (Telegraph)

    Barcelona are unlikely to sign any players during the January transfer window. (Mundo Deportivo)

    Meanwhile, the Spanish champions are concerned about the state of the Wembley pitch as there prepare to face Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday. (AS.com – in Spanish)

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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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