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    TODAY’S HOTTEST FOOTBALL STORIES: Zidane Warned On Replacing Mourinho at Man Utd, Messi Asks Barcelona To Sign Paul Pogba, Chelsea Could Lose Fabregas

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    ZINEDINE ZIDANE has been sent a strong warning over potentially replacing Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager.
    Zidane revealed on Monday he is keen on returning to management.
    The France legend left Real Madrid at the end of last season after winning the Champions League in each of his three years at the club.
    “I am sure that I will coach again before long,” Zidane told Spanish outlet TVE. “This is what I like and what I have done all my life.”
    Zidane is the favourite with the bookies to replace Mourinho at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho himself is the favourite to be the next manager to lose his job in the Premier League.
    But ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley has warned Zidane over the size of the task at Old Trafford. Burley says Zidane’s toughest aim would be to catch up with rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, who both look set to challenge for the title this term.
    “Clearly he’s going to be choosy,” the former Chelsea midfielder said of Zidane. “But I think he has to pick carefully here. A risk (if he went to United).
    “It’s going to be, unless things drastically change with playing personnel, which isn’t going to happen, then we know how big a job it is to bridge that gap.
    “Particularly to Manchester City, but potentially to Liverpool, who have spent. “I know United finished above them last year but Liverpool seem to have progressed. It is (a risk). (Express)

    Chelsea could lose Cesc Fabregas on free transfer to Serie A giants

    CESC FABREGAS looks set to be at the centre of a January tug of war between Inter Milan and AC Milan.
    Both Milan clubs want the Chelsea midfielder and could be poised to land the 31-year-old, who will be free to talk to clubs after December with his contract running out in June, as a free agent.
    Inter’s No1 midfield target this summer was Real Madrid’s Luka Modric but they failed in their bid to land the Croatian.
    Inter then tried for Fabregas as a second option but Chelsea did not want to sell at the time and the player wanted to stay.
    In the end, Luciano Spalletti looked across Italy and signed Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma in a £33m swap deal, as Davide Santon and Nicolo Zaniolo went the other way.
    Nainggolan has proved a decent buy so far, scoring in his only game for the Italian giants against Bologna in a 3-0 win.
    AC Milan are also thought to be keen on the former Arsenal and Barcelona player and, with the Serie A club having signed France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on a season-long loan from Chelsea in the summer and wanting to make the move permanent at the end of this campaign, they are hoping to use that as a bargaining chip for Fabregas.
    Milan’s summer activity saw them spend big on Gonzalo Higuain, forking out £16.2m in a loan deal, while their biggest deal of the summer was the £31.5m acquisition of Mattia Caldara.
    Caldara, a centre-back, joined from Juventus as Milan failed to land the central midfielder they were after, meaning they could well be tempted to go in for Fabregas in the January transfer window.
    Fabregas has only just recovered from a knee injury which has dogged him since the start of the season and his only appearance so far for new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri came in the pre-season Community Shield Wembley defeat to Manchester City.
    The Spaniard is yet to be called into a matchday squad by Sarri since then, with new signing Jorginho anchoring the Chelsea midfield in every game so far.
    Even when he returns to full fitness, he is still facing a tough route back into the first-team. (Express)

    Messi asks Barcelona to sign Pogba

    Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants the club to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba, who continues to flirt with a stunning move away from Old Trafford.
    That’s according to OK Diario’s Eduardo Inda, who said: “Messi has asked for Pogba, but the problem of Barça is the Financial Fair Play.
    “They have a chance to bring Pogba in winter on loan with a purchase option.” Barcelona would love to sign Pogba but whether or not United let him go in January, particularly if they do not sign a replacement, remains to be seen. (Express)

    Klopp dealt Lovren setback over mysterious injury

    LIVERPOOL centre-back Dejan Lovren is expected to return to first-team training this month but the club do not believe he will be play again before late October, according to reports.
    The Croatian has been sidelined for their perfect start to the Premier League campaign with a mysterious stomach muscle issue.
    He returned from the World Cup claiming he couldn’t sit inside his car without intense pain and said: “I’d always grit my teeth and play for Croatia but now I am paying the price.”
    Bizarrely, ahead of Liverpool’s final pre-season friendly against Torino, Lovren told the club’s official website just a day after his return to training that he could’ve played half-an-hour against the Italian side and that he was “ready and fit again”.
    And the news of his lay-off came just days later ahead of Liverpool’s season opener against West Ham.
    It was even speculated that the defender’s admission that the club were “not happy” that he had not told them until his return to Merseyside, meaning they could not look to potentially sign a new centre half in the transfer market.
    The 29-year-old has seen a specialist doctor in the Netherlands during his prolonged absence from training with it hoped that he can join his team-mates for full training in the coming weeks.
    That’s after beginning ball work and running outside at the Reds’ Melwood training ground recently.
    But Liverpool don’t want to force Lovren back too soon and despite their packed schedule, have yet to establish an expected return date say the Liverpool Echo.
    Jurgen Klopp’s side are preparing for a hectic next three weeks in which they begin their Champions League and Carabao Cup campaigns while also juggling their league commitments. (Express)

    Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, is a target for Turkish side Fenerbahce. (Fotomac)

    Tottenham are monitoring Leicester City’s 21-year-old left-back Ben Chilwell, who has been handed his first England senior call-up, and are lining up a January offer for Ajax’s Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21. (Telegraph)

    Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 26, has vowed to transfer his international scoring form over to the Premier League for Tottenham(Daily Mirror)

    Four-time Premier League winner Edwin van der Sar, 47, has ruled himself out of the running for the new technical role at Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

    Former England and Newcastle midfielder Paul Gascoigne, 51, says England will “never get another me” after manager Gareth Southgate said the Three Lions lack creativity in midfield. (The Sun)

    Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel, 31, says Leicester’s “hard sell” approach in the transfer window means the club will no longer be “bullied” in the market. (Daily Star)

    Meanwhile, Leicester defender Jonny Evans, 30, has praised the young players coming through the ranks in the Northern Ireland squad. (Aberdeen Evening Express)

    Chelsea overpaid by around £40m when they spent £71.6m for Athletic Bilbao’s 23-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in August, according to the CIES Football Observatory. (Football Italia)

    Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, 23, is set to miss his club’s next two games after suffering concussion playing for England. United play at Watford on Saturday before travelling to Switzerland to face Young Boys in the Champions League next Wednesday. (Mirror)

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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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