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    UGANDA CRANES: How Each Player Performed Against Sao Tome 



    The Cranes team that started Desabre's first game at Namboole


    Cranes 3-1 Sao Time Principle


    Calm and collective young forward Abraham Ndugwa revealed to the Grapevine why he scored on his Cranes debut as Cranes beat Sao Time Principle 3-1 in a friendly game at Namboole.

    Ndugwa, 22, had a colourful national team debut. It took the Masavu FC skipper a few seconds after coming on for Emmanuel Okwi, to score a beauty after combining with Yunus Seentamu who replaced Luwagga Kizito.

    Nicholas Wadada scored the first goal in the first half. The second goal was scored by Murushid Jjuuko off a corner delivered by Ochaya. Cranes missed a couple of chances and Sao Tome kept a lot of discipline especially in the middle of the park.

    “As I came on, coach Desabre whispered in my ear and he told me you are going to score,” Ndugwa said.

    The other players to make their debuts for the Cranes team were Brevis Mugabi, the tall defender from Yeovil Town and Buildcon forward Fahad Bayo. Focus now turns to Malawi which will also take on Cranes in an international friendly on Tuesday at Namboole.

    Sebastien Desabre got his first win ever since he joined the Cranes, some players put wonderful performances and others struggled. Here is their ratings per player:


    1.Denis Onyango (7/10)

    As always, he put up a wonderful performance in Cranes colours working as a leader despite failing to keep a clean shit.

    2.Nicholas Wadada (5/10)

    He is always one of the most hardworking players on the field but his final pass was poor.

    3.Godfrey Walusimbi (6/10)

    He put one or two passes wrong but he brought out his best when the team was going forward and he defended well too.

    4.Murushid Jjuuko (7/10)

    Ever since he replaced Andy Mwesigwa, he has never disappointed. He looked solid and he managed to get onto the score sheet.

    5.Brevis Mugabi (7/10)

    He looked composed and impressive mostly when he took long passes to find Milton Karisa on the right flank but he has to work on his first touch.

    6.Hassan Wasswa (6/10)

    He played a head of ‘Baba’ Kizito in midfield but he lacked quick vision as he made a lot of back passes.

    7.Milton Marisa (6/10)

    He looked sharp and fast but his decision making when it came to the final ball was lacking. He also missed chances in the first half.

    8.Emmanuel Okwi (5/10)

    He scores for fan in Tanzania, but failed to take three open chances and the coach replaced him with Yunus Sentamu in the second half.

    9.Godfrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (6/10)

    He kept the ball well but he couldn’t pass it forward in key areas so as to penetrate Sao Tome through mid-field.

    10.Joseph Ochaya (8/10)

    He was among the best players in this game. He took the first goal well and he helped the team get a second goal when he assisted Murushid Jjuuko.

    11.Kizito Luwagga (4/10)

    He undermined his opposition and the Sao Tome players did not allow him to a foot right.


    Substitute who came on:

    Yunus Sentamu (7/10)

    He enjoyed his game and made a great contribution when he came on for Okwi and made a clever assist for Ndugwa to score on his debut.

    Abraham Ndugwa (7/10)

    He is a great talent, he came on for Luwaga Kizito and scored a beauty when he got a killer pass from Sentamu.

    Alex Kakuba (5/10)

    He looked sharp though he didn’t do much because the team was in the opposition’s half all the time and he combined well with Ochaya.

    Taddeo Lwanga (5/10)

    Despite his freshness and hankering in mid field, he did not stamp any serious authority on the game. He replaced Baba.


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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…



    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…



    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…



    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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