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    Uganda Premier League Match-day 17 Analysis: Vipers reduces SC Villa Lead



    Vipers' Milton Karisa (in red) against Onduparaka. He scored in the 7th minute and is now the UPL top scorer on 8 goals

    UPL results 13th February 2018

    Express FC 2-0 BUL FC

    (Isaac Kisujju and Michael Birungi)

    Kirinya Jinja SSS FC 2-0 Police FC

    Anthony Mayanja and Musa Esenu

    UPDF FC 1-0 Proline FC

    (Fahad Bardiro)

    URA FC 1-0 Bright Stars FC

    (Shafiq Kagimu)

    Mbarara City 0-0 Vs Soana FC

    Maroons FC 0-0 Masavu FC

    Vipers 2-0 Onduparaka FC

    (Milton Karisa and Erisa Ssekisambu)

    Azam Uganda Premier League Top Scorers

    Milton Karisa 8 Vipers

    Hood Kaweesa 7 Police FC

    Dan Sserunkuuma 7 Vipers

    Shaban Muhammad 6 Kcca FC

    Nelson Ssenkatuuka 6 Bright Stars

    Grapevine Sports’ Ben Mwesigwa (@mwesben on twitter) reviews match day 17.

    Title Battle?

    Vipers’ 2-0 win over Onduparaka reduced SC Villa’s lead by just one point. With KCCA FC hosting SC Villa on Thursday 15th February 2018, expect Vipers to be interested spectators. Three teams battling for the league title will be very interesting.

    Relegation Battle?

    Only 12 points separate 4th placed Onduparaka FC (26 points) from bottom placed UPDF FC (14 points). Express FC’s 2-0 win over BUL FC will be a huge boost as they continue to climb out of the relegation zone. UPDF FC’s win over Proline means that they are within a win of getting off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone if results go there way on match day 18. It’s that crowded at the bottom of the table.

    Save the Police?

    Police FC were the darlings of UPL in the first round, free flowing football got them being touted as title contenders as they were on top after 9 matches, then came the January 2018 transfer window, Hudu Kaweesa (top scorer at the time), Gift Ali and Yasin Mugume (with most of the assists) all left for “greener pastures”. They are yet to score a goal in the second round.

    Next up in UPL

    KCCA FC vs SC Villa at Star Times Stadium in Lugogo, Kampala at 4PM Live on Azam TV




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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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