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    UPL ANALYSIS: Reviewing Match day 16 of Uganda Premier League



    BUL FC 1-0 URA FC
    Masavu FC 1-1 UPDF FC
    Onduparaka 0-0 Express FC
    Police 0-0 Mbarara City FC
    Proline 0-1 Kirinya Jinja SSS FC
    SC Villa 0-0 Maroons FC
    Soana FC 0-1 Vipers SC

    SC Villa failed to stretch its lead at the top of the Uganda Premier League (UPL) as they were held to a goal less draw at home to Maroons FC. Vipers’ Daniel Sserunkuuma scored on his debut in 1-0 away at Soana FC to reduce get within four points of table leaders SC Villa. Jinja based clubs BUL FC and Kirinya Jinja SSS FC both won to steer clear of the relegation zone while the relegation six pointer between Masavu and UPDF FC ended in a 1-1 draw.

    Grapevine Sports’ Ben Mwesigwa (@mwesben on twitter) reviews match day 16 of the UPL.

    The goal scoring curse in Ugandan football

    SC Villa should have taken advantage of KCCA FC’s continental distractions by winning against Maroons FC, they will know that was a missed opportunity to go six points clear at the top of the table to have breathing space. Vipers’ 1-0 win to get within four points of SC Villa creates a three horse race for the league title which now comes with a 60,000,000 (UGX) winning cheque from Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA). KCCA FC, Vipers and SC Villa will play the rest of the matches having to look out for each other’s results. This should make the title race very interesting.
    Express FC picked up an important point away in Arua against Onduparaka as they bid to fight against relegation, Masavu and UPDF could not take advantage of the relegation six pointer as they drew however, Proline’s home loss to Kirinya Jinja SSS FC leaves them hanging two points above the relegation zone. Only thirteen points separate fifth placed Police FC (25) from bottom placed UPDF FC (11). That should make the relegation battle very interesting too.

    Only five goals were scored in yesterday’s seven league matches. It would be possible to dismiss it as a day off for most clubs but looking at the goals scored column in the UPL league table shows a worse picture. SC Villa are top of the table but have only scored 16 goals in the same number of matches which puts them at one goal per match. KCCA FC with a return of 28 goals in 15 league matches is the only team with a decent return of goals per games ratio.
    There’s a very close relation between society and football. The majority of our society is very protective, we don’t take risks and would rather keep what we have. Most teams in Ugandan football will adopt a defensive approach even when in possession of the ball. Risking is seen as a taboo. Football is a reflection of the society in which the individuals expressing themselves come from.

    Next UPL matches
    Express FC Vs BUL FC at Wankulukuku
    Kirinya Jinja SSS FC Vs Police FC at Bugembe, Jinja
    UPDF FC Vs Proline FC at Bombo Barracks
    URA FC Vs Bright Stars FC at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
    Mbarara City FC Vs Soana FC at Kakyeka, Mbarara
    Maroons FC Vs Masavu FC at Luzira Prisons grounds
    Vipers Vs Onduparaka FC at St Mary’s stadium Kitende
    Matches on Tuesday 13th February 2018. Kick off times at 4:30PM


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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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