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    UPL PREVIEWS: Vipers/KCCA In Do Or Die Tie, Suspended Villa Coach Warns Players, Express Away To Maroons




    Friday League games;

    Vipers vs KCCA, 4:00pm

    Police vs Onduparaka,4:30pm

    Saturday League games;

    Maroons vs Express,10:00

    Kirinya Jinja vs Bright Stars,10:00

    Mabarara City vs SC Villa, 10:00

    Whoever loses points between Vipers and KCCA tonight will reduce his chances of winning the Azam Premier League because only a point separates the two teams.

    Vipers are in great form having won away to SC Villa in Masaka.

    Lately, Vipers under the Portuguese coach Miguel Da Costa have been superb in the second half of the season and this has helped them come back in the title fight with the defending champions KCCA and 16-time champions SC Villa.

    Tom Masiko the Vipers midfielder will face his former employers. Dan Sserunkuma one of Vipers top scorers may cause defensive problems to KCCA.

    Stars to watch;

    Allan Okello of KCCA is a joy to watch helped by Muzamir Mutyaba and  Shaban Muhammad.

    What Masiko has to say about the big game, “l expect it to be aa exciting game, in which both sides will be fighting to make a statement. It’s difficult to predict how it will go but we are the Venoms & have hope that we shall leave the stadium with a successful result.”

    Head to Head:

    KCCA 3-2 Vipers

    KCCA 1-2 Vipers

    Vipers 2-1 KCCA

    KCCA 0-0 Vipers

    Vipers 2-2 KCCA

    KCCA 0-2 Vipers

    Vipers 2-2 KCCA

    We Can’t Afford To Lose This Game-Wasswa Bbosa


    Mbarara City vs SC Villa,10:00

    SC Villa coach Wasswa Bbosa has promised the fans that they are determined to win against Mabarara City away from home in the Azam Premier League on Saturday.

    Villa are back into league action after losing their unbeaten record to title revivals Vipers FC in Masaka. Villa take on Mbarara City who are fighting relegation.

    “We cannot afford to lose points if we are to keep in the title race with Vipers and KCCA,” Wasswa Bbosa, who is suspended in this game said. His assistant Paul Makatabala will be in charge.

    Mbarara City have won one game in the last 9 games and Villa have one loss in 7 games.

    Players to watch:

    Allan Kyambadde, Lwesibawa and Martin Kizza are expected to make a difference at Kyakyeka stadium.

    Express Away Form Worrying As They Take On Maroons

    Maroons vs Express,

    Express go into Saturday’s league game against Maroons with hope that they can replicate their home form to win away to Maroons who lie sixth on the Azam Uganda Premier League table.

    Express have not won an away game in last seven games and this is one of the reasons why they are fighting relegation this season. The last game they played away, Kirinya Jinja SS beat them 2-0. Express are second from bottom with 25 points in 24 games.

    “We need two wins and we can go out of relegation mathematically. The players are mentally and physically fit and I expect a win when we take on Maroons,” George Nsimbe who is working with Shafick Bisaso said.

    Head to Head;

    Express 2-0 Maroons

    Maroons 1-2 Express

    Express 3-2 Maroons

    Express 3-2 Maroons

    Maroons 2-0 Express

    Maroons 0-0 Express

    Express 2-0 Maroons


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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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