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    WEEKEND FIXTURES/PREVIEWS/STATS: Arsenal Have Failed To Score In Four Of Their Last Five League Visits To Chelsea, PLUS Man Utd, Serie A And La Liga

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    English Premier League
    Saturday
    2:30 Cardiff vs Newcastle United (Betting Tips – 2/gg)
    5:00 West Ham vs Bournemouth (Betting Tips – 1)
    5:00 Tottenham vs Fulham (Betting Tips – 1/over)
    5:00 Everton vs Southampton (Betting Tips – x)
    5:00 Leicester vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (Betting Tips – 1)
    7:30 Chelsea vs Arsenal (Betting Tips – x/gg)
    Sunday
    3:30 Manchester City vs Huddersfield (Betting Tips – 1/over)
    3:30 Burnley vs Watford (Betting Tips – 1)
    6:00 Brighton vs Manchester United (Betting Tips – 2)
    Monday
    10:00 Crystal Palace vs Liverpool (Betting Tips – 2/gg)

    Tottenham vs Fulham
    Tottenham midfielders Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah have returned to training but are unlikely to feature this weekend.
    Forward Son Heung-min is away with South Korea at the Asian Games.
    Fulham defenders Tim Ream and Alfie Mawson are out with respective thigh and knee injuries, while Denis Odoi is suspended.
    Left-back Joe Bryan should be available despite being forced off with an ankle problem against Crystal Palace.

    • Head-to-head
    • Tottenham have won eight of the last nine Premier League meetings between the sides, losing the other.
    • Fulham’s last Premier League win over Spurs was at White Hart Lane, a 1-0 victory in March 2013 thanks to a goal from Dimitar Berbatov.
    • The Cottagers have won just two of their 24 top-flight away matches against Spurs (D6, L16).
    • Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 FA Cup win at Craven Cottage the last time the teams met in February 2017.
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Tottenham have lost just two of their last 38 home league games (W30, D6) – last season’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea and 3-1 loss versus Manchester City.
    • Spurs haven’t won their opening two league games since the 2014-15 season.
    • They are unbeaten in 36 Premier League fixtures against newly-promoted teams (W33, D3), since a 1-0 defeat at QPR in April 2012.
    • Harry Kane hasn’t scored a Premier League goal in August despite playing 14 games and attempting 46 shots.
    • Kane has scored five goals in his last 13 Premier League London derbies, having previously netted 17 times in 16 derby fixtures.
    • Jan Vertonghen’s goal against Newcastle last weekend was his first in 161 Premier League games.
    • Fulham
    • This is Fulham’s third game at Wembley. They lost 2-0 to West Ham in the 1975 FA Cup final and beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the Championship play-off final in May.
    • It’s also Fulham’s 1,000th match in the English top flight.
    • They could begin a top-flight campaign with back-to-back defeats for the first time since 1967.
    • Fulham have conceded in each of their last 18 Premier League away games.
    • Their last goal in the top flight was scored by Dutchman Chris David in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in May 2014.
    • Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored and provided an assist in both of his Premier League appearances against Spurs. He was also sent off in his last game against them – a 5-1 win for Newcastle in May 2016.

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    17:30 Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Chelsea star Eden Hazard may return to the starting line-up after impressing as a substitute at Huddersfield.
    Ex-Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas remains out, with an unusual injury causing him pain close to his knee.
    Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal could return from a knee problem, and may replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is out for at least six weeks after fracturing his fibula.
    Full-backs Sead Kolasinac and Carl Jenkinson are still sidelined. Goalkeeper Petr Cech is expected to keep his starting spot.

    Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri: “I am not worried about [Alvaro] Morata. Morata is a very good player.
    “I think in this moment he needs only to gain confidence. But he’s a great player. “He needs to gain confidence. But he’s improving. I’m not really worried about him. He needs to score. As do all strikers in the world, I think.”

    Arsenal head coach Unai Emery: “We need to keep our personality, our mentality. Against [Manchester] City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes even when we were losing. “That was a good thing… I want us to continue with this work and to be competitive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance both individually and collectively.”

    • Head-to-head
    • Chelsea have won five of their last six home league games against Arsenal, with the exception last season’s goalless draw.
    • Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge.
    • The Gunners have kept clean sheets in their last two league and cup games at Stamford Bridge. They have not recorded three successive shut-outs there since 1924.
    • Chelsea
    • Blues boss Maurizio Sarri lost just four of his 57 home league games in charge of Napoli (W43, D10).
    • Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield was their biggest victory in their first league game under a new boss since 2008, when Luiz Felipe Scolari oversaw a 4-0 win against Portsmouth.
    • Alvaro Morata has scored only one goal in 15 Premier League appearances since Boxing Day.
    • Jorginho could become the fourth player to score in his first two Premier League appearances for Chelsea, following in the footsteps of Adrian Mutu, Deco and Diego Costa.
    • Olivier Giroud could become only the second player to score Premier League goals for both sides in this fixture, after Cesc Fabregas.
    • Arsenal
    • The Gunners could fail to score in their opening two Premier League fixtures for the first time since 2012, when they began with goalless draws against Sunderland and Stoke.
    • The last Arsenal boss to lose his first two matches in charge was Steve Burtenshaw, who suffered defeat in his first three games as a caretaker in March and April 1986.
    • The Gunners have lost seven of their last eight away league games, with their only win coming at Huddersfield on the final day of last season.
    • They lost 11 top-flight away matches last season, equalling their highest tally in the Premier League (set in 1994-95, in a 42-game campaign).
    • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s next league goal will be his 150th in the top five European leagues.

    13:30 Manchester City vs Huddersfield

    Manchester City have confirmed they will be without Kevin de Bruyne for up to three months after he suffered a knee injury in training this week.
    He joins Danilo and Eliaquim Mangala on the sidelines, but David Silva could return after missing the win over Arsenal.
    Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen will be absent with a muscle injury.
    Danny Williams and Erik Durm are also out and Jonathan Hogg is a doubt with a hip injury.
    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on de Bruyne’s injury: “Hopefully in that time he can do as much as possible and when he comes back he can help us again. “He will be a big miss. Kevin was outstanding last season. “These long injuries are not wanted but we accept it. It is part of the game.”
    Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner: “The second year is always harder to play in the Premier League. It’s always harder to confirm the second year.
    “We need to stick together. We know what it means to stay in the league.”

    • Head-to-head
    • Manchester City’s last home league goals against Huddersfield came in a 10-1 victory in the old second division in November 1987. Paul Stewart, David White and Tony Adcock all scored hat-tricks.
    • City have failed to score in four successive home league matches against the Terriers. They have never gone five league games at home without scoring against a particular opponent.
    • Pep Guardiola’s City side had a total of just seven shots on target against Huddersfield last season, fewer than they managed against any other Premier League side.
    • Manchester City
    • They have not lost their opening game at home in any of their 21 Premier League seasons.
    • City have won 26 of the 27 league matches Raheem Sterling has scored in. The only exception was in their second game last season, when they drew with Everton.
    • The 75 assists David Silva has registered in the Premier League since his debut in 2010 is more than any other player in that period.
    • Silva is one short of becoming the third player after Joe Hart and Richard Dunne to make 250 Premier League appearances for City.
    • Sergio Aguero has scored 11 goals in his last seven Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium.
    • Huddersfield Town
    • Huddersfield have only won one of their last 11 league games.
    • They failed to net in eight of those matches and did not score more than once in any of the other three.
    • The Terriers are trying to avoid losing their opening two matches of a top-flight season for the first time since the 1954-55 campaign.
    • They could also fail to score in their opening two top-flight games for the first time in their history.

    16:00 Brighton vs Manchester United

    Brighton began with just one of their summer signings in their starting line-up at Watford but may make changes after a disappointing 2-0 defeat.
    Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh both featured as a substitute and could be promoted to the starting line-up.
    Veteran right-back Bruno was forced off at Vicarage Road through injury and joins Florin Andone on the sidelines.
    Romelu Lukaku could return to the Manchester United team after beginning their opening game on the bench.
    Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia are all back in training but will not be considered for selection. Valencia’s absence means Paul Pogba will continue as captain.

    Brighton manager Chris Hughton: “The last game against them was our last one at home and our fans will rightly remember it.
    “The supporters have been excellent and we know they’ll be great again this weekend.”
    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Paul Pogba: “The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks, and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now.
    “That’s the truth. I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him.”

    • Head-to-head
    • Brighton have won their last two home league games against Manchester United, with these games (in 1982 and 2018) almost 36 years apart.
    • United’s last win away to Brighton came in April 1982, with the late Ray Wilkins scoring the only goal.
    • Brighton and Hove Albion
    • The Seagulls have only won one of their last 10 league games (11 in all competitions), with that victory coming against Manchester United in May.
    • Brighton had the eighth best home record in the Premier League last season (W7, D8, L4).
    • They have won their opening home fixture in only one of their five previous top-flight campaigns (D1, L3), a 2-0 victory against Wolves in 1980.
    • Pascal Gross has had a hand in six goals in his last seven Premier League games at the Amex Stadium (three goals and three assists).
    • Glenn Murray could make his 200th league appearance for the club.
    • Manchester United
    • Manchester United did not score in their last two away league games of 2017-18, including a 1-0 defeat at Brighton. It is 13 years since they failed to score in three consecutive away league matches.
    • United have scored a Premier League goal at 56 of the 58 different stadiums they have played at, with the only exceptions the Amex Stadium and Wembley Stadium.
    • Alexis Sanchez has not scored a Premier League away goal since netting twice in Arsenal’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on 28 December 2017.
    • Paul Pogba has scored in 11 Premier League games and ended on the winning side in all of them – a joint-record he shares with former Liverpool player Ryan Babel.

    Spanish La Liga
    7:15 Celta Vigo vs Espanyol (Betting Tips – x)
    9:15 Villarreal vs Real Sociedad (Betting Tips – 1/gg)
    11:15 Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves (Betting Tips – 1/over)
    Sunday
    7:15 Eibar vs SD Huesca (Betting Tips – x)
    9:15 Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla (Betting Tips – 2)
    11:15 Real Madrid vs Getafe (Betting Tips – 1)
    Monday
    9:00 Valencia vs Atletico Madrid (Betting Tips – 2/gg)
    11:00 Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes (Betting Tips – 1)

    Barcelona can start with a bang

    What a difference 12 months make. This time last year, Barcelona were tiptoeing tentatively towards the league season after a grim Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, the departure of Neymar still overshadowing their every move and Gerard Piqué freeling admitting to an inferiority complex at the Camp Nou.
    Cut to 2018 and the mood music at Barcelona could hardly be more serene. Things were not perfect last term but the title papered over the cracks and the summer has been more than kind to them: dead wood has been jettisoned and a cluster of new signings has reenergised the squad ahead of the new campaign.
    There’s a good chance they’ll start with a bang, too, having got the engine running against Sevilla last weekend and swatted Boca Juniors aside in midweek. There are no major injury worries and options aplenty for Valverde, while their opponents are probably shaping up for a battle against the drop.
    Alavés recovered from an awful start to the 2017/18, clawing their way to 17th thanks in large part to Abelardo’s managerial rescue act. But they have since lost Alexis and the star power of Munir El Haddadi, meaning they will again be reliant on Ibai Gómez for inspiration in the final third. The Basques ran Barça relatively close in 2017/18 but are likely find the going tough ata Camp Nou on Saturday.

    Getafe can make game of Madrid derby

    Getafe performed above all expectations last season, their concussive style making them a nightmare to face – especially at home. It’s probably unrealistic to expect them to match that eighth-placed finish this time out, and while the turnover in players will have set some alarm bells ringing, José Bordalás can be relied upon to make them competitive once more.
    It’s silly to read too much into pre-season, but Los Azulones have been impressively frugal at the back – one goal conceded in six – which suggests the defensive solidity we saw last season will again be a feature.
    So while their dismal record against Real Madrid (nine league losses on the spin) makes us wary to back them here, they could keep things relatively tight.
    Madrid start the season under a bit of a cloud, with a Ronaldo-shaped hole in attack and Julen Lopetegui painfully aware of the magnitude of the task of replacing Zinedine Zidane.
    The UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atlético Madrid highlighted old defensive fragilities, while Karim Benzema will need to go some if he is to make up for the loss of his former strike partner; the Frenchman netted just five league goals last term.
    With so many question marks over the side and pressure already starting to grow, there’s no real reason to expect Los Merengues to clobber their city rivals here.

    Sevilla already up to speed

    It’s good to have Rayo Vallecano back in the top flight, if just from an aesthetic point of view: their River-Plate-inspired kit is one of Spain’s best, and Vallecas is a lovely little ground.
    With club legend Míchel in the dugout, Los Franjirrojos will be many neutrals’ picks to reestablish themselves at this level after two seasons in segunda.
    Things might not come easy at opening weeks, however: the fixture computer has not been overly kind (Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Athletic Club to start) and it will take some time to recalibrate after the loss of Unai López and Raúl de Tomás, two of their most important players last term. Rayo have picked up some useful players (Luis Advíncula, Jordi Amat, José Ángel Pozo, Gaël Kakuta) but they will take a while to bed in.
    Sevilla, on the other hand, are already motoring along, with Europa League games and the Spanish Super Cup already under their belts. The Andalusians may have lost to Barcelona in that latter match but they gave a good account of themselves and have been devastating in the continental games, winning all four qualifiers by an aggregate score of 13-1.
    Granted, their opponents were fairly fragile, but confidence is already surging and Pablo Machín’s men will be sure of starting the league season on the front foot.


    Italian Serie A
    7:00 Chievo vs Juventus (Betting Tips – 2/over)
    9:30 Lazio vs Napoli (Betting Tips – x/gg)
    Sunday
    7:00 Torino vs Roma (Betting Tips – 1)
    9:30 Sassuolo vs Inter (Betting Tips – 2)
    9:30 Parma Calcio 1913 vs Udinese (Betting Tips – x/gg)
    9:30 Bologna vs SPAL 2013 (Betting Tips – gg)
    9:30 Empoli vs Cagliari (Betting Tips – Over)
    Monday
    9:30 Atalanta vs Frosinone (Betting Tips – gg)

    Ideal Roma start

    I was hoping to be able to back Roma at odds against as they kick off their season in Turin, and that particular wish has come true.
    This is a big season for Eusebio Di Francesco, and Roma have recruited well as they look to support him. Steven Nzonzi, Ante Coric and Javier Pastore have all arrived, and I like the signing of Robin Olsen to replace Alisson in goal. The Swede could be a real star in Serie A.
    Roma have won four of their last six opening day fixtures, all of them without conceding, and drawn the other two. That’s the way I see this game going as they’ve conceded only 28 times in the last campaign, and have strengthened in that area with Ivan Marcano and Davide Santon arriving. This will be a team built on its defence.
    There’s an obvious Torino danger in the shape of Andrea Belotti, and M’Baye Niang is an interesting foil for him. Walter Mazzarri has been able to recruit numbers, but I’m not sure about the quality of this Torino squad, and quite simply, I think that they’ll be outclassed by a very strong Roma team.
    Roma have lost only one of their last 16 games against Torino in Serie A, winning 11 of those, and I can see them extending that excellent record.

    All roads lead to goals as Napoli Battle Lazio

    The two meetings between these teams last season each produced five goals, as Napoli won both games 4-1, and while I’m not convinced that last season’s runners-up will produce that kind of performance, there’s every reason to believe that there will be more goals as they meet on our opening Serie A Saturday.
    Lazio finished last season as the top scorers in the League, and there’s no particular reason to believe that they’ll play any differently in this campaign.
    Simone Inzaghi will still be smarting after they threw away a Champions League place on the final day, but he’ll remain true to his beliefs and will want to make a real statement in a high profile game.
    Inzaghi once again has Ciro Immobile to lead the line, and while there’s no Felipe Anderson to support him, there are plenty of attacking options. Joaquin Correa has arrived from Sevilla, it looks like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will remain, and Luis Alberto was outstanding last season.
    The reason that Napoli tore Lazio apart twice last term is that Inzaghi’s team was tailor-made for their counter attacking style. Carlo Ancelotti will have a different way of approaching things to Maurizio Sarri, but the fundamental truth remains that Napoli have bags of pace on the counter-attack and players with serious ability in front of goal. Napoli have scored 30 times in their last 10 against Lazio, indicating a notable trend.
    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this finishes as a draw, but my instinct is that it will be a high-scoring one, and don’t be surprised if Jose Callejon gets on the scoresheet, he has an excellent record against Lazio at the Olimpico.

    Look beyond Parma nostalgia

    I’m going to look for an away win at the Ennio Tardini, as Parma return to Serie A, a fact for which we should all be thankful. Serie A romantics will be hoping for a home win, but the bare facts suggest that Udinese are too big for this opening game.
    Parma have recruited the likes of Luca Rigoni, Alberto Grassi and Roberto Inglese, all decent Serie A players, but they still look like a Serie B squad to me.
    It’s easy to be seduced by the name, of course it is, but Roberto D’Aversa will have his hands full trying to keep this new version of Parma up. Don’t expect a tilt at Europe.
    Udinese were dreadful in the second half of last season, kept up by their form in the first half of the campaign and by wins in their final two games, but they’ve made an interesting managerial appointment in the Javi Gracia mould in the shape of Julio Velazquez, and I’m fascinated to see the number of little-known young players that they have brought in.
    This is an organisation that is legendary for its scouting, and Udinese have been given a great deal of raw talent. I’m looking forward to seeing what Velazquez can do with it.
    Fundamentally though, and bad though Udinese were last year, this is still a Serie A squad visiting a newly-promoted one, and Udinese are too big to win, as bettors are seduced by the stories that Parma might give us this season.


    French Ligue 1
    6:00 Guingamp vs Paris Saint Germain (Betting Tips – 2/over)
    9:00 Monaco vs Lille (Betting Tips – x/gg)
    9:00 Caen vs Nice (Betting Tips – 2/gg)
    9:00 Dijon vs Nantes (Betting Tips – x)
    9:00 Rennes vs Angers (Betting Tips – gg)
    9:00 Amiens vs Montpellier (Betting Tips – 2/gg)
    Sunday
    4:00 Strasbourg vs Saint-Etienne (Betting Tips – 2/gg)
    6:00 Toulouse vs Bordeaux (Betting Tips – 2)
    10:00 Nimes vs Marseille (Betting Tips – 2)

    PSG to make it two wins from two

    PSG are edging closer to full strength and Guingamp are likely to suffer at the hands of the side from the capital this weekend.
    After sitting out PSG’s 3-0 win over Caen last weekend Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are set to play some part in this Saturday afternoon clash. Neymar was the only member of PSG’s fabled attacking trio to feature last weekend and marked his return to action with a goal from the unusual centre-forward position he occupied.
    The French media are awash with stories about Mbappe and Neymar vying for supremacy but at the time of writing the PSG squad are enjoying themselves under new manager Thomas Tuchel. There’s less tension than there was under predecessor Unai Emery and PSG will be determined to profit from that by continuing their impressive start to the season.
    Guingamp are willing but limited and will struggle to shut out PSG’s multi-talented attacking players. Guingamp boss Antoine Kombouare – a PSG great involved in a number of big matches during PSG’s 1990s pomp – will fire up his side but Guingamp’s lack of quality in key areas of the pitch is an issue motivation alone cannot solve.
    PSG won by three goals last weekend and a winning margin of two or more goals is likely this time, too.

    Goals on cards in Dijon

    Dijon were one of Ligue 1’s most entertaining sides last season and Nantes will join them in trying to play attractive football this season.
    Under new manager Miguel Cardoso the Canaries are set on playing a possession-based game in which the full-backs push far higher up the field than they did under predecessor Claudio Ranieri. Nantes will also commit players forward from midfield, making the team altogether more pleasing to watch.
    Defensively, however, Nantes were found wanting when they lost 3-1 at home to Monaco last weekend. Goals could be on the cards again this weekend given that both these sides are more effective on the front foot.
    Dijon scored twice at Montpellier (2-1 win) last weekend and will be confident of finding the net at least once. They were the fifth-highest home scorers in Ligue 1 last season, with their 19 home fixtures averaging 3.31 goals a game.
    Nantes will be keen to get their first points under new boss Cardoso and prove their new way of playing can be successful. Given how the game’s set to pan out, however, the odds on both teams finding the net appeals more strongly than back either of these sides to emerge with all three points.

    Payet set to inspire Marseille win

    Nimes ran out thrilling 4-3 winners at Angers last weekend but are set to come unstuck in Sunday night’s showdown at Stade des Costieres in the south of France.
    On their first game back in France’s top division after 25 years away the Crocodiles snapped back at Angers after going 3-1 down last Saturday, scoring three times in the final 15 minutes to claim a sensational win.
    Having turned Nimes into Ligue 2’s most attack-minded side last season, manager Bernard Blaquart said before the current campaign kicked-off that he would instruct his players to go out and play in exactly the same swashbuckling style in the top flight. The manner of Nimes’ remarkable win at Angers shows he wasn’t bluffing.
    Nimes’ cavalier attitude is likely to prove their undoing this weekend, however. If the hosts go toe-to-toe attack-wise against Marseille, there’ll be only one winner.
    Marseille underlined their status as one of Ligue 1’s best attacking sides with their 4-0 win over Toulouse last Friday night. Dimitri Payet was on the scoreline twice as l’OM produced a fantastic second-half performance.
    World Cup winner Florian Thauvin scored after coming off the bench and looks set to start this weekend. That spells bad news for Nimes, who lack the defensive tactics and personnel to shut out the visitors, a far more complete and established force at this level.


    Russian Premier League
    4:30 CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal Tula
    7:00 FC Krasnodar vs Spartak Moscow
    9:30 FK Akhmat vs Rubin Kazan
    Sunday
    4:30 Krylya Sovetov Samara vs Lokomotiv Moscow
    7:00 Zenit St. Petersburg vs Ural
    9:30 FC Rostov vs FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
    Monday
    7:30 Dinamo Moscow vs FC Ufa


    Netherlands Eredivisie Saturday
    7:30 VVV-Venlo vs Ajax
    7:30 NAC Breda vs De Graafschap
    9:45 Heracles vs ADO Den Haag
    9:45 Fortuna Sittard vs PSV Eindhoven
    Sunday
    1:15 FC Utrecht vs PEC Zwolle
    3:30 Feyenoord vs Excelsior
    3:30 FC Emmen vs AZ Alkmaar
    5:45 SC Heerenveen vs Vitesse


    Turkey Super Lig
    7:15 Bursaspor vs Kayserispor
    9:45 Antalyaspor vs Konyaspor
    9:45 Yeni Malatyaspor vs Fenerbahce
    Sunday
    7:15 Erzurum BB vs Besiktas
    7:15 Akhisarspor vs Rizespor
    9:45 Galatasaray vs Goztepe
    9:45 Alanyaspor vs Ankaragucu
    Monday
    9:45 Kasimpasa vs Istanbul Basaksehir

    • all time is East Africa Standard Time.

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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.

     

     

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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.

     

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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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