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    WEEKEND FOOTBALL PREVIEWS/STATS/TABLES: Can Mourinho Redeem Himself From Troubled Times, Liverpool Are Unbeaten In 17 Home Matches Against Man City PLUS La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga

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    Premier League, Saturday
    5:00 Watford vs Bournemouth
    5:00 Tottenham vs Cardiff
    5:00 Burnley vs Huddersfield
    5:00 Leicester vs Everton
    5:00 Crystal Palace vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
    7:30 Manchester United vs Newcastle United
    Sunday
    2:00 Fulham vs Arsenal
    4:15 Southampton vs Chelsea
    6:30 Liverpool vs Manchester City


    Manchester United v Newcastle
    Just 10 points from their opening seven Premier League games leaves Manchester United in 10th place.
    That’s bad enough on its own but if you like a historical comparison, it represents their worst start to the season since 1989/90 (seven points from 10).
    A home record of won one, drawn one, lost one along with a minus goal difference adds another miserable slant and it gets even worse when adding in Cup games.
    The home fans saw their side bundled out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby and then play out a 0-0 bore-draw with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
    It means United’s only home win this season was the somewhat fortunate 2-1 success over Leicester on opening day. These are troubled times for Jose Mourinho.
    And over in the north east there’s another United struggling badly.
    The Magpies are languishing third bottom with just two points from their seven games.
    The mitigating factor to a certain extent has been the tough fixture list which has seen Newcastle play – and lose to – Spurs, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal.
    That said, they’ve also dropped seven points in games against Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Leicester. These are the types of matches where points save you from relegation.
    The debate is whether Rafa Benitez’s negative tactics are hindering rather than helping. Yes, they’ve limited the damage against big teams and their goal difference (-6) is much better than the sides they share two points with (Cardiff -12 and Huddersfield -13).
    But are they really giving themselves chances to win matches with this try not to lose mindset?
    Then again, is Rafa just fatally hamstrung by a what is basically a Championship side trying to swim in an ocean, too deep for them?
    Mourinho has won all seven of his home matches against Newcastle with an aggregate 18-1 scoreline but perhaps historical stats like that don’t mean anything these days.
    In which case, it’s not really fair to use Benitez’s six wins in nine games against Man Utd – especially as he built most of that record with Liverpool and Chelsea.
    The here and now is that we have a Man Utd side completely out of sorts taking on a Newcastle side which doesn’t know where their next point is coming from.
    The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 36 matches against the Magpies (W26, D9) so it’s very hard to see this particular Newcastle outfit can suddenly re-writing the record books.

    Fulham v Arsenal
    It’s a London derby to kick off Sunday’s Premier League action as Fulham take on Arsenal. Opta presents the tale of the tape.
    Fulham last faced Arsenal in January 2014 in the Premier League, losing 2-0 – the Cottagers have won just three of their 26 Premier League games against the Gunners (D5 L18).
    Arsenal have won their last two Premier League matches at Craven Cottage, with this their first visit since August 2013.
    Fulham haven’t kept a clean sheet in a home Premier League London derby match since beating QPR 6-0 in October 2011 – they’ve conceded in each of their 14 such matches since.
    There have been four red cards shown in the last four Premier League meetings between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage (2 each).
    Arsenal have won only one of their last eight away London derbies in the Premier League (D2 L5), winning 3-2 at Crystal Palace in December 2017.
    Arsenal have a 51.3% win rate in Premier League London derbies (123/240) – the best in the division. Meanwhile, Fulham have the lowest win rate in these games (20.8% – 25/120).
    Arsenal have won their last two Premier League away games under Unai Emery, the same number they won in their last 12 on the road under Arsene Wenger (W2 D3 L7). They last three in a row in October 2016 (a run of four).
    Fulham are one of just two teams yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet this season, along with Brighton.
    Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored nine goals in his last 10 league appearances for Fulham at Craven Cottage (excluding play-offs).

    Southampton vs Chelsea
    Chelsea will be looking to extend their unbeaten record when they travel to Southampton.
    Southampton have lost each of their last six matches against Chelsea in all competitions, including three last season (two in the Premier League, one in the FA Cup).
    Chelsea have lost just one of their 11 visits to St. Mary’s against Southampton (W8 D2), winning each of their last three in a row.
    Southampton have only lost more matches at St. Mary’s against Man Utd (10) than they have against Chelsea (8) in all competitions.
    The team scoring first in Premier League matches between Southampton and Chelsea have gone on to win in just four of the last 10 meetings – in the most recent game, Southampton surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2.
    Southampton are winless in 25 Premier League meetings with ‘big six’ opponents (D7 L18), since beating Liverpool, Man City and Spurs in three consecutive such games in the 2015-16 season.
    Southampton have only won one of their last 13 Premier League games played on a Sunday (D7 L5), beating Everton 4-1 in November 2017.
    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last four matches against Southampton in all competitions (five goals), with three of those games coming as a substitute.
    Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has played 199 Premier League games, and could become the 17th French player to reach 200 in the competition.
    Southampton manager Mark Hughes has lost his last six matches against Chelsea in all competitions, including both as Saints boss.

    Liverpool vs Manchester City
    It’s a clash of the titans as Liverpool take on Manchester City. Opta presents the statistical analysis.
    Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 home matches against Man City in all competitions (W12 D5) since losing 2-1 at Anfield in the Premier League in May 2003.
    Man City have lost three matches against Liverpool in 2018, losing in the Premier League in January and two Champions League matches in April. They’ve only lost four matches in one calendar year against an opponent twice before, doing so against Grimsby Town in 1936 and Spurs in 1993.
    Both Liverpool and Man City are unbeaten in their opening seven Premier League games this season – this is the latest meeting between two unbeaten sides in the competition since 2011-12 when Man City and Newcastle met in their 12th game of the season.
    Manchester City have lost only one of their last 25 Premier League away matches (W20 D4).
    Liverpool haven’t lost any of their last 13 Premier League home games against fellow ‘big six’ sides (W6 D7), since losing 0-1 against Manchester United in January 2016.
    Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has had a hand in five goals in his three games against Man City for the Reds in all competitions in 2018 (3 goals, 2 assists), scoring a goal in each match.
    Man City boss Pep Guardiola has lost more matches in all competitions against Jurgen Klopp (7) than he has against any other manager, losing three times against Borussia Dortmund and four times against Liverpool.
    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has scored 148 Premier League goals – only Thierry Henry (175 for Arsenal) has scored more in the competition with 100% of them coming for a single club.
    Man City striker Sergio Aguero has scored 148 Premier League goals, and could become the ninth player to reach 150 in the competition.
    Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored four Premier League goals against Manchester City – only against Crystal Palace (6) does he have more in the competition.


    Bundesliga
    4:30 Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg
    4:30 Hannover 96 vs VfB Stuttgart
    4:30 Mainz 05 vs Hertha Berlin
    4:30 Fortuna Duesseldorf vs Schalke 04
    7:30 Bayern Munich vs Borussia M.Gladbach
    Sunday
    2:30 Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen
    4:30 Hoffenheim vs Eintracht Frankfurt
    7:00 RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Nuernberg

    Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach
    Life at Germany’s most successful club can sour quickly if results take a turn for the worse. It wasn’t that long ago that Bayern Munich’s players were falling over themselves to praise the tactical acumen and straight talking of new coach Niko Kovac, but after a trio of poor results, the picture has changed significantly. There’s talk of disgruntlement about tactics and squad rotation, and even allegations that midfielder James Rodriguez told Kovac in no uncertain terms that what worked with Eintracht Frankfurt may not be so effective in Munich.
    These whispers may or may not be accurate, but what’s undeniable is that Bayern have lost their way in the last fortnight. A clumsy 1-1 draw at home to Bavarian neighbours Augsburg was a minor misstep, but Bayern were very sloppy in a 2-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin (their only reverse of the season), and they were outplayed and perhaps outworked by a vibrant young Ajax side in the Champions League. That 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena frustrated the Dutch club as much as it relieved the German one.
    Bayern will still recover to win another league title, regardless of how sexy Borussia Dortmund’s football currently seems. However, the slump may not be over before the international break. Borussia Monchengladbach have lost just once this term, and they have been playing some sparkling attacking football. Summer signing Alessane Plea has already begun to justify his big price tag (big for the Bundesliga, anyway), banging in four league goals in six appearances. Young midfielder Florian Neuhaus has been a revelation, and Thorgan Hazard continues to show that his illustrious brother Eden didn’t get all of the family’s footballing talent.

    Mainz v Hertha Berlin
    At the start of the season, Hertha Berlin were expected to be safe in mid-table, but weren’t expected to do any serious damage in the top half of the standings. Mainz were tipped once again by many as relegation battlers. However, both teams have so far exceeded expectations with some eye-catching displays.
    Hertha were outstanding against Bayern last weekend. They defended doggedly, with centre-backs Niklas Stark and Karim Rekik both superb. With Bayern working hard to nullify the threat of flying Dutchman Javairo Dilrosun down the left, Hertha exploited the space on the right with the wily Salomon Kalou and the rapidly improving Valentino Lazaro. Rejuvenated attacking midfielder Ondrej Duda smashed in his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season to seal the win against the champions, while veteran striker Vedad Ibisevic scored his fourth league goal this term.
    Mainz lost 1-0 at Schalke last Saturday, but actually played pretty well, especially in the second half. Their problem is scoring goals – they have drawn a blank in their last three games, and they’ve only scored more than one goal once in the league this term.
    Hertha are on a high, and playing much more expansive football than they ever have previously under coach Pal Dardai, while Mainz have done well so far but could be outclassed here. I’ll back Hertha using the Draw No Bet market.

    RB Leipzig v Nurnberg
    Just as Bayern Munich’s season has swiftly suffered a downturn, RB Leipzig’s is heading in the other direction. After their shambolic home defeat to Salzburg in the Europa League, Die Roten Bullen have gone on a three-match winning run. Their 3-1 win at Norwegian side Rosenborg was particularly impressive, and it’s encouraging that youg Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha is starting to feel a bit more settled. The former Sion striker is lavishly gifted, and is starting to show it.
    Newly-promoted Nurnberg have done well against weaker Bundesliga side like Hannover, Dusseldorf and Mainz, but they were crushed 7-0 at Borussia Dortmund, and I think they’ll struggle to contain the speed and movement of Leipzig’s forwards. This could be a long evening for them.


    La Liga
    2:00 Girona vs Eibar
    5:15 Getafe vs Levante
    7:30 Deportivo Alaves vs Real Madrid
    9:45 Leganes vs Rayo Vallecano
    Sunday
    1:00 Real Valladolid vs SD Huesca
    5:15 Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis
    7:30 Sevilla vs Celta Vigo
    7:30 Espanyol vs Villarreal
    9:45 Valencia vs Barcelona


    Alavés v Real Madrid
    It doesn’t take much to get the crisis bells ringing at the Bernabéu, and the last fortnight has provided plenty of motive for hand-wringing. Real Madrid followed up their 3-0 defeat to Sevilla with a goalless draw in the derby – netting a nice winner for this column – and then managed to lose to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
    Perhaps even more worrying than the results themselves (they’re still level on points at the top of La Liga and should be fine in the Champions League) has been their inability to score: they’ve now gone three games without finding the net for the first time since January 2007, and the excitement that surrounded the new, Ronaldo-less frontline at the start of the campaign has faded swiftly.
    Injuries have already begun to bite, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco all absent in midweek, and Dani Carvajal forced off before the interval. That is testing Julen Lopetegui, whose faith in youth has not quite been able to mask the slight lack of depth in the squad.
    A reaction will be expected on Saturday, but Alavés look well-placed to make life tough for them again. The Basques have started where they left off at the end of last season, and a detailed look at their points return under Aberlardo shows just how much progress they have made. They have amassed 52 points since he took the reigns in December, at an average of 1.875 per match; extrapolate that over 38 games and they would have finished fifth last term.
    At home, the picture is even rosier: they’ve lost just three times at Mendizorrotza under Abelardo, and only once by more than the odd goal. True, they have won only two of their 26 league games against Madrid, but they’re unlikely to be overwhelmed on Saturday.

    Sevilla v Celta Vigo
    After a sketchy start to the campaign, Sevilla have really hit their stride over the last few weeks. Former Girona boss Pablo Machín has creative options coming out of his ears, and with Wissam Ben Yedder and André Silva both firing, Los Rojiblancos look like scoring every time they go forward.
    That firepower will likely be the key against Celta Vigo this weekend. The Galicians always give up chances on the road – they kept just two clean sheets in their last 25 away games in La Liga – and have been in shaky form, with Girona, Real Valladolid, Valencia and Getafe all taking points from them in the last month. They were lucky in the final game, too, with Maxi Gómez’s goal owing more to a goalkeeping mistake than any great play.
    Sevilla’s long midweek trip to Russia to play Krasnodar is a slight concern, but they have the squad to absorb the effects of some minor rotation, and their form should outweigh any tiredness. They clobbered Levante after their last Europa League game and should win a game that should produce at least a couple of goals.

    Valencia v Barcelona
    Both of these sides were in England for midweek Champions League dates, and both went home pretty happy: Valencia frustrated Manchester United at Old Trafford – they might feel they ought to have won – and Barcelona won a helter-skelter game against Tottenham. But which side can maintain the momentum when they return to domestic duties on Sunday?
    Barça are still top of La Liga, although heaven knows how. The Blaugrana have scraped together just two points from three games, against pretty modest opposition, so little wonder Ernesto Valverde has been fielding questions about defensive solidity and the ability of his squad players to reach the level of the usual first-choice picks.
    It has often been down to substitutes – and Lionel Messi – to bail Barça out, which partly explains why so much of their best work is done in the second half of matches. 13 of their 18 league goals so far have come after the break, and that habit of starting slowly could give us a nice betting angle for this game.
    Valencia have been under par in attack so far, given the resources at Marcelino’s disposal, but they have kept four clean sheets in their last six games – an indication of how much they’ve tightened up at the back. They will likely be cautious here, with two banks of four making life tough for Barça.


    Serie A
    4:00 Cagliari vs Bologna
    7:00 Udinese vs Juventus
    9:30 Empoli vs Roma
    Sunday
    1:30 Genoa vs Parma Calcio 1913
    4:00 Lazio vs Fiorentina
    4:00 Atalanta vs Sampdoria
    4:00 AC Milan vs Chievo
    7:00 Napoli vs Sassuolo
    9:30 SPAL 2013 vs Inter

    Udinese v Juventus
    Juventus are looking to make it eight Serie A wins on the bounce when they travel to the Stadio Friuli to face Udinese on Saturday, in a battle of the Bianconeris.
    Massimiliano Allegri’s side have been utterly flawless this season, whether that be domestically or in the Champions League. They sit top of the league, already six points clear of nearest challengers ​Napoli.
    Meanwhile, Udinese have made a slow start to the season. The Zebrette are languishing in a disappointing 14th place, three points above the relegation zone.
    It’s undoubtedly a tough game for them, but should they get a result against Italy’s most dominant team, then it could turn their season around.
    There are a few injuries and suspensions for Allegri to contend with. Leonardo Spinazzola is currently undergoing Cruciate Ligament Surgery so will be out for the next few weeks at the least.
    Centre-back Daniele Rugani is recovering from a bruised rib so is not expected to be back until next week, whilst former World Cup winner Sami Khedira is out due to a muscle issue.
    Meanwhile, Douglas Costa remains suspended following the spitting incident against Sassuolo.
    As for Udinese, they will be without Svante Ingelsson, Emmanuel Badu and Andrija Balic, who are all sidelined with injury.

    Atalanta v Sampdoria
    Sampdoria head for an out-of-form Atalanta side.
    Atalanta have had to chop and change this season, and they’re the only side in Serie A without a single player who has started every League game, and that’s maybe one of the main reasons for their failure to this point. Their key man, Papu Gomez, hasn’t looked right either. Short of energy, certainly struggling with injury.
    Samp have been solid defensively, conceding only four times this season, and they’re a predictable team in terms of performance. Capable of the odd surprise, as in their demolition of Napoli, but rarely throwing in a poor display.
    Samp have won three of their last four against Atalanta in Serie A, and with Gian Piero Gasperini’s side winless in all competitions since the opening day of the season.

    Lazio v Fiorentina
    Sometimes Serie A throws up one of those weekends that looks like a real dog: plenty of predictable fixtures, not too much edge, limited excitement. As the Premier League in England looks forward to what should be an electrifying Matchday.
    The fixture of the weekend by some distance takes place at the Stadio Olimpico, as a strong Fiorentina side hope to further ruin Simone Inzaghi’s week. Lazio played poorly against Roma last week, and then capitulated against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night.
    Lazio must be tired, and they could be set for more Olimpico disappointment. Fiorentina have the second-best defensive record in Serie A this season, having conceded only four times, and while their away record isn’t great, their one point from nine has come from trips to Napoli, Inter and Sampdoria.
    Lazio’s attacking play is what has carried them to success in recent seasons, but Ciro Immobile hasn’t scored against Fiorentina in seven attempts, and anyway, he can’t keep carrying the forward line. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic needs to step up after his anodyne start to the season.


    Ligue 1
    6:00 Lille vs Saint-Etienne
    9:00 Guingamp vs Montpellier
    9:00 Angers vs Strasbourg
    9:00 Amiens vs Dijon
    9:00 Nimes vs Reims
    Sunday
    4:00 Bordeaux vs Nantes
    6:00 Monaco vs Rennes
    6:00 Marseille vs Caen
    10:00 Paris Saint Germain vs Lyon

    PSG v Lyon (1st v 5th)
    PSG are in such dazzling form they’re capable of blowing away all Ligue 1 opposition with the minimum of fuss.
    Lyon might just be the second-best side in France’s top flight but that won’t stop them being on the receiving end of a heavy defeat at Parc des Princes on Sunday night.
    It’s impossible to see the visitors putting up too much resistance given the scintillating performances Paris have posted in domestic competition since the start of the season.
    Thomas Tuchel’s side have won eight games out of eight in Ligue 1, recording a +21 goal difference in the process. Each of their eight victories has come by a margin of two or more goals.
    At home PSG have looked unstoppable. They’ve won five out of five in all competitions, seeing off Caen (3-0), Angers (3-1), St Etienne (4-0), Reims (4-1) and Red Star Belgrade (6-1) with almost embarrassing ease.
    Neymar continues to face criticism over his World Cup displays but for PSG he’s been sharp and focused in recent weeks. He posted a nine out of 10 performance in the win over Red Star Belgrade and ranks second in L’Equipe newspaper’s player ratings for the season so far.
    The personal battle between the Brazilian, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe appears to be bringing out the best in all three of them. Between them they’ve scored 16 of PSG’s 21 league goals, with Neymar (7) slightly ahead of the other two.
    What hope is there for Lyon? Not much, although PSG’s defensive frailties will encourage the visitors: Tuchel’s hosts have conceded in five of eight Ligue 1 games, and in seven of 11 games in all competitions.
    Over 90 minutes, however, the capital outfit ought to win comfortably.

    Lille v St Etienne (2nd v 4th)
    This promises to be one of the weekend’s most absorbing contests and St Etienne are the smarter selection of the two teams.
    There’s just one point between the sides in the Ligue 1 table so it’s hard to justify Lille’s status as clear favourites to claim victory (they’re 2.10).
    The hosts have been the surprise package of the season and are playing some tremendous football. In Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Ikone and Jonathan Bamba they have a quick, mobile and skilful front three that have inspired a 100% home record (W4-D0-L0).
    Yet St Etienne look set to be Lille’s most testing opponents. Jean-Louis Gasset’s side are unbeaten in seven games (W4-D3-L0) against all sides bar runaway leaders PSG this season and will be confident of avoiding defeat.
    Wahbi Khazri inspired St Etienne’s 2-0 win over Monaco last weekend and there’s a solidity and finesse about St Etienne that suggests les Verts will be a top-six side this season.
    With St Etienne’s chances underrated, a lay of Lille is the smart play.


    Eredivisie
    7:30 ADO Den Haag vs FC Groningen
    8:45 PEC Zwolle vs Excelsior
    8:45 PSV Eindhoven vs VVV-Venlo
    9:45 De Graafschap vs SC Heerenveen
    Sunday
    1:15 FC Emmen vs Fortuna Sittard
    3:30 Vitesse vs Heracles
    3:30 Willem II vs Feyenoord
    5:45 Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar


    Super Lig
    1:30 Kayserispor vs Rizespor
    4:00 Bursaspor vs Ankaragucu
    4:00 Erzurum BB vs Alanyaspor
    7:00 Antalyaspor vs Galatasaray
    Sunday
    1:30 Yeni Malatyaspor vs Sivasspor
    6:00 Fenerbahce vs Istanbul Basaksehir
    7:00 Akhisarspor vs Trabzonspor
    8:30 Konyaspor vs Besiktas


    Premiership
    5:00 Dundee FC vs Kilmarnock
    5:00 Motherwell vs Livingston
    5:00 Aberdeen vs St. Mirren
    5:00 Hibernian vs Hamilton Academical
    Sunday
    5:00 Rangers vs Hearts
    5:30 St.Johnstone vs Celtic


    Liga NOS
    5:30 Vitoria de Setubal vs Moreirense
    8:00 Maritimo vs Vitoria de Guimaraes
    10:30 Braga vs Rio Ave
    Sunday
    5:00 Boavista vs Aves
    7:30 Benfica vs FC Porto
    10:00 Portimonense vs Sporting CP


     

    Premier League
    2:00 Krylya Sovetov Samara vs Dinamo Moscow
    4:30 FC Rostov vs FC Orenburg
    7:00 Rubin Kazan vs Ural
    Sunday
    09:30 FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk vs Spartak Moscow
    2:00 FK Akhmat vs Anzhi Makhachkala
    4:30 Zenit St. Petersburg vs FC Krasnodar
    7:00 CSKA Moscow vs Lokomotiv Moscow


    NOTE: All time converted to East African 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.

     

     

    By Juma Ali

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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.

     

    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…

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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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