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    Premier League
    3:30 Burnley vs Manchester City
    6:00 Manchester United vs Huddersfield
    6:00 Brighton vs West Ham
    6:00 Bournemouth vs Stoke
    6:00 Leicester vs Swansea
    6:00 West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton
    8:30 Arsenal vs Everton
    SUNDAY
    5:15 Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United
    7:30 Liverpool vs Tottenham

    8:30 Arsenal vs Everton
    Illness could prevent Arsenal’s new £56m record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from making his debut against Everton this weekend.
    Jack Wilshere is also a doubt because of sickness but Henrikh Mkhitaryan will make his first home appearance.
    Everton’s Seamus Coleman could make his second start in less than a week after 10 months out with a broken leg.
    Sam Allardyce says Coleman will be assessed, while loan signing Eliaquim Mangala is set to make his debut. It will certainly be strange to see Theo Walcott in an Everton shirt at the Emirates but plenty has changed for Arsenal after a frenetic January. The hope is the shake-up can re-energise the club. One thing Arsène Wenger wants to maintain is his side’s impressive home form. He is vexed by the wild contrast to their away results. Walcott may fancy vexing him some more after helping Everton to end a wretched run on Wednesday with two goals in the win over Leicester City.

    Venue Emirates Stadium
    Last season Arsenal 3 Everton 1
    Referee Neil Swarbrick
    This season G15 Y38 R0 2.53 cards/game

    ARSENAL
    Subs from Ospina, Macey, Iliev, Chambers, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Mertesacker, Elneny, Iwobi, Nelson, Nketiah, Aubameyang
    Doubtful Aubameyang (ill), Wilshere (ill)
    Injured Welbeck (groin, 10 Feb), Cazorla (achilles, unknown)
    Suspended None
    Discipline Y39 R0
    Leading scorer Lacazette 9

    EVERTON
    Subs from Stekelenburg, Robles, Niasse, Tosun, Coleman, Williams, Holgate, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Klaassen, Vlasic, Baningime
    Doubtful Coleman (leg)
    Injured McCarthy (leg, Sep), Baines (calf, unknown), Funes Mori (knee, unknown)
    Suspended None
    Form DLLLDW
    Discipline Y43 R2
    Leading scorer Rooney 10


    3:30 Burnley vs Manchester City

    Burnley midfielder Steven Defour is out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Centre-back James Tarkowski remains sidelined with a groin injury so Kevin Long is again expected to deputise.Manchester City playmaker David Silva is a doubt after suffering a hip injury against West Brom in midweek. John Stones could be back in contention after missing that game with illness, but Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are still out. Burnley are still seventh in the table and best of the rest even if Sean Dyche’s side have now gone eight league matches without a win and will be hard pushed to buck that trend against Manchester City – who beat them 4-1 in the FA Cup last month. The runaway leaders can expect a tough game but should have more than enough attacking invention to prevail despite not signing Riyad Mahrez.

    Venue Turf Moor
    Last season Burnley 1 Manchester City 2
    Referee Martin Atkinson
    This season G17 Y57 R4 3.82 cards/game

    BURNLEY
    Subs from Lindegaard, Legzdins, Lowton, Nkoudou, Vokes, Ulvestad, Arfield, Wells, Walters, Tarkowski
    Doubtful Tarkowski (groin), Walters (knee)
    Injured Heaton (shoulder, 10 Feb), Wood (knee, 24 Feb), Brady, Defour, Marney (all knee, unknown)
    Suspended None
    Form DDLLLD
    Discipline Y46 R0
    Leading scorer Wood 4

    MANCHESTER CITY
    Subs from Bravo, Touré, Adarabioyo, Díaz, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo, D Silva
    Doubtful D Silva (back)
    Injured Jesus (knee, Mar), Sané (ankle, Mar), Mendy (knee, Apr), Foden (ankle, Apr), Delph (knee, unknown)
    Suspended None
    Form WDWLWW
    Discipline Y42 R2
    Leading scorer Agüero 17


    6:00 Manchester United vs Huddersfield
    After the mid-week 2-0 humbling from Tottenham, Manchester United face a side they were poor against earlier in the season, Huddersfield Town, losing 2-1 in October’s reverse fixture. That had been United’s worst performance until the defeat at Wembley and as they are only five points better off than Spurs in fifth, the demand is to bounce straight back and claim victory as Champions League qualification is the absolute minimum required.

    Manchester United are likely to hand Alexis Sanchez his home debut but Marouane Fellaini is out after suffering a midweek knee injury. Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain long-term injury absentees. Huddersfield duo Danny Williams and Chris Lowe miss out with respective leg and groin injuries, Elias Kachunga is also still sidelined.
    January signing Terence Kongolo has been given the all-clear to play after feeling unwell during the week.

    Venue Old Trafford
    Last season n/a
    Referee Stuart Attwell
    This season G10 Y35 R1 3.70 cards/game

    MANCHESTER UNITED
    Subs from J Pereira, Romero, Lindelöf, McTominay, Herrera, Shaw, Rojo, Darmian, Rashford, Martial, Carrick
    Doubtful None
    Injured Blind (ankle, 11 Feb), Bailly (groin, Mar), Fellaini (knee, Mar), Ibrahimovic (knee, Mar)
    Suspended None
    Form DDWWWL
    Discipline Y41 R1
    Leading scorer Lukaku 11

    HUDDERSFIELD
    Subs from Coleman, Green, Sabiri, Palmer, Depoitre, Billing, Hefele, Williams, Kongolo, Quaner, Malone, Smith
    Doubtful Malone (match fitness), Williams (leg)
    Injured Stankovic (knee, 24 Feb), Kachunga (knee, unknown)
    Suspended None
    Form DDLLLL
    Discipline Y40 R3
    Leading scorer Depoitre 5


    6:00 Leicester vs Swansea

    A match that threatens to be overshadowed by the absence of Riyad Mahrez, who has not reported for training at Leicester since he missed out on a move to Manchester City and will play no part here. How unsettling that whole episode has been for Leicester, who are unbeaten at home since mid-December, remains to be seen. Swansea are unlikely to be able to call on new-signing Andre Ayew, who is a major doubt, but Carlos Carvalhal’s side will travel with confidence after back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.

    Venue King Power Stadium
    Last season Leciester 2 Swansea 1
    Referee Anthony Taylor
    This season G16 Y64 R0 4.00 cards/game

    LEICESTER
    Subs from Hamer, Jakupovic, Silva, Iborra, Huth, Fuchs, Iheanacho, Benalouane, Diabaté, Simpson, Choudhury
    Doubtful None
    Injured Morgan (match fitness, 10 Feb)
    Suspended None
    Unavailable Mahrez (unsettled)
    Form LLWDWL
    Discipline Y33 R3
    Leading scorer Vardy 11

    SWANSEA
    Subs from Nordfeldt, Mulder, Abraham, Britton, Carroll, Bony, Narsingh, Bartley, A Ayew, Routledge, Roberts
    Doubtful None
    Injured Rangel (calf, unknown), Sanches (hamstring, unknown)
    Ineligible King (terms of loan)
    Suspended None
    Form LWLDWW
    Discipline Y34 R0
    Leading scorer J Ayew 5


    La Liga
    3:00 Eibar vs Sevilla
    6:15 Real Betis vs Villarreal
    8:30 Alaves vs Celta Vigo
    10:45 Levante vs Real Madrid
    SUNDAY
    2:00 Getafe vs Leganes
    6:15 Espanyol vs Barcelona
    8:30 Girona vs Athletic Bilbao
    10:45 Atletico Madrid vs Valencia

    Barca to set another record

    So far in 2017/18, Quique Sanchez Flores’ Espanyol side are the only team to beat Barcelona in official competition.
    One could argue that Ernesto Valverde had fielded a weakened side in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg, and that ultimately Barca got the job done in the second, but the Blaugrana were caused problems in both.
    There’s nothing that the Periquitos would like better than to end their neighbour’s unbeaten league run.
    Depending how Barcelona have fared in the first leg of the Copa semis against Valencia, Valverde will rotate accordingly. With a healthy lead in the league, Barca can afford to lose against Espanyol and not have to worry, but as they showed in yet another comeback win against Alaves, losing is something they won’t countenance.
    Messi and Suarez are the obvious danger men here again, though Philippe Coutinho will surely be given another chance to impress against his old club.
    The blanc-i-blaus always raise their game to play their local rivals, and Gerard Pique’s ‘Espanyol of Cornella’ comments are sure to have stoked the fires further. We can be assured that no quarter will be asked or given, with Leo Baptistao the most likely to open up a mean Barca defence over the 90 minutes.

    Must win for Valencia at Atletico
    Whatever the result in this game, there’s only one beneficiary; Barcelona.
    Currently 11 points ahead of Atleti and 17 in front of Valencia, assuming the Blaugrana win the derby, the worst off Barcelona will be is just into double figures.
    If Atleti lost and went 14 down, Javier Tebas might just as well get the trophy out now, because it’s already turning into something of a procession.
    Smarting after last week’s heavy reverse to Real Madrid, Marcelino has still got to bear in mind that his side have the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals coming in the next midweek.
    The man who made everything tick for Los Che in the early stages of the campaign, Goncalo Guedes, is out, and he’ll be a big miss for the visitors. Not on his game at all against Real, we saw what his team looked like without his influence after his substitution.
    It’s a game that Valencia realistically have to win. In so doing, it will bring them to within three points of Atleti, and keep them ahead of Real. Lose here and that’s a nine-point gap to second. Furthermore, should Real beat Levante, they would then leapfrog Marcelino’s side.
    Diego Simeone’s Atleti are starting to find their feet in attack again, and with Costa and Vitolo both fit, Valencia’s back line will have their work cut out.

    Levante continue their slide against Real
    Only one win in La Liga since September, and that against then bottom club Las Palmas… the omens are not good for Levante.
    A revitalised Real Madrid have scored goals for fun in their last two fixtures and expect more of the same here.
    Isco is unlikely to feature for the visitors as Zinedine Zidane settles back into his familiar 4-3-3.
    It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to leave one of your best players on the bench, however, the fact remains that the team have gelled much better without him in the side – as 11 goals in two games would attest to.
    Sergio Ramos may be back, and will be needed with Raphael Varane again getting a training ground injury.
    Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz will be hoping for the same level of energy and commitment that his players showed last week against Depor. With 10 minutes left they were two goals down but rallied to grab a 2-2 draw.
    Ivi was the star man on that occasions, but much will depend on the defending abilities of Doukore and Lerma, as to how many Real will score.

    Malaga’s woes continue
    A relegation six-pointer in January? You bet!
    The bottom two teams play each other in a fascinating match-up. Las Palmas’ results have been largely hit and miss since Paco Jemez took over, and a win for both sides is vital in this one.
    Malaga have managed only 14 goals in 21 league games so it’s easy to understand where their problems are.
    With no one to put the ball in the back of the net, they’ll struggle in the Canary Islands again.
    If there’s one thing about a Jemez team, it likes to attack, and consistent hard work across the 90 minutes will get its reward.
    Keep an eye on Las Palmas’ two Jonathan’s; Calleri and Viera. Matchwinners both.


    Bundesliga
    5:30 Schalke 04 vs Werder Bremen
    5:30 Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim
    5:30 Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen
    5:30 Wolfsburg vs VfB Stuttgart
    5:30 Mainz 05 vs Bayern Munich
    8:30 Borussia M.Gladbach vs RB Leipzig
    SUNDAY
    5:30 Augsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt
    8:00 Hamburger SV vs Hannover 96

    FC Bayern München travel to the Opel Arena on Saturday afternoon, aiming to reaffirm their sixteen-point lead stranglehold at the summit of the Bundesliga.
    Die Roten are undefeated since succumbing at the hands of classic rivals and bogey team Borussia Mönchengladbach in late November, winning nine games on the bounce since.
    Mainz are in the heat of a relegation fight and sit just three points above Werder Bremen, who occupy the play-off spot. The Karnevalsverein have won just two in their last nine – with both wins coming against VfB Stuttgart.
    However, the home side can take motivation from the fact Bayern struggled in their last two encounters, with Bremen putting up a strong fight and Hoffenheim taking an initial two-goal lead, before eventually winning both.
    Unsurprisingly with Mainz being one of the minnows in the league and Bayern being the dominant side, recent affairs have been one-sided.
    Mainz have won just one of the last nine meetings against the German champions, which came in the latter half of the 2015/16 at the Allianz Arena.
    Potential Mainz Starting Lineup: Zentner, Donati, Hack, Diallo, Brosinski, Gbamin, de Jong, Serdar, Latza, Quaison, Muto.
    Potential Bayern Starting Lineup: Ulreich, Rafinha, Hummels, Süle, Bernat, Rudy Tolisso, Ribéry, Müller, Robben, Lewandowski.

    – Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. RB Leipzig: Gladbach and RB Leipzig are two of six teams separated by just three points in a desperate battle for Champions League spots. The duo signed young British talent on deadline day and will hope this break the mould.
    Seventh-placed Gladbach might look like they are an outside bet for the Champions League spots in the Bundesliga but closer inspection of the table shows the race will be extremely tight.
    RB Leipzig, who visit the Foals in Saturday’s late game, are just a point better off in fifth while second-placed Bayer Leverkusen have only two points more than Leipzig.
    It makes the big match all the more intriguing, given a win for hosts Gladbach could catapult themselves into the top four despite their wildly inconsistent season so far.
    Leipzig have similarly been in-form and then almost immediately out of form as the campaign has worn on, underlining the unpredictability of the league, except for Bayern Munich running away with it of course. The two sides are also comparable in that they both signed young British players on Wednesday’s deadline day, albeit Gladbach re-signed West Ham United’s Reece Oxford on loan having borrowed him earlier in the season. Leipzig made a surprise move by taking Everton and England youth winger Ademola Lookman.

    – Schalke vs. Werder Bremen: The visitors are in the relegation playoff spot but are boosted by the deadline day arrivals of Sebastian Langkamp from Hertha Berlin and Kosovan attacking midfielder Milot Rashica from Vitesse Arnhem as they try to topple third-placed Schalke.


    Serie A
    8:00 Sampdoria vs Torino
    10:45 Inter vs Crotone
    SUNDAY
    2:30 Verona vs Roma
    5:00 Bologna vs Fiorentina
    5:00 Cagliari vs SPAL 2013
    5:00 Udinese vs AC Milan
    5:00 Juventus vs Sassuolo
    5:00 Atalanta vs Chievo
    11:45 Benevento vs Napoli

    It is not always pretty to watch, and few expected it would be, but AC Milan are showing signs of a revival under their fiery former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso.
    0-0 draw against Lazio on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia, which followed a 2-1 league win over the same opponents three days earlier, extended their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions, reversing an alarming pre-Christmas slump.
    After Sunday’s win over Lazio, Gattuso allowed his players to slap him on the head in the middle of the pitch in an unorthodox celebration.
    “I just want to make my squad happy, especially the players who are angry with me because they are on the bench,” he said.
    Gattuso had not coached a Serie A team before he was rushed into the job in November after Vincenzo Montella was sacked. But he has clearly succeeded in transmitting the fighting spirit he was renowned for as a player.


    Gattuso spent 12 seasons playing for Milan, winning two Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues and one Club World Cup, and was known as one of Italy’s toughest players.
    His coaching career has been a mixed bag including short stints at Swiss club FC Sion and Italian Serie B side Palermo, six months at Greek side OFI Crete and then a move to Pisa where he won promotion from the Italian third tier.
    Milan, who visit Udinese on Sunday, are still a long way from qualifying for the Champions League, the minimum expected of them after a 230-million-euros (£201.1 million) spending spree in the summer, and their play lacks the sophistication of Napoli, Juventus and Lazio.
    Yet at least new signings such as Hakan Calhanoglu are finding their feet and the San Siro crowd are again behind them.

    At the other end, Inter Milan are battling with poor form. Their current run totals nine games without a victory – the proposition of 17th placed Crotone visiting the San Siro on today should offer some hope of curtailing their torrid form.
    However, Inter’s fans will still be wary of the Calabrian side, considering the acrimonious draw with 18th placed SPAL last weekend.
    Indeed, Crotone’s recent record of seven points from their last six games in the league is significantly better than the Nerazzurri’s return in the same period, a miserly four.
    With Crotone promoted to Serie A for the first time in their history in the 2016/17 season, the pair have only squared off against each other three times.
    While it’s fair to say Inter have struggled to score goals this season, with centre-back Milan Skriniar their third highest scorer with three, that’s nothing compared with Crotone’s troubles in finding the net. The Calabrians have registered just 17 goals in 22 games, with striker Budimir their top scorer with a meagre five. This disparity, as well as the sheer necessity for an Inter victory, should result in all three points going the way of the Nerazzurri.


    Ligue 1

    7:00 Lille vs Paris Saint Germain
    10:00 Nice vs Toulouse
    10:00 Montpellier vs Angers
    10:00 Strasbourg vs Bordeaux
    10:00 Amiens vs Saint-Etienne
    SUNDAY
    5:00 Rennes vs Guingamp
    7:00 Caen vs Nantes
    11:00 Monaco vs Lyon

    Lille will be hoping to record a first win over Paris Saint-Germain in six years when the sides meet at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
    Christophe Galtier’s men have not beaten their opponents since Eden Hazard was on target in a 2-1 victory back in 2012, losing 11 and drawing three of the subsequent 14 encounters.
    Thiago Maia, Adama Soumaoro and Kevin Malcuit are fighting to be fit after missing Les Dogues’ 2-1 victory over Strasbourg, although Yassine Benzia did return to action from the bench.
    Unai Emery will be without Thiago Motta due to injury and both Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe through suspension.
    Although unlikely to be too bothered by Mbappe’s absence considering his other attacking options, Emery may feel slightly concerned by his side’s defensive collapse in Brittany.
    PSG endured an uncomfortable finish to the match at Roazhon Park after conceding twice in the final five minutes – the third time in four matches in which they have let in two goals in a game.
    With just two clean sheets to their name in eight league games on the road, they may struggle to keep at bay a Lille team that has failed to score just once in their previous eight home game


    OTHER FIXTURES….

    Championship
    6:00 Reading vs Millwall
    6:00 Preston vs Hull
    6:00 Sunderland vs Ipswich
    6:00 Leeds vs Cardiff
    6:00 Derby vs Brentford
    6:00 Aston Villa vs Burton
    6:00 Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham
    6:00 Norwich vs Middlesbrough
    6:00 Fulham vs Nottingham Forest
    6:00 Queens Park Rangers vs Barnsley
    8:30 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sheffield United

    Eredivisie
    8:30 SC Heerenveen vs Twente
    9:45 PSV Eindhoven vs PEC Zwolle
    10:45 Heracles vs ADO Den Haag
    SUNDAY
    2:30 Excelsior vs FC Utrecht
    4:30 Sparta Rotterdam vs Willem II
    4:30 VVV-Venlo vs Feyenoord
    4:30 AZ Alkmaar vs Roda
    6:45 Ajax vs NAC Breda

    Super Lig
    11:30 Karabukspor vs Alanyaspor
    4:00 Antalyaspor vs Yeni Malatyaspor
    7:00 Fenerbahce vs Genclerbirligi
    Jupiler League
    8:00 Lokeren vs Standard Liege
    10:00 St.Truiden vs Kortrijk
    10:00 Eupen vs Gent
    10:30 Royal Excel Mouscron vs Genk
    SUNDAY
    1:30 Kasimpasa vs Akhisar Belediyespor
    1:30 Osmanlispor FK vs Kayserispor
    4:00 Konyaspor vs Istanbul Basaksehir
    7:00 Sivasspor vs Galatasaray

    Premiership
    3:30 Kilmarnock vs Celtic
    6:00 Motherwell vs Partick Thistle
    6:00 Aberdeen vs Hamilton Academical
    6:00 Hearts vs St.Johnstone
    6:00 Rangers vs Hibernian
    6:00 Dundee FC vs Ross County

    Liga NOS
    9:15 Benfica vs Rio Ave
    11:30 FC Porto vs Braga
    SUNDAY
    7:00 Tondela vs Moreirense
    7:00 Feirense vs Chaves
    9:00 Estoril vs Sporting CP
    10:15 Vitoria de Guimaraes vs Pacos de Ferreira


    TODAY’S TIPS FROM OUR RESIDENT EXPERT…

    ENGLAND: Premier League
    Burnley – Man City-2
    Bournemouth – Stoke-1
    Brighton – West Ham-1/over
    Leicester – Swansea-1
    Man United – Huddersfield-1/gg
    West Brom – Southampton-1
    Arsenal – Everton-1/gg

    FRANCE: Ligue 1
    Lille – Paris SG-2
    Amiens – St Etienne-1
    Montpellier – Angers-1/gg
    Nice – Toulouse-1/over
    Strasbourg – Bordeaux-2

    GERMANY: Bundesliga

    Freiburg – Leverkusen-2
    Hertha Berlin – Hoffenheim-X/over/gg
    Schalke – Werder Bremen-1
    Wolfsburg – Stuttgart-X1/gg
    B. M’gladbach – RB Leipzig-1/over/gg

    ITALY: Serie A
    Sampdoria – Torino-1/gg/over
    Inter – Crotone-1/over

    NETHERLANDS: Eredivisie
    Heerenveen – Twente-1/over
    PSV – Zwolle-1/gg
    Heracles – Den Haag-1/over

    SPAIN: LaLiga
    Eibar – Sevilla-1/over
    Betis – Villarreal-X1/over
    Alaves – Celta Vigo-OVER/GG
    Levante – Real Madrid-2/over/gg

     

    By Kussam Kalema & Agencies

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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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