The Uganda Premier League (UPL) is on a break this weekend to allow players go through the international break. SC Villa, Vipers and KCCA FC are locked in a three horse race for the UPL 2017-18 season. Seven points separate top placed SC Villa (43) from third placed KCCA FC (36) although KCCA FC has three games in hand.
The Grapevine Sports’ Ben Mwesigwa (@mwesben on twitter) breaks it down.
What is at stake?
A lot is at stake but all of it goes to the UPL champions, The UPL winner bags themselves 60m UGX in prize money and qualify to enter into the qualifying stages for the Total Africa champion’s league. Unlike other countries in African football Uganda sends only one representative to the champions’ league. SC Villa, Vipers SC and KCCA FC will only have their targets on being UPL champions.
Who’s got the advantage?
SC Villa being on top have a massive advantage, Vipers SC are four points adrift with ten matches to play so they could be under less pressure while KCCA have three games in hand which makes it even harder because matches will be rescheduled on short notice making it a bit harder to prepare. More advantages to come in from the fixture itself, which team plays a day earlier? Which team plays a day later? Can they take advantage of any slip ups?
Verdict: SC Villa for now.
All three teams are still involved in the Stanbic bank Uganda Cup as they all won in midweek to qualify for the quarter finals, which means all three title contenders get league distractions that require squad depth to rotate and rest key players. KCCA FC has the champions’ league as an extra tournament. KCCA FC signed more players in the January transfer window, Goal keeper Tom Ikara, defender Walter Ochola and attacking midfielder Solomon Okwalinga all three joined to bolster an already impressive squad while Vipers got goals in the signing of Dan Sserunkuuma. SC Villa is struggling in the striking department Alex Kitatta and George Senkaaba haven’t been scoring regularly in the league. Not good for a title chasing team.
Verdict: KCCA FC
Looking at all the remaining fixtures, the league gets more competitive in the second round as teams battle for all available points. The main question is, who of the top three will drop the most points?
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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.
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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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…
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.
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