Ramil de Jesus: La Salle morale ‘really down’ after loss to UP

first_imgP260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart The Lady Spikers committed 37 total errors and 17 of those were from the service line.“I told them that their opponents won’t give them the win, they will have to do it on their own, said De Jesus. “Of course it starts with the serve, if they won’t trust their service game then what else can they do? You’re on your own out there.”“You’re by yourself, you don’t have someone guarding you. That’s a big factor for a team and how it can impact the whole team’s performance.”And it was a service error that practically doomed the Lady Spikers against UP.Trailing 23-19, Lourdes Clemente came up to the baseline to start what would’ve been La Salle’s offense but her service attempt went so low that it went under the net putting UP at the 24-19 match point.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—De La Salle’s seemingly impenetrable fortress has started to show its cracks.The Lady Spikers rarely lose a season series and they don’t often drop their third game until the final match or two of the tournament but such is the predicament of the defending champions in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Clemente, overall, committed five service errors, Aduke Ogunsanya, Marionne Alba, and Jolina Dela Cruz had three apiece while Tin Tiamzon, Desiree Cheng, and May Luna each had one.“That was the big factor in the third set, we still carried our mistakes from the previous sets,” said De Jesus. “We never recovered, and the we didn’t regain our confidence.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NorthPort ends skid, routs TNT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIES Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? University of the Philippines bamboozled La Salle in straight sets, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19, to get the season sweep and that’s a feat only Alyssa Valdez’ Ateneo squad back in Season 77 did.The Lady Spikers dropped to a 5-3 record, already surpassing their number of losses from Season 80, and head coach Ramil De Jesus admitted that his players are not in the highest of moods.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Morale is down, really down,” said De Jesus in Filipino Sunday at Ynares Center here. “We’ll know tomorrow (Monday) what we will do about this.”De Jesus added that their single biggest mistake in the game was throwing points away especially from the service line. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so farlast_img read more

CUREkids Launches STEAM Building Blocks Enrichment Program

first_imgCUREkids is gearing up for the exciting launch of its STEAM Building Blocks Enrichment (CSBBEP) Program for underserved children. The launch will take place at Cyber-Ed Christian School of Excellence, opposite the South African Embassy, Sophie Road, Congo Town on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The CSBBEP program is based on collaborative, real-life problem solving activities to help children explore the world around them. Targeting kids ages 6yrs- 12yrs, CUREkids founder Amanda Hill says that is a perfect age range to embrace science and technology. “STEAM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. We believe our kids will one day be the architects and engineers building the infrastructure and skyline of a prosperous Liberia,” she said. During activities, the kids will be paired with local college students pursuing a STEAM degree or graduates of TVET (Technical Vocational Education Training) schools. The children will experience real life application of what they learn on field trips with volunteer STEAM professionals. METS Afrika4d, a mobile STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lab will engage the kids in STEAM activities during the launch. Captain Raynold Mitchell, the CEO of Liberty Aviation Group located at Spriggs Payne Airport is enthusiastic about the program and looks forward to being a CUREkids volunteer. He says as a child, he discovered his love for flying and desire to be a pilot while watching planes lift off from Spriggs Payne Airport. He says “It is only when access and opportunity are given to children do they know they can become pilots or anything they want to be.” Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo, who is also a devoted supporter of CUREkids, will participate in the launching of CSBBEP. She says science was her first love and she pursued it with passion as an adolescent. “More children need to understand science and technology and how it affects everything in their world,” she said. CSBBEP will include volunteer motivational speakers who will teach the children how to advocate for themselves in all settings. “And because so many kids in Liberia grow up not knowing what direction to take in life,” Hill says, “our motivational speakers along with the CSBBEP curricula should give them a map that will get them to a destination that enriches their community, country, and the world.” According to her, CUREkids was designed and CSBBEP developed to provide Liberian children the opportunities and tools to mentally remove the shackles of poverty from their spirit and realize the greatness in them and their nation. “CSBBEP with its focus on science, technology, art, and team building activities will develop inspired little problem solvers to affect change in their immediate environments. It is an exciting time to be a child in the 21st century and Liberian children should be active participants,” she says. The CSBBEP is sponsored by Jhpiego, Monrovia City Corporation, Cyber-Ed School of Excellence, Petro Trade, Murphy Logistics, Project Liberia, LIBTELCO, Pan African Engineering Group and METS Afrika4d. CUREkids stands for Care, Understanding and Respect for Exceptional Kids. Amanda Hill can be reached at info@curekidslib.org. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why are there no Bartician working on the Green Town?

first_imgDear Editor,In keeping with President David Granger’s promise to have Bartica become the first Green Town, the $31 million Green Space Park is taking shape in Constituency 6, West Indian Housing Scheme, Bartica, but not without mixed views from residents of Bartica. The contract has been awarded to S Jagmohan Construction but what is most disappointing is that the $31 million contract is generating a heated debate among Barticians and immediate residents of Constituency 6, as it relates to the hiring of workers.Why are there no Bartician working on the project? Where is the constituency representative to bring representation on behalf of residents to ensure they gain employment? Residents have been turning up at the construction site asking for employment and are turned away as allegations is being levelled against a top official in Bartica, who is alleged to have told the contractor not to employ any Bartician to work because Barticians are lazy.Bartica now has township status and the leaders, movers and shakers of the town must now take steps to ensure, as a matter of policy, all contractors and investors employ at least 25% of their work force from Bartica.The unemployment rate in Bartica is alarming and is a cause of concern and for a contract of this magnitude and not one single Bartician could gain employment is beyond sad, and an insult to the skilled human resources we possess in Bartica.Are the leaders and representatives of Bartica implying that no Bartician is qualified or have the experience to work on the said project? I call on the leaders and representatives of the various constituencies to afford Barticians and their respective constituency the highest level of effective representation.Sincerely,Bartica resident,Sherwyn Downerlast_img read more

Man jailed, fined for narco trafficking

first_img… says unemployment pushed him into drug tradeA resident of Grove, East Bank Demerara, was jailed for three years and fined $30,000 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Nigel Sookra, who was unrepresented, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Sookra admitted that on November 24, 2016, at Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he had in his possession 23.5 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to Police Prosecutor Kevin London, a group of Police on patrol observed Sookra acting in a suspicious manner, and as such, they stopped him and conducted a search on his person. During the search, 17 transparent Ziploc bags with the illegal substance were unearthed in one of his pockets.In mitigation during his court appearance, Sookra told the court that he was not finding any jobs and decided to “take a chance” since he has two children to maintain.last_img read more

Ingwe give Stima the blackout

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) That proved to be the winning goal as dominant Leopards failed to add to their tally and they were barely hanging on at the death, with their hero stretchered off moments before the final whistle when he caught the full impact of the ball from a corner as they frantically defended their lead. He swiftly shifted the ball to Baraza on the left before the striker cut it back to his advancing team mate in the danger area but Makori fired fractionally wide. Returning to the venue where they left scarred by the old enemy on Sunday, Leopards fans did not wait long to celebrate since it took danger man Mike Baraza barely 90 seconds to get the Isikuti drum beat tolling when he net the opener.Straight from kick off, AFC strung together some passing in midfield and before Stima could get a look in, Jimmy Bagaye, a mid season signing from City Stars released immediate the former Ulinzi striker Baraza through on goal. 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, July 28- AFC Leopards recovered from their painful derby defeat to Gor Mahia to top Western Stima 1-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium on Tuesday night.Returning to the venue where they left scarred by the old enemy on Sunday, Leopards fans did not wait long to celebrate since it took danger man Mike Baraza barely 90 seconds to get the Isikuti drum beat tolling when he net the opener. However, Leopards were looking the likely side to score and Bernard Makori, arguably the man of the match in midfield, initiated and almost finished a sweeping move on 71 minutes. Then it was the turn of Charles Okwemba who shot tamely at Juma when the ball played ping-pong around the Stima area giving him a chance from point blank range. It was the second win for their Dutch coach, Jan Coops and although he was delighted by the victory as Ingwe fans celebrated at the final whistle, he felt his side that moved up to tenth in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) log still had a lot to do. Out went faltering left-back, John Amboko, club captain, Nicholas Muyoti and Francis Chinjili up front as lanky defender, Martin Imbalambala, Oscar Kadege and Salim Kinje slotted in their places. On the stroke of half-time, Bagaye missed a tap-in after Baraza drifted to the right and crossed across goal with the Stima rearguard of Victor Oduor and Jacton Saleh nowhere to be seen. Leopards started the second half in the same dominant fashion and two minutes after the re-start, Kadenge missed the inside left post by a whisker after more suicidal defending from Stima saw him receive the ball in the box, turn, then pull the trigger unchecked.center_img Straight from kick off, AFC strung together some passing in midfield and before Stima could get a look in, Jimmy Bagaye, a mid season signing from City Stars released immediate the former Ulinzi striker Baraza through on goal.Seconds later, he made it eight goals of his current campaign when he slid the ball past Stima custodian David Juma for one of the quickest goals of the campaign.That proved to be the winning goal as dominant Leopards failed to add to their tally and they were barely hanging on at the death, with their hero stretchered off moments before the final whistle when he caught the full impact of the ball from a corner as they frantically defended their lead.It was the second win for their Dutch coach, Jan Coops and although he was delighted by the victory as Ingwe fans celebrated at the final whistle, he felt his side that moved up to tenth in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) log still had a lot to do.“It was great for the fans but my team did not play football. The win was very narrow and they were playing long balls and that is not how I want the club to play football,” Coops, who made three changes to the team that was stuffed by K’Ogalo said post match.Out went faltering left-back, John Amboko, club captain, Nicholas Muyoti and Francis Chinjili up front as lanky defender, Martin Imbalambala, Oscar Kadege and Salim Kinje slotted in their places.The changes had the desired effect as Leopards looked more cohesive in midfield that effectively linked with attack and could have been out of sight had Bagaye not gone down with ease in the box when he looked poised to convert a Baraza pass in the eighth minute.Then it was the turn of Charles Okwemba who shot tamely at Juma when the ball played ping-pong around the Stima area giving him a chance from point blank range.On the stroke of half-time, Bagaye missed a tap-in after Baraza drifted to the right and crossed across goal with the Stima rearguard of Victor Oduor and Jacton Saleh nowhere to be seen.Leopards started the second half in the same dominant fashion and two minutes after the re-start, Kadenge missed the inside left post by a whisker after more suicidal defending from Stima saw him receive the ball in the box, turn, then pull the trigger unchecked.Stima coach, Henry Omino brought in Dennis Onkangi, a recruit from Sony Sugar for veteran Mark Sirengo and he was soon involved in the half chances the side created.However, Leopards were looking the likely side to score and Bernard Makori, arguably the man of the match in midfield, initiated and almost finished a sweeping move on 71 minutes.He swiftly shifted the ball to Baraza on the left before the striker cut it back to his advancing team mate in the danger area but Makori fired fractionally wide.Ingwe almost paid for their profligacy five minutes later when Western Stima failed to pounce on a loose ball in the area with keeper Bernard Tiema rooted to the spot and his defence all at sea, as Okangi came within inches of connecting with the ball.A hectic finale in the Leopards box saw Tiema scramble away a corner as Baraza took the full force of the ball returned to the area but they held on to a deserved victory.“I believe we can bounce back from this, there is no need to worry yet. The early goal gave Leopards the motivation to come out and attack and that is the mistake we did. We also had a problem in attack and we are yet to replace Chinjili but Onkangi is settling and soon will get the goals,” beaten Omino said. “I believe we can bounce back from this, there is no need to worry yet. The early goal gave Leopards the motivation to come out and attack and that is the mistake we did. We also had a problem in attack and we are yet to replace Chinjili but Onkangi is settling and soon will get the goals,” beaten Omino said. NAIROBI, Kenya, July 28- AFC Leopards recovered from their painful derby defeat to Gor Mahia to top Western Stima 1-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium on Tuesday night. A hectic finale in the Leopards box saw Tiema scramble away a corner as Baraza took the full force of the ball returned to the area but they held on to a deserved victory. The changes had the desired effect as Leopards looked more cohesive in midfield that effectively linked with attack and could have been out of sight had Bagaye not gone down with ease in the box when he looked poised to convert a Baraza pass in the eighth minute. Stima coach, Henry Omino brought in Dennis Onkangi, a recruit from Sony Sugar for veteran Mark Sirengo and he was soon involved in the half chances the side created. Seconds later, he made it eight goals of his current campaign when he slid the ball past Stima custodian David Juma for one of the quickest goals of the campaign. “It was great for the fans but my team did not play football. The win was very narrow and they were playing long balls and that is not how I want the club to play football,” Coops, who made three changes to the team that was stuffed by K’Ogalo said post match. Ingwe almost paid for their profligacy five minutes later when Western Stima failed to pounce on a loose ball in the area with keeper Bernard Tiema rooted to the spot and his defence all at sea, with Okangi coming within inches of connecting with the ball.last_img read more

Column from MLA Pat Pimm

first_img -Peace River Bison Association -Peace Country stock Association -Citizens for ALR Reform -Local area landowner with no affiliation -PRRD land representativeAdvertisement We followed an inclusive process to develop a framework for this meeting. I contacted each of these groups and asked them for a list of recommendations on how the ALC and ALR could be improved to help our local area farmers and residents. When they sent me their responses, I used them to develop a list of 15 recommendations to form the basis of an agenda for discussion. After a lengthy meeting, the group came up with eight recommendations to forward to the PRRD that could potentially form the basis of a delegation agreement. I wrote a letter based on these recommendations, signed by Blair Lekstrom and I, which made it onto the PRRD agenda in May of 2012. The board passed a motion to contact the ALC and obtain more information on what a delegation agreement would look like, and the ALC agreed to meet with the PRRD to discuss this on October 10, 2012. Richard Bullock, Chair of the ALC, along with his area ALC representative and staff, came to Dawson Creek for this meeting. Mr. Bullock gave a brief overview and then turned the meeting over to his staff to give the PRRD members an idea of the process that the ALC goes through when it deals with applications from people wishing to remove land from the ALR. The outcome of the meeting was that yes, a delegation agreement was a possibility; however, the PRRD would also be bound by the same legislation that the ALC is governed by, and the tenets of section 6 of the ALC act would have to be adhered to. This section states the purpose of the Commission: first, to reserve agricultural land; second, to encourage farming on agricultural land in collaboration with other Communities of interest; and third, to encourage local government and its agents to enable and accommodate farm use of agricultural land in their plans, bylaws and policies. It would appear that the second objective allows for some latitude in creating a delegation agreement. Judging by precedent, this is indeed the case, as the Oil and Gas Commission has the power to allow industry to have land removed from the ALR because they are a community of interest within agricultural lands. It would make sense, then, that an agreement between the ALC and the PRRD, which also form a community of interests in these lands, would also have those powers. Mr. Underhill, CEO of the ALC, told Karen Goodings, chair of the PRRD, that the PRRD’s Official Community Plan could form the basis of a delegation agreement. The Delegation Agreement would be subject to an annual audit by the Auditor General and there could be other rules put in place as well. This was a good informational meeting and the ALC answered all the questions that board members had. The meeting ended with the ALC suggesting that, while they did not recommend pursuing a delegation agreement, they were willing to enter into discussions about creating one if that was the PRRD’s wish.Advertisement On November 8, 2012, the PRRD had a meeting of the whole of the board and discussed the idea of the delegation agreement. However, since there cannot be any recommendations made at a meeting of the whole, it is still up to the PRRD to make the final decision on whether or not to enter into discussions around a delegation agreement with the ALC. I believe that the PRRD should pursue discussions with the ALC to enter into a delegation agreement because I strongly believe that elected politicians know how to make land decisions. We have staff who frequently make recommendations on land decisions, and it only makes sense that the decisions for our region should be made here, by people that know the area, rather than by people appointed to the ALC. The ball is squarely in the PRRD’s court at this point, and I believe they can negotiate an agreement that will work well for both the board and the ALC. Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North -South Peace Grain growers -North Peace Cattlemen -South Peace Cattlemen -Peace River Forage AssociationAdvertisement I want to give you an update on a potential agreement between the Agricultural Land Committee (ALC) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), which could allow land decisions to be made closer to home by the elected members of the PRRD. I have had many visits to my office from rural residents who own land and cannot get this land removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). There is, understandably, frustration around this issue, especially since the Oil and Gas Commission has a delegation agreement with the ALC and so is able to deal with land issues more quickly, with local input in the decision. I think this is a great model, and this has inspired me to pursue this type of agreement for our local politicians as well. Following up on this, I spoke with Minister McRae, who was Minister of Agriculture at the time. We agreed that if we could get the support of local residents, he would support the possibility of a delegation agreement for the Peace River area. I spoke with the Chair of the ALC and obtained his commitment for this proposal as well, so I came home and set to work on this. I wanted to see if I could get agreement from the different groups in the area on a series of recommendations, upon which we could base a Delegation Agreement between the ALC and the PRRD.- Advertisement – On March 2, 2012, Minister Blair Lekstrom and I met with many different groups and representatives to see if there was a possibility of moving forward in a united way. This included: -North Peace Grain growersAdvertisementlast_img read more

France, Portugal head for Euro 2016 final clash

first_imgPortugal will have to beat a French side who have found new inspiration from Griezmann — the tournament’s leading scorer with six goals — and will be willed on by a nation longing to rediscover the feelgood factor.With the country still on terrorist alert after the November 13 attacks in which 130 people died, more than 3,400 police will be on the Champs Elysees in Paris alone when the match starts at the Stade de France at 1900 GMT.National flags hung from apartment blocks and homes in cities across France and Portugal as football fever mounted.The buildup to Euro 2016 was clouded by fears that the tournament would be targeted by jihadists after 130 people were killed in terror attacks on Paris in November.“The French people needed to find their way again,” President Francois Hollande said in a commentary on the wave of support for the national team that has been in disgrace in recent years.“We saw it at the time of the attacks. We came together in the dramas, we had to find ourselves in the happiness, to come together.”– Deschamps wants to play –France coach Didier Deschamps, who captained the side that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 Euro title, said he could feel the adrenaline ahead of the Euro 2016 final.PHOTO/AFP.Rival coaches Didier Deschamps of France and Fernando Santos of Portugal have been desperately trying to shield their teams from the sky-high hopes of their nations.Deschamps, who captained the French side that won the 1998 World Cup and the Euro title in 2000, said he could feel the adrenaline pumping.“It’s an exceptional moment, a privilege, a unique chance because there is a title at the end,” Deschamps said of the final.“What you need to do is approach it as relaxed as possible while being at the same time totally focused on the match,” he added.“On the bench, there is a frustration in not taking part, but I can’t do that anyway. But I’m fine, I don’t feel any pressure, no stress, just adrenaline and that’s positive.”France have put in some stylish performances, including their 5-2 win over Iceland to end the giant-killing run of the team that dumped England out of the contest.France captain Hugo Lloris said the team wants to put their name in the history books to redeem themselves for a player revolt at the 2010 World Cup that made them a national disgrace.The troubles were worsened by the exclusion of star striker Karim Benzema over an alleged sextape blackmail attempt.“We have come through a crisis in French football,” the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper said. “We have climbed back up the slope, we have done it step by step.”Lloris said Sunday’s final is “the chance to go into French football history.”France, with home advantage in the 85,000-capacity stadium, and with Griezmann, star midfielder Paul Pogba and the calming influence of Lloris, start as favourites.But they acknowledge the omnipresent danger of Ronaldo on the pitch.Santos has succeeded by building a team around the superstar striker and winning “ugly” when necessary to get to the next round.Portugal’s 2-0 win over Wales in the semi-final was their first in the tournament achieved within 90 minutes.Veterans such as defender Pepe and Ricardo Quaresma have played lynchpin roles on days when Ronaldo has failed to fire.– Ronaldo wants tears of joy –Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 match between Hungary and Portugal, on June 22, 2016.PHOTO/AFPPortugal have been criticised for some of their European Championship performances but Santos said he does not care.He also says France are the favourites but believes Portugal can win.“Let them carry on saying that Portugal won without deserving it,” he said.“I will be very happy if they say that again tomorrow. I will go home very happy.”Portugal have never fully recovered from losing the 2004 Euro final to Greece when they hosted the tournament.Ronaldo, who shed tears as a 19-year-old at that match, said this week he wants to be “crying with joy” on Sunday.Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Pepe is fully fit again after missing the semi-final through injury. Pepe said Portugal were strong because they want to win.“I’ve been at a very demanding club for 10 years and I’ve been playing for Portugal since 2008,” he said when asked about his own ambition to win at the age of 33.“I have three European Championship and two World Cup campaigns to my name.“I have always been very demanding of myself. I don’t like to lose, I want to help my team. That makes me play at the highest level and to be recognised at the highest level.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s inspiration Antoine Griezmann (L) and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who is counting on one more upset so he can finally win an international trophy.PHOTO/AFPPARIS, France, July 10 – Football tensions mounted and patriotic hopes rose Sunday ahead of the Euro 2016 final between hosts France and Portugal that will unleash a clash between one of the world’s greatest ever players Cristiano Ronaldo and would-be pretender Antoine Griezmann.After 50 matches over a month of football that has seen stunning shocks by Iceland and Wales, Ronaldo is counting on his side to produce one more upset so he can finally win an international trophy.last_img read more

Ronaldo ‘confident’ of Ballon d’Or after wiping smile off French faces

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or award for player of the year for the third time and says he feels confident about winning again in 2016 © AFP/File / Fabrice CoffriniPARIS, France, Nov 21 – Cristiano Ronaldo says he feels confident of winning a fourth Ballon d’Or title after a stellar year in which Portugal wiped the smiles off French faces at Euro 2016.The 31-year-old Real Madrid striker said in an interview published in Tuesday’s edition of France Football that ‘Les Bleus’ “thought they were going to easily win” and “smiled a lot” before the final in Stade de France last July. But the ultimate prize went to Portugal who won their first international trophy following a game which was also the scene of “the greatest sadness” of three-time world player of the year Ronaldo’s career.Ronaldo left the pitch in tears, forced off with a knee injury in the first half.“I couldn’t bend my leg… It wasn’t going to be the final that I dreamed of, I could no longer play,” he recalled with sadness.The Portuguese football federation on Friday published a video in which the international captain, barechested in the changing room, thanked coach Fernando Santos, his teammates and staff, for “the happiest moment of (his) life.”The France Football interview is headlined “Griezmann told me: ‘I hate you’” without the weekly magazine revealing further details before it hits the news stands.Concerning his bid for a fourth world footballer of the year title, Ronaldo said he felt “rather confident and relaxed” after what he called the best season of his career, in which he also won the Champions League with Real Madrid.Ronaldo — Ballon d’Or winner in 2008, 2013 and 2014 — is overwhelming favourite to reclaim the award in January after finishing top scorer in the Champions League with 16 goals, as well as his Euro 2016 title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

15 teams for 2017 KPL as Thika, Muhoroni and Sofapaka axed

first_imgOnly three KPL clubs – Tusker FC, Ulinzi Stars and Bandari FC have complied fully while Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz, Chemelil Sugar, Sony Sugar, Posta Rangers, Western Stima, Mathare United, Nakumatt FC, Nzoia United, Zoo Kericho and Kariobangi Sharks were handed the provisional license.Speaking on Monday when releasing the names, Mwendwa said the three clubs failed to demonstrate they are financially stable to sustain their players for the whole year.Football Kenya Federation staff following the proceedings during the press briefing on Monday, January 9, 2016.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“Three clubs – Sofapaka, Muhoroni Youth and Thika United out of the 14 KPL clubs that submitted their documents did not meet the criteria and as a consequence they will not take part in the 2017 season. The National Executive met last week and passed the resolution and therefore the 2017 season will feature 15 teams,” the FKF boss declared.“The three clubs did not meet the legal and financial criteria and therefore they could not be scored to take part in the Premier League season of 2017.  Automatically they are legible to obtain a license in National Super League but if they fail to comply they will further be relegated to National Division One,” Mwendwa added.However, the three clubs have a chance to appeal the decision to the FKF Independent Disciplinary Appeals Committee.Muhoroni Youth players and officials pose with the KPL Top 8 trophy in the dressing room. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMuhoroni Youth, who stunned Gor Mahia 1-0 to lift the KPL Top 8 tournament finished 10th last season, Thika completed the season 12th while Sofapaka survived relegation.Speaking to Capital Sport, Muhoroni Youth chairman, Moses Adagala maintains the team will participate in the league this season despite the FKF decision.“We have not received any official communication from FKF informing us of the same, we are just hearing it from the media. This matter is political because I am aware the CAF deadline is October so I am assuring you Muhoroni Youth will be in the league this season,” Adagala claimed.“It’s very funny when FKF say we did not meet the financial criteria yet we bought a bus and the players’ salaries have been up to date. We have a sponsor in the name of Muhoroni Sugar so we are not cash strapped,” Adagala asserted.On the other hand, Sofapaka assistant coach, Martin Ndagano said the federation should have been lenient to them after undergoing a broke season due to lack of sponsor.“FKF should have given Sofapaka a chance because we don’t have a sponsor. It has come as a big blow since we were starting training tomorrow (Tuesday). I think they should have given us by the end of first leg.”Sofapaka players congratulate Noah Abich for winning the SportPesa/SJAK Player of the Month Award.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFor the 12 clubs that were handed the provisional license, they have a period of six months to fully comply, failure to which they will not be eligible to participate in the 2018 KPL season.“The teams handed the provisional license have until June to get the full license, so they will re-apply to sort out the pending issues, but if they don’t meet that by June they will play the whole season but in 2018 they will automatically be relegated,” Mwendwa stated.The NSL clubs have a deadline of January 20 to submit their documents and fully comply by January 31 for them to be eligible to play in the second tier league.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa announces that Thika, Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth will not take part in the 2017 KPL season.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 9 – The 2017 Kenyan Premier League season will have 15 teams after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa released the names of clubs that met the licensing threshold as required by both FIFA and CAF.From the 35 teams that submitted their documents before the extended December 23 deadline, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) sides Muhoroni Youth, Thika United and Sofapaka did not meet the criteria and as a result they were demoted to the National Super League (NSL).last_img read more

Guinea-Bissau deny Gabon as AFCON begins

first_imgHowever, Soares headed home in the 90th minute to earn Guinea-Bissau a memorable point in their first ever match at the continental finals.“This is a moment of joy for us. Despite our country’s difficulties we managed to qualify,” said Guinea-Bissau coach Baciro Cande.“We knew Gabon have an excellent team and the best player in Africa and in Europe.“We have our limits, but we had ambitions coming here and we will try to go as far as possible.”Gabon’s forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring a goal during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group A football match against Guinea-Bissau at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on January 14, 2017 © AFP / Steve JORDANThere were boos at the final whistle from the home fans at the 40,000-seat stadium, where a close to capacity crowd included Gabonese president Ali Bongo and Issa Hayatou, the veteran head of the Confederation of African Football.It was a far from convincing performance from Gabon, who will now look to bounce back from this disappointment when they play Burkina Faso in their next game on Wednesday, when Guinea-Bissau, known as the ‘wild dogs’, take on Cameroon.“Our chances of qualifying are the same as if we had won,” insisted Gabon’s Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho.“We knew this was going to be a difficult match. We studied Guinea-Bissau. They didn’t surprise me.”Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts as he walks off the pitch during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match against Guinea-Bissau in Libreville on January 14, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSThe tournament debutants, whose line-up mainly consisted of players based at modest clubs in Portugal, were expected to struggle against a Gabon side spearheaded by Aubameyang and also featuring the likes of Sunderland’s Didier Ndong and Mario Lemina of Juventus.The hosts created next to nothing in the first half, though, with the exception of a Lemina header that flashed just wide close to the interval.They were much more lively at the beginning of the second half and talented winger Denis Bouanga cut in from the left four minutes after the restart before sending in a shot with his right foot that was tipped over by goalkeeper Jonas Mendes.The opener arrived shortly after. The Guinea-Bissau defence failed to clear their lines and Bouanga’s low ball to the back post was converted by Aubameyang, to the delight of the home fans.Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba (C) speaks with Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz (L) and CAF president Issa Hayatou (2nd-R) before the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match between Gabon and Guinea-Bissau on January 14, 2017 © AFP / Joel TATOUHowever, Gabon began to sit back and Guinea-Bissau had opportunities to equalise towards the end, with Rudinilson Silva hooking a shot just past and substitute Frederic Mendy heading straight at Didier Ovono when unmarked.They looked to have blown their chance, but they drew level in the final minute, Soares getting in front of Bruno Ecuele Manga to head home Zezinho’s free-kick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts as he walks off the pitch during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match against Guinea-Bissau in Libreville on January 14, 2017LIBREVILLE, Gabon, Jan 14 – Juary Soares grabbed a dramatic late equaliser for debutants Guinea-Bissau as they recovered from a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike to hold hosts Gabon to a 1-1 draw in the Africa Cup of Nations opening game.Gabon appeared to be heading for victory in Saturday’s Group A curtain-raiser after Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang turned the ball in from close range seven minutes into the second half at the Stade de l’Amitie in the capital Libreville.last_img read more