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Spurs struggling to sell tickets for CL clash with Red Star Belgrade

first_imgMe after paying for a ticket to watch Tottenham Hotspur play Red Star pic.twitter.com/HrTl7gmjiu— K i e r a n (@kjtailor) October 20, 2019 TOTTENHAM’S new stadium will have stacks of empty seats for their Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade tonight.The North Londoners are in the midst of a crisis and have struggled to shift tickets for the game despite it being in Europe’s most prestigious competition.1 Crisis-hit Tottenham have struggled to sell tickets for the Champions League game against Red Star BelgradeTickets have been available to season ticket holders since September 30 but a visit to a ticket website today shows vast areas of the stadium with tickets still available.Their Serbian visitors will have just 200 away fans in attendance due to a Uefa ban stopping tickets being sold to most of their supporters after they were found guilty of racist chanting.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been in abysmal form since the start of the season which many suspect is the reason fans are staying away.Champions League TableSee More Tables See Full TableTottenham’s last Champions League encounter was the 7-2 home humiliation by Bayern Munich where ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry stole the show with a hat-trick.Spurs fans had to register for tickets for tonight’s game as the club did not put them on general sale to ensure they were not bought by Red Star fans.But given the lack of interest in the fixture, the club allowed season ticket holders to purchase up to three additional seats.Tottenham vs Red Star Belgrade FREE – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League clashMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himThe 200 Red Star fans in attendance all have category one tickets and will be sat in hospitality areas of the stadium rather than the traditional away end.Spurs sit third in Champions League Group B with just one point from two games.And after another unconvincing Premier League performance in the 1-1 home draw with Watford on Saturday, Pochettino admitted he could lose his job but he won’t go grey worrying about it.Manchester City Champions league tickets against a mediocre opponent on the half way line, £25Tottenham champions league ticket against a mediocre opponent on the half way line, £233.50Levy’s Tottenham— Christian (@Christianjw92) October 19, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino admits he could get Spurs axe… but he won’t go grey worrying about itlast_img read more

‘We should be informed’ – Blake concerned athletes not reporting to camp on time

first_img Previous success in China BEIJING, China: President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, seemed less than pleased with some high-profile late arrivals to the team’s training camp in Tottori, Japan, ahead of the IAAF World Championships. In spite of this, he is looking forward to a fruitful return to Beijing, China, where the championships will unfold this weekend. Several top-name athletes such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and other members of MVP did not arrive until late last week, citing documentation issues. Usain Bolt, who was expected to join last Friday, was reportedly allowed to meet his teammates in Beijing instead. The entire team expected to be in the city today. This comes as JAAA continues to insist on the mandatory nature of the camp. “Ideally, it would have been great if all the athletes, from all the training groups, saw it as their duty, their national duty, to come to the camps on time. In fact, most of the athletes did turn up at the camp, but others didn’t come at the start, for various reasons, and some of these reasons I feel could have been avoided,” Blake said, without pointing to specific situations. “We still use the term ‘mandatory’ and we still insist that if they are going to be coming in late, for any reasons then we should be informed, and we should have discussions so that an amicable agreement can be reached, and not just ignore the camp totally,” he added. “To just ignore the camp and our wishes, as an association, would create problems.” Blake suggested that the situations with Bolt and the MVP group’s late arrivals were communicated to the management team. Meanwhile, at the 2008 Olympic Games, which was also hosted in the Chinese city, Jamaica underlined its place as a giant in the track and field arena with an impressive 11-medal haul, which included six gold, three silver and two bronze-led by a virtuoso performance from Usain Bolt, who broke three world records and went on to become the face of the sport. Blake, who arrived in Beijing after 8 p.m. on Monday (7 a.m., Monday, Jamaica time), along with JAAA general secretary, Garth Gayle, said he expects the Jamaicans to have similar success. “Beijing is where our recent successes in track and field started,” said Blake. “I know the foundations were laid long ago, but we really burst on to the world scene in a really strong way in 2008. “So we have been looking forward to coming back to Beijing and we expect good results as we did in 2008,” said Blake, who was also quick to point to the team’s more diverse look this time around. “One of the thrust of this administration has been to broaden the scope of participation in these events, and I am quite happy to see that, especially in the field events, where we have placed a great deal of effort, that we have had significant successes,” he added. “We have three male discus throwers qualifying, a male shot put thrower, a female discus thrower and two triple jumpers, and I think we are doing pretty well in the field events.” The World Championships get underway on August 22 and ends August 30.last_img read more

Doctors yet to decide whether teen can undergo surgery

first_imgShot waitressAs the condition of Onika Luke, the teen waitress who was shot during an attempted robbery, continues to improve, doctors are yet to decide whether or not she should be operated on to remove the bullet which is now lodged in her stomach.Initially, the teen was slated for surgery to remove the bullet, which was at the time stuck in her throat.However, prior to the operation, doctors had discovered that the bullet had passed through Luke’s windpipe and oesophagus, ending up in her stomach.Onika LukeAs a result, the surgery had been postponed, as doctors were monitoring the position of the bullet.Luke’s brother, Rickford Ranjee, told this newspaper that his sister’s condition was improving and she was now able to speak and move around a little.However, he related that doctors were still unsure whether or not the teen should undergo surgery to remove the bullet.Ranjee explained that on Friday last, he had received information that the bullet had moved from his sister’s throat and into her stomach; therefore, causing doctors to rethink the surgery.Subsequent to the discovery, it was indicated to the teen’s family by the chest specialist that a scan was required to ascertain the direct position of the bullet in her stomach.“They told me that they have to do a scan on her to see if it would be harmful to take the bullet out or leave it there. Doctors said that they have to check if she would be able to live with the bullet in her,” he related. The teen remains a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Woodlands Hospital.Ranjee added that Police were still hunting for clues that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrator.Luke had been shot after resisting a lone gunman who had entered the Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant, where she was at the time working as a waitress.According to reports, the gunman ordered a meal and after collecting his order had demanded that the teen hand over the cash while pointing a gun at her.While brushing the gun away, the 16-year-old had been shot to her arm, but the bullet had made its way to her throat where it remained for a number of days.It is understood that the man had recently threatened to kidnap Luke and he was a frequent customer.Luke is a student of St John’s College and had started the job at the restaurant three months ago, working the 17:00h-22:00h shift.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Photo: LukeCaption: Onika Lukelast_img read more

The South China Sea Issue: Stop Stirring the Clean Water

first_imgIt is reported that the so-called “award” will soon be issued by the South China Sea Arbitral Tribunal established at the unilateral request of the Philippines. China has declared its solemn position of non-acceptance of and non-participation in the arbitration, and will stay committed to settling the relevant disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation.To help people get to know the truth, I would like to share with Liberian readers the background information of the said arguments about the South China Sea Issue in terms of its history, current situation as well as the Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China on Settling Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea Through Bilateral Negotiation. As for the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration, the root cause of the issue is the invasion and illegal occupation by certain countries of some islands and reefs of China’s Nansha Islands. The Nansha islands have been China’s territory since ancient times. Successive Chinese governments have been exercising continuous jurisdiction over the islands and relevant waters by means of administrative management, military patrol, production and business operation and maritime rescue. Though during the World War II , Japan occupied Nansha Islands, China, as the victor of the war against Japanese aggression, finally recovered the islands according to international law and also international instruments such as the Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Proclamation. In the decades that followed, many countries recognized that the Nansha Islands belong to China and not a single country raised objection. The western border of the territory of the Philippines, according to several related treaties and documents, is at 118 degrees east longitude. China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea are all located west of that line. However, since the early 1970s, the Philippines pursued their territorial expansion by invading and occupying 8 islands and reefs of the China’s Nansha. The Philippines’ illegal territorial claims constitute the violation of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, in disregard of historical facts and international treaties. What is more, ignoring the fact that China and the Philippines have already reached understanding to resolve relevant disputes in South China Sea through bilateral negotiation, and China have excluded compulsory settlement proceedings in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Philippines unilaterally initiated the South China Sea arbitration in January 2013 in an attempt to deny China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests and to cover up its invasion and illegal occupation of some islands and reefs of China’s Nansha Islands. It’s also noticed that some accused China of the peaceful construction on some islands and reefs of the Nansha as “militarization” and “threat” to the freedom of navigation and overflight. It’s true that China has been conducting development activities on its own territories. In fact, some countries have conduced their development activities on some islands and reefs illegally taken from China in this area at a much earlier time. What China has built focuses on making available civil services and providing international public goods, which will neither affect the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, nor damage the marine ecosystem, let alone resulting in so-called “militarization”.As for the argument that China has controlled the strategic sea lane in the South China Sea, it can’t hold water at all when confronted with the facts. China has been always honoring and maintaining the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea enjoyed by all countries in accordance with the international laws. Thanks to the concerted efforts by China and neighboring countries, the international shipping lane in the South China Sea stays unimpeded, flourishes with trade and benefits all countries concerned. However, some external countries, often in the disguise of upholding the freedom of navigation, send military vessels and airplanes approaching and even entering into the waters and air space close to the related islands and reefs of China’s Nansha Islands only to flex its military muscle. They try to stir up tensions among regional countries and interfere in the South China Sea Issue for its own political and military interests. Their actions are the true threats to the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. China stands firmly against such actions that posed threats to China’s sovereignty and security, abets the militarization of South China Sea and endangers regional peace and stability.In fact, the current tensions in the South China Sea are totally imposed artificially with an aim of stirring the clean water. It stands for a dangerous tendency constituting a grave threat to the peace and stability of the region and the world as well. Some countries with ulterior motives outside the China South Sea want to muddy the waters in the South China Sea and to destabilize Asia. Some countries try to abuse the UNCLOS as the only standard and deny the principle of territorial sovereignty established under international law, including the UN Charter. They attempt to cover up the fact that they are illegally occupying China’s islands and reefs in the Nansha Islands. Lies have short legs and truth will always come to light. China’s position is clear and firm, as indicated by the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China issued on June 8,2016 regarding settling disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation. The following is the full text:China and the Philippines are neighbors facing each other across the sea, and the two peoples have enjoyed friendship over generations. Before the Philippines’ unilateral initiation of the South China Sea arbitration on 22 January 2013, the overall situation in the South China Sea had remained stable despite certain disputes between China and the Philippines therein. Thanks to China’s efforts, China and the Philippines carried out friendly consultations on, among others, establishing dialogue mechanisms and engaging in practical cooperation and joint development, and have achieved positive outcomes in this regard. However, ever since its initiation of the arbitration, the Philippines has unilaterally closed the door of settling the South China Sea issue with China through negotiation, and has, while turning its back on the bilateral consensus regarding managing differences, taken a series of provocative moves that infringed upon China’s legitimate rights and interests. This has led to dramatic deterioration of China-Philippines relations as well as of peace and stability in the South China Sea. China is firmly opposed to the Philippines’ unilateral actions. China adheres to the solemn position of non-acceptance of and non-participation in the arbitration, and will stay committed to settling the relevant disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation.I. It is the common agreement and commitment of China and the Philippines to settle their relevant disputes in the South China Sea through negotiationChina has all along stood for peacefully settling territorial and maritime delimitation disputes through negotiation with States directly concerned on the basis of respecting historical facts and in accordance with international law. On issues concerning territorial sovereignty and maritime delimitation, China never accepts any recourse to third party settlement, or any means of dispute settlement that is imposed on it. Territorial sovereignty issues are not subject to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). With regard to maritime delimitation disputes, China made, pursuant to Article 298 of UNCLOS, an optional exceptions declaration in 2006, excluding disputes concerning, among others, maritime delimitation from the UNCLOS third party dispute settlement procedures.It is not only the Chinese government’s consistent policy, but also a clear agreement reached between China and the Philippines, to settle their relevant disputes in the South China Sea through negotiation.The 10 August 1995 Joint Statement between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Philippines concerning Consultations on the South China Sea and on Other Areas of Cooperation states that “[d]isputes shall be settled in a peaceful and friendly manner through consultations on the basis of equity and mutual respect”, and that “a gradual and progressive process of cooperation shall be adopted with a view to eventually negotiating a settlement of the bilateral disputes.” Afterwards, China and the Philippines reaffirmed the consensus on settling the South China Sea issue through bilateral negotiation and consultation in a number of bilateral documents, such as the 23 March 1999 Joint Statement of the China-Philippines Experts’ Group Meeting on Confidence-Building Measures and the 16 May 2000 Joint Statement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on the Framework of Bilateral Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century.On 4 November 2002, China and the ten ASEAN Member States signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), in which the Parties concerned solemnly “undertake to resolve their territorial and jurisdictional disputes by peaceful means, without resorting to the threat or use of force, through friendly consultations and negotiations by sovereign States directly concerned, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea”.Afterwards, China and the Philippines reaffirmed this solemn commitment they had made in the DOC in a number of bilateral documents, such as the 3 September 2004 Joint Press Statement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the 1 September 2011 Joint Statement between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Philippines.II. China and the Philippines have never conducted any negotiation on the subject-matters of the arbitration initiated by the PhilippinesAccording to the Philippines, China and the Philippines have engaged in a number of exchanges of views since 1995 on the subject-matters of the arbitration initiated by the Philippines but the disputes have remained unsettled, and the Philippines has good reasons to believe that it is meaningless to continue the negotiations and it therefore has the right to initiate the arbitration. The fact, rather to the contrary, is that the two States have by far never engaged in any negotiation on the subject-matters of the arbitration.China and the Philippines have held multiple rounds of consultations on the proper management of disputes at sea, but have by far had no negotiation designed to settle the relevant disputes in the South China Sea. China has on a number of occasions proposed with the Philippines the establishment of a China-Philippines regular consultation mechanism on maritime issues; however, to date, there has never been any response from the Philippine side. On 1 September 2011, the two countries issued the Joint Statement between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Philippines, reiterating the commitment to settling the disputes in the South China Sea through negotiation. Thereafter, China, for many times, proposed restart of the China-Philippines consultation mechanism for confidence-building measures, but this proposal has once again fallen on deaf ears. It is completely groundless for the Philippines to claim that it is meaningless to continue the negotiations, and that the Philippine side has had to initiate the arbitration.III. The Philippines’ unilateral initiation of arbitration goes against the bilateral agreement on settling the disputes through negotiation and violates the provisions of UNCLOSThe South China Sea arbitration was unilaterally initiated by the Philippines. In doing so, the Philippines has turned its back on the agreement reached and repeatedly reaffirmed by China and the Philippines on settling the relevant disputes in the South China Sea through negotiation and violated its own solemn commitment in the DOC. This is a violation of the principle of Pacta sunt servanda and an abuse of the UNCLOS dispute settlement procedures. It goes against international law, including UNCLOS.First, by unilaterally initiating the arbitration, the Philippines has violated its agreement with China to settle the relevant disputes through bilateral negotiation. In relevant bilateral documents and the DOC, China and the Philippines have agreed to settle through negotiation their disputes in the South China Sea and reaffirmed this agreement many times. The above bilateral documents between China and the Philippines and relevant provisions in the DOC are mutually reinforcing and constitute a binding agreement, by which both sides have chosen to settle the relevant disputes through negotiation. The Philippines’ breach of its own solemn commitment is a deliberate act of bad faith.Second, by unilaterally initiating the arbitration, the Philippines has violated the right, as provided for in UNCLOS, of a State Party to UNCLOS to choose the means of dispute settlement of its own will. Article 280 of Part XV of UNCLOS stipulates that: “Nothing in this Part impairs the right of any States Parties to agree at any time to settle a dispute between them concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention by any peaceful means of their own choice.” Article 281 of UNCLOS provides that: “If the States Parties which are parties to a dispute concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention have agreed to seek settlement of the dispute by a peaceful means of their own choice, the procedures provided for in this Part apply only where no settlement has been reached by recourse to such means and the agreement between the parties does not exclude any further procedure”. Given that China and the Philippines have made an unequivocal choice to settle the relevant disputes through negotiation, and have excluded third party settlement procedures, including arbitration, the third party dispute settlement procedures stipulated by Part XV of UNCLOS is thus non-applicable in this regard.Third, by unilaterally initiating the arbitration, the Philippines has breached Article 283 of UNCLOS regarding the duty of exchange of views. The Philippines deliberately misrepresents certain consultations with China on maritime affairs and cooperation, all of a general nature, as negotiations over the subject-matters of the arbitration, and uses this as an excuse to claim that bilateral negotiations have been exhausted. This is despite the fact that the two States have never engaged in any negotiation on those subject-matters. Such claim made by the Philippines is fundamentally contrary to facts, and must have been made with ulterior motives.IV. China will adhere to the position of settling the relevant disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea through negotiationChina is a major force for upholding peace and stability in the South China Sea. China is a staunch supporter of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. It is committed to upholding and promoting international rule of law and shall always respect and act in accordance with international law. While firmly safeguarding its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea, China adheres to the position of settling disputes through negotiation and consultation and managing differences through relevant rules and mechanisms. China endeavors to achieve win-win outcomes through mutually beneficial cooperation, and is committed to making the South China Sea a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship.On issues concerning territory and maritime delimitation, China does not accept any means of dispute settlement imposed on it; nor does China accept any recourse to third party settlement. The door of China-Philippines bilateral negotiation is always open. China will remain committed to settling through negotiation the relevant disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea on the basis of respecting historical facts and in accordance with international law. China urges the Philippines to immediately cease its wrongful conduct of pushing forward the arbitral proceedings, and return to the right path of settling the relevant disputes in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation with China.Currently more and more African countries have seen the true colors of the arbitration and rendered their support to China. The international community, especially the developing countries, demonstrates their commitment to the international law, through standing on the side of the victim and justice. The truth can not be distorted and justice naturally inhabits man’s heart. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John woman wins award for overcoming hardships

first_imgThe awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver on April 30th.Click on the below attachment to view Slater’s award profile. A local woman is receiving a province-wide award that celebrates overcoming adversity. Fort St. John resident Lori Slater will be heading to Vancouver to receive a Courage to Comeback Award. Slater says she is the first person from Fort St. John to receive the Physical Rehabilitation and Medical Award.She says she got the phone call on Thursday night, saying she was unanimously chosen out of 90 other applicants. [asset|aid=1098|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=62c6196960059b2f2281d8993d3cc624-Slater 1_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Slater was nominated by the Rick Hansen Foundation, which sent a letter detailing her difficult past. Slater was born with Spina Bifida, which affects the spinal cord. It didn’t take full effect until she was in her 30’s. After undergoing many surgeries, Slater was faced with the reality of using a wheelchair to maintain her mobility.She says since then, she wants to help people in similar situations in a way a medical professional cannot. [asset|aid=1099|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=62c6196960059b2f2281d8993d3cc624-Slater 2_1_Pub.mp3]There will be film crews coming to document her life in the area. Slater says she hopes the coverage will bring a positive change to Fort St. John’s accessibility.Advertisementlast_img read more

Take back the night with the FSJ Women’s Resource Society

first_img“Come walk with us and reclaim the streets of Fort St. John for women, men, boy and girls,” the official promotional material reads.Peace Project Coordinator for the FSJ Women’s Resource Society, Ellen Farrow explains how ‘Take Back the Night’ came to be an international movement with decades under its belt.It all began in Europe sometime in the early 70’s; whereas women decided to form a tribunal in an effort to shed light on what Farrow says is “horrendous things happening with violence against women in the world.”- Advertisement -Some of the things protested at the time included degrading pornography, the series of murders against women in L.A. and the enhancement of safety for women on the street.However when it comes to individual communities, just like the Peace, organizers take a look at what’s of particular concern for their specific region, which again Farrow has alluded to be the need for our downtown to become safer during sundown.“We’ve seen a need to really start to take back the night in our community downtown and just to make it a place where you feel good to go with your family; you feel good for your wife to be downtown, your kids to be downtown (and) yourself, especially at nights,” Farrow said.Advertisement Farrow added, “We decided to make this all about Peace Walk for Fort St. John and take back the night for our community,”The 10th Annual ‘Take Back The Night March’ in Fort St. John will commence in front of the North Peace Cultural Centre, located on the corner of 100 Street and 100 Avenue, and will then wrap around 102 Street, around the block of 98 Street and again around 100 Avenue back into the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.“We’re going to walk around quite a few of the local, really central city blocks,” Farrow explained.‘Take Back the Night March’ is being held on October 9, beginning at 8:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Shakava wins Gor Super Cup title in Mashemeji Derby

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia Skipper Harun Shakava receives the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup title from Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jan 28- On the most auspicious of occasions, new captain Harun Shakava announced himself to the Gor Mahia folklore in superb fashion, thumping the only goal of the game as K’Ogalo beat arch rivals AFC Leopards 1-0 to lift the season opening Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Super Cup at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.The six-foot defender showed the K’Ogalo faithful he could lead from the front, sneaking in between Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah and Duncan Otieno to thump in a header past a helpless Gabriel Andika, meeting a well diced George Odhiambo cross from the left six minutes to half time. It was a morale boosting victory for Gor as they prepare for their title defense and an assault at making it into the group stages of continental football, while for AFC Leopards and their boss Robert Matano it was a text-book revision of what to improve with the new season a week away.Gor Mahia’s goal was a result of brilliant team play from K’Ogalo; Godfrey Walusimbi won the ball off an AFC offensive move, picked out Wellington Ochieng who in turn slipped through a pass to Odhiambo who delivered an inviting cross on the first touch.It was a deserved lead for Gor who had been the most enterprising upfront though Ingwe also had some attacking moves.Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn his starting team, Matano had given debuts to left back Moses Mburu, midfielder Collins Okoth who was facing his former employers, Joseph Kuria, Prince Arkoh Baker Lukooya, Jaffery Owiti and Ezekiel Odera.Of all coach Dylan Kerr’s January buys, only midfielder Humphrey Mieno managed to sneak in a starting place with Joash Onyango starting at centre back with Shakava as Gor started life without long serving Musa Mohammed.AFC had the first chances of the game. In the eighth minute, new boy Mburu swung in a long throw from the left but Arkoh glanced it wide. Minutes later, Mburu had an effort with an inswinging freekick from his left foot but it went just wide.But from then, Gor took on AFC by the horns, and Odhiambo had his first effort in the 15th minute when he struck a shot from the left after a lay off from Mieno but it went just over.Gor had shouts for a penalty downed in the 19th minute when Abdallah seemed to bump into Meddie Kagere’s back inside the box, but referee Peter Waweru waved play on.Gor Mahia left back Godfrey Walusimbi attempts to go past AFC Leopards’ Dennis Sikhayi during the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluArkoh had an opportunity to mark his debut with a goal when he was put through by Kuria from the middle of the pack after AFC lost possession but his stinging shot was well collected by Oluoch.Gor’s command of possession finally bore fruit after 35 minutes when Shakava thumped in the header.There wasn’t much activity of attacking proportion in the second half, save for each coach making changes to give all their players some minutes of work out. 0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Migne rues absence of key players in India

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gestures during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on May 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12- Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has rued the absence of key players during the Hero Intercontinental Cup in India where Kenya reached the final but lost 2-0 to the hosts at the Mumbai Arena on Sunday.The national team boss missed all Gor Mahia players and a few AFC Leopards players after their clubs held on to them for the SportPesa Super Cup, meaning the coach had to do with a different squad. “It was difficult at the beginning because without professionals, without the best local players and with only 20 players it was a difficult mission but not an impossible mission,” Migne said after the team jetted back to the country on Monday evening.Stars played four matches, losing two, both to India while they won two, 4-0 against Chinese Taipei and 2-1 against New Zealand.Migne was impressed however with the performance of the team and hopes they can pick the gains moving on especially ahead of September’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi.“When you start a competition, the aim is always to do the best and try to reach the final. We achieved this but it was not easy to recover for the final after playing just two days before. I am happy with the players because we had several who were on their first cap and now I have some answer about them,” the coach added.India and Kenya players walk off the pitch at half time during their Heroes InterContinental Cup at the Mumbai Arena on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Indian Football AssociationLooking back at the final where they lost 2-0 to hosts India courtesy of a brace from skipper Sunil Chhetri, Migne admitted the team might have suffered from stage fright.“We missed some experience at the beginning. We were a little afraid but I was happy with the second half reaction. I think the tournament was okay for us to see the locals and I was surprised with the quality,” the Frenchman further added.Meanwhile, skipper Musa Mohammed noted the tournament gave the local based players an opportunity to impress the coach and noted they gained a lot from it.“It was a great experience and everyone showed what they can do. We failed to come back with the cup which is sad, but we learnt a lot which is positive for us moving forward,” Mohammed noted.Migne will now get down to work with clearly a lot to do before Kenya plays Ghana in September and the tactician is hopeful he will be able to knit in a competitive team.Nonetheless, he is still worried that he hasn’t had an opportunity to play a friendly match with his full squad including the foreign based stars.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘We did our best!’ West Ham boss Allardyce defends players after FA Cup thrashing

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce has back his underfire players after their 4-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup.The Hammers were thrashed by the Baggies at the Hawthorns as Brown Ideye hit a brace, while James Morrison and Saido Berahino added to the away side’s woes.But as the travelling fans vented their fury after a shambolic performance from their heroes, Allardyce claimed his men had done their best despite such a heavy loss.He said: “Fans get disappointed because there’s 6,500 who have travelled up here and we have built the FA Cup to be one of our big successes this year.“When you have travelled this way and the performance has not been as good as they have experienced for most of this season they express their disappointment.“I am going to defend the players because we couldn’t cope with the injury list and fixture list and it has not given us the level we can play at.“I can’t afford to get disappointed in things like that, it’s about me supporting the players. They have given everything they could.“It wasn’t enough but they have done their best. They have given so much in such a short period of time. They were dead on their feet.” West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce 1last_img read more

Nanok hits winner as Posta edge Sofapaka

first_imgAt the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo scored a late penalty to salvage a 2-2 draw for Western Stima away to Kariobangi Sharks.Eric Kapaito and Patrick Otieno had scored as Sharks came from a goal down, but the powermen fought to the end to ensure they got a point on the opening day.-More to follow0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eliud Lokuwam wheels away in celebrating after scoring Posta Rangers’ winner against Sofapaka during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Narok Stadium on August 30, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAROK, Kenya, Aug 30 – Former Gor Mahia forward Eliud Lokuwam struck the winner as Posta Rangers came from a goal down to beat Sofapaka 2-1 in the 2019/20 season opening Kenyan Premier League match at the Narok County Stadium.While it was jubilation for Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo on his return to the club, his opposite number Divaldo Alves wasn’t as lucky as he started his tenure as Sofapaka coach on the losing end.last_img read more

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