Revived rule makes Mbala ineligible next season

first_imgPerkins perfect fit for Fuel Masters Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The return of an eligibility rule that was suspended in the last two seasons could prevent La Salle’s two-time Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala from seeing action in UAAP Season 81 next year. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “The way I understand it is the Seven Years Out of High School will resume next year,” said a league source. “The question is if we put it back, will it be applied retroactively or prospectively.”Mbala’s school records from Southwestern University showed that the 6-foot-8 stalwart graduated high school from Institut Samba in Yaounde, Cameroon, in 2011, which means that next season will be his eighth year out of high school.A reliable source provided the Inquirer with copies of Mbala’s records. The 23-year-old Mbala had earlier said he would still study his options regarding his return for next season, but Ayo had hinted that his star would suit up next season. “He still has one year based on the ground rules of the UAAP,” Ayo said, while also hinting that he will be staying put as La Salle coach. “Ben still has one more year in the UAAP. He’ll be here next year.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Cameroonian who led the Green Archers to the Season 79 crown and a runner-up finish last Sunday might not be eligible to play next season due to the “Seven Years Out of High School” rule, which was not implemented in the last two seasons.While La Salle coach Aldin Ayo expressed confidence that Mbala would play for the Archers in 2018, the UAAP Board’s March 12, 2016, decision might end up spoiling his return.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn that meeting, the UAAP Board ruled that the “Seven Years Out of High School” rule shall be applied after Season 80 unless “such suspension is extended or the rule amended or repealed.”League officials had said the decision to suspend the rule was changed out of necessity as only a few players would be available for college teams in the next few years due to the implementation of the K-12 program. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Raisman said if just one adult had believed Nassar’s accusers and had “the courage and character to act, this tragedy could have been avoided. I and so many others would have never, ever met you. Larry, you should have been locked up a long, long time ago.”Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting girls at his university office, at home and at a Lansing-area gymnastics club, sometimes in the presence of parents, who were shielded from seeing what he was doing. Already sentenced to 60 years in prison on a separate federal child pornography conviction, the 54-year-old man can expect to be behind bars for the rest of his life. Raisman hoped the testimonies of her fellow survivors will never leave him.“All these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve — a life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors,” Raisman said.Nassar, who has often looked down or blankly at victims giving statements, broke down when longtime family friend Trinea Gonczar spoke.“I don’t know who you are now. Maybe I never knew. Maybe none of us did,” she said, as Nassar took off his glasses and wiped away tears.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Earlier Friday, another member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team — known as the “Fierce Five” — said she refused to let Nassar’s abuse ruin her dreams.“Even though I’m a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one,” Jordyn Wieber said. “I’m an Olympian despite being abused. I worked hard and managed to achieve my goal.”Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is running for governor and whose office charged Nassar, said he would provide “a full and complete review, report and recommendation” of Michigan State’s actions over Nassar, but only after the ex-doctor’s victims have had “their day in court.”The university fired Nassar in 2016, as allegations against him stretching back years came to light.“After watching many of these heartbreaking statements and reading accounts about them, we have concluded that only a review by your office can resolve the questions in a way that the victims, their families, and the public will deem satisfactory and that will help all those affected by Nassar’s horrible crimes to heal,” the university’s board said in a letter to Schuette requesting his help. Also Friday, state House Speaker Tom Leonard asked the leaders of two legislative committees to open inquiries into Michigan State, which could lead to budget implications for the university and broader policy changes statewide.The criminal cases against Nassar followed reports last year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches.Many of the accusers have sued Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee.The university board said as information is presented by the attorney general’s office, the board “will act. This can never happen again. …. We continue to believe President Simon is the right leader for the university and she has our support.” Women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned last year after she was suspended for defending Nassar for years. Another university doctor, Brooke Lemmen, resigned.A Title IX probe conducted by the university cleared Nassar of sexual assault allegations in 2014. At least 12 reported assaults occurred after the investigation was concluded, according to a university police report that was provided to the FBI for review by the U.S. attorney.“I have always done my best to lead MSU and I will continue to do so today and tomorrow,” Simon said in a statement. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Former Olympian Aly Raisman confronts Larry Nassar in Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s courtroom during the fourth day of a sentencing hearing for the former sports doctor, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the “powerful army” of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison.More than 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing hearing that began Tuesday, describing with eloquence and sometimes tears the harm Nassar did and the impact he has had on their lives.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Cormier can’t escape Jones ahead of UFC championship defense “You have not taken gymnastics away from me,” Raisman said. “I love this sport, and that love is stronger than the evil that resides in you, in those who enabled you to hurt many people.”Facing pressure over how Michigan State University handled allegations made against Nassar when he was employed there, the school’s board of trustees on Friday asked the state’s attorney general to investigate but stood by university president Lou Ann Simon — who is facing growing calls to resign or to be fired by the board.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Through this terrible situation, the university has been perceived as tone deaf, unresponsive and insensitive to the victims. We understand the public’s faith has been shaken. The board has listened and heard the victims,” chairman Brian Breslin said after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than four hours. Trustees declined to answer reporters’ questions.Nassar also was a team doctor at the Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

New Project To Teach Kids At Home Launched

first_imgSeveral weeks ago, while tutoring her kids at home, Brenda Brewer Moore encountered a raging thought: How are other parents keeping their kids busy and engaged during the compulsory closure of schools, as a result of the Ebola Crisis? Following that thought, she visited many kids in her community and observed that many were simply sitting around idle, playing or loitering with the clear sign that they had nothing better to do.“Then the thought hit me,” says Brenda. “Why not print a few worksheets that you could share with them to keep them busy?”Thereafter, the idea for Project Kids Engagement (PKE) was born.According to her, the idea is to provide weekly school exercises to the kids in her community and create awareness for parents to make time daily to tutor their kids.  She is encouraging parents to not allow the indefinite closure of schools due to the Ebola outbreak to keep their kids behind in their quest to learn.“The target was 150 kids initially,” she recalls, “but after I did the first distribution on September 14, I quickly realized there are a lot more kids in my immediate neighborhood than I estimated. So I took the number to 200. They were really happy and excited and their parents were receptive to the initiative and promised to work with their kids to do the exercises.”For now, PKE targets kids from nursery through 3rd grade. That is not to necessarily exclude pupils above that level, Brenda says, but it’s a matter of support to provide enough learning materials. An initial start-up kit for a child in K1 or K2 includes a box of crayon, 2 pencils, a sharpener, an eraser and one exercise book. Other needs include, one Disney character coloring book, a SO-GO-LO book, an ABC tracing book as well as one ABC coloring book and an assorted math worksheet (counting, number sequence,) etc.Meanwhile, she continues to encourage parents to make time during the day to teach their kids and check up on their progress and efforts.Since the Government of Liberia announced the closure of schools due to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, she has been teaching her own kids at home, using her own resources to purchase some of the basics for teaching.  However, realizing that others in her community might not have the resources or ideas to keep their kids academically engaged during this national health crisis, she has seized the opportunity to reach out. A resident of the Baptist Seminary/Gbengbar Town area, Brenda hopes that the idea will be replicated in other communities to help keep the kids to become busy while schools are closed due to the Ebola outbreak.  She believes others could complement her efforts by introducing a similar idea of tutoring the kids or keeping them busy by engaging them during the compulsory school closure.Brenda has a burning passion for positive change for all levels of the society. She is a mother of two kids and loves gardening, baking, writing and reading when she can find the time. It is based on her passion she embarked on this project. Her idea is based on the philosophy of André Gide, which says, “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” Gide was a a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947.As is often the case with such community-inspired projects, Project Kids Engagement also needs support if it should expand, and be replicated in other communities across the country.  As such, Brenda Moore is soliciting assistance either in cash or kind, which could help her promote the idea/project using various means of contribution.Brenda Moore can be reached on 0886510731 or via email: moore.brenda@gmail.com. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We Are Liberians

first_imgIn many respects, for Liberia, the 9th of May will be memorable – a date to be forever etched in history. Liberians will complete our 42nd day of living with no new confirmed transmission of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, an outbreak whose toll included 4,000 of our compatriots, rendered over three thousand children orphans, collapsed our recovering health sector, and crippled the economy.Aptly referred to as the “greatest threat to public health that this generation has faced”, Ebola presented us with a little more than a “threat to public health”. The disease robbed us of our way of life. We who are afforded divine blessings by caring for our elderly – we who cherish the opportunity to spend the last of our days surrounded by family and loved ones; we who pride ourselves and believe our duties to each other extend to burying our dearly departed through traditional rituals and religious practices of care by which we console ourselves that our loved ones are journeying to a better place – we were often limited to watching and restricted from touching, as our forefathers taught us to do.Some have found it hard to bring proper closures to the deaths of fathers and mothers as well as brothers and sisters because for many, the last time we saw our sick or dying relatives, they were being taken in ambulances with blaring sirens to ETUs, and as the bodies piled up, posing additional risks to all others especially ourselves, they were disposed of by cremation – not buried as we always have. Indeed, Ebola changed our way of life.And we will never forget – we must never forget.Under these dark clouds, understandably, it is hard to fathom a silver lining. But just as Ebola has altered our lives, it has afforded the opportunity for a new beginning – a beginning that counters historical myths. One such myth which has haunted the body politic is that Liberians cannot come together. Some have stretched this to repeatedly suggest that we cannot even be sustainably enjoined in cooperatives or in doing business – that Liberian partnerships are unsustainable.The truth is that since our fabled Declaration of Independence, we have been suspicious of each other. It is still safe to say the Declaration meant little, if anything at all, for many who were increasingly suspicious of the intentions of the declared State. Some historians have suggested that we were a country struggling, over several generations, to become a nation – that although we possess a beautiful and blessed country, we were too divided along superficial lines of tribe, religion, gender, and even age, to be as committed as we should be, to a common purpose of building a nation in which all would thrive, if they try, and in which all would share equally in opportunity.Perhaps this gnawing sense of inequality in citizenship accounted for the fact that parts of the country were comparatively more developed than others. What is more, overtime, we have fashioned our politics not necessarily on the competition of ideas about how we can improve our society for the collective benefits of all of our people but on the narrower interests of tribes in which we not only harness our identities but into which we feel compelled to retreat to either compensate for our lack of ideas or simply for political cover.Dangerous as it was, perhaps Ebola has given us a new way. As its death stings stalked our communities all across the country, we came together in ways that we have not done before. Perhaps collectively threatened as we came to be, we realized that Christians and Muslims can come together – that we can work together; that we can look beyond even the long-held practices of our faith and appreciate the important values of our beings. We saw that the old and the young – that males and females can work together each bringing the innate values of their intrinsic beings and talents to bear in resolving a problem with which all were confronted.And we saw communities shed their suspicions and fears. We saw communities stand up with their government, and fight back, often with nothing more than just the will to not die. Our communities, ordinary and regular folks alike, big and small, rich and poor, together, owned the problem and became the solutions.And so today, here we proudly stand, just four days away from conquering a predatory disease whose unprecedented outbreak, including in our most populous urban areas, would have brought many nations of our world to their knees. Here we proudly stand, once again inspiring the world into the belief that Ebola can be overcome – that it can be stopped at its source before it infects the rest of our human family.Of course we have lived through our historical myths. But we have also recently experienced the empowering spirit of coming together – of standing together; of being more than just the geography that is a country. We have seen the force of a nation – the collective will of a people to overcome, and to survive. We have seen that each of us owes a duty to the other. We have seen that each of us can play a role wherever we are and whatever our station.This is nation building – becoming increasingly aware of our differences but looking beyond, and working through our differences, for the common good of all others. We are more than a country – the geography of land blessed with rivers and lakes and monsoon. We are people. We are Liberians – a special people blessed with the gift of resilience – the collective power to “meet the foe with valor unpretending”.So, this, truly, is who we are. This is our DNA which is laden with a resilient character. We no longer have to accept that we cannot come together – that we cannot work together; that each of us can necessarily succeed without and at the expense of the other. Over this trying period, we bear proud witnesses that we can rise together. Or, sadly, we will all fall together.Let us own this character that is ours. Let us walk with this character. Let us talk with this character. Let us attend to our challenges with this character. And let us rebuild our country with this character.On May 9, therefore, as we are declared Ebola-free, let us also celebrate our rebirth. Let us lay just claims to the national creed of dutifully applying our “hearts and hands” to defend the causes of our country. And let us always strive to afford it the true meaning it deserves. For, if nothing else, this is why we live. And this is why beyond our religion, gender, tribe and age – beyond our political aspirations – we are Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GCAA exploring avenues to increase revenue

first_imgHead of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Egbert Field said the Authority is currently exploring avenues to increase its revenue which has been ‘stabilised’ in the last two years.In a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Director General explained that the GCAA is financed and managed through fees collected from aircraft that pass through its airspace.Director General, GCAA, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Egbert Field“It was reported to me that, over the past year or two the revenue stream has stabilised if not taking a slight dip. This is mainly due to the quantity of aircraft passing over. Before where you would have 10 aircraft passing, now have eight…because the airlines are using larger aircraft to fly through, to get passengers from one point to another,” Field explained.Against this backdrop, the Authority will consider revising its fee structure or look at future measures to boost its revenue, while at the same time fulfilling its mandate. Field related that this year the GCAA is forging ahead with its capacity building programme and working to increase its level of compliance. This, he noted, will significantly cost the agency; hence, it is critical for the agency to earn more revenue.“It is vital that we maintain our training programme and that we move towards full compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). But it’s a balancing act; you don’t want to cut too much that you even cut your efficiency. So, we’re looking for ways that will benefit us and Guyanese in the long run,” Field explained.Other major plans the authority has in its pipeline for 2018 include constructing its new headquarters in Providence, East Bank Demerara; operationalising the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems, and achieving a 33 per cent paperless electronic filing and digital collection during inspections.last_img read more

GECOM must get serious with election preparations – Jagdeo

first_imgMandatory Article 106 90-day due elections…says Chief Justice ruling “removed any excuse for procrastination”…election’s body still dragging feet on issue…GECOM says Commission has to review Chief Justice’s rulingOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has indicated that should the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) continue to delay its election preparations, seeking legal remedies to compel such preparations are a possibility.The People’s progressive Party General Secretary was at the time addressing a press conference at Freedom House, Georgetown. According to Jagdeo, Thursday’s ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George has removed any excuse for procrastination.“We believe GECOM could be ready in the timeframe by March 19. Because if they have to have 50 days for Nomination Day and two weeks to notify the parties, they still have 50 days remaining.”“And simultaneously, they can proceed with the procurement of material and all the other logistics, including training on an accelerated basis. We see this whole issue of house-to-house registration, which will take six months to a year, as a red herring.”Jagdeo also had harsh words for GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson. Jagdeo noted that Patterson, as a former Judge, should be more cognisant of what is required of the constitutional agency.“GECOM should respect the law. GECOM is headed by someone who is a former Judge. He should know by now that he is putting at risk, particularly in light of the ruling, that he is putting the entire country at risk by his refusal to put this matter on the agenda and engage with it seriously.”“Given this ruling, the Judiciary has spoken, if they were concerned before that only the Legislature had confirmed the passage of the NCM. That all changed (Thursday) yesterday. They no longer have that excuse.”Jagdeo emphasised that for the national good, GECOM should get serious about election preparations. And he laid out what the party is prepared to do to ensure that the Commission gets moving.“We intend to look at GECOM. We’re probably going to pursue protest action against GECOM if it does not (act) and against the Government. We’re exploring whether we can go to the courts to direct GECOM to fulfil its constitutional duties and not to take directions from the Government, which wants to hang on to power at all costs.”On Thursday, the Chief Justice ruled that the December 21, 2018, No- confidence Motion was validly passed against the Government. Justice George also denied the Government’s application for a stay of judgement, noting that the Constitution is clear.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”So far, GECOM’s level of preparedness for elections is still unclear and meetings to ascertain this have gone nowhere. Asked if he would consider sending in Chief Whip Gail Teixeira once again, Jagdeo noted that GECOM must fulfil its duty and the time for that has past.Dragging feetWhen contacted, GECOM Public Relations Officer Yolanda Warde noted that issues relative to election preparation and the Chief Justice’s ruling have to be discussed at the level of the Commission when the next statutory meeting is held, provided it is put on the agenda.GECOM successfully ran the Local Government Elections in November 2018, less than three months ago. The President of Guyana, according to the Constitution, has to dissolve Parliament and issue a date for elections.last_img read more

Police attend incident on 93rd Avenue

first_imgPhoto: The green mustang was pulled over on Wednesday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca Photo: Cops search the grounds along 93rd Avenue on Wednesday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca*UPDATE: For an update on this story, Click Here.  Fort St. John RCMP officers were seen taking a male into custody on Wednesday afternoon.- Advertisement -At around 4:50 p.m., more than five police cars were stopped along 93rd Avenue in the city. A green mustang was also pulled over.Police were seen collecting evidence along the road.It’s unclear at this time what caused the incident.More information will be posted if it becomes availableAdvertisementlast_img read more

‘Honest’ Conte says title still a pipe dream

first_imgHe was happy with the way his players responded in Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town, but cautioned they are still 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, who play their game in hand at Swansea City on Wednesday.“I think that when you tell the truth, it’s the truth,” Conte told reporters at the John Smith’s Stadium.“We have 11 points less than Manchester City. Man City won 15 and drew one. In 17 games, we lost four.“When you have a competitor like Manchester City who are winning every game, it’s very difficult to think you can fight for the title.”Conte rubbished suggestions his stance was unduly negative after a win secured by goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said he would rather “tell the truth than a good lie” about his side’s prospects © AFP / Oli SCARFF“People say talk negative or positive. It’s bullshit. It’s about being realistic,” said the Italian.“I want to always tell the truth. I would rather tell the truth than a good lie.“I can be too honest, but I like to speak very honestly with my players and fans. It doesn’t mean we don’t want to try to catch them.“We have a big leap to make and we need to win every game in this league. This league is very difficult. You have to give 120 per cent of yourself in every game or risk dropping points.“There are six teams to fight for the title and the Champions League. We have to look at ourselves to try to improve. Tonight, I enjoyed my players’ performance.”– Bakayoko’s best yet –Bakayoko atoned for a poor performance at West Ham by scoring the opening goal with a dinked finish before Willian added a second with a header and Pedro blasted in a third.Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner blamed sloppy defending for the first two goals that his team conceded to Chelsea in a 3-1 defeat © AFP / Oli SCARFFFrance midfielder Bakayoko has struggled for form since his £40 million ($53.3 million, 45.4 million euros) move from Monaco in July, but Conte said this was his best performance in a Chelsea shirt.“Bakayoko played a really good game tonight and I’m really happy for him,” Conte said.“He’s 22 years old and I think he’s adapting to English football. Tonight, I saw the best performance from Baka and I started to see what I want. To find the right pass, to change side, to be solid, to be focused for the whole game.“I’m very pleased for him. This performance improved his confidence. I’m not worried about Baka.“He’s starting to realise he is in a big club. He showed me he has the right desire to improve himself and try to be better.”Huddersfield head coach David Wagner blamed sloppy defending for the first two goals that his team conceded.However, he was pleased that his players continued to compete after going 3-0 down early in the second half, earning reward through Laurent Depoitre’s headed consolation goal in stoppage time.“Chelsea were good, there’s no doubt about that,” Wagner said.“The bigger problem is that we haven’t over-performed. We didn’t underperform. We were at an average level.“In the first half, our defence shape was good, we wanted to frustrate them. Unfortunately we conceded a sloppy goal where our concentration wasn’t good enough. Our concentration wasn’t good enough for the second goal too.“We had to be at our best for every single second and in these two instances this wasn’t the case.“But the players showed good character. They deserved the goal they scored at the end.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko atoned for a poor performance at West Ham by scoring the opening goal in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFHUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom, Dec 13 – Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says he would rather be honest than pretend he believes his team are realistic contenders for the Premier League title.Conte claimed after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham United that his side’s defence of their title was effectively over.last_img read more

Cannavaro in the dark as Guangzhou owner vows shake-up

first_img0Shares0000Under pressure: Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro © AFPSHANGHAI, China, May 21 – Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande are set for swingeing changes and are likely to raid Europe for new signings as a sense of crisis envelops Fabio Cannavaro’s dejected side.Guangzhou have dominated the Chinese Super League (CSL) for nearly a decade, lifting seven consecutive titles and twice winning the AFC Champions League. But under the Italian World Cup winner Cannavaro they have failed to win in six games, tumbling out of the Champions League and Chinese FA Cup, and are in danger of surrendering their CSL crown.They are fifth in the league following a 2-0 defeat on Sunday at promoted Beijing Renhe and immediately afterwards owner Xu Jiayin signalled that his patience had run out.Guangzhou Daily and Xinhua news agency cited Xu as saying that they would “adjust” the club’s foreign stars and warned that older domestic players were also in danger in the cull.Cannavaro, the Italian World Cup winner who took over as coach from the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari in the close season, is not thought to be imminently facing the sack, local media said.But the 44-year-old said he had not been told of the drastic transfer plans announced by Xu.“But if the chairman decides to do it, we will definitely do it,” Guangzhou Daily quoted Cannavaro as saying after the Beijing defeat.“I thought it was going to be difficult at the beginning of the season, but I didn’t think it would be this hard.”Brazilian winger Alan, attacker Ricardo Goulart and Serbian midfielder Nemanja Gudelj are the overseas trio currently favoured by Cannavaro.Chinese clubs are restricted to three foreign players per match under Chinese Football Association (CFA) rules.Guangzhou Daily said that Goulart or Gudelj are most likely to be axed and the club are looking at midfielders in Europe.Guangzhou say that they are still committed to having an all-Chinese team eventually, in line with a government push to improve the fortunes of the perennially disappointing national side.The CSL, with just over a third of the season gone, is now on hold for the World Cup and will resume on July 17.The summer transfer window opens on June 18 in China.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gor begin hunt for title number 19 in Kisumu

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrating with the KPL trophy after winning the 2018/19 season. Photo/SPORTPESA NEWSNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 30 – Gor Mahia have been simply unplayable for the last six Kenyan Premier League seasons, winning the title in each of the years from 2013 apart from 2016 when they lost it to Tusker after being docked points due to crowd trouble.The record Kenyan champions start the journey for title number 20 on Saturday afternoon at their traditional home turf in Kisumu and all eyes will be on whether K’Ogalo will be able to dominate the league once again or a new force will come to knock them off their feet. -New coach, new captainGor have once again turned to English magic to keep their hunt alive with the appointment of Steven Polack who took charge after the exit of former boss Hassan Oktay after just one season.Polack is unbeaten so far having led Gor to victory over Burundi’s Aigle Noir in the Champions League and won the first trophy after hitting Bandari 1-0 to win the season opening KPL Super Cup.New Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack is unveiled by club chairman Ambrose Rachier on August 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe former Asante Kotoko man is said to be a strict disciplinarian and his decision to make do without striker Dennis Oliech who has not yet reported to training went a mile to show he doesn’t condone cheap indiscipline.The club will also be led by a new man in the field, Kenneth Muguna having been appointed captain after the exit of Harun Shakava.Not the loudest on the pitch and obviously not the most combative, Muguna lets his football do the talking on the pitch and so far he has been sensational. His leadership qualities have however come into question due to his soft spoken nature, but this is a role he says he is ready to grow in.-Exit of players, entry of new menGor lost three key players from the just concluded campaign. Skipper Shakava left for Zambian side Nkana, striker Jacques Tuyisenge joined Angola’s Petro Atletico while midfielder Francis Kahata crossed the border to join Tanzanian outfit Simba SC.Gor Mahia players Francis Mustafa, Jacques Tuyisenge and Karim Nizigiyimana celebrate with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe three were lock and key to Gor’s success last term, each playing a crucial role in their campaign with Kahata being named midfielder of the year.While most fear that the exit of the three men would prove detrimental to Gor’s campaign, the players they have brought on board look set to ensure the team remains a force to reckon with.One standout figure so far is former Sony Sugar midfielder Tobias Otieno who has been pulling the strings in the middle of the pack and his combative, hard working nature added on to some good passing range give the club some sense of calm.His ability to sweep all through midfield has given Muguna some freedom to operate and it is no wonder he has started the season well. Add this to the notable improvement of Lawrence Juma and Gor will be smiling.The team has also improved the goalkeeping department with the arrival of Tanzanian David Mapigano from Singida United and the shot stopper looks all set to be the number one choice this term having started in all the competitive games.Mapigano has only conceded once in the three games and behind him, he has some serious competition with former Kenyan international Boniface Oluoch and Fredrick Odhiambo breathing on his neck.It is only in attack that they seem not to have landed a replacement for Tuyisenge. Ivorian Gislein Yikpe is yet to start a competitive match due to injury while Ghanaian Francis Afriyie was far from convincing when he played against Bandari.-Season opener against TuskerGor Mahia forward Samuel Onyango attempts to go past Tusker FC’s Hillary Wandera and Clyde Senaji during their Kenyan Premier League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timtohy OlobuluThe reigning champions have a tough task in their opening game in Kisumu against the brewers. It will be a homecoming for the Kenyan Premier League Most valuable Player Joash Onyango and their skipper Muguna, but this will be far from a party in the lakeside.Tusker have quietly assembled a strong team and with two former Gor players in George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Humphrey Mieno in their ranks, Robert Matano and his alemen will be out to spoil the party and begin their own charge to the league crown.The bookmakers hugely favor Gor to pick victory in Kisumu as in 23 meetings between the two, they have lost only five, winning 10 and drawing eight. Their last loss against the brewers was last October when they went down 1-0.0Shares0000(Visited 76 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more