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Aguirre: “We all support Cholo, Atleti owes everything”

first_imgHow is the squad after the Getafe hit?Better, much better. It was not an easy victory in the Cup, but the team’s spirit always finds the balm in the victories. We do not disparage any rival. We are happy with the reaction of the team. There are no injured except Siovas, who is almost ready. That gives you peace of mind. We are recovered. It is not worth giving excuses or lamenting. Here you lose against Getafe, and that’s it. You have a bad time that night. Immediately turn the page. If anyone got caught, I’ll go for him, as I did with one. He reacted well, period. We are looking forward to tomorrow.Are you afraid of the club and you with the possible departure of Braithwaite?What if the club is quiet? The club or me? Ask them (laughs). I don’t care about anything after the other day … until 31 I will work with whatever I have. If something goes or comes, welcome … or well gone. In practice I train with what I have up to date. And I’m happy, really. That this is over. When it’s over, we’ll see who we are and where we are going.Are you seeing the light come to the signings?Well, I don’t know … I said that if one striker left, let another one come. If two leave, let two come. But neither more. Untill there. I am not in everyday life seeing what happens. That office job does not apply to me. I already stated it. When I made it public, I made it private I never like to send messages through you. But you knew it before me … you have good names …Can you reassure the fans by reassuring them about the signings?No, I cannot guarantee anything. Yes I can guarantee what we have done in these eight games except in one: a recognizable, competitive, serious team, with its limitations but that shows its face. Except for 30 minutes, against Getafe, in the rest we have competed. Although we have lost. I can guarantee that. That people can recognize the Leganés: aguerrido and delivered. Who knows how to defend and attack. We are just building a team in three months. It is the most I can offer people. The other is not for me to offer or promise anything.But have you talked to Braithwaite to stay?No, no … what they asked me is the first news I have. Maybe the one who asked me knows a lot … He gave this other bastard names, doesn’t he? (Laughs)You who have been in Atlético, could the Cholo message have been exhausted?I would be the last mortal capable of saying something bad about Simeone. I admire and respect him deeply. I was in that house for three years and I know the difficulties involved, like another club. He was able to generate everything. And when I say everything, I say everything: players, quarry, titles, money, put the Atleti back where it deserved … we are talking about someone who, with Aragonese, family and Cerezo, who should most appreciate Atlético fans. I would be unable to make a negative judgment. Zero.Make a first reaction of the Cup and the crossing with Barça …I tried not to talk about it and yesterday nobody commented on it. Yesterday a colleague sent me a message and asked me for an opinion. It makes no sense at the moment to talk about something that goes in the second instance. First there is Atlético, which is A. And then B, which is Barcelona. We will see later how we organize ourselves. At the moment we are 100% focused on Atlético. If we put 99%, that 1% that we leave will be invoiced, safe, secure. It is an Atlético team that deserves our respect since we finished against Ebro. Javier Aguirre is an outgoing guy. Never lies. In his way of being and acting there is no trap or cardboard. So sincere, he is able to delay the start of a press conference because he thinks he has lost the wedding ring by removing his gloves and laughing at himself when he discovers he is still wearing it. Genius and figure. That is why his response to the crisis of Atlético de Madrid and the doubts generated by Cholo are matters of a pure heart. They leave his soul. Thus, sincere and direct, he launched himself to protect the figure of Simeone in the previous visit of the Leganés (his Leganés) to the Metropolitan Wanda.“We all support Cholo. We owe it all, from the titles, to the quarry, to the money… I will be the last mortal to criticize it, ”he said in an almost corporate tone while haggling doubts about a transfer market that has punished the pickles with five casualties ( that of En Nesyri, the most important) and no reinforcement (for now). “I can not guarantee (signings come), only that this Leganés will be a recognizable and aguerrido team”What casualties do you have against Atlético?We have Rubén Pérez, by sanction, and Siovas, who is on time. Probably after Atlético will join to play the Cup. There is no more.Complicated match and need to score.We have a great need since I came here, five games ago. We have scored in five games and have failed in three. We have to continue in that line of seriousness. To understand that we are a team that if we are not together, that if we do not run and fight all, if we do not play well with the ball, we suffer. If we don’t do our job in both areas, we suffer. We are vulnerable And all that against Atlético …Atlético is a team that is fighting for the League, for the Champions League … it will make it difficult for us. In his field he is a very solid team. Outside too, but especially in his field. Few points are left there. We expect a complicated opponent as well.It will be his first presence in Wanda after his athletic past.It is emotional for me to play against Atlético. I already did it with Zaragoza and Espanyol, but going to this stadium, which once presented us with the model, with that of the sports city, when we were there … it will be exciting, obviously. From there, it is a match like any other. You have to think about adding, winning. Being in the league, stuck.Will the Atlético crisis affect Leganés for good?Atlético, as Cholo said, will not change a defeat in the Cup, as it did not change a success in Champions or a title … they have very clear ideas. The master is very clear about his philosophy. I do not think that the elimination in the Cup affects you at all. It can happen to all of us. It has happened to all of us. Miguel Ángel Gil has already left to support Cholo. We all support him, for what he has done for that club, obviously. He doesn’t deserve even the questioning. I expect the best version of Atlético.How to prepare this match? He has barely had time after the Cup.It is true. We returned late from Zaragoza, we had recovery work yesterday, but the preparation of the game was reduced to today. But as we know each other more, things go faster. Everything knows its role and what to do. It is a mechanism that is won over time. Coaches with two-three-four years in a team, make them based on their philosophy, even choosing, you make filters with the players. People like Bordalás, Moreno, Sergio, Arrasate, El Cholo … and their teams play by heart. It is true that there were many changes in Atlético, but it maintains a distance line. They don’t get out of it. Whoever comes, are still there. It will be a competitive match.last_img read more

‘Tired’ Dandan on another Kia loss: ‘We have to suck it up, move forward’

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Catalan looking for blazing start in 2018 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I don’t know what happened. I can’t explain it I have to review tape, watch the third quarter and see what happened, but from my recollection we played according to plan in the first two quarters only to play, suddenly, differently in the third,” said Dandan.It was a tale of two halves for Kia, which got outscored 77-28 in the last two quarters, before getting blown out, 124-77.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 folkDandan made his head coaching debut after replacing Chris Gavina, who stepped down just before the new year, but it seems that the job has already taken its toll.“I feel that I have been coaching here forever. It’s tiring. I feel very tired. I tried to encourage our guys to make a comeback, tried to use the lineup, obviously, to no avail. But we have to move on, shrug this off and prepare for Alaska on Sunday,” Dandan said. “One should not rely on external motivation. You’re situation playing in the PBA is motivation enough. What you do here is putting the food on the table for your family, that is motivation enough. if you cannot motivate yourself, nobody else can motivate you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments The Picanto dropped to 0-3 this conference and suffered their 15th consecutive loss dating back to last season and to make matters worse, they’ve lost a combined 70 points in their last two games and the 47-point margin equaled the franchise’s worst loss.“We just have to move forward and get better. There will be a lot of adjustments of course but we have to make do, we need to maximize the roster that we have, regardless of who we play and regardless of the situation,” he said.“I’ll say it again, we just have to suck it up and move forward and try to find way to make the score closer to give us a chance in the end.”Kia has a lot of concerns to address but Dandan said motivation shouldn’t be one.“When you’re in the PBA especially with a team like Kia, the situation is self-motivating enough and I believe that if you’re a coach or even a player and you can’t motivate yourself, nobody else can motivate you so I believe firmly on that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ricky Dandan. PBA IMAGESEven new Kia coach Ricky Dandan couldn’t exactly tell how the Picanto quickly lost control of their game against the Magnolia Hotshots on Wednesday.Kia led 49-47 at the end of the first half but it was all Magnolia after as the Hotshots, led by Paul Lee, left the Picanto in the dust thanks to a blistering 34-11 run.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Rockets start fast, turn back Clippers for 14th straight

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Houston Rockets guard James Harden celebrates after hitting a 3-point shot during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — James Harden scored 17 of his 25 points in Houston’s dominant first quarter, and the Rockets rolled past the Los Angeles Clippers 105-92 on Wednesday night for their 14th consecutive victory.The Rockets (48-13) matched their longest winning streak of the season and remained a half-game ahead of Golden State for the NBA’s best record.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Clippers shot 22.7 percent (5 of 22) for the period and trailed 34-12 at the end of the quarter.The Clippers overcame a 19-point deficit to win in Denver on Tuesday, but never got closer than eight against the Rockets.TIP-INSRockets: Gordon returned after missing four games, one to a sore knee and the last three due to an illness. . Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, on any spillover of hard feelings from the chippy Jan. 15 meeting with the Clippers, when several Rockets tried to enter the Clippers’ locker room from a back corridor that resulted in two-game suspensions for Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green: “That doesn’t play any part in it. They’re all grown men. They know better.”Clippers: Coach Doc Rivers made light of the previous meeting, saying: “We’ve kind of barricaded all the secret passageways. . We’re going to build a wall. And I’m not paying for it, Houston is going to pay for it.” . F Danilo Gallinari missed his third consecutive game with a bruised right hand. . G C.J. Williams was called up from the G-League. He last played with the Clippers on Jan. 10. Tyrone Wallace went back down.ADVERTISEMENT Clint Capela and Eric Gordon each scored 22 points for the Rockets, who made 13 3-pointers.Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 24 points, with Montrezl Harrell added 22. Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic each scored 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Clippers played the previous night in Denver and looked it.They missed 16 of their first 19 shots, had 11 turnovers and trailed by as many as 27 points in the first quarter. Harden faked Wesley Johnson so badly on one move that Johnson fell to the floor. Harden stared at him as Johnson got back up, then sunk a 3-pointer for a 31-7 lead. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UP NEXTRockets: Return home on Saturday to play Boston.Clippers: Remain at home to meet New York on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer In lieu of White House visit, Warriors take kids to museumlast_img read more

Magnolia nears PH Cup Finals, beats NLEX in Game 5

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Mark Barroca led a balanced attack for Magnolia with 18 points, seven rebounds, two assists while Ramos went a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 markers and nine boards.Paul Lee also got 15 points, four assists, and three rebounds, while Ian Sangalang had an efficient night anew with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists as he helped his team push its lead to as high as 18, 84-66, late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMagnolia goes for the kill on Tuesday in Game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But if there’s something coach Chito Victolero knows after last season’s semifinal failures, it’s that going on the hill isn’t a guarantee. MAGNOLIA 87 — Barroca 18, Lee 15, Ramos 15, Sangalang 12, Simon 7, Dela Rosa 6, Pascual 4, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Gamalinda 2, Jalalon 2, Herndon 0, Mendoza 0.NLEX 78 — Ravena 21, Mallari 13, Soyud 11, Fonacier 9, Miranda 8, Quiñahan 8, Rios 3, Taulava 2, Tiongson 2, Baguio 1, Alas 0.Quarters: 20-20, 37-36, 59-58, 87-78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Magnolia moved a win away from a much-awaited trip to the Finals, turning back NLEX, 87-78, in Game 5 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Sunday at Ynares Center here.Learning their lessons from their lackluster showing in Game 4, the Hotshots staged a decisive 16-4 run to open the fourth quarter, turning a slim 59-58 edge to a 75-62 avantage capped off by an Aldrech Ramos three-point play with 5:59 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “We have to win four games. I don’t need to remind that to the players,” he said. “We’ve been in this position before and we want to take it to the next level.”The Hotshots are on a four-year Finals drought. The last time they made the championship round was when they completed a Grand Slam in the 2014 Governors’ Cup.Kiefer Ravena paced NLEX with 21 points and five assists as he did much of the heavy lifting without Kevin Alas, who injured his right knee 40 seconds into the game.Alex Mallari added 11 markers and nine boards in the Road Warriors defeat.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Alas leaves Game 5 with knee injury Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 View commentslast_img read more

Who Is an Educated Person?

first_imgThe focus of this second article of the series on the indispensable role of education in national recovery and development is on the question, “What is education?” Or, “Who is an educated person?” The question of who is an educated person is an important one because there are all kinds of ideas as to what education is and who is an educated person. Therefore this article will seek to answer, as succinctly as possible the question, “Who is an educated person?” The introductory article on national independence and the role of education in it observed the following key points:What is independence? The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines independence  as “freedom from political control by other countries,” This definition is about political freedom or national independence whereby a country declares itself independent of other countries or freed from political control by other countries. It is achieved when a country or a group of people can manage their own affairs (political, economic and social) without interference from others. That is what Liberian gained in 1847.Since Liberia declared herself independent in 1847, she has been slow in actualizing the dreams and aspirations of her founding fathers, to be the beckon of light to the then “dark” continent of Africa by converting the African peoples to the Christian faith. She has neither done much evangelism nor has she led the way for socio-economic advancement for other African countries to follow; rather she been lacking behind in these areas though she contributed immensely towards the political emancipation of other African countries.The civil war (1989-2003) exacerbated the slow progress to human resource, economic, social and infrastructural development of Liberia. In fact she lost much of the already little and slow progress made.One of the said things that have happened to our educational system as a society is the invasion of corruption. Over decades corruption has come in, grown and taken deep roots and will take concerted efforts and years to defeat and marginalize it. All Liberian sectors are to blame to a lesser or greater degree for this national failure.The well known visionary and innovative scholar, Nicholas Negroponte has noted: “No matter what global problem you are dreading… the solutions will always include education, never is it without an education component and sometimes cannot be done without education.”The question “who is an educated person” implies the purpose of education. The word education has all sorts of meanings and connotations. Its origin, educare, means to lead out. Education occurs when, knowledge, skills and habits are formed, through teaching, training and research, usually transferred from one person or generation to another. It always involves both teaching and learning. Another definition of education is any experience that has a formative influence on a person is a form of education.Education can be formal. Formal education is usually well structured and involves learning lots of theories and formulae. It can be informal like the poro or sandi societies or apprenticeship by observing and doing (practical).Whatever form it takes the overall purpose or objective of education is to cultivate competence, efficiency, and to build character.Martin Luther King, Jr. sees the purpose of education as two-fold: (1) utility—to make people useful and to be able to contribute to the wellbeing of society; and (2) character—to instill lasting values in people. Lasting values include putting God first, integrity (honesty, fairness to self and others), hard work, sharing the good things of life (God’s blessings) with others, and respecting the feelings, opinions and rights of others. Competence and efficiency without character or morals could be dangerous. A trained mind without morals could be the worst criminal! That person could use his/her well developed mind for dishonorable purposes! For example, some of the IT gurus are Cyber criminals (rogues)! Education is not learning everything but learning how to learn. So a sound education aims at competence, efficiency, creativity, initiative, and possessing lasting values of a divine-influenced and directed life, and seeking the welfare of others and society in general. A well educated person is one who is equipped to live a better life and to help others live better lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

North Peace Savings and Credit Union to expand into North Coast

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Months after announcing their expansion into the South Peace with a new location in Dawson Creek, North Peace Savings and Credit Union has announced their plans for expansion into the North Coast.Soon, members from Terrace, Kitimat, and Prince Rupert will have access to the credit union.Spokesperson Heather Desarmia says the credit union has started advertising in Terrace this week, and will begin the first phase with a local business manager before setting up shop with a full physical location.- Advertisement -According to a press release, the choice was made because the North Coast’s demographic aligns itself with NPSCU’s vision to help small and medium sized enterprises, as well as residents in the communities they serve.“Our business solutions team paired with our B.Smart business account will provide additional value to businesses on the North Coast, meeting the unmet financial needs of small and medium sized enterprises in that region,” says CEO Mitchel Chilcott.The NPSCU also previously expanded to the Northern Rockies, with a location in Fort Nelson.Advertisementlast_img read more

Raila welcomes Everton for Kenya preseason

first_img“We have been received very well by the people from Everton and we have invited them to come to Kenya in pre-season period so that they can be able to give opportunity to other clubs to play against them as well,” Odinga said after the game.His sentiments were echoed by SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri who mentioned that the winner of the Super Cup next year will play Everton in Nairobi, most likely at the newly laid out playing surface at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri (left) with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia during a dinner party for Gor Mahia in Everton on November 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBoth Karauri and Odinga lauded Gor for their performance against the EPL side despite the 4-0 defeat, saying the most important thing was the lessons picked and how they are going to help improve not only Gor Mahia’s game but Kenyan football as a whole.“The boys performed really well and this was a god opportunity for them to come and get some experience. Losing and winning is part of the game but what was important is that they showed confidence, quality and in my opinion, I don’t think the result does not reflect the game generally,” Odinga said.He added; “We need to improve on some departments but the intention of the visit was achieved by exposing our boys to a senior Premier League club and making them know that we have a long way to go.”Gor Mahia became the first ever African club to play at Goodison Park and head coach Marco Silva showed just how much serious he was with the tie by giving a huge chunk of first team players an opportunity to play.Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava shakes hands with his Everton counterpart Phil Jagielka before the two teams clashed in a friendly match at the Goodison Park in Liverpool on November 6, 2018.Captain Phil Jagielka, midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies as well as Turkish striker Cenk Tosun were all handed starting roles by head coach Marco Silva.It was a good learning curve for the Kenyan players as they got to rin shoulders to stars they only see on Television and according to SportPesa boss Karauri, they have picked up massive lessons to take back home and help improve the Kenyan game.“What we are trying to do is bridge a gap to improve what we are doing. We have realized that we have a huge gap especially in terms of facilities. Gor is a fantastic club, then they come here meet a top EPL side and you realize there is a huge gap,” Karauri offered.He added that the presence of Odinga and Sports Principle Secretary Kirimi Kaberia for the match was a good thing as they now see what is needed to achieve the high level in sports especially in terms of infrastructure development.There was a sizeable crowd watching on the Kenyan champions take on Everton FC during their historic SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, United Kingdom on November 6, 2018.Karauri has also asked other corporate to come on board and help build the game, saying as a company, the betting firm is putting in its shift but cannot achieve the goal all by itself.He has meanwhile urged Football Kenya Federation to continue injecting more energy into youth football and development programs, picking an example at Everton where the club has teams from as low as Under-6.“The players (Everton) were stronger, faster and with better technical ability, but it is because they have been playing from a young age. The federation needs to put in more measures of tapping talent early. But they cannot do so without money, we need more funding into sports,” Karauri opined.SportPesa are currently the biggest partners of football in Kenya, sponsoring both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards as well as the Football Kenya Federation Shield and the Kenyan Premier League.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from London-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri (middle) with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his daughter Rosemary Odinga (right) during the Gor Mahia versus Everton SportPesa Trophy game on November 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Former Prime Minister and Gor Mahia patron Raila Odinga says he has extended an invite to English Premier League side Everton FC to travel to Nairobi, Kenya for their pre-season ahead of the 2019/2020 season.Odinga who was part of the crowd that attended Tuesday’s SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool said the hospitality they were treated to by the Merseyside deserves a ‘handshake’ of its own right and hence the invite.last_img read more

Gor make huge statement on league assault

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia FC winger Boniface Omondi celebrates scoring against Tusker FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 31, 2019. Gor Mahia FC won 5-2. Photo/KPLNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 4 – If there were any doubters that Gor Mahia are strong challengers for title number 19, then their opening day 5-2 thrashing of 11-time champions Tusker FC in Kisumu served as a warning statement that Wuon Timbe are not about to drop their crown.Despite losing three very vital players in skipper Harun Shakava, midfielder Francis Kahata and striker Jacques Tuyisenge, all who were integral in their campaign last season, K’Ogalo showed they were still at their very best. And the players they brought on board have quickly integrated into the team and not even an ounce of lack of cohesiveness was visible.Their midfield acquisition, Tobias Otieno, showed he is class and Gor didn’t drain their energies to sap him off the cane farms of Awendo for nothing as he has time and again proved in all four competitive matches he has started, that he is a defensive midfielder worth everyone’s time.Otieno’s combativeness at the heart of midfield has given both Lawrence Juma and Kenneth Muguna, scorer of two goals against Tusker, freedom to move upfront and this is the sole reason Gor destroyed Tusker.-Zico makes emphatic start with KCBNew face of KCB FCGor’s former assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno meanwhile made a resounding return as a head coach when he guided KCB to a 3-0 victory over one of his former employers Sony Sugar in Awendo.New boys Stephen Waruru, Dennis Odhiambo and Enock Agwanda, Sony’s captain last season, found the back of the net in the convincing victory.While it was against a Sony side rebuilding after losing their entire first team at the close of the season, the three points will be a massive morale booster for the bankers who are looking to break into the top five at the end of the campaign.While it was jubilation for Zico, James Nandwa, the new Sony tactician has a lot to ponder on to ensure they replicate the same performance they had last season where they finished fifth.-AFC, Sofapaka struggle on day oneNew Sofapaka head coach Divaldo Alves shares a word on the bench with his assistant John Baraza during their league match against Posta Rangers in Narok on August 30, 2019. PHOTO/SofapakaThe last time AFC Leopards won the Kenyan Premier League title, neither Twitter, Facebook or Instagram was existent, Meaning, no Ingwe fan has ever uploaded a photo on social media of their team lifting the league title.It is widely expected that AFC will challenge for the league title especially after they dived deep into the transfer market bringing on board quality players from within and without.But, Leopards had a torrid start to the campaign, losing 1-0 to Kakamega Homeboyz in their opener in Kakamega with their fans left seething with a display they didn’t like and head coach Cassa Mbungo sealing himself further in a hot pressure cooker.The deadline day acquisition of John Mark Makwatta, Paul Were and Washington Munene looks to spur Leopards, but judging by history, Mbungo has a short while to impress the Ingwe faithful.It was similar case miles down in Narok with Sofapaka and their new boss Divaldo Alves suffering a 2-1 loss to Posta Rangers, a side that merely survived relegation last season.Batoto ba Mungu have also hugely changed their squad with up to six debutants named in their starting team against the mailmen.The side however will have plenty of positives to build on having lost the tie with a myriad of scoring chances missed, something that massively broke the Portuguese coach’s heart watching his side fire blanks.“I have never seen a match in my entire career with so many opportunities to score like this. That is the positive that we can pick from the game. If we can work on the chances we missed, then I believe we can be better,” Alves said after the game.-Star studded Wazito yet to hit high gearsWazito FC was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Nzoia Sugar in their season opening match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 1, 2019. PHOTO/WazitoSpendthrifts Wazito began their Premier League return with a scrappy 1-1 drw at home against Nzoia Sugar, new signing Elvis Rupia stepping off the bench to score a late second half penalty to salvage a point.Wazito paraded most of their high end acquisitions, but the chemistry was far from near and the reality that it doesn’t take a single harvest to replenish a barn slowly dawning on them.Probably, these were just gremlins of the opening weekend but the next five games will sure show what weight Wazito have on them, with an ambitious project of winning the league.0Shares0000(Visited 182 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo ‘back’ against favourite enemy Atletico

first_img0Shares0000“I’m back,” said Cristiano Ronaldo (R) after training with his Juventus teammates in Turin. © AFP / Marco BertorelloTurin, Italy, Nov 25 – Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo warned he was ‘back’ and ready for Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with old rivals Atletico Madrid in Turin.Coach Maurizio Sarri said the 34-year-old Portugal international’s fitness still had to be assessed before the Group D clash as he battles a knee problem. But the 34-year-old showed his eagerness to play by posting a photo on Twitter with the caption: “I’m back,” followed by an emoji of a flexed bicep.Ronaldo has a long history with the Spanish side going back to his nine years with city rivals Real Madrid.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 22 goals against Atletico for Real, including in the 2014 Champions League final triumph. He also hit the winning spot-kick as they were defeated in the final again two years later.In last season’s Champions League, the Spanish were 2-0 winners in the first leg of their last 16 tie, but a Ronaldo hat-trick in Turin in March denied them a quarter-final berth.“I have five Champions Leagues, these guys zero,” Ronaldo had declared after the defeat in Madrid, holding up five fingers to the home fans throughout the game.This season Ronaldo has scored just once in the Champions League and was furious after being substituted by coach Maurizio Sarri in their last game against Lokomotiv Moscow, also being hauled off before the hour in the following game against AC Milan.In characteristic defiant style he hit back with four goals to qualify holders Portugal for Euro 2020.But he was rested for Saturday’s Serie A game against Atalanta which Juventus won 2-1 thanks to a Gonzalo Higuain double to stay top of the Italian league.“Cristiano trained with his teammates yesterday (Sunday),” Sarri told a press conference at the Juventus Stadium. “It seems that his condition is improving but we still have to evaluate between today and tomorrow.“The positive thing he was able to play throughout the training session with his teammates.”– ‘Always suffered’ –Atletico coach Diego Simeone knows what to expect from a player who holds the record of Champions League goals with 127.“Ronaldo is a champion, we have always suffered a lot against him. He is number one, but I don’t think it’s Ronaldo against Atletico because Juve is a great team. “It’s always painful to play Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLO“I have no doubt, Juventus will be the protagonist again this year.”Atletico midfielder Koke added: “We consider the team as a whole, not just Ronaldo.“Ronaldo had scored a lot of goals against us, we’ll see if he will play one of his typical matches tomorrow.”Sarri said he had “a good relationship with Ronaldo” despite the player’s harsh words in his direction at being substituted.“If a player who has won so much is angry about being substituted, it means he still has a lot of motivation, and this is something positive,” said the former Chelsea and Napoli coach. Juventus are already through to the last 16 and want to finish top of their group with second-placed Atletico needing a win to guarantee their place.The Italian champions will be without defender Matthijs de Ligt, with a dislocated shoulder, with forward Federico Bernardeschi, who bruised his chest, in doubt.Atletico’s Portugal forward Joao Felix is also fighting for fitness.But Sarri conceded he was spoilt for choice up front between Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Higuain.“We have three very strong strikers for just two roles, I think it is an ideal situation,” continued the Juventus coach.“Playing Dybala, Higuain and Cristiano all together is difficult because of their characteristics, but all three know how to play really well and are comfortable with each other.” Higuain, who has scored five goals this season, said he was not trying to take Ronaldo’s throne.“I don’t have to steal anything from anyone,” said the 31-year-old, who played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid. “We know who Ronaldo is, a winner. I try to help the team win, we are all important and crucial, both those who play and those who don’t play.“In the long run, this is what leads a team to winning things.”0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Piers Morgan: ‘Give Champions League spot to FA Cup winners!’

first_imgAwarding a Champions League place to the winners of the FA Cup is the only way to make the world’s oldest football competition credible again, claims Piers Morgan.The journalist and man-of-many-opinions was a special guest co-host alongside Adrian Durham on Friday’s Drivetime show.A famous and fierce Arsenal fan, while delighted by his beloved club’s back-to-back wins, Morgan is dismayed by how the majority of the Premier League’s top teams no longer honour the tournament by fielding their strongest sides.Aside from the Champions League, cup competitions are often seen as a hindrance by the teams vying for the top flight title, with rivals Chelsea and Manchester City suffering shock fourth round exits at the hands of League One Bradford and Championship outfit Middlesbrough respectively last term.Morgan blames former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for the FA Cup’s decline, and believes the only way to make the competition prestigious again is to take the final Champions League qualification spot away from the fourth place in the league, and hand it to the cup winners.“I know Arsenal have won it the last two years, but we’ve beaten Hull and Aston Villa in the final and last year’s game in particular was a complete walkover,” the guest co-host said on Drivetime.“In a tournament where none of the big sides field anything like a first team for most of the rounds, to me you can’t take it as seriously as it used to be.“The reason the FA Cup got killed off was Sir Alex Ferguson.“He didn’t defend the trophy in the late 90’s – I was editor of the Mirror at the time and we campaigned vigorously to save the FA Cup because I could see the credibility of the competition dying if the champions didn’t try and defend their title.“To me, and I’ve felt this for a while, there’s only one way to make the FA Cup a proper prestige trophy again for English clubs, and that is to make the fourth Champions League place go to the winner.“Then I can guarantee you all the big boys would play their top teams.”Do you agree with Morgan? Take part in the poll and have your say in the comments below…last_img read more