SC Villa mauled 7-0 in Morocco

first_imgIn the previous qualifying round of the secondary African club competition, the Ugandan outfit slashed costs by making a 25-hour bus and ferry journey to Zanzibar.Travelling by road from Central Africa to Morocco in the north west of the continent was not practical, though, and club president Ben Misagga has hailed the assistance of Museveni.“I thank President Museveni for coming to our rescue with his financial offer,” the official told reporters in Kampala. “We are flying the Ugandan flag in Africa.Seventeen of 56 football associations eligible to enter the Confederation Cup this year declined, largely due to financial constraints, and two clubs withdrew after the draw was made.Azam of Tanzania and Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan, the other East African survivors, enjoy home advantage first against Esperance of Tunisia and Medeama of Ghana respectively.OTHER FIXTURESSaturday 9 April15:00 Zanaco (Zambia) vs. Stade Gabesien (Tunisia)19:00 MC Oran (Algeria) vs. Kawkab Marrakech (Morocco)19:00 Club sportif Constantine (Algeria) vs. Maqass (Egypt)Sunday 10 April14:15 Azam (Tanzania) vs. Esperance (Tunisia)16:00 Mounana (Gabon) vs. ENPPI (Egypt)16:30 V.Club Mokanda (Congo) vs. Sagrada Esperanca (Angola)19:00 Ahly Shendi (Sudan) vs. Medeama (Ghana)Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO of Villa in actionFUS de Rabat (Morocco) 7-0 SC Villa (Uganda)Scorers: Mourad Batna 26, Ce As Mandaw 34, Abdessalam Benjelloun 40, El Mehdi El Bassil 48, Marwane Saadane 70, Youssef El Gnaoui 81, Mohamed Fouzair 90SC Villa’s CAF Confederation Cup trip to FUS Rabat in Morocco ended in misery, with the Ugandans being whipped 7-0.The first round, round of 16 result confirmed that North Africa remains the most feared destination for Ugandan clubs. It brings to memory a previous humiliation, this time by Tunisia’s Club Africain who whipped the then mighty SC Villa 6-2 in the first leg of the 1991 African Club Championship final. Football: Great goals as FUS hit Villa for sevenBrilliant first and last goals highlighted a 7-0 triumph for hosts FUS Rabat of Morocco over Villa of Uganda Friday in a CAF Confederation Cup last 16 first leg.Mourad Batna rifled a left-foot free-kick from well outside the box over the raised right hand of the Ugandan goalkeeper for the opener on 26 minutes.Mohamed Fouzair completed the rout at Stade Moulay Abdallah in the Moroccan capital with a solo goal a minute into stoppage time.He dribbled past four Ugandans to score as 2010 Confederation Cup title-holders FUS achieved the biggest win in the competition this season, bettering the 6-0 of Wits of South Africa over Light Stars of Seychelles.US Bitam of Gabon hold the winning margin record for the second-tier African club competition having trounced Guadalupe of Sao Tome e Principe 12-1 three years ago.Senegalese Sy Ass Mandaw, Abdessalam Benjelloum, El Mehdi El Bassil, Marwane Saadane and Youssef El Gnaoui were the other scorers for FUS, who led 3-0 at half-time.Villa only managed to make the trip this time after President Museveni’s intervention. The long-serving head of state has promised the cash-strapped Kampala club $120,000 (105,000 euros) toward the costs of the two-leg, round-of-16 tie.Villa are took only 16 players, two coaches and three officials to the Moroccan capital for the first leg. Villa coach Ibrahim Kirya had promised before the tie that, “we will not tremble at all and I believe my team can achieve a respectable away result.”The return match is scheduled for Kampala on April 19 or 20 and the overall winners book a play-off against a CAF Champions League last 16 loser.last_img read more

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76ers star returns from Haiti

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP)—Everywhere Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert looked, he saw pain he can’t forget.The NBA’s only Haitian-born player arrived in his home country Jan. 21 with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning as part of Project MediShare. He watched a leg amputation and people having operations on flimsy kitchen tables. Flies and filth were everywhere. TRYING TO BE STRONG —Haiti native Samuel Dalembert, of the Philadelphia 76ers, hugs Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, as he presents her with a check for $100,000 to aid relief efforts in Haiti, Jan. 15, in Philadelphia. Mostly, he’ll remember the children, many recently orphaned, with desperate looks on their faces. The 6-11, 250-pound Dalembert wept.“I tried to be strong,” said Dalembert, who returned to Philadelphia for last Thursday’s 98-90 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. “But that was enough for me. There are a lot of homeless children looking for families, and the situation is so critical there. So many people lost everything. I know people are doing their best to help, but it’s crazy over there.”Though he planned to leave last week, air traffic issues forced him to push the return trip to 1 a.m. last Wednesday, when he flew out on a cargo plane. Hours later, a massive aftershock shook the island. Arriving in Miami at 4 a.m., his father phoned a few hours later with the news and to tell him he was okayDalembert has a brother, sister and grandmother, all of whom have left the island and are in Miami. His father is staying.“He’s going to do whatever he can to help down there,” Dalembert said. “We need to work together to make this thing happen. I do my best. I can try and raise as much money as possible and make sure it’s going to the right place.”Working on almost no sleep, Dalembert arrived at the Wachovia Center 15 minutes before the game, joining his teammates for the final minute of warm-ups. He had 10 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out with 1:18 left.“He’s a great person. He’s a doing a lot for his country and a lot for his teammates,” teammate Allen Iverson said. “He’s got a lot on his shoulders, but he’s carrying the load. We all feel for what he’s going through.”Dalembert is not sure when he may sleep well again, something he hasn’t done since the quake struck Jan. 12. He won’t stop helping until he feels there’s nothing more he can do. He’s already donated more than $130,000, and said he plans to donate $250,000.He urged others to donate.“I know I’m not going to save the whole country, but I know deep inside that we need to do more,” he said. “Maybe we can save some lives, and make others just a little bit better.“There’s no recovery room (after surgery), forget about that. You hear screaming. They’re numbing people down. There’s not enough alcohol. There’s glass (from broken windows) everywhere. People haven’t had water for days. The people there are so strong. I salute them all. God is watching over us, and will help us get through this.”last_img read more

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Kootenay takes it on the chin as Vancouver NE Chiefs sweep weekend BCMMHL series in Trail

first_imgWhen the Kootenay Ice plays to the top of its game the team can compete with any team in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League.But if the Ice decides to take a game off, then don’t look now but the scored may hit double figures.The Ice experienced a little of both as the squad lost a pair of weekend BCMMHL games to the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs at the Cominco Arena in Trail.When the Ice competes the score was a respectable 7-5 affair.However, when the team has a flat game, the scored was not respectable at all as Van City bounced the Ice 11-0.Saturday, Kootenay looked to be surprisingly in control, leading 3-1 with time running out in the first period on goals by Jeremy McGregor of Christina Lake, Greyson Reitmeier of Nakusp and Castlegar’s Darren Medeiros.But a goal by Brandon Volpe with three seconds remaining in the frame gave Vancouver all the life it would need as the Chiefs out scored the Ice 5-2 en route to the win.Medeiros and John Skeet of Christina Lake completed the scoring for Kootenay.Jamie Waddington and Volpe scored twice while Adam Rockwood had five assists to lead the Vancouver attack.Sunday, the Chiefs struck for four first period goals on Ice goalie Brett Soles and never looked back.Soles played both games during the weekend as Kimberley Newell, Kootenay’s other goalies, was at the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championships in Saguenay, Que.Volpe led the Vancouver attack with four goals while Jace Hennig added a pair.The road doesn’t get any easier for 1-10-1 Kootenay as the squad travels to Burnaby to meet the Vancouver Northwest Giants Saturday and Sunday.The Giants, 7-3-2, are tied with the Chiefs for third spot in the [email protected]last_img read more

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That’s how to score a goal! Stunning strike to sink Bayern Munich

first_imgHe may not even be the most famous footballer in his family, but you can take nothing away from Bradley Wright-Phillips after his stunning strike helped sink German giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening.The former Manchester City and Southampton striker – now plying his trade with New York Red Bulls – was selected as part of a MLS All-Star that beat Bayern 2-1 and while it was a match of impressive goals, Wright-Phillips’ was certainly top of the pile as he launched a rocket that left Tom Starke grasping at air.Take a look at the video above.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa hails discovery of Homo naledi

first_imgSome of the 1 550 fossil specimens of Homo naledi, which represent at least 15 different individuals. (Image: National Geographic)Johannesburg, Thursday 10 September 2015 – Brand South Africa applauds the team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand and other volunteers, on their discovery of a new species of human relative – Homo naledi – at the Cradle of Humankind.Brand South Africa CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela, reflecting upon the significance of this find, for the South African brand in particular said, “This find of approximately 1 550 fossil elements emphasizes South Africa’s position as a global leader in the field of paleo-anthropology. The discovery has been described as one which will force us to rethink the origins of humankind as whole. While we cannot claim to have created what lies in our soil, we can celebrate this as a part of our heritage and as part of South Africa’s legacy to the world.”“South Africa is described as one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world because of our mineral wealth. The rich fossil and archeological remains in our soil is another reason why South Africa is so valuable to the world.”“We salute the team of scientists led by Professor Lee Berger, from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. We celebrate you today for unearthing and bringing to light this magnificent discovery, and for its significance to humankind as a whole and South Africa in particular.”“South Africa looks forward to welcoming the world to the Cradle of Humankind to view the fossil elements which will be on display from 11 September – 11 October 2015.”“We look forward to and eagerly anticipate your continued work in this field and wish you well in your future endevours,” concluded Mr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #HomoNaledi and #AlmostHuman.last_img read more

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Ginebra logs key victory

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Emotions further flared when Kelly Williams was slapped with a questionable foul on Greg Slaughter.It triggered a war of words between TNT coach Nash Racela and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua from the court to the dugout.PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and media bureau chief Willie Marcial stepped in to pacify the two officials. Olsen Racela, the Ginebra assistant coach and Nash’s brother, also intervened to prevent things from escalating. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Pichay named grievance body head Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president PBA IMAGESJoe Devance bungled an easy layup that could have sealed the win for Barangay Ginebra outright.But that was the only lowlight for the quick-footed big man in a game-long brilliance that spearheaded the Gin Kings’ scrambling 106-103 triumph over the TNT KaTropa in their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal playoffs Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a very emotional game and I’m just thankful we got the win,” said Devance.The Kings need one more win to forge a Finals rematch with Meralco, which swept Star in the other semifinal bracket.It was a sorry defeat for TNT, especially since Rice came out with a monster game, posting a career-high 44 points aside from grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing off six assists.The former Washington Wizard buried long threes and converted his aerial gymnastics to bedevil the Kings.At one point in the first, rugged wingman Kevin Ferrer went physical on Rice to somehow force the TNT import out of rhythm.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I can’t believe I missed that layup,” said Devance as the defending champion Gin Kings moved to the cusp of the finals.The boo-boo was eventually forgivable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRelentlessly jostling for positioning in the paint, Devance got away with 20 points, six of them at crunch time that helped stop the rampaging Glen Rice Jr. and the Texters from pulling off a reversal.With Rice flooring the pedal all night, the Texters had the Gin Kings on the ropes before a couple of miscues allowed Ginebra to eventually take control of their best-of-five series, 2-1.last_img read more

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Sehwag ready to explode at home

first_imgVirender Sehwag says he likes playing to the cheering home crowd as it motivates him. In fact that’s not all as the Delhi batsman says he has been preparing for the World Cup by creating a “virtual stadium” in his mind.Virender Sehwag says playing at home will be an advantage for India.”There’s no pressure playing at home, they motivate me to perform better. Wherever we play in India, the crowds are so pumped up, shouting ‘Viru, Viru and Sachin, Sachin,’ and that’s encouraging,” Sehwag said.Sehwag doesn’t want to think of what happened when India played in the 1987 and 1996 World Cups in the sub-continent when they wilted under the enormous expectations and crashed out in the semi-finals.”What happened in the previous World Cups is past. Yes, Indians are passionate about the game, but that can’t put pressure on you. Do we feel pressure while spending time with our family? I am eagerly looking forward to playing at home.”The 32-year old explosive opener has recovered from his shoulder injury that forced him out of the ODI series in South Africa last month and is raring to go. Sehwag makes light of the injuries to Gautam Gambhir (hand), Sachin Tendulkar (hamstring) and himself. He insists that all is well in the Indian camp.”I don’t think the injuries will affect our chances. We are lucky that all our injured batsmen are fit a month before the World Cup as batting is our strength.”As for my shoulder, it is much better and I am training hard. My holiday is over,” he says with a chuckle. Even when he was going through one of his worst patches of form before the 2007 World Cup, everyone knew he was one big innings away from regaining his touch.advertisement”I have been playing for over a decade and I have matured considerably as a player. I am more selective in my shot-making now. If there is a ball in my zone, I’ll go for it, if it is good I’ll treat it with respect,” he said.He attributes his attacking instincts to his early days. “I was a middle-order batsman and I would hardly get to play three overs and there was no choice but to go after the bowling in search of quick runs.That’s how the aggressive streak got into my batting. Now I bat at the top and I know there are 10 others to follow. That cushion allows me to play my natural game,” said Sehwag.”It’s not that my batting does not suit to the requirements of the team or the situations. For instance, in Dambulla, I was the only batsman to score a hundred and a 99 when wickets were falling around me and I paced the innings without losing focus. Sehwag, who has cracked 22 Test and 13 ODI centuries, says he prepares for a match by watching the videos of the opposition attack.”I create a virtual stadium in my mind, imagining various bowlers.””That series gave us a very good player in Yusuf Pathan. I really like his batting style and I am a big fan of his. His 100 off 68 balls against South Africa was one of the best ODI innings I can think of. People said he can’t play fast bowling, but he proved everyone wrong by scoring a century against a quality pace attack.”He turns a bit coy when you tell him that he is Yusuf’s inspiration. “When I was young, I was inspired by Tendulkar. It feels nice if someone says he is inspired by me.”- With agency inputslast_img read more

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9 months agoBarcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona winger Malcom is a target for Tottenham.The Daily Star says Spurs are short of firepower with Heung-Min Son joining up with South Korea at the Asian Cup yesterday.He will miss Tottenham’s next five matches if his country goes all the way to the final.Spurs are currently scouring the market for reinforcements up front and are ready to revive their interest in Nou Camp outcast Malcom.The Brazilian, who can play anywhere in a front three, was on their radar last summer before he joined Barca from Bordeaux.But his £36.5m transfer has not worked out and the Spanish giants are willing to let him go this month. last_img read more

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13 days agoSolskjaer hands Man Utd board six man shopping list

first_imgSolskjaer hands Man Utd board six man shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have handed the board a six man shopping list.The Daily Mail says so far, they have relied on the eyes and ears of Solskjaer, Mike Phelan, veteran scout Jim Lawlor and his recruitment staff.They have given transfer chiefs Ed Woodward and Matt Judge the names of half-a-dozen targets but United would prefer to wait until the summer to make big signings having had their fingers burned on Alexis Sanchez in the January 2018 transfer window.On that occasion, the club backed Jose Mourinho by giving Sanchez record wages to gazzump Manchester City but the move turned into a disaster with the Chilean scoring just five goals for his £42million salary before joining Inter Milan on loan.They are also reluctant to rip up their plans and change targets in January as a knee-jerk reaction to them becoming available. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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