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Matano thrilled by competitive 2018 squad

first_img“Last season had its challenges because we didn’t have players who could play and win many matches; we had players who could win one match and that was it. This season we have a better team with variation. We can change players in each game with consistent results,” the tactician said.The tactician says he has been impressed with the input brought in by the new youngsters so far in pre-season training and has no doubt they will translate into results for the coming season. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC has changed almost half of the team from 2017 with Matano shipping in 15 new players, biggest hit being the attack which only has Vincent Oburu as the survivor from last year.The tactician says he has been impressed with the input brought in by the new youngsters so far in pre-season training and has no doubt they will translate into results for the coming season.“I did not lose many players; I released many. The only player I can say I lost was Kizito (Keziron). We have brought in a team capable of bringing results,” a confident Matano said.AFC Leopards Head Coach Robert Matano has won the Kenyan Premier League title with Sofapaka and Tusker before. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYABiggest on Matano’s ambition for the new season is making a mark in the CAF Confederations Cup where they start their campaign at home against Madagascar’s FOSA Juniors on February 10, possibly in Kakamega.If they make it past that first hurdle, they move on to the second round where they play the winner between Comoros’ Ngazi Sport and Mauritian side AS Port Louis.If they win the second hurdle, they will progress to the decisive knock-out phase where they will be tied with a team dropped down from the CAF Champions League and a win here will see them seal a group stage place.Matano believes it is possible; but only if the players and technical bench members are ‘motivated’.-Finance-The coach has now called on the government to step in and help the club finance its Confederations Cup campaign, arguing they will be representing Kenya. Photo/COURTESYIngwe is grappling with sponsorship issues after their shirt partners SportPes pulled out citing difficulty in sustaining the five-year partnership following the implementation of the 35 percent tax law on betting firms by the government.“If there is motivation, I am confident we will reach far. I believe in myself, I believe in my players but there has to be motivation. Motivation is about finance and it helps the players to focus. That’s what we need,” the experienced tactician further stated.The coach has now called on the government to step in and help the club finance its Confederations Cup campaign, arguing they will be representing Kenya.AFC officials have remained optimistic they will land sponsors in time for the new season with chairman Dan Mule disclosing they are engaging several potential partners already.-Super Cup-Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with AFC Leopards duo Joshua Mawira and Ramadhan Yakub during the final of the Sportpesa Super Cup on June 11, 2017. PHOTO/SportPesaMeanwhile, AFC begin their season at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday where they take on league champions Gor Mahia in the season-opening KPL Super Cup.Though without incentive of prize money, Matano says the match will be a crucial one as they seek to reflect on their pre-season progress and identify grey areas that need to be sharpened ahead of the new season.“This game is coming at a very good time because it will help us gauge ourselves against a tough opponent. Gor is a good team and the challenge they will give us is that they have not changed much of their starting 11. We have a new team which is still work in progress,” Matano noted.AFC has never won the KPL Super Cup and Matano is confident of breaking that duck.After the Super Cup, Ingwe will shift their attention to the season’s first match, an away trip down to Machakos where they take on Posta Rangers on February 4. They play FOSA Juniors six days later.AFC Leopards 2018 at a glance:Head Coach: Robert MatanoAssistant coach: Tom JumaCaptain: Duncan OtienoNew players: Ezekiel Onyango, Jairus Adira (goalkeepers), Yusuf Mainge, Isaac Oduro, Moses Mburu (Defenders), Brian Arasa, Baker Lukooya, Collins Okoth, Henry Uche, Joseph Kuria (midfielders), Jeffrey Owiti, Prince Arkoh, Ezekiel Otuoma, Eric Bekoe, Ezekiel Odera (strikers).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coming in to 2018, the experienced tactician who has already won two Kenyan Premier League titles with two different clubs has warned that he could well be in line for a third, saying he has a stronger squad compared to last year. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26- Robert Matano came in to AFC Leopards in June 2017, finding the Ingwe ship sinking towards relegation, but what he termed as ‘first aid’ saw the club crawl up to finish eighth and lift the GOtv Shield title.Coming in to 2018, the experienced tactician who has already won two Kenyan Premier League titles with two different clubs has warned that he could well be in line for a third, saying he has a stronger squad compared to last year.last_img read more


The Press Pass – Sunday, May 21

first_imgNeil Ashton is joined by John Dillon and Tony Evans to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.The trio look back at an eventful weekend of action, including John Terry’s final appearance for newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea and the ramifications for Arsenal after missing out on Champions League football.Plus, the panel discuss Tottenham’s chances of sustaining another title challenge and whether Liverpool and Manchester City can regard their seasons as successful.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img read more



first_imgGardai say they now have information that bogus chainsaws and generators are now being sold across Donegal.Sgt Paul Wallace has issued warning.A number of weeks ago local Gardai issued a warning to the public regarding the possible advertising such items to unsuspecting customers.These saws and generators are now being offered for sale local Gardai have learned this morning. Items are being sold out of the back of vans by well dressed gentlemen with midlands accents who are moving throughout the county calling door to door.At least one business in Donegal Town was offered such items last weekend.The advice is ‘Buyer beware if it seems to be good to be true it usually is! ‘ warned Local Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace.‘The information we are receiving from the public is that these items are in sealed boxes with brand leader logos for example Honda and Husqvarna but these are replicas not the proper product. They are sold on a bartering method starting off at say… €1200 with the final price being as low as €200/ 250 so there is a message there. “Don’t be conned, purchase locally where you are sure of what you are getting with a guarantee and back up that’s the advise plain and simple,” Sgt Wallace said.Chainsaws for example offered on the market will be copy replicas of established market leaders but only have a operating life of only 40/ 45 hours. There is no back up, guarantee, quality and compliance with health and safety standards may also be in doubt.The public should not to be duped by advertisements by unscrupulous persons who use authentic sales platforms to advertise these items.The quality construction and design of equipment such as a chainsaw or an electricity generator is of paramount importance from an health and safety point of view and purchasers or users should not be ‘conned’ into purchase of sub standard equipment that does not reach industry and European norms.It is important for the public to be aware that ‘ buyer beware’ as if you purchase equipment which is useless there is usually no comeback Gardai would like to thank the public for contacting them and being vigilant in their communities.Further Crime Prevention information – www.garda.ieBOGUS CHAINSAWS AND GENERATORS NOW ON SALE IN DONEGAL WARN GARDAI was last modified: May 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chainsawsdonegalGardaigeneratorsSgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more


Men’s Golf Opens Spring Season At Loyola Intercollegiate

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team begins the spring season at the Loyola Intercollegiate on Sunday through Tuesday in Goodyear, Ariz. The 54-hole event hosted by Loyola University (Md.) at the Palms Course at the Palm Valley Golf Club will tee off at 7:30 a.m. local time each day with a split tee start the first two days then a shotgun start on Tuesday. The 17-team field includes; Air Force, Arkansas State, Connecticut, DePaul, Drake, Elon, Indiana, James Madison, Loyola, Manhattan, Missouri State, Murray State, St. John’s, Seton Hall, UT-Martin, Utah Valley and William & Mary. The Bulldogs finished the fall season on a high note with freshman Jack Kennedy recording a career-low on the final day of the Old Dominion University/Outer Banks Invitational and senior Blake Huser placing tied for 18th, shooting just two-over par in three rounds. Drake matched its season-best team score of 894 (295-306-293) with two Bulldogs recording season-lows, Huser and sophomore Matt Lavery. Drake travels to Sacramento, Calif. on March 7 for the Sacramento State Invitational in its next time out.    Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Gardai arrest man in Inishowen after dramatic car chase

first_imgA man has been arrested following a dramatic car chase which resulted in Gardai operating a stinger device close to Muff on Thursday evening.At least one Garda vehicle was damaged during the high-speed chase.The man, who is in his 40s, was pursued by multiple Garda vehicles before being apprehended. He is expected to appear in court shortly.Gardai arrest man in Inishowen after dramatic car chase was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Healthy or not, Sharks get ready for huge test vs. Lightning

first_imgSAN JOSE — Marc-Edouard Vlasic came off the ice after a brief skate and sounded optimistic that he’d be healthy enough to play Saturday night when the Sharks host the NHL’s best team in the Tampa Bay Lightning.“Things are looking good,” Vlasic said Friday.For a Sharks team hoping to show it belongs among the league’s elite, they’d better be.Vlasic and fellow injured defensemen Radim Simek are questionable to play Saturday as the Sharks begin a three-game homestand against the Lightning, …last_img read more


Name-Calling at the Human Evolution Meeting

first_imgAs predicted earlier this month (see 09/03/2004 commentary), Lucy’s lovers were not going to take her demotion lying down.  Proponents of Orrorin claim their 6 million year old rival walked upright millions of years before the 2-4 million year old australopithecines, and even had a gait more human-like than Lucy.  To Ann Gibbons, reporting in Science1 on a meeting at the French Academy of Sciences last week, this is a serious charge: “If so, australopithecines would be bumped off the direct line to humans—a dramatic revision of our prehistory.”    “Tempers flared” at the meeting of paleoanthropologists in Paris.  The sweltering heat outside was matched inside “as scientists hotly debated the attributes of anthropology’s most famous thighbone,” she reports.More than 100 scholars packed the academy’s opulent, wood-paneled Grande Salle to witness the first face-to-face gathering of the discoverers of the three oldest putative hominids.  In talks and a panel discussion, the researchers discussed whether Orrorin and other contenders for the title of earliest human ancestor walked upright and in what manner.  Bipedalism is a traditional hallmark of membership in the human family rather than being an ancestor of chimpanzees, gorillas, or quadrupedal apes.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Critics denied the measurements of the thighbone ball-and-socket neck that Orrorin supporters used to support the claim it walked upright.  The measurements were made incorrectly, they said, or were incapable of accurate measurement.  Tim White, whose “mysterious” specimen Ardipethicus, is a 4.4-million year old contender, “grilled” Bri-Gitte Senut over Orrorin.  The heated arguments came to a climax with White calling Senut’s claim a French expletive that provoked an angry reaction:White accepts that Orrorin walked upright and so is one of the first members of the hominid family.  But he says Senut has offered little evidence as to Orrorin’s gait.  “Was it human, an Australopithecus pattern, or something different?” he asked.  Even standard x-rays would help answer that question.  As the discussion grew more heated, White called Senut’s displacement of australopithecines “une position cr�ationniste,” because it suggests that Orrorin’s femur was quite modern 6 million years ago, rather than evolving in stages.    Senut declared indignantly that she is not a creationist—and then asked White to provide his own evidence about the mysterious Ardipithecus ramidus.White responded by showing photos of broken-up fragments of a bashed-in skull that looked like “roadkill.”1Ann Gibbons, “Paleoanthropology: Oldest Human Femur Wades Into Controversy,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5692, 1885 , 24 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5692.1885a]Thank you, Ann, for this amusing account of the turf wars in Paris and the demise of evolutionary paleoanthropology.  Do you realize how funny this is?  It is hilarious partly because they take themselves so seriously.  They are fighting over whose fragments of vanity win the prize for best tall tale, and to have it climax in one of them calling the other the C word, well, that’s too much.  For more whoppers, just follow the chain links on Early Man for the last four years.    Remember, it was Ann Gibbons who told us 02/15/2002 about yo-yo evolution, the burning branching bush and that the definition of a hominid going into the trash.  They’re apparently still digging through trash for evidence to prop up Chairman Charlie’s story.  Instead, they find evidence that suggests to them the dreaded C word.    Q.E.D.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Can the Earth Thwart Darwinism?

first_imgMicrobes were all set to evolve into complex life, but the ocean held them back.  That seems to be the thinking of Dr. Simon Poulton of Newcastle University.  “Toxic seas may have been responsible for delaying the evolution of life on Earth by 1 billion years,” PhysOrg reported.  That seems to imply that it would have been inevitable otherwise.    His team believes that a toxic layer of hydrogen sulfide in the oceans prevented the emergence of complex life till the oxygenation of the oceans was complete.  Then, complex life exploded into existence, as if pent-up Darwinian energy was waiting for its debut: “This has major implications as it would have potentially restricted the evolution of higher life forms that require oxygen, explaining why animals appear so suddenly, relatively late in the geological record.”    But can the mere absence of a toxin explain the origin of eyes, antennae, jointed appendages, fins, mouth parts, sexual organs, digestive systems and all the other complex body parts that appeared without precursors during the Cambrian explosion?  Dr. Poulton did not discuss that side of the equation.  In fact, he complicated matters by speaking of some kind of “co-evolution” of life and the environment.  He did not elaborate on whether some kind of Darwinian principle of mutation and natural selection operates on the environment as well as on life.Here Dr. Poulton has just revealed two very non-Darwinian concepts.  First, that animals appeared suddenly – not gradually, as Darwin’s theory predicted.  He thus admitted (as he must) that the Cambrian explosion that was Darwin’s biggest dilemma in 1859 remains as a testament against Darwinian evolution.  Second, he proposed a mystical, vitalistic, almost spiritual explanation for evolution.  The life-force was there wanting to become trilobites and platypuses and orchids, but mean old Mother Nature was holding it back.  Like a wicked witch, she poisoned the brew deep in the oceans with yucky hydrogen sulfide.  Like Prometheus bound in chains, Darwin’s inexorable force of evolution was powerless to proceed.  Human brains would have to wait a billion years.    Over time, Mother Nature evolved from Wicked Witch to Tinker Bell.  Gaia evolved with her, as her pet microbes danced and bubbled up their oxygen.  At some magic moment, the time was ripe.  The universal Life-Force was no longer restrained in its deep-ocean dungeon.  It burst forth from its prison.  Gasping for oxygen, it gained new impetus and was ready to fulfill its destiny.  Life-Force invaded the microbes just as the benevolent Tinker Bell zapped them with her mutation wand.  Gaia celebrated with an explosion of color, form and function.  “Eyes evolved, and now the cosmos could see!” (Carl Sagan, Cosmos).    Better check this screenplay against the novel.  It appears that Dr. Poulton, the screenplay writer, took some liberties with the Origin-al plot.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Bafana make it South Africa 1, Spain 0

first_img20 November 2013Bafana Bafana shocked Spain 1-0 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening, with Bernard Parker netting a superb 56th-minute winner. It was South Africa’s first win over the world’s number one ranked football team.The defeat was only the second that Spain, ranked first in the world since 2008, have suffered in the past two years. Their only other loss was to Brazil in the Confederations Cup earlier this year. During that time the reigning European and World Cup champions have also recorded 25 wins and five draws.“Thanks to the coach for having faith in the players. He has given us his belief and his faith, and we’re giving him what he expects from us, and that’s a good performance and a win,” Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune said in a television interview after the match.‘Tactics were spot-on’“His tactics were spot-on tonight. We planned a lot for Spain. People thought we didn’t stand a chance and we beat them,” Khune said.Khune thanked the supporters at the match and used the occasion to call for greater support for local football. “This is what we want to see in our local football, people coming here and supporting the local teams and supporting local football because we are on the same level as the European players, and we can do better than them. If we can beat the world champions, who is there not to beat?”“It’s a fantastic result,” coach Gordon Igesund said.“I’m so pleased that we played a friendly like this because they are the world champions. You saw their attitude on the field. They were fighting for their lives out there as well, and I’m just pleased we were able to give the people something to think about going forward.“Tonight our game plan was fantastic. Our players were fantastic. They executed tactically what we wanted to do.”Spain, as they do against every opponent, dominated possession, but they rarely threatened as the South African team worked hard as a unit to disrupt the flow of the visitors’ attack“We allowed them to have the ball in certain areas. When they got wide, we made sure they couldn’t get a cross in, but had to play back,” Igesund explained. “The guys executed [the game plan] well and I’m so pleased for them.”Playing with discipline at the back, Bafana caught Spain offside time and again. David Villa had the ball in the back of the net as early as the fourth minute after being put through by Andres Iniesta, but he was caught in the offside trap and the strike was disallowed.CrossbarMan of the match Khune prevented Pedro getting a shot off after was picked out by Xabi Alonso, but only a minute later La Roja came close to going behind after Bernard Parker and Oupa Manyisa combined before Manyisa’s shot took a deflection off a defender and struck Iker Casillas’ crossbar. Parker, who turned in a superb performance, tested Casillas two minutes later, but the goalie was up to the challenge.With half-an-hour played, Fernando Llorente failed to find the target with an open header.Just before the break, Bongani Khumalo was just wide of the goal with a header from a corner delivered by Parker.Substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala set up Tokelo Rantie with a fine pass early in the second half, but Rantie’s finish lacked composure and was well wide.Nacho Monreal then saw a gap quickly closed down by Khune before Bafana took the lead in the 56th minute with a delightful goal.GoalTokelo Rantie won possession on the left and delivered a cross along the ground towards Bernard Parker, who cleverly left the ball for Kamohelo Mokotjo. The dummy drew the defender towards Mokotjo, who one-timed it directly into Parker’s path. Victor Valdez, on for Casillas, sprinted off of his line to try to close down the angle. Parker, though, chipped the ball over the goalkeeper with his left foot. Valdez got a slight touch on it, but it wasn’t enough and the ball crossed the goal line despite the desperate efforts of Monreal to keep it out.When Valdez later went down with a calf injury, there were brief angry scenes between the Spanish players and South Africa’s coach Gordon Igesund because Spain had used the maximum allowable six substitutes. A decision was made, however, to allow Pepe Reina to replace the Barcelona man in goal.The crowd, interestingly, was relatively quiet, not celebrating their advantage, but wary that the game was far from over.Counter-attackVicente del Bosque’s charges pushed hard in search of an equaliser, but still South Africa’s defence held firm, and the world champions were almost caught out by a swift South African counter-attack.Parker put Rantie clean through down the middle, with space to run and the ability to cut to either side of the goal. Rantie should have scored, but Reina did superbly to race out, make himself big, and block the shot.With the game well into an additional five minutes of time, Napoli defender Raul Albiol got off a shot from close range, but Khune athletically knocked it away, much to the relief of the crowd.The final whistle sounded and vuvuzelas blared once more as Bafana Bafana supporters celebrated one of the South African national football team’s finest nights.Sounding a note of caution, Igesund said: “We’re not going to get carried away. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We know that, but we’re on the right track. I’m very pleased for the players and I’m pleased for everybody and especially for the supporters because they needed something like this.”“We’ve got a terrific group of players,” midfielder Dean Furman weighed in. The squad is gelling all the time. We’re coming together and we’re getting stronger, and I think tonight we’ve shown what we can do against the best team in the world.”last_img read more


Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 54 | Farmers Share, Farm Finances, and Farming Indoors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm weather brought short sleeves for the 54th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.Joel Penhorwood talks with Marlee Stollar about the recent Farmers Share event held by the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at Ohio State.Matt Reese has a conversation about micro greens and indoor farming with Daniel Klemens.Ty Higgins speaks with Brent Ditmars of Farm Credit Mid-America.The crew, including Dale Minyo, has more fun in the sun with this week’s podcast.last_img read more