Sharks focused on Knights, not GF replay

first_imgCronulla have started the year 2-2 and know they can’t afford a slip up at this stage of the season given the Storm and Roosters have already jumped two wins clear after the first four rounds. While it would be easy to have one eye on the game down in Melbourne, back-rower Wade Graham said that wasn’t the case. “I haven’t even thought about that so it hasn’t been an issue here. We’re just focusing on Newcastle. I haven’t even thought of Melbourne once and I’m sure they haven’t even thought about us once,” Graham said.  “It’s important in the early part of the season that you take the most out of each week and get those wins because you look at Melbourne and the Roosters and they’re starting to skip ahead already with their wins. “It’s important for teams like us who have put a couple of losses up to keep grinding and keep getting those wins.”The Knights have shown a lot of improvement in 2017 compared to the side that won just one game last season, although they are coming off an embarrassing 40-0 loss to the Panthers. Graham said it was understandable for a young team like the Knights to have those sorts of performances and expected them to come out hard against the defending premiers on Saturday afternoon. “I think they’ve been playing really well and with lots of energy and lots of enthusiasm,” he said. “They were probably a bit disappointed with their performance against Penrith.”I think they’ve come out with a really good attitude this year and they’re really working hard for each other and they’re playing with a lot of energy so they’re not going to beat themselves. It’s up to us to put in a good performance and match their enthusiasm and energy. “You can tell by the way they’ve come out this pre-season that there have been some adjustments with where they’re taking their footy club. You can see it in their attitude and their energy and the way they’re playing for each other. “Of course with the young squad that they have, there will be games like the Penrith [loss] where things don’t go right and the other team capitalises, but all in all I think it’s been a positive start for Newcastle.”The Sharks thrashed the Knights twice in 2016 to the tune of 98-4 across both games, but experienced prop forward Matt Prior said history would count for little this time around. “There’s not much you can take out of that because that was last year. The Knights are a different team this year and already they’ve won one game and they’re playing a lot better footy than they were last year,” Prior said. He also shared Graham’s view that the grand final replay wouldn’t be discussed until well after the Knights game had finished.  “We can’t start thinking about that game. We’re still two weeks away so we’ve got to get the job done against the Knights,” he said. “If we start thinking about that game now then I’m sure the Knights will pull our pants down and beat us. We’ve just got to worry about one week at a time.”last_img read more

Guardiola: “I want Messi to finish his career at Barça”

first_imgGuardiola closes in this way the rumors that placed Messi outside of Barcelona. Further, City coach talked about the tie against Real Madrid in the Champions League and Sterling’s injury, which is very difficult for the eighths: “It’s a problem. I don’t know if he will be healthy for the match against Madrid. It will be out for a couple of weeks. “Another of the injured of importance in the English team is Leroy Sané. Guardiola has spoken about his situation: “He is training with the group after his operation, but I think that even the selection stop (mid-March) will not be able to return to the pitch. “ The mess between Messi and Abidal caused a hurricane that still has repercussions. Today, at the press conference given by Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach has been asked about a supposed departure from the Argentine star and the Barca coach has been clear: “My wish is that Messi ends his career in Barcelona, ​​I think he will stay there. He plays for Barcelona and will stay there.”last_img read more

Hamilton equals Senna with win at Spa

first_imgSPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (CMC): World champion Lewis Hamilton equalled the legendary Ayrton Senna with 80 podium finishes, as he cruised to victory in yesterday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Brit, who started on pole, took the chequered flag in one hour, 23.40 minutes, to beat Mercedes teammate and main title rival Nico Rosberg into second and record his sixth win of the Formula One season and the 39th of an already stellar career. Lotus’ Romain Grosjean finished third for the troubled outfit’s first podium in two years. “It’s been incredible. The whole circuit just packed out with all you fans. So thank you all for coming. And for me, just an amazing weekend again,” a thrilled Hamilton said afterwards. “Incredible job done by the team throughout the pit stops, throughout the whole weekend, the guys back at the factory … . You know, today was a dream. The whole weekend, the car was fantastic. So thank you guys.” Starting on pole, Hamilton got away well, while Rosberg, second on the grid, struggled and fell behind Force India’s Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull. By the time he reclaimed second spot, Hamilton was nearly nine seconds clear and controlled the race to the end. “Nico had obviously good pace, but I was able to answer most of the time. So I was fairly relaxed at the front,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents hail from Grenada. “The car, was feeling great, and it was really about looking after the tyres, particularly at the end when I saw that one of the tyres had blown on another car. I was being very cautious. So in the last two laps, Nico was allowed to close the gap.” With the win, Hamilton moved to 227 points, 28 clear of Rosberg.last_img read more

Down to his last five years of coaching, Louie Alas gets opportunity of a lifetime

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers PLAY LIST 05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers03:22The decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case00:50Trending 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 This combination of scenarios—a long hiatus as a head coach in the PBA and spending more than a decade in the collegiate ranks—is making him anxious ahead of his first practice with Fuel Masters on Mondau.READ: No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix“I have mixed emotions right now. I’ve been asking myself, ‘do I still have what it takes to be a head coach?’ because I’ve been an assistant for so long. In the past two weeks I’ve been waking up at 2 am thinking about it,” said Alas.And in his times of crisis, Alas can’t help but look back at his stint with Letran—a time when the Knights’ program became synonymous with the Alas brand of basketball.“I think I’ll still be the same coach as when I was with Letran, not to brag but I had a pretty decent batting average in college.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ And Alas got a massive boost of support from Alaska head coach Alex Compton, to whom he served as an assistant since 2012, in getting Phoenix’ top coaching position.“Initially I didn’t want to leave Alaska then the opportunity came… and coach Alex was the one who really initiated a move to tell the bosses of Alaska [that I had an offer from Phoenix],” said Alas in Filipino.READ: Alas satisfied with Phoenix’s ‘aggressive’ rookie picks“Coach Alex said that he wouldn’t let this opportunity pass by, he knew that this would be difficult for him to tell the bosses of Alaska but he found a way.”Alas last held a head coaching job in the PBA with the Mobiline Phone Pals, now the TNT KaTropa, back in 2001 but he gained his reputation as the head honcho at Letran where he led the Knights to three NCAA titles.ADVERTISEMENT Louie Alas. PBA IMAGESLouie Alas has given his self five more years to coach.And what better way than to end his illustrious career than return as a head mentor in the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m on my last five years in coaching,” revealed Alas Thursday at SportsIQ, the INQUIRER’s omni-platform sports talk show. “My wife and I had an agreement that before we turn 60, we’ll retire.”“So when the opportunity to head coach Phoenix came in, I thought to myself maybe this chance won’t ever come again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: Basketball is part of Alas family cultureAlas, who still has a couple of years in his Alaska contract, replaced former head coach Ariel Vanguardia in late October after the latter stepped down from his post. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Aside from familiarity, Garcia lauds Nambatac, Sollano for their work ethic Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard, Raptors slip past defensive-minded Chicago

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Leonard scored 12 points in the decisive fourth, going 8 for 8 at the free throw line.“It was an uphill fist fight the whole way,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “We found a way to get to the basket eventually.”Lauri Markkanen had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who didn’t score for the first 3:19 of the fourth.“I thought we battled,” Boylen said. “For about 36-38 minutes we controlled the game, we controlled the tempo. I’m really proud of our guys.”Chicago’s Zach LaVine fouled out with 13 points. It was a poor shooting night for LaVine, who went 3 for 17, including 0 for 3 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat Chicago 95-89 on Sunday night, their seventh straight victory over the Bulls.Danny Green and Fred VanVleet each scored 10 points as Toronto bounced back from its largest defeat of the season, a 29-point loss at Orlando on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“They definitely mucked up the game and made it ugly and dirty and slow,” VanVleet said of the Bulls, who have lifted their defensive intensity under new coach Jim Boylen. “Give them credit for that, but you’ve got to be able to win in different ways.”After setting season-lows in made baskets (28) and field goal percentage (.295) at Orlando, the Raptors got off to a rough start against the Bulls. They scored 14 points in the first quarter, matching their fewest in any frame this season. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with forward Pascal Siakam (43) after defeating the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Ontario, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO  — A game against the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls wasn’t the ideal situation for the Toronto Raptors to get their struggling offense back on track.In the end, Toronto did just enough to eke out a win.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors: Host Utah on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I’m still coming off this ankle (injury) so I don’t have the same lift but I’ve got to make them regardless,” LaVine said. “Just one of those days. I wish I could go back and make them.”Kris Dunn scored 14 points, and Justin Holiday and Chandler Hutchison each had 11 as the Bulls fell to 5-8 under Boylen.Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (sore lower back) sat for the seventh time in eight games. Toronto is 5-3 without the four-time All-Star.Ahead 68-65 to start the fourth, the Raptors got back-to-back 3-pointers from Delon Wright and Siakam and held a 74-65 lead at 10:10.Carter ended Chicago’s drought with a hook shot at 8:41. The Bulls missed 12 of their first 15 shots in the final quarter.Markkanen’s 3 at 1:21 brought Chicago within 85-82, but Leonard answered with a pair of free throws. After a missed shot by Dunn, Siakam was fouled and made a pair, giving Toronto an 89-82 advantage with 25 seconds to go.Toronto outscored the Bulls 13-2 in fast-break points and scored 21 points off 18 Chicago turnovers, a combination Boylen called “gut-wrenching.”“We gave them 45 points off things I think we’ve got to control better,” he said.TIP-INSBulls: Chicago matched a season-low for opponent’s points in the first half. … F Bobby Portis missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained right ankle. Schoolteacher sings the praises of Muay Thai for its many benefits After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Raptors: Coach Nick Nurse said Lowry is recovering and should be able to return soon. Lowry also missed time with a bruised hip during this stretch of absences. … VanVleet snapped a streak of 16 consecutive missed shots with a fast break layup in the third. VanVleet missed his final eight attempts in Friday’s loss to the Magic. … Toronto has won three straight at home.BATTLE OF THE BOARDSToronto finished with 17 offensive rebounds to Chicago’s 10, and held a 10-5 advantage in that category in the second half.“Offensive rebounding hurt us,” Hutchison said. “That’s one thing we keep harping on is we can’t beat ourselves in situations like that.”MONTH BY MONTHToronto went 8-7 in December and has not had a losing record in a month since going 8-9 in January 2017.DOUBLE FIGURESVanVleet has scored 10 or more points in eight straight games, one shy of his career high.UP NEXTBulls: Host Orlando on Wednesday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:14Carpio 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

Numerous issues plague Linden poultry farmers

first_imgFemale poultry farmers in Linden on FridayPoultry farmers in the mining town of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), have expressed concerns over a number of issues affecting them, as the community gears towards resuscitating and advancing its poultry production industry.At a recent consultation with Minister within the Agriculture Ministry Valerie Adams-Yearwood, poultry farmers pointed to a lack of available lands to facilitate the activity and lack of finances including access to grants, amongst other issues.Others complained of not having enough finance to continue their businesses.According to many of the poultry farmers, their businesses are affected due to the fact that many people live in residential areas where rearing is prohibited on a large scale.Some noted that they have applied to the Guyana Lands and Surveys, seeking to acquire land for their businesses but are yet to receive a response.The Minister during the consultations posited that she will inquire about the applications from the commission.In addition, other poultry farmers noted that they have been waiting for years for their lands to be surveyed. One farmer indicated that she applied since 2007 for land at Bamia to farm but has encountered difficulties.A poultry farmer, Nicola Henry, indicated that she does large-scale poultry farming for a living but was told to discontinue by the Linden municipality since she had been rearing in a residential area. She said while she has a desire to move and has applied for land through Lands and Surveys, this has been unsuccessful. While the Minister warned that poultry farming is not permitted in residential areas, she gave the idea of seeking to utilise condemned lots in the area to facilitate the activity.Another farmer, Elaine Jacobs, of the Christianburg/Dalawala (Block F) area, explained that she has been living in the area for 38 years and has been affected by the lack of electricity and access to water. The woman, who rears pigs, said it has been difficult without access to these amenities.“We need lights and water. Our children suffering in that area. For years it happening. The bridge all bad at the burying ground where these children does got to traverse…”, she noted.The concern of lack of access roads to get to farmlands at West Watooka was also raised by one of the community’s farmers.A resident, Ruth Esbrand, also sought to receive technical assistance in resuscitating a dormant fish pond and was allegedly assured by Regional Agriculture Officer, Derick Collins that help and advice will be given to anyone interested in this activity through the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in collaboration with the Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry.With regards to finances, Minister Adams-Yearwood said she has not yet had an opportunity to look at making grants available but noted that loans are presently being offered through the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN).The Minister, who is also Secretary of the LEN Board, said priority assistance for loans is now being offered to female farmers, including those who previously applied and were turned down and those currently seeking to secure loans.This, she noted, is in an effort to assist in revitalising the poultry industry in the region which has been experiencing a decline for years owing to out-of-town market competition.The Minister said she learnt through a recent stakeholders’ meeting that the poultry industry in the community is not as vibrant as it used to be. Of the almost 60 female poultry farmers who were present at the meeting, she noted that just about 14 of them are currently still involved in poultry rearing owing to the circumstances.She further noted that through the Ministry, the women will also receive technical support and assistance including help with proposals. She noted that this will also aid in creating employment opportunities for women.“What I would like to see, is Linden, Region 10…be able to self-sustain. Linden must be able to produce enough poultry that Lindeners can use and we don’t have to have anybody coming from outside…I think we have the ability to do so, with some help you can do it…you can do this and feel a sense of pride in doing it,” she urged.The Minister further pointed out that the amount of money earned by the farmers does not matter in securing the loans but businesses must have the ability to repay as she urged the women to set priorities and to be serious about business development.She further urged that they work together and to move from just poultry rearing to packaging and agro-processing through the manufacturing of by-products such as sausages and ham.Additionally, she told the women to make a start by helping themselves and by utilising the expertise of Resource Officers within the Ministry, noting that training on how to market products will be provided.The Minister said farmers can also be provided with opportunities for purchasing equipment through various lending agencies. Adams-Yearwood further urged the farmers to form a Linden Women Poultry Farmers Association. She also announced plans to extend the same opportunity to other poultry farmers within the region and the rest of the country.Additionally, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LEN, Tanzia Gasper in her remarks said monies are available for entrepreneurs including poultry farmers since $200 million was allocated for 2019. Depending on the amount borrowed, she said borrowers can get a minimum of 3 months to a year. Gasper noted that LEN can also give funding to construct pens and to purchase supplies.last_img read more

Board of Directors condemns act, calls for immediate review of policies

first_imgSexual harassment at CJIAIn light of sexual harassment claims at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the Board of Directors has initiated steps to immediately tackle the issue in the workplace. This was decided at a meeting on Friday.In a missive to the press, the Board stated that the interventions reflected its deep concern about the allegations of sexual misconduct recently published in the news media.“The CJIA Board condemns any behaviour which creates an unsafe environment for staff, concessionaires, contractors, suppliers and passengers using CJIA. The Board is fully committed to ensuring that the CJIA is a safe workplace for all, especially women and other vulnerable social groups,” the release stated.As such, the Board has called for an immediate review of all policies, protocols, regulations, and practices that govern conduct and engagements in the workplace, and has taken steps to hire external consultants and specialists to conduct the reviews.In addition, training will be provided for all persons who work at the Airport, including staff at all levels and persons working at the Airport on behalf of other agencies and companies.“The Board wishes to assure the public that all allegations of improper conduct will be taken seriously and there will be prompt investigations. The Board will ensure that there is follow-through on any investigations that are conducted, and any allegation that is found to be credible will result in the immediate appropriate action,” the entity noted.Meanwhile, the CJIA Board expects to have the external human resources management and gender affairs consultants in place by month end.It was reported that the sexual assault incident occurred in the office of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on July 30, 2018 while the duty-free staff was in a meeting with him.The victim claimed that she was hugged inappropriately and kissed on her lips by the accused. In her complaint letter the day after the incident, which was seen by this newspaper, the woman explained that she went to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer to have an issue with her boss’s vehicle resolved.Following the accusation, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer was sent on one’s week leave to facilitate an investigation.A Police source confirmed that the official has been placed on $20,000 station bail as they continue to investigate the matter.last_img read more

Seven up Man City put Stoke to the sword

first_imgAll of this was achieved without star striker Sergio Aguero, left as an unused substitute after recovering from a broken rib suffered in a taxi crash just over two weeks ago.City were 3-0 up after 27 minutes before Stoke briefly threatened a revival through Mame Biram Diouf’s strike and a Kyle Walker own goal.But Guardiola’s team then powered away to secure an emphatic win that took their goal tally to 24 in their last five league games and put distance between the leaders and second-placed Manchester United.Stoke looked stretched from the early minutes, and Sane should have given the home side a seventh minute lead, lifting a shot over the bar from close range after Kevin De Bruyne’s cross from the right had flicked off Kevin Wimmer.City’s full-backs are a much greater attacking threat this season, with Fabian Delph slotting in seamlessly on the left following a long-term injury to Benjamin Mendy.It was Delph who tested Jack Butland with a long-range effort that the Stoke goalkeeper gathered comfortably, but it was right-back Walker who was central to the stylish move from which Guardiola’s team took a 17th-minute lead.Walker, played in down the right by De Bruyne’s finely judged pass in behind Wimmer, reached the byline and cut the ball back for Jesus to sweep in.Barely had Stoke absorbed that setback when they fell two goals behind, and again, the build-up play was wonderful.– Outstanding –Sane cut in from the left on to De Bruyne’s return pass, before rolling across goal for Raheem Sterling to control and steer in his sixth goal in six Premier League appearances this season.A third goal for Guardiola’s team arrived with just 27 minutes played.This time, Jesus fed Sane down the left, and the Germany international played the ball across goal for Sterling to steer back into the middle, where David Silva stretched to slot home.Stoke pulled a goal back just before half-time when Diouf surged past Delph down the right, and then received Jese’s first-time backheel to score from 15 yards.City continued to seek more goals and only a good diving save from Butland prevented De Bruyne from finding the corner of the net.Stoke pulled another one back barely 90 seconds after the interval, with Tom Edwards crossing for Diouf, whose header was deflected in off the post by Walker.Sadly for Edwards, his afternoon was ended by injury shortly afterwards, as he was carried off on a stretcher.City, having recovered their composure, then sprinted forward to extend their lead once more.De Bruyne was involved once again, haring down the right side before crossing low for Jesus to steer high into the net from six yards.It was the signal for another City goal surge; Fernandinho took on Delph’s short pass to hammer in a 25-yard shot off the underside of the bar for the fifth.The outstanding De Bruyne was involved once again for the sixth goal, splitting the Stoke defence with a sublime diagonal pass for Sane, arriving from the left, to steer between Butland’s legs.Substitute Bernardo Silva poked in his first City goal for the seventh, after Yaya Toure and Sterling had combined to set him up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Portuguese ace is congratulated by the City supporters and team-mate Raheem Sterling after coming up with the goods.PHOTO/Daily MailMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 14- Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City produced an outstanding display to thrash Stoke 7-2 and move two points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.City scored seven goals for the first time under Pep Guardiola, and for only the second time in the Premier League, as Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva were also on target at Eastlands.last_img read more

Go represent us well- DJ CK urges Capital FC

first_img0Shares0000The Capital FM football team poses with Capital Group Chairman Dr. Chris Kirubi after they paid him a courtesy call BEFORE THEIR TRIP TO Brazil. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17- The Capital FM football team will leave the country on Tuesday night for Sao Paulo, Brazil where they will represent the country in the Neymar Jr’s five-a-side tournament on Saturday and Sunday.Before their departure, the best mix of music team paid a courtesy call to the company’s top boss, the ultimate coach, Dr Chris Kirubi who wished them well on their sojourn and urged them to bring the trophy back home. “I was very pleased to learn that you have continued to win and you represent the company well. Now that you are going to Brazil go there and win as well. Bring the Cup back home and we celebrate you again,” Dr Kirubi said when the team paid him a courtesy call at his residence.“I know your abilities and I trust in you and I know you will do well,” added the top boss, Dr. DJ CK.The team earned the ticket to Brazil after beating Nakuru County 1-0 in a hotly contested final at the Aga Khan Walk in May, having reached the national stage when they showed their prowess to win the Nairobi County title.The team has been shaping up in training over the past month and will seek to replicate their winning mentality in the ultimate tournament in Rio sponsored by Brazilian superstar Neymar Junior who is also expected to grace the finals.Capital FM’s sensational striker celebrating after scoring a brace in the 2016 Standard Chattered Trophy final against South Korea to win the Golden Boot with 10 goals.“We promise that we will go there and give our best. We have trained well and as you know, we always want to be at the top. So we will not let you down. Our victory in the national finals was dedicated to you and we are going to Brazil to win for you,” top striker Solomon Okeyo promised the chairman.The Best mix of music team will look to replicate the result they posted two years back in Anfield, United Kingdom when they defied all odds to become the first African team to win the Standard Chartered five-a-side international tournament.Captain Kristian Malumbe has insisted they will be going into do what they do best and has assured the trophy will be coming home.“We know it is tough because there are 64 teams involved. That is no mean task. But we believe in ourselves, we believe in our abilities and we will fight to win the trophy,” Malumbe offered.The team will be coached by Production Assistant Lassie Atrash. Malumbe and Okeyo will be joined in the squad by midfield dynamo Jeff Ooko and the company’s newbies, Shuayib Shabir Kaysha Shagava and Vincent Otieno.The Capital FM football team captain Kristian Malumbe receives the Nairobi County flag from County Secretary Peter Kariuki before travelling to Brazil. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, the team was officially flagged off on Tuesday evening by the Nairobi County Secretary Peter Kariuki on behalf of Governor Mike Sonko. Kariuki was accompanied by the county’s leader of majority Abdi Guyo.The team was handed the Nairobi County flag as the city’s representatives.“You have seen the World Cup and you know that these days in football, you cannot underrate anyone. I have heard of your success before in the Road to Anfield tournament and I do not doubt your ability to succeed. As the county we are behind you and we want to wish you all the best,” Kariuki said.Earlier on Sunday, the team was hosted to a send-off party by the Four Points Sheraton Hotel which included a viewing party for teh World Cup final.Also in attendance were the Neymar Jr’s Five-a-side sponsors RedBull.The team of seven is expected to land in Rio on Wednesday evening and will have two days of rest, recovery and training before the showpiece begins on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Former Magpie defends Pardew: ‘Don’t judge Newcastle without a full-strength team!’

first_imgFormer Newcastle full-back Olivier Bernard has come to the defence of Alan Pardew, telling talkSPORT the under-fire boss doesn’t deserve the criticism currently being thrown at him by supporters.An angry Toon Army were vocal with calls for the boss’ axe during the side’s dreadful 4-0 defeat at Southampton on Saturday.Newcastle have failed to record a win so far this season and currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League with just two points.However, Bernard – a key member of Bobby Robson’s successful Magpies side in the early 2000’s – believes a series of key player exits and early injuries have not been kind to Pardew.Asked if the criticism of the manager is fair, the ex-defender told Drivetime: “No, definitely not.“I wouldn’t judge Pardew before he has his best starting XI available to him, but the question is whether he is the man capable of galvanising the team to start winning games?“Newcastle are a club that should be pushing for Europe and seeing them at the bottom of the table is wrong.“But when you lose players like Siem de Jong, who should be their new captain really because he’s their most mature player now, it’s a big blow for the team.“There’s nothing Pardew can do about that and together with the departure of Yohan Cabaye in January, when your main playmaker leaves you know it’s going to be difficult.”The arrival of Ajax captain De Jong this summer was a major coup for the club, who were hit hard by the departure of star man Cabaye to PSG in January.However, the Dutch forward only played three games in a black and white shirt before being sidelined, while Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, both major members of the Magpies squad, left on transfer deadline day.And after a summer of change, with a total of nine arrivals and eight departures at St James’ Park, Bernard has called for Pardew to have more control over the club’s transfers.He added: “I don’t think Alan Pardew has any real power over the sale of his players and that’s a problem.“With Ben Arfa and Mbiwa joining Cabaye in leaving, all of Newcastle’s best players have gone.“They’ve maybe made too many changes over the summer, the new players need time to adapt to the English game and that’s where the problem lies.“They only replaced players who left, they didn’t bring in any additional support, and until they address that and strengthen the squad they will continue to struggle.”last_img read more