Lloris and Eriksen recalled to Spurs XI to face Southampton after Colchester loss

first_imgTOTTENHAM welcomed back skipper Hugo Lloris and wantaway playmaker Christian Eriksen to their starting XI.Spurs host Southampton off the back of two consecutive domestic defeats, against Leicester in the league and cup conquerors Colchester.1 Hugo Lloris has been recalled by Tottenham after missing the Carabao Cup embarrassment at ColchesterCredit: Getty ImagesKeeper Lloris was celebrating the birth of his third child last week, but returns today meaning there is no place for No2 Paulo Gazzaniga to play against his ex-club.Mauricio Pochettino keeps the same back four of Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier.Spurs stick to a diamond midfield with Harry Winks deep lying, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele other side of him leaving Eriksen in his favoured No10 role.Leading the line for Pochettino is the trusty duo of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, who netted against the Foxes last week.Pressure is mounting on the Tottenham boss, who can count another trophy as behind him after Spurs were stunned by Colchester in the Carabao Cup.And despite being linked with replacing under-fire Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Poch has to work his way around the side who gave him his first job in England.The Argentine manager insist there is “no room for sentiment” as the Saints visit North London looking to inflict another blow to seventh placed Tottenham.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerPoch said:  “It is obviously a club I know well and admire following my time there, however today there is no room for sentiment.“As always when we experience disappointing moments, we know the key is to remain calm and in our minds and focus.“As a group we have been through these situations before and I am sure we will navigate our way through this spell too.” Spurs stars fume at Mauricio Pochettino’s ‘agenda’ claims after Colchester humiliationlast_img read more

On Reaching 75, Liberia’s First Female Pharmacist Is Very Excited

first_imgBible students and other Christians are taught that the average life expectancy of a man or woman on earth is three score and ten years — 70 years in modern terms.That almost-mystical figure often is regarded a signal for a well-deserved retirement and retreat from active duty; many set goals and work hard to achieve those goals before reaching 70.That milestone, an ever-present reminder of our mortality (humanity, passing on) is known to have kept many-an-eye on that date.But when that highpoint passes, most give thanks to God and consider themselves blessed, knowing that others of us—in life’s winless battle against nature—already had taken their bows, and retreated to a peacefully repose (recline, rest) amongst emperors and kings.It was the “blessed” part of Mrs. Parker’s thankfulness that was shared last Tuesday by Liberia’s first female Pharmacist, Mrs. Clavenda Bright-Parker, who celebrated her 75th birth anniversary on January 7.Ceremonies marking Clave’s natal day began with a thanksgiving service at the Bethel Cathedral of Hope in Congotown, beginning at 5 p.m.  The service was graced by the presence of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai, and an array of foreign diplomats, government ministers, officials, friends, and members of the Bright-Parker family.At the thanksgiving service Bethel Pastor Arnette Taylor praised Madam Bright-Parker for living an exemplary life which she said reflects the true virtues of God.Pastor Taylor then chastised many Liberians, who claim to be Christians living in a “Christian nation” but are living contrary to what is written in the Holy Bible.Choosing as her text, Exodus chapter 3, Pastor Taylor recalled how Moses encountered God near Horeb, the mountain of God.  “The way an individual encounters God is determined by the amount of dedication and love the person has for Him,” she stated.She said it will not take a long time for any unbeliever to give his/her life to God if those who claim they are Christians can live lives that will convince people of Jesus Christ.Pastor Taylor told her audience that since she met and came to know Mrs. Parker at Bethel, she (Pastor Taylor) became highly impressed with Clavenda’s faith and obedience to God, as exemplified by her life of service in the church.Pastor Taylor urged all members of the congregation and all who call themselves true followers of Christ to emulate Mrs. Parker’s example of service and care for others. For her part, Madam Clavenda Bright-Parker thanked God for attaining her present age and to have done so in a state of good health.Dressed in a purple suit, she was seen jumping, dancing lifting up her hands in prayer and praising God, during the thanksgiving service.The celebration ended with a sumptuous birthday party at Mrs. Parker’s residence in the Parker Compound across from the Sophie Ice Cream junction in Congotown.  It was also attended by President Sirleaf, Clavenda’s classmate of the  College of West Africa (CWA), class of 1955.There, the hosts and invitees performed customary and convivial activities together in commemoration of the day.  Amongst highlights of the event was a Caribbean-styled buffet dinner. That was followed by an exquisite and almost tantalizing performance of the popular Quadrille, performed by many carefully selected, local experts of the dance. Among the dignitaries at the well-attended event were the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate and Mrs. Gbehzohngar Findley, former Chief Justice and Mrs. Henry Reed Cooper, former Chief Justice Gloria Musu Scott, Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh, Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, the President’s elder sister, Mrs. Jennie Bernard, Counselor and Mrs. Charles Brumskine, Counsellor and Mrs. Winston Tubman, former Ambassador and Mrs. Charles A. Minor, GSA Director General Mary Broh, Mrs. Oprah Mayson Benson, widow of the former Nigerian Minister of Information T.O.S. Benson, LPRC Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, former Ambassador and Mrs. Lafayette Diggs, and Mr. Jimmie Dennis, longest serving president of the Press Union of Liberia and former publisher of Palm Magazine.Madam Clavenda Bright-Parker was born on Carey Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia, on January 7, 1939, unto the union of Richard S.S. Bright and Clavenda Sherman Bright.She began her early education at St. Theresa’s Convent in Monrovia, and then traveled to Washington D.C. where her father served as Chargéd’Affaires at the Liberian Embassy. She enrolled at the Dalton School in New York when her father was assigned with the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations.Madam Bright-Parker later returned to Liberian and completed high school at the College of West Africa in 1955.She later enrolled at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA, where she obtained her degree in Pharmacology in 1960.She returned to Liberia in 1961,  and worked with the Department of National Public Health Service (now Ministry of Health and Social Welfare).In 1964 she started a chain of pharmacies in Liberia under the name, Clave’s International Pharmacy that was later incorporated and renamed Clave’s Pharmaceutical Inc.  It grew to become the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in Liberia.In 1962 Clavenda Bright was  married to Mr. P. Clarence Parker. The marriage was  blessed with two sons, Philip C. Parker IV, a Chemical Engineer, and Richard C. Parker, a Computer Network Engineer.  Clavenda has three grand children.She currently serves as a chairperson of the Board of Directors of EcoBank Liberia.  She is also head of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority, a member of the Board of Cell-Com, and a member of the Pharmacy Association of Liberia.(with an assist from Keith Neville Asumuyaya Best)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LEC Rallies Residents’ Support to Fight Power Theft

first_imgLEC Public Relations team addresses community residents in Sinkor about the danger of power theft.The Communications Manager of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, Mambu James Kpargoi, has called on Liberians to join the fight against electricity theft.Mr. Kpargoi said power theft is undermining the full revitalization of the electricity sector and reluctantly impacting economic growth in the country.Kpargoi, who addressed residents of Cabral Estate during a town hall meeting, reiterated that the LEC is losing in excess of US$35 million to theft, which undermines expansion projects and slows the connection of more users to the national electricity grid.“Every other sector is hinged on the electricity sector, including the hospitals, schools, factories and other institutions all require reliable and affordable electricity to operate. When criminals steal over 50 percent of what LEC generate it impacts all of these sectors. The cost of electricity would remain high due to their criminal activities and stagnate economic growth,” Kpargoi said.He said it is obligatory for Liberians and the general public to expose individuals in their communities that are engaged in power theft in order to assist ongoing efforts by the LEC and government security forces to defeat the menace.“These unscrupulous individuals have been making life very unbearable for us. They illegally connect more users to our transformers overloading them, beyond their carrying capacities. When the transformers eventually get damaged, our communities become pitch dark and then the criminals begin to prey upon us. Our kids are left without lights to study. It is time for the communities to take action by joining the fight against power theft in order to save the electricity sector,” he said.Network Supervisor, Brendan O’Connor told residents to resist extortion by individuals claiming to be acting on behalf of the LEC in the field. He said monies collected from residents in the field do not go into the coffers of the corporation but instead into the ‘back pockets’ of these extortionists for the private use.“The LEC do not have money, because it has been going down for some time now. The corporation is losing big time due to power theft. Don’t pay money to anyone for services outside of the LEC office at Waterside. Monies given to individuals do not come to LEC, but go into their back pockets, which is undermining our projects,” he said.In another meeting with residents of Saye Town Community in Sinkor, the LEC Public Engagement team informed residents that plans are underway to replace two damaged transformers that have been out of service for over four months.Kpargoi assured residents of the management’s plan to restore electricity to all communities with damaged transformers. Following the installation of the new transformers, he encouraged Saye Town residents to treat the installations as their own and protect them against criminals.The Chairman of Saye town, Abraham Roberts, thanked the LEC for the assurance to restore power to the community after so many months.Roberts also thanked the residents for behaving responsibly throughout the period the community was without electricity. He promised that the community would work with LEC to combat electricity theft.“I can assure you that we going to work with the community, and your technical team to protect our transformers when they are restored,” he said.The LEC recently embarked on a project to replace over 96 damaged transformers in various communities. The company also launched a community engagement campaign within its network area that has already covered 21 communities.Residents have meanwhile promised to protect LEC installations against suspected criminals that have reportedly made illegal connections to power lines, thereby overloading transformers beyond their carrying capacity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chamber’s oil and gas policy moves forward

first_imgThe Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce continues its fight to level the playing field for oil and gas service companies.Chamber President Russ Beerling says a policy was recently supported by the B.C. Chamber Policy Review Committee. – Advertisement – [asset|aid=2847|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1354445ff5fb741259a10ab573038fa7-Beerling 2_2_Pub.mp3] The Leveling the Playing Field policy will push for more enforcement at the B.C./Alberta border.Beerling says the policy will now be debated at the B.C. Chamber’s Annual General Meeting in May. Advertisement [asset|aid=2848|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1354445ff5fb741259a10ab573038fa7-Beerling 1_2_Pub.mp3] If the proposal is accepted at the AGM, it will be included in a policy manual, which will be presented to the Provincial and Federal governments.In April, the local Chamber submitted another proposal to the B.C. Chamber Policy Review Committee, calling for an HST exemption for B.C. restaurants. However, that policy did not garner enough support from the Committee. By Christine Rumleskielast_img read more

Man booked in Van Nuys murder

first_imgVAN NUYS – Tanner Brewer, 43, was booked on suspicion of murdering a 36-year-old man in a tenant-landlord dispute, authorities said. Police believe Brewer shot Joce Smith at 10:30 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Wyandotte Street and Woodman Avenue. Smith died at an area hospital, LAPD officials said. Brewer was arrested at the crime scene and is being held on $1 million bail. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Some malls restrict teen access

first_imgTeenagers across the nation are facing similar dilemmas. Malls looking to restore what they call a family-friendly environment are putting policies into place requiring that younger teens have adult supervision during certain hours, almost always on the weekend. Mall officials say the policies cut back on unruly behavior and loitering that can turn off other shoppers; teens charge they’re being singled out for the bad behavior of a few. At least 40 malls out of 1,100 in the United States have put teen curfew and escort policies into effect. The majority of those policies have started since 2004, according to data collected by the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York-based shopping center trade organization. The organization said it could not predict if more policies will be put into place. In the malls with the policies, security is usually stationed at doors or throughout the shopping center on Friday and Saturday afternoons or evenings. Teens who are not escorted by an adult, usually 21 or older, are asked for identification. If they can’t prove they’re old enough to be alone or that they’re with an adult, their parents are called to pick them up. If the kids refuse to cooperate, police could be called. “These policies are not places saying they don’t want teens to shop in their centers. They’re saying: `Bring a parent to shop with you,”‘ said International Council of Shopping Centers spokeswoman Patrice Duker. RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Chaz Brewer visits the upscale St. Louis Galleria mall about once a week, checking out clothing stores like Aeropostale and American Eagle and hanging out in the food court. But come April 20, he can’t visit the mall by himself on a Friday or Saturday night under a new policy that prohibits teens 16 and under after 3 p.m. unless they have a parent or guardian with them. Brewer, 16, doesn’t plan on cruising the mall on a Friday night with Mom. “That’s like a party pooper, for real,” he said. Many San Fernando Valley malls do not restrict teens from visiting without parents. Northridge Fashion Center, Glendale Galleria, and Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks all have open-door policies. “They don’t require parents to escort the kids,” said Donald Wilson, a spokesman for the Northridge and Glendale malls. At Fashion Square, shoppers of any age who behave inappropriately receive a list of rules that include a smoking ban and requirement that patrons wear a shirt and shoes. “We do have guidelines for conduct while here that we would pass out to anybody no matter what their age,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Eisenberg. However, some malls say their no-unescorted-teens policies are improving the environment on weekend nights. Some report that stroller rentals are up on weekend evenings, a sign that families are visiting in higher numbers. Several mall officials said no one instance led to the policies. The St. Louis Galleria, for instance, had fights break out on both Nov. 11 and March 3. A police report from November refers to a “large crowd of approximately 50 subjects fighting and screaming in apparent riot-like behavior” involving both teens and adults. Local city and police officials said they’re supportive of the mall’s new policy but didn’t asked for it. The Galleria draws millions of visitors annually and normally runs smoothly, they said. Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc., which owns and manages 220 regional shopping centers including the Galleria, said three of its malls have parental escort policies, and they’re in the works at two others. The majority of code-of-conduct violations at the mall, which are not reported to police, are issued to younger shoppers. Those violations include things like running, swearing and loitering, said spokesman Kirk Ballard. “Where we have implemented it, we have seen extremely dramatic results,” he said. At its Columbia Mall in Columbia, Mo., security used to note about 50 to 60 instances where people were asked to correct their conduct on an average Saturday night. That’s dropped to about five to eight conduct corrections a Saturday night since a similar policy went into effect there. Community officials admit a concern that, if teens pass on a trip to the mall, those with no place to go could wind up getting into trouble somewhere else. But communities from New York to Missouri point out there are other options on weekend nights: Recreation centers, bowling alleys and coffee shops. The Guilderland Public Library, located in a suburb of Albany, N.Y., stepped up its Friday night offerings for teens after a nearby mall instituted a policy with teen restrictions. Kids can come to play chess or Scrabble, but the library also sponsored a rock band one night and offers video games and movies to create a teen-friendly environment. “We haven’t seen a huge influx of kids,” noted library director Barbara Nichols Randall. In Richmond Heights, where the St. Louis Galleria is located, a community center is open for local teens on Friday and Saturday nights. However, a city official notes it simply cannot absorb all the teens who come to the mall from miles away. There’s no question teens have considerable spending power: 12- to 19-year-olds spent about $179 billion in the United States in 2006, said Rob Callender, the trends director for Teenage Research Unlimited, a market research firm in Northbrook, Ill. More than half visit a mall once a week, the firm has found. Callender said focus groups with teens have shed some light on the issue of parental escorts. “Teens do value customer service. They feel a little put off if retailers are innately suspicious of them just because of their age group,” he said. “A lot of times, if teens go to the mall on a Friday night, they’re not looking to spend a lot of money,” said Callender. While more time at the mall may give them more time to become familiar with items they want to buy, “all the time teens spend at the mall isn’t specifically for the purpose of power shopping,” he said. While teens may not buy as much on the nights that require parental escorts, malls likely are setting the policies to draw other consumers who would make up any differences in spending, he noted. Brewer, the teen in St. Louis, said he doesn’t spend a lot of money every time he’s at the mall. But, he said, when he buys every few weeks, he probably drops $80 to $100. As he headed to the mall recently, he was listening to rapper 50 Cent on his iPod music player, wearing a shirt and sweat shirt he’d bought at the mall. He said he’ll probably still visit the mall, but disliked policies restricting so many teens. “It’s not right at all; not all teens engage in those kinds of activities, violence or fighting,” he said. – Daily News reporter Julia Scott contributed to this report160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Firefighters gather to learn how to rescue each other

first_imgThe training course took them through every aspect of a rescue including the use of a simulated smoke-filled, pitch-black scenario often faced by firefighters when entering a building on fire. The system begins when a distressed firefighter uses an emergency button on his radio, automatically placing himself on a separate frequency and contacting a dispatcher at the region’s Verdugo Fire Communication Center. The dispatcher then contacts the incident commander at the location, who notifies the RIC. The separate frequency is again used to contact and locate the downed firefighter, Guerrero said. Firefighters covered four information segments during the training, including how to fasten a new air tank in case the distressed firefighter’s is empty. “Hopefully, we never have to use this system,” said Guererro. “But the system’s in place. In the event we do have an emergency, we have a mechanism in place to save our own.” mary.gurton@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In response, the training calls for departments to create rapid intervention companies within their ranks. Each company is made up of two firefighters to be stationed at the ready at most large-scale emergency incidents, he said. “The last death we had in this area was when a captain was killed about 10 years ago,” he said, “but we still need to take great measures to make sure all firefighters are safe.” The day’s training gave the 11 participating departments a standard course of action to be taken in case a firefighter is lost or trapped while inside a burning building or involved with a hazardous materials incident. Firefighters from Monterey Park, Burbank, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Alhambra, Glendale, Arcadia, Monrovia, San Marino and Sierra Madre joined the Pasadena department. • Photo Gallery: Rescue Training PASADENA – About 70 firefighters from departments across the San Gabriel Valley converged Wednesday on a block of empty warehouses in Old Pasadena in an unusual training exercise: how to rescue one another in an emergency. “We’re very good at helping other people,” said Pasadena fire Capt. Armando Guerrero. “We want to ensure we are just as good at helping each other.” On average, more than 100 firefighters are killed each year in the United States putting out fires and saving lives, said Guerrero. last_img read more

France gives W Cup winners a heroes’ welcome

first_imgThe footballers did not disappoint, passing the golden World Cup trophy from player to player as they jumped and danced on an open-air bus with “World Champions” emblazoned on its side.Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the Champs-Elysee parade route, which was secured with a heavy police presence © AFP / Bertrand GUAY“Wow, it was completely crazy! They are too beautiful, France is beautiful!” said Julia Cohen, 28, after seeing players pass by on the Champs-Elysees, the gathering point for all national celebrations.The parade was under heavy police guard, with 2,000 officers deployed in the capital to ensure the safety of the estimated 300,000 people who turned up.Above the partying crowds, nine jets from the Patrouille de France, the air force’s acrobatic unit, did an honorary flyover trailing blue, white and red smoke.– ‘Allez les Bleus!’ –President Emmanuel Macron celebrates with the victorious French side © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREAfter leaving the Champs-Elysees, the players changed into custom-made blue suits before being welcomed at the Elysee Palace by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, who were also decked out in blue for the occasion.Macron has already promised the Legion of Honour for the victors’ “exceptional services” to the country, an award given to the legendary team that won France’s first World Cup title in 1998.The first couple then posed with the team as they sang the Marseillaise national anthem and waved scarves for a joyous group photo, before heading inside for a private meeting.“Thanks to you all!” Macron told the team after gathering again outside. “This team is beautiful because you are united!”Brigitte Macron and midfielder Paul Pogba hold the World Cup trophy at the Elysee Palace © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREMidfielder Paul Pogba, despite his voice nearly failing him, then proved himself a showman off the pitch as well as on by leading the guests in an impromptu celebratory rap punctuated by “Allez les Bleus!”“It’s true, we went on the pitch, and we said, We’re going to crush them all!” he said.– ‘Thank you!’ –Nearly 3,000 guests were received in the Elysee gardens, including around 1,000 youths from local football clubs such as Bondy, the gritty Paris suburb whose towering housing blocks produced rising star forward Kylian Mbappe.Some of the children even got to touch the famed trophy, which captain Hugo Lloris handed around.France’s 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe gestures from the balcony of the Elysee Palace during an official reception on Monday © POOL/AFP / LUDOVIC MARINThe guests were also treated to the beats of DJ Snake, who has worked with pop stars including Lady Gaga and is part of the Pardon My French collective of French DJs.Mbappe, who applied the coup de grace in the final to cement his place as a new global superstar at just 19, said he achieved what he had set out to do — win the World Cup.“We are proud to make the French happy,” he told French channel TF1.Striker Antoine Griezmann said: “Frankly, personally, it’s not real yet. This cup weighs a lot.”“We are trying to give a good image for France, for French players. I hope that lots of young people will have seen this match and do the same,” he added.Now, “the players are on holiday,” Philippe Tournon, head of press for the team, told AFP.Hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols © POOL/AFP / Eric FEFERBERGMacron had already celebrated with the team on Sunday — even doing “dab” dance moves with players in a video that has gone viral — after attending the final in Moscow.Some analysts believe the 40-year-old centrist will benefit from the feel-good factor sweeping France, with Macron able to show a common touch after months of criticism from his opponents that he is distant and elitist.Commentators have also focused on the outpouring of patriotism and sense of national unity created by the multi-ethnic French team, many of whose stars including Pogba and Mbappe hail from deprived and often overlooked suburbs of Paris.– Disappointed fans –The French players were given a heroes’ welcome as they displayed the golden World Cup trophy © AFP / Lucas BARIOULETMacron will be relieved that joyous and occasionally chaotic celebrations across the country on Sunday night passed off without any major incident following a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed nearly 250 lives.Some fans outside the luxury Hotel de Crillon were however disappointed after a lengthy wait to see the team, and vented their frustration on police.Bottles were thrown, people shouted and booed angrily, before police finally broke up the crowd and forced them to disperse.Overall, some 292 people were arrested nationwide with 31 people, including eight minors, having their detention extended on suspicion of involvement in incidents in Paris during the victory celebrations, a Paris prosecutor said late Monday.jw-gj-adp-js/dl/je/ceb/amz0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000An air force flyover accompanied France’s victorious World Cup team as they paraded down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUPARIS, France, Jul 16 – The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols.After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Russia, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris hoping to catch a glimpse of the players that have captured the nation’s imagination.last_img read more

Matano furious at ref decisions in Gor loss

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC players mob referee Caroline Wanjala protesting Bill Oporia’s disallowed goal during their Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 27. 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 28 – Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano was left seething at referee Caroline Wanjala after his side lost 1-0 to the 10 men of Gor Mahia during a Kenyan Premier League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.Tusker had a disallowed goal 10 minutes from time when Bill Oporia headed home off a Boniface Muchiri corner with the referee awarding a foul inside the box while the tactician also decried an apparent ignored penalty. “We have lost but unfairly. The referee did what she did. That was a clear goal denied. We also should have been given a penalty. What she did was unfair,” an enraged Matano told Capital Sport.He added; “We scored a clean goal but she denied us. Today, I can’t say Gor Mahia beat us. It is the referee decisions that won them the game. Yes, Gor are a good team, they can score goals, but today, it was the referee, not Gor,”“I don’t count it that we lost today. We don’t have points yes, but we did not lose today. It’s a match we played very well,” further stated the tactician.The brewers suffered a second consecutive defeat having gone down at home against Kakamega Homeboyz, but Matano says he was impressed with the improved play shown by his team.Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano during his side’s Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 27. 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We played so well with a lot of confidence. We controlled all aspects of the game and created so many chances especially in the first half,” the tactician stated.“We played better than we did against Homeboyz. There was lost of improvement. The players played with passion, we were organized and focused and showed very good football. We need to keep working hard and I know we will remain at the top,” the tactician added.The two defeats leave Tusker pegged at fourth in the standings with 25 points, six behind leaders Bandari FC and Matano is confident his charges can catch up and challenge for the title.“The league is a marathon and we still have a long way to go,” further noted Matano.The brewers shift their focus to the road as they travel to Bungoma to take on Nzoia Sugar at the Sudi Stadium on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pochettino confident Tottenham will repel Harry Kane bids

first_img1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with striker Harry Kane Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has no concerns over Harry Kane’s future, despite links with both Manchester United and Chelsea.United failed in their attempts to land the England striker in the summer, and his return to red-hot form has once again led to transfer speculation.Chelsea are the latest club being touted with a move, with the Blues reportedly ready to wait until the end of the season to begin their full-scale pursuit of Kane.But after the 22-year-old’s ninth goal in six games fired Spurs into the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 1-0 triumph against Qarabag in Baku, Pochettino said: “I am happy that a big club want our players – this is because they show they are a top player with top performances. It is good when they are linked.“But Harry, like Hugo Lloris, wants to stay here. He is one of the best players and he is very happy. He wants to grow up with us and try the next few years to try for the top four and win titles with Tottenham. This is his challenge.”Pochettino sprang a surprise by picking Kane in a strong starting line-up against the Group J minnows Qarabag, despite facing Chelsea less than 72 hours later.But the move paid off as Kane nodded a 78th-minute winner to ensure Tottenham’s longest-ever journey for a competitive fixture – a 5,000-mile round trip to the capital of Azerbaijan – proved worthwhile as they made the last 32 with a match to spare.“We are through to the next round and this was our objective,” Pochettino said.“The objective is gone now. We will make sure we will arrive in a good condition to play Chelsea. We have a strong squad and a strong mentality, with the maturity.“It is true we arrive maybe not in the best condition to compete in the right way but respect to our medical staff for what they do – they will work during the flight and [on Friday] we have a day off. On Saturday we will assess.”last_img read more