Siasia Flies out to Qatar for Coaching Job

first_imgIt was further gathered that he has already made plans to take some members of his backroom staff from the Olympics should he finally secure the job.He was caretaker Eagles coach for an AFCON qualifier double header against Egypt in March.Besides also coaching the Nigeria Under-20s, Siasia has also handled Heartland FC and now defunct JUTH FC of Jos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles Head Coach, Samson Siasia, is now in oil-rich Qatar in connection with a lucrative top coaching post.“Siasia flew out to Qatar Friday afternoon. He is there to discuss a coaching post,” a top source informed africanfootball.com.Over time, Siasia has been variously linked with overseas coaching posts.The former Nigerian coach led Dream Team VI to win bronze at the Rio Olympics in August.His contract as Nigeria Olympic team coach ended with that tournament.last_img read more

Youthful Bafana squad for Morocco

first_img2 October 2013Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has announced a 23-man squad that includes five uncapped players for an international friendly against Morocco at the Agadir New Stadium in Agadir City, Morocco on 11 October.With an average age of only 24, it is a young line-up. The squad is also an almost even mix of PSL-based and overseas-based players, with 12 of the players plying their trade in South Africa and 11 abroad.The five uncapped players are goalkeeper Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), defender Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough FC), midfielders, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren FC) and Keagan Dolly (Ajax Cape Town FC).‘Jumped at the opportunity’“When Morocco invited us to play at the new stadium, we jumped at the opportunity because of the fact that between now and the 2015 Afcon qualifiers there are only two Fifa calendar dates to prepare for those qualifiers,” Igesund said at the announcement of the squad at Safa House in Johannesburg on Tuesday.“So this gives me a great opportunity to have a look at some players, and had we not taken this opportunity we would have had to wait for March 2014 to prepare for our first 2015 Afcon qualifier in September.“Half of the team I selected will represent us in the CHAN (African Nations Championships) while the other will feature in the qualfiers, so it’s a two-pronged approach,” said Igesund.‘A very formidable team’Assessing the challenge awaiting Bafana Bafana, he added: “We are playing a very formidable team, and you know North African teams are strong and will give us a stern test.“This is a very serious match for both sides and there is some rivalry in that in our last match we drew 2-2 in the Afcon earlier this year – a match that was voted the best of the Afcon tournament.”Igesund has not picked any Orlando Pirates players as they will be playing in the semi-final of the Caf Champions League in Tunisia a few days after Bafana Bafana’s return from Morocco.‘We need to support them’“We seriously had to sit down and look at the Pirates’ situation. We need to support them in this campaign, hence I decided to leave their players out as we don’t want to jeopardise their preparations in any way,” Igesund explained.“Next year it will be Kaizer Chiefs, the following year it could be Ajax Cape Town, or Moroka Swallows or Maritzburg United or any other team and we will do exactly the same thing.“We hope Pirates will be successful. Their accomplishment will rub off on the national team as it did in 1995 when they won the continental title and Bafana Bafana lifted the Afcon trophy the following year.”South Africa and Morocco have played only four times previously, with South Africa winning twice and the two most recent matches, in 2004 and 2013, being drawn.BAFANA BAFANA SQUADGoalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Darren Keet (KV Kortrijk, Belgium)Defenders: Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk, Belgium), Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers, England), Tsepo Masilela (Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria), Siyanda Xulu (FC Rostov, Russia), Khosi Ntlhe (Peterborough, England)Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo (PEC Zwolle, The Netherlands), Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren, Belgium), Daylon Claasen (Lech Poznan, Poland), Keagan Dolly (Ajax Cape Town), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers, England), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows)Strikers: Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth, England), Kermit Erasmus (Orlando Pirates), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs)SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

South African sisters ride for rhinos

first_img10 July 2015Two sisters from Cape Town, Vanessa and Victoria Wiesenmaier, are cycling 6 000km from China to Singapore to save rhinos. They set off in April, and yesterday were speeding along the Mekong.They have called their campaign Buy No Rhino, taken from the Wildaid slogan: “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”“We will be travelling through Vietnam, China and Thailand, the main consumer markets driving the demand for rhino horn,” say the sisters. “Especially in these countries we want to reach the people! Even if we cannot change a whole culture, we will sow a seed of change.”Only with demand reduction will the rhino have a chance of survival, say Vanessa (30) and Victoria (35).Extinction threatThe two African rhino species, the black rhino and the white rhino, are threatened by poaching. If the development of the past years continues it is expected that the rhino will become extinct in the near future. The war against rhino poaching will be won in Asia, not in Africa, they say of their decision to take the fight to the market.The poaching of rhinos has reached a crisis point, they say. Designed to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino, the Buy No Rhino Bike Tour, is taking the sisters through China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and, finally, Singapore. Along the way, they are urging consumers to stop buying rhino horn.Vietnam, China and Thailand are the main consumer markets for rhino horn. For their campaign, the Wiesenmaiers are working with Project Rhino KZN, partners of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, to educate youth in hopes of curbing the demand for rhino horn.In Vietnam, the sisters teamed-up with Operation Game Change, a joint alliance between the governments of the United States and Vietnam aimed at ending wildlife crime, especially rhino horn.Save our rhinosThey give presentations at various stages along the way, promoting discussion on rhino poaching, rhino horn trafficking and how to stop the global urgent issue. They are also rolling out a Rhino Art project at schools and collecting signatures for the World Youth Wildlife Declaration, which will be presented to the Cites 2016 summit in Cape Town.According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the number of rhinos poached in South Africa is spiking, with 1 215 poached in 2014 – up from 1 004 in 2013 and 668 in 2012. Operation Game Change says this is a rise from just 122 rhinos poached five years earlier.The Wiesenmaiers said the poaching of rhinoceroses was gruesome, Voice of America reported. Poachers tranquilised the animal and then cut off the horn. When the rhino woke up it slowly bled to death.In Asia, consumers buy horn products they believe cure everything from cancer to hangovers. At tens of thousands of dollars per kilogram, the horns are a luxury item sometimes given to bosses and officials. “To know that these animals are killed for pure greed and money, for some funny belief that the horn is a status symbol, that’s a tragedy,’ said Victoria.Personal issueSpeaking from the Laos-Vietnam border, she told Voice of America the issue was personal. A friend in South Africa had four of the six rhinos on his reservation slaughtered; he decided to leave the carcasses out so that people could see the results of poaching.“We saw live rhinos before that, so to see this crumbled, dead thing, it was really shocking, it was disgusting.”Vietnam is the biggest consumer of rhino horns in the world, and on their journey, Vanessa and Victoria are targeting schools, where they give a presentation about the harms of the horn trade, hold a discussion and then have students create artwork on the topic.It is hoped the children will be more open-minded and pass on the message to their parents. Vietnamese businessmen, celebrities, and state officials are “the strongest driver of the current rhino poaching crisis”, according to a 2013 report by wildlife group Traffic.South Africa and Vietnam are the key countries involved in the supply and demand sides of the rhino trade, respectively.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Entry for all castes in Odisha temple likely soon

first_imgIf everything goes well, people irrespective of their castes could have darshan of deities from a close distance inside the 300-year-old Jagannath Temple at Keredagada in Odisha’s Kendrapara district in the near future.The sanctum of sanatorium of the temple has been out of bound for all devotees for the past 12 years after Dalits demanded entry into the main temple in 2006. Prior to that, members of the Dalit community were not being allowed entry into the temple premises. They were paying obeisance through the nine holes created on the temple wall, while the upper caste people had access to the main temple.Nationwide debateThe issue of Dalit entry into the temple had made two communities confront each other in 2006. An organisation advocating Dalit rights had moved the Orissa High Court which had ordered that every Hindu had got equal rights to pay obeisance in the temple. The controversy had then triggered a nationwide debate.To find an amicable solution to crisis, the district administration had mediated between the upper castes and the lower castes. It was then decided that nobody would go closer to the idol of Lord Jagannath and all devotees could have darshan from a distance. Accordingly, the administration had created a barrier up to which all devotees could go.Now efforts have been initiated to throw the temple open to all castes.last_img read more

7 days agoChelsea boss Lampard blows fuse with Deschamps over Kante treatment

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard blows fuse with Deschamps over Kante treatmentby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has hit out at France coach Didier Deschamps and his medical team over their handling of N’Golo Kante.Kante will miss Chelsea’s home game against Newcastle due to a groin problem and Lampard was clearly frustrated that his midfielder, who has also been dogged by knee, ankle and hamstring issues this season, was not sent home from international duty sooner.Kante was ruled out of France’s first game after picking up the problem in the warm-up before their 1-0 win in Iceland.Lampard said: “We didn’t get him [Kante] back until after the second game [Turkey] and he’s not fit for Saturday.”Before the international break, I know Didier Deschamps mentioned in jest a little bit about Olivier Giroud and that was obviously quite light-hearted and I get it, we all have our selection problems and he had his in the two games.”But the Kante one was not a laughing matter because we communicated before the last international break because he was injured so couldn’t go.”Let’s think what benefits the player, he didn’t go, we both agreed on that. That’s how things should work.”After the first game when he pulled out, he then had a fitness test the day before the second game, it was clear that he couldn’t play.”He then sat on the bench on the evening of the game, so that’s not communication, so it’s not such a laughing matter I suppose.”And it’s more for Kante himself because he’s not an inexperienced player, he’s been around the block, he’s won World Cups, he’s been a fantastic player. I think that probably could have been handled better for sure.”Our doctors were speaking and there were some times when things weren’t coming back to us when I would expect them to come back – that’s what I mean about communication.”Even though we joked about the communication from the time before, that was much better to deal with it, as opposed to not.”We got a player back a bit later. I understand when players are on international duty, they are their player as such but it was quite clear he wasn’t fit to play.”From our point of view we would have wanted him back to work on him but it’s been and gone and as with every international player I will try and have open lines of communication with every manager for both our sake’s.”Kante, for instance, the first squad, nobody would have benefited from him going – me, him or France.”We have to think about the long-term and the care of the player as well so that’s sometimes a bit of a grey area.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

North Carolina Football: North Carolina Shows Off New ACC Football Patches On Tar Heels’ New Jerseys

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the Military Appreciation Day game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Idaho Vandals during play at Kenan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Much of North Carolina football’s 2015 uniforms is new. The uniforms themselves are new, with the argyle pattern getting added to the collar of the Tar Heels’ jerseys. The ACC Football patches are new, too. Here they are: View of @theACCfootball patches on the new @TarHeelFootball jerseys. #GoHeels pic.twitter.com/PLrlTdEHHe— Jason Freeman (@UNCEquipment) June 9, 2015North Carolina will debut its new jerseys Sept. 3 against South Carolina.last_img read more

If Mayor of Winnipeg has opinion of team name he should share

first_imgOn Twitter, a number of people had their say.https://twitter.com/SamCosta11/status/928732857400307712#ChangeTheName as “eskimo” is a colonial term used in a derogatory manner towards the Inuit and Yupik people. The name is unnecessary and inappropriate for a football team, and perhaps this decision can/will influence Dan Snyder. #NotYourMascot https://t.co/H4HQhZpbx1— not taylor day (@kawisahawii) November 9, 2017“At this point in time, we are actively engaged in listening to the conversation that people are having around our name. Those conversations are on-going and we are keenly listening to all input including from our loyal season seat holders and fans,” the statement said.“We are always interested in hearing what people think within our community and elsewhere, on this topic or any other topic related to our Football Club.”Edmonton is in Winnipeg Sunday to play for the Western Conference Championship in the CFL. Brittany Hobson APTN NewsThe Edmonton Eskimos Football club fired back at Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman over concerns about the team’s name saying if he has any opinions he should share them.“We use the Edmonton Eskimos name with pride and respect,” said the statement to APTN News. “If the Mayor of Winnipeg has an opinion he’d like to share with us, he should do so.”The back and forth started when Bowman, who is Metis, was asked about the Edmonton team’s name in a scrum.“I think there’s an opportunity to have a more inclusive name,” said Bowman.The mayor also said he raised it with Edmonton’s mayor Don Iveson.“The question was very direct have I had any conversations with him about this topic and I just provided an honest answer and the answer was yeah of course we’ve talked about it and I’ve expressed my views on it.”And Iveson seems to agree with Bowman – saying the name Eskimos may have a negative effect on the festivities around the city hosting the 2018 Grey Cup.“I think the issues not going to go away,” said Iveson Thursday. “I think the team is taking it seriously but there will have to be likely some further conversations after the season is over.”The controversy around the team’s name is nothing new.Over the years, many groups have criticized the term Eskimo – calling it an offensive term for Inuit.That includes the group that represents Inuit in Canada – the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.“Edmonton’s CFL team can be a leader in Canada’s movement towards reconciliation by addressing this outstanding concern,” said ITK President Natan Obed in a statement. “And I look forward to further conversations with the Edmonton team leadership, the Edmonton mayor, and all other stakeholders in bringing positive resolution to this issue.”last_img read more

Salah backs Liverpool to end trophyless run

first_imgMohamed Salah has set his sights on winning his first piece of silverware at Liverpool, putting aside individual accolades.Salah was phenomenal last season as he netted 44 times and helped Liverpool progress all the way to the Champions League final on his first season at Anfield, but lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev thanks to Karius’ gaffes.2006 was the last time Liverpool lifted a trophy. They beat West Ham United on penalties in the FA Cup final at Wembley, and it’s been 28 years since they last won a league title.Ahead of the Merseyside derby on Sunday, the Egypt international believes it’s time Liverpool end their six-year trophyless run.“My target last season was not only to break the [goalscoring] record but also to win something with the club,” Salah told Sky Sports.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We were very close in the Champions League final but this is football, we have to accept the result.“This time also I can’t say my individual one but my target now is to win something for the club.“This would be huge for us as a team and as players.“It’s also a dream for the city and for the fans. I think this season we are going to do something.”last_img read more

Nomura reiterates Buy on Maruti Suzuki after premiumisation launch of Ignis

first_imgThe brokerage highlighted that MSIL is targeting the new millennials (consumers aged under 29), who are willing to pay more for premium features. Apart from meeting the domestic demand, the car has a potential for exports to South Asia and South-East Asia later, it highlighted. However, in the short term, production constraints could limit material market share gains for MSIL.Nomura analysts factored in nominal volumes in FY17 and about 5,000 units of incremental Ignis sales per month in FY18 but said there can be upside given the attractive pricing. The segment size is about 55,000 units per month. Following the aggressive pricing of Ignis, the analysts said there could be some impact on Swift. However, as MSIL is rumoured to introduce a new Swift in 2017 based on a completely new rigid and lighter platform (like the Baleno), that should address the decline.”Overall, we have built in ~3% volume growth in FY17F and ~15% CAGR for MSIL over FY18-19F,” Nomura analysts said in the research note.”Management indicated that impact of demonetisation has been limited and targets double-digit growth in FY17. Thus, we believe there can be further upside to our volume estimates for MSIL, and maintain it as our top pick,” they added. Buoyed by Maruti Suzuki India Limited’s (MSIL) “premiumisation theme” after the carmaker launched the new Ignis, brokerage Nomura reiterated its Buy call on MSIL with a target price of Rs 6,576, which marks a 14 percent upside from its current price of Rs 5,777. Also read: Maruti Suzuki Ignis logs over 6000 bookings in 2 weeks; waiting period goes up to 2 monthsLast week, MSIL unveiled the Ignis in the premium affordable hatchback segment at a very attractive price, starting at Rs 4.59 lakh.Nomura said in a research report that the pricing of the petrol variant is likely to provide stiff competition to the KUV100/Grand i10, while the diesel variant is priced at a 10% premium to similar variants. The pricing (excluding the base petrol variant) makes it sit at a 5% premium to Swift but below Baleno. last_img read more