Kassumba on a brace as Sofapaka down Nzoia

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Maurice Odipo leaps on teammate Umar Kassumba celebrating his second goal as Sofapaka beat Nzoia Sugar 3-1 at the Kasarani Stadium on August 23, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23- Ugandan forward Umar Kassumba struck a first half brace as 2009 Kenyan Premier league champions Sofapaka cemented their hold of second spot on the table with a 3-1 win over Nzoia Sugar at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.Kassumba opened the scoring with a third minute header before Luke Namanda equalized for the visitors in the 21st minute, but Batoto ba Mungu restored their lead through Ezekiel Okare as Kassumba added the second at the stroke of half time. The win sees Sofapaka move to 37 points, three behind leaders Gor Mahia who face Posta Rangers at the same venue in the late kick off.Batoto ba Mungu were off to a flier and in the third minute, they made their intentions known with Kassumba rising unmarked to head in a corner at the edge of the six yard box.Nzoia were startled as they were yet to settle into the game and their poor defensive positions man-marking inside the box saw them go one behind.But the Bungoma-based side gave in a fight to get back into the game and had a Masita Masuta goal disallowed for offside after the burly striker tapped home from a Namanda cross.But the visitors would be away celebrating their equalizer in the 21st minute when Sofapaka custodian Mathias Kigonya failed to hold on to a ferocious Namanda shot from the right, the sugar millers having picked up a throwing fast with Edwin Wafula finding the goal scorer.Bernard Mwalala’s men had finally found their feet and were tearing Sofapaka apart from the counter. However, their main undoing was the lack of precision when it came to the business end of their movement.Their crosses more often than not went overboard while the final key passes into goal scoring zones were wanting.Sofapaka striker Ezekiel Okare dribbles past Nzoia Sugar’s Brian Otieno during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on August 23, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey were punished in the 37th minute, again thanks to poor defending. Okare hit the ball between the Nzoia keeper’s legs from a tight angle on the right after easily breaking into the box.At the stroke of half time, Kassumba completed his brace with a well taken low shot from the right, finishing off a swift move off a counter attack. Sofapaka had themselves escaped from the counter, Namanda making a poor decision to cut the ball back with only one man to beat and duly punished.At the start of the second half, Mwalala made changes, Hillary Wandera coming off for Festus Okiring while Benjamin Muchuma was introduced for Brian Yakhama.The visitors were off to a strong start. Masuta had a golden chance just two minutes into the half when he was sent through by Namanda, but he went down too easily after skipping past keeper Kigonya. His antics of trying to get a cheap penalty were punished with a yellow card.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The day Lilian Thuram turned into a goalscorer supreme for France

first_imgFrance Croatia Share on Twitter “It was what I call my Miles Davis moment,” revealed Lilian Thuram in 2007. “Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body are working as one. It is what Miles Davis does when he plays free jazz – everything pulls together into one intense moment that is beautiful. He doesn’t have to think about it; it’s pure instinct.”But even 20 years on from his two goals in France’s victory against Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup, the man who went on to become Les Bleus’ most-capped player with 142 appearances and never found the net again can still scarcely believe the events of 8 July 1998.“The likelihood of me scoring was … impossible,” Thuram told Le Monde last week. “This is what people realise: they fully understand that I did not understand what is happening. If I had been told before, I would have laughed, I would have said: ‘It’s a joke!’”After needing an extra-time winner from Laurent Blanc to defeat Paraguay in the last 16 and then edging a nerve‑shredding penalty shootout against Italy in the quarter‑finals, France went into the semi-final on home soil attempting to reverse the so-called jinx that had led them to be eliminated at that stage on three previous occasions: 1958, 1982 and 1986. Twitter Twitter Pinterest Share on Messenger The Observer Read more France 2018 World Cup team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Gripped by sudden urgency because of his mistake, Thuram surged up the field like a man possessed. Within 30 seconds, he had wrestled the ball off Boban on the edge of Croatia’s box, taken the return pass from Youri Djorkaeff and dispatched an unstoppable shot with his right foot into the net. Supporters in the stands rubbed their eyes in disbelief at the identity of the goalscorer as he was mobbed by his teammates. The best was yet to come.Both teams had chances to take the lead but with 20 minutes remaining Thuram played an attempted one‑two with Thierry Henry and raced after the ball on the right edge of the penalty area. Another powerful challenge saw Robert Jarni’s attempted clearance fall perfectly on to his left foot and, without breaking stride, Thuram curled it past Drazen Ladic. Facebook Share on LinkedIn features Lilian Thuram is carried on the shoulders of goalkeeper Bernard Lama as they celebrate the victory over Croatia. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images Share via Emailcenter_img Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Nonetheless, reaching the last four just three years after the last shots had been fired in the Croatian war of independence was a monumental achievement and Suker led the celebrations at full-time against Germany by proudly parading around the stadium with the new national flag attached to a corner post. Four days later, and with World Cup fever running high in Zagreb and Paris, the two teams ran out at the Stade de France to meet their destiny.Yet after all the hype, a tense first half produced little action. Seeing their opportunity slipping away the France manager, Aimé Jacquet, warned his players not to fear defeat. As he prepared to return to the pitch for the second half, Thuram was greeted by Mario Stanic, then a teammate at Parma. “He told me: ‘This match is ours.’ And I answered him: ‘This match is not yours.’”Less than 25 seconds after the restart, however, disaster struck as Suker raced on to a brilliant pass from Aljosa Asanovic and slotted the ball past Fabien Barthez. The replays showed it was Thuram, operating at right-back rather than in the central position he preferred, playing him onside. “All of a sudden, it was like a dream escaping,” remembered the offender. “It’s as if you’ve been working all your life and there’s something you’re going to miss. Stanic’s sentence came back to me. But it’s not possible. It does not belong to him, it belongs to me.” Share on WhatsApp World Cup stunning moments: Ronaldo falters as France win Reuse this content World Cup Croatia’s team in 1998 featured several players from top European clubs. Photograph: AI Project/Reuters World Cup 2018 Facebook Topics Their opponents were Miroslav Blazevic’s Croatia, who were competing in their first World Cup and caused shockwaves in the previous round with a 3-0 victory against the European champions, Germany, in Lyon.“In some ways it was a surprise, but in other ways it wasn’t,” Davor Suker, who has been president of the Croatian Football Federation since 2012, recalled. “If you look at our team we had some fantastic players who were playing for big clubs in Europe. Zvonimir Boban was playing for Milan, Slaven Bilic and Igor Stimac were both playing in England, and I was playing for Real Madrid.” Pinterest “I do not know how to shoot with my left foot. It does not make sense for me to strike with the left,” Thuram recalled. “It was completely instinctive. If I had ever thought for a moment, I would have made a pass. We do not know why it happened but it worked.”Born in Guadeloupe and raised by his mother in the tough banlieues of Paris after moving there as an eight‑year‑old, Thuram was made a member of the Legion d’Honneur – the highest civilian honour – by the French government after the tournament as Jacquet’s side went on to beat Brazil 3-0 in the final. He has since become a campaigner against racism in football and society at large, accusing Pelé of not doing enough to combat it a few months ago.Now, led by a teenager who was not born until five months after they won their first, France’s class of 2018 will attempt to emulate Thuram’s heroics against very familiar opponents.last_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports: Elite Eight

first_imgElite Eight of College Spun's Most Annoying fan bases.We’ve reached the Elite Eight of our ’64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports’ bracket, and the first 1-seed has gone down. Duke basketball fans, it turns out, aren’t quite as annoying as some of the other groups on our list. The other 1-seeds – Kentucky Basketball Fans, Notre Dame Football Fans and Alabama Football Fans – are holding strong, however.You can see the opening round matchups here, the ‘Round of 32’ matchups here, and the Sweet 16 matchups here. Here’s the updated bracket – you can vote on this week’s four matchups below.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases BracketElite8 Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 3. S-E-C ChantersbbnsecAuburn Football fans were no match for #BBN, as Kentucky Basketball Fans held serve to move onto the Elite Eight, 72%-28%. There, they meet up with S-E-C Chanters, who took down People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks, 65%-35%. Will UK supporters join their basketball team in the Final Four?   More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 4. Fans Who Tweet At RecruitsfsutwitterIt’s a matchup between #FSUTwitter and, well, another group of annoying tweeters. Seminoles fans were voted more annoying than USC supporters, 63%-37%. Meanwhile, Duke Basketball fans became the first 1-seed to fall. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits scored the upset, 55%-45%. We’ll be shocked if they advance again, though.  More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 5. Texas A&M Football FansndamNotre Dame Football Fans took down Michigan Football Fans, 58%-42%, in a matchup that perhaps should have been slotted for later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Texas A&M Football Fans were voted slightly more annoying than Texas Football Fans, 52%-48%. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the SEC now? Which group will move onto the Final Four? More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Texas A&M Football Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 3. Paul Finebaum CallersbamafinebaumIt’s beginning to look like Alabama Football Fans may be the most formidable force left in the bracket. Tide supporters took down Georgia Football Fans, 84%-16%, to set up a fitting all-SEC final in the #PAWWWL region. Paul Finebaum Callers, the 3-seed in the region, beat out Big East Nostalgists handily, 64%-36%. Good luck determining this one. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Sweet 16 Voting Here >>>last_img read more

FCS Jacksonville State Leads Auburn At The Half

first_imgjJcksonville State's Jenkins seen in game against Auburn.Twitter/@NickJuskewycz There were plenty of interesting possible upsets on the college football slate today, but we didn’t tab Jacksonville State over Auburn as one of them. However, the Gamecocks, who went 10-2 in FCS play last year, are half way to a stunning win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They lead the Tigers 10-6 at halftime.Auburn and Jacksonville State traded field goals early on, but the Gamecocks’ quarterback Eli Jenkins threw an impressive touchdown pass to Josh Barge to take the lead in the second quarter.Jacksonville State currently leads 6th ranked #Auburn 10-6, late in the second quarter. #JSUvsAUB pic.twitter.com/B50kBpQDXD— CFB Nation (@UofCFB) September 12, 2015There is plenty of time life, but Auburn fans have to be concerned with how the team has come out against what should be an overmatched opponent.last_img read more

Surveillance Video Shows Will Smith In Possible Hit-And-Run Before Former Ohio State Star’s Death

first_imgWill Smith's Mercedes G Wagon.Will SmithA surveillance video from a New Orleans’ restaurant appears to show Will Smith in a possible hit-and-run with his alleged killer before the former Ohio State star’s death on Saturday night. Smith, 34, was shot to death in the Lower Garden District of the city. It had been reported that Smith was involved in a road-rage incident that led to him getting shot multiple times. A man has been arrested for the killing. The video shows a Mercedes SUV bumping the rear end of a Hummer near the intersection of Magazine Street and St. Andrew Street, a location about two blocks from where Cardell Hayes allegedly killed Smith. Smith was driving a Mercedes G63 SUV on Saturday night, while Hayes was driving a Hummer H2.Here’s the video. Hayes’ attorney said his client was involved in a hit-and-run. “Someone hit him,” John Fuller said. “The person failed to pull over. My client trailed behind this person in an effort to get their license plate number. My client also called 911.”Hayes was arrested on Sunday on a second-degree murder charge.last_img read more

Nominations Open for Public Sector Customer Service Competition

first_imgMembers of the public can now vote for the public sector entity that is delivering the best customer service through the Public Sector Customer Service Competition 2012/13. Nominations are open for entries to the competition designed as one method of rewarding key performers in the National Customer Service Programme under the Public Sector Modernisation Division, Office of the Cabinet. The deadline for receipt of all nominations and submissions is January 31, 2013. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on December 5 at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Communication Consultant at the Public Sector Modernisation Division, Cabinet office, Fabian Brown, said the competition provides an opportunity for the public to  encourage, highlight and support the work of public sector workers in the various entities. “We are looking for the best customer service entity, we’re looking for the most-improved entity, we’re looking for the best customer service officer, we are looking for the most creative entity in these challenging economic times,” he said. Mr. Brown reminded the public that voting for a government organisation should not be limited to the “big names” only, noting that, “it is also the post offices, the individuals in every nook and cranny in the Jamaican landscape. Wherever there is public service being given, the opportunity for you to recognize and highlight the quality of service is at hand.” He said that all public sector bodies are eligible to participate, including central civil service organizations, executive agencies, public companies, statutory bodies and government departments. The winners for some categories will be chosen based on feedback and nominations collected from members of the public island-wide. Additionally, he said that presentations will be done by entities seeking to justify why they should be recognised for a prize. The Communication Consultant noted the increasing willingness from members of the public to express their opinions on the quality of service received from government organisations. He stated that voting has increased from approximately 2,000 in the first staging of the competition in 2001 to a high of 28,000 at the last staging of the competition in 2010/11. “That is very encouraging because it says to us that the public is really looking out and demanding good quality customer service from the public sector, which is a good thing, and so the Modernisation Division of the Cabinet Office is really about supporting and engaging persons towards this end,” he said. Persons can vote for any public sector entity or individual of their choice by using the toll free line 1888-991-2752 or by voting online at www.cabinet.gov.jm . Customers can also place their entry forms in voting boxes available at the various entities. Nominations are not restricted to the entity at which persons are doing business. The National Customer Service Programme, which was implemented in 1994 by the Public Sector Modernisation Division, was created to recognize and reward efforts of organizations to improve service delivery to customers. It is also intended to promote and encourage commitment to, and continuous improvement in the quality of service in the public sector.last_img read more

AAP alleges horse trading

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hours after Arvind Kejriwal derided what he called the BJP’s attempts to “buy Aam Aadmi Party leaders”, one of his party lawmakers in Delhi joined the ruling party. AAP senior leader Manish Sisodia slammed BJP claiming that they offered money to buy MLAs. “Earlier, we said that BJP has offered Rs 10 crore to our 7 MLAs and here is the proof,” said Manish Sisodia.The exit has hit AAP just days before voting in Delhi on May 12 for the national election. Earlier this week, AAP leader Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, had alleged that seven lawmakers had been offered 10 crores to switch sides. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesArvind Kejriwal on Friday, had hit out at Vijay Goel for saying that 14 AAP lawmakers were in touch with the BJP and ready to switch. “Modi ji, will you topple every government run by an opposition party by buying lawmakers? Is this your definition of democracy? And from where do you bring so much money to buy MLAs? You have tried to buy our MLAs many times. Buying AAP leaders is not easy,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in a tweet. Vijay Goel had refuted AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s allegation of the BJP offering Rs. 10 crore to lawmakers to switch and said AAP lawmakers wanted to quit their party out of “frustration and humiliation”, so the BJP “did not need to buy them”. “The lawmakers want to leave AAP because the party has strayed from its objectives,” Mr Goel claimed.last_img read more

GST regime will not significantly reduce deficits of state govts

first_imgSingapore: Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in India is not likely to reduce the deficits of state governments significantly, amid large and growing expenditure mandates for the social sector as well as capital spending, says a report. According to S&P Global Ratings the institutional framework for Indian states is evolving, but there is structural deficits due to persistent revenue expenditure mismatch. S&P Global Ratings credit analyst YeeFarn Phua in the report titled “Public Finance System Overview: Indian States” noted that the passage of the GST bill in 2017 is a major overhaul of tax structure and will help to widen the tax base and improve revenues of state governments. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”However, states will continue to run large deficits because a significant part of this imbalance is from the expenditure side. States are unable to cut expenditures because of large and growing expenditure mandates for the social sector as well as capital spending. Therefore, the revenue-expenditure gap will remain large,” said Phua. Further, policy implementation remains sub-par in India, the report noted. Another significant development in recent years has been the adoption of an amended Fiscal Responsibility Management (FRBM) Act, which forms the fiscal framework, in March 2018, the report noted. Under the amended FRBM Act, the government will target a debt-to-GDP ratio of 60 per cent with the split being 40:20 for central government and states. Further, the government will use fiscal deficit as the key operational target, the report said but added that the FRBM committee lacks the authority to mandate its core recommendations.last_img read more

Virtual reality can help people with dementia

first_imgVirtual reality (VR) technology can enhance the quality of life for people with dementia by helping them to recall past memories, reduce aggression and improve interactions with caregivers, says a study. The technology helped patients recall old memories by providing new stimuli difficult to achieve, due to ill health, or inaccessible within a secure environment, said the team from the University of Kent in the UK. These memories not only provided positive mental stimulation for the patients but also helped their caregivers learn more about their lives before care, thereby improving their social interaction. Also Read – The Puja carnival”VR can clearly have positive benefits for patients with dementia, their families and caregivers. It provides a richer and more satisfying quality of life than is otherwise available, with many positive outcomes,” said Jim Ang, Professor at the University of Kent. For the study, the researchers picked eight patients aged between 41 and 88 who are living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Each patient used a VR headset to ‘visit’ one of five virtual environments of a cathedral, a forest, a sandy beach, a rocky beach and a countryside scene. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe sessions were monitored with feedback gathered from patients and their caregivers. The patients also demonstrated their own choices during the experiment, with some keen to explore different VEs within a session, while others explored the same environment repeatedly. “With further research it will be possible to evaluate the elements of virtual environments that benefit patients and use VR even more effectively,” Jim Ang added.last_img read more

Marney joins Fleetwood

first_imgFleetwood Town have signed Dean Marney on a two-year deal, according to BBC.The former Burnley midfielder has joined Fleetwood Town on a free transfer, putting ink to paper on a two-year deal.The 34-year-old left Turf Moor after spending eight years at the club during which he made 202 appearances.Marney who also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City in his career so far, teams up with former Burnley teammate Joey Barton who’s the current manager of Fleetwood Town.Joe Barton on his management career Obinna Echi – November 16, 2018 Joey Barton officially retired from playing football in the summer but has revealed he’d been planning to enter management for years.Fleetwood Town manager Joey…Marney would have disappointed to leave Burnley as the club are now participating in the UEFA Europa League but with game time few and far-in-between for the 34-year-old, a chance to play for the Cod Army was something he couldn’t turn down.Marney could make his debut for the club in their League One opener against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.Joey Barton was appointed as manager of Fleetwood Town before the end of last season and will be hoping to lead the Cod Army to a successful League One campaign.last_img read more