Khan fears for McGregor in Mayweather bout

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Phoenix Suns guard Knight to miss season after knee op OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson With the bout expected to bring in more than $60 million at the gate, the commission could earn as much as $1.2 million.But Bob Bennett, the executive director of the commission, hit back at suggestions of a conflict of interest.“As a regulator, I take offense to the fact that we’re approving this fight for fiduciary reasons,” Bennett said. “That’s totally unfair, and it’s simply not true.” McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing contest and is a huge underdog against Mayweather, a 49-0 fighter regarded as one of the best boxers in history.“It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“So he (McGregor) should not show too much too balls in this fight. If he starts getting a beating — step out man,” he added.“He needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.” LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — British boxer Amir Khan fears Conor McGregor could face serious injury as the Irishman prepares to face Floyd Mayweather here Saturday.Former light-welterweight world champion Khan told the MMA Hour television show Friday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor could be hurt in what he expects will be a one-sided meeting with Mayweather in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Khan’s fears reflect wider misgivings by some in the boxing community who believe Saturday’s money-spinning superfight should never have been sanctioned on safety grounds.The head of the Association of Ringside Physicians, Larry Lovelace, is among those who believe Nevada should not have granted a licence to the fight.“We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on,” Lovelace was quoted as saying by the New York Times.“The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the fight, has a financial interest in the fight going ahead, earning a slice of the gross ticket receipts.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite What’s in store for your animal sign this year National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

13 years in, Chris Paul finally gets into conference finals

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s been under a lot of unfair scrutiny throughout the playoffs and tonight he showed that he wanted it,” Utah star rookie Donovan Mitchell, who is close with Paul, said. “He does it every night, but taking over the way he did was very impressive.”Paul, a nine-time All-Star in his first season with Houston after an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, also had 10 assists and seven rebounds. His previous career-best in the playoffs was 35 points, which he accomplished three timesThe 33-year-old scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, answering everything the Jazz tried to do in order to close out the game and series.“He was playing with a chip on his shoulder,” Luc Mbah a Moute said. “In that fourth quarter, he just took over.”Paul had been in the conference semifinals four other times before finally getting over the hump this season. He lost to the Spurs 4-3 in 2008 while with New Orleans and was swept by San Antonio in 2012 with the Clippers. He also lost 4-2 to the Thunder while with Los Angeles, and his Clippers had a 3-1 lead in 2015 before Houston won the next three games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In Fizdale, Knicks get coach LeBron likes and players praise View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Rockets were able to close out the series despite Harden, the front-runner for MVP, being under the weather. Coach Mike D’Antoni disclosed that Harden wasn’t feeling well Tuesday, and he looked a little worn down postgame. But when asked what was wrong with him, Harden said he was fine.Paul said he was just trying to pick up the slack with Harden not feeling like himself.“Whatever it took to win,” Paul said. “James was under the weather so we were just trying to pick him up.”Houston lost to the Warriors 4-1 when they last reached the conference finals in 2015. They believe they’re much better suited to match up with Golden State this time around, but know it won’t be easy to dethrone the defending champions.“They’ve been built to beat everybody,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “They’re going to be a tough matchup. We’ll have to bring our A-plus game and I think our guys are ready.”While the Rockets took a minute Tuesday night to appreciate what they’ve done so far, they were quick to point out that they’re far from finished chasing their goals this season.“We just advanced in another series which is an accomplishment, but that’s not our main goal,” Trevor Ariza said. “We are still taking steps toward that, but this is an accomplishment.”Houston is in the conference finals for the seventh time in franchise history and looking to win its first title since taking back-to-back championships in 1994-95.Harden loves that he has so many players around him that have led to the team’s success this season and thinks that will be valuable moving forward.“In order to get where we want to go we needed the right piece, and that’s what they’re here for,” he said. “I know if we give the effort that we know we can it’s pretty tough to beat us.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers to finally reach the conference finals, helping the Rockets eliminate the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5.“He said you get out of the way … I’m going to put us on my back,” James Harden said. “You could see it in his eyes. He had that look in his eyes. If he has that look in his eyes … he’s a problem.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Rockets will meet Golden State after the Warriors closed out their series against the New Orleans Pelicans later Tuesday night. Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener Monday night.It will be Houston’s second trip to the Western Conference finals in four years and the first ever for Paul. The point guard has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is held back after his brother watching the game was removed from his seat during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. His brother later returned to his seat. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)HOUSTON — Chris Paul is an ultra-intense competitor, often the most passionate player on the court.But even for his Houston Rockets teammates, what they saw from him Tuesday night was on another level.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UAAP cancels Saturday games due to ‘Ompong’

first_imgThe UAAP has decided to postpone its Saturday games of the Season 81 men’s basketball tournament due to super typhoon “Ompong.”The games between Ateneo and Far Eastern University and Adamson University and De La Salle scheduled at Araneta Coliseum will be played at a later date. ADVERTISEMENT Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon OmpongResponding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the recent typhoon Ompong.Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860 and Swift Code: BNORPHMM.Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, “After due consultation and considering what appears to be a severe weather disturbance, the UAAP deems it best for everyone’s interests to cancel the basketball games tomorrow,” said Season 81 president Nilo Ocampo in a statement.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said in its severe weather bulletin that “Ompong” won’t directly affect Metro Manila but the region has been put under Public Signal No. 1.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“Ompong” moves west northwest at a pace of 20 kilometers per hour and packs maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness up to 255 kph.The UAAP, through tournament host University of Santo Tomas, has also suspended the chess games for Sept. 15 and 16 and moved it to the 19th. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum PH paddlers strike gold in world championships Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Another Slap in the Face of Liberian Women: No Lebanese or Even Liberian Judicial…

first_imgA prominent Liberian lawyer once told a friend, “Yes, I know that lawyers are on their way to hell.”It is, of course, almost impossible for any human being to determine who will go to Heaven or to Hell, for that is totally the prerogative of the most merciful Heavenly Father.However, the way some of our lawyers behave, one is easily tempted to believe what that lawyer said about the ultimate fate of at least some lawyers—not necessarily all.Who, for example, were the lawyers for the defendants in the case of the Lebanese who raped and trafficked Liberian girls—who were the lawyers that first decided to seek a change of venue from Margibi to remote Bomi County? And sure enough, once this was granted, the defendants’ lawyers sought every trick in the book to have their clients set free. The case had been completely argued and the judge, His Honor George W. Smith of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Bomi County, was about to render his verdict. But it was just before then that lawyers for the defendant, Counselors Amara Sheriff and JohnnyMomo, belatedly “discovered” that the lawyers, who had argued the case against the defendants – Lebanese traffickers and rapists who took several Liberian ladies to Lebanon under false pretense – both County and Assistant County Attorneys for Bomi, had no valid lawyer’s license, and had not paid their dues to the Liberian National Bar Association!How on earth is it possible that the Liberian government’s own lawyers, appointed County and Assistant County Attorneys, would be allowed to practice law in Liberia without licenses? That is, to say the least, preposterous (laughable, outrageous, unbelievable). The person in the Ministry of Justice who was responsible for their hire and appointment to these positions should be immediately reprimanded, even fired.Here is yet another in the myriad of clear indications that Liberia is NOT A SERIOUS COUNTRY. Which other country in the world would allow Lebanese or any other human traffickers and rapists to treat the country’s women in such a criminal way and go completely free? We know of nowhere in the world where a people’s women—mothers, aunts, sisters, wives—would be treated in such despicable (appalling, vile, wicked) way. Yes, only in Liberia. The chief defenders of Lebanese in our country, who have, for reasons best known to themselves, taken these businesspeople to be more privileged, more important, than their own Liberian people, are now clapping their hands and rejoicing that these Lebanese human traffickers and rapists are now set free. The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that the defendant left the country the same day Judge George Smith dropped the charges against him! Surely he will one day soon return and lay low for a while, assured by their callous (heartless, cruel, pitiless) unpatriotic and selfish Liberian cohorts that nothing will happen to them in Liberia! Two of the 14 dishonored, hapless and destitute young women, in an extensive interview Wednesday in the Daily Observer Library, told our Reporter Gloria Tamba that they and their colleagues had not only been trafficked and raped by these Lebanese men, they were even beaten, suffered attempted stabbing with knives by Lebanese women they worked for, imprisoned and often forced to sleep on the streets in Beirut as homeless people!They expressed to reporter Tamba their deep disappointment with their own government and its judicial system—the unexplainable betrayal even after their own President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a woman like themselves, had assured them that they would definitely get justice in order to have their honor restored.Alas! On a spurious technicality, their case was summarily thrown out of court and they, the victims, flung on the streets in their own country, just as they had been in faraway Lebanon! We wonder how Attorney General Frederick Cherue and Chief Justice Francis Korkpor now feel, and what have they to say in the face of this glaring travesty of justice under their watch against their own daughters and sisters. And Gender and Social Welfare Minister Julia Duncan Cassell? And President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf? They are all now haunted by the proverbial question, “Have you nothing to say, all ye that pass by?” The Daily Observer has encouraged the young women to keep the faith. One day some good and caring lawyer/s will take up their case again to help them get justice. Meanwhile, Liberians, do not worry. By God’s grace, this, too, shall pass! Who would have ever thought that such a thing could happen under the watchful eyes of Liberia and Africa’s first woman President? Do we now see why 2017 is so important and critical to our very survival? Liberians, if never before you have been serious, get serious now! Our very survival as a respectable nation and people is at stake.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition Leader calls out Govt over selective tendering practice

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed concern over the awarding of over $479 million in contracts by the Public Infrastructure Ministry via selective tendering process.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo at a recent press briefing told the media that from January 4, 2019 to April 8, 2019, $479.9 million worth of contracts were doled out, with most of them being awarded through the selective tendering process or no tendering process.“This is unbelievable in three months and most of it is through selective tendering or no tendering and so we have looked at some of the companies that got the contracts. Some are, we checked the registry and we cannot find any documents incorporating them as a company or with a business registration. That is some of the people who got these contracts. Some who got multimillion-dollar contracts just have a business registration,” he stated.The Opposition Leader explained that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is in the process of securing the names of the persons to whom the trademarks of the businesses are registered to, adding that many of them were recently formed.“…most of these were newly formed, you have some fancy names too, like over $6 million to a company called A CREOLE RESTAURANT. Over $6 million, and this is for contracts in the Ministry of Public Works (Infrastructure), to do public works, one is a creole restaurant… I have some of the names here but I am not going to call the names now because we are checking now for these and you will see again a pattern there, friends and family, what we are seeing everywhere, and this is taking place in the regions, almost every region,” Jagdeo added.He also spoke about the recent action of the Regional Chairman of Region Nine (Uppe Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Bryan Allicock, who wrote to the Public Procurement Commission to point out that many projects in that region were being awarded without the requisite rules in such processes.“In the letter that he wrote them, said that approximately 60 projects were awarded and that only 18 were advertised and the rest came from selective tendering and a lot of these are to cronies, cronies and family. Another recent letter, one of the Toshaos in a village in South Central said that people went in, broke down the fence, and he doesn’t even know how a contract was awarded in his village. Some contract is awarded but you know the situation that people cannot go into Indigenous villages without permission etc, so that is taking place right across the country.”The Opposition Leader added that the PPP has been vocal about corrupt practices by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition Administration since it took office but that there seems to be an increase of such occurrences.last_img read more

Son of businessman gunned down at Bagotstown

first_imgThe son of the owner of C&F Meat Centre was on Thursday evening shot and killed at Norton Street Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara.Dead: Patrick Matthew FraserDead is 23-year-old Patrick Matthew Fraser. While information remains sketchy, Guyana Times understands that the young man was shot twice to his body in the yard of a burnt house.He was picked up and rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.At the scene, persons were tightlipped and did not reveal any information. However, it is believed that the now dead young man was liming with a group of friends when an argument broke out.It was during this time that one of his drinking buddies whipped out a gun and discharged two rounds, hitting Fraser. At the scene, a blood stained hat belonging to the young man was seen along with a piece of cloth and a pair of slippers.From reports gathered, the young man had frequented the area, and had been seen liming at the location on numerous occasions. Persons have confirmed that they heard the sound of the gunshots, and as they rushed to the scene, they saw the young man lying on the ground with blood oozing from his stomach.At the hospital, the relatives did not speak with the media. The Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Spierer eyed for new task

first_imgRetired sheriff’s commander and current Santa Clarita City Council contender Robert Spierer has been approached to review child-abuse investigations in the county’s juvenile halls and youth probation camps. Spierer, who will run in next April’s council election, would be paid $150,000 a year for up to three years to review Los Angeles Probation Department reports, under the terms of a proposed contract. “It’s my understanding they want me merely to take a look at their investigations to ensure they’re done in the best possible way and that they’re being done in a timely manner,” Spierer, 62, said Thursday. The county Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on Spierer’s contract. The initial agreement is for one year, but it can be extended two more. According to the proposed contract, Spierer would double-check investigations of child abuse or excessive or unnecessary force against young inmates. The Probation Department is under a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, which appointed a federal monitor to make recommendations for reforms. One of those recommendations calls for a review of uses of force or alleged child abuse. In 2002, the Justice Department began an investigation into abuses at juvenile halls, finding that staff workers used pepper spray excessively, hog-tied a child and failed to properly care for youths who had threatened suicide. Since then, the county has been seeking to implement dozens of recommendations from a federal monitor. Spierer, who retired at the rank commander, was at one point captain of the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station. And while he never investigated child-abuse cases in his career, he was in charge of internal investigations and was a department advocate involved in disciplinary cases. “They came to me and asked me if I was interested,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it.” In Santa Clarita, Spierer applied unsuccessfully in December for appointment to a vacated seat on the council. Early this year, he announced plans to run in the next election, when two seats on the five- member council will be open. — Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 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

Fort St. John Soccer Club wants to build a new facility

first_imgThe soccer club has been fundraising for few years now and have decided the money should go towards building a new facility, but as Snider explains, the lack of information – specifically regarding a location – leave some skeptical to donate.“Anybody who wants to donate money wants to know where it’s going to go,” says Snider. “So number one is where [is the location] – what land do we have?”Snider adds, “The second part, the questions we’ve been asked is, what kind of commitment the city is willing to help us with?”The presentation concluded with Mayor Lori Ackerman asserting the legitimacy of Snider’s request, and while no formal decision was made, council will consider a new facility for the club the next time the city’s Master Recreation Plan is discussed.Advertisement According to club representative Darren Snider, all children 10 years and younger can’t go into the pitch due to limited space, and for the second straight year, the club also has a waiting list for those who were unable to play this season given the increase in registration.“The [soccer facility] that you built for us three years ago now is great, and I think it kind of wet everybody’s appetite a little bit,” explains Snider during Monday’s council meeting. “Our numbers are such that not even half the kids get to play in there right now; the rest are playing in the school gymnasium still, so that’s kind of cramped that way.”It’s not only an increase in children wanting to play, as Snider says their men and women leagues are both capped at capacity.- Advertisement -“Our intention is to keep this sport inexpensive so everyone can play, but a the same time, we need time to do that.”This is where the soccer club’s business plan becomes critical in the presentation to council, as the club has major aspirations requiring major financial support.“It’s an entire outdoor pitch covered with a steel building.” Snider goes on to say. “…The entire pitch would allow us to play three games of 7 vs. 7 soccer [with] crossways on it – which is more what we play in summer soccer anyways …or five smaller foot-size pitches, which we play in the existing pitch now – kind of a 5 vs. 5 game.”Advertisement “I’m pleased to see that you’re talking about the North Peace region as seeing this as well, and so I think moving forward, we’ll receive this and use it in our conversations once we’ve received the Master Recreation Plan,” says Mayor Ackerman.Mayor Ackerman says this is one of three facility requests, and brought to light the possibility of the soccer club sharing a facility with the North Peace Gymnastics Association and North Peace Family Super Park’s proposed indoor playground.Snider says the club has considered this option; however they’ve yet to commit to a partnership.last_img read more

Mukumu, Shimba in Chapa Dimba quarters

first_imgIn the Girls category, Waa Girls from Coast will lock horns with Tar Tar from Rift Valley in the biggest clash.Other fixtures will see Plateau Queens (Nyanza) take on Ngakaa Talent Academy (Eastern), Nairobi Winner will face Arch Bishop Njenga (Western) while the lady luck fell on   Limuru Starlets (Central) who were handed a bye to Semi finals.Deputy Tournament Director, Chapa Dimba Patrick Korir (left) and Nyanza region Football Coordinator, Maurice Onyango (right) conduct a draw during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Nationals finals Drawat Michael Joseph Centre.The National Finals are slated to be hosted at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County from March 22-25, where the overall winner of both Boys and Girls will pocket Sh1mn and earn a fully paid trip to London where they will train with the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Brand Ambassador, Victor Wanyama at the Tottenham Hot Spur home ground.“The tournament is a perfect example of how football can be used to open doors for girls and boys from all backgrounds. This programme has given us the opportunity to scout for talented footballers from all over the country,” Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa said during the draw.“Players like David Majak, Fredrick Krop, and Oscar Kengwa have already signed up for  Premier League teams while the likes of James Omsinde and John Njuguna have earned call ups to the national under 20 team,” Mwendwa added.The national finals follows a series of regional contests played across the country. The teams that will represent Nairobi will be known this weekend as Stima club grounds hosts the capital’s showdown.Safaricom, Head of Nairobi West Region, Victor Ngumo (right) and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa (Left), follow proceedings during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom NationalFinals Draw at Michael Joseph Centre.Over 1,600 teams registered for the tournament that begun in September 2017 including 1,342 boys’ teams and 282 girls’ sides.“We are very proud to have reached this leg of the tournament and would wish to thank all the stakeholders who have made this possible,”  Victor Ngumo, Head of Nairobi West region, Safaricom, said.“We are just days away from finding out who will walk away with Sh1mn and the opportunity to go to London to spend some time with English Premier League star Victor Wanyama.”The first semi-final saw Archbishop Njenga beat Chelebei 3-1 while Shinyalu thrashed Kingandole 4-0 to see the two sides book a mouth watering finale for the only slot to represent Western in the national final. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThe programme was started with an aim of promoting grassroots football and propelling gifted players into the national team.“As a company, this is truly in line with our goal of transforming the lives of Kenyan Youth. We wish all the participating teams the very best as they embark on their quest for the ultimate prize,” Ngumo added.Safaricom has invested Sh100m towards the program which includes Sh10m worth of prizes as well as funds for renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.David Majak celebrating after completing his brace for his Kapenguria Heroes side against Nakuru All Stars in the Final of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift Region played at the Narok Stadium on November 5, 2017. Photo/SOKAChapa Dimba Na Safaricom Players signed in KPL ClubsYusuf Mainge – Manyatta (AFC),Ahmed Subri – Al-Hayat (Kariobangi Sharks),David Majak – Kapenguria Heroes (Homeboyz)Fred Krop – Kapenguria Heroes (Homeboyz)Hassan Iddi-  Bomani youth (Bandari)John Njuguna Euronuts (Kariobangi Sharks)Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Players called up to U-20 James OmsindeAshisoma,  John Collins Njuguna, Ali Mwakiba, Ezekiel Nyati Mugo, Yusuf Mainge, Elisha Owino, Jimmy Wafula, Musa masika, Alpha Chris, Patrick Ochieng, Meja Henry, Alvin Mangeni, Mike Odihambo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mukumu Boys player thanking Gor before the match. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – Mukumu Boys from Western Region will tackle Shimba Hills from Coast in the highlight of the Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom quarter-finals after the two were paired in the draw conducted on Tuesday.The other Boys quarters will see Nyanza’s Ombek the Red Devils face Euronuts from Central, Mwingi Junior Stars (Eastern) are set for an acid test against Kapenguria Heroes (Rift Valley) while Al Hayat (North Eastern) will play against Nairobi Men Winner.last_img read more

KCB beat Talanta to earn return to KPL

first_imgThe three points will ensure KCB’s final match against Nairobi Stima next weekend will be a mere formality.The bankers moved to 75 points in the National Super League (NSL) standings, eight ahead of third placed Nairobi Stima who will be playing Kenya Police in the other NSL match later Sunday.“I am really pleased to have scored today in such an important match to help the team get back to the league. It was a tough match but we knew when we get one goal, things will be easy. I can’t really explain how it feels because we have fought for this so much,” goal scorer Gicheru said.KCB FC defender Dennis Gicheru celebrates after scoring for KCB during their National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAmazingly, Gicheru scored one of the four goals for Wazito FC last year when they beat Kenya Police 4-1 in Narok to earn promotion to the KPL which now means he has scored in both crucial matches and earned promotion with two different teams in consecutive years.Head coach Elvis Ayany, a former player of the bankers was in cloud nine after sealing the slot.“It has been a tough season and every game has been like a final. Over the last three years we have come very close but lost it in the final four games. This time round, we were very serious in every game and we did not underrate anyone,” Ayany pointed out.After being frustrated by a high defending Talanta, coached by former KCB boss Abdallah Juma, the bankers upped the tempo in the second half.On the hour mark, they came inches close when Samuel Mwangi’s venomous strike from distance was finger tipped over the bar by Talanta keeper Joel Bataro.KCB FC midfielder Samuel Mwangi strides forward during his side’s National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMwangi had come in after 35 minutes replacing Shami Kibwana who had found it tough to maintain the tempo with the scorching mid-morning sun and the blazing Toyoyo turf taking a toll on him.KCB were almost punished in the 70th minute when a defensive blunder by Isaac Okello gifted Emmanuel Mogaka the ball at the edge of the area, but the Talanta man’s shot from range was well collected by KCB keeper Omar Adisa.The bankers had a glorious opportunity with quarter of an hour left when an industrious Chrispinus Onyango did well on the left to lay in a cross that was met by Kennedy Owino, but the latter’s shot with acres of space ahead of him came against the side-netting.KCB FC striker Chrispinus Onyango was brought down leading to the opening goal during his side’s National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe search finally yielded fruit with nine minutes left when Gicheru poked the ball home at the backpost when Ng’ang’a’s in-swinging freekick evaded a forest of bodies.Former AFC Leopards winger Simon Abuko then sealed the win in added time when he slotted home from the penalty spot after Mwangi was brought down inside the box by Brian Okeyo.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dennis Gicheru leads celebrations afte scoring for KCB in their National Super League match against Talanta as they earned a return to the KPL on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – Dennis Gicheru and Simon Abuko scored in the final 10 minutes as KCB FC beat a stubborn FC Talanta 2-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday to earn promotion back to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after three years.Gicheru poked home at the back post from a Dennis Ng’ang’a freekick with nine minutes left before Simon Abuko slotted home from the penalty spot in added time to finally break a stubborn FC Talanta as they earned an unassailable lead in second position.last_img read more