Cranes hoping for maximum points against DRC

first_img Tags: Abdu LumalaAFCON 2019Bevis MugabiDenis OnyangoDRC congoEmmanuel OkwiFarouk Miyagodfrey walusimbiHassan WasswaKhalid AuchoMike AziraMurushid Juukopatrick kadduSebastien DesabretopUganda CranesYannick Bolasie and Cedric BakamabuYusuf Mulumbu The Cranes best performance came in the 1978 edition.AFCON 2019Congo DR vs Uganda Cairo International Stadium, CairoSaturday, 22-06-2019 @5:30pmThe Uganda Cranes will be hoping to get off to the best possible start, when they take on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in their AFCON 2019 Group A opener on Saturday afternoon.After a 2-week long camp in Abu Dhabi, the Cranes are understood to have had the best of preparations as they seek to write history in Ugandan football.Uganda’s best ever performance at the AFCON, dates back to 1978, when they finished as the tournament’s runners up after losing 0-2 to Ghana in the final.In 2017, the Cranes made their return to AFCON after 39 years of waiting, however, they could not get past the group stages.This time round, especially after the tournament was expanded to 24 teams, Uganda is expected to make the last 16.Uganda boosts arguably the best goalkeeper at the tournament in Denis Onyango and coupled with a talented crop in front of him, it is only right to up the expectations, starting with the game against DRC.What they are saying ahead of the gameDenis Onyango, Uganda Cranes captain“We shall need to work as a complete team. To get as far as we can, we need to get the best use of the team quality.“We have camped for a long time in Abu Dhabi and virtually all the players know each other well. Football is a team sport and you cannot win a game when you are playing individual football.“Against DR Congo, we need that first victory because it always pushes us further. Our goal is to go past the group stages.Sebastien Desabre, Uganda Cranes head coach“The Uganda Cranes team is ready to compete at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt. The players are ready to give the maximum.“We have good organisation, cohesion and quality in the team basing on values of working together. Each player has a task to play together.“As a complete unit we shall achieve a lot. The spirit is good enough. We camped in Abu Dhabi to get used to the weather here in Egypt. The weather was not good for us in the first week but we later acclimatised to it. I am happy with the camp we had in Abu Dhabi.Uganda lost 0-1 to Egypt in their first game in the last edition in Gabon and it is a scenario that they will need to avoid this time round.However, DRC will be having very different ideas come match day. The Leopards have progressed passed the group stages in each of their last two AFCON appearances and know how pivotal the first game is.DRC has progressed to the knock out stages in each of their past two AFCON tournaments’ appearances.Having won the title twice in history, DRC are strong outsiders to clinch this years’ title and with a squad boosting the likes of Yusuf Mulumbu, Yannick Bolasie and Cedric Bakamabu, they are indeed out to cause havoc starting with the game against UgandaMatch StatsDR Congo have progressed through to the knockout stages at each of the last two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and achieved a third-place finish in 2015. The squad arrived in Egypt on Monday night direct from Spain where they had held their pre-tournament training camp having concluded their preparations with a 1-1 draw against Kenya. Although they are unbeaten in their last five matches, they have won only one of those games with a solitary win against Liberia being their only success in their last nine outings.Uganda are appearing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the second consecutive time having featured in 2017 after an absence of 39 years without making it through to the finals. They had a comfortable qualifying passage to reach this stage as they didn’t lose a match or concede a goal in five matches before a defeat in Tanzania when they had already confirmed qualification. Preparations for the tournament were completed with a 1-0 victory against the Ivory Coast last Saturday. Farouk Miya – who is likely to be one of Uganda’s main players at the tournament – scored his 22nd international goal to settle the match in Uganda’s favour.Uganda Cranes probable line upDenis Onyango (GK), Bevis Mugabi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Abdu Lumala, Patrick Kaddu.The other Group A gameEgypt vs Zimbabwe – Saturday, 21-06-2019 @11pmSaturday’s other fixtures-Nigeria vs Burundi @8pm-Guinea vs Madagascar @11pmComments last_img read more

Cape Town to play host to ‘cheeky’ new arts festival

first_img17 April 2014Cape Town is to host to a new performing arts festival that will be modelled on some of the world’s most popular fringe festivals, Tony Lankester, the chief executive of the National Arts Festival, announced on Tuesday.The Cape Town Fringe is a spin-off of the National Arts Festival, which is traditionally held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape in July. It is a partnership with the City of Cape Town.The festival, which will be held in September, will feature “young, dynamic and cutting-edge work” from some of the South Africa’s leading theatremakers, Lankester said.‘Bold, innovative’“The fringe model rests on two pillars. Firstly, the nature of the work on a fringe is such that it is bold, innovative, exciting and it pushes boundaries for both artists and audiences.“Secondly, a fringe festival has a business model behind it which encourages independence and sustainability, while costs are shared between performers,” Lankester said.The Cape Town Fringe aims to present around 40 productions in venues across the city as well as in areas such as Langa township.“Access is critical to the success of a fringe and was a big factor in our decision to proceed with this project,” said Ian Neilson, Cape Town’s deputy mayor and acting mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing.The City of Cape Town has committed to partner on the project for three years, provided the event meets certain attendance and participation targets. “We want this event to not only enrich the lives of residents, but also to create jobs, contribute to the economy and drive tourism,” Neilson said.Call for proposalsA public call for proposals was made at the event’s launch on Tuesday. Ismail Mahomed, the National Art Festival’s artistic director, said the organisers would be looking for work that was “brash, bold, cheeky, outspoken, confident, socially aware and independent”.“The fringe model means that productions will pay a modest registration and venue- hire fee, and then take the lion’s share of the box office,” Mahomed said. “The fringe itself then manages the bulk of the marketing, ticket sales, venue setup and all the staffing, financial, technical and legal requirements for the event.”Cape Town’s City Hall will be the home base of the event, featuring several performance venues and a “fringe hub” where artists, audiences and the media will be able to gather.World Fringe AllianceThe National Arts Festival is a member of the World Fringe Alliance, a grouping of nine fringe festivals around the world which collectively reach an audience of more than 3-million people. Alliance members are the festivals in Grahamstown, Hollywood, New York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Amsterdam, Perth and Adelaide.“We’re building the Cape Town Fringe on this bedrock of global best practice,” said Lankester, who is the founding chair of the alliance. “Through our network we will be able to bring some great international productions to Cape Town, and continue creating opportunities for our artists to travel the world.”The Cape Town Fringe will run from 25 September until 5 October. The call for proposals is open.Website: reporterlast_img read more

No rest for the weary

first_imgRustiness could be an issue for the well-rested Elasto Painters when they clash with the weary—yet very determined—Magnolia Hotshots at the start of their best-of-seven Final Four series on Friday, which will highlight an interesting matchup of contrasts as far as schedules in that span go.Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao with the Hotshots to play their 11th game since March 6—and would be playing every other day from hereon to shoot for four wins and make it to the Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOn the other hand, Rain or Shine has gone 2-1 in that very same span, and, coming into this game also having all the time to prepare is a plus coaching staff led by Caloy Garcia should be able to exploit.While Magnolia will only have less than 48 hours to regroup after bundling out Barangay Ginebra in Game 3 of their quarterfinal series on Wednesday, the Hotshots are enjoying a level of cohesion that coach Chito Victolero points to as the biggest factor in their campaign. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Victolero is again trying to downplay his chances—and motivating his charges—by saying that they are the underdogs here.“Again, we’re the underdogs. We have a very tough team coming up. They’re the No. 2 team, [after all].”But that certainly does not seem to be the case the way he has made the Hotshots play, as they have gone 7-3 in that 10-game span with victories over some of the toughest teams out there.Top-ranked Phoenix Pulse and powerhouse San Miguel Beer are in the other semifinal pairing, with that series to start on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Fuel Masters have also gotten a lot of rest and the Beermen, shooting to extend their unprecedented reign here to five years, basically took the same path as that of the Hotshots, though not as hectic.Lee was the game’s Best Player on Wednesday, hitting a big triple in the stretch just as the Hotshots seemed ready to implode after seeing a 20-point lead dwindle down to nine.The Painters, who are also seeking to win a first all-Filipino title, have the defensive tools to shut down Lee, and the size to go mano-a-mano underneath with the Hotshots.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no doubt that Rain or Shine has the fresher legs coming into this long semifinal series.But what can those do against the team playing the best basketball in the PBA Philippine Cup the last five weeks?ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue National runner Poliquit, 30 “It has been about team effort,” he said shortly after disposing of the Gin Kings, 85-72. “The chemistry has been commendable. We’re enjoying every possession.”Paul Lee, who was virtually unstoppable in Game 3 and who would want to win his first all-Filipino crown, echoed his coach’s view: “We may not be the most talented team, but I think in terms of chemistry, we’re No. 1.”It wasn’t also lost on Garcia how well Magnolia handled Ginebra, which the Hotshots held below 80 points in each of the last two games of the quarterfinals.“They did a good job dictating the tempo against Barangay Ginebra,” Garcia told the Inquirer on Thursday. “If we can limit our errors, I think we could pull off a win.”And while the Magnolia swept Rain or Shine the last time they met in a series,ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara with sixth hundred in a losing cause as captain

first_imgVirat Kohli’s 123 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia saw him break numerous records but the result of the match also added an unfortunate black spot on his captaincy career.Kohli’s 25th hundred went in vain as India lost to Australia by 146 runs in Perth on Tuesday.It was the seventh instance when Kohli scored a hundred but in a losing cause in the longest format. He also went past Brian Lara’s unwanted record of scoring the most centuries in a losing cause as captain.The Perth Test defeat was the sixth time Kohli lost a match as captain in which he scored a century, going past former West Indies skipper Lara’s five losses. Australia captain Steve Waugh is next with four hundreds in a losing cause.The loss also extended India’s dismal record while chasing in away Tests. It was the team’s 15th loss while chasing a target of 200 or more in an away Test in the last 15 years.The last time India successfully chased down a 200-plus target in an away Test was back in 2003 against Australia in Adelaide. They have managed to save 6 matches since then.It was also India’s sixth loss while chasing in an away Test this year after Cape Town (target: 208), Centurion (target: 287), Birmingham (target: 194), Southampton (target: 245), The Oval (target: 464) and Perth (target: 287).Virat Kohli discusses the form of India’s two opening batters #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018Australia on the other hand, managed to register its first Test win under captain Tim Paine after bowling out India for 140 in the first session on Day 5, while defending 287 at the Optus stadium.advertisementPaine, who has led Australia in 5 Tests since succeeding Steve Smith in March, has a record of 1 win, 3 losses and 1 draw so far.It was also Australia’s first win since March 5 in Durban – before the damaging ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that rocked the nation – and head coach Justin Langer’s first since he took over from Darren Lehmann.5 losses and 1 draw have preceded this match. This win will also be special for the home side as it was the first Test match being played at the newly-built Optus stadium in Perth.That winning feeling!Australia celebrate their first Test victory in more than nine months!#AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018The Test was the first at the new 60,000-seat stadium located in Burswood after a 47-year run at the WACA but crowds were disappointing especially when fierce heat blighted the early part of the match.The series shifts to the traditional Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground followed by the finale in Sydney.Also Read | Gavaskar critical of Kohli’s team selection in Perth: Why bring Bhuvneshwar to Australia?Also Read | To compete against Virat Kohli and take his wicket was pretty special: Nathan LyonAlso Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth Testlast_img read more

10 months agoRudiger slams Chelsea: Stupid! Mentally weak!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rudiger slams Chelsea: Stupid! Mentally weak!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Toni Rudiger blew his top after their dismal defeat to Leicester City.Stamford Bridge was stunned into silence as a single goal from Jamie Vardy derailed Maurizio Sarri’s men and saw them fall further behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.Speaking after the final whistle, a clearly angry Rudiger ranted the Blues can no longer think about the title.And he also revealed that the squad is lacking mental strength, calling the situation “stupid.”Rudiger said: “It’s a disaster. We don’t talk about the title any more.“If we can’t win these games, we can’t compete. We only talk now about top four.“Maybe it’s a lack of mentality. Stupid.” last_img read more

10 months agoDerby, Preston chasing Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby, Preston chasing Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaserby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United face losing Dan Barlaser for nothing.The Daily Mail says the Turkey youth international is currently impressing during a loan spell at League One Accrington Stanley and boss John Coleman is desperate to extend his stay beyond January.Barlaser – who has also been involved with England Under-18s – has appeared three times for Newcastle’s first team but is said to have improved markedly in recent months given the exposure to senior football.The 21-year-old is now attracting interest from the likes of Middlesbrough, Derby, Preston and Wigan who are aware of his contract situation at St James’ Park. last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defence

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defence after defeat at Norwich City.City’s defence were shaky during the 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road and with Aymeric Laporte out injured John Stones returned to the back line alongside Nicolas Otamendi.Guardiola was asked if he would consider rotating his squad for the upcoming Champions League group stage game in Ukraine on Wednesday night.”Of course we can do it (rotate), because we have to see if maybe we have problems, maybe they are tired, maybe another one we will need another one,” Guardiola replied.”Just the spirit, just if you want to take a step for the team, for the club, we are going to solve it, if not we are going to suffer. We are going to fight again and again. But I’m sorry but if you believe for that reason that I have doubts in my team, I can’t.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Dene Elder says episode of First Contact was hurtful but says there

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe premier of the APTN series First Contact is generating a lot of discussion.It takes six non-Indigenous Canadians on a 28 day journey to communities, and cities to challenge their preconceptions of who First Nation, Metis and Inuit people are.Episode one shows the harsh reality of what some Canadians think of Indigenous peoples.Some say they shouldn’t be given this forum.Tamara watched the show with a Dene Elder who says the first episode is triggering, but at the same time, gives him [email protected]@aptn_tamaralast_img

Slow start turns into blowout for Ohio State Buckeyes beat Tulsa 483

OSU junior Jalyn Holmes embraces a teammate after a play against Tulsa on Sept. 10, 2016. OSU won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State football fans came into Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa with high hopes after the team’s drubbing of Bowling Green last week. Buckeye fans saw a much different game in the first half from their team against the Golden Hurricane, but OSU was too much to handle in the second half, winning 48-3.Things could not have started better for the Buckeyes, as the first pass from Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans was tipped at the line, and intercepted by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.A short field did not help OSU find the endzone early. After two failed run plays, a pass from redshirt junior J.T. Barrett intended for redshirt sophomore Noah Brown was swatted away, forcing the Buckeyes to trot out their field goal unit.After senior kicker Tyler Durbin gave OSU a 3-0 lead, the game fell into a defensive stalemate. Sloppy offensive play and little movement by either team’s offensive units kept things close throughout the first quarter.“The offensive line gets a lot of praise around,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Also, when things aren’t going well, it’s probably because we’re not playing up to our expectation level.”Coming off a stellar game against San Jose State, Tulsa junior running back D’Angelo Brewer found wide-open running lanes for much of the first half, slashing through the Buckeyes front seven for 47 first-half yards.The absence of redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle was apparent for the Buckeyes. A distinct lack of push along the defensive line allowed Evans to remain in the pocket and create space for Brewer to pick up multiple first downs.“The loss of Tracy Sprinkle…it set us back a bit because he’s such a great leader and a great player,” OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “These young guys had a good day and stepped up.”Hubbard also said he was pleased with the play of redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, who are filling in for the injured Sprinkle. Combined, the two players picked up three tackles.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett struggled to connect with receivers, completing eight passes on 14 attempts and only racking up 69 yards. His biggest target of the first half, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, had a 16-yard catch, which was the longest reception of the first half.Without much of an offensive attack, the Silver Bullets stepped up in a big way, picking off Evans three times in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker’s interception was good enough for a 26-yard return, putting the Buckeyes up 13-3.Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore picked off two first half passes, returning one all the way back for a score with less than a minute left in the half.“This was my first pick six ever; I was excited to just get out there,” Lattimore said. “I had some blockers in front of me, so they really helped me out, too.”A delay for inclement weather lasted from 5:25 p.m. until 6:35 p.m., as lightning was spotted multiple times near the stadium during the pause in play. The halftime show was cancelled, and many OSU fans left the stadium during the hour-long storm.However, the Buckeyes were a different team in the second half, leaning heavily on the legs of junior H-back Curtis Samuel.On the initial drive of the second half, Samuel busted off a few double-digit yardage runs, and set a key block that opened a lane for Barrett to break the goal line. The touchdown marked Barrett’s second rushing touchdown of the season.The hour-long break seemed to create a spark for OSU on both sides of the ball, with the Buckeyes preventing Tulsa from scoring during the second half. Evans threw his fourth interception on the day, and once again failed to find paydirt.Opposing offenses have struggled against OSU so far this season, with the Buckeyes defense having yet to surrender a touchdown to another team’s offense.Weber was the leading rusher of the day for OSU, carrying the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Barrett finished the day with a statline of 14 for 22 and 149 yards, with no passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.“I thought the best thing he did is he hit the hole hard, he ran hard, but he also hung on that ball,” Meyer said. “It’s night and day compared to who he was a year ago.”Samuel came back to Earth a bit after racking up 261 all-purpose yards last Saturday, failing to find the endzone after scoring three times against Bowling Green. He still managed to gain 140 total yards, much of which came in the second half.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson picked up a late touchdown run, which was his first rushing touchdown of the year.The wide receiver’s play for OSU was heavily criticized by Meyer last week, and there was little in terms of improvement by the unit. Wideouts for the Buckeyes combined for five receptions, 49 yards and no scores.The Buckeyes face a tough test next week in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Sooners. 14th-ranked Oklahoma lost in its first week against then-No. 15 Houston, taking a hit to its ranking. Both OSU and Oklahoma will be looking for a win to remain prominent in the national picture.The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium next Saturday.This article has been amended by quotes following the post-game conference. read more

Football Torrance Gibson signs letter of intent with junior college

Former OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson (6) carries the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson’s future in Columbus was uncertain following his semester-long suspension before the team began its 2016 season in September. On Tuesday, Gibson expressed his desire to play elsewhere, at least for the near future.Gibson signed a letter of intent with junior-college program Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A press release sent from a team’s spokesman said Gibson will enroll in the spring.Although Gibson’s signing does show his interest in playing for the Bulldogs, the letter of intent is not binding, meaning he can continue to search for other options, like from other Division I schools. Gibson is eligible to play in 2017 for MGCCC, but would have to sit out a full season if he were to transfer to another Division I school.Gibson, a native of Plantation, Florida, attended American Heritage School and was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. He came out of high school as a four-star dual-threat quarterback and rated the No. 6 athlete in the class by 247Sports.Gibson redshirted his first year at OSU while undergoing a change from quarterback to wide receiver. Gibson shined in the 2016 spring game, scoring twice. OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the wide receiver was “in the mix” for playing time this year before his suspension.“We are looking forward to having Torrance join our football program,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said in a press release. “We are confident in his abilities on the field and his character off the field, and we expect him to contribute to our team and the Gulf Coast community.Gibson is expected to play quarterback at MGCCC. He made the switch to receiver with OSU after an already deep group at signal caller forced him to make a change.Editor’s Note 12/13: Gibson’s high school has been corrected to American Heritage School. The Lantern originally published that Gibson attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. read more