Boys’ Town’s Virgo accepts apology from ‘Tuffy’

first_imgBoys’ Town stalwart defender Xavian Virgo says he holds no ill feelings towards temperamental Waterhouse striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, who knocked him unconscious with an elbow during their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Barbican Field last Sunday.”Tuffy called me the night. Although I could not really hear what he was saying because the line was breaking up, I knew he was apologising, so I just told him that everything was all right and that there were no hard feelings,” he said.”This is something that Tuffy Anderson always does in a game. He plays like that. It’s a natural thing for him,” admitted Virgo.”It’s dangerous because it was a scary moment for me. But it was just a challenge, and I came out on the bad side of it. He could have come out on the wrong side as well. So I have nothing against Tuffy. It’s just one of those days. It’s football all over,” Virgo told The Gleaner at a Locker Room Sports KSAFA Jackie Bell KO match at their Collie Smith Drive grounds on Tuesday, which Boys’ Town won 4-2 over Maxfield Park.Virgo also implored.”All I am just saying as a player is that we need to be more careful because it might happen to somebody else and it might be worse,” he said.”Some of the players need to be careful when they are playing because serious things can happen in football and some of us have our families to take care of. We are not playing to hurt each other, even though we play to win, play aggressive and hard, but be careful when they are out there playing.”NODAMAGEThe 30-year-old said he went blank after being hit but is pleased to know that he did not receive any major damage.”Tuffy jumped in front of me, swung his elbow and hit me in the centre of my face. I fell to the ground and saw blood coming from my face and I called to the referee, who was running towards me, looked at it and said ‘Tuffy, you see what you did?’. Then after that, I can’t tell you what happened as I passed out.”But none of the bones were damaged, so that was good. I only have a little pain to the neck. But all in all, I am recovering well … . By the next game, I should be ready because I returned to training this (Tuesday) morning,” he disclosed.last_img read more

‘Fragile’ Man U struggling under Jose Mourinho

first_img And in those four games, United have scored only once – failing even to find a way past promoted Burnley last weekend to drop to eighth in the league. “Sometimes teams don’t score goals because of their philosophy, because the team isn’t aggressive enough and doesn’t risk enough,” Mourinho said. Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the ground running with four goals in four games after signing amid great fanfare in July, but since then the 35-year-old forward has looked his age by netting only once in 11. “Some players in our attacking areas lack confidence,” Mourinho said. “They’re not sharp and getting the chances that they can.” And the treatment room is getting crowded, too. Center backs Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling were joined on the injury list on Thursday by Paul Pogba, who limped off with a thigh injury. Then there’s another of Mourinho’s signings: Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian played the last 30 minutes of the loss in Turkey after two months out of the team. But the attacking midfielder is a shadow of the player who scored 23 goals and set up another 32 last season for Borussia Dortmund. “He has to do more, it is as simple as that,” Mourinho said. “We have big expectations in the club. We have lots of players for these positions, and he has to play better than (Juan) Mata, he has to play better than (Jesse) Lingard, he has to play better than (Anthony) Martial.” But something has changed with the two-time Champions League-winning coach, who is exhibiting the sullen and downbeat demeanour only seen later in his reigns at Chelsea, Inter Milan or Real Madrid. United should have read the warning signs. Maybe last season at Chelsea – when a title-winning team tumbled into the lower reaches of the Premier League – was not a blip. Can 53-year-old Mourinho still find a way to innovate and rejuvenate United in the way Juergen Klopp has turned Liverpool into title contenders again or Mauricio Pochettino has refreshed Tottenham? ONLY ONE GOAL LONDON (AP): Manchester United hoped Jose Mourinho would provide a quick fix. Hire the manager renowned as a “serial winner” and the stupor of the fleeting David Moyes and Louis van Gaal eras would vanish. There’s little sign of that. If anything, results and performances suggest the record 20-time English champions are regressing. Even Mourinho calls his team “fragile.” With five losses in his opening 16 games, Mourinho has made a worse start than Alex Ferguson’s two immediate successors who never came close to winning the Premier League or Champions League. Under Mourinho, United are even a diminished force in the second-tier Europa League. A 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce on Thursday left United third in their group with only six points out of a possible 12. Although Mourinho has previously expressed his disdain for UEFA’s Thursday night competition, the Portuguese coach doesn’t expect his team to slacken. There’s pride on the line, if little prestige. “Our problem started in our global attitude,” Mourinho said, berating his team for treating for the game like a friendly. The only encouraging moment in Turkey for United was Wayne Rooney ending a goal drought of almost three months – a moment of personal satisfaction, certainly for the 31-year-old captain. But there is little evidence Rooney, so ineffective for Mourinho, will provide any potency tomorrow at Swansea. There are clearly deeper flaws when the team goes through October without winning a single Premier League game, drawing three times and losing once on Mourinho’s humiliating return to Chelsea.last_img read more

CBL Opens 7th Rural Financial Institution in Sanniquellie

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia has opened its seventh Rural Financial Institution in Sanniquellie, Nimba County with local business entrepreneurs and county officials praising the CBL Governor, Dr. Mills Jones and staff for their economic and financial inclusion nationwide.The opening of the Nimba Rural Community Finance Institution (NRCFI) in Sanniquellie makes it the second financial institution constructed by the CBL and the Afriland First Bank in that County, the first one located in Karnplay, Gbelleyger District in Nimba County.The CBL, under Dr. Jones’ leadership, had inaugurated and opened five similar financial institutions in Karnplay, Gbeh-lay Geh District, Nimba County; Barclayville, Grand Kru County; Fish Town, River Gee County; Bopolu, Gbarpolu County; and Cestos City, River Cess County.These financial entities have since been bringing relief to government employees, businesses and other citizens in terms of moving to distant areas to get banking services including money transfer services.NRCFI is under the management of the Afriland First BankPresenting the banking license to the chairperson of the board of NRCFI, the CBL Governor urged citizens to utilize the facility by banking their money and paying back money credited to enable others to benefit.Gov. Jones declared, “We have to make the lives of the people of Rivercess County better and simple economics says, when you save you invest,” adding, “it is good to save your money for economic growth.”He noted that the CBL and Afriland Bank have done it with the creation of the rural financial institution, but it is the determination and hard work of the people that will bring growth and improve livelihoods.Earlier, Mr. Thomas King, Sr. Analyst, Microfinance and Financial Inclusion Unit of the CBL, who introduced the program, noted that the opening of the NRCFI would ease the problem of the residents to go to distant areas such as Tappita, Saclepea, Ganta and nearby villages to encash their salary checks, savings account, direct deposit and to utilize money transfer services such as MoneyGram or Western Union.At the dedicatory ceremony in Sanniquellie, traditional leaders praised the CBL and its leadership including the chairperson Board of Directors of the Afriland First Bank, Mrs. K. Margaret Korkpor, wife of Liberia’s Chief Justice, Francis Korkpor, for their tireless efforts in providing another banking institution to them.For her part, Mrs. Korkpor urged Nimbaians to make use of the facility by saving their money. She also promised them that the bank under her supervision as chairperson will provide better services to them.Also speaking, Nimba County Development Superintendent, Dorr Cooper cautioned Nimbaians against using the bank as a political tool by the people of the county noting that development should now be the inner objective of all Nimba citizens.At the same time, the traditional leaders vowed to support and sustain through the buying of shares and economic and financial interaction.Meanwhile, Hamadou Bayo, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Afriland First Bank, which provided technical assistance prior to the opening of the NRCFI, said the bank will serve all the financial transactions of the people of that county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US Embassy Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday

first_imgThe American Embassy in Monrovia’s Arts and Craft Fair has now become the best hotspot for quality artwork and showpieces, featuring more than 70 contemporary and traditional Liberian artists from around country and exhibiting an estimated US$300,000 worth of products. Like previous fairs, the May 7 event will see foreign citizens, Liberians of means and collectors come in their numbers to capture the latest developments in Liberian artistry and just to see artwork that depicts the living conditions of the ordinary person in Liberia.In the past few years, the fair has broken records as a place where vendors and artists can generate large amount of revenue in a single day and for its enjoyable atmostphere. Admission to the fair is free, but the prices of artworks vary depending on the work and its quality. The fair will feature live cultural and musical performances from Crusaders for Peace.Apart from paintings and other artwork, the fair will also feature new fabric –clothing, shoulder bags made from lappa, blouses stitched from country cloth, woven baskets, beaded jewelry made from recycled glass, wood logs carved into chairs, chest or African animal figurines, and detailed paintings of life in Liberia.“For the first fair in this year,” said Debbie Thornton, a professional associate in the Embassy’s public diplomacy section, “we have made numerous improvements and we expected that to be showcased by the vendors. “We encourage the artists to bring new, catchy showpieces for display. We will also be introducing some new kind of products as well. This fair is an opportunity we intend to give vendors to showcase their creativity to the outside world, but also to generating income,” Thornton added.The American Embassy is encouraging everyone in Liberia to come and support the vendors, as their purchases will empower small and medium-sized businesses. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fairview hoping to join NWJHL

first_imgFairview’s birth into the NWJHL would replace that of the Whitecourt Wolverines, who recently disbanded to avoid competition for the cities newest AJHL team.Fairview has already submitted a Letter of Intent stating they wish to gain acceptance into the Junior B hockey league, and will present their business plans for the team’s hopeful acceptance.Al Spence, the president of the North West Junior Hockey League says he feels Fairview has a strong chance of being accepted.- Advertisement -“I think they do. They have some very strong executives involved and a significant amount of money backing the team. Plus they seem very excited to get going.”Fairview had been involved in the NWJHL many moons ago, but Spence says it’s been at least 20 years since the league has seen players hit the ice representing Fairview.According to the president, not only is he confident Fairview will hit the ice next season, but that they will put together a talented and competitive team as well.Advertisement More information will be posted following the vote on June 2.last_img read more

Olunga, Marcelo recalled for Iraq, Thailand friendlies

first_imgAlso recalled to the team is forward Michael Olunga who missed the last match as he finalized his move to Spanish top tier side FC GIrona from Chinese top tier side Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng.The squad is majorly the same one that played against Mozambique but without defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng who is unavailable due to issues with his travel documents.Skipper Victor Wanyama, China based Ayub Timbe and defender Brian Mandela all miss due to injury while midfielder Johanna Omolo misses again due to club commitment.Imposing Gor Mahia defensive midfielder Kenneth Wendo who has been in imperious form for his club has also been listed in the final travelling party after impressing in the Kenya ‘B’ squad that played friendly matches in Morocco.The squad will only train for one day due to the KPL fixture congestion, reporting to camp on October 1 and travelling to Iraq the following day. The foreign based players will link up with the team in Iraq.“We have decided to name the final list without necessarily having to call players to camp due to the fixture congestion being experienced at the moment,” Okumbi said.“This, we believe, will not only allow clubs adequate time with the players but will also avert a crisis occasioned by the disruption of the league during this crucial period when most teams are battling to accrue crucial points vital in deciding where they sit at the end of the season,” coach Okumbi added.Full squadGoalkeepersPatrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia).DefendersHaron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), David Owino (Zesco FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti).MidfieldersAnthony Akumu (Zesco FC), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Kenneth Muguna, (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi FC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Eric Johana (Vasalund’s FC), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC).StrikersJohn Mark Makwata (Buildcon FC), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco FC), Michael Olunga (Girona FC).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga spreads his arms in celebration after scoring Kenya’s first goal against DR Congo in an international friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on march 26, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22- Georgia-based left back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma has been recalled by First Coach Stanley Okumbi ahead of Harambee Stars friendlies against Thailand and Iraq over the next international break on October 5-8.The left-back was overlooked by Okumbi for this month’s friendly match away to Mozambique with the tactician saying the player had dropped in levels owing to playing in a ‘less competitive’ league in Georgia.last_img read more

Light up Machakos, Put urges fans ahead of CECAFA final

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put watches proceedings during Kenya’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Burundi on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 15-Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put has urged fans to turn out in their droves on Sunday when the team plays in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final, insisting on the importance of the 12th man.Stars have found favor among fans in the two games played in Kisumu and Kakamega, but the atmosphere has been hugely underwhelming playing at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Giving an example of his time at the Burkina Faso national team when he led the side to the African Cup of Nations Final, the Belgian tactician says the fans have a huge role to play if Kenya will go on and win the tournament as well as succeed in future assignments.“When I came to Burkina Faso, there was a problem. Players were afraid to play at home because of the public. I told them that once they came behind the team, we will see better results and we ended in the AFCON final. I hope our fans will push our team in the final on Sunday and also for AFCON with the senior team,” Put said.He added; “I hope it’s the same with Kisumu because the fans came. If you have the support for example for AFCON and it’s 12 v 11, you have the advantage. We need people to come.”Fans enjoy proceedings during the opening ceremony for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars will be seeking their seventh Senior Challenge title, having last won it in 2013 when they beat Sudan 2-0 at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.Put is however worried with the fitness of his side after a grueling tournament that has already cost him three dependable players. Massoud Juma is out of the tournament after picking an injury against Libya on match day two.Musa Mohammed and Vincent Oburu were both substituted in the semi-final against Burundi on Thursday.“It will be tough for the players because we have had very tough matches. I don’t know whether Musa and Oburu will be available again; we will have to see over the next two days. But if they are out it will be an opportunity for other players to stand up and show themselves,” the coach said.He has also admitted they got lucky against Burundi who he said were the better team, but blamed it on difference in fitness.“We played four matches, Burundi had three. They were sure of qualification after two games and rested six of their players. For us we played with same players for four games. Add on that we had to travel a long way and you can’t really blame the players,” Put said on his side’s performance.Harambee Stars players line up for a group photo before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Burundi on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added;“We are not Barcelona, we are not Real Madrid; we have to be realistic. The first half Burundi was better and I was disappointed. We have to understand that we have played many games in a short period. We were lucky in first half because Burundi is a good team.”The tactician now says they will put in their best effort to ensure they win the tournament, saying the players have a chance to show their best infront of the whole continent.Kenya has a good history in playing CECAFA finals as they have won six of the seven finals they have played in. Their only final loss was in 2012 when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Uganda Cranes in Kampala.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

CAF Champions League springs to life as Esperance win

first_imgChamseddine Dhaouadi put Esperance ahead after only two minutes, Ammar Jemal equalised just before the half-hour and Sameh Derbali snatched the 77th-minute winner.The narrow win leaves the most intriguing of the last-eight ties delicately balanced ahead of the return match in Mediterranean resort Sousse next Friday.The other Saturday quarter-final, a dour struggle between Primeiro Agosto of Angola and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, ended 0-0 in Luanda.There were also no goals in the first Friday match with Horoya of Guinea held in Conakry by record eight-time African champions Al Ahly of Egypt.A few hours later, Senegalese midfielder Isla Daoudi Diomande scored early to earn Entente Serif of Algeria a 1-0 home win over title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.After those results, Ahly and five-time champions Mazembe will fancy their chances of reaching the semi-finals in a competition with a $2.5 million (2.1 mn euros) first prize.But the other two ties are balanced on a knife edge with Etoile, thanks to their away goal, and experienced knockout campaigners Wydad marginal favourites.The African champions qualify for the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup during December in the United Arab Emirates, where Real Madrid will be the star attraction.There was an electric atmosphere in Rades with a chase between security personnel and a streaker adding to the drama.Dhaouadi nodded twice champions Esperance ahead off a free-kick before another centre-back, Jemal, maintained his remarkable record of scoring vital CAF goals.Etoile, the only team to win all five current and past CAF club competitions, looked like they might sneak a draw until full-back Derbali struck.Meanwhile, there was far less excitement for a near-capacity crowd in a 50,000-seat Angolan stadium as Primeiro and Mazembe got bogged down in a largely midfield battle.The home side wasted a good chance when Nigerian Akinfenwa Ibukun fired wide from the edge of the box on 19 minutes after a careless clearance by Ivorian goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.Mika Miche should have put Mazembe ahead later in the opening half when Primeiro got themselves into a tangle, but his close-range shot was bravely blocked by a defender.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chamseddine Dhaouadi (C), pictured January 2017, put Esperance ahead after only 2 minutes © AFP/File / MOHAMED EL-SHAHEDJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 16 – A CAF Champions League quarter-finals goal shortage ended in the final fixture when Esperance edged Etoile Sahel 2-1 on Saturday in a first-leg showdown between Tunisian clubs.All the goals at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis came from defenders during a weekend when no striker found the net in the premier African club competition.last_img read more

Ocean Runaway heads Los Al trials

first_img After 3 consecutive losses this year in which he was second, including a runner-up spot in the grade 1 All-American Derby at Ruidoso, Ocean Runaway returned to Los Alamitos, where he won a division of the PCQHRA Breeders Derby qualifying trials and then won the grade 2 final. He will compete in the third division tonight, with Hector Cuevas riding for trainer Dennis Ekins. Gulfstream Five, second to Ocean Runaway in the PCQHRA, also is entered in the third heat. Jumpn (third), Senior Solo (fourth) and Lindas Dash (sixth) finished in back of Ocean Runaway and are competing in this evening’s trials. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week One More Habit and Dutch Schultz were seventh and eighth in the All-American Derby during their last starts, while other challengers in this evening’s trials include Get Downl Perry, second int eh Old Habit Handicap; A Sisster, runnerup in the Sgt. Pepper Feature Handicap; and Apollitical Time, fourth in the grade 1 Mildred Vessels Handicap. center_img Ocean Runaway will attempt to justify his claim as quarter horse’s leading 3-year-old when he heads a group of 21 speedsters clashing in three divisions of the Los Alamitos Super Derby qualifying trials tonight. The 3-year-old California-bred First Down Dash colt has won seven of 15 starts, with all of his victories coming at Los Alamitos, where he hasn’t lost a race. He has placed five times, all at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. He was named world champion 2-year-old last year. last_img read more


first_imgMore than 800 runners and walkers took part in today’s Donegal Marathon in what proved to be a fantastic occasion in Letterkenny.The organising committee pulled out all the stops to help start what could now be an annual event. From the serious runner to the first timer, everyone got something from today’s event.Pockets of spectators lined the 26.2 mile route and encouraged participants throughout.And awaiting at the Aura Leisure Centre was a welcome worthy of any marathon finish.With thanks to DonegalTV for an excellent round-up of today’s event. Simply click to play. DDTV – RELIVE THE SUCCESS OF THE WONDERFUL DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL MARATHONDonegalTVlast_img read more