Tensions rising at PSG after Barca defeat

first_img “What has been written by L’Equipe is absolutely false: We’re going to take legal action and we’re studying what path to take,” Di Campli told radio station CRC. “Verratti’s image is sacred and we won’t allow anyone to discredit it. It’s one thing to criticise the lad on a technical level and another to go into the personal aspect, saying things that are absolutely false.” Less than one hour after their first statement, PSG released another. This one denounced “lies” in an article claiming the club asked permission from police authorities to parade the Champions League trophy down the Champs-Elysees if it won the competition. “False. Extremely false. Why print such lies? What is L’Equipe’s goal here?” PSG’s second statement read. PSG players were also reportedly unhappy with L’Equipe’s pre-match coverage before Wednesday’s game, which appeared to be more about the threat posed by Barcelona than the fact PSG were odds on to reach the quarterfinals. In the end, PSG made history as the only team to be eliminated from the competition after winning the first leg 4-0. The shambolic way PSG conceded three goals in the last seven minutes drew scathing and widespread criticism. Angry PSG fans also waited to confront the players at the airport when they returned to France in the early hours of Thursday. This led to frustrations spilling over and one car, reportedly driven by midfielder Thiago Motta, lightly touched a fan who was standing in the way. That prompted another statement, late Thursday, explaining the situation. “Paris Saint-Germain players were confronted at Bourget Airport by several individuals. … These individuals verbally insulted the players before vandalising their cars. Several vehicles were damaged,” PSG said. “In this extremely hostile and aggressive climate, all vehicles were escorted to ensure the safe passage of the players, their families, and club staff members. One individual was struck by a car trying to escape the crowd that was physically threatening the players and their families.” PSG did not say if Motta or another player was driving the car, and added a police investigation was underway. Rocked by the astonishing defeat to Barcelona, the players must find their focus for the trip to play last-place Lorient tomorrow in the French league. PARIS (AP): Amid mounting tension at Paris Saint-Germain following their humiliating Champions League thrashing by Barcelona, the club have refuted reports saying two players were in a nightclub 48 hours before the 6-1 defeat, and launched a stinging attack on a leading newspaper. In the first of strongly worded club statements yesterday, PSG said it was an “insult to their professionalism and to the club” to allege players were in a nightclub. PSG aimed the first of two broadsides at sports daily L’Equipe, whose television channel reported that midfielders Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti were partying close to the game. “A defeat is never a reason to spread the most malicious rumors,” PSG’s statement said. “Shame on those – often L’Equipe – who spread them without even checking their ‘information.’ No credibility.” Verratti’s agent, Donato Di Campli, said legal action was being prepared. Reports denouncedlast_img read more

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Windies snap losing run

first_img GOOD RECOVERY PAKISTAN (20 overs maximum) Ahmed Shehzad b Badree 4 Kamran Akmal c Simmons b Samuels 48 Imad Wasim st Walton b Badree 0 Babar Azam b Narine 43 Shoaib Malik c Lewis b Brathwaite 2 Fakhar Zaman run out (Narine/Holder) 21 *+Sarfraz Ahmed run out (+Walton/Holder) 3 Wahab Riaz c Pollard b Williams 1 Sohail Tanveer not out 2 Shadab Khan not out 1 Extras (b1, lb7, w2) 10 Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 137 Hassan Ali did not bat Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Shehzad, 0.2 overs); 2-4 (Wasim, 0.4); 3-92 (Akmal, 12.1); 4-95 (Malik, 13.4); 5-115 (Babar, 15.4); 6-124 (Sarfraz, 17.2); 7-130 (Wahab, 18.3); 8-132 (Fakhar, 19.1) Bowling: Badree 4-0-22-2; Holder 4-0-26-0; Williams 4-0-21-1 (w1); Brathwaite 3-0-15-1; Narine 3-0-34-1 (w1); Samuels 2-0-11-1 WEST INDIES (target: 138 off 20 overs) E. Lewis c Wahab Riaz b Shadab Khan 91 +C. Walton c Fakhar Zaman b Sohail Tanveer 1 M. Samuels c Imad Wasim b Wahab Riaz 18 J. Mohammed not out 17 L. Simmons not out 4 Extras (lb3, w3, nb1) 7 Total (3 wkts, 14.5 overs) 138 K Pollard, *C Brathwaite, J Holder, S Narine, S Badree, K Williams did not bat Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Walton, 1.2 overs); 2-58 (Samuels, 7.6); 3-134 (Lewis, 14.4) Bowling: Imad Wasim 3-0-20-0 (w1); Sohail Tanveer 3-0-40-1 (nb1, w1); Hassan Ali 2-0-20-0; Shadab Khan 3.5-0-38-1; Wahab Riaz 2-0-6-1 (w1); Shoaib Malik 1-0-11-0 Result: West Indies won by seven wickets Series: Pakistan lead four-match series 2-1 Player of the Match: E Lewis (West Indies) Umpires: G Brathwaite, L Reifer Jr Video umpire: J Wilson Match referee: J Crowe (New Zealand) 4th umpire: N Duguid PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Hometown boy Evin Lewis went on a six-hitting spree to lead the charge with a pugnacious 91 that ended West Indies’ home season losing skid in style with a convincing seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third Twenty20 International on Saturday here. Playing in front of a crowd of more than 6,000, the diminutive left-hander went ballistic upon the Pakistani bowlers, striking five fours and an incredible nine sixes from just 51 balls, as the Windies successfully chased 138 on a docile Queen’s Park Oval pitch to claim their first victory in six international matches on home soil for the year. The 25-year-old Lewis, from the remote village of Tableland, about 30 kilometres east of the southern Trinidad city of San Fernando, shared half-century stands with Marlon Samuels and compatriot Jason Mohammed to capture the Player of the Match prize and put the West Indies firmly on track for a morale-boosting victory before he was dismissed with four needed. Lendl Simmons, another Trinidad and Tobago native, carried the home team to the magic number with 31 balls remaining, when he scorched a drive back past leg-spinner Shadab Khan, whose bowling was the difference between the two sides in the first two matches in the series, but was reduced to rubble by a rampaging Lewis. The result meant that West Indies now trail 1-2 in the four-match series, following a six-wicket loss in the first T20I last Sunday at Kensington Oval and a three-run defeat in the second match last Thursday at this venue. The final match of the series will be contested today. SCOREBOARD West Indies did well to recover from a half-century, third-wicket stand between Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam to restrict the Pakistanis to 137 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs after they chose to bat. After leg-spinner Samuel Badree struck twice in the first over of the match, Akmal hit top score of 48 and Babar supported with 43 in a stand of 88 before the Pakistanis badly lost their way in the second half of their innings. The Windies then suffered a setback in the second over, when Chadwick Walton was caught at deep backward square-leg off Sohail Tanveer for one from a flick.last_img read more

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Best of the best

first_imgView comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Statistical leader and rookie Christian Standhardinger was third, with NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle winding up fourth and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar bringing up the rear of the five-man pack of candidates.Banchero tallied 753 points, with Standhardinger, who would have been a shoo-in for the award had San Miguel Beer made the Finals, finishing with a total of 659.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 ChrissMagnolia and Alaska are locked in a heated race for the season-ending conference title, with the Hotshots shooting to take a 3-1 lead at press time at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The two teams split the biggest individual awards handed out Wednesday night with the Aces’ Mike Harris running away with the Best Import trophy over Romeo Travis of Magnolia. Harris, a 35-year-old NBA veteran who the Aces had chased since 2009, topped the SP race with 540 after getting 31 first place votes from the media and 150 points from the PBA to tally 1209.Travis won the players’ votes and finished with 914 in his attempt to win a second Best Import award. Interestingly, he won his first one while playing for Alaska two years ago.The season MVP awards will be handed out during the opening ceremonies on Jan. 13.June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel Beer’s reigning four-time MVP, leads the race for the highest individual award in the league, and will face a little opposition from the likes of Pringle and Aguilar.Fajardo won the BPC during the Philippine Cup and had another strong showing in the Commissioner’s Cup before San Miguel lost to Barangay Ginebra in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pacquiao steps up training for Broner tiff No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pringle, meanwhile, has consistently been NorthPort’s top gun, but the Batang Pier have hardly made any serious headway in any tournament this season.Aguilar will ride on his performance in the Commissioner’s Cup plus a semifinal stint in the season-ending conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPlaying one of his finest and complete tournaments, Magnolia’s Paul Lee on Wednesday night won his first Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award over Alaska’s Chris Banchero after getting 31 out of 36 first place votes from the covering media.The 6-foot dynamo finished fourth in the statistical points (SP) race and was just a rung ahead of Banchero before getting 424 out of 885 points from the media votes to tally 1013.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

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“I wasn’t born to kill anyone” – accused leads defence

first_imgAtlantic Gardens murderPrinces Street, Lodge, Georgetown resident Richard Stanton, on trial for the execution-style killing of businesswoman Patricia Sanasie, had his say in an hour-long address to the court on Monday.Deceased: Patricia SanasieDuring his presentation, he outright denied being Sanasie’s killer. He gave an unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock, which meant that his version of events could not be cross-examined by the prosecutor, nor could the judge or jury pose any questions to him.At the end of his extensive address, his attorney Mark Waldron opted against calling any witnesses in his client’s defence. However, as Waldron did point out in his closing address, the burden of proof rested in the prosecution’s hands to prove a case against his client, and that Stanton did not have anything to prove.Sanasie was killed as she exited her vehicle to open her gate at her Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara home on January 12, 2015. She reportedly was confronted by a lone gunman, who discharged several rounds at her at point blank range.When the accused took the stand on Monday, he stood calmly as he told the 12 jurors that he was not in the area at the time of the attack. Having observed that he was not born to kill anyone, Stanton outlined that he was working at his sister’s establishment, the Dynasty Night Club, at time Police first picked him up in January 2015, and when they re-arrested and charged him in April, 2015.“I said to (Policeman) Sarrabo, ‘Brother man, I could carry you back there and the staff could verify everything right now,” Stanton recalled telling the Police while in custody.Accused: Richard StantonHe later pointed out that based on his life’s experience, he would not have murdered the woman.“I am not a killer; I didn’t kill that lady. I have three boy children who depend on me. I in jail three years for something I didn’t do and would have never done,” the defendant declared.He added that he grew up watching his mother being abused by men, and because of this, he didn’t have it in him “to hurt somebody”. He said he was innocent of the charge. At this point, attorney Waldron attempted to interject, but then allowed his client to continue.Stanton also called the names of several investigating ranks, one of whom he claimed did not accept that he was being accused of the woman’s murder.He was picked out as Number ‘3’ on an Identification (ID) parade by the late businesswoman’s daughter, Romona Sanasie, who was driving the car the night her mother was killed. In fact, her mother allegedly was murdered in her presence.Speaking about the ID parade, Stanton disputed much of the Police’s account, having told the court Monday that some of the persons in the line-up were not similar in features to him.After Police ranks Burnett and Sarrabo had informed him that he was picked out, Stanton said, he told the ranks that he works hard and is not a criminal.The dead woman’s daughter, Ramona Sanasie, told investigators that a “big built” man exited a silver Toyota Raum, and she saw him twice as he passed and looked at her.The late Patricia Sanasie was reportedly shot to her chest, abdomen and neck, among other areas, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital. She had been the former Director of Studies at the Academy of Professional Studies. A year prior to her death, a similar attempt had been made on her husband’s life. In that instance, she and her brother had been implicated. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

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GECOM secretariat was told to begin elections preparations – PPP Commissioners

first_imgElections in 90 daysOpposition nominated Commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have sharply rebuffed claims made by Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield that the secretariat has not been instructed to begin preparing for elections.At a press conference on Friday, Commissioners Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn had a different story to tell. They revealed that members and then the full Commission had in fact agreed to give the secretariat the green-light to start preparations.According to the Commissioners, consensus on this issue was reached when theGECOM Commissioner Sase Gunrajseven-member decision-making body met recently. The Commissioners said even before they reached consensus, they had been making suggestions to the secretariat to start some aspects of the elections preparations for weeks.“From the December 22, it was my view that we should have gone into operations mode. And I kept using the old adage of Confucius in the Commission that the best time to plant a tree was a hundred years ago and the next best time is now,” Gunraj informed the media.“On January 22 when we met, the thrust from myself and colleagues was that we should go into operations mode. That has been met by objections and the objections as recent as Tuesday, because issues are being raised about the funding for the secretariat,” he added.Meanwhile, Commissioner Benn revealed that at the very first meeting the Commission had in January, the secretariat was told to go ahead and procure materials such as ink and stamps. He said that they were surprised to learn subsequently that the secretariat was yet to act on these instructions.“I was under the distinct impression during the discussion that that (procurement)GECOM Commissioner Robeson Bennwould have been done. That was a simple matter. At the next meeting we heard, oh we haven’t been given the go ahead.”The Commissioners were appalled by the statements made by the GECOM Chairman and Chief Elections Officer (CEO) at their earlier press conference on Friday. At that press conference, CEO Keith Lowenfield, told the media that the Secretariat is yet to receive instructions from the Commission to commence its elections preparation.In addition, it was claimed that the secretariat needs another 148 days before it is fully ready to host the constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections. Gunraj and Benn both dismissed this timeline and made it clear that Lowenfield’s job was to get the election machinery rolling in keeping with the constitutional timeline.“Guyana’s Constitution provides for expedient circumstances to resolve such issues. Ninty days are prescribed. It means that the GECOM must be ready for elections at any 90-day period. We just came out of elections were over 40,000 people were trained and ink were present.”“These things should have been checked on since December 22. TheChief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfieldprocurement of these items being an issue is a gimmick. My biggest worry is that they (secretariat) moved and then suddenly they seem to have come to a stop, there was no further activity,” Benn said.The parliamentary Opposition and other observers have accused Government of attempting to delay the holding of the constitutionally mandated elections following the passage of the No-confidence Motion of December 21, 2018.The three-month time frame in which the polls should be held was validated in a judicial interpretation by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who declared that the motion was validly passed 33-32.The complaint has been that GECOM was unforthcoming about its preparedness for the mandatory elections despite being mandated by the Constitution of Guyana to hold elections within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.last_img read more

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Under-14 League heats up

first_imgExxonMobil/Petra Under-14 league…as players head into quarter-finalsAfter an exhilarating round of 16, the ExxonMobil/Petra Under-14 League is gearing up to stage quarter-final action this weekend. This round of play will pit the top eight teams against each other, with fight to the death action in order to advance to the semi-final round.Given the impressive exhibition of skill, talent and wit so far, the final eight are expected to put on an even better show come Saturday.St George’s Secondary and Dolphin Secondary will want to avoid any close calls, given that they were both involved in penalty shootouts in the round of 16. Although it was a near-miss scenario, both teams will want to keep up their excellent defence tactics, to which their victories can be attributed.North Ruimveldt Multilateral will look to continue their winning streak after stumbling in the first few matches of the tournament. The team have had their downs, like their 3-1 loss to Vergenoegen Secondary earlier in the competition but their ups in the form of a 4-1 onslaught on Carmel and a 3-0 win over Queenstown last week should be enough to inspire them.Tucville Secondary had a great outing last week, sending out Carmel Secondary on a 9-0 defeat; this coupled with a few wins in the previous weeks should be enough motivation to push the team forward. On the other hand, a confident Buxton team will also grace the field on Saturday. With a 7-0 win over Ann’s Grove last weekend and a 6-0 win over St George’s the previous week, they too should have what it takes to master the quarter-finals.However, the team to watch closely is Chase’s Academy. As if they are taking pattern from their senior Under-18 counterparts, the team have been dominant in the competition since its inception. With a knack for high-scoring games, they defeated Brickdam Secondary 4-0, New Campbellville Secondary 5-2 and just last week they handed down a 7-0 thrashing of Uitvlugt Secondary to send them out of the competition.The highly-anticipated matches will go down at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue on Saturday.last_img read more

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Ducks coop up after loss to Stars

first_imgThe rookie goalie stopped 32 shots for his third shutout in seven starts, and Jussi Jokinen scored a power-play goal early in the third period to lift the Stars. “It was a big game for us and a big two points,” Smith said. “That’s a great team over there. They have a lot of firepower.” Smith, who got the start in place of No.1 goalie Marty Turco, made sliding saves on prime scoring chances by Travis Moen and Todd Marchant in the first fiveminutes of the third period to preserve the shutout. Turco had taken the loss in Dallas’ past three meetings with Anaheim this season. The Ducks held a 13-3 edge in those three games. Smith, who recently received a two-year contract extension, made his first start since Dec.14 against the NewYork Rangers as Stars coach Dave Tippett wanted to throw a change at the Ducks. DALLAS – A rookie goalie and a breakaway goal closed the door Saturday on the Ducks. Afterward, Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle did the same to his team’s locker room for a 20-minute postgame meeting. “I thought about it yesterday afternoon and I thought, `You know what, let’s go in this direction,”‘ Tippett said. “Turco’s luck hasn’t been good against Anaheim, so we decided to switch it up today.” The Stars, 7-2-1 in their past 10 games, have 68 points – six behind the first-place Ducks in the Pacific Division. “This was a big win for us,” Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher said. “They’ve been on top all year long. Hopefully if we play well we’ll get a chance to catch them at the end.” Jokinen used the skills that make him so dangerous in the shootout tiebreaker to break the scoreless tie. Jokinen, who has registered only two goals in his past 20 games, is 15 for 21 in his career in shootouts. With Moen in the penalty box for interference, Dallas’ Sergei Zubov connected with Jokinen on a long lead pass. Jokinen skated past two defenders and beat Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a nifty move on the forehand at 4:13 for his 11th goal of the season. “I tried keeping it similar to the shootout,” Jokinen said. “(Zubov) is one of the best passers in the league and he sprung me with a great pass.” Dallas stopped all six Anaheim power plays, making the Ducks 0 for 16 with the man advantage in the past four games. “We have not executed to the level we’re capable of, specifically on the power play,” Carlyle said. “We need to get more desperate.” Notes: The game’s only fight broke out 35 seconds after the opening faceoff when Dallas’ Krys Barch and Anaheim’s Shawn Thornton traded punches. The Ducks lead the league with 54 fights; the Stars have been involved in 27. … The Ducks opened a four-game trip. … Anaheim defenseman Sean O’Donnell was back in the lineup after missing a game with the flu. … Giguere had been 14-3 in his previous 18 starts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “Every game is going to be like a playoff game from here on out,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said after a 1-0defeat to Dallas, dropping Anaheim to 3-6-1 in its past 10games. “Every team we play is going to try to prove something or achieve something against us.” That was exactly what the Stars’ Mike Smith did. last_img
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Steaking LBCC opens playoffs

first_img“That was the game that we turned the corner,” said LBCC coach Gary Anderson. “It seemed like we played better as a team and came together and starting working as a team.” At Cerritos College, the Falcons will miss the playoffs for the first time in 24 years. Cerritos finished in a third-place tie in the SCC South and had a 12-17 overall record. Compton (19-9) drew the No. 13 seed and hosts No. 20 Palomar (17-12) tonight at 7. The LBCC women (20-8), two-time champions of the SCC South, are seeded 14th and will travel to face No. 3 College of the Canyons (27-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Vikings have played Canyons twice this season and lost both times. LBCC fell 72-57 on Nov. 18 and 56-53 on Dec. 8. Cerritos, which took second in the SCC South, drew the 18th and final seed in Southern California. The Falcons (17-14) open the playoffs at 7:30 tonight at No. 15 Palomar (21-11). The winner then travels to face No. 2 Pasadena City (31-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. David Felton can be reached at david.felton@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1318. LONG BEACH – Long Beach City College’s men’s basketball team, winner of 14 consecutive games, will open the Southern California Regional Playoffs on Friday against the team that began that streak. The Vikings (21-10) drew the No. 8 seed in Southern California and will host No. 9 Antelope Valley at 7:30 p.m. at Hall of Champions Gym. LBCC defeated the Marauders (27-6) 89-76 on Dec. 21, beginning a streak that saw the Vikings win their third consecutive South Coast Conference South Division title at 8-0. center_img 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

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Valencia apologises for liking Mourinho sacking post

first_imgThe post was liked by Valencia, but he has now said sorry via a post on Twitter, explaining: “Yesterday, I liked a post on Instagram without reading the text that accompanied the picture.“These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my team-mates. We are all giving our everything to improve the results.”It is not the first time a United player has found themselves in trouble for their social media activity in recent weeks.Paul Pogba was last week filmed by Sky Sports News cameras in a frosty exchange with Mourinho, who was heard to question the timing of a video the midfielder posted on Instagram.United are currently on a run of four games without a win, and have not won at home since the opening day of the season, when they beat Leicester City 2-1 on August 10.Following their goalless draw against Valencia, United’s players and Mourinho are at Carrington, their training ground, as they prepare to play Newcastle United on Saturday.The players that played on Tuesday are undergoing a recovery session, while those who were not involved are taking part in regular training.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) “I always look forward to our games but recently Mourinho has made watching us a punishment. Something needs to change. It’s time for Mourinho to go.”Yesterday, I liked a post on Instagram without reading the text that accompanied the picture. These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my teammates. We are all giving our everything to improve the results. pic.twitter.com/bMEsrAwMkh— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) October 3, 2018 0Shares0000Antonio Valencia has taken to Twitter to clarify his actionsNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has apologised after he liked a post on Instagram calling for the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho.An account dedicated to the 33-year-old, called ‘teamvalencia25’, posted following United’s 0-0 draw at home to Valencia on Tuesday, saying: “I’m not even surprised about the outcome of this game.last_img read more

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Gor edge out AFC on penalties, to play Hull

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate with a Hull City jersey after beating AFC Leopards in the play off on May 1 in Nakuru. K’Ogalo will play the Championship side in a friendly match on May 13NAKURU, Kenya, May 1- Vincent Oburu rocketed his penalty high in the sky as AFC Leopards lost to Gor Mahia 5-4 on post-match penalties, K’Ogalo booking a date with English Championship side Hull City in a friendly match on May 13 in Nairobi.The game had been tied at 0-0 in regular time and headed straight to penalties. The first five ended 4-4 after Gor substitute keeper, Shabaan Odhoji had saved from Whyvonne Isuza while Jack Tuyisenge saw his penalty go high over. Meddie Kagere, Geoffrey Walusimbi, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, Joachim Oluoch and Bernard Ondiek scored for Gor while AFC’s Ezekiel Odera, Baker Lukooya, Duncan Otieno and Robinson Kamura converted theirs.It wasn’t a pleasant start to new AFC head coach Radolfo Zapata who was making his first appearance on the dug out on a day that also happened to be his birthday.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr made a complete overhaul of the squad that played in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Mathare United in Machakos with shot-stopper Boniface Oluoch returning to the starting team and donning the skipper’s armband.Walusimbi also made his first start for Gor since February’s CAF Champions League tie against Esperance in Machakos.In his first match in charge, Ingwe’s new coach Zapata fielded his strongest team but made changes in the goalkeeping department with younster Ezekiel Owade making his first start since making the switch from Nakumatt.Gor Mahia FC players jam keeper Shabaan Odhoji celebrating his penalty save as they beat AFC Leopards 5-4 on penalties in the Hull City play off match in Nakuru on May 1Jairus Adira, who has been error prone over the last few matches, was left out of the team while Gabriel Andika made the substitutes bench.It was Ingwe who started faster off the blocks and within the first minute of the game, Vincent Oburu surged forward from the left and into the box but his shot at goal was blocked by Charles Momanyi.On the other end, Charles Momanyi had a great chance when an in-swinging freekick delivered from the left by Walusimbi found him unmarked at the far post but he could not direct his header on target.In the 10th minute, an error from Robinson Kamura almost gifted Gor the lead when the defender’s miscued clearance was contested and won by Ephraim Guikan who headed it to Lawrence Juma, but the midfielder’s shot went inches over.Gor continued to dominate in terms of chances and three minutes later, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi was set up by Juma, but his first time curling shot went straight to keeper Owade.AFC were forced into an early sub when left-back Isaac Oduro limped off injured after a collision with Omondi and was replaced by Moses Mburu.Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno dueing their Hull City play-off match in Nakuru on May 1. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluZapata’s charges settled into the game but they couldn’t crack the Gor defense, the tact of using Brian Marita and Oburu’s speed on the wings not working to prescription.Late on, Gor had another chance with Juma’s freekick from the right being punched away by Owade who was the busiest of the two keepers.A lapse in concentration in the Gor defense almost saw AFC start the second half with a goal when they assumed a dipping freekick from the right but Robinson Kamura followed through and back-heeled back into the area, but Ezekiel Odera’s effort was blocked by Oluoch.AFC started the second period better but in the 55th minute they were almost caught on the counter.Gor Mahia midfielder Cersidy Okeyo attempts to go past AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno during their Hull City challenge match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluA misplaced pass from Oburu to Mburu saw Juma win the ball and spread to Guikan in the middle of the pack. The Ivorian had a good touch on the turn but his final pass to a rushing Omondi was poor.Ingwe made their first chance after 20 minutes, Brin Marita coming off for Baker Lukooya. Gor responded with a twin change, Meddie Kagere and Jack Tuyisenge coming on for Omondi and Guikan.Later on, George Odhiambo was also introduced for Boniface Omondi as Gor went full throttle on attack. However, the pace of the game was hugely pedestrian and no meaningful chances were created.At the death though, Kagere almost won it for Gor with a shot at the near post but Owade made a brilliant one handed save to turn the ball behind for a corner.With the penalties beckoning, Kerr made his final change, goalkeeper Oluoch coming off for Shabaan Odhoji.k0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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