Rolling into winter

first_imgDESPITE almost a full month of autumn remaining, Pakenham Bowls Club kicked off its winter bowls season on Saturday, and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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UCA’s Duever Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgHonorable mention this week goes to Lamar senior guard Gia Ayers, Sam Houston State junior post player Angela Beadle, Southeastern Louisiana senior forward Aja Gibson and Oral Roberts senior guard Christian Key. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors. Duever helped Central Arkansas to a pair of home conference wins on the week after beating Northwestern State, 73-61, Thursday and Stephen F. Austin, 65-42, Sunday. With the two wins, UCA claimed sole possession of first place in the league standings and has now won seven of its last eight contests. The senior from Austin, Texas (Westlake H.S.), recorded a pair of double-doubles with 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Lady Demons and 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Ladyjacks. In the second half against SFA, Duever alone outscored the Ladyjacks 17-14. On the week, Duever averaged 22 points, 10.5 rebounds, two steals and a block. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas senior center Courtney Duever has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.center_img Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player.last_img read more

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East Coast Fair and Chutney Show for May 4, 5 at Ogle

first_imgIf you are living on the East Coast of Demerara, then the place to be on the holiday weekend is the Ogle Community Centre Ground for the third annual East Coast Fair and Chutney ShowThe Fair is billed for Sunday, May 4, followed by the Chutney Show on Monday, May 5.On Sunday, there will be a prize-giving ceremony for residents. The organisers, B.E.S.T. Family Entertainment in collaboration with CRAZY and 71 Sound will be distributing shopping voucher certificates to three single parents as well as three school vouchers.There will also be lots of giveaways for the kids, including ice cream and hampers. In addition, there will be a kid’s fun park consisting of trampoline, face painting, bouncy castle and other games. For the adults, there will be several business booths as well as a well-stocked bar.There will also be barbecue on sale. Admission to the Fair is absolutely free. However, on the holiday, the Chutney Show will be the headlining event. The show will feature former International Chutney Monarch KI, along with Guyana’s Chutney King; Steven Ramphal, Mystic and AW Lyrical. The emcee for the Show will be “Chiney Man”.Music for the event will be provided by No. 71 Sound, Full Bloom, Platinum, DJ Golden Chyld, Fusion One Voice, Selector Andre and Damion. In addition, Royalty Vibes will be in the house. General admission tickets cost $1500 and more at the gate, and for the VIP experience, patrons will pay $6000. Secure parking will be available.Tickets are available at Matts Printing, Industry; Prance Chinese Supermarket, Industry; Giftland Mall; AAA Service Centre, Giftland Mall; Dacts Pharmacy, Plaisance; Jai Signs, Albouystown; Suresh Grocery Store, Stabroek Market and BM Soat, Croal Street, Georgetown.For the Chutney Show, gates to the venue will open at 18:00h, with 21:00h set for show time. The event is sponsored by the Government of Guyana, Sterling Products Limited, Jai Signs, Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes and others.last_img read more

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Risky venture: Commercial Motorcyclists Hamper Road Work in Ganta

first_imgThe Chinese road construction company, CHICO, is finding it difficult to smoothly operate equipment in Ganta as commercial motorcyclists continue to use the main road, which is under construction, despite signs displayed to redirect vehicles and motor bikes.All the company does is lay cones and tape, or pieces of planks across the road to stop vehicles from plying the portion of road being worked on. But the motorcyclists, instead of going by the signs, forcefully ride in areas that have been cordoned off, thus causing the machine operators to frequently give way while working.The company also has men standing by the signs to direct motorcyclists and drivers, yet the cyclists continue to demonstrate their intransigence toward the directives of the road workers.Onlookers attracted to the road work were on Saturday, July 11 seen screaming and shouting as the cyclists defiantly drove in-between the road building equipment, and in some instances, narrowly escaped accident.The same continued on Sunday afternoon when the company was demolishing some structures on the road, getting some to blame police for not helping to control the traffic as work goes on.Most of Ganta’s alleys are opened, making it easy for vehicles coming from Monrovia or Saniquellie and Saclepea to bypass the area where work is ongoing.Despite the availability of such alleys to allow for traffic detours, motorcyclists use the main road where construction work is going on, thereby causing impediment to the work.Reacting to the event, Nyan Dookpah, a popular Nimba folk musician, said, “This is the risk they take and, when some of them die in the process, they carry on mob violence and burn people’s vehicles. It is the same [thing] one of them did a few months ago and died while attempting to cross in front of a speeding truck from the side of the road, and at the end, those in the commercial motorcycle business burnt the truck.”Another onlooker reacted, “They are doing this so when any of them dies they will attack the Chinese people equipment to loot and burn it. Now they are not seeing their actions, but as soon as accident takes place, you will see all the motorcyclists coming out with violence.”When the Daily Observer contacted the Ganta City Council on the problem, Administrative Assistant, Bob Emmanuel Paye referred reporter to the Liberia National Police (LNP) Traffic Division responsible to control traffic.Effort made to reach the police did not materialize as the Traffic Commander identified as Nyanamah was said to have gone to the checkpoint along the Saclepea Highway where many vehicles were being directed to attend market in various towns in the week.Meanwhile, motorcycle transport business in Liberia has over the time been quite disastrous despite the higher profits it brings. It has been associated with too many accidents leading to crippling and death of many people.As accidents occur and a motorcyclist becomes a victim, other motorcyclists usually resolve to violence, which leads to destruction of properties including police depots and private vehicles.The situation has led to a strict regulation in Monrovia where commercial motorcycles are no longer allowed in the city center or along main thoroughfares.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Our Leaders Have Lost Focus and Fail to Do the People’s Business’

first_imgThe publisher and managing director of the Liberia Observer Corporation (LOC), publishers of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, says Liberian political leaders have lost their focus and are unable to do the people’s business.“The Executive Branch of government, instead of focusing on the people’s business, has focused on family, friends and cronies and has not been faithful to the people’s business,” he told the first graduates of the Brilliant Communication & Leadership School (BCLS) last Friday at the ceremony held at the Church of God at ELWA Junction in Monrovia.Speaking on the theme: ‘Three Principles Media Practitioners Must Embrace: Integrity; A Struggle for Excellence and Hard Work; Focus,’ Mr. Best drew the attention of the new graduates to the sorry state of Liberia and some of the many reasons Liberia is at the bottom of the economic and social ladder in every world development index.As a result, he said despite “all our natural wealth in Liberia, and all the billions of dollars that have since 2006 poured into our country in investments and aid…our education is in a mess, our health and agriculture sectors are in a mess. So where is Liberia today?”“Worst of all, our children, our future, from age five and up, are selling on the streets instead of being in school. Pray tell me, where is any country headed if its children are denied an education? In this very week we have seen our education crisis deepening,” Mr. Best lamented. The graduates are 17 in number, with 13 completing a short term program of nine months in broadcast journalism and four in a short term course of three months in radio production. He told them that “Many of our leaders, even the ones today, have lost their focus and are now finding themselves scrambling for relevance and legacy.“Our legislators have gone after money and power and won only the scorn and disrespect of the people,” he emphasized. Although most Liberian government officials are Christians, Best said they have forgotten the answer Jesus Christ gave when one of his disciples told him “Your mother and your brothers are out here to see you.”“Jesus quickly asked ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ Jesus immediately detected the bewilderment—puzzlement and perplexity—on His disciples’ faces. ‘How can the man ask us who is His own mother?’ they wondered. So he quickly helped them out. He told them, ‘He who does the will of my Father, he is my mother, my sister and my brother.”The Daily Observer publisher said the fact that the basic needs of Liberians are not met by the current administration demonstrates why “our leaders have gone wrong, having focused not on the people’s business, but on their own and on the business of their families and friends.” Mr. Best reminded the new graduates and those present that “you are citizens of Africa’s oldest independent republic. It is therefore your duty, your calling, to be first in everything you undertake, to demonstrate to the world that you are special because you are the first independent citizen in Africa. How I hope all of us Liberians could think and act that way!”He regretted that for over a century “we (Liberians) have fallen behind, and nations far younger than Liberia have come and surpassed us—Why? Because we have been too lackadaisical in our behavior! The Liberian expession for that is ‘don’t- care-fy.’”To fight to change those things that have caused Liberia to lag behind in politics, economics and every aspect of development, Mr. Best told the new journalists to firstly be men and women of integrity and not allow themselves to be bought by anyone. “You are bigger, stronger and more reputable than that. Do not wait around after any press conference for a handout. For once you accept it, you demean yourself and the one who gives immediately loses respect for you because he thinks he can get you to say or do anything for him or her because they can buy you. “You are God’s creation and no one can buy you; in the same way you cannot buy God’s blessings. They are freely given and freely received, and that is because God loves you and wishes the best for you. None of us can repay God for His goodness and mercy towards us. But we are required to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, body and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves,” Mr. Best admonished.“Secondly, as broadcasters, as communicators, strive for excellence and be hard working. Never forget the name of your school that has given you your professional proficiency—it is called Brilliant Communication and Leadership School! You are now called to go out and be brilliant communicators, to go out and be leaders in journalism and broadcasting. You are called to be exemplary in everything you do, and it means: in addition to being people of integrity, you should be hard workers. News and information will hardly come looking for you. You must go looking for them and find them. There are all kinds of news around here, only waiting to be gathered and exposed. “But to be a journalist, whether print or broadcast, you must have initiative. Never be a sitting journalist. Always be on your feet, walking fast in search of news and features.” Continuing, Best said that as the new graduates go out, they should “be determined to cover effectively the coming political season. Look for every political candidate you can find and interview and scrutinize him or her and expose all of them to the people. Let the people know who these candidates really are, so that the people are never again deceived. Help the people to make the right choices in the selection of their leaders. “ You must search for, broadcast and write about the grave problems afflicting our country, most especially in those sectors already mentioned that underscore our failure—the problems with our education, our health and our agriculture. Without a radical improvement in these fundamental sectors, our people will remain ignorant, diseased, poor and hungry. So go find the problems here and write and broadcast them to the world and to Liberia itself,” Mr. Best challenged them.Earlier, the head of the Liberia Media Pathway – operators of the school – Mr. George Stewart, recounted the history of the institute from a year ago, and the decision to adopt new approaches to develop effective communicators and journalists in the broadcast arena to build the country’s capacity in the sector. He said the school provides a hands-on learning approach to ensure learning by practice.Stewart said leadership is a core value that is not yet at its best in all its facets—from the home to the community up to the national level—and that the big gap comes with integrity.He said BCLS is consolidating efforts with national leadership technicians and institutions, like the National Leadership Institute, to soon launch a mass leadership teaching program on radio.“We think public education on leadership virtues and values is the way to go,” he said.In his presentation, Mr. Myer Cooper, head of BCLS, said the leadership training element of the school is designed to contribute to the solution of the efficient and effective leadership gap in our society. “The National Leadership Institute (NLI) in Liberia, headed by Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves of Providence Baptist Church, is willing to support a framework for running this program as a boost to BCLS’s academic plan,” he said.Mr. Cooper said the BCLS now enjoys full accreditation from the Vocational, Technical and Special Education Department of the Ministry of Education. He narrated the school’s brief history and made mention of an aptitude test administered with extreme rigor, so much so that out of 57 students only 23 students qualified to start the program. The next academic program, he said, will include print and electronic media, social work, video shooting and editing, graphic design and comprehensive computer software training.The school’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rev. J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, stressed to the graduates the need for quality performance and pointed out that integrity must guide them in their endeavors. He recounted his life story where opportunities came knocking at his door because whatever he did was done with commitment.The names of the graduates of the nine-month program are: George A. Harris; Joseph N. Bryant; Linda T. Gleplay; Saa S. Blama, Sr.; Shadrick T. Nyon Jr.; Chiney M. Reeves; Daniel M. Sirleaf, Esther D. Daku; Russ N. Mason; Princess S. Tamba; Esly M. Samah; and Daguwor K. Dennis.The names of the those graduating from the three-month program are Claudius T. Greene, Jr., Clarence S. Wamah, Sr., Oladosu J. Okedara and Telo W. Flayou.Six special honorees who received plaques for their immense contribution to the school are Rev. Emmauel J. Giddings, CEO Liberia-Ghana Mission Inc; Rev. Dr. Samuel & Mrs. Alice Reeves, Providence Baptist Church; Elder Moses T. Nyantee, Media Services Director-Station Manager ELWA. Other honorees were Mr. Edwin M. Fayiah, lll, Senior Reporter, Daily Observer; Rev. A. McGee Jallah, Station Manager, Radio Bethel 103.5 FM; and Rev. Benedict Nagbe, ELWA Eduation/ELWA Academy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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“Cat out of the bag”! (Part One)

first_imgDear Editor,The PPPC Administration, using the provisions of the Amerindian Act of 2006 and the Amerindian Land Policy which preceded it, addressed a large number of Amerindian land issues for new communities, and extension issues of communities that already held land titles/absolute grants.As at 2015, there were 103 Amerindian communities awarded absolute grants of community titles, of which 83 were in the process of being demarcated. Fifteen (15) applications for extensions were pending, and 6 were awaiting title.Guyana continues to be internationally recognised for increasing the amount of land owned by Amerindian (Indigenous) communities — from 6.5% to 14% in less than a decade. Up to recently, Guyana was second to none in the hemisphere when it came to addressing Amerindian land rights and, indeed, Amerindian rights in general. That is why the recent appointment — by His Excellency President David Granger — of a commission of inquiry into lands, supposedly to address Amerindian and freed African and other lands, is as ill -advised as it is troubling.I am astonished at this action by the Government for more reasons than one. This decision smacks of gross disrespect and disregard for the history and recent developments of Amerindian/Indigenous land rights in Guyana, and indeed around the world. It demonstrates a lack of understanding of the distinct nature of Amerindian lands, which is based on collective ownership and, more importantly, the relationship between Amerindians and land and the environment.Incidentally, the sanctity of our borders with Brazil was decided by the fact that Amerindians consistently lived there over hundreds of years. They have been not only the protectors of our forests and environment, but also the de facto protectors of our country’s borders. The raison d’ etre of the commission of inquiry ignores these historical facts.Most noteworthy is the disregard of the specific inclusion in Guyana’s Constitution regarding Amerindian/indigenous land rights (see Preamble “Value the special place in our nation of the indigenous people, and recognise their right as citizens to land and security and to the promulgation of policies for their communities”; and Article 142, which provides the state with the power to take away land and provide it for the benefit of Amerindian communities, as well as Articles 149 and 212S) and several international instruments, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Guyana endorsed.Most importantly, it disregards the Amerindian Act of 2006, which clearly sets out a process of addressing Amerindian lands and which, as mentioned before, has been used to do just that. It consequently overrides the authority of the minister responsible for Amerindian/Indigenous Affairs, as stipulated in the Amerindian Act; in particular section VI, which details a process for addressing Amerindian land claims, both for communities without any legally recognized lands and those seeking extensions.To add insult to injury, and indeed in spectacular form, the regime established this commission without any consultation with the elected representatives of the Amerindian villages in Guyana; and then, through various operatives, sought to justify why Indigenous peoples’ land issues should be comingled with other land issues.It might serve the public well to look at the recent history of addressing Amerindian land claims in Guyana. The PPP, even before taking office in 1992, had promised to address Amerindian land matters. A policy was devised and put in place early in the 1990s. The lessons from the application of this policy were both positive and negative.By 2001, the PPPC Administration had approved a process of widespread consultation on a new Amerindian Act, to be led by the then Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues. The Amerindian land issue was one of the primary matters to be addressed in the new legislation.Following more than three years of consultation across the length and breadth of Guyana, it was time to draft a new Act. By this time, the Administration had garnered immense experience on the ground through the application of the land policy, which magnified the depth of the problem to be addressed.In addition to the experiences garnered through the application of the Amerindian Land Policy, the recommendations that were made during the consultations for the new Act, and a review of the 1969 Amerindian Lands Commission Report, made it clear that a process for addressing Amerindian lands had to be elevated from policy to law. This was the only way that Amerindian communities would be able to have their land rights addressed and protected through a process that is transparent and fair. They clearly recognised that policies, unlike law, can be changed at the whims and fancies of the Government — as we are witnessing now with the APNU+AFC Coalition Government!With a mandate from the Cabinet, the Minister of Amerindian Affairs and the legal team defined the eligibility criteria, and a process for addressing Amerindian land claims. This also was placed under scrutiny by consultation with Amerindian communities, civil society and state agencies. The Bill was then submitted to Parliament, and sent to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee, where it was again examined in further detail, inclusive of hearings with civil society.The Amerindian Act was unanimously approved, in October 2006, with the inclusion of a provision that is considered to be the most advanced for addressing Amerindian land claims in the hemisphere.Noteworthy is that Mr Vincent Alexander, former PNC MP, and Dr George Norton, MP, among other PNC opposition members, were on the afore-mentioned Parliamentary Special Select Committee.They supported the provisions that dealt with addressing Amerindian land claims. In fact, at no point did they call for the establishment of a commission of inquiry or a lands commission, which their party advocated during the lead-up to the 2015 general and regional elections.The first indication that Amerindian land rights would be questioned came from Presidential Adviser Eric Phillips in March and April 2016, in a series of letters to the media.The comment by the same Mr Alexander, Ministerial Adviser, on April 4, 2017 at the UG/Carter Center forum on constitutional reform, in response to Toshao Shuman’s comment on the commission of inquiry, is instructive. He responded thus: “There can be no discussion on Amerindian lands that is not an integrated discussion on land, as we are all Guyanese. And why must there be a separate treatment of Amerindian lands?” He had let the proverbial cat out of the bag! There you have the Government’s justification for the commission of inquiry!Yours sincerely,Gail Teixeira, M P,PPPC Chief Whiplast_img read more

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Former Region 10 REO sheds light on possible spending

first_imgMissing Ituni MBY Utamu BelleFormer Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Henry Rodney has shed new light on what may have happened to the $5 million from a social account of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in 2011, derived from the sale of scrap iron by residents of Ituni.Former REO Henry RodneyDuring an interview with this newspaper, Rodney who served as REO from 2004 to 2012 recalled that a deposit of just about $2 million was made into the fund during his tenure. He said at the time there was an economic fund of the RDC in which the then Regional Chairman Mortimer Mingo, was the custodian.He explained that generally, government accounts would be authorised by the finance secretary, the funds of which the REO becomes custodian. Rodney noted however that this fund was something different, noting that it was considered a “holding” fund under an economic fund of the RDC.He recalled that between 2004-2005 the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL)would have handed over a check of about $2 million to the RDC for holding. Rodney said that there had been previous deposits before he took office.“Records would have shown that they made previous deposits, amounting to 4 point something, nearly $5 million but not in my time. Whenever apparently they sell these scrap iron, they deposit into the Region, this economic fund to be used for the benefit of the community”, he said.The former REO added that the account also held other monies such as flood relief, which the diaspora would have contributed to, activities from the Ituni guest house, among other things. Rodney pointed out that funds from the guest house went into the account which was eventually repaired and handed over to the community for management.He said since it was the belief that Central Government did not provide funding for certain community activities, the RDC had authorised utilisation of approximately $3 million from the holding fund to clear a road which had been blocked by residents in 2012.He further said the regional chairman was the only person who could authorise such utilisation, to which he was also the main signatory. As REO, Rodney said he only had access to the information, but it was the chairman’s authority to determine how the money could be used.“Monies were used to repair the guest house and the guest house was handed over to the community for management…I know also that there was some blocking of the road and the RDC had intervened and…RDC would have taken some money from that fund to do internal work in the community…the RDC had authorised the utilisation of near to $3 million for work on that road,” Rodney disclosed.He recalled also that just over half a million dollars was used to repair the guest house and its maintenance. Rodney stated further that the RDC in that time would also utilise money from the fund to award gifts to the region’s top achiever students since such funds were not provided by the state, citing that there had been records of all of the transactions.Those records, he noted, would have shown that previous deposits had been made around the period of 2003. He said while he is not aware of all the details, a lot of the money was utilised on the Ituni/Kwakwani roadway repairs.“If you look at the records, you would see that while the money might not have been strictly used directly in keeping with the scrap iron (sale), activities of Region 10, some would have been used for.”The money, considered as “missing” has been the centre of controversy at the RDC for several years, and previous Regional Chairman Sharma Solomon, had even set up a committee in 2013 to probe the missing money after the residents of Ituni had requested it in an effort to carry out developmental activities.However, the committee had failed to locate the cash. While the Committee was not able to solve the case completely, it discovered that a sum of $1.2 million was the final withdrawal made at the end of (December 31) 2011 by an employee of the RDC. No official explanation could be given as to how the sum was spent.Recently RDC councillors had made calls to Regional Chairman Renis Morian to have the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) investigate what happened to the money; however Morian said it was not his remit and that NICIL should conduct a probe.last_img read more

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Wangai sets sights on KCB Karen Masters title

first_img0Shares0000Wangai has won four legs of Road To Masters seriesNAIROBI, Kenya, June 24 – CJ Wangai, winner of the four leg Road To Masters series, is putting final touches to his preparations ahead of this week’s KCB Karen Masters.After a three day rest, Wangai was back to the competition venue at the par 72 Karen Country Club brimming with confidence. “After the conclusion of the Road To Karen Masters recently at Royal Nairobi, we have been trying to feel the greens and fairways of Karen Country Club.  Most local pros have practiced there and we are looking to this week’s Sunshine Tour action with great expectations,” Wangai said.“My swing is closer to where I want it to be.  My strength has always been in the tee shots but again you really have to keep the ball on the fairways and enjoy a great short game at the end of each round,” added Wangai who is also the Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) Captain.CJ Wangai in action in a past KCB Road to the Masters eventAnd having already taken some impressive scalps recently, Wangai a former admin at Railways and currently the resident professional at Sigona Golf Club, sounded enthusiastic when asked about his game plan this week.“The game plan is simple, to capitalize on as many birdies as possible, some eagles which will definitely be few and far between, putt well and stay on the fairwairs by avoiding the thick roughs as much as I can,” Wangai stated.“The current rains have seen the course at Karen revert to its pristine condition but landing on the thick roughs won’t be the best of options when you come to think of drop shots.  My plan this week is to make the cut and go for a top 10. Playing in Safari Tour and Road To Karen Masters has been quite inspiring and beneficial, we can only hope for the best this week.”The third edition of the KCB Karen Masters tees off on Thursday preceded by a Pro-Am. The first two rounds on Thursday and Friday will be used to determine the tournament cut, while the next two from Saturday will ascertain the winner of the blue jacket.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Kimanzi dropped as coach, hired as director

first_imgThe changes were announced a day after federation chief, Sam Nyamweya, declared sweeping changes in the aftermath of a string of poor results that saw Kenya crash out of 2013 Nations Cup running and sink to the bottom of their 2014 World Cup qualifying group.Patrick Naggi, the former national team coach who was Technical Director has been dropped from football management with Kimanzi now set to be involved in the hiring of his successor.“Kimanzi has been appointed as the FKF Acting Technical Director with Naggi now taking over as Executive Officer. The federation believes that the road to the 2014 world cup qualifiers is still open and we will consult with stakeholders in ensuring that the new team will bring changes to the National team,” the federation said in a statement signed by Nyamweya.He added: “We are extending our hunt for a new coach and we assure Kenyans that we shall see a new chapter in the Kenyan game. Coaches will submit their CVs to the FKF through the national chairman.”Earlier Tuesday, the besieged coach stressed he needed more time with the side he termed as a work in progress but the federation ran out of patience with the man they re-hired to the position last November after declaring they would overhaul the bench on Monday.“I will not quit as coach since we will not go anywhere if everyone takes the position only to resign,” he told reporters on the return from Lome where Stars crashed out of 2013 Nations Cup after losing 1-0 to the hosts who sailed through to the next phase on the away goals rule with the tie deadlocked on 2-2. He was responding to the sack notice issued by the federation following the exit as well as shaky start to Brazil 2014 qualifiers where Kenya lie bottom of Group F after a barren home draw to Malawi was ensued by defeat to Namibia.Kimanzi called for a measured approach in rebuilding the side into a formidable force adding laying blame on the country’s foreign players or domestic top flight club competition, Kenyan Premier League was not a solution to the disappointing sequence of results.“Players coming from Europe they can sometimes perform in a way we are all not satisfied, the ones locally can also do it, it’s normal in the game, it’s not our league or federation being lousy, we are taking about Kenya giving its own team time to develop and grow,” he emphasised.While admitting they lost fairly to Namibia, Kimanzi slammed poor officiating in Togo disclosing it was the reason that led him to be sent off deliberately to shield his players towards the end of the match.Speculation over his future as Stars boss mounted last week following the 1-0 loss to Namibia with reports within the federation giving the under fire coach a last chance with the Togo game to redeem his tenure with his job said to be designated for a foreigner.“We are looking into issues of overhauling the entire technical bench and injecting more young blood in the playing unit in our efforts of rebuilding Kenyan football,” federation chief, Sam Nyamweya said in a statement that appeared to seal Kimanzi’s fate on Monday.Kimanzi was re-appointed for his second stint with the side in November last year and has led Stars past Seychelles 7-0 on aggregate in a two-legged pre-World Cup qualifier, a preliminary round exit from Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, victory over Togo in the first home leg, a barren draw against Malawi in addition to successive defeats to Namibia and Togo.The UEFA A-licence holder from Holland was fired by FKF’s predecessor, Football Kenya in March 2009 after leading Stars to the final group qualifiers for South Africa 2010 World Cup, his highest moment with the side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 19- On a dramatic day in Kenyan football, national team head coach, Francis Kimanzi, has been relieved of his duties but swiftly appointed as Technical Director.Kimanzi’s seven month tenure in his second stint at the helm of Harambee Stars was ended by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on Tuesday but his new role sees the former Mathare United custodian charged with managing talent development and all national sides among other responsibilities.last_img read more

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Aguero rallies Man City for mission improbable

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, November 20 – Sergio Aguero has urged his Manchester City team-mates not to lose hope as they seek to keep their Champions League campaign alive against Real Madrid on Wednesday.After drawing 2-2 at home to Ajax in their last outing, the English champions have no room for error and must beat Jose Mourinho’s side at the Etihad Stadium to stand any chance of reaching the last 16. Even then, the odds would be stacked against them.Only two teams have previously qualified from such a hopeless position after four group matches — Lokomotiv Moscow in 2002 and Porto in 2004 — and City would still need to win at Borussia Dortmund in their final group game and hope other results went their way.Aguero, who netted twice in City’s 5-0 defeat of Aston Villa at the weekend, never won against Madrid during his time with their city rivals, Atletico, but he hopes Wednesday’s game will bring that jinx to an end.“We should never give up. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?” the Argentine told City’s official website.“Of course, it’s harder now because we’re not just relying on ourselves but also on the other teams’ results.“I think it’s even more significant now than if we had been in a better position in the table. It may sound strange but I firmly believe that. We must win this game.“We have a great team, I have no doubt about it and now it is time for us to show just how good we are.”City coach Roberto Mancini declared his side’s chances of reaching the knockout phase dead after the draw with Ajax left City bottom of Group D with only two points, but the win over Villa — which took City top in the Premier League — softened his tone, albeit slightly.“We want to do a good job. We will have not much of a chance to go through, but we will try,” said the Italian, whose side lost 3-2 in Madrid in their opening group fixture after conceding a 2-1 lead.In Mourinho, Mancini faces the man who succeeded him as coach of Inter Milan in 2008 and then led the Nerazzurri to the Champions League title two years later.It will be Mourinho’s 100th match in the Champions League and at 49, he has reached the milestone at a younger age than any other coach.A popular figure in England since his three-year tenure at Chelsea, Mourinho returns to the country knowing that defeat at Mancini’s hands could seriously compromise Madrid’s season.The Spanish champions are already eight points behind Barcelona in La Liga — a potentially insurmountable gap — and the pursuit of the club’s 10th European Cup (‘la Decima’) has therefore been given added significance.Cristiano Ronaldo will return to play in Manchester for the first time since leaving Manchester United in 2009 and can therefore expect a noisy reception from the fans of their cross-town rivals.The Portuguese forward’s future is the subject of speculation, amid reports he is seeking an improved contract, but he was still acclaimed by the club’s fans during Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of Athletic Bilbao.Sami Khedira, who netted the fifth goal against the Basque side, says Madrid should look to follow the pro-active strategy adopted by Dortmund when they held City to a 1-1 draw in October.“Dortmund showed how you can compete there: playing a tight game, competing for every ball, and trying to impose your style of play, so I think we have a good chance,” the German midfielder told the club website.“But we definitely have to concentrate on trying to play our own way there, not letting ourselves be influenced by the opponent’s style, but instead imposing our strength in attack.”Both teams have problems at left-back, with Marcelo (broken foot) out for Madrid and Gael Clichy (ankle) a doubt for City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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