Wewak women’s coach happy with team’s performance

first_imgCoach Catherine Kususan said the tournament has built up confidence for her young side comprising mostly of primary and secondary school girls.Wewak finished fourth in the tournament, however, displayed competitiveness in their earlier pool games, even toppling host Madang in their meeting.Kusunan said the tournament had taught the players many new things and they look forward to better improvement next year. She added that the Momase Best qualifier was provided a good experience for most of the young players and good yard stick for the team and individual players to improve on in next major tournaments.Lahi women team from Morobe bagged the Momase Besta qualifier title after toppling its sister team Lae Football Association, while Wau edged out Wewak for the third and fourth placings.Local Organising Committee Chairman of the Momase Besta qualifier, John Maripal also heaped praise on a young female player from Wewak Eunice Wablasu, who displayed class for a raw talent from East Sepik. Eunice was awarded the Most Valuable Player in the women’s division during the presentation at the end of the tournament last Sunday.Picture:  Wewak’s Besta team had the youngest playerslast_img read more

Will the LFA National League Kickoff March 15?

first_imgOn Sunday, July 27, 2014, the Liberia Football Association suspended all football activities in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in support of government’s initiative.Five months later, with the help of international communities, foreign countries as well as the government and people of Liberia, Ebola infections have radically reduced, which of course encouraged CAF to lift football activities in February.The LFA has therefore announced the execution of CAF Licensing Club System and kickoff of the 2015 National League, on Sunday, March 15.Secretary General Alphonso Armah repeatedly and categorically stressed that the LFA League would officially kick-off as scheduled, at designated football fields in and out of Monrovia.Mr. Armah told the Daily Observer yesterday in an exclusive interview that clubs who have responded to the CAF Club Licensing System will be notified prior to the commencement of the national league and subsequently be included in the fixture.“In accordance to CAF Club Licensing System, we have informed all club officials that in order to have a youth team, they must have in place football development program, office space, a training ground, a general manager, secretarial structure and a financial structure that will prove to the FA that indeed they are ready to manage a football team amongst,” said Armah.The LFA official re-emphasized that failure on the part of any team to meet these requirements; the team would be relegated for the LFA to avoid facing serious punishment from the world football governing body FIFA.“The LFA is urging club officials to meet these requirements for the improvement of the game and for us to be in line with FIFA standard, so it should be the obligation of every club official to work along with us,” he said and paid tribute to club officials that continue to work in line with the LFA.SponsorshipFirst division clubs LISCR FC and FC BYC are calling for the LFA to step-up its Marketing Committee to encourage business entities to support football clubs amidst the hardship, owing to the Ebola virus, which has affected the economy.Mustapha Raji and Sekou Konneh argued that there are three cream of officials at the LFA that would be of greater good to the clubs; they include Dee Maxwell Kamanyan (President, Liberia Business Association), Ciatta Bishop (Executive Director, National Bureau of Concession) and D. Sheba Brown (a senior officer at the Central Bank of Liberia.)They duo are also arguing that the LFA can also be a help to the clubs by slicing some of the FIFA World Cup bonus to member countries, in the amount of about US$1m.Further, they said, their portion from the FIFA Financial Assistant Program (FAP) of about US$750,000.00 could also be given to the clubs as preparation fees amidst these tough times.But, Chief Scribe Armah clarified that the funds are intended to construct the headquarters of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), of which a land has already been purchased.Armah said the LFA’s Executive Committee is taken aback because the stakeholders were officially informed at the recent congress on the erection of the LFA’s house, which would be named in honor of Senator George M. Weah.No FixtureInterestingly, with 12 days to the kick-off of the National Football League, there isn’t any fixture up to now, to light the hope of club managers and players as well as fans.The LFA chief scribe said, the fixture would be concluded this week, but reports say the winding-up of the fixture depend on ‘majority registration’ of clubs in the league.Preparation of FieldsThe only largest football field, managed by LFA — the Antoinette Tubman Stadium is yet still under renovation.Technicians say the field is about 60% completed and they need at least three weeks to reach 70% to be usable for football games.The seat around the field and the wire fence, including bathrooms, players’ and referees’ dressing rooms need serious fixing.This means, if the LFA forces the kick-off, most of the 1st division games would be played either at low-level pitches such as Blue Field, D. Twe,  Tusafield and the Nancy Doe Sports Stadium in Kakata.CongressReports gathered say some clubs are pushing for the holding of congress before the tournament to be knowledgeable about administrative and financial activities in 2014, before the next 2015 budget.According to the LFA’s statute, congress is usually held every March and it is the highest making body of the LFA. Last year’s congress was postponed owing to administrative reasons and was finally postponed owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Deferment of CAF’s Club Licensing SystemThe clubs, amongst issues are pushing for the postponement of the CAF Club Licensing system amidst the collapsed of the economy because of the Ebola Virus, and believed that CAF would reasonably understand.The clubs indicated that at least by 2016 with the recovery of the economy, they could be compelled to adhere to the CAF regulations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Swiss probe PSG’s Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA executive over corruption

first_imgA statement from the Swiss attorney general’s office (OAG) said the probe which opened in March centres on offences ranging from bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document. The OAG indicated that Al-Khelaifi was under suspicion only for actions taken as the head of the sports media group beIN, which operates on five continents.But the Qatar broadcaster issued a statement denying any wrongdoing, while confirming French authorities had raided the company’s Paris offices following a Swiss request for cooperation.“beIN Media Group refutes all accusations made by OAG. The company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation,” it said in a statement.Famed French football club PSG, which grabbed headlines in August for its record signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar, is not implicated in the investigation.Valcke left the OAG on Thursday evening after he was interviewed “as a suspect” by representatives of the Swiss attorney general and “disputes all the allegations”, his lawyer told AFP.“Mr. Valcke left the Swiss attorney general’s offices where he was heard all day. He came out free, there is no coercive measure against him nor any bail payment,” his lawyer Stephane Ceccaldi said.The OAG said there was a third suspect in the case but identified him only as “a businessman in the sports rights sector”.Prosecutors said they had evidence indicating that Valcke “accepted undue advantages” from the businessman “in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030”.The Swiss OAG also alleged that Valcke had illegal dealings with “Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030”. The 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be played in Russia and Qatar respectively, while the 2026 and 2030 tournaments have not yet been awarded. – Questioned in Geneva –Valcke, a French national who also holds South African citizenship, was sacked from his post as FIFA’s secretary general last year amid the corruption scandal that brought world football’s governing body to its knees.He became the subject of a separate Swiss corruption probe in March 2016 over criminal mismanagement during his FIFA tenure.The previously disclosed allegations triggered his dismissal from FIFA and a 10-year ban from football. Valcke was in Switzerland this week arguing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, where he was trying to overturn the ban.While Valcke was being questioned, authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain searched “properties” as part of the probe, Swiss prosecutors said, adding that no suspect in the case was currently in custody.Unlike Valcke, whose career in world football is generally seen as finished, Al-Khelaifi’s prominence in the sport has soared in recent months, especially following the Neymar signing. PSG paid Barcelona a record 222 million euros ($264 million) for Neymar and Al-Khelaifi vowed that the acquisition would bring the Champions League title to the Paris side within two years.PSG was bought by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011.The new probe is the latest in a complex web of scandals that have rocked world football over the last two and a half years.Dozens of corruption investigations are ongoing in Switzerland, the United States and elsewhere.Many relate to the sale of broadcast and marketing rights, with FIFA insiders accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for sweetheart deals with broadcasters and promoters.FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who took over from the disgraced Blatter last year, has vowed to clean up the game. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi speaks during a press conference to present Brazilian superstar Neymar at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 4, 2017 © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREGeneva, Switzerland, Oct 12 – Switzerland said Thursday it has opened a criminal corruption probe targeting the head of Paris Saint-Germain football club and beIN media, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke.The allegations against the powerful Qatari sports executive Al-Khelaifi and Valcke, who was Sepp Blatter’s long-serving right-hand man at FIFA, relate to the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups.last_img read more

Kovac already in trouble at stuttering Bayern

first_imgThe 46-year-old’s reputation had risen after he won the German Cup with Eintracht Frankfurt in May, beating Bayern in the final.But Bayern’s 3-0 home defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach has left his team sixth in the table — the last time the club went winless in four matches in the first half of the season was 2009.“Kovac in the eye of the storm,” Stern news weekly said on its website.“A Bayern coach who looks shaky after just 11 matches. After winning the title for six seasons in a row, that seems unimaginable. But that is exactly what is happening to Niko Kovac,” Bild newspaper said in its online edition.– ‘Less time ‘After Saturday’s loss, Kovac faced the inevitable questions about his future.“I know how football works, and the mechanics of the Bundesliga and Bayern,” the German-born Croat said. “And I know that you get less time at Bayern than elsewhere.”Kovac had moved quickly on Friday to defuse criticism from his players, with Colombian striker James Rodriguez telling reporters that the new coach’s training sessions were insufficiently rigorous and his policy of rotating his team was angering some of the stars.“We’re not at Frankfurt here,” Rodriguez jibed.Kovac’s response then was to deny that he had lost his players’ support — but that was before the Moenchengladbach debacle.Pressed on whether he still had their backing now, Kovac said on Saturday: “I had their support after the first seven games (when Bayern were undefeated), so I assume I still have it.”He added: “But in the end, I am not the one who can answer that.”Bayern’s bosses Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge left the Allianz Arena without saying a word. A year ago, the powerful duo removed Ancelotti from his job after Bayern lost 3-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Even if they decide that Kovac has no future with the club, their options seem limited — finding a top-class coach at this time of the year is near-impossible and Heynckes has made clear he would not return again.– Creating chances –Bayern’s winless run is all the more curious because it has come against teams they be would be expected to beat — Augsburg, Hertha Berlin, Dutch side Ajax and Moenchengladbach.Right-back Joshua Kimmich said a lack of creativity was to blame: “The defence is not a major problem. Against Moenchengladbach we hardly created a single chance.“It’s not that we have trouble getting it in the net, it’s that we don’t have a chance to! We’re Bayern Munich, we should be scoring two or three goals every time.”Kovac has a temporary respite thanks to the two-week international break.“It’s my job to change that,” he said. “I’m going to buckle down during the international matches. It’s obviously a pity that so many players are leaving on Sunday to join up with their national teams.“But that could be a positive thing too, it’ll give them a change of scene.”When club football resumes, Kovac faces three away games in a row — Bundesliga trips to Wolfsburg on October 20 and Mainz a week later with a potentially treacherous Champions League visit to AEK Athens sandwiched in between on October 23.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Niko Kovac has failed to lead Bayern to a win in four matches © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Oct 8 – Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is already under pressure after four matches without a win and he is acutely aware that the German champions are not a club that deals well with failure.Kovac only took over at Bayern in the summer and was portrayed as a long-term leader after the venerable Jupp Heynckes had successfully steadied the ship for a season on a temporary basis after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.last_img read more

First FSJ Farmers Market of the Season in new location

first_imgFORT ST.JOHN, B.C. – The Farmers Market is starting up again this Saturday, May 4th with many local vendors selling their wares.This year the Market will be held in its new location at the Seniors Hall, located at 10908 – 100 Street.The Market runs from 9 am to 3 pm. There will be returning vendors and new farmers in attendance with lots of local, homemade and homegrown items to purchase.- Advertisement -A link to the FB Event Page, CLICK HERE If you are interested in participating in the Market as a vendor contact; Margie at (250)261-0655.last_img


first_imgSoccer bosses will investigate claims that racist taunts were made against a young African boy at Swilly Park in Ramelton on Saturday last.The alleged incident happened at Swilly Park in Ramelton.The Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland will launch the inquiry into the behaviour of some fans at the Under 15 cup game between Swilly Rovers and Castlebar Celtic.Allegations have been made that disgusting monkey chants were made towards a 14 year old African-born boy playing for Castlebar. The incident is included in the referee’s report.The referee stopped the game momentarily and warned the small section of fans making the noises to stop.A number of prominent members of the Donegal Schoolboy League were also at the game.Swilly Rovers have so far not made an official comment on the alleged incident. The game was covered in the local media but the issue of the alleged racist taunts was not reported until earlier today.Schools FAI general secretary Martin O’Hanlon confirmed that the association is investigating the sickening incident.“We take something like this very seriously, but short of making an assessment, I can’t say anything. We have an allegation of racist taunting,” he said.The organisation is awaiting the referee’s report on the incident.“We have spoken to football people, not the boy, people have rang us about it,” said Mr O’Hanlon. The teenager’s coach has said there were very clear monkey chants coming from one section of the crowd “every time he touched the ball”.Swilly Rovers eventually won the game 2-1 after extra-time.SWILLY ROVERS TO BE INVESTIGATED AFTER RACIST TAUNTS CLAIM was last modified: March 5th, 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:RACIST TAUNTSRameltonSFAISWILLY PARKswilly roverslast_img read more


first_imgRTE chatshow host will today feature a special report on the rise in burglaries across Donegal.Reporter Valerie Cox travelled to the county on Tuesday and interviewed several people about the recent upsurge in break-ins.She interviews a number of victims of violent crime including Manorcuningham brothers Jim and Eric Steele at their home. She also talks to county councillor Paul Canning about his fight to have increased Garda manpower along the border.Today With Pat Kenny starts at 10am this morning on RTE Radio One. PAT KENNY TO HIGHLIGHT DONEGAL BURGLARIES ON RTE SHOW was last modified: January 24th, 2013 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)last_img read more


first_imgTired: Mayor McGarvey had chaired 3 days of talks1.25AM Latest Update: Donegal politicians will hold another meeting of crisis-hit Donegal County Council in a last ditch attempt to save the council from dissolution.Director of Service Liam Ward had advised councillors they can return on January 13.Independent Councillor John Campbell said he wanted the council to meet again. But Sinn Fein councillor Mick Quinn insisted: “There is no point in coming back on January 13. There is little or no possibility of any flexibility in terms of additional resources.”Cllr Ciaran Brogan of Fianna Fail insisted: “We can’t fool ourselves that anything is going to change but if there is a window then we should look at it.”Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour and independents voted to return to have yet another meeting.Liam Ward told councillors: “The council has resolved to adjourn this meeting to Monday January 13 at 11am.” However the move appears to be just a stay of execution – and our dissolved council could be run from Dublin within days. COUNCIL UPDATE: CRISIS-HIT DONEGAL COUNCIL TO MEET YET AGAIN IN LAST DITCH ATTEMPT TO SAVE BODY was last modified: January 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:deadline dayDonegal County CouncilJaniuary 13meetinglast_img read more


first_imgA man who assaulted his wife after a row over a television show has walked free from court.Griffin appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.Pensioner Kevin Griffin, 66, was accused of assaulting his wife at their home in Ballybofey. Letterkenny District Court hard how Gardai had been contacted by ambulance control on November 30th last.The accused man’s wife Alice had received a deep cut to her lip and had to receive stitches to the wound.Ambulance control contacted Gardai who went to the couple’s home to interview them about the incident.They said there had ben an argument between them over a television programme.Griffin claimed that when they went to bed that evening, his wife had fallen out of bed.He went to lift her off the floor but she slapped him and he struck back by punching her in the face.Griffin said he was very embarrassed after hitting his wife of 45 years and that it would not happen again.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case from last December until today after asking to hear from Mrs Griffin.However the court was told that Mrs Griffin did not wish to give evidence in the case.Garda Inspector John O’Toole said Mrs Griffin’s injury had healed and that he was withdrawing the charge and the case was struck out.MAN WHO PUNCHED WIFE IN ROW OVER TELEVISION SHOW HAS CASE DISMISSED was last modified: January 19th, 2015 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:assaultBallybofeydonegalGardaiKevin GriffinTV showlast_img read more


first_imgJIMMY’S BUILDING TUNNELS: The newest generation of the fabled Donegal Tunnel Tigers have completed their last drive as part of a massive £15 billion pound Crossrail Project. They broke through into Farringdon Station yesterday which signals the end of the monster project. The Donegal Tunnel Tigers have been central to the completion of one of the biggest construction projects ever undertaken in the city.A fortnight ago we covered a story on a group of men from The Rosses who had been integral to the completion of the project and who have been driving force behind it from day one.With many of the men from The Rosses having worked on the project for THREE years!The latest crew of Donegal Tunnel Tigers that made the breakthrough at Farringdon station, Sean Rooney, Neil Ferry, Hugh Curran, Matthew Frys, Padraig Anthony Ferry and Christopher McFadden are all pictured above after the completing the job with the Donegal flag flying proudly. Well done lads.Tir Chonaill Abú.DONEGAL TUNNEL TIGERS COMPLETE LAST CROSSRAIL DRIVE IN LONDON was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more