Allied Bakeries could make up to 40 workers redundant at its Liverpool site after failing to boost its morning goods business.The firm is looking to restructure the bakery, which makes crumpets and pancakes, by the end of October, following a strategic review of UK operations. Back in March, workers feared for their jobs after Tesco reduced its business with the firm.Allied has started a consultation with its 144 employees, which it said could result in about 40 redundancies.The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union is in talks with Allied although regional officer Roy Streeter said it was not particularly hopeful that it could reduce the number of job losses.Tim Bright, site manager for the Liverpool bakery, said that while Allied’s snacks business was growing, projected volumes were not sufficient to prevent it from having to restructure the operation.
Reigning champions New Zealand have been pitted against South Africa and Italy in Pool B, while England have France and Argentina for company in their five-team group.The Wallabies, meanwhile, will go up against Wales and Georgia, as well as qualifiers from Oceania and the Americas, in Pool D.But Cheika would not get carried away with what appears on paper to be a better draw, suggesting any hint of complacency could well prove Australia’s downfall in Japan.”When you’re standing out there and singing the anthem, 0-0 all bets off,” said Cheika.”The minute you stop thinking like that is the minute you get in the water. That’s how you’ve got to chart a course in tournament play.”That’s something that’s different in competition, regardless of who the draw is against.”You’ve got to plan with the lay of the land, those teams you’re playing, know who the crossover teams are, do the homework, but at the end of the day it’s going to be all about how we play.”You’ve got to win seven games to get there and you put your best foot forward on all seven occasions.”Michael Cheika popped out after the #RWC2019 draw, to speak to you! #StrongerAsOne pic.twitter.com/W8kFUY1yo8— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) May 10, 2017Cheika is particularly wary of Georgia but wants the Wallabies to improve upon their runner-up finish in England in 2015.”Australians probably won’t know a lot about them but they’re a team being run by a few Kiwi lads and they’re on the up and up,” he said.”Strong forward play, they’ve got some gas out wide and between now and 2019 we’ll learn a bit more about them.”The reality is just how big an event the World Cup is and how important it is for us to go one better in 2015.”
The Uganda Cranes team that start on SaturdayNAMBOOLE – Uganda Cranes defeated Lesotho 3-1 on Saturday at Mandela National Stadium to reclaim top spot in Group L.A brace from Emmanuel Okwi either side of Farooq Miya’s penalty was all the Sebastian Desabre’s men required on the day.Despite the victory, how did each of the Cranes fair on the day?Denis Onyango 6.5: Despite a uncharacteristic error at the start of the game when the skipper failed to hold onto a routine ball putting his side under pressure, it was another commanding display as Onyango as he managed to keep his third clean sheet of the campaign. His highlight was saving Tumelo Khutlang’s low effort in the first half.Nicholas Wadada 6.0: The Azam FC defender was solid as ever at the back but rarely threatened going forward and when he made his customary runs down the wing, his final ball was always wanting, save for the pass to Okwi in the build up to the opener.Godfrey Walusimbi 6.0: Jaaja Walu has been one of Uganda’s most consistent performer for years and he was at it again, putting out a solid display in the win on Saturday. Save for being caught napping early in the game as Khutlang received the ball unmarked and in behind our backline, he just did enough to suggest he is still the dependable Jaaja Walu.Hassan Wasswa 5.5: Struggled whenever Lesotho came forward and didn’t look as solid as he has always been in the past. Could it have been due to the fact that he was paired alongside Iguma, with whom they have never featured together at CB?Denis Iguma 6.5: Easily could have cost us a goal due to lazy defending in the first half but aside from that, the ever calm, composed and elegant Iguma was superb on Saturday. Will indeed give Desabre some sleepless nights on where to play him in Maseru.Aucho Khalid 7.0: Yes he conceded the most fouls on the pitch (5) but Aucho wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t foul opposing players trying to hurt his side. Unlike against Tanzania, Aucho was back to his usual best on Saturday.Moses Waiswa 7.5: If anyone told you at the start of the year that Moses Waiswa would be a mainstay in the Uganda Cranes set up in nine months, you wouldn’t have believed them. And mainstay he is turning out to be, not as exceptional as he was against Tanzania but Waiswa was equally imposing and influential with his magnificent passing range and fancy tricks on Saturday.Farouk Miya 5.0: Another average show from Uganda’s fans’ favourite despite converting from the spot. Lost track of the last time Miya had a more than decent game for the Cranes.Joseph Ochaya 3.5: Whatever Ochaya is doing, i am not sure i know. Against Lesotho, he was the lost sheep amongst the heard. He was not going forward neither was he defending.Edirisa Lubega 6.0: Torres like he is know in the country, was a surprise inclusion at the start. On his debut, he set-up the third which would be descent for a midfielder but not a striker with his qualities and the space he was getting from time to time. Wasn’t the worst performance but not the best he could have helped himself to.Emmanuel Okwi 9.0: What a game of football Okwi had on Saturday. He was at the heart of all good for the Cranes, scoring two well taken goals and also fouled in the area for Miya’s penalty. Don’t remember the last time he was in such form.SubstitutesSadam Juma 6.0: Brought on to calm down Lesotho’s early second half pressure and he did that to perfection.Isaac Muleme NA: Created on descent cross to Kaddu but don’t think he played enough minutes to be rated.Patrick Kaddu 5.0: Tried to play and score but he came on at a time when the team was content with a 3-0 lead.Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifierstopUganda Cranes