first_imgPNG Football Association president David Chung confirmed plans are underway for lead up matches against local clubs in Thailand, Japan, Korea and United States.Chung said with the government’s assistance of K2 million through the National Gaming and Control Board, they will be able to carry out their training programs in preparation for the World Cup.PNGFA has appointed Lisa Kou from the United States as the national coach. She will be in the country on 26 Nov and will be staying with the girls in camp until next month.The team is staging its trial camps at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.Coach Kou returns from the States in January  and will be full time coaching the team.The train-on squad of 30 players will be finalised by next month and that will be trimmed down later  to the final squad.“Currently we are still doing trials so we haven’t finalised the full team.“The training will consist of a few months of intensive training and then they will have to travel a lot to attend international warm up matches for exposure,” said Chung.Team officials and PNGFA will be in talks with the parents to negotiate with them and the schools on whether the players will be able to leave school for a year and fully concentrate on training.last_img

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first_imgThe Opening Tournament It has been suspended since the general and mandatory quarantine was decreed in Peru on March 16 when the first six days had barely been disputed, so the other thirteen dates are still pending, in addition to all the Clausura Tournament and the Bicentennial Cup.Likewise, the second division championship was scheduled to start in May, so the uncertainty regarding its celebration has led to the Coopsol Sport to terminate the contracts of all its staff and to Sport Chavelines to suspend payments.In that context Lima Alliance, which is managed under bankruptcy administration to pay off its historic debt, has proposed a three-month salary reduction for all its workers, including soccer players.Two weeks ago the Professional Football Sports Association (ADFP), which groups the first and second division clubs, sent a letter to the FPF to ask for financial aid during this crisis, but Lozano indicated that they cannot specify anything until they have a horizon of when soccer can resume.Although Peru was the first country in Latin America to enact the general and mandatory quarantine, when it had barely registered 71 positive cases of COVID-19, The emergency currently has its health system on the ropes after 445 people have died and more than 16,000 infected have been detected in the last five weeks. The Peruvian league will not resume before July and when it does it will probably be behind closed doors for the rest of the championship, as anticipated this Monday the president of the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF), Agustín Lozano.“By no means will it be in the months of May or June,” he warned the station. RPP News Lozano, whose institution organizes the first and second division tournaments.The head of the FPF explained that up to ten different ways of organizing the rest of the season are considered, which depend on the moment and the conditions that the Government sets to gradually lift the quarantine decreed since March 16.However, Lozano almost took it for granted that the resumption will be done with games behind closed doors, because the Government has already anticipated that it will not allow large concentrations of people until next year.“We have ten different scenarios to resume League 1, each with different positions that will depend on the recommendations or health requirements,” said Lozano. “The ones that come closest are those of playing behind closed doors respecting all the venues or a single venue that would be Lima in different stadiums,” he added.To resume soccer in July, the FPF president acknowledged that The response of society to the first measures that soften citizen immobilization will be very important. “If you do not know how to manage or control because collaboration is not ideal, it is impossible to think that facilities will be given to other sectors of the country such as soccer,” he added.last_img

first_imgBY RAMONA LUTHIThe elderly couple that was burnt to death in their East Bank Essequibo home by bandits was on Wednesday laid to rest.Bibi Jamila Munir and her husband, Mohamed Munir were killed on Sunday last when bandits invaded their Lot 17 Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo home and set it on fire during a botched robbery.At the funeral on Wednesday, the atmosphere was both sober and sad, as hundreds turned up to pay their last respects to the couple.Paying tribute to the couple, their granddaughter said the family has suffered a shocking blow and are still trying to come to grips with the death of their loved ones.Relatives and friends pay their last respects to the coupleShe described her grandfather, Mohamed Munir, as the “kindest, most hard-working, most compassionate and gentle person” she has ever known and her grandmother Bibi Jamila Munir, as the “bravest woman in the world.” She added that her grandmother was a driving force in their lives and the lives of everyone in the community.Munirs’ granddaughter noted that her grandparents loved Guyana, and the family is praying that they get the justice they deserve. She also recited a poem during which she broke down in tears.The children of Bibi and Mohamed Munir conveyed gratitude to all those who supported them in this time of their grief, noting that the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG), friends and neighbours played an integral part in assisting the family.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder who was also present at the funeral expressed condolences on behalf of himself and the Government of Guyana to the family.People’s Progressive Party’s Member of Parliament and cousin of the late Bibi Munir, Bibi Shadick, in her tribute said the couple would “forever be remembered by everyone as persons who cared for the community and wanted it to be better than it was.”She added that the fate the Munirs met on Sunday last was one that she cannot accept.‘’We have to stand up for what is right and we have to demand that there should be security for lives and livelihood. What we work for, we should be allowed to use and we should be allowed to give when we want to give and somebody should not come and snatch it from us. Then when they don’t get it, kill us,” she lamented.Shaddick said that her cousin was “not just a farmer” but she was also a “social worker, mother, sister, daughter and everything to everyone that needed her.”Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who also paid his respect to the couple, conveyed his condolences to the family. He described their departure as being “tragic and horrendous.”Jagdeo relayed that from what he gathered from persons that knew the couple, it seemed as though the lives of these wonderful people epitomised hard work and commitment to cause. He said that Bibi Jamila Munir was an executive member of the Rice Producers Association (RPA) and knew what struggle was.He added that “it is a pity that hard work is not recognised in this country, today since people can come in such a callous manner and try to snatch away one’s fruits of hard work, possibly killing them in the process.”According to Jagdeo, the State should not be held responsible for every criminal act but they should indicate where their sentiments are directed as they should be on the victim’s side and not the perpetrator’s.”We don’t see them (APNU/AFC) go to places where tragedies occur, right across this country, where people are grieving and they are sorrowful and they have their lives knocked out in callous manners. But we see negotiations in the prison with criminals and we heard about how many people were released from prison… We are still asking until today to see the records of those people who were released from prison and until now there is no attempt on the part of the Government to make those records public.”According to reports, at around 23:15h on Sunday, several armed bandits invaded the couple’s premises but they managed to secure themselves in one of the bedrooms.After not being able to gain access to the couple, the angered bandits then doused the house with gasoline and set it alight.last_img

first_imgAlso signing for Wazito is Ivorian Emmanuel Tienan who was previously with MOSCA.“These are players who we think will be a great addition to the squad. Nyakha is a very good midfielder especially on the ball and his experience having featured for AFC will be great for us. We are still chasing a few names and I can assure that we will have a very strong squad,” the tactician offered.Wazito earned a berth in top flight after finishing second in last season’s National Super League and Ouna who joined them midway through the 2016 season before turning them into a winning outfit has vowed they will not be in the KPL to make up the numbers.“We are coming in to compete and show that we are a good side as well. We went through so many challenges in the NSL but the players had the belief and we achieved what we didn’t think was easily achievable. It is now time to show that we can compete at the top,” the former Posta Rangers and Gor Mahia assistant coach added.Ouna has been credited with lifting the team from the ashes, one he found dwindling in relegation when he took over before raising its profile and finally a first ever berth in top flight.To aid his course, Ouna has added two more hands into his technical bench with former Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards goalkeeper trainer Iddi Salim joining the team on the same capacity.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna issues instructions to his players during a past National Super League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe has also brought on board immediate former Modern Coast Rangers head coach Mohammed Ahmed as a First Team coach. He will be in charge of training the midfielders.Francis Oduor who has been part of the team for a while will be in charge of the defense while former Gor Mahia striker George Midenyo will this time be charged with sharpening the team’s next big strikers.“It is very important to have many hands to help each other out especially at this level of the Premier League. It becomes easier to pick out and manage mistakes. I think the two new guys to the bench will add so much to the team in terms of their experience,” the tactician further added.Wazito begin their Kenyan Premier League campaign on February 5 at home against Sony Sugar.“We expect a very tough challenge but looking at how we performed especially in the GOtv Shield matches, I am certain we can weather the storm. We just need to firm up a few areas technically and we will be good to go,” further added the tactician.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards goal keeper Edwin Mukolwe in action against their SPL clash against Tusker FC last season. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 10- Kenyan Premier League new boys Wazito FC have snapped up the AFC Leopards duo of midfielder Harun Nyakha and goalkeeper Edwin Mukolwe as they continue to rebuild ahead of their top flight debut.Head coach Frank Ouna has confirmed that both join the side on two year deals and reckons they will be a brilliant addition to the squad.last_img

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