Rivers United bounce past KCCA FC in tight CAF Cup group

first_imgKCCA FC’s Masiko celebrates his winning goal against Club Africain on Tuesday. All clubs in Group A have 3 points. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAKCCA  FC rivals Rivers United of Nigeria bounce back in CAF Cup:Group A standing  P W D L F A PtsFUS        2 1 0 1 3 1 3Africain 2 1 0 1 4 3 3Rivers    2 1 0 1 2 3 3KCCA    2 1 0 1 2 4 3Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Rivers United of Nigeria bounced back into contention for CAF Confederation Cup glory with a 1-0 victory over former title-holders FUS Rabat of Morocco Wednesday.Emeka Atuloma scored his second goal this season in the secondary African club competition with 19 minutes remaining to secure maximum points in southern city Port Harcourt.Rivers, the only survivors from a four-club Nigerian challenge for 2017 CAF titles, began their mini-league campaign with a 3-1 loss at Club Africain of Tunisia.FUS remain top of Group A, but only on goal difference from Club Africain, Rivers and Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda with each club having three points.Kampala, the first Ugandan club to qualify for the group stage of a CAF competition, came from behind Tuesday to edge Club Africain 2-1 in the Ugandan capital.Ivorian Cheick Moukoro struck seven minutes from time to give Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan a 1-0 home victory over previously unbeaten Zesco United of Zambia in Group C. Zesco are among the favourites to win the competition having made a big impact in Africa last year by reaching the CAF Champions League semi-finals against the odds.Smouha of Egypt defeated Recreativo Libolo of Angola 2-0 in Alexandria in the same group to go top on goal difference in another section where all four clubs have three points.After Ahmed Raouf scored on 12 minutes in the ancient Mediterranean city, Smouha had to wait until stoppage time before clinching victory through an Islam Mohareb goal.Title-holders TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo fought back to draw 1-1 with Horoya of Guinea in a Conakry clash between clubs who have experienced African glory.Cameroonian Jean Francis Ebele Dipita gave Horoya a first-half lead they held until 11 minutes from time when Ben Malango equalised in the west African city.Mazembe are the second most successful club in CAF competitions with 10 titles — nine less than Al Ahly of Egypt — while Horoya won the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup in 1978.South African outfit SuperSport United lead Group D on goals scored with Mazembe second. Each club has four points, two more than Horoya, while CF Mounana of Gabon are pointless.Matchday 3 is scheduled for June 2-4. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

VIDEO: Athletes Flagged Off

first_imgA record team of athletes will represent Uganda at the world championships starting 5th august.Share on: WhatsApp VIDEO: Athletes Flagged OffKampala, Uganda | NBS TV | Twenty athletes including Seven female and thirteen males have been flagged off to London this morning by national council of sports general secretary Nicolas Muramagi at the NCS headquarters in lugogo.last_img

Nadal hails ‘best season’ and ‘incredible era’

first_imgNadal’s win on Sunday was the latest chapter in an epic story of domination by the sport’s superstars.From Wimbledon in 2003, an incredible 53 of 58 Slams have now been claimed by just five men — Federer (19), Nadal (16), Novak Djokovic (12) and Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka with three apiece.Only Andy Roddick, Gaston Gaudio, Marat Safin, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic have broken the spell.“We are are in an era that is not nice to say, because I’m part of it, but we are in an era that some players make incredible things in this sport,” said Nadal.“It’s difficult to win a lot of titles. We should be very happy. Probably even Roger and me and Novak, much more than we ever dreamed.” Share on: WhatsApp New York, United States | AFP |  Rafael Nadal described the year 2017 as “one of the best of his career” on Sunday after winning a third US Open and 16th Grand Slam.World number one Nadal defeated South Africa’s world number 32 Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a brutally one-sided final during which he did not face a break point.Nadal also claimed an unprecedented 10th French Open in June after finishing runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open.“In terms of results, this has been one of the best seasons of my career, of course,” Nadal admitted of a year in which he won at least two Slams for the fourth time in his career.Had he gotten the better of Gilles Muller at Wimbledon, where he lost the final set of his fourth-round clash 15-13, the year might have been even more memorable.“I have been winning titles, playing three finals of Grand Slams, so that’s a lot. That’s so difficult. The other slam that I was not in the final, I lost the match 15-13 in the fifth to be in the quarterfinals.“So was very competitive year for me. And on clay, I won almost every match. Of course is an emotional season because I have been through tough moments in terms of injuries.” – Federer’s mark no big deal –Despite his success, catching the 19 majors of Federer is not particularly high on Nadal’s list of priorities.“I really never thought much about that. I just do my way. He does his way. Let’s see when we finish,” he said.“I have 16. So three is big difference. I really don’t think much about these kind of things.“Well done for Roger that he is having an amazing season, too, and well done for me because I’m having a great season, too.“Tennis is not all about the Grand Slams, so there are tournaments to come and I’m excited about this last part of the season.”It’s all a far cry from the end of last year when Nadal was ranked at nine in the world and Federer was 16.It was also a 2016 season that saw the injury-hobbled Nadal lose in the first round at the Australian Open, withdraw after two rounds of the French with a wrist problem, skip Wimbledon and exit the US Open in the last 16.However, in 2017, Federer and Nadal have won five titles apiece and on Monday they will be back at number one and two in the world for the first time since 2011.“I was surprised in January. Now I am not that much surprised,” said Nadal.“There are things that probably Roger and me share — that is passion for what we are doing, passion for tennis, passion for the competition and the spirit of improvement all the time.” To hammer home their enduring appeal and dominance, Federer and Nadal shared the four Slams in 2017 — Federer winning the Australian Open before capturing a record eighth Wimbledon.last_img read more

Klopp says Man Utd-Liverpool clash is ‘biggest game’

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Saturday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United is “the biggest game I can imagine”, with the bitter rivals locked in a battle for second place.Klopp’s team, in third, are just two points behind Jose Mourinho’s side but 18 adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, meaning the title is out of the question barring a calamity for City.However, Klopp’s men know a victory at Old Trafford will take them above United.“It’s the biggest game I can imagine,” said Klopp. “I’m looking forward to it. We need to be at 100 percent, if not even a few more (percent).”Asked how he would feel about Mourinho “parking the bus” and setting his side up defensively to counter Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the German said he would never use the phrase. “I have absolutely no problem with defending. It’s all about winning,” he said.“When United attack I hope all my players are involved in defending. If someone says that is ‘parking the bus’ I have no problem with that.”Full-back Nathaniel Clyne is close to a return to action having not yet featured this season due to a back problem.He may have to wait longer for his chance, though, after Klopp praised the performances of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold in Clyne’s absence.Fellow full-back Andy Robertson is also available while Klopp added that Jordan Henderson “looked OK yesterday” after a dead leg and Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way back from illness.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wijnaldum backs Van Dijk for Ballon d’Or recognition

first_img“We played a friendly in Switzerland not a long time ago and De Ligt was stopping Ronaldo as well. It’s not only Van Dijk who can stop Ronaldo,” said Koeman.“But Ronaldo is good enough to create even against really good defenders and that’s the nicest part of football. You can’t do everything because his quality is such a high level that it is difficult.”The Netherlands failed to even qualify for each of the past two major tournaments, but have taken massive strides forward in just over a year since Koeman took charge.World champions France and Germany were beaten in the Nations League group stages, while the Dutch thoroughly deserved their 3-1 win over England in Thursday’s semi-final despite having to go to extra-time.“It is just confirmation that we are moving in the right direction,” added Koeman.“If we go back when we saw the draw of this tournament, the group of France and Germany, nobody expected Holland to be the winner of the group. Now we are in the final.“It is a pleasure to play in the final and it is not pressure.”Share on: WhatsApp Virgil van Dijk. PHOTO via @VirgilvDijkPorto, Portugal | AFP | Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the Ballon d’Or should the Netherlands beat hosts Portugal to lift the first ever Nations League on Sunday, according to his club and international teammate Georginio Wijnaldum.Van Dijk was named man of the match as Liverpool claimed the Champions League last weekend.The centre-back also won the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year award and could become the first defender in 13 years to win the prize for the world’s best player.But Van Dijk faces the ultimate test in Porto on Sunday against five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.“He already had a good season, he is trying to stop everyone, that’s the way he’s playing,” said Wijnaldum on Saturday.“For us he’s the best defender in the world. If you look at his season, he definitely deserves the Ballon d’Or but it’s not up to us to decide.”Ronaldo ensured Portugal did not miss out on the final on home soil by scoring his 53rd career hat-trick to mask a disjointed performance by the European champions in a 3-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday.The Netherlands can also count on another of the world’s best centre-backs in Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, who has been linked with a huge move to a host of top European clubs after his role in knocking Ronaldo’s Juventus out of the Champions League this season.However, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman said even his two towering centre-backs cannot guarantee shutting down Ronaldo.last_img read more

Salah ‘must rest’, says Egyptian coach

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (R), attend a media briefing on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony at the International Conference Centre in Accra, on January 4, 2018.Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah “must rest” and will miss Egypt’s friendly against Botswana on October 14, national team coach Hossam El Badry said Thursday.The announcement came days after Salah raised eyebrows by changing his Twitter bio to say he only played for Liverpool, removing any mention of his affiliation to Egypt.Salah finished fourth in the balloting for the FIFA best player award last week, with two of Egypt’s votes rejected by football’s governing body after they were signed in capital letters.El Badry said he spoke to Salah following a report from the national team doctor on the fitness of the squad’s overseas-based players.“I agreed with him that it is in his best interests and those of the national team that he rests,” El Badry told local channel MBC Masr.“He won’t be with us at the training camp for Botswana, but God willing, he will be with us for the official matches.” Salah scored twice on Wednesday as holders Liverpool defeated Salzburg 4-3 at home in the Champions League group stage.Salah and the Egyptian FA have butted heads before several times, most prominently when a photo of him was plastered on the squad’s plane ahead of the 2018 World Cup, causing sponsorship problems for the star.El Badry will take charge of his first match as Egypt coach against Botswana following his appointment last month.Egypt begin their qualifying campaign for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations at home to Kenya in November.last_img read more

Liverpool go 40 unbeaten, chasing Arsenal’s 49

first_imgFirmino celebrates a great goal. PHOTO LFC MEDIA Arsenal (49) Chelsea (40) Liverpool (40)Firmino ‘worldie’ secures another late Liverpool win at WolvesWolverhampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed another moment of magic from Roberto Firmino as the Brazilian’s late winner opened up a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Wolves on Thursday.The European champions’ now 14-game winning streak in the league seemed set to end as Raul Jimenez cancelled out Jordan Henderson’s early opener.Liverpool were even grateful to goalkeeper Alisson Becker for not falling behind in the second half.However, like crucial victories against Leicester, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace earlier in the campaign, Liverpool left it late to snatch another vital three points in their quest to end a 30-year wait to win the title as Firmino smashed home six minutes from time.“You just have to find a way to win and have someone who makes the perfect decision and that was Bobby again,” said Klopp.“A worldie I would say from Bobby, a super goal.”Liverpool, who now have 22 wins in 23 league games this season, also have a game in hand over second-placed Manchester City to come.However, victory could still come at a cost as Mane hobbled off with a hamstring injury in the first half.“We don’t know exactly (the severity of the injury). He felt something in the hamstring,” added Klopp, whose side are also still in the hunt for the FA Cup and Champions League.Defeat leaves Wolves still six points off the top four in seventh, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side showed why they are on form the most likely challengers to fourth-placed Chelsea for a place in next season’s Champions League.“It was a fantastic game of football,” said Nuno. “We have to keep going and keep getting stronger.”Nuno’s one regret from his side’s display was the manner of the opening goal. Set-pieces have been one of the keys to Liverpool’s success and a well-worked corner got the visitors off to a flying start as Henderson headed home.Matt Doherty should have levelled shortly afterwards before Liverpool’s threat on the counter-attack was curtailed when Mane pulled up.The Senegalese’s absence for a few weeks is unlikely to sway the momentum of the title race, but he could now be a doubt for the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League last 16 tie at Atletico Madrid next month.Jimenez and Adama Traore were left on the bench when the sides met in late December just two days after they had scored in a thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester City and Wolves’ two most dangerous attacking weapons made a huge difference.“Traore is pretty much unplayable,” added Klopp.“Not only on the wing any more, but he keeps the ball, holds the ball and sets up goals.”The Spaniard’s pace was too much for a Liverpool defence that had kept seven consecutive Premier League clean sheets to handle six minutes after the break.Traore’s run down the right pulled Van Dijk out of the centre of the defence and his pinpoint cross found Jimenez to bullet home his 20th goal of the season.That was the first goal Alisson had conceded in the league for two months and the Brazilian had to be at his best to then turn a Traore drive to safety and stand up bravely to block from Jimenez.Firmino looked to have missed the chance to claim all three points when he fired into Patricio’s legs with just the Portuguese number one to beat.But he quickly made amends with a thumping finish from Henderson’s pass.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Viral Face Aging App Sparks Privacy Concerns with Russian Ties

first_imgNew privacy concerns surrounding the popular app that makes users look older have arisen.FaceApp has more than 80 million active users, but technology experts warn that the Russian-owned app could have access to more than just the photos that are uploaded.According to the policy, FaceApp “cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to FaceApp or guarantee that information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.”FaceApp’s privacy page also says they may share user content and your information with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies.FaceApp spoke out in the wake of the controversy releasing the following statement: “most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours.”Lawmakers are now calling for an FBI investigation.last_img read more

Annabell makes a fast start to 2017

first_img Girl international Annabell Fuller made a fast start to her 2017 season when she finished runner-up in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational on Florida’s Orange Blossom tour.But afterwards the 14-year-old and her family had a wry smile about the result. Her father, Ashley, reports: “After coming second six times last year we had a little smile as we started again as runner up, although this felt more like a win.”Fuller, from Roehampton in Surrey, enjoyed an excellent 2016, winning the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, making her debut in the England girls’ team and grabbing all those second places, which included the runners-up spot in the Scottish U18, U16 and U14 championships.She carried her form into the New Year and was in contention throughout the Harder Hall, finishing on three-over par for the 72 hole event. She was five behind the winner and a stroke ahead of third place. The Harder Hall provided a showcase for English talent with British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) finishing 10th while Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) was 15th.Fuller’s plan for the week was to attack the course and take advantage of her length. She went for all the par fives in two and also attacked the par four second hole, taking driver each day for a 220-yard carry over the swamp forest. The risky strategy paid off in the second round with a chip-in eagle two.At the start of the final round Fuller was tied third and six shots behind the leader and her plan was more aggressive play to overwhelm her rivals. The plan was working as reached the first two par fives in two and birdied both holes, reducing the deficit to four shots.But then, heavy rain set in and she had to halt the charge and focus on getting the ball round. “Annabell played great golf all week, the only negative being the putts didn’t drop which eventually cost her the tournament,” said Ashley. “As her father I was extremely proud how composed she was all week in different conditions with long rounds of five-hours plus, this is something she has really worked on.”Fuller’s older sister, Sammy – a women’s international – had been due to play in the tournament but had to pull out after an emergency tonsil operation.The Fuller sisters are members of the England girls’ squad while Lamb and Price are in the England women’s squad.Click here for full scores 9 Jan 2017 Annabell makes a fast start to 2017 last_img read more

Low scoring spree at Men’s County Finals

first_img Somerset and Staffordshire grabbed the early advantage in a low-scoring foursomes session on the first day of the English Men’s County Finals at Trevose, Cornwall.Somerset lead Hampshire 2-1 and Staffordshire are 2.5-0.5 against Northumberland after a series of games which were spattered with birdies and eagles. Downwind shots on a bright and breezy morning were eye-catching, for example on the 5th where players were managing about 350 yards off the tee.Somerset set the scoring tone when England international Josh Hilleard and partner Jamie Clare  covered the first nine holes in four-under par. They were 4up at the turn and went on to win 5/4. Between them the two pairs amassed 10 birdies.The second game was similar, featuring 11 birdies and an eagle before Hampshire’s Billy McKenzie and Tom Robson won 3/1. They were four up with four to play, but Somerset hit back with birdies on 15 and 16. Hampshire, however, found the answer with their own birdie three on 17 to take the point.In the third game Somerset’s Tom Sloman and Thomas Plumb got ahead early on but were pulled back to all square after 10 and briefly dropped behind after Hampshire birdied 15. They immediately struck back, returning to 1up after a winning par on 14 and a birdie on the 338-yard 15th, where their drive finished pin-high. They stayed ahead for the remaining holes.In the other match the top game, between Northumberland’s Phil Ridden and Andy Minnikin and Staffordshire’s Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Lewis Pearce, included three eagles – and a tremendous tussle on the back nine. Northumberland were ahead for most of the game, but Staffordshire’s eagle two on 15 squared matters and the teams shared the point.Staffordshire proved remarkably strong finishers in the next game. Jake Whalley and Tom Hewitt got back to all square with a birdie on 11, moved one ahead with a par on 14, got to 2up when they holed out of a greenside bunker on 15 for an eagle two and claimed their 3/2 win with a birdie two on the 16th.In the last game of the morning, Staffordshire’s Jack Gaunt and Ryan Brooks (pictured above) scorched ahead. After the 10th, which they eagled, they were 6up and six-under par. But Northumberland put up a great fight on the closing holes and, helped by three birdies, reduced the deficit to 2 holes before bowing out on the 17th.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: competitions, County Finals, Mens Team, Trevose 29 Sep 2017 Low scoring spree at Men’s County Finals last_img read more