All in or nothing as Stars face Senegal

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations tie against Tanzania at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 27, 2019. PHOTO/CAFCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 1 – The common stanza in Harambee Stars’ Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) song heading into the crucial Group C decider against Senegal on Monday night at the Air Defense Forces Stadium in Cairo is that they have nothing to lose.Stars face the Lions of Teranga needing at least a point to book a historic place in the round of 16, an achievement which was their primary target coming into the competition for the first time since 2004. Head coach Sebastien Migne has chosen to ease the pressure off his lads, saying they have nothing to lose when they face the continent’s best ranked team.“They are number one in Africa; they have so many qualities not only physically. They have one of the best players in the world last season in Sadio Mane so we know it will be difficult. But it is a privilege to be here and compete with this kind of team but we don’t have anything to lose it’s only a pleasure, not pressure,” Migne said in his pre-match presser.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne speaks during the post-match press conference after the game against Algeria in Cairo on June 24, 2019. PHOTO/CAFSenegal come into the match also with a must win mentality as a loss to Kenya will see their chances of making it into the last 16 wither, but a draw will assure them of second spot with four points, only separated from Kenya by goal difference.The Lions of Teranga started their campaign with an easy 2-0 win over Tanzania before suffering a 1-0 loss to group leaders Algeria in the second match, building pressure on themselves.They have the history of participating in the most number of Africa Cup of Nations tournaments without winning and coming in with a talented generation anchored on Liverpool forward Mane, they are under pressure to deliver.But Stars who are eying a historic place in the last 16 have vowed to give their best and ensure they earn themselves a chance.“We have the motivation and determination. We only want to ensure we are not under pressure and that is the main problem I have. But with me, I have good leaders in the team. I don’t have all the answers but I expect us to give the best,” Migne stated.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama controls the ball during the team’s first training session at the June 30 Stadium training ground on June 20, 2019He added; “What it important is the team spirit; without it, then it will be difficult to challenge Senegal. We cannot compete in terms of individual players with them; it’s the reality. But if we develop good team spirit everything is possible.”Migne will have a full strength squad at his disposal after both Philemon Otieno and Joash Onyago trained with the rest of the team over the last two sessions.Philemon missed the game against Tanzania with an ankle problem while Joash picked up the same injury before the Algeria match.“I don’t know whether all of them are ready, but we will see. It will be necessary for us to give more than 100pc,” the tactician stated.While a point will assure Kenya of a place in the last 16, a slim loss might give Stars some mathematical chance if Benin and Angola fail to pick maximum points.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSPOTLIGHT reporter Declan LawnA SERIES of companies run by a Donegal Orange Order member have been set  up to help keep property and land in Protestant hands in Donegal, Tyrone, Derry and Fermanagh.The revelations were contained in a BBC Spotlight investigation last night.The programme focused on David Mahon, originally from Donegal but now living in Kesh in Co Fermanagh. East Derry nationalist MLA John Dallat said it was no secret that sales of property – particularly farmland – between religions was frowned upon in rural areas.That was not new.What was new however in the BBC Spotlight expose was the incredible number of companies – fed by Protestant investors – which had been established by Mahon.We have now learned one of them – called after the Derry and Raphoe Protestant diocese – works across the Border between both counties to offer finance and interest free loans to Protestant farmers and businesses to prevent the assets going onto the open market and then, possibly, into Catholic ownership. Mahon admitted some investors were members of the Orange Order. The workings of the companies and what they invest in are closely-guarded secrets.For years, the Orange Order has been accused of controlling secretive “land funds” which have been used by individual Orange Lodges to protect Protestant land in their communities.Orange Order Grand Secretary Drew Nelson admitted to the existence of such funds, and defended their use in an interview with Spotlight reporter Declan Lawn.“There are some funds in existence which do that type of work and that is something that strategically we regard as one of the roles of the institution, to help Protestant communities that are in distress, particularly around border areas, or areas where Protestants are in the minority.”When the reporter put it to Mr Nelson that the existence of such funds was in danger of artificially skewing the property market, he offered a rationale which some may find surprising: that proceeds of illegal diesel smuggling were flooding into the coffers of republicans in rural areas, and that this was itself resulting in an unfair playing field when it came to the purchase of land. ORANGE ORDER COMPANIES IN DONEGAL SET UP TO KEEP LAND AND PROPERTY ‘PROTESTANT’ was last modified: February 18th, 2015 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:BBC SpotlightdocumentaryOrange Orderlast_img read more

Half-time: Villa 1 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea’s chances of securing Champions League qualification were dented as they trailed to Christian Benteke’s tidy finish and then had Ramires sent off just before half-time.The Blues, needing a victory to secure a top-four spot, dominated possession for long spells.But although Demba Ba and Frank Lampard both went close to scoring, the visitors did not create many chances against an impressive Aston Villa side.Benteke grabbed the opener inside 15 minutes after a slick counter-attack when he easily went past Gary Cahill and then beat Petr Cech at the near post.Ba almost levelled but his shot was well blocked by Brad Guzan.And Lampard went close with a fizzing low free-kick that skidded off the turf and Guzan fumbled onto the outside of the post.But Chelsea’s hopes of getting back into the game were hit when midfielder Ramires was given a second yellow card just before the interval.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Ba.Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Luiz, Torres, Oscar, Benayoun, Ake.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ky Bowman to make G League debut Friday as Warriors eye two-way contract limits

first_imgWarriors’ two-way contract guard Ky Bowman has been assigned to the G League and will not travel with Golden State for Friday’s game in Utah. The move is aimed at maintaining Bowman’s few remaining days of NBA eligibility.Having already used 32 of the 45 days of NBA service allotted to two-way contract players, Bowman will play for the Santa Cruz Warriors in Friday’s game against Agua Caliente Clippers at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Not traveling with the team will save him up to three days.The …last_img read more