Cameroon Seals Title against Egypt

first_imgAFCON 2017 FINAL MATCHVincent Aboubakar was the hero of the night with a brilliant late goal, firing Cameroon to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Egypt in Libreville and their fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.Aboubakar replaced Robert Ndip Tambe at half-time, with Hugo Broos’ side a goal down, and went on to secure the Indomitable Lions’ first championship since 2002 with a brilliant individual effort in the 88th minute.The triumph will be made all the sweeter after seven players, including Liverpool and West Brom defenders Joel Matip and Allan Nyom, snubbed the chance to represent their country in Gabon.Egypt took the lead in the first half when Mohamed Elneny, back in the starting line-up after missing the last two matches with a calf injury, was the beneficiary of some woeful goalkeeping from Fabrice Ondoa.However, Cameroon showed renewed vigour after the restart and they were rewarded when substitute Nicolas N’Koulou headed home in the 59th minute.Broos’ men continued to push and Aboubakar popped up with the winner in the 88th minute, ending seven-time champions Egypt’s 24-match unbeaten AFCON run and securing Cameroon a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.Egypt took less than two minutes to get in behind the Cameroon defence, but Abdallah El Said fired Mohamed Salah’s cushioned pass too close to Ondoa.Sebastien Siani sent a tame effort at Egypt’s veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary from 20 yards, and the breakthrough came at the other end in the 22nd minute.Salah found Elneny unmarked on the right-hand side of the box and he guided a shot beyond Ondoa, who seemed to duck out the way at his near post.Cameroon suffered another blow when central defender Adolphe Teikeu was forced off through injury, N’Koulou replacing him in the 31st minute.Broos sent experienced striker Aboubakar on in place of Tambe for the second half and Cameroon were far more positive as a result.Their improved attacking efforts were rewarded in the 59th minute when N’Koulou towered over Ahmed Hegazy to head Benjamin Moukandjo’s cross into the back of the net.Cameroon continued to push for a winner but captain Moukandjo wasted a great opportunity when he blazed Christian Bassogog’s pass over the crossbar from just inside the box.However, Broos’ side snatched a late lead when Aboubakar brought down Siani’s long pass on his chest, looped the ball over Ali Gabr and fired a volley into the bottom-right corner.Elneny was unable to force extra time when he sent a wild free-kick off target in the 93rd minute, easing Cameroon’s route to becoming the second most successful nation in the competition’s history, behind their beaten opponents.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

CAF’s Women’s Champions League, a Dream Comes True, Says Falode

first_imgAisha Falode Head of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has declared that the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to work towards the actualization of the Women’s CAF Champions League in the 2021 football season would be a dream come true for her.CAF is to take a final decision on the women’s league at their next meeting in Cairo.Falode noted that when she first mooted the idea of the league to Nigeria female club owners at the closing ceremony of the NWPL Super 4 two years ago at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, she never knew the leadership of CAF would actualise her dream in a short time. Falode, who is also a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), stressed that the success recorded by Nigeria’s Super Falcons that played with seven players from the domestic NWPL at the France 2019 Women’s World Cup, must have played a prominent role in the decision taken by CAF to uplift women’s club football in the continent.“People have advocated for it and desired it on the continent for the young women who continue to play good football all around Africa. When people say that we do not have the required number of teams to play the Women’s CAF Champions League, I wonder where they got that notion from.“As we speak, we have over 33 countries scattered across the continent where organized women’s football league is played. Even if we don’t have that required number, considering 33 out of 54/55 countries is great . That’s way above average for a good number to start the CAF Women’s Champions League as the time is ripe and right for Africa to have a women’s Champions League,” reasoned Falode.The accomplished sports journalist admonished CAF to come up with strategies that would support and fund teams that would participate in the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Diaz’s early goal not enough to score win

first_imgDespite having the home-field advantage, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team was unable to get past Big Ten rival Ohio State Saturday, falling to the Buckeyes 2-1. For a Badgers team looking to make an impact in the Big Ten, the loss was especially tough to swallow as it drops the team’s record against conference opponents to a dismal 0-3-1.The Badgers got off to a good start when junior Victor Diaz was able to blast a shot past OSU goalkeeper Casey Latchem in the 10th minute after receiving a beautiful pass from sophomore forward Brandon Miller. After receiving the pass, Diaz displayed some fancy footwork with a step-over maneuver that froze his defender just long enough to get the shot away. “It was a pretty sick goal,” Diaz said. “He played a pretty good ball to me. I did a step-over on my guy and put it in.”However the tide soon turned in favor of the Buckeyes. The patient Ohio State offense began to assert itself on the Badgers struggling defense and tied the game in the 32nd minute when Doug Verhoff was able to launch a shot just inside the box past UW goalkeeper Alex Horwath. Later, in the 51st minute, the Badgers were presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead when Brandon Miller was viciously tackled in the box, which led to a UW penalty kick. Looking for a player with a confident shot, UW head coach Jeff Rohrman elected to send in Victor Diaz for the attempt. As Diaz started to set up for his shot he pulled up halfway in an effort to freeze the goalie, but Latchem eventually blocked his shot. However, under NCAA rules a player attempting a penalty kick must do so in a continuous motion. In a bizarre series of events, Diaz was issued a yellow card and the Buckeyes gained possession looking to take the lead. “It has to be one continuous movement, but unfortunately there was some misunderstanding on the rule,” Rohrman said. “It’s unfortunate because there was an opportunity for us to get some momentum in the second half and we let it go by.” The penalty kick debacle sparked another swing in momentum for the Buckeyes and left the Badgers shell-shocked heading into halftime. In the second half, Ohio State’s defense clamped down on the Badgers’ offense, which was out-shot 16-8. “I thought the first 20 minutes or so we looked pretty good,” Rohrman said. “I thought we struggled a bit down the stretch. For whatever reason, we just weren’t making plays as the game progressed.” It was only a matter of time before the Badgers’ defense, which looked disorganized at times, broke down. In the 66th minute, OSU’s Matt Gold drilled a low shot from the top of the box that deflected off of the right post and past the outstretched fingertips of Horwath. The Badgers never managed to dig their way out of the one-goal deficit despite shots by forward Brian Bultman and midfielder Dirk Pearson. “We’ve been talking about defending hard, but we didn’t defend hard. Our defense wasn’t there,” Diaz said. “We give up too many goals.” “I don’t think we played particularly well, but we still had some pretty good moments. We had a good chance to get a lead early in the second half, but unfortunately we missed the penalty kick,” Rohrman said.Saturday’s loss left many players on the team pondering the “what-ifs” in a game that presented many plays and calls that didn’t go in favor of the Badgers.”It’s disappointing, but sometimes things just don’t go your way,” Miller said. “We aren’t getting the good bounces that we got earlier this season.”With the 2007 season’s end in sight, the Badgers must find a way to shore up their shoddy defense and capitalize on scoring opportunities. However, with tough games against Marquette and Penn State looming in the next week, the road to a Big Ten championship will be even rougher.”We know what we have to do,” Diaz said. “It’s putting everything together. We need to do everything together: defense, offense, everything.”last_img read more

Arsenal star suffers injury setback but Gunners handed midfielder boost

first_img The England forward is also expected to miss the key Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb next week 1 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, ruling him out of Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash at West Brom.The England forward, who suffered the injury in the Capital One Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday, is also expected to miss the key Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb next Tuesday.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “He had a slight little setback on Monday but we checked by scan and there is nothing wrong but he is still a fraction short for Saturday.”Aaron Ramsey – who has been absent since the October 20 win over Bayern Munich – is likely to be fit to face Dinamo but Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available for the following weekend’s clash with Norwich at the earliest.“Ramsey will be back in full training on Monday and can play on Tuesday and Chamberlain I think against Norwich,” Wenger added.Theo Walcott, who injured a calf in the same game as Oxlade-Chamberlain, is still continuing his rehabilitation.“Theo is ahead of schedule at the moment but he is still two weeks away,” Wenger added.It all piles more pressure on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, who was due to return from international duty with Chile around 36 hours prior to the match at the Hawthorns.Chile lost 3-0 to Uruguay after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina’s Colombia during the international hiatus.Sanchez is becoming ever more important to Arsenal and Wenger wishes to give him some time off, but is unable to at present.Asked if the former Barcelona forward will be granted some leave, Wenger said: “At some point yes. At the moment I am a bit short because (I have) no Chamberlain, no Ramsey, no Walcott, no (Jack) Wilshere, no (Danny) Welbeck.“There is not many offensive positions where I can rotate.“I am worried because when he went to Chile he was already a bit jaded and to see what state he will come back (in), I will have to test.“But speaking to the player, if I ask him ‘are you tired?’ you can guess the answer.”Sanchez will not be flying off on national service until March at the earliest, giving Wenger complete control over his welfare.“That is welcome that there is no international break now,” he added.There has been some good news on the injury front, with right-back Hector Bellerin available following a groin problem.last_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Hull City 0

first_imgQPR made an encouraging start to their first game back in the top flight and Steven Caulker almost put them ahead at Loftus Road.Beaten heavily at home on the opening day of their last two Premier League campaigns, Rangers have so far looked much more comfortable this time around.They were boosted by the inclusion of Loic Remy, who has caused Hull problems with his pace and movement.Having settled, Rangers began to create openings and Alejandro Faurlin – making his return to competitive action following the knee injury he suffered last November – dragged a shot wide.Joey Barton, captaining the home side with Clint Hill having been dropped in favour of Richard Dunne, then hit the side netting with a free-kick.As Rangers began to grow in confidence, Jordon Mutch – making his debut along with Rio Ferdinand and Caulker – headed wide from Remy’s right-wing cross.And with two minutes of the first half remaining, Caulker’s header from Barton’s left-wing corner was cleared off the line by Andrew Robertson. QPR (3-5-2): Green; Caulker, Ferdinand, Dunne; Simpson, Barton, Faurlin, Mutch, Traore; Remy, Austin. Subs: Murphy, Hill, Phillips, Onuoha, Henry, Hoilett, Zamora. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Why Mark Davis and the Raiders don’t deserve a fond farewell from Oakland

first_img … You only get one chance at a proper goodbye.That makes Monday night’s Raiders game at the Coliseum so strange.While we’ve known for two years that the Raiders are going to leave Oakland, no one — not the fans, the media, an emotional Jon Gruden, or team owner Mark Davis — can say for sure if the Christmas Eve game will be the final Raiders contest at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum or in the Bay Area.How do you say goodbye to a team like the Raiders under circumstances like these?last_img read more

Why Question an Old Earth?

first_imgAn apologetics website has listed 21 reasons for believing the earth is much younger than secular scientists claim.At Apologetics Press, Jeff Miller, PhD, wrote an article called “21 Reasons to Believe the Earth is Young.” With sections about paleontology, geology and astronomy, Dr Miller provides food for thought who have always been taught that the earth and the universe are billions of years old. Often, that dogma is a primary reason that young people lose their faith in the Bible. But they never hear about the many evidences for youth. This is a handy list to consider and share.Thanks to our readers for the week-long Christmas break. Before news from 2019 rolls down the pipeline, we like to information that gives reasons to trust the Word of God in an age where science seems to make faith unnecessary.  It actually takes more faith to believe the Word of Scientists! We also thank our supporters for year-end donations. These encourage our efforts to get true science to the masses against the overwhelming forces that censor all mention of design. May you have a happy year in 2019.Note: Linking to an article does not necessarily imply agreement with all of a ministry’s positions. (Visited 970 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A Bright Start for smart kids

first_imgBright Start facilitates the placing and continued education of the children in a number of schools with high educational standardsA Cape Town based non-profit organisation is offering children from poor communities, such as Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg, in Hout Bay, a brighter future by placing them in quality schools with excellent educational standards.Schools in townships across South Africa lack resources and competent staff, and offer low-quality education.The Bright Start Education Support Programme identifies children most in need of stronger educational support, and has placed 34 children, ranging from ages three to 12, in private schools in and around Hout Bay.Carolynne Stelling, executive director at Bright Start says, “Our intention is that through this programme, by ensuring quality, holistic education to these children, they will develop into active, concerned and able citizens who will go back into their communities and impact positively on those around them.”The programme’s success hinges on a three-way partnership between the schools, parents and Bright Start, holding all parties responsible for the children’s performance and using sponsorship funds appropriately.She says the organisation wants to “break the poverty cycle; one child at a time, one family at a time”.COMMUNITY OUTREACHBright Start also holds an outreach programme for residents in the communities in which it works.The workshops focus on nutrition, basic child healthcare, substance abuse amongst the youth, and basic budgeting, among others. The workshops also encourage parents to become more involved in their children’s education, like helping with homework.PLAY YOUR PART: BECOME A SPONSORWith the help of the public the organisation’s holistic approach to early child development and education, Bright Start can make a difference in the education of more and more children When the organisation was started in 2008, it had seven children on its programme; with sponsorship for promising students, the number has grown and while helping students improve on their academics, also exposes them to extra-mural activities not available at township schools.Now Stelling says, “We have eight new children on the programme, three of whom are entirely unfunded. The programme cost is R35 000 per year and we ask sponsors to commit to a minimum of two years but preferably more.“Funding shortages are always a challenge, and will continue to be so, even as funding grows. The children are the heart of what we do and knowing that they now have the opportunity of a bright future gives us the greatest pleasure.”To volunteer or offer a sponsorship, contact Bright Start via email, call it on +27 (0)21 790 0458, or visit the organisation’s website to learn more about getting involved.last_img read more

Best of the Buckeye scholarships awarded

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded 16 Best of the Buckeye scholarships at the Ohio Beef Expo on Saturday, March 17. The Best of the Buckeye program is coordinated by OCA and held in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair. The Best of the Buckeye Scholarship Division is sponsored by Ohio Ag Equipment and Ohio Cat.The Best of the Buckeye program awarded $500 scholarships to program participants to offset the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf awarded based on show experience and need. These scholarships were awarded to participants of all ages, whether they are looking for a boost to get started or they are a more experienced showman, but could use a little help offsetting the cost of a steer or heifer project.Recipients of the scholarship are as follows: Brandon Barr, Xenia, Ohio; Raymond Beneker, Hamilton, Ohio; Brooklyn Cunningham, Howard, Ohio; Jordan Flax, London, Ohio; Russell Fox, Tiffin, Ohio; Claire French, Wakeman, Ohio; Shala Graham, Frazeysburg, Ohio; Blaine Grant, Hicksville, Ohio; Heath Hamer, Green Springs, Ohio; Emma Lewis, Litchfield, Ohio; Lukas Perry, Woodville, Ohio; Tatumn Poff, Chardon, Ohio; Brock Retcher, Defiance, Ohio; Gracie Stirm, Galion, Ohio; Alexis Watkins, Carey, Ohio; and Connor Yochum, Hillsboro, Ohio.This year’s sponsoring partners of the Best of the Buckeye Program are The Folks Printing and Dickson Cattle Company, heifer division; Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating, steer division; Ohio Ag Equipment and Ohio Cat, scholarship division and Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University, breeder recognition. Thanks to these generous sponsors, $60,000 will be given through premiums at each show, scholarships and awards for both participants and breeders. OCA would like to thank these sponsors for contributing to a successful fifth year of the Best of the Buckeye program.last_img read more

Competition is Individual, Not Situational

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now As I was writing Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition, I realized something about salespeople and their view on competition.First, some make far too much about their competition, spending too much time worrying about their competitor’s irrational pricing, their dirty tricks, and the lies they tell their clients and prospects. The truth of the matter is that there is nothing you can do about how your competitor plays the game. Even if you ask them nicely to play fair and have a sense of honor and decency about the game, there are those who believe that “whatever it takes” is the right way to compete.Second, some people make too little of competition. They focus on their company, their products, their value proposition, believing it is necessary to lean on external factors to win deals without focusing on the value they create for the client as the primary source of competitive advantage. How does the smaller, seemingly weaker company beat their larger, stronger competitor?My experience in sales tells me this is not true. When I started to sell, I took the largest companies in my territory from the largest competitors in my space, even when my company measured our revenue in millions while my competitors measured theirs in billions. At some point, I recognized that sales is not situational; it’s individual. I was not competing with the billion-dollar company, I was competing with the salespeople in my territory. I didn’t need to beat the billion-dollar company, I just needed to beat their salespeople by creating greater value.All three of the books I have published have been around providing the mindset, skill sets, and toolkits necessary to compete and win, even when faced with competitors who seem to have every advantage. The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need is the competency model necessary to develop into someone worth buying from in the first place. The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales was a framework for gaining the commitments necessary to sell effectively and in a way that makes you consultative. Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition builds on these by providing you the strategies necessary to take your dream clients away from your competition, no matter how big.What you need to know is that better salesperson wins deals, not the bigger or better company. The team that creates greater value wins—and retains—their clients when they continue to help them drive new and better results.Eat Their Lunch is available on November 6th, 2018, but you can preorder it now. There are bonuses available for bulk purchases at, including keynotes and workshops.last_img read more