Nigeria, Mexico Draw in Opener in 2014 Women’s World Cup

first_imgWith their trade mark of speed and strength, Nigerian national female U-20 soccer team last Wednesday secured their equalizer, three minutes before the end of the first half, against Mexico in the on-going FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.  The match was played at the Moncton Stadium (August 6), in their Group C pairings that also saw a 1-1 draw between England and Korea Republic.France meanwhile overwhelmed Costa Rica 5-1 and New Zealand dismissed Paraguay 2-0 in Group D.Nigeria, considered one of the powerhouses in the female division Africa, could have leveled the scores earlier in the first half but striker Asisat Oshoala who had a glorious chance saw her goal-bound lob over advancing Mexican goalkeeper hit the cross bar and misdirected. Subsequently, when the Mexicans took over the game in due course, striker Fabiola Ibarras scored from 20 meters, after Nigerian goalkeeper Sandra Chiichii poorly cleared the ball with a header.Reports monitored by the Daily Observer said the Africans followed it up with a counter attack that Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago had to call on her experience to prevent Nigerian striker Loveth Ayila’s diagonal shot from entering the net.In 2012, it was the Nigerian side that defeated the Mexicans in the quarter-finals 1-0, and many held the hope that after the 1-1 a piece before intermission, the Africans could have returned to wrap up their game with a victory.Impressively, the Nigerians created goal-making chances but could not finish the job. The Mexicans responded gamely but it was Nigeria’s main attacking source Oshoala whose remarkable work rate almost got her another goal but goalkeeper Santiago did his best to deny her the glory. In fact, had Nigeria’s Courtney Dike anticipated Oshoala’s run, she could have gotten the winner, nonetheless, which did not happen.Still searching for the elusive winner, Nigeria’s striker Ugo Njoku sent a brilliant header that went off target, from an intelligent corner-kick by Ayila. The Mexicans followed that near miss with a counter attack, with fifteen minutes remaining.  As the game progressed, Mexico’s Tania Samarzic held on to a ball, dribbled past two opponents, only to fire wide.And like a cue, Nigeria’s Oshoala completed an attack when she sent one over the bar with only goalkeeper Santiago to beat, to conclude a game that they could only settle on a 1-1 draw.Today, Ghana will go against 2006 champions, Korea DPR; Germany vs. China PR; Canada vs. Finland and USA vs. Brazil.Saturday’s pairings: England vs. Mexico; Korea Republic vs. Nigeria; New Zealand vs. France and Paraguay vs. Costa Rica.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ECC Advances Strategies to Observe Voter Registration

first_imgThe Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) has complemented two stakeholders’ engagements it organized to validate its observation deployment and communications strategies for the upcoming voter registration, which begins from February 1 to March 24 across the country.The exercise, according to ECC’s chairperson, Oscar Bloh, is part of preparations the entity has put in place to observe the upcoming voter registration process.The forum for the first day which was held from December 28 and 29, 2016, brought together representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and the National Elections Commission (NEC), while the second engagement included executives from both the print and electronic media. The objective of the Deployment Strategy, Mr. Bloh said, is to guide the ECC in observing the voter registration exercise that the NEC will conduct nationwide. Mr. Bloh: “On the other hand, the objective of the communication strategy is to lay the framework for engaging the media and other electoral stakeholders.” The ECC, he said, will recruit, train and deploy 73 long term observers and 16 county coordinators. The observation will cover the country’s 73 electoral districts. According to Bloh, each observer will be assigned to an electoral district where the coordinators will serve as supervisors for the observers, who will cover specific registration centers during the voter registration period by gathering quality information about the process and reporting directly to the ECC Secretariat. The observation will also include the exhibition period of the preliminary voters’ list as well as the process of rejection of particular individuals, if any, and complaint hearing emanating from the rejection. The observation will be done in phases and will cover 15 of the total number of days stipulated by the NEC. Phase one will target five days of the first week; phase two, five days during the middle of the process and; phase three, five days during the last week. Periodic and provisional statements will be released at the end of each phase of the observation, with a comprehensive report at the end of the third and final phase. During the observation, Mr. Bloh told reporters that the ECC will be looking out for easy access to registration centers for citizens, particularly the elderly, pregnant women and people who are physically and visually impaired (the blind). The observation will also include the extent to which NEC is in compliance with the voter registration regulation and elections law, identifying obstacles and challenges that could impede the registration process and assessing whether there are patterns and trends for denying particular groups of potential voters from registering. To improve the quality of data that will be collected, the ECC will train the observers in the use of checklist and critical incident forms that the ECC will develop. The checklist and critical incident forms will be the instruments by which information will be gathered. The ECC has meanwhile called on the NEC to hold political parties and candidates accountable for using other forms of gathering as a pretext to engage in political campaigning outside of the stipulated time set by the NEC. The ECC is the civil society platform that observes elections in Liberia and works in partnership with the National Democratic Institute with support from USAID. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cranes star Waiswa completes move to South African giants SuperSport United

first_imgMidfielder Waiswa has left Vipers SC for South Africa after a starring campaign in the local league. (PHOTO/File)KAMPALA – Uganda Cranes midfielder Moses Waiswa has completed a move to South African side SuperSport United.The midfielder is believed to have signed a two year deal with the three-time ABSA Premier Soccer League champions.His departure was confirmed by Vipers on Thursday.“Vipers SC midfielder Moses Waiswa has completed a move to South Africa’s based club Supersport United FC. Read a statement on Vipers’ official website.“We can confirm that Waiswa is now joining the three times ABSA Premier Soccer League champions after both clubs agreed on an undisclosed fee for the midfielder.Waiswa who is currently nursing a knee injury that ruled him out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, has for a while been seeking a move away from Kitende.It is understood that he personally asked to be sold claiming that the move would help further his career.With his contract left with only six months, Vipers opted to sell him now as he would leave for free in January 2020.After his departure was confirmed, Waiswa posted a heartfelt message on his Twitter account bidding farewell to Vipers SC.“I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone connected to Vipers Sports Club; from the owner; Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa, to the coaches, the backroom staff, and of course to the supporters who have been amazing to me throughout my time at the club will forever be my home. Read Waiswa’s Tweet.I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone connected to Vipers Sports Club; from the owner; Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa, to the coaches ,the backroom staff, and of course to the supporters who have been amazing to me throughout my time at the club will forever be my home???? pic.twitter.com/w6eNloX2bB— Waiswa Moses Dhodhi (@KingWaiswaMoses) July 11, 2019Waiswa started his professional career at Swedish side Växjö United FC where he played in 2016.He returned home to Vipers SC in 2017 and has featured for the Venoms ever since.Waiswa (fore-ground) in action for Vipers SC recently. (PHOTO/File)With Vipers, he was a key figure as the won the 2017/18 StarTimes Uganda Premier League and was eventually named the FUFA player of the year.Waiswa is a full Uganda Cranes international and has played 8 senior Cranes games, scoring one goal.His only goal for the Cranes came in a 1-1 draw with Kenya in a friendly back in March 2017, the day Waiswa made his debut.About Waiswa’s new club (SuperSport United)SuperSport United is a South African football club based in Pretoria, that plays in the Premier Soccer League.It owned by SuperSport, the South African group of television channels.The club was originally known as Pretoria City before it was purchased by M-Net in 1994. M-Net got approval from the National Soccer League and the club was renamed.The club comprises a professional football team affiliated to the Premier Soccer League as well as various youth academy teams in the SuperSport United Youth Academy playing within their respective SAFA structures.Home matches are usually played at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, however in recent times, the club has elected to take many matches to the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.Comments Tags: 2019 Africa Cup of NationsABSA Premier Soccer Leaguelawrence mulindwamoses waiswaStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueSuperSport UnitedtopUganda Cranesvipers scVäxjö United FClast_img read more

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Warriors postgame video: Kerr credits Durant for setting tone in win

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/19/bang_b54a8e7c-0ff2-47bb-966b-ece9f763146a”]Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the team fed off Kevin Durant’s aggressiveness on the offenses side in Game 3 of their first-round NBA playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.Durant set the tone for the game scoring 27 points in the first half on his way to 38 points overall. Kerr said the strong start helped kick start the defensive side of the ball and the team kept focus avoiding a repeat of …last_img

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Haryana journalist slapped with FIR for report on rotting grain

first_imgThe Haryana police have booked a journalist based in Hisar for trespassing and defamation after he reported about stacks of foodgrain allegedly rotting at a warehouse of the State Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.The FIR was registered against Anoop Kundu, a journalist with the STV Haryana News — a television news channel — on September 8 at Uklana in Hisar. The FIR has been filed under the Sections 451, 465 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, based on the complaint of Sandeep Chahal, Assistant Food and Supplies Officer, Hisar.The complaint states that the department officials came to know about the news being aired on July 18, and claimed that the footage shown was fake and not of the Uklana warehouse, aired with an intent to discredit and defame the department. The complaint also stated that the same day a team of officials went to inspect the warehouse and found that the grains were adequately covered with polythene and no stacks damaged due to rain water.Stands by storyMr. Kundu, however, stands by his story. He said that on July 17, after receiving a tip-off, he went to the Uklana warehouse. “I spoke to the security guard and sought his permission and then made the video, which showed the wet and spoilt wheat at the warehouse. The footage is not fake,” he claimed.“On July 18, a 21-minute story was run on the channel. Following this, the concerned Minister, Karan Dev Kamboj, spoke to the channel and promised action against the officials. On the same day, the Minister even suggested an inquiry into the issue. However, later in the evening when I, along with some local BJP leaders and department officials, went to inspect the warehouse, the damaged grain bags were replaced with dry ones in a cover-up attempt. A few spoilt grain bags though were still there,” claimed Mr. Kundu.Mr. Kundu added that an official of the civil supplies department had even threatened him with dire consequences, following which he submitted a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner, Hisar, on July 25. “While nothing has been done about my complaint, a case has been registered against instead. Also, an official inquiry was conducted into the incident and the probe completed within a day. I was not even called to record my statement,” alleged Mr. Kundu.Several journalists in Hisar recently held a meeting and expressed their anguish against the registration of FIR against Mr. Kundu.last_img read more

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