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Cricket News India U-19s trounce Sri Lanka U-19s by six wickets

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Colombo: The India U-19 team produced a disciplined all-round performance to make a rampaging start to the five-match limited over series against Sri Lanka, thrashing the hosts by six wickets in a lop-sided first Youth ODI here on Monday.Skipper Nipun Dananjaya’s decision to bat backfired as the hosts failed to put up a fight against quality bowling by India, folding for a paltry 143 in 38.4 overs at the P Sara Oval.Ajay Dev Goud picked up three wickets, while Mohit Jangra (2/14), Yatin Mangwani (2/35) and Ayush Badoni (2/37) snapped two each. Siddharth Desai (1/25) accounted for one wicket.India then rode on a patient fifty by opener Anuj Rawat and some useful contributions from Aryan Juyal (20) and Sameer Choudhary (31 not out) to overhaul the target in 37.1 overs.ALSO READ | Be angry and challenge Kohli, Vaughan’s message to EnglandJuyal blasted five hits to the fence in his 85-ball 50.For Sri Lanka U-19s, Lakshitha Manasinghe (2/32) took two wickets, while Avishka Lakshan (1/40) and Sandun Mendis (1/15) scalped one each.Electing to bat, Sri Lanka failed to stitch together a fruitful partnership as only five batsman could reach double figures.Skipper Perera (33 off 45 balls) and Nipun Malinga (38 off 39 balls) emerged as the top scorers to take Sri Lanka close to the 150-mark.Brief Score:Sri Lanka U-19s: 143 allout in 38.4 overs (N Malinga 38; AD Goud 3/18) India U-19s: 144 for 4 in 37.1 overs (A Rawat 50; L Manasinghe 2/32).last_img read more

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ADAM MOUKTAR MOHAMMED: Helping FIFA to Grow the Game

first_imgNigeria’s Adam Mouktar Mohammed was one of the two African representatives at the recent FIFA Fan Focus Group in Zurich, Switzerland.In this interview with DURO IKHAZUAGBE, he recounts his experience of meeting up with “50 Great Minds of football” at the world football house. What would you pick as the highlight of your time at the FIFA house and why? How can the experience and satisfaction be improved for the ordinary fan? Coming down to Nigeria, there have been some innovations in the Nigeria professional Football League (NPFL). How could attendances be improved at the match venues across the country with the fan in mind? I would say without a doubt the Q&A with Fatma Samoura, the new Secretary General. She is amazing, unbelievably kind, honest, hardworking and very focused, intelligent achiever.She represents what the world is now about, evidence that you can be at the top despite your gender, race, sector, background or nationality.She has swung into action on the need to reform football, she together with Gianni Infantino are charting implementable, achievable reforms and most importantly carrying every stakeholder along by tackling ways to stamp out corruption, nepotism, and most importantly give back the game to the real and true owners, the fans around the world.In this interaction, I gained an insight into what the plans are and I could sense a real honest person who could be trusted at a time that the whole world sees FIFA as at its lowest ebb lacking focus, direction, integrity, credibility due to numerous scandals.She answered all the tough questions honestly and in a very articulate manner with a sense of still wanting feedback at every point, which is most critical in making progress! Thank you very much. It was a rare privilege as well as an honour to be considered and be part of such a gathering.Being considered that I could contribute innovative, valuable and exciting propositions to make the game better, as the world is changing so are the needs, wants and expectations of the fans are evolving.The experience was second to none, a lifetime dream to visit the home of football, meet the top management and interact and then they will use your proposition to grow the game, it’s amazing and in one word – Unforgettable!I quote the great coach Bill Shankly–   “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it is much more serious than that” To create a conducive atmosphere fans can see going to football events at the stadium as a family fun day out where they can eat, watch and play.The quality of amenities and ease of transportation to events are also important.The quality of the game and players itself attracts followership from across the globe.The price of tickets,  merchandise and TV subscription to be affordable. How well in your opinion has FIFA carried along the fans from across the world? The fan is absolutely critical to the football pyramid – he supports the team singlehandedly financially, morally and physically…As you see even the sponsors and investors put their money in return for either a profit directly or indirectly as advertising to entice the fans. As they say numbers don’t lie!!Once a football team has a huge fan base it’s a fertile ground for huge sponsorship possibilitiesYou see fans buying merchandise, buying match tickets, at times even donating cash into a fund to keep their dear distressed club afloat, there is usually a long family tradition of support. This goes to show you that these organisations and clubs involved must constantly try to find innovative ways to please the fans and grow their brand in order to attract and grow the product – Which is football as a whole. Yes, the NPFL has done well to improve and turn around the league and make a good product that you can market in order to attract consumers for a range of products on offer.It’s a constant evolution and one has to keep up and be on top of the game to deliver world-class products and service.Facilities are a key draw back as you find stadiums are in bad conditions, lacking necessary amenities that would attract all classes in the society to feel catered for, food and beverages, toilets, hospitality boxes, people with disability, security, kids environment, parking, transportation and so on.But I am sure it’s a gradual process and we will soon be the toast of Africa by being a top league.Last but not the least and most importantly we also must embrace innovation in technology so as to improve the officiating and monitor match fixing.The integrity of the game is not negotiable.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Congratulations on your outing at the FIFA Fan Focus Group forum in Zurich, Switzerland. What was it like being considered among the “50 Great Minds” of world football? What are some of the needs and challenges peculiar to the African fan and how could this be resolved especially by FIFA? Yes, I was the only person from sub-Saharan Africa and the other African was South African. They first sent out a survey/questionnaire and I guess depending on the answers they received they made choices on who they thought would add value to the whole programme. They then did phone interviews and then made final decisions based on a number of parameters such as football knowledge and contributions. How crucial are fans in football and how is FIFA now trying to carry them along as they try to reform their battered image? You were one of only two representatives from Africa. How did you get this nomination? African fans need to be given more value both on TV and in the stadiums, with quality experiences and affordable prices.In my own personal opinion, FIFA can intervene more to aid develop affordable infrastructure like pitches, so this will help develop more talents.FIFA can bring more international tournaments to Africa as this has a multiplier effect in job creation, tourism and love for the game. Honestly, the fans have been neglected and have not been catered for properly in the past as they make the game.As the saying goes, money makes the world go round, in football the fans make the ball go round!Without the fans the huge revenue stream coming into the beautiful game would not be, between 2011 to 2014 year FIFA total earnings were from World Cup revenue of $5,7billion and of this amount the World Cup generated $4,8bn. Profits from the 2014 World Cup, net profit was $2.6 billion.Take for example the Premier League in England, TV rights was valued at £5.1bn for a three-year period and in 2014/15 Premier League clubs generated a record income of about £3.4 billionThe fans deserve more affection and tailor-made products, experiences, to get value and satisfaction for the money they spend.When you compare how sports franchises in the United States cater for fans then you know that it’s a win-win scenario. So, this model must be even improved and delivered worldwide.last_img read more

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‘His legacy will never be forgotten’ – FIFA Boss Infantino mourns ex-Black Stars striker Opoku Afriyie

first_imgPresident of football’s world governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino has sent a heartfelt message expressing his condolences to the family and loved ones of former Black Stars striker Opoku Afriyie, who died last Sunday.Infantino, in a message to GFA President Kurt Okraku, described Afriyie as “one of football’s gentlemen”, adding that he will be sorely missed.“One of Ghana football’s gentlemen, striker and two-time Ghana Premier League top-scorer, his legacy and trajectory on and off the pitch will not be forgotten and he will be truly missed,” Infantino’s tribute read.“On behalf of the international football community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Ghana Football Association, and to Afriyie’s family, friends and loved ones. Our thoughts are with all of you. May his soul rest in peace.”Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world following the demise of Opoku Afriyie.Black Stars head coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor said he was saddened by Afriyie’s death and that he would “forever be in my heart”Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan earlier expressed his sorrow over Afriyie’s death, describing him as the ‘striker’s striker’.‘Original Bayie’Opoku Afryie, admired throughout his professional career for his wonderful finishing ability, was one of the few players to play for Ghana’s two biggest clubs; Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.His time at the Kumasi club was probably more significant as he captained the side and he went on to become the club’s team manager in 2003, a job he later took up for the Black Stars as well.Opoku Afriyie in his playing daysHe was top scorer in Ghana’s top-flight twice in his career; in 1979 and two years later in 1981, when he led Kotoko to the league title.Afriyie made his mark for the national team as well playing in Ghana’s 1978 AFCON-winning team and scoring both goals in the final as Ghana won the cup for keeps against Uganda.He also scored in Ghana’s opening group game at that tournament; a 2-1 win over Zambia.Afriyie was ranked the eighth-best player in Africa in 1982.More content from Citi Sportslast_img read more

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Acquittal of Clemenceau Urey, Others: A Serious Warning to Government

first_imgClemenceau Urey, former National Oil Company (NOCAL) Chairman, and nine other former NOCAL board members, officials and others connected with the 52nd National Legislature were Friday acquitted of solicitation payments and receipt of money for the ratification by the 52nd National Legislature of oil contracts entered into by NOCAL and several oil companies. The amount involved was US$120,400.Others allegedly involved were NOCAL Board members Cllr. Stephen B. Dunbar, Jr., Peter B. Jallah Jr., Dr. Evelyn Kandakai and Albert T. Chie.Other were NOCAL’s former CEO, Dr. Fodee Kromah, Fulton Reeves, Comptroller, and Timothy G. Wiapiah, former Senior Accountant, as well as Alomiza Ennos Barr, former member of the 52nd Legislature and Senate Secretary J. Nanborlor Singbe Sr. GOL claimed that those individuals, between the periods of May 2006 to May 2007, allegedly engaged in solicitation payments and receipt of money for the ratification by the 52nd Legislature of oil contracts entered into by NOCAL and several oil companies. GOL charged these individuals with multiple crimes, which included “economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and bribery” of which GOL sought the court intervention to convict the defendants.In his ruling dismissing the case last Friday, Criminal Court ‘C” Judge Peter Gbeneweleh stated that “the state failed to commence prosecution of the defendants within the statutory period of five years, as provided for in Section 4.2 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Law.”Section 4.2 (a), according to him, provides that “a prosecution for a felony must commence within five years after the alleged offense had been committed.”Judge Gbeneweleh further ruled that “the prosecution of the defendants is barred by a statute of limitation.” He declared, “Therefore, the request to dismiss the indictment (charge) is hereby granted and government’s resistance is denied.”Several leading questions arise, some of which this newspaper has raised before, shortly after these individuals had been indicted. The first is why did the GOL take so long to prosecute these individuals? Secondly, if GOL accused these individuals of having bribed the Legislature, who received the bribes and why were they, too, not indicted, since in common and penal (criminal) law, the receiver is just as guilty as the rogue?Another question raised then by this newspaper was, what about officials of the Ministries of Finance, Justice (MOJ) and Lands and Mines, who also sit on the NOCAL Board—why were they not also indicted? Remember, too, MOJ, GOL’s Legal Advisor, was consulted and gave the green light to pay the Legislators the money. Finally, the payment to the Legislators was approved by the Executive, one of the three branches of government. But no one in the Executive branch was among those indicted—why?The Liberian Government has to be very careful how it treats its citizens, especially those who work for government. Take Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, a professional educator who has served in several administrations as Minister of Education. Who ever heard of her being involved in any scandal whatsoever?Take Counselor Stephen Dunbar, Jr., who returned home after qualifying as an attorney-at-law in the United States, with licenses to practice in several American states, including New York City and Washington, D.C. He has worked for government for only two years—one year as an Assistant Minister of Commerce Minister William E. Dennis, 1972; and one year on the NOCAL Board—that’s all. Clemenceau Urey is CEO and proprietor of a multimillion dollar insurance company. Does he really need a government job? He only answered the call to be NOCAL’s Chair when he was asked to do so. When he was summarily replaced by the President’s son Robert Sirleaf, NOCAL Board Chair Urey left US$31 million in NOCAL’s accounts. Today the talk on the street is that NOCAL is broke. What happened to all that money? Will it ever be accounted for?Our final point is that should GOL continue wrongfully to castigate and mistreat the honest and well meaning people who work for her, GOL will end up attracting into its administration not reputable and well-meaning people but mostly crooks, who are eagerly awaiting an appointment to eat, or to exercise vigorously the three G’s: get, grab and go.A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.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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