Cardiff have been forced to postpone a planned promotional trip to Malaysia due to the poor air quality in the country. Club representatives including manager Malky Mackay, his assistant David Kerslake, captain Mark Hudson and striker Craig Bellamy are due to fly out to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. But with a state of emergency being declared in certain districts and a number of schools being closed, the trip has been put back for health and safety reasons and the club hope to find a suitable date in the future. The trip was due to include visits to 1MCC (1 Malaysia Cardiff City) grassroots coaching initiatives, schools and meeting with the Malaysian press. Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan said: “It’s with disappointment that the planned visit to Malaysia this week by Malky, David, Mark, Craig and other club delegates has been postponed. “A schedule of events had been put in place ahead of the opening Premier League fixtures, further raising awareness of Cardiff City Football Club in Malaysia. “However due to the current poor air quality in Kuala Lumpur, it has been decided for the welfare of all concerned to delay the trip, re-establishing plans in the future when the manager and players can better interact with Malaysian based supporters in a suitable environment.” Cardiff have yet to make any additions to their squad ahead of their maiden Premier League campaign but are reportedly in the race to sign Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Press Association
Ibrahim A. Nyei, a universal social justice activist, is currently a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.A Liberian political analyst, Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei, has been admitted into the prestigious Adam Smith Fellowship for 2018-2019.Nyei is one of 100 doctoral students who will be supported by the Mercatus Center to devote significant time to creative scholarly research.He will spend the next 12 months attending high-level colloquial and seminars at the Virginia-based Mercatus Center located at George Mason University.Since its inception in 2012, the Adam Smith Fellowship program has remained solely focused on honing the skills of PhD students in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science and sociology.The goal is to encourage students to critically engage key thinkers in political economy that they might not otherwise encounter during their graduate studies.Nyei, an unrelenting universal social justice activist, is currently a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.For him, becoming an Adam Smith fellow is an added-value and a priceless chance to further polish his skills. He has described his award as a “great opportunity” for him to take his search for advanced academic knowledge to the next level.Interestingly, Nyei’s belief that societies ought to “function in ways that support and give equal opportunities to all” smoothly aligns with key thematic areas, such as public choice, liberty, self-governance and polycentrism to be explored during his time at George Mason University.Throughout the year fellows will be engaged with theories and research from three leading political economy schools of thought: Austrian Political Economy, Virginia Political Economy and the Bloomington Political Economy. According to Nyei, while he has little understanding of the Austrian and Virginia Schools of thought, he has worked with the theories of the Bloomington School in his academic and professional career for the last ten years.He was introduced to the theories of the Bloomington School by Prof. Amos Sawyer a former research Scientist at the Indiana University Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis from where the theories of the Bloomington Politic Economy have been developed.He obtained Master of Science in Public Policy and Development from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Nyei also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the A.M.E. University. He is the current Program Manager and Senior Policy Analyst for Political and Legal Reforms at Liberia’s Governance Commission.Nyei believes strongly in democratic socialism, wherein the “the government and the economy are run by the people through representatives and self-governance institutions of collective action.”It is imperative to note that Nyei has contributed to numerous international publications on Liberian and African politics.He currently writes a regular analysis for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistants on constitutional reform in Liberia and at the same time wrote expert briefings on the 2017 electoral process in Liberia for the Africa Research Institute based in London.He has numerous scholarly publications to his credit in addition to the long running blog and newspaper column on current affairs in Liberia under the caption ‘Voice of a Patriot.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The result meant Hussein climbed back to the top of the group on seven points while Gor drop to second with six.Zamalek who earlier on beat Angola’s Petro Atletico by a solitary goal move to third on five points while the Angolans remain bottom with four, the group remaining wide open with two rounds of matches left.In Algiers, Gor travelled sitting top of the group and only needed to avoid defeat to keep their position intact but they fell to a ninth minute Abderrahmane Yousfi strike.Yousfi scred from point blank after a Peter Odhiambo save and the post had denied the home side, Charles Momanyi’s effort at blocking the ball before it crossed the line ending up in futility.-Yousfi goalA deep ball at the back post was headed back to the edge of the six yard box met by Landry Ntankeu whose shot was blocked by Odhiambo and then Fauzi Yaya’s follow up came against the crossbar. Yousfi picked the spills and side footed the ball home.Hussein scored on the backdrop of quote a fiery start as just before that, Yousfi had seen his header on the ground after slipping saved by Odhiambo.In the second minute of the game, Odhiambo who was stepping in for the injured Boniface Oluoch made a great save to deny Yousfi’s shot at his near post and from the eventual corner, Ntankeu headed over unmarked.Gor had a chance to draw back into the game when Jacques Tuyisenge was put through on goal, but he took too much time on the ball and his eventual shot at goal was blocked.Hussein dictated possession, while Gor sought to hit on the counter but nothing could give for the record Kenyan champions.-Better second halfIn the second half, Gor came back a better side and four minutes in, they had a chance when Samuel Onyango lifted in a well weighted cross for Tuyisenge at the backpost but the Rwandese headed straight to the keeper’s waiting palms.On the other end, Hussein almost snatched a second when skipper Abdelghani Khiat beat Odhiambo to the ball off a Yaya freekick, but his touch as heavy and it flew over the bar. Yaya had another chance off a freekick and he chose to go direct, his effort well collected by Odhiambo.Gor thought they had gone back into contention on the hour mark when Shafik Batambuze rose highest to nod home a corner from Kahata, but the ref waved out the goal citing a foul on the keeper.However, the shot stopper had been fouled by his own player, Mohamed Noufel Khacef.-Mustafa in for KipkuruiHead coach Hassan Oktay swung in his first change, Kipkurui coming off for Francis Mustafa as the tactician sought a fresh pair of legs in attack.Gor kept their pressure forcing Hussein to play inside their half, but couldn’t get the quality balls needed in the final third.It was the home side who almost snatched a goal when Yaya’s cross was met Ntankeu at the edge of the six yard box but his glancing header was over.In the final 10 minutes Oktay brought in Dennis Oliech for Tuyisenge, another attacking change seeking to get in at least a goal to get a point off the away trip.The visitors came close in added time when Mustafa’s snap shot caught everyone by surprise, but keeper Gaya Merbah made a brilliant full stretched save to turn the ball behind for a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Nicholas Kipkurui challenges NA Hussein Dey keeper Gaya Merbah for the ball during their CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Kenyan champions Gor Mahia failed to score in the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time after losing 1-0 to home side Nasr Athletic Hussein Dey in a group D clash played in Algiers, Algeria on Sunday night.Gor will feel aggrieved leaving Algiers with no point especially after scoring a legitimate goal denied by the referee on the hour mark, but they travel to Egypt with eyes focused on avoiding defeat when they take on Zamalek in Alexandria next Sunday.
1 Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are in contention to play for Chelsea at Arsenal after returning to training following injury.Playmaker Hazard has missed the last three matches with a groin injury sustained at Crystal Palace, while striker Costa sustained a bruised shin in last Saturday’s last-gasp draw with Everton.Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said: “The last two days he [Hazard] was in full commitment with first-team training, so he is available.“We have to be careful, because he has fallen into some injuries recently.“I’m not sure whether he can play a full 90 minutes yet. We have to consider whether it’s best (for him) to start or to come in.”Costa had scans immediately after the draw with Everton, with the results showing no fracture and just bruising.The Brazil-born Spain striker returned to training on Thursday.Hiddink added: “He [Costa] was in yesterday. He was in today. So he will be available as well.” Diego Costa and Eden Hazard