Injuries stand in the way of Egypt’s AFCON hopes

first_imgAction in the group stage match, Egypt versus Uganda 10pm: Egypt vs Burkina Faso – Weary Pharoash seek another semi-final triumphLibreville, Gabon | AFP | Weariness will worry Egypt as they seek to extend an Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals winning streak to six matches by beating Burkina Faso in Libreville Wednesday.Surprise survivors Burkina Faso overcame Tunisia in the first quarter-final last Saturday evening, more than 24 hours before Egypt edged Morocco in the last.Many pundits believe this could give the west Africans an advantage at Stade de l’Amitie in the Gabonese capital, especially if the match went to extra time.Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was concerned about the shorter recovery time his team have compared to Burkina Faso.“It is not an ideal situation, but we have no choice but to adapt,” said the greying 61-year-old former Valencia and Inter Millan manager.“The players will be given time to rehabilitate and hopefully they will be ready come Wednesday night.”A calf injury rules out Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and striker Marwan Mohsen is a doubtful starter owing to a knee problem.Despite the disadvantages, record seven-time African champions Egypt will be expected to continue a remarkably successful semi-finals run spanning 31 years.The Pharaohs eliminated Morocco (1986), Burkina Faso (1998), Senegal (2006), the Ivory Coast (2008) and Algeria (2010) to reach finals, all of which they won.Egypt have reserved some of their finest performances for the last-four stage, thrashing Didier Drogba-led Ivory Coast 4-1 in Ghana and Algeria 4-0 in Angola.A wide winning margin against the Burkinabe Stallions is unlikely, however, as Egypt have clawed rather than cruised past opponents in Gabon.Following a 0-0 draw with Mali, they achieved three consecutive 1-0 victories against Uganda, 2015 runners-up Ghana and Herve Renard-coached Morocco.– Rock solid defence – While scoring only three goals — an average of one every 120 minutes — must trouble Cuper, his team are the only one not to concede a goal in this tournament.Much credit for that goes to goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who turned 44 this month and became the oldest footballer to play at a Cup of Nations.“He is first on to the training field and the last to leave,” said Cuper in admiration of an Egyptian chasing a fifth Cup of Nations winners’ medal.El Hadary was part of the squad that went to Burkina Faso 19 years ago, and beat the hosts 2-0 in the semi-finals en route to lifting the trophy.Morocco did give the veteran shot-stopper moments of severe anxiety from crosses — a fact that will not have gone unnoticed by Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte.Given the outstanding semi-finals record of Egypt, the Portuguese handler studiously avoided making any gung-ho predictions.“We dream of doing better than in 2013,” he said, referring to the 1-0 final defeat by Nigeria in South Africa after a giant-killing run.“My team is capable of producing fantastic football. There is quality and confidence among the boys.”Like Egypt, Burkina Faso enter the semi-finals boasting an unbeaten record after victories over Guinea-Bissau and Tunisia and draws against Cameroon and Gabon.Goalkeeper Herve Koffi, 24 years younger than El Hadary, has conceded two goals, but none from open play.Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo beat him with a free-kick and 2015 African Footballer of the Year and Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty.In front of Koffi, Burkina Faso have an experienced ‘spine’ in Bakary Kone, captain Charles Kabore, Prejuce Nakoulma and supersub Aristide Bance.Cameroon and Ghana, both four-time African champions, meet Thursday in the second semi-final in southeastern city Franceville.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Roger Mukasa’s 97 puts Uganda back on track at ICC cricket qualifier

first_imgDenmark22040.709 Upcoming matches:1 May: Rest day2 May: Bermuda v Jersey (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Uganda v Vanuatu (Royal Selangor Club); Malaysia v Denmark (UKM Cricket Oval)3 May: Uganda v Denmark (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Jersey (Royal Selangor Club); Bermuda v Vanuatu (UKM Cricket Oval)4 May: Rest/Reserve5 May: Denmark v Vanuatu (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Bermuda (Royal Selangor Club); Uganda v Jersey (UKM Cricket Oval)6 May: Final (Kinrara Cricket Oval); 3rd v 4th Playoff (Royal Selangor Club); 5th v 6th Playoff (UKM Cricket Oval)Share on: WhatsApp Jersey21120.990 Malaysia beat Vanuatu by 23 runs at Kinrara OvalMalaysia 196 all out, 43.5 overs (Ahmed Faiz 86, Shafiq Sharif 27; Apollinaire Stephen 2/31)Vanuatu 173 all out, 49.3 overs (Shane Deitz 46, Andrew Mansale 26; Muhamad Syahadat 2/28)Denmark beat Jersey by seven wickets (DLS Method) at Royal Selangor ClubJersey 238/6, 50 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 86, Ben Stevens 69; Saif Al Ahmad 2/36)Denmark 114/3, 21.5 overs (Freddie Klokker 39, Zameer Khan 38; Ben Stevens 1/28)Uganda beat Bermuda by 189 runs at UKM Cricket OvalUganda 249/5, 50 overs (Roger Mukasa 97, Hamu Kayondo 55; )Jersey 105/3, 31.1 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 36, Nicholas Ferraby 28 not out; Jelany Chilia 3/30)ICC World Cricket League Division 4 standing: Right hand batsman Mukasa hit 97Uganda ??  249/5 Bermuda ?? 60 all out (Uganda wins by 189 runs)Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia | THE INDEPENDENT | Captain Roger Mukasa scored an impressive 97 runs from 135 balls including six fours  as Uganda put her ICC World Cricket League Division 4 hopes back on track on Monday.The captain was ably supported by Hamu Bagenda who scored 55 runs from 95 balls as Uganda notched their first win of the tournament after emphatically beating Bermuda by 189 runs. He hit two fours, whilst helping Uganda post a total of 249 runs for five wickets in 50 overs.The chase for Bermuda never really got started as a flurry of wickets fell, leaving Bermuda on 21 runs for six wickets after 10.1 overs. Charles Trott top-scored for Bermuda with 17 runs and Dion Stovell (10) was the only other batsman to reach double figures. The outstanding bowling performance was from Mohammed Irfan, who took six wickets from 23 runs to lead Uganda to a 189-run victory.In other games, Malaysia and Denmark got second wins on day two of the tournament where the top two advance to ICC World Cricket League Division 3.The hosts Malaysia made it two from two after they beat Vanuatu by 23 runs at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpar on day two of the ICC World Cricket League Division 4.In the day’s other match Denmark beat Jersey in a rain affected game by seven wickets (DLS method) at the Royal Selangor Club.Scores in brief Uganda21121.800center_img Vanuatu2020-0.938 Malaysia22040.320 Bermuda2020-2.330 TeamPlayedWonLost PointsNRRlast_img read more

Rainy City Roller Dolls Supports Twin Cities Mission at Upcoming Double…

first_imgFacebook203Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rainy City Roller DollsRebecca Parvin (star cap) shrugs off a hit at a recent bout. Photo credit: Regularman PhotographyThis weekend is chalk full of derby with an upcoming double-header, featuring the Rainy City Roller Dolls versus the Wine Country Crushers and Overbeaters Anonymous versus the Skate-O-Holics on Saturday June 20.  It’s sure to be a spectacular sight filled with competition, support and superior athleticism.And, in the world of roller derby, support and service is at the foundation and core of every roller derby team and certainly every player.“No matter which way you slice it, we play for ourselves and we play for each other,” said Rainy City Roller Dolls President, Rebecca Parvin, also known on the track as Ivanna Pop-A-Tart, “I support my teammates and do what I can for each of them and the team, just as they would for me.  That’s why supporting Twin Cities Mission is so important to us.”Twin Cities’ House Mother and Director, Tracy Scott, went to the mission in 2005, running from abuse.  “I was running from abuse and running from myself,” said Scott, “I stayed for eight months.”Twin Cities Mission is a Centralia based 501 (c) 3 non-profit group home that helps women from different backgrounds and life experiences.  The organization is 13 years old now and is still going strong.Players Naughty Mommy and Holy Eep helping each other with skates in between jams. Photo Credit Regularman Photography“This home helped me change my life,” Tracy said in an email, “I (now) have been running this house for 3 years since the (the founder) retired. I (still) keep in close contact with her.”As an independent and very small non-profit, Twin Cities Mission has no government funding and the organization relies solely on financial donations, donated items and donated service help.And, their return to the community is ten-fold when it comes to supporting women and getting them back on their feet.“We help ladies getting out of jail, older displaced women and many women (who are) getting off of drugs. Our average stay is 90 (days).”  said Tracy.This weekend’s double-header event is sure to draw a crowd and Rainy City Roller Dolls is hoping the community can deliver results, for Twin Cities Mission and for Tracy.Parvin is excited for this weekend. “We are looking forward to an incredible turnout not only for roller derby but for the women utilizing Twin Cities Mission,” she said, “every little bit helps; whether it’s five dollars or five rolls of toilet paper, these women need our support.”Tracy is thankful for the support and is looking forward to the turnout as well in addition to the overwhelming support they’ve received from Rainy City Roller Dolls thus far.Her final words before this Saturday, “Some ladies stay as long as a year. As long as they are continuing to better their lives, we want to help them.”Location:  Centralia Rollerdrome 216 W. Maple St. , Centralia, WA 98531***Beer Garden for 21 and over***Saturday, June 20 – Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; first whistle at 6:00 p.m.Players Pi Slicer and Holy Eep giving thanks to the fans.Photo credit: Regularman Photography$10 Presale/Online; $15 at the doorKids age 10 and under are free.Buy Tickets Online HereREMEMBER: When you make a donation, you will receive 3 raffle tickets to win a prizeTheir current needs are as follows:Money to pay off homeToilet paperPaper towelsNapkinsBleachLysol wipesSugarCoffeeDishwasher soapLaundry soapTall kitchen trash bagsEasy daily use mopsBroom & dust panlast_img read more