JFRU chairman makes plea for sponsorship

first_imgChairman of the Jamaica Football Rugby Union (JFRU), Jerry Benswick, has issued a call for sponsorship of country’s male and female teams as they gear up for the next year’s HSBC World Series Sevens Tournament in Hong Kong.The tournament which usually attracts some of the best Rugby Sevens teams in the world, will be held from April 7-9.Benswick told The Gleaner that his association is looking to raise $5 million to help with the team’s preparations for the tournament.”We need sponsors now because our training has started, but we are going to kick into full gear come January and we need money right away to start this thing rolling,” said Benswick.”This is a world event and therefore the sponsors can get huge publicity from it because rugby is big all over the world and it is also big in the Caribbean,” he said.PROPER NUTRITION”We need sponsors for gears and so we are looking for people to come on board and help us with this because we want to take these teams as far as they can go,” Benswick said.He added that both teams will need proper nutrition if they are to compete at their best in Hong Kong.”We need a field with lights so that we can train at night’s 0during week. We have a relationship with the JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) so we get to train there (Up Park Camp) on Saturday, but we need three more training days each week,” he said.According to Benswick, Jamaica stands to benefit a lot from this tournament because the HSBC World Series of Sevens is one of the most recognised sporting events in the world.It’s a big deal for us,” he said. We have two teams going, our men also qualified because they came third in the tournament. There are only two Caribbean teams going to this tournament, Jamaica and Guyana.”This is a big stepping stone for most national teams because this is where you go to make your name. If you do well in Hong Kong then you get to continue on the circuit,” Benswick said.last_img read more

Paul Were Goal Gives Harambee Stars Victory over Lone Star

first_imgHarambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi picked his third win in a row after the team beat Liberia 1-0 in an international build up match at Kasarani on Tuesday.Paul Were’s 48th minute goal separated the two sides. The win came just three days after Harambee Stars edged out Mozambique 1-0 at the same venue. Stars had also beaten Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 in Kinshasha last month. Stars showed some lethargy in the first half of Tuesday’s match creating just a few chances as Okumbi made four changes to the team that played against Mozambique last Saturday. Then came the second half and Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi made three substitutions resting team captain Victor Wanyama, Jockins Atudo and Aboud Omar. In their place he brought on Teddy Akumu, Simon Mbugua and Eric Ouma in a move that worked instantly as Harambee Stars were suddenly in control of the match.Greece based midfielder Paul Were nearly beat Tommy Songo in the Liberian goal as the Kenyan attack got urgent. Two minutes after that, a long range effort from Eric Johanna was punched out by the now under pressure Songo in the Liberian goal.The goal finally came in the 48th minute when Were found himself in an unmarked position to score the opener as Liberian defenders raised their hands claiming that the Kenyan midfielder scored from an offside position. The goal was protested by the Liberian technical bench. An off color Michael Olunga was rested for Jesse Were even as Liberia’s Kemoh Kamara came in for Dominic Doe. Harambee Stars continued to dominate and troubled the Liberian backline and were just unlucky not to get a second goal. With the exception of a 65th minute corner kick, the visitors rarely troubled the Kenyan backline. In the 70th minute this nearly changed when Antony Laffor found himself with just Boniface Oluoch to beat but his shot went wide. Kenya got another clear chance in the 75th minute when Zambian based striker Jesse Were found himself in a scoring position but could not complete his shot as the ball was cleared.Liberia coach James Debbah was unimpressed by the performance of Harambee Stars even as he protested the goal. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

60-year-old remanded on narco trafficking charge

first_imgGanja in freezerA Haslington, East Coast Demerara (ECD) man, who alleged that he is a cancer patient, found himself slapped with a narcotics trafficking charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday morning.Sixty-year-old Edgar Bollers of Lot 949 Haslington, ECD, denied he had 27 kilograms 170 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking on May 7, 2018 at Haslington.Reports are the man was arrested after the cannabis was found hidden in a freezer at his ECD home.Reports are an intelligence-led operation saw members of the Police Narcotics Branch visiting the man’s home at Haslington, where a search was conducted, and five well taped parcels of the compressed marijuana were unearthed.In court on Tuesday, Police Prosecutor Gordan Mansfield stated that the case file has been completed.As such, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan remanded the 60-year-old to prison. The case will continue on May 29 at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

Emery says Liverpool can equal Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’

first_imgWenger’s side were undefeated as they won the Premier League in the 2003/04 season but Emery believes Liverpool, who have won their last eight games, could follow suit.“At the moment they are doing it and they can do it,” Emery said when asked if Liverpool could go through a Premier League campaign without defeat.“They can do that because they are doing it at the moment. We played against Liverpool three years ago with Sevilla in the final of the Europa League and I look at this progress and they are a very good example.”Emery, who succeeded the long-serving Wenger after the end of last season, added: “The progression with Liverpool is clear. Three years ago, they were out of the Champions League through the Premier League and through the Europa League, because they lost against us (Sevilla).“This progress is also one example for us, now, in our moment. But we need to be very, very demanding of ourselves to do this step quickly in our way. But we need also time and sometimes the patience is very important for us.”Arsenal head to Merseyside having dropped points in a Boxing Day draw at Brighton — a result that highlighted their problems in defence.“We need more, but we need more from everybody and we need more also in our demanding ideas and we need to continue working on things,” said Emery.“Mistakes are not only one player or two players or three players, but maybe also in the ideas. But at the moment, in the first half of the season, we are happy with 38 points. We need more. But it’s not bad, these points on the table.“We need to improve defensively, because we are scoring a lot of goals and before yesterday we were second in the table for scoring. But we need to get better in the defensive moments and concede less goals and less chances for the opposition.“Also, in the last matches we are having a lot of injuries in the defensive positions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal coach Unai Emery has been impressed by Liverpool’s form this season © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Arsenal coach Unai Emery believes Liverpool can match the achievement of Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ by going through a Premier League season without losing a match.The Gunners travel to leaders Liverpool on Saturday with Jurgen Klopp’s men six points clear at the top of the table, having won 16 of their 19 league matches so far this season and drawing the other three.last_img read more

Ten Commandments judge loses Alabama race

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Republican Gov. Bob Riley handily defeated ousted Ten Commandments judge Roy Moore in Tuesday’s primary for governor and will face Democratic Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, who trounced a former governor who spent Election Day standing trial on bribery charges. With most precincts reporting, Riley had a commanding lead over former state Chief Justice Roy Moore. Baxley also held a strong lead over former Gov. Don Siegelman. “God’s will has been done,” Moore told supporters in Gadsden. Since May 1, Siegelman, 60, has been on trial on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, bribery and obstruction of justice during his terms as governor and lieutenant governor. wins N.J. primary TRENTON, N.J. – Republican Tom Kean Jr., aiming for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s job, cruised to victory Tuesday in a primary race he had been under pressure to win decisively. With most precincts reporting, the son of former Gov. Tom Kean had an overwhelming lead over John Ginty. Ginty was put up as a candidate by conservatives who don’t like the younger Kean’s support for abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research. Some observers have said that if Ginty garners a big chunk of the vote it could dampen Kean’s prospects. Kean has been viewed the GOP’s best Senate hope in years in a state that has not elected a Republican to that body since 1972. Menendez was appointed in January by Gov. Jon Corzine to serve out the remaining year of Corzine’s Senate term. He handily defeated his primary opponent, James D. Kelly Jr., who lives in a group home for the mentally ill. Gay marriage ban passes in Ala. MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a measure banning gay marriage, making Alabama the 20th state to amend its constitution to keep same-sex couples from the altar. With most precincts reporting, the amendment was favored by more than 80 percent of the voters. Supporters of the amendment were confident of easy passage, with a chief legislative sponsor predicting approval by as many as 75 percent of voters. Critics, included gay-rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union, said the measure was unnecessary because Alabama already has a law prohibiting same-sex marriage. They also suggested the amendment could lead to court rulings against common-law marriages among heterosexuals since it defines marriage as a “solemnized” union. Supporters said nothing in the amendment would outlaw common-law marriage. Forty-five states, including Alabama, have specifically barred same-sex marriage through statutes or constitutional amendments. Massachusetts is the only state that allows gay marriage, although Vermont and Connecticut allow same-sex civil unions that confer the same legal rights heterosexual married couples get. On Monday, the U.S. Senate began debate on a proposed federal amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. State Sen. leader ahead in Mont. HELENA, Mont. – State Senate President Jon Tester had a big lead over state Auditor John Morrison in early returns of the Democratic U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, a race in which the winner will try to take advantage of GOP Sen. Conrad Burns’ ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Burns was challenged within his own party by several candidates, but had a substantial lead. Morrison, the son of former Supreme Court Justice Frank Morrison Jr., took a political hit with recent news stories about his handling of a securities investigation close to a woman with whom he once had an affair. Tester, a 49-year-old Big Sandy farmer, has said he is best able to take on Burns on the issue of ethics. Burns, 71, has been drawing some of his lowest approval ratings since he was first elected in 1988 but has chalked up criticism to the “Eastern liberal press.” The senator received about $150,000 in donations from Abramoff, his clients and his associates, which he has since returned or given to charity. In addition, some of Burns’ former aides worked for Abramoff and two current aides took a trip to the 2001 Super Bowl in the lobbyist’s jet. Three-way Iowa race razor close DES MOINES, Iowa – Secretary of State Chet Culver was leading a three-way race Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a chance at succeeding Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack. With most precincts reporting, Culver was in the lead, with former legislator and congrssman Mike Blouin following close behind. State Rep. Ed Fallon was trailing. If no candidate gets 35 percent of the vote, a nominee will be picked at the State Democratic Convention June 17. U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle was the only candidate for the GOP nomination. Vilsack, mentioned as a possible 2008 presidential candidate, is stepping down after two terms. Holocaust denier close to Dem win MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A Democratic candidate for attorney general who denies the Holocaust occurred and holds white supremacist views was within striking distance of a prosecutor in Tuesday’s primary. With most precincts reporting, Larry Darby was trailing, but within a few percentage points of Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson. Party officials learned late in the campaign that Darby, the founder of the Atheist Law Center, was a Holocaust denier, and that he recently gave a speech in New Jersey to a white supremacist group. They said they could not remove him from the ballot because absentee ballots had already been sent. The Republican incumbent, Troy King, won his primary in a landslide. Wallace Jr. trails `Big Luther’ MONTGOMERY, Ala. – George Wallace Jr., the son of former Gov. George C. Wallace, was trailing Luther Strange on Tuesday for the Republican primary election for lieutenant governor, a race that pitted Wallace’s name recognition against his rival’s business-backed fundraising firepower. With most precincts reporting, Strange, a Birmingham attorney, was leading Wallace. As the son of the fiery four-term governor and one-time segregationist, Wallace grew up in the political limelight. He served two terms as state treasurer and is in his second term on the Public Service Commission, but he trailed Strange in campaign fundraising as the political newcomer drew on the support of business interests. Strange, 53, a former Tulane basketball player, poked fun at his 6-foot-9 frame in television ads that referred to him as “Big Luther.” The winner of the Republican Primary faces Democratic former Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. in the November general election. Voters keep Ala. court traditional MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Voters picking five of the nine members of the Alabama Supreme Court rejected four candidates who have challenged a tenet of American jurisprudence that dates to the early 1800s. Associate Justice Tom Parker, Opelika lawyer Ben Hand, Birmingham attorney Alan Zeigler and Hank Fowler, a staff attorney for Parker, all argued that state courts need not adhere to precedents set by the U.S. Supreme Court. All had challenged incumbents, with Parker seeking Chief Justice Drayton Nabers Jr.’s seat. With most precincts reporting, Nabers was leading Parker by a large margin. Hand, Zeigler and Fowler lost by similar or worse margins. Parker contends that every officeholder has a personal duty to decide what is constitutional and shouldn’t be bound by Supreme Court decisions. Nabers rejected Parker’s legal theories as “bizarre” and law professors said they would create chaos in America’s courts. The court, currently all Republican, is certain to remain in Republican hands this year since Democrats are seeking only four seats. No Democratic primaries were contested. Espy legacy likely to end in Miss. JACKSON, Miss. – Chuck Espy, nephew of former Rep. Mike Espy, lost Tuesday in his bid to oust six-term Rep. Bennie Thompson in the Democratic primary. In 1993, Thompson captured the seat that Mike Espy left to become President Clinton’s secretary of Agriculture. In 1986, Espy became Mississippi’s first black congressman since Reconstruction. Chuck Espy contends that Thompson hasn’t delivered for his district, either by creating jobs or working to end poverty. Thompson criticizes Espy for taking campaign donations from people who have traditionally supported Republicans.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Baxley, 68, rarely mentioned his trial but noted that there had been no scandals during her years in public office. “We care about ethics in our state,” she said Tuesday night. In conceding, Siegelman said the trial hurt his campaign, but he predicted he will be cleared and will remain involved in politics. Riley, 61, said voters were swayed by the state’s organized response to hurricanes Katrina and Ivan, an income tax cut for low-income workers and a lack of corruption in his administration. His $5.5 million campaign chest was more than double the amount raised by all other gubernatorial candidates combined. Moore, 59, was making his first race for public office since a state judicial court ousted him as Alabama’s chief justice in 2003, but his campaign failed to gain traction. Moore was removed after he refused to abide by a federal judge’s order to remove his 5,300-pound Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state judicial building. Kean Jr. handily last_img

Prison sentence for man who drove through river to avoid Gardai

first_imgA Drumkeen man who drove through a river, while disqualified from driving, to avoid Gardai was handed an 11-month prison sentence.Charles McGee of Lettermore, Drumkeen, was before Letterkenny District Court charged with a range of offences between March and May 2015. He had been serving a three-year driving ban at the time.On March 3, 2015, Garda Cunningham, while off duty, observed McGee – whom he knew to have been disqualified – driving a silver Hilux at Trentabuoy, Drumkeen.On April 2nd, 2015, while also off duty, Garda Cunningham, again while off duty, observed McGee driving a blue Hilux at Oldtown, Letterkenny.On each occasion, Garda Cunningham made notes of the times and dates in his notebook.On April 3, 2015, Garda Cunningham and Garda McDermott approached McGee’s house at Lettermore, Drumkeen. They were informed that McGee wasn’t present.As they made their way back, they spotted McGee driving a Blue Hilux and activated the warning lights in the patrol vehicle.The pursuit continued through Drumkeen village and at 100km/ph through narrow roads.“He continued to use both sides of the road, entering blind bends,” Garda Cunningham told the court.“There is very poor visibility on the road and he showed no regard for other road users at all. He continued at speed through Leglands before turning left off the road and through a river, continuing to the rear of his property.“We were unable to follow him so we stood down. The river runs alongside his property. There is one access point to his property. We observed the keep in the distance, traveling to the rear of the property and observed him closing the gate.“You could see the sheep running in every direction in the field, caused by the noise of the driving.”At 6.15 that evening, Gardai called to McGee’s home and asked him to produce hid documents.“You must have a set on me,” McGee told Gardaí.“You’re badly mistaken. I can round up 16 witnesses to say I wasn’t driving”On May 25, 2015, at Trentabuoy, Garda Cunningham and Garda McDermott spotted McGee, who was alone and wearing sunglasses, driving a blue Hilux and towing a trailer.“He took off and failed to stop, but after 800m he braked suddenly, causing a cloud of smoke on the main road,” Garda Cunningham told the Court.Gardai followed McGee to a property. A woman at the house said she was a first cousin of McGee, but she didn’t speak to him and wanted him removed. McGee locked himself in the bathroom for a time before agreeing to leave following a conversation with his brother.McGee has eight previous convictions, including one for threatening to kill a member of An Garda Siochana – Garda Cunningham in 2014 – an offence for which he undertook 180 hours of community service in lieu of a six-month prison sentence.Peter Nolan BL, acting for McGee, said his client was an unmarried man, a farmer with 56 acres, who has a seven-year-old daughter.Mr Nolan said McGee had recently been diagnosed with a blood disease that ‘may or may not be serious’.“The concern here is that this is a very serious matter and the situation has dawned on him,” Mr Nolan said.“I read the riot act to him and he is now aware of what he is looking act.”Mr Nolan said a friend would now drive his client when he requires transport.Judge Alan Mitchell said McGee showed ‘an outrageous disregard for the rules of the road’McGee was handed two three-month sentences and another five-month sentence, to run consecutively.On the charge of dangerous driving, McGee was given a three-month sentence to run concurrent.McGee also has a five-month suspended sentence that will be left hanging for 18 months, while he was banned from driving for a total of ten years.“I have taken into account the mitigating family circumstances, otherwise it would have been more,” Judge Mitchell said.“He needs to understand the complete disregard that he showed.“Initially I was considering all consecutive sentences. This was a commendable example in how community policing works.”An appeal was lodged in the case.Prison sentence for man who drove through river to avoid Gardai was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyCharles McGeeDrumkeenGarda CunninghamJudge Alan Mitchelllast_img read more

GAA NEWS – KILCAR CLUB NOTES

first_imgSeniorsThe seniors had a great victory in St Michaels at the weekend with a score line of 1-10 to 1-09.The reserve team had no game.Next week fixture is away to Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday ,this is a star game.Ladies The ladies had no game this week.UnderageU-14’s are home to Dungloe on Monday at 7.30.Donegal v Tyrone Tickets.The club is taking individual adult names only for tickets from club members now.Contact Fiona Mc Ginley,Denise Mc Sweeney or Glenda Dolan before May 19th.No orders after that. Membership:Club Donegal Card,(This card entitles you into all adult club Championship and League games, plus a Donegal club Jacket) Limited amount of cards, Price €150. Contact any Club Officer.Referee’s Course on June 8th ,contact Michael Mc Shane.BingoWinners were Carmel Mc Ginley,Annmarie Campbell,Tom Campbell,Rita Doherty,Breege Mc Devitt,Tracy Byrne,Margaret Mc Guinness. Bingo jackpot next week is €2,850. LottoThere was no winner of the lotto jackpot.Numbers were 1,5,9,27, and the lotto plus numbers were 2,15,22,30.Consolation prizes went to Carmel Carr,Declan Carr and Cara Boyle .Jackpot next week is €2,500GAA NEWS – KILCAR CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Kilcar GAA club noteslast_img read more

CHP motor officer hurt on freeway

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – A California Highway Patrol officer was injured Thursday after the driver of a Hyundai made an “unsafe lane change” and crashed into the officer’s motorcycle unit.The 1:23 p.m. crash on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway, just west of Sunset Avenue, sent officer J. Armstrong to Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center.He was riding in the No. 2 lane of the freeway when Gregory Saldivar, 35, of Los Angeles, allegedly sideswiped his 2004 BMW patrol bike, according to a CHP report.Saldivar and his passengers, Erika Enciso, 38, of Montebello, and Lori Valenzuela, 39, of Fontana, were not injured.Three westbound lanes were closed for about one hour. From staff reportslast_img read more

DONEGAL WEDDING STATIONERY COMPANY NOW ONE OF IRELAND’S TOP SUPPLIERS IN THE INDUSTRY

first_imgAmore Wedding Stationery has now firmly established itself as one of Ireland’s top wedding stationery suppliers.Offering a large selection of creative wedding invitations to customers worldwide, the company consistently add new designs added each week.All their beautiful designs can be completely customised with your own text, colours and fonts. If you would like your invitations to be completely unique we offer a bespoke custom design service, which means your invitations will be truly one of a kind.Donna Gormley is the animal crazy, fun loving, creative director & designer behind Amore Wedding Stationery, and Donna Gormley Designs.Her design career started in 2008 when she received an Hons in Design & Communications, specialising in graphic design & photography.She has always been very creative, and when a friend asked her to design her wedding stationery, Donna found her passion! She now caters for clients spanning from Letterkenny to Leeds! Inver to Australia! And anywhere in between.Donna told Donegal Daily, “I create beautiful wedding stationery with personality for couples seeking that something special, just for them!“I cater for ever budget too, which is important in the times were still in. I’m pretty easy going but I’m very particular, things need to be perfect!“Getting married can be very stressful, so you want to have people on board that wont let you down! I’m with my clients all the way, from bringing their concepts to life, to design, to final print.“We also offer a full range of wedding day stationery which includes wedding menus, table numbers, place cards, ceremony booklets, order of service cards, thumbprint guest books and much more. Visit us on Facebook at : www.facebook.com/AmoreWeddingStationeryOr visit us at Kee’s Hotel Wdding Fayre, Stranorlar, This Sunday, 8th February.DONEGAL WEDDING STATIONERY COMPANY NOW ONE OF IRELAND’S TOP SUPPLIERS IN THE INDUSTRY was last modified: February 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessDonegal companyFeaturesIndustryMarket LeadernewsWedding Stationarylast_img read more

Egypt and Morocco in action as World Cup enters day two

first_imgEgypt kick start Africa’s campaign (Photos by Agencies)FIFA World Cup 2018Friday, 15-06-2017-Uruguay vs Egypt @03:00pm, Central Stadium-Morocco vs Iran @06:00pm, Krestovsky Stadium-Portugal vs Spain @09:00pm, Fisht Olympic StadiumTwo African nations will be in action on the second day of the 2018 FIFA World cup in Russia.In the Lunch time kick off, AFCON record winners Egypt will face off with South American giants Uruguay in Group A.Both teams will be aiming to keep up with hosts Russia who thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 on opening day.Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is “almost 100%” certain to play in his country’s World Cup opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg according to his coacch Hector Cuper.The Pharaohs’ skipper has been in action for over three weeks after injuring his shoulder in the UEFA Champions league final.“I can almost assure you 100% he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute,” said Cuper.“He could become the top goal scorer here and one of the greatest players.”Cuper said Salah was “doing very well” and had recovered “very, very quickly”.He added: “We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the option to play or not, but I know Salah very well and I’m sure he’s not afraid, he’s not fearful.”Defender Ali Gabr should also be fit to play after bruising his face in training.Uruguay, meanwhile, are expected to name a youthful midfield featuring 20 year-old Rodrigo Bentancur and Nahitan Nandez, 22.But they boast plenty of experience elsewhere, not least the potent frontline of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.Uruguay beat Egypt in their only previous encounter, defeating them 2-0 in Alexandria in August 2006. The Uruguayans are unbeaten against African opposition at the World Cup (W1, D2), while this will be Egypt’s first meeting with a South American side at the tournamentPrediction: Game to end in a draw.In the other game involving an African team, Morocco will take on Iran in the first Group B encounter.Morocco is in Group BThis will be the first team both teams meet in the World Cup but they have faced each other only once previously, a game which ended in a draw.Morocco will be hoping right-back Nabil Dirar is passed fit after he missed his country’s friendlies against Slovakia and Estonia because of a calf injury.Iran are without suspended defensive midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi.There are also fitness doubts surrounding striker Mehdi Taremi and former Fulham and Nottingham Forest midfielder Askhan Dejagah.Prediction: Morocco to win by a slim margin.The last action of the day pits Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal take on 2010 winners Spain.Portugal takes on Spain on Friday.Portugal have reported no injury concerns ahead of their clash with Spain but question marks remain over their starting line-up.Jose Fonte and Bruno Alves are vying to partner Pepe at centre-back, while either Andre Silva or Goncalo Guedes will join Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.Daniel Carvajal returned to training for Spain on Tuesday following a hamstring injury but remains a doubt.Alvaro Odriozola will deputise at right-back should Carvajal miss out.Spain and Portugal have met on 35 occasions. Spain have 16 wins to Portugal’s six, with 13 draws.The only World Cup meeting was in 2010, when Spain triumphed 1-0 in the last 16.The squads have 43 Champions League winners’ medals between them (Spain 34, Portugal nine).Prediction: Spain to win the Game.Comments Tags: EgyptFIFA World Cup 20118Moroccotoplast_img read more