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Galanza hungry for wins after Adamson’s dismal PVL stint

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Padda entered the Adamson program in Season 79 and things started poorly for the Lady Falcons finishing with a league-worst 1-13 record.“We’re fighting every game but our goal and together with the coaches is to win,” said Galanza. “Coach Air’s first year with us we managed to win just one game so if we lose, for example here, we should be able to learn new lessons.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ink or swim? Tattoos on show at worlds Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University skipper Jema Galanza saw another disappointing end to one of the Lady Falcons’ exploits as they finished the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference with a disappointing 1-6 record Saturday.And that string of losses does not sit well with the beautiful Galanza.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur “I want to win,” said Galanza in Filipino after losing in straight sets to the semifinals-bound Philippine Air Force 25-22, 25-16, 25-21, at Filoil Flying V Centre.Galanza will enter her fifth year with the Lady Falcons come the UAAP season and the captain said there’s no better way to build up momentum than in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I am hungry for wins because this will be my last year with the team and why not start this conference in the PVL so we can build the necessary momentum come the UAAP season.”Galanza would also like to show head coach Airess Padda that they’re capable of doing great things for Adamson. MOST READlast_img read more

Girl Friend Killer Arrested

first_imgMorris Jarbo, the man accused of murdering his 25-year-old girlfriend and escaping justice, has being arrested in Grand Cape Mount County by the Liberia National Police (LNP).The incident took place on September 25, 2014 in the Shoe Factory Community in Gardnerville, outside Monrovia, according to Police.Suspect Jarbo is currently undergoing investigation at the LNP headquarters in Monrovia.He was said to have been arrested following a tip-off from some residents in Grand Cape Mount, where he has been in hiding since the incident.Suspect Jarbo was picked up at the Grand Cape Mount Police Headquarters where he had gone to hide as a fugitive from justice.It was at the headquarters that Jarbo was recognized by some residents who were returning to Grand Cape Mount, from Monrovia, where the alleged murder took place. Meanwhile, Police Director Clarence C. Massaquoi is admonishing citizens to cooperate and adhere to the regulations of the Government, stressing that the police will remain vigilant in enforcing laws of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A tribute to the 1973 ballot box martyrs

first_imgDear Editor,July 16th, 1973 was one of the darkest days in the history of Guyana. It was the day when our democracy was raped; a day when Guyanese, in exercising their right to vote, and in protecting their votes from being stolen, witnessed yet another bloody day in our country. Young voters Jagan Ramessar and Bholanauth Parmanand were fatally shot, and dozens more were injured by the bullets from members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).These two men were killed when hundreds gathered at the No 63 Primary School to ensure that their votes were counted at the place of Poll; that is, at the school where they voted. The army arrived at the close of poll, and the people, in protest, attempted to block the military from removing the ballot boxes from the place of counting at the polling station when bullets from the barrel of the soldier’s gun began to fly wildly into the crowd.It was known locally and internationally that the PNC dictatorship were massively rigging elections from 1968 to 1992. Furthermore, state resources were abused, whereby the army was used to carry out these devious instructions from the despotic Burnham regime.What history has taught Guyanese is that a country has never achieved real development under a Government that illegally entered office though fraudulent, violent, and lawless means. A good example would be the three years — from 2015 to 2018 — under the same PNC regime of the past, masquerading behind the mask of APNU/AFC Coalition, taking political power in questionable circumstances and failing and neglecting to adhere to the call to recount certain ballot boxes. This action has been three years before the courts, and is still awaiting a date for hearing — a total disregard for the constitution and the Rule of Law by delay, another means of denying democracy in our beloved land.There has followed three years of constant economic and social decline. There seems to be no other way out but to crumble into an underdeveloped state. Where are the promised jobs for young people?Heroes like Jagan Ramessar, Bholanauth Parmanand, Michael Forde, Dr. Walter Rodney, Father Darke, Kowsilla and others were killed in protecting their rights — by a twist from hope, to drive our brothers and sisters into fearing members of the PNC, and to stab democracy in the heart. These martyrs, by their sacrifice, helped shape our political struggle that led to free and fair elections in 1992.Twenty-six years after, we will not allow their names and actions to be undermined and shunned away. In the 2015 General Elections, we witnessed a new form of dictatorship that spuriously appointed managerial roles in GECOM. There have been further instances, wherein SOCU has now become a political weapon used to embarrass members and supporters of the Peoples Progressive Part/Civic.Have we returned to the dark and cruel days of Burnham? Would the 2020 elections be as haunting as the 1973 elections? Would the 2020 elections be epically rigged, like the 1985 elections? Should we deter into defeat, or should we pursue with a sure hope and with a strong leadership?We honour the memories of these fallen heroes by exposing the wrongdoings of this Government. We honour them by being resilient through all the atrocities and injustices being thrown against us. The Guyanese people will continue to take the hard hits and keep getting up each time; and the more we get up, the stronger we will be. The fight will continue in our courts, in the halls of our parliament, and out there in our communities. This is how we honour our fallen heroes.Sincerely,Dimitri Alilast_img read more

Beating Barcelona tougher than PSG, admits Solskjaer

first_imgBut Solskjaer, who scored the winner when United won the Champions League at the Camp Nou in 1999, believes Barca’s prestigious European history makes beating the Spanish champions a different prospect to PSG.“Of course the PSG performance away gives us hope and belief we can do it, but we know we are playing against probably the favourites for the tournament,” said Solskjaer.“It will be a greater achievement winning that one with the history of Barcelona. They are not used to losing at home.”Luke Shaw’s early own goal was all that separated the sides on the scoresheet, but Barca comfortably edged towards a first Champions League semi-final in four years as United failed to register a single shot on target.“It leaves a good taste in the mouth to win here, but we know it is not a big enough lead given what happened (with United) in the last round,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.Much has been made of Luis Suarez’s Champions League goal drought on the road and while the Uruguayan has still not officially netted an away goal in the competition since September 2015, he had a huge hand in Barca’s winner.Lionel Messi drifted in behind the United defence and his cross hung up to the back post was headed goalwards by Suarez, the ball flicking off Shaw on its way past David de Gea.An errant offside flag briefly threatened to spoil Suarez’s delight. However, the goal was quickly given on a VAR review and the former Liverpool striker took extra glee at having the last laugh with a fist pump in front of the Stretford End.“The value of the goal doesn’t change if another player gets the last touch or not,” added Valverde.The early goal should have settled the Catalans into their stride as their dominance of possession touched close to 90 percent in the opening stages.Yet they offered United plenty of encouragement with Sergio Busquets in particular off the pace.“It is very difficult over the course of a season to always be at the highest level,” said Valverde.“To win away from home in the Champions League you have to suffer.”– Messi roughed up –United defender Chris Smalling had said “bring it on” at the prospect of facing Messi on the eve of the game.And he left the Argentine bloodied from the nose as he careered into an aerial challenge on the half-hour mark.Messi was quickly back on his feet and into the heart of the action, but it was Philippe Coutinho who came closest to extending Barca’s advantage before the break with a thunderous low shot that De Gea did brilliantly to repel with his feet.Moments later United could easily have been on level terms, but the hosts’ best chance of the half fell to the wrong man as Marcus Rashford picked out Diogo Dalot only for the Portuguese to completely miscue his header across goal.However Rashford also failed to make proper contact with his big chance early in the second-half when Ter Stegen could only punch a cross into his path.The Red Devils have now failed to score and have lost in four of their last six home Champions League games.“Those statistics are not bright, we cannot defend not scoring goals at home,” added Solskjaer.“But away from home we beat Juventus, we beat PSG and we have to go to Barcelona and win that one.”The result could have been worse for Solskjaer’s men as Suarez fired into the side-netting before De Gea used his feet to good effect once more to deny Jordi Alba.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks to the press ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final against BarcelonaMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 11 – Manchester United face an even tougher task to turn around the 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their quarter-final with Barcelona than their miraculous comeback away to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Wednesday.United became the first side to ever overcome a 2-0 first leg defeat at home to reach the last eight with a 3-1 win in Paris last month.last_img read more

Lawyer accused of conspiracy in class-action kickback case

first_imgThe seven-year investigation has led to indictments and guilty pleas by several former partners and lawyers at the firm previously known as Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman. Weiss is accused of two counts of conspiracy and one count each of obstruction of justice and making false statements in relation to documents that were the subject of a grand jury subpoena, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. If convicted of all counts, he could face up to 40 years in federal prison. Weiss’ attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said his client would be “fully exonerated.” “Although this indictment is a bitter disappointment, Mr. Weiss intends to fight these charges with all of the energy and talent that has made him one of the most outstanding members of the Bar for more than 40 years,” Brafman said. By Robert Jablon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Attorney Melvyn Weiss, co-founder of a New York law firm that made an estimated $250 million by filing class-action lawsuits against some of America’s largest corporations, was indicted Thursday in Los Angeles on charges that he conspired to pay kickbacks to people who agreed to be plaintiffs. In addition, Steven G. Schulman, a former senior partner at the Milberg Weiss firm, agreed to plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge, prosecutors said. Schulman, 56, agreed in a plea deal Thursday to forfeit $1.85 million to the government and to pay a $250,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Schulman could have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted, but the plea deal recommends the judge order a sentence of no more than 33 months. Schulman also agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigation of the firm. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSigerson Cup: Daniel McLaughlin scored the winner for UL in their Sigerson Cup win over NUI Maynooth last night.Donegal GAA star Daniel McLaughlin was the difference for UL last night in their Sigerson Cup clash with NUI Maynooth.Scores were at a premium in a contest were both teams adopted defensive strategies in an effort to stifle the attacking potency of both forward lines.Both sides were effective in doing this and it resulted in a very low-scoring game in which UL won on a score-line of UL 0-06 NUI Maynooth 0-05. McLaughlin kicked the decisive score on 53 minutes and incredibly for UL it was the first time they took the lead in the whole contest.They managed to hold on to that one point advantage in the remaining minutes to set-up a quarter-final clash with Carlow IT.McLaughlin impressed when introduced as a substitute in Donegal’s excellent Allianz National League win over Derry on Saturday evening.McLaughlin opted off the panel last season as he was based in England studying. McLaughlin will be hoping he will feature in some capacity against Dublin at Croke Park this Saturday night. DANIEL MCLAUGHLIN HITS LATE WINNER TO SEND UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK INTO SIGERSON CUP QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: February 4th, 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:Daniel McLaughlinGAAnewsNUI MaynoothSigerson CupSportULlast_img read more


first_imgEaster Parade:The club would like to invite juvenile members to take part in the Easter Parade this Thursday. Coaches will have sent texts and informed their groups also. Please wear club colours. We are asking everyone to meet at the Clubhouse for 2.15pm. Stewards:Stewards are required for the Donegal and Derry Under-21 game in MacCumhaill Park on Wednesday night. Please assemble for 6.45pm.Senior Football:Our seniors take on Glenfin this Sunday in the local derby in MacCumhaill Park at 3.00pm. Reserves throw in at 1.30pm. This is the first game of the league for both our teams and all support would be welcome. Senior Reserve Management:Best of luck to Bernard McGeehan, Ruari McLaughlin and Seamus McGinty who are taking charge of the Senior Reserve team this year!Under-8’s Football:Training for u8s (children born 2008/09) resumes on Saturday at 10.30am at the Astroturf. Gumshield essential. Bring €2& water. We are still looking for adult help, so anyone willing to assist can talk to Paddy on Saturday morning. Thanks.Donegal Football and Hurling Results:Both our County Footballers and Hurlers were again unfortunate in their games at the weekend. Hard luck to all management and players involved. Registration:A final registration night will be held in the clubhouse on Friday the 25th of March from 7.00 to 9.00pm. All memberships (adult & juvenile) should be renewed on or before this date as failure to do so will affect your voting rights at AGM and the club’s ability to source tickets for members not registered before this deadline.  Membership forms for Juvenile, Adult and Family are also available from all club coaches/managers and to download from our website (  The rates are as follows: Juvenile/student is €20, Adult is €30 and family membership is €80 (2 adults and 2 plus children). Registration is extremely important and non-registration will result in not being insured and unable to train or play for the club so please register. New players are more than welcome. For further information contact club registrar, Stephen Lynch at 087-4147764Minor Football:Mac Cumhaills minors got off to a good start in the league with a victory over neighbours Glenfin with a score line of 2-14 to 1-4 with scores in the first half from Padhraic Patton (0-2) Jack Mc Geehan (1-1) Connor Lillis (0-1) left Mac Cumhaills leading 1-4 to 1-2 at half time. At the start of the second half Mac Cumhaills hit the ground running with scores from Padhraic Patton who hit another (1-3) and Jack Mc Geehan with a further (0-1). The introduction of Chad Mc Sorley scoring (0-3), Luke Gavigan (0-2) and Oisin Gallen (0-1) seen the home team run away with only conceding (0-2) in the second half. This was an excellent team performance in all areas and Mac Cumhaills now look forward to the next game. Seán Mac Cumhaills: Christopher Gallagher, Callum Bonar, Christopher Gallagher, Mathew Doherty, Rory Mulligan , Adam Lynch, Shane Thompson, Padhraic Patton (1-5), Carl Dunnion, Cormac Glackin, Fintan Griffin ,Jack Mc Geehan (1-2) Oisin O’Brien, Connor Lillis (0-1), Ciaran Mc Menamin. Subs: Chad Mc Sorely (0-3) for Oisin O’Brien, Luke Gavigan (0-2) for Ciaran Mc Menamin , Oisin Gallen (0-1)for Shane Thompson and Oisin Hughes for Connor Lillis. Ladies Senior Football:We’d like to remind all senior ladies that the date for our first game is the 10th of April. A lot of hard work has been going on from the younger members of the squad and we’d like as many as possible now to come out and get ready for the games. All past players are welcome and new members encouraged. Training is on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7.00 to 8.00pm. Please ensure you are registered.Club Senior Championship:The club has been draw in Group C of the Senior Football Championship along with Malin, Glenfin and Naomh Muire. We have 2 home games this year.Bingo:The Bingo takes place in the Villa Rose on Sunday night with an 8.30pm start for the next 2 weeks. The Snowball jackpot is €9,000 for 45 numbers or less. All are very welcome.Lotto Results:There was no winner of this week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 9 and 10. There was 1 match 3 winner: Evan McDevitt receives €150. This week’s jackpot is a massive €9,400 and John Lillis’ team is selling.  The club are asking for people to help out by selling lotto’s. This would involve helping to sell 1 week out of every 7 or 8 depending on the amount of teams formed. This is an important source of funding for the club and a great way to help get involved with your club. All help available would be greatly appreciated. If interested please contact Terry O’Reilly on 086 609 5347.Club Shop:The club shop is now open on a Wednesday evening from 6.45 to 8.00. The shop has club crested shorts, socks, bags, zip tops, t-shirts and bobble hats for a range of age groups. We also have approved small sized hurling helmets in club colours with crest now half price at €55. Anyone wishing to return membership forms can also hand them in here.Training Schedule:New players to all teams are more than welcome. Training takes place at the club unless otherwise specified. If there is a change of time/location it will be noted on Facebook or sent via text from the team manager. Training will cost €2 once a week, and all players must have their membership paid. Please bring gum shield/helmet and a bottle of water.Training for the following teams is now taking place:Camogie takes place at 5.00pm on Monday and 6pm on Wednesday.Under-8 football is on Saturday morning at 10.30am.Under-12 Boys football is at 7.00pm on Wednesday.Under-14 Girls football is at 6.00pm on Tuesday.Under-14 Boys football is at 7.00pm on Monday.Under-16, Minors and Senior Ladies football is on a Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00pm.Under-16 Boy’s Football is at 5.30 to 6.45 on Friday.Minor Boys Football is at 6.00pm on Monday and Friday from 7.00 to 8.00pm.Hurling for Under-8s and Under-10s and Under-14 Camogie is on Sunday from 12.30pm to 2.00pm.GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS HOST GLENFIN IN LOCAL DERBY CLASH THIS SUNDAY was last modified: March 15th, 2016 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:GAAMac CumhaillsSportlast_img read more

Liverpool striker charged with misconduct for breaching FA betting rules

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sturridge has been charged by the FA The FA said Sturridge’s alleged breaches were in relation to passing on information about players, managers, team selection or disciplinary matters, which was not publicly available at the time.A statement from the FA website read: “Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018.“He has until 6pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018 to respond to the charge.” Most Popular Football Stories tense According to The Sun, Sturridge has been charged for betting on transfers of players and managers, and is believed to have used a third party.The 29-year-old could now face a fine and lengthy ban, depending on the severity of the incident.He has until 6pm on November 20 to respond to the charge. latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img 1 BEST OF LATEST Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in regards to alleged breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules.The alleged breaches took place in January, when he was on loan at West Bromwich Albion. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed gameday cracker last_img read more

Niners’ top pick named starting QB

first_imgOverall No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith was promoted to be the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback on Tuesday, after just four games as Tim Rattay’s backup. Smith will make his first NFL start on Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park. The former Utah star played in two of the 49ers’ first four games, mopping up in losses to Philadelphia and Arizona. Leland leaves Stanford Ted Leland will leave as Stanford’s athletic director at the end of the year, ending a 14-year stay marked by 50 team national championships. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Leland will become a vice president at Pacific, returning to the school where he starred in football and coached. Stanford won 173 conference championships since 1991, including an NCAA-record six titles in 1996-97. Stoudemire inks deal A month shy of his 23rd birthday, Amare Stoudemire has achieved the wealth that goes to the few at the very top of their sport. Now he’s out prove that he’s worth it. Amazingly agile, with a sweet jumper to go with his monster jams, Stoudemire signed a five-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns on Monday. The deal is worth about $73 million. It comes shortly after he inked a lucrative endorsement contract with Nike. center_img The deal is the maximum allowed under the NBA collective bargaining agreement for the forward who jumped from high school to stardom. The NBA approved a trade Tuesday that sends Eddie Curry and veteran center Antonio Davis from Chicago to the Knicks for forwards Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson. The Bulls also get a conditional first-round draft pick in 2006, two second-round selections in the future and the option of exchanging picks with New York at a later draft. Tim Grgurich was hired as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets, ending his legal fight with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Portland Trail Blazers signed forward Sam Clancy to a one-year contract. The Toronto Raptors traded temperamental point guard Rafer Alston to the Houston Rockets for guard Mike James. Dementieva advances Elena Dementieva and Patty Schnyder had straight-set wins to advance to the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Germany. The eighth-ranked Dementieva defeated Zuzana Ondraskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4, while Schnyder, ranked No. 10, topped 17-year-old Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-2. Romania’s Andrei Pavel upset seventh-seeded Davide Sanguinetti of Italy 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Open de Moselle in France. In other matches, Germany’s Florian Mayer defeated Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, and Italy’s Andreas Seppi beat Razvan Sabau of Romania 7-5, 6-3. Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia defeated Colombia’s Catalina Castano 6-2, 7-6 (4) Tuesday in the first round of the Japan Open. MetroStars fire coach Bob Bradley was fired as coach of the MetroStars on Tuesday, ending a run of nearly three years with no playoff victories and an MLS team consistently hovering near the .500 mark. Assistant coach Mo Johnston will take over for the interim, beginning with tonight’s game at Chicago. He played six years with the Kansas City Wizards after a European career with Celtic, Rangers and the Scottish national team. Briefly Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen has withdrawn from the American Express Championship because of a groin injury. Goosen, No. 5 in the world who defeated Tiger Woods in his singles match at the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, did not play last week. He is the second player from the top five in the world ranking to miss this World Golf Championship, which starts Thursday at Harding Park. Kansas will play Saint Joseph’s and Michigan State will face Boston College in this year’s Jimmy V Classic, it was announced Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Profiling the AFCON teams: Morocco

first_imgMorocco will be playing in their 17th AFCON tournament. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Morocco will be featuring in their 17th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament and second in a row since 2017.  Morocco have won the AFCON title once in their history, with the triumph coming in 1976.In the 2019 edition, Morocco is in Group D alongside Ivory Coast, South Africa and Namibia.Morocco did not feature in the first 1972 AFCON editions because, either they never entered qualification, withdrew or lost their respective qualifiers.For the 1972 edition in Cameroon, Morocco made their debut at the finals’ tournament. However, they did not perform at high levels as they drew all their Group B games 1-1, and finished third behind Zaire and Congo hence elimination.After their debut, they opted not to enter into qualification for the 1974 edition in Egypt.Their return two years later would however be inked in the history of Moroccan football as they won their only AFCON title. After two victories and a draw, Morocco finished as Group B winners. The Atlas Lions marched on into the Championship group which they also led by 5 points and in the process win the 1976 AFCON title.Morocco won their only AFCON title in 1976.At the next edition, Morocco failed to replicate their 1976 show as they failed to exit Group B which had the likes of Uganda, Tunisia and Congo.The Atlas Lions went on to seal their spot in Nigeria 80, and were drawn into Group B alongside Algeria, Ghana and Guinea. Morocco finished as runners ups to Algeria and clinched a semifinal spot. In the last four, Morocco lost 1-0 to Nigeria but were on hand to defeat Egypt 2-0 in the third place playoff game, finishing third in the tournament.1982 and 84 would be huge disappointments for Morocco as they failed to make it to the finals tournaments of both editions, falling in the qualifiers.The made it to the 1886 and 88 editions, finishing fourth on both occasions before failing to qualify for Algeria 90.The 92 edition saw Morocco make their 7th appearance at the finals which was short lived following a group stage elimination. This was followed up with two consecutive no-shows at both the 94 and 96 tournaments.In Burkina Faso 98, the Atlas Lions once again qualified for the finals, topped Group D with 7 points and marched onto the quarter finals. However, that is where their journey stopped as they lost 2-1 to then defending champions South Africa.For 2000 and 2002, Morocco were eliminated at the Group stages of the respective tournaments.2004 would prove to be another successful edition for the Atlas Lions as they for the second time in their history reached the finals. Unlike on the first time, this time round, Morocco lost the final 2-1 to hosts Tunisia.The two next editions (2006 and 2008) saw Morocco eliminated at the group stages. This was followed up by failing to qualify for the 2010 finals in Angola.Two more consecutive Group stage eliminations would come to pass in the 2012 and 13 editions.In the 2015 edition, Morocco was disqualified for refusing to host the AFCON finals after the initial host withdrew.Their last appearance to date came in the 2017 edition in Gabon. Morocco was placed in group C alongside DR Congo, Ivory Coast and Togo. After two victories and one loss, the Atlas Lions finished second behind DR Congo, marching to the quarter finals. However, it was in the last 8 that their tournament ended as they lost 1-0 to Egypt.CoachHerve Renard Herve is a 50-year-old French manager who has been Morocco’s head coach since 2016.Herve has been the head coach of Morocco since 2016.He began his coaching career with SC Draguignan in 1999, leaving in 2001. He was Assistant at Chinese side Shanghai Cosco with head coach Claude Le Roy from 2002 to 2003, and managed English side Cambridge United in 2004, having first joined the club with Le Roy to serve as a coach.He became manager of Vietnamese club Song Da Nam Dinh in 2004, leaving them after several months. He became manager of AS Cherbourg in 2005, leaving them in 2007. He next became Assistant to Claude Le Roy for the Ghana national team.In May 2008, he was appointed manager of Zambia. At the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, he led Zambia to the quarter final stage of the tournament for the first time in 14 years. Herve left his duties as Zambia manager in April 2010 with only two months remaining on his contract. Two days later he agreed to become manager of Angola. He resigned from his position as Angola manager in October 2010, and was replaced by Zeca Amaral.From there, he went on to manage USM Alger, Zambia, Sochaux, Ivory Coast and Lille before taking over as Morocco head coach in February 2016.In November 2017, he qualified Morocco to the in Russia, their first since 1998. Later that month, he signed a new contract, until 2022.Star PlayerHakim ZiyechZiyech is an attacking midfielder who plays for Eredivise side Ajax Amsterdam.Ziyech started out at Heerenven before he was transferred to FC Twente in 2014. He spent two years there and eventually signed for Ajax in 2016. At Ajax, Ziyech has won two titles. He was part of the team that won the League and Cap double last season. Ziyech was also named in the Champions League team of the season in the 2018/19 season.At 26, Ziyech has played 250 games for his three clubs, scoring 87 goals.For Morocco, he is capped 23 times with 12 goals.Ziyech has so far managed 12 goals for Morocco.Projection: ChampionsIvory Coast fixtures at AFCON 2019-Namibia vs Morocco, 23nd June-Morocco vs Ivory Coast, 28th June-South Africa vs Morocco, 01th JulyMorocco’s squad for AFCON 2019Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Girona), Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Casablanca)Defenders: Marouane Da Costa (Ittihad Djeddah,), Ghanem Saiss (Wolverhampton), Abdelhamid Yunis (Stade Reims), Mehdi Benatia (Al-Duhail Sports), Achraf Hakimi (Dortmund), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax Amsterdam), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü,).Midfielders: Karim El Ahmadi Arroussi (Al Ittihad, Saudi), Youssef Aït Bennasser (St-Etienne,), Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo), M’barek Boussoufa (Al-Shabab,), Younès Belhanda (Galatasaray,), Fayçal Fajr (Caen), Nordin Amrabat (Al-Nasr,), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam).Forwards: Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes), Soufiane Boufal (Celta Vigo), Abderazak Hamad Allah (Al-Nasr), Khalid Boutayeb (Zamalek), Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar).Comments Tags: AFCON 2019Hakim ZiyechHerve Renardivory coastMoroccoNamibiaSouth Africatoplast_img read more