The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, is to hold an emergency meeting with the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday.According to a statement from the Special Assistant to the Minister (Media), Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, the meeting will hold in the Minister’s conference room at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja at 2pm.Dalungâ€™s meeting the NFFâ€™s Technical Committee headed by Chris Green is coming on the heels of the Super Eagles AFCON 2019 qualifier 0-2 loss to visiting Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo at the weekend. Nigeria is now third in the Group E table behind Libya and South Africa.Â Seychelles is the fourth team in the group. Â Meanwhile, the Minister has called on football lovers and Nigerians generally to collectively support the Super Eagles in their quest for Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup tickets.“This is a temporary setback which is surmountable. We need to sit with the Technical Committee and crew to find out the immediate and remote causes of this setback.Â “We have very young talented players in the Super Eagles and we trust that with more hard work and determination, this result can be reversed when we go to South Africa.“This is just the beginning of a long journey. The Super Eagles will definitely be in Cameroon because we can’t afford to be absent at the Africa Cup of Nations for a third consecutive time.â€œWe must do all within our means to support the team when they win and when there’s a setback. We will ensure that no stone is left unturned in our pursuit of a ticket to Cameroon.” Dalung assured football stakeholders.Meanwhile, South Africa Head Coach Stuart Baxter has revealed that plaudits have continued to trail Bafana Bafanaâ€™s 2-0 defeat of Nigeria last weekend.â€œI have received countless messages of congratulations, mostly from back home in South Africa. They are still trickling it and it goes to show what this win means for the country,â€ said an emotional Baxter.â€œIt is the way the victory was achieved which has been so emotional. The long trip to west Africa, the short preparation period and then go into the match and completely outplay the home favourites is something special,â€ reflected Baxter.He said Bafana were cautious in the opening minutes but once they realised the Super Eagles were there for the taking, they completely took control of the game.â€œWe were comfortable on the ball, hit the post twice; I am absolutely delighted. This is what South Africa should do on a regular basis,â€ he said, touching on how successful Vision 2022 was penning out.Â Â Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Freshman quarterback JT Daniels threw two interceptions and zero touchdowns against Stanford, but he will look to turn the page against Texas this weekend on the road. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)After a tough loss at Stanford on Saturday, the Trojans will attempt to redeem themselves when they travel to the Lone Star State to play Texas with preparations ramping up on Tuesday.Prized freshman quarterback JT Daniels struggled against the Cardinal, completing 16 of his 34 passes for 215 yards and two interceptions while getting sacked four times and losing a fumble against Stanford’s aggressive blitz. Daniels also briefly exited the game after bruising his hand, causing some concern about his status this week.But during practice Tuesday, head coach Clay Helton said that Daniels looked good with his hand and is not experiencing pain.“It’s pretty dang close,” Daniels said when asked if his hand was 100 percent . “It’s just an adjustment I have to make… It’s not like, ‘Oh, I can’t throw to the corner route, or something like that. It was just an in-game adjustment and that’s football and it happens. It’s just something I have to deal with.” Daniels also downplayed using his freshman status as an excuse for his play, saying that learning curves are still mistakes.“They’re both the exact same thing, pretty much,” Daniels said. “They’re mistakes that you would expect someone that’s newer to make … We’re allowed to make mistakes, but it’s also you’re allowed to make that mistake once. … We’re learning from [mistakes] and trying to be better each day.”Daniels also expressed confidence in freshman wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown, saying that his deep ball targeted to St. Brown that was intercepted in the fourth quarter was not St. Brown’s fault.“It was not a good throw,” Daniels said. “It wasn’t where it was supposed to be — in the end zone, back corner. Obviously losing is never fun, you never go out to lose … I’m happy that we got that experience under our belt in week one, rather than week 10, week 11.”Usc – Texas RivalryHead coach Clay Helton is ready to move past last weekend and focus on Texas, a team that USC beat in an exciting double-overtime thriller last season.“Really a special game, I think for both universities and both fanbases,” Helton said. “This has always been a special rivalry, and we look forward to having the opportunity to going down and facing the Longhorns.”Helton broke down the Longhorns’ offense and emphasized what the team is looking to do to slow them down. Helton said Texas has a balanced offense and praised quarterback Sam Ehlinger.“I’ve also been impressed with what coach Herman has been doing with Sam as far as his progression from a true freshman last year to a year’s worth of experience,” Helton said. “You see his poise in the pocket; he’s really maturing. He’s got two really good wideouts on the outside in Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey that are very efficient on the deep ball.”Texas’ offense isn’t as prolific as Stanford’s, so if USC can limit Texas’ explosive plays and force Ehlinger outside of the pocket and throw on the run, they should be in good shape on that side of the field. Come Saturday evening, Daniels and the offense will look to do their part this time.Injury UpdateRedshirt freshman cornerback Isaiah Pola-Mao is out for the game with a shoulder injury. Senior cornerback Isaiah Langley is limited with hip and groin injuries.
Last Updated: 3rd December, 2019 10:22 IST Woods Defeats Spieth To Win Inaugural Hero Shot Event Golf legend Woods defeated fellow American Jordan Spieth to win the inaugural Hero Shot event, an ideal warm-up ahead of the high-profile Hero World Challenge SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND Written By 9 months ago 104-year-old guns down deer on her first day of hunting in Wisconsin COMMENT First Published: 3rd December, 2019 10:22 IST 9 months ago WWE: What happened to ‘New Day’ member Xavier Woods? Where is he now? 9 months ago Internationals all fancy Presidents Cup crack at US captain Woods Golf legend Tiger Woods defeated fellow American Jordan Spieth to win the inaugural Hero Shot event, an ideal warm-up ahead of the high-profile Hero World Challenge. Woods defeated Spieth in the championship round by a score of 1,800-900 on Monday. The 43-year-old defeated a star-studded field featuring Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Henrik Stenson and Gary Woodland. READ | Vennam Jyothi, Abhishek Verma Win Mixed Pair Gold At Asian Archery ChampionshipThe players took their best shots at a bullseye 130 yards away, hitting shots over reflections pool at Baha Mar. The first round of the Hero Shot featured three head-to-head match-ups — Rahm vs Stenson, Woodland vs Spieth and DeChambeau vs Woods — with each player taking six shots at the target. Stenson advanced by a score of 1,200-1100, while Spieth won his match-up by a playoff score of 200-100, Woods earned a 900-700 victory. READ | India Clinch Two Gold In Badminton At South Asian GamesIn the second round, Stenson, Spieth and Woods each took another six shots with the highest two second round scores advancing to the championship. Spieth and Woods moved on, posting scores of 900 each while Stenson was eliminated after posting a score of 800. In the championship round, Spieth took on Woods with each taking final six shots at the target. Woods won in walk-off fashion as the two were tied going into the final shot. Woods called game, hitting bulls eye and earned 1,000 points in the process. The Hero World Challenge begins here from Wednesday.READ | Exclusive: Yohan Blake, Second Fastest Man On Earth To Initiate Training Program In IndiaREAD | Second-fastest Man On Earth Yohan Blake Says ‘would’ve Been A Cricketer If Not Sprinter’ LIVE TV FOLLOW US 10 months ago Tiger Woods equals Snead’s ‘crazy’ 54-year-old record for US PGA Tour WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India 9 months ago Lewis Hamilton speaks about seeking inspiration from Serena Williams, Valentino Rossi
The final countdown for the 2015 African Cup of Nations at its new venue, Equatorial Guinea, came to the finish line last Saturday across Africa.In a super form, Algeria won its fifth match at home, beating Ethiopia 3-1 at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Bilda.Striker Mame Diouf of Senegal scored his side’s 1-0 victory to beat Egypt at the Cairo Stadium to qualify for the finals.After the withdrawal of Morocco, for fear of the rampaging Ebola Virus Disease in three West African countries, including Liberia, to host next year’s tournament, CAF punished Morocco with a two-year suspension.Cape Verde defeated Niger 3-1 to top Group F, and South Africa managed a 2-1 win over Sudan to qualify.South Africa joined Cameroon who defeated DR Congo 1-0 to qualify for the finals.Nigeria made it to the finals beating Congo 2-0 through Kalu Uche’s penalty in the 59th minute and Aaron Samuel Olaare’s goal in the 90th minute away at the Stade Muniipal de Pointe-Noire.Guinea’s Soumah’s hat trick propelled his side to defeat fellow the West Africans, Togo 4-1 at the Kegue Stadium in Lome.Star player Emmanuel Adebayor got the consolation goal for his country.Angola crashed out of contention, drawing 0-0 to Gabon at the November 11 Stadium.Burkina Faso edged out Lesotho 1-0 in Group C to qualify for the finals.Zambia beat Mozambique 1-0 in Maputo to come closer to qualify.Uganda, facing a win of bust situation shocked unimpressive Black Stars of Ghana 1-0, when Uganda’s defender Savio Kabugo headed home the much needed goal in the 8th minute.Ghana still topped Group E and needed a point to qualify. They will now face Togo on Wednesday under caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu.Malawi played herself back into contention, beating Mai 2-0 at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.Ivory Coast put up a splendid performance to whip Sierra Leone 5-1 last Friday.The goals for Ivory Coast came through Kolo Toure in the 7th minute; Solomon Kalou (49th and 71st minutes); Max Gradel (52nd minute) and Gervais Yao Kouassi Gervinho in the 60th minute.Tunisia made its qualification certain with a 0-0 draw against Botswana.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…a dangerous Burnham tactic that will burdenfuture generations – economistGuyana last year defaulted on payments of in excess of $20 billion that was supposed to be utilised to pay off in part, sections of the nation’s Public Debt—a dangerous situation that has since grabbed the attention of economists.The fact that $20 billion was not used by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government is documented in the nation’s audited accounts for 2015 undertaken by the Auditor General’s Office−the first such for the coalition government since taking Office.In that 2015 Report, it is highlighted that Central Government’s current (recurring) expenditure was under the 2015 budget allocation by $25.8 billion.This shortfall, according to the Auditor General, was mainly due to $20.3 billion under Public Debt, for servicing of loans, which was not utilised.The remaining amounts that were not utilised was $2 billion for the Guyana Elections Commissions (GECOM) hosting of Local Government Elections which was not held that year; $1.2 billion which was unspent by the Finance Ministry; $280 million not used by the Ministry of the Presidency; and another $658 million allocated to the Health Ministry for activities not fully executed.On the matter of the Finance Ministry failing to honour or pay its public debt by in excess of $20 billion, the once AFC aligned economist Sasenarine Singh has since questioned whether President David Granger is even aware of this development.“Does President Granger know that his Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) under-paid the debt by G$20 billion… If not, who really is the Finance Minister accountable to?” Singh queries.Dangerous Burnham tacticAccording to the economist, “not paying the debt down as budgeted is a debased financial strategy especially when there is money to fund this promise.”Calling the development dangerous and reminiscent of the practices of the Forbes Burnham Administration, Singh is adamant that “not paying one’s debt, as promised, is a bad thing since it translates to the future generation being saddled with these debts as a brought forward from the past.”He posits, “This means more taxes for the primary and secondary school children of Guyana when they grow up… Is this the legacy of the Granger administration?”According to economist Singh, “It is the children of Guyana who will have to bear this future burden because of this misstep under the Granger administration.”According to the economist, “This is a dangerous development and it harks one back to what happened under the Burnham administration when that government refused to pay the debt leading to the debt burden climbing to 98 cents of every dollar earned by 1990.”Singh has since laid the proverbial gauntlet at the feet of the Fourth Estate saying, “The local media should demand an explanation from the Minister of Finance as to why he did not liquidate the promised amount of the national debt, when there was enough cash to take care of business.”Meanwhile, as was the case with the significant shortfall in expenditure with regards to government’s recurrent expenditure, Singh has observed too that 2015 Auditor General’s Report highlights that Central Government failed to achieve their anticipated levels of capital expenditure activities during 2015, resulting in a shortfall of G$8.5 billion.This shortfall was attributed primarily to delays in the implementation of key infrastructure projects.According to Singh, the appalling performance by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, comes as no surprise, “as I observed his performance as he struggled to compile a basic list of candidates in 2011.”Singh also used the opportunity to take a swipe at the President’s address to Parliament on Thursday last calling it, “most uninspiring” and “illustrates he is definitely out to sea.”Singh was also critical of the administration’s failure to garner its projected revenues for 2015 and points to the fact that even though revenue collection fell short, the administration was still on a spending spree.Current revenue fell short in 2015 by $741 million and according to Singh, “when a nation cannot collect on its revenue but continues to spend on parades and marching parks like there is no tomorrow, then it means there will be less money for real Police services, real healthcare services, real services to the poor and the vulnerable and most importantly real educational services… Can you understand why President Granger cannot face the Teachers Union (GTU)?”According to Singh, a government is as good as its first 100 days and “if this was President Granger’s 100 days, then God help Guyana.”