Nyayo to be open by April, says Kaberia

first_imgKaberia who led an inspection tour of the Nyayo Stadium on Friday afternoon has admitted that some momentum was lost after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripped Kenya of the hosting rights for CHAN 2018, also apportioning some of the blame on the long electioneering period.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti inspecting ongoing renovations of the Nyayo Stadium on January 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The contractors complained that some time they did not get people to work here because of the electioneering period and that caused the delay. In terms of payments, there might have been a delay of about three weeks but it was because of the processes,” Kaberia said.He added; “I have however talked to the contractors and in the next three weeks the parking lot will be completed, and by the last week of March, they should give me the keys to this place,” the PS added.The Chief Contractor Chandresh Babariya from Lexis International admitted that a shortage of groundsmen was a huge contributing factor to the slowing down of the work, but insists they will be on time to meet the end of March deadline.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti are shown around the proposed changing rooms by chief contractor Chandesh Babariya. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was very tough because at some point out of over 150 workers, we could get 20 or 25 workers. Also, the rains that came in September were a huge contributing factor. Another thing that slowed down the work was the black cotton soil at the parking lot and on the ground. But we are optimistic we can meet the target,” Babariya said.The stadium is undergoing an almost complete overhaul with Lexis International dealing with the construction work while French company Gregori International proposed by CAF will be in charge of the playing surface.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti are shown the new playing surface plans by Gregori International representatives. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe constructor’s work entails building a new VIP complex which will include increased office space and improved seating area. They will also be constructing new changing rooms as well as rest rooms.A different company has been sub-contracted to work on the seats, floodlights, gates and ticketing. Gregori International will, after most of the construction is done start working on the pitch.They will install a new drainage system and lay out new grass by the beginning of March, meaning in one month the stadium will be ready to host its first match since the Mashemeji Derby last year.The other two stadia which are being rehabilitated are the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eloret and Kinoru Stadium in Meru.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti inspecting the Nyayo National Stadium’s renovation works on January 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5- The Nyayo National Stadium and two others which were under rehabilitation on the African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosting schedule will be open for use by the first week of April, Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia has assured.This is four months after the initial completion date.last_img read more

Brentford players feel they can turn up the heat on Benitez

first_imgBrentford players believe they can turn up the heat on the under-fire Rafael Benitez in Sunday’s FA Cup replay.Chelsea’s interim manager remains an unpopular figure among many Blues fans and the League One side are determined to use the tension around Stamford Bridge to their advantage this weekend.“At any club, when the fans are against the manager, it’s not a good recipe,” said striker Clayton Donaldson.“If we can go there, try to disrupt their play and get the fans on their backs, that will definitely give us the momentum to try and go forward and push them back.Moore did well against Chelsea.“This year Chelsea haven’t really had the best home record – probably because the fans are a bit irritated with how the club’s being run at the moment.”And Donaldson, who has scored 19 goals this season, says those fans have every reason to be annoyed about Roberto Di Matteo’s sacking and the appointment of former Liverpool boss Benitez in his place.He said: “With the Di Matteo situation, they’re a bit bitter because he got them the European Cup, which they always wanted.“To actually relieve him of his duties the season after – I think it’s right the fans are disappointed. I would be.“You can understand why the fans are a little disappointed and I think it’s definitely shown in their form this year.“Hopefully we can go there, use that to our advantage and get their fans on their players’ backs as soon as possible, which would be good for us.“The crowd are irritated and if we go there and win, who knows what’s going to happen there. That would be a backpage moment, terrific for us but a disaster for Chelsea.”Bees goalkeeper Simon Moore is also convinced his team can capitalise on the discontent surrounding Benitez.The Spaniard was barracked by angry fans as he left the pitch following the draw at Brentford, where Fernando Torres’ equaliser denied the home side a famous victory.“You could hear after the game their fans screaming at Rafa Benitez. It can only be a good thing for us,” said Moore.“I think it’s a great time to play them. Things behind the scenes don’t really seem right there at the moment.“Our gameplan is to go there full of confidence and belief. We genuinely believe we’ve got a chance of winning the game.”See also:Rosler convinced Bees can sting ChelseaWhy grafter Donaldson has no sympathy for misfiring 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid convinced Levy faces having to sell Spurs ace Eriksen

first_imgReal Madrid convinced Levy faces having to sell Spurs ace Eriksenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are convinced they can prise Christian Eriksen away from Tottenham in 2019.AS says Real management believe the Dane’s decision to suspend new contract talks has handed them an advantage in their battle of wills with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.With Eriksen’s deal due to expire in 2020, this summer represents the best time for Levy to sell – a situation even manager Mauricio Pochettino recognises is now becoming reality.”Of course he is an important player and as coach you want to have him with you, but in the end it is a negotiation and there are different parties that have different interests, it would be great if he stays here, but, if not, it is in your right to do what you want,” said the Argentine.For their part, Real are prioritising Eriksen as the player to succeed veteran Luka Modric as their prime playmaker. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancy

first_imgAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancyby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town will not appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.The Terriers parted ways with David Wagner on Monday by mutual consent.The German leaves with the club currently bottom of the table and eight points from safety. Reports had suggested that Allardyce was in the running for the role, given his history with saving clubs from relegation.But the former England boss has distanced himself from those links.He told talkSPORT: “As much as I like Huddersfield, it’s very difficult job indeed. For me, and I know the fans won’t want to hear this, it’s got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.”For me, at this stage of my life if they made an approach I would chat with them, but I think it’s very unlikely, Alan.”They’ve only scored 12 goals in 22 matches, and while I’ve managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe and at Crystal Palace I had Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.”Huddersfield’s trouble is not their performances, it’s a lack of goals and we all know what it means when you have a goalscorer.”It’s a very difficult task.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

No spotlight needed Lighty does dirty work turns in career season

There’s no arguing who the go-to player is on the Ohio State men’s basketball team.Whenever the Buckeyes desperately need a basket they turn to junior guard Evan Turner.As Turner continually leads OSU in every offensive statistical category, he is the recipient of frequent accolades and praise for his contribution to the team.But as Turner gets all the attention, the team’s most experienced player, junior David Lighty, quietly goes about his business playing a vital role on the nation’s 21st-ranked team. After originally making a name for himself as the Buckeyes’ best defensive player, this year Lighty has shown a knack for filling in any and every role his team needs him to fill.Take last week for example.The Buckeyes were at Purdue and Boilermaker guard Robbie Hummel had just torched OSU for 29 points in the first half. With seemingly no answer for Hummel’s prolific shooting, coach Thad Matta turned to Lighty to stop the bleeding.“I told the guys at halftime we need to change up or he’s going to get about 100 points in this game,” Matta said. “I challenged Dave to guard him and he did a great job.”After Hummel’s impressive first half shooting display, Lighty held him to a mere six points over the course of the final 20 minutes.Although Lighty finished with just five of his team’s 70 points, he kept the Buckeyes in the game with his effort on the defensive end.Saturday’s game, however, required Lighty to make his mark on the other end of the floor.With Turner’s minutes limited due to early foul trouble, Lighty took the over as the Buckeyes’ go-to scorer and finished the game with a team-high 18 points.“The defense in the Purdue game to the scoring in the Wisconsin game,” Matta said. “Those are all things that this team needs.”Though Matta made it clear that he never underestimates Lighty’s contribution to the team, the coach acknowledged that some people may not completely comprehend just how important he is.“I said last year when he went down,” Matta said referencing a season-ending foot injury Lighty sustained last season. “I don’t think anybody completely understood the magnitude of that injury. He does so many things to help [our] team win.”For Lighty, the lack of attention is nothing new.He arrived on campus as perhaps the least talked about member of coach Matta’s 2006 recruiting class. He was a role player the following year on the Buckeyes’ NIT championship team and he missed most of the next season with the foot injury.And now, with the emergence of Turner as the face of the Ohio State program, Lighty yet again seems to have been designated to a background role.But whether or not he gets the respect he deserves from the general public, Matta is always quick to mention the importance of having Lighty on the floor.“I don’t know, with David, if there’s one thing that I can say that, ‘this is so important,’” Matta said. “There are so many things that he does that add up to help [our] team.” read more

Ohio State wrestling makes history at Hawkeyes expense

The last time the Ohio State wrestling team beat Iowa in 1966, Woody Hayes was still the Buckeyes’ head football coach. Archie Griffin had yet to play a down for OSU, let alone win two Heisman Trophies. The United States was in the middle of the Vietnam War under President Lyndon B. Johnson. And everyone, including the coaching staff, involved with the OSU wrestling team had yet to live in a world that saw their school win against Iowa. That all changed Friday night though, after the No. 7 Buckeyes toppled No. 2 Iowa, 21-9, at St. John Arena. Besides being the team’s first win over the Hawkeyes in 46 seasons, the win was also a look into the future of Buckeye wrestling. With seven freshmen or redshirt freshmen starters, OSU is arguably one of the youngest teams in not only the Big Ten, but in Division I wrestling. Freshmen Johnni Dijulius, Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari, Derek Garcia, Andrew Campolattano and redshirt freshmen Logan Stieber and Josh Demas won a combined 25 state championships in high school. Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Tessari, Garcia and Campolattano are all four-time state champions. Out of those seven, six were able to defeat their Iowa counterpart, and those six victories accounted for all but one of the wins OSU scored against the Hawkeyes. Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber and Garcia knocked off the No. 2-, No. 3- and No. 6-ranked wrestlers, respectively, in their weight classes by a combined score of 17-7. Just two weeks ago, some were questioning if the youth of the Buckeyes was catching up to them after dropping their first two matches of the season on the road to ranked competition against No. 8 Nebraska and No. 4 Minnesota. Most of those sentiments, though, were put to rest against an Iowa squad that had yet to lose a Big Ten duel this year. Besides being a memorable moment for the program as a whole, Garcia said he thinks finally beating the Hawkeyes proves the legitimacy of their team. “We went out and we didn’t wrestle our best against Nebraska and Minnesota and I think we kind of had a little downer there,” Garcia said. “But we showed everybody right now that we are real.” Hunter Stieber, who defeated a two-time All-American in Iowa’s Montell Marion, agreed that this was a big statement for a young Ohio State team with aspirations of winning it all. “It feels amazing. It’s awesome. Everyone wrestled extremely well … it was amazing, everyone came together, worked hard all week, worked hard all year,” Hunter Stieber said. “We had a few bad dual meets, but I mean, we’re still in the hunt. We can compete and make a run at the national title this year as a team.” OSU coach Tom Ryan said he knew what he was getting himself into when he left Hofstra to lead the Buckeyes. “We came here for this,” Ryan said. “We knew this was called the sleeping giant. It’s far from over. I know the men on the other side of the mat. Those guys were teammates, and I know how they react when they get punched in the nose. They do not fall down, they punch back.” OSU still has three duels left in the Big Ten, including a road trip to defending national champion Penn State next Sunday, Jan. 29, before the National Duals, Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships begin. Ryan said the battle is on. “Ohio State is officially in a fist fight,” he said. “I’m very proud of this group of guys.” read more

Wrestling Myles Martin will try and set leadership expectation in final season

Ohio State senior wrestler Myles Martin sits at the Steelwood Training Facility. Credit: Nolan Harmon | Lantern ReporterOhio State senior 184-pound captain Myles Martin won a national championship with the Buckeyes as a freshman in 2015-16 in a lower weight class, and is also a three-time All American and Big Ten finalist. But he will still try and add to his legacy in his final year as a Buckeye. After suffering a loss in 2017 in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships to Kent State’s Bo Nickal —a match in which Martin led 4-0 at one point— Martin said he’s more motivated to get back to the top of the mountain. “I spent a month trying to get that taste out of my mouth,” Martin said. “It’s always in the back of my head. It’s one of those things that will motivate me to keep going. Wrestling full seven or full six, freestyle or scholastic. It’s always on my mind. It’s on my mind right now. It’s on my mind when I train. It was a good and a bad thing.” Martin was listed as one of the captains by coach Tom Ryan, who notices some of the younger members of the team looking at Martin more closely and trying to follow his lead. Martin said this is something he can see in his interactions with the younger members of the team. “I definitely know that they’re watching me and that they’re watching down to the small details that I don’t even look at because I do it naturally,” Martin said. “I’m always helping out, especially after practice and with working on the small stuff.” Martin was the 15th true freshman in NCAA history — and the first ever at Ohio State — to win a national championship, an honor that has earned him plaques and his own picture inside the Steelwood Training Facility, where the Buckeyes host their practices. He said those accolades mean a lot to him, but he doesn’t think of them much. “It doesn’t change my personality,” Martin said. “It doesn’t change anything that I do, or my moral or any social values that I have. It’s not going to affect anything about me, just because I have a strong belief system. Tom [Ryan] always encourages us to have strong moral core values.” And Ryan views that in Martin, a leadership that others can emulate on the team, even from the moment he began his career at Ohio State. “He came out of redshirt as a freshman midway through the year,” Ryan said. “That takes a strong belief in himself and our program. He was born a leader. He feels like this is his team and he’s been a great example.”Despite all of the accolades Martin has stacked up in his time with Ohio State, he said he has something other than a national championship that he’s most proud of. “One thing I’m really proud of that I don’t think about as much as I should, is just being a leader here for the team,” Martin said. “Just being one of the main guys that they rely on and just being able to hold up my end of the bargain. It’s just me doing what I love and helping out some of these guys get better.” After 33-6, 32-9 and 31-3 records in his first three seasons with the Buckeyes, Martin will attempt to top himself yet again with a bigger target on his back, as the number one wrestler in his weight class with even higher expectations. But the expectations surpass the wrestling mat. In his final season at Ohio State, those expectations revolve around his leadership. read more

Koke reveals Morata will be welcomed at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Koke has revealed Alvaro Morata will be welcomed at the club following rumors of the player’s uncertain future at Chelsea.Morata has struggled to impress since joining the Blues in the summer of 2017, has been linked with loan moves to Sevilla, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Speaking about the prospect of Morata joining Los Colcheneros, Koke said, according to Marca:“Morata is a great player, I’ve always said it, I’ve played with him since he was little in Atlético’s youth academy and then, due to circumstances, he has played in different teams, yes it’s true that you hear that rumor, he’s not our player, it’s Chelsea and we have to respect Chelsea, right now we are the players here and do not have to think about those who are out.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Speaking about Atletico’s next game against Levante, Koke said:“We had a very difficult start in Seville, in Girona we played a great game but we could not win … it’s hard for us to beat Girona, but at the moment I see the team is performing well, we are growing after the Christmas break.”“I see the team plugged in and we have to pick up maximum points on Sunday by winning at home with our fans.”last_img read more

Social Network for Journalists Gets 275M in Financing

first_imgPublish2, a social network and news aggregator devoted to journalists, has received $2.75 million in financing from Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm specializing in digital media and communications. The service is currently in private beta test and will use the funding to finish building out its platform and hire additional staffers. Founded by Scott Karp—former managing director at Atlantic Media and author of the Publishing 2.0 blog—and blogger Robert Young, Publish2 is intended to let participants capture information that appeals to their interests and collaborate with other journalists, who can submit content online similar to the aggregator site Digg and create their own personal profile page featuring their work. Velocity Interactive’s Jon Miller and Ross Levinsohn, former executives at AOL and Fox interactive Media, join Publish2’s board of directors. Other Velocity investments include Radar Networks (which offers the next generation Wiki Twine.com) and Adinfuse, a service that delivers targeted advertising to mobile devices.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi offers to resign as Congress chief resignation rejected at CWC

first_imgCongress chief Rahul Gandhi offers to resign at the Congress Working Committee meeting today.TwitterAfter Congress’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, party president Rahul Gandhi took full responsibility for the Congress’s poll defeat. The Congress chief has offered to resign at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today.However, senior party leaders are persuading him not to resign. It has been reported that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul’s sister Priyanka Gandhi, too, tried to persuade him not to resign.The first review meeting of the Congress party after its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections included 52 members of the CWC, which includes party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and the chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states – Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.At the CWC meeting, several party leaders including Rahul Gandhi gave their assessment of what went wrong and the remedial steps that must be taken. However, top party leaders claimed that Rahul Gandhi’s relentless “chowkidar chor hai” campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “negative” in its tone.READ: Rahul Gandhi offered to resign after Lok Sabha elections flop show?The meeting of Congress’s highest decision-making body, the CWC, commenced at 11 am today.While the Congress won 52 seats in the 542 Lok Sabha constituencies, the BJP-led NDA has swept back to power in a landslide by winning a record 303 seats out of 542. Congress suffered a loss for the second time in a row at the hands of the Narendra Modi-led BJP.Earlier, sources had said that Rahul Gandhi’s resignation offer was rejected by Sonia Gandhi. However, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot called the reports “baseless and irrelevant”. “We shall never forget that it was because of Rahul Gandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put up a strong challenge to the NDA government,” he said.After the 2019 mandate, rumors of Congress President’s resignation are baseless and irrelevant. We shall never forget that it was because of Sh. #RahulGandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put up a strong challenge to NDA government.1/2— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 24, 2019Also, senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam asked why should Gandhi resign when the entire party fought “bravely” under his leadership. He said that the election loss was their “bad luck” but that shouldn’t raise questions on the leadership. “Under the leadership of Congress President @RahulGandhi we fought this election bravely. He worked very hard undoubtedly. Our bad luck,we lost. Why should he resign? No. He should continue to lead the party. We will fight back under his leadership and come back soon,” tweeted Nirupam.last_img read more