Keeping KL safe for the SEA Games

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ About 200 law enforcement officers hit the streets yesterday to nab foreigners linked to international terror groups, those without valid documents and those suspected of illegal activities.Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan later confirmed that the operation was held as part of preparations for the 2017 SEA Games, which starts on Aug 19.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’Concentrating on the city centre around Jalan Masjid India, security personnel in full tactical gear were not only armed but also equipped with radionuclide identification devices (RID) to detect radioactive material.Counter Terrorism Division offi­cers, along with their comrades from other units such as the Special Action Unit, General Operations Force Tiger Platoon and Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, took part. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Most residents cooperated when the authorities came knocking, with documents in hand for verification.Those who ignored the knocks soon had their doors and locks broken.Some units where the occupants refused to cooperate were found to be full of foreigners with incomplete papers or none at all.Police also detected fake passport makers and seized some RM54,000 along with 70 passports, including 67 Indian passports, and a machine used to forge Immigration stickers.Resident Annuar Amin, 43, said he was shocked to see dozens of suspects tied up at the apartment courtyard as they awaited processing.“I was about to go back upstairs, but I saw people being rounded up,” he said.“Then I heard loud noises, so I decided to just wait below until everything was over.”DCP Ayob said the 409 foreigners detained were brought to Bukit Aman for further screening.“They were from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, Oman, Yemen and Nigeria, among others,” he said.“We held those suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. The others were handed over to Immigration for offences under their jurisdiction. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Sparring partner Malignaggi slams ‘scumbag’ McGregor 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) MOST READcenter_img KUALA LUMPUR- A total of 409 foreigners were picked up and a passport-forging syndicate masterminded by a Pakistani man was busted in the first ever large-scale joint operation led by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Ter­rorism Division.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Other agencies involved were the Immigration Department, Atomic Energy Licensing Board, National Registration Department and Interpol.Weekenders flooding the streets were initially shocked to see such a huge deployment of manpower.Public buses were also stopped for checks and in one instance, a Nigerian man ran so fast to escape that bystanders commented that he was faster than Usain Bolt.Police personnel managed to catch him, although it took five of them to overpower him.In a raid on the Menara City One condominium in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, multiple enforcement teams made their way from the top and lowest floors simultaneously, with armed officers at stairwells to block escape routes.ADVERTISEMENT “(The op) is focused on the Klang Valley. Our top goal is to nab foreign terrorist elements.“We are being proactive in dealing with possible threats.,”DCP Ayob also said the operation did not detect any radioactive ma­­terial, but his division will continue to use RID in future operations.“Given that terrorists are beco­ming more creative in using radioactive devices, we have to be equipped with the right tools,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

All’s well in Ateneo as Final 4 approaches

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set There were shockwaves after a few people saw Thirdy Ravena allegedly mouth some cuss words at Isaac Go, who missed a potential game-winner against rival La Salle, but both players quickly clarified the incident.The truth? Ravena just told Go to keep his head up after the botched play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“What really matters is the next game, right? FEU,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin as his Blue Eagles gear up for their UAAP Final Four showdown against Far Eastern U on Sunday.That’s how it has been for most of the Ateneo’s campaign this season. They get the job done and move on to the next. Or, in the case of last Sunday’s showdown against the Green Archers—the Blue Eagles’ first loss after coming so close to a perfect elimination run—they learn from it and move on to the next. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Street court art, technology intersect in latest testimonial to PH love for hoops “Coach Olsen? He knows how we play because a lot of us played in the RP Team,” said the 6-foot-7 Go. “They have their dribble-drive offense, they have Arvin, they have stars there that can score at will. You’ve got to prepare.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ There’s no trouble brewing in the Ateneo camp. It was—quite comically—just a case of lip-reading gone wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Things like sweeps and undefeated seasons are things you dream about, but you got to leave them behind pretty quick,” said Baldwin. “Even if we [completed a sweep], we got to leave it behind because the golden apple that we’re after is still in front of us.”The golden apple, of course, would be Ateneo’s first UAAP crown in five years since winning five straight titles under legendary coach Norman Black.“We still have to win the title,” said Baldwin. “So now, we just have a different route to try and do what we really want to do.”Blocking the Blue Eagles’ path now are the Tamaraws (7-7), who have been unpredictable all season.Go, who played under Olsen Racela in the Philippine youth team, also knows how the FEU coach can steer the Tamaraws to an upset win. And there’s also Go’s former national youth star teammate Arvin Tolentino at the helm of FEU’s bid.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

PH boxers Gabuco, Petecio begin AIBA women’s boxing campaign

first_imgView comments Villegas and Calungsod are likewise to benefit from the 10-day training camp that Filipino lady boxers had gone through on Nov. 3-12, also held in India.Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, who is also the head of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines, has thrown his all-out support for the women’s team along with Abap secretary general Ed Picson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Aces get back at Bolts, even PBA semis series at 1-1 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Former world champion Josie Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio went through a strenuous camp that everybody hopes to serve them well in the AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships.Gabuco, the flyweight titleholder back in 2012, will begin the quest to reclaim her throne tomorrow in New Delhi, India along with Petecio, a featherweight silver medalist in the 2014 edition of the worlds in Jeju, South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The 31-year-old Gabuco of Puerto Princesa City is a strong contender for the title with her blooming credentials on the international amateur scene that included four gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games.Petecio, 26, has been raring to bounce back from a medal drought in the recent Asian Games in Jakarta following a string of victories in five different overseas tournaments early this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJoining the team are Irish Magno (51kg), Asian Gamer flyweight Aira Villegas and 19-year-old Carolyn Calungsod, the youngest in the group.Magno participated in the world championships twice and this time the pride of Janiuay, Iloilo want to bring home the ultimate prize. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Medical outreach reveals increase in asthma, COPD patients

first_imgThe Bridges Global Medical Mission, in collaboration with Texas State University, is currently conducting a medical outreach in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) for persons suffering from respiratory illnesses.While the team has been in the community since Sunday, services were offered at the spirometry department of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) on Tuesday. The team wrapped up its outreach following another session at the Mackenzie HighRespiratory Therapist, Professor Sharon Armstead speaking with the mediaSchool on Wednesday.It was highlighted by Respiratory Therapist, Professor Sharon Armstead that there has been an increase in patients seen this year for illnesses such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) when compared to a similar outreach, which was hosted in the community in 2018.“This year, I believe the patients doubled because of the advertisement,” Armstead noted. With Linden known for mining bauxite, Armstead, who herself has been diagnosed with asthma, said it was important for initiatives such as these to be carried out in the community.“I personally am an asthmatic and when I come to Linden, I have to go on special medication to breathe here. And I think the reason we’re testing Linden is because of the bauxite. We want to know, because of the surroundings here – the dust … does that increase the asthma here in Linden? We have not finished the testing; we’re still pulling data, but I think Linden for me- the wheezing when patients come here, the increase of patients here – I believe it does affect the patients here,” she added.As such, she believes that the community needs to open up its own clinic, even if it is once a month. While the LHC has a spirometry department, it has reportedly been inoperable for some time.Nevertheless, she emphasised the need for proper diagnosis and treatment, noting that there was only one way to diagnose – that is by use of a spirometer.As such, she explained that there should be referrals to the spirometry clinic by doctors and nurses who suspect that patients are asthmatic or have COPD. In thisFaculty Member Jenna Mazenec and a student of the Texas State University demonstrating how to test for asthma and COPDway, she related the patients can get a proper diagnosis.This being her seventh mission to Guyana, Armstead said she has worked in the Emergency and Intensive Care Departments here, and asthma, COPD, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and pneumonia are some of the most common respiratory diseases she has seen.Armstead further stated that she was aware of patients visiting hospitals at least two to three times in two weeks to get breathing treatment.“That’s because there’s no education. That’s because there’s no follow-up. So those are the patients that we need to educate. First of all, we need to diagnose, we need to educate and we need to treat. Having this clinic here is priceless for Linden and we must open it,” she reiterated.Meanwhile, Faculty Member of the Respiratory Therapist Programme at Texas State University, Jenna Mazanec said that it has been an eye-opening experience.She noted that the team has spoken to patients extensively on how they can care for themselves and their children while pointing to the lack of education.“With proper education, it can help them or prevent them from coming into the hospital, to manage their asthma from home, and reduce the influx in emergency rooms,” she stressed while also emphasising that the spirometry clinic is absolutely necessary.last_img read more

Tottenham’s Danny Rose to ‘play up north’ some day

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose is eager to “play up north” before his career ends © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose risked angering the London club’s supporters by revealing Thursday he wanted to “play up north” before his career was finished.Meanwhile he also appeared to question Spurs’ transfer policy, saying he hoped a couple of “well-known players” would be joining the club soon. Rose, born in the northern English county of Yorkshire, has been linked with a move to Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea, the Premier League champions, as well as Manchester United.However, the 27-year-old full-back insisted he had no desire to leave Spurs just yet.The club finished second in the Premier League last season after coming third in 2015 but they have yet to win a major trophy since manager Mauricio Pochettino took charge in 2014.Meanwhile Rose, whose current contract runs until 2021, has seen full-back partner Kyle Walker join English title rivals Manchester City.“I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me,” England defender Rose told the Sun newspaper.“Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal.“I will say this too, I will play up north. I don’t know exactly when but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere. I have been away for over 10 years now and I don’t get to see my mum that often.”He stressed: “I’m not saying I want out, but if something came to me that was concrete, I’d have no qualms about voicing my opinions to anyone at the club.”Spurs, who begin their Premier League campaign away to northeast side Newcastle United on Sunday, have yet to make a major signing in pre-season and Rose was clear on what the new arrivals should look like — “not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?’ I mean well-known players”.Rose, who said Walker’s departure had been a “big blow”, added he expected a pay rise come his next contract deal.“I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth,” he explained. “I don’t know how much longer I might have at this level“Anyone who thinks this is primarily for money, that is not the case. But I know what I am worth.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kenyan junior Ndambuki shines in Moscow

first_img0Shares0000Jadidi Ndambuki (C) fly the Kenya flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, June 20 – The completion of the sixth edition of the Football for Friendship tournament in Moscow, Russia might have just heralded the start of a budding football career for 12-year-old Kenyan Jadidi Ndambuki.The attacking midfielder surpassed expectations to lead his side to the finals of the juniors competition scoring a hat-trick and providing two assists  as the Komodo  Dragons  comprising of kids from  Brazil, Wales, Dominican Republic, Guinea Bissau and Philippines lost 2-1 to the Chimpanzees in the finals staged at the Lokomotiv Stadium. Ndambuki’s all-round performance saw him not only receive massive praises from his team-mates but also equal measure of approval gestures from the sizeable developmental scouts who graced the finals, referring to the Makadara Junior League academy prodigy as a talent in the making.“I will most definitely want to monitor Jadidi’s (Ndambuki) career path in the coming couple of years,” Ramiro Van de Laar from the Ajax Football academy in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, remarked.In the pre-world Cup tournament put together by Gazprom, the official partners of FIFA and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the organisers have also taken it upon themselves to mentor the youngster by forwarding his name to be one of the young coaches in the next edition.Jadidi Ndambuki in action during the Football For Friendship in Russia, Komodo Dragons lost 2-1 to Chimpazee. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“Sometimes it’s not easy getting kids who speak different languages coming together to not only make formidable friendship but also gel so well, Jadidi (Ndambuki) was one of the standouts in the team performance and also being a team player-one of the core values of the Football for Friendship (F4F) International Children’s Social Project,” Yana  Pavelnko, one of the educators spoke passionately about the Kenyan ambassador who got the opportunity to participate in the International Team of Friendship in the European City.The star of young Ndambuki, was not about to be dimmed, he got the once in a lifetime chance to fly the country’s flag at the Luzhinki stadium together with a few selected kids from different parts of the globe last Thursday before the 2018 World Cup kicked-off in a match the hosts Russia treated the packed to the brim spectators to a sumptuous 5-0 hiding over perennial whipping boys Saudi Arabia.“This is not what I envisioned when I was selected to be part of this project.  As far as my career is concerned, I believe this is only the beginning,” Ndambuki said.Jadidi Ndambuki lines up with his team-mates before the final match of the Football For Friendship in Russia, Komodo Dragons lost 2-1 to Chimpazee. Photo/AMOS ABUGAHaving made amazing friends from all over the world is another win for me, this are the moments you cherish,” Ndambuki, who was also given the official World Cup football as a souvenir, recollected.For developmental coach Stanley Achima, one of the founders of Makadara Junior League academy, he credits the rise of the Parkland’s Baptist school’s career growth to great discipline.“It is fair to say, he is not the best talent wise in the academy, but what makes him standout is his discipline and sheer hard work, many upcoming talents forget the discipline part, which is essential for career make or break,” Achima stated.-Kenyan Ambassador to Russia-Acting Kenya Ambassador to Moscow poses with coach Stanely Achima and and young journalist Myles Muriuki at the consular offices in Moscow. Photo/AMOS ABUGAPerhaps a pep talk to the acting Kenyan ambassador to Russia, Hillary Kyengo when the Kenyan delegation paid him a visit at the consular headquarters was itself a propeller in getting the good results.“Football in the country depends on how much investment we put in this juniors, I believe Kenya can qualify to the World Cup if a lot of emphasis is put in nurturing talents, I am so proud of your achievements,” lauded …when he hosted the team to a Kenyan delicacy at the embassy.The F4F aim was to bring together youngsters from 211 countries to play football while upholding the values of friendship, equality, peace and respect.The format of the tournament features 32 International Teams of Friendship, each named after endangered animals, and comprising players aged 12 and coached by teenagers from 14 to 16.Teams were made up of footballers from different countries, genres and physical abilities.-By Amos Abuga-0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stars hold Ethiopia to go top of Group F

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars attacking midfielder Eric Johannah tries to tackle Ethiopian midfielder Gatuoch Panom during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Harambee Stars moved top of Group F in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers after holding hosts Ethiopia to a barren draw at the Bahir Dar Stadium on Wednesday evening.The result means Stars go to four points having beaten Ghana last month and a win on Sunday in the return leg at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani will see Kenya inch closer to an AFCON qualification for the first time since 2004. Stars withstood a tough second half surge by the home side pushed on by a full-to-capacity stadium to pick up the points that pushes them closer to Cameroon.CAF is yet to decide whether or not results picked by teams against Sierra Leone – who are under FIFA suspension – will stand in the road to qualification.Sierra Leone were scheduled to play Ghana on Thursday but the game has since been called off.-Two changesHead coach Sebastien Migne made two changes from the team that won 1-0 against Ghana last month, skipper Victor Wanyama slotting straight into the starting team for Ismail Gonzalez who started off the bench.Harambee Stars duo of Eric Johannah and Ovellah Ochieng pair up on an Ethiopian player during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyDefender Brian Mandela who was returning to the squad after serving his one match suspension went into the heart of defense to partner Musa Mohammed in the absence of Joash Onyango who is suspended having been sent off against Ghana.Though Harambee Stars had a conservatist approach to the match, they had the best chances especially in the opening 45. They should have gone to the break 1-0 up but Michael Olunga’s 43rd minute goal was cancelled as referee Bakary Gassama adjudged him to have fouled an Ethiopian defender before scoring.It was the Ethiopians who threatened first, Getaneh Kebede having a second minute chance turned behind for a corner by Patrick Matasi after some good change of passes on the left.On the turn, Olunga forced Ethiopian keeper Samson Asefa to turn the ball out for a corner after he rose high at the back post to connect to an Abud Omar cross from the left.Ethiopia kept the possession as Kenya played behind the ball and they had a chance on the quarter hour with a freekick from range but Gatuoch Panom shot just wide.-Stars chancesHarambee Stars fans cheer on the team during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier against Ethiopia at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyStars had two brilliant back to back chances which should have been buried in the least.In the 20th minute, Eric Johannah sent Olunga away on the left but the striker’s effort was saved by Asefa. Five minutes later, Skipper Wanyama sent Johannah through with a brilliant defense splitting pass, but the Sweden based midfielder curled the ball wide with only the keeper to beat.A minute later, another chance presented itself when Johannah sent Ovellah Ochieng through on the right but Asefa was on point once again to make a super block at his near post.Having thrice dodged bullets, the Walias sought more urgency, looking for that one goal to send the fully packed Bahir Dar Stadium buzzing.In the 29th minute, another neat interchange of passes between the Ethiopians saw Bekele break into the box, but the diminutive midfielder’s final shot came off the side netting.-Two substitutionsMigne started the second half by pulling out Johannah who had struggled to make hgis presence felt and in his place came Ismail Athuman Gonzalez. The change meant Gonzalez and Dennis Odhiambo paired in midfield while Wanyama stepped upfront.Harambee Stars left back Abud Omar tries to clear the ball as Ethiopian rightback Abdulkerim Mohammed attempts to block during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesySeven minutes into the half, Migne would be forced to another change with Omar coming off with a suspected groin injury and his place taken by Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma.The Ethiopians pinned Kenya in their own half, playing dangerous balls into the box but their finishing left a lot to be desired.They came very close in the 66th minute when Bekele took a shot on the first time volley after a long ball from deep in defense found him inside the box, but his shot came off the outside of the upright, a let off for Stars.Migne’s side kept defending deep with Olunga left an isolated man upfront, not much of balls coming his way. After 72 minutes, the French tactician decided to spice up things in attack by bringing in speedy winger Paul Were.-Good save MatasiBut still, the home side kept pressing and in the 82nd minute, Matasi was forced into a good save to keep away a shot from Kebede from distance.The home side thought they had scored in the 83rd minute when Abebo Reshad tapped in at the back post from an Abdulkerim Mohammed cross but the second assistant referee had his flag up for offside.Stars had to manage the game with Ethiopia increasing the pressure and keeper Matasi played his role by slowing down play.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Marcelo ready for ‘exciting times’ with AIK

first_img0Shares0000Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma picks up the ball during a friendly match between Kenya and Uganda in September 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – Harambee Stars left back Erick Ouma has finally earned his big break into a competitive European league after penning a five-year contract with Swedish top tier side AIK Fotboll after spending one season with third tier side Vasalund IF.Marcelo, as he is fondly referred as, will join the team in pre-season training in January and has termed the move as a sign of ‘exciting times’ ahead, saying he is ready to prove his worth at the top level. “I really feel happy because this is the result of hard work and I am ready for the new challenge. It is the top level and so I have to work extra hard to show that I deserve to be here but I look at this as a great opportunity for me to grow myself,” the former Gor Mahia man told Capital Sport.The energetic fullback joined Vasalund in September last year from Georgian side Kolkhetti Poti where he had played for two season after leaving K’Ogalo.His performances for the third tier side where he has chalked in 19 games have seen him attract the interest of the top tier, and what made it easier for him to secure the move are the close ranks between AIK and Vasalund.The two clubs have a partnership that sees players from AIK loaned out to the third tier club and in turn, any players who perform well down there earn an opportunity to scale the heights.Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma gestures during a friendly match between Kenya and Mozambique in October 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“To develop our game, we need natural options. Erick can play in all positions on the left regardless of the game system, which means that we increase competition and give us greater flexibility in our way of playing,” AIK Football Sports Manager Björn Wesström told the club’s official website.“Today, Erick is the regular A-national team member in a nation on strong progress, which is interesting from a market value perspective and we look very much forward to working with Erick’s development in the future,” he added.Ouma made headlines in Kenya by breaking into the Gor first team barely a few months after finishing his secondary school education in 2016. He was part of the league winning team before moving to Poti where he played for a season.He made a move to another Georgian side KS Kastrioti where he spent only six months before joining Vasalund.“For me it has been all about patience. I don’t regret anything but take all the steps I have been through as lessons. I have grown everywhere I went and I could say that is why I am here today. I am looking forward to this new chapter,” stated Ouma.0Shares0000(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Leicester City start with thrilling win over Sunderland

first_img1 Leicester City players celebrate scoring against Sunderland Leicester City started where they left off last season as they began the Premier League season with a thumping 4-2 win over Sunderland.Jermain Defoe and Younes Kaboul saw early efforts saved by Kasper Schmeichel but it was the hosts who grabbed the lead as Jamie Vardy rose highest to flick Marc Albrighton’s free-kick past Costel Pantilimon as the ball bounced in off the far post.And it took until just the 18th minute for the Foxes to double their lead as Albrighton’s dangerous cross appeared to curl into the far corner, while Algerian star Riyad Mahrez claimed he had got the final touch.Leicester City’s third goal was definitely Mahrez’s as the midfielder was scythed down in the penalty area by Lee Cattermole and he stepped and netted the resulting spot-kick, sending Pantilimon the wrong way.So dreadful were the Black Cats, Cattermole was hauled off after just 30 minutes and was replaced by Steven Fletcher as Dick Advocaat attempted to turn the tide.Defoe did manage to get Sunderland a goal back as he arrowed home Adam Johnson’s excellent pass from the centre of the penalty area.But the Foxes weren’t finished there and Albrighton claimed the goal his performance deserved as he finished off Jeffrey Schlupp’s cross.Fletcher got a second for Sunderland as the game wore on but it wasn’t enough to get them back into the game.Aston Villa claimed a 1-0 win against new boys Bournemouth but they didn’t have their own way.Eddie Howe looked suave on the touchline as he led his team out in the Premier League for the time, while opposite number Tim Sherwood appeared dishevelled with an untucked and baggy blue shirt.Callum Wilson should have opened the scoring but skied his shot when just 10 yards out, while Leandro Bacuna should have done better for Villa with a well-placed free-kick.And Marc Pugh forced a stunning save from Brad Guzan as the half came to a close.After the break a penalty area scramble gave Aston Villa a chance but neither Gabriel Abonlahor nor Scott Sinclair could stick the ball away.Bournemouth did well to limit and frustrate Sherwood’s side throughout and the Villans had to clear off the line as Max Gradel nearly had an immediate impact.But it was Aston Villa who snatched the three points as substitute Rudy Gestede headed home from a corner – Sherwood still has plenty of work to do at Villa Park though.Alan Pardew was delighted as he watched his side battle their way to a 3-1 victory over Norwich, although it was slightly fortuitous in the end.A poor Glenn Murray tackled incensed the home players as the game got underway and there was another ugly moment soon after as Lewis Grabban contrived to slice a shot wide of the post from Steven Whittaker’s cross.After 39 minutes it was the visitors who took the lead as Jason Puncheon crossed the ball from the right and Wilfried Zaha volleyed in, perhaps against the run of play.Following the restart the Eagles doubled their lead as a corner was headed down by Papa Souare and Damien Delaney swept the ball past John Ruddy from close range.Seconds later a magnificent double save from Alex McCarthy stopped Norwich from halving the deficit but he couldn’t keep out Nathan Redmond’s strike.Cameron Jerome then saw a goal disallowed when he thought his acrobatics had earned then Canaries a share of the spoils, but his boot was deemed too high, much to boss Alex Neil’s fury.They had salt rubbed in their wounds, though, as Yohan Cabaye finished off the scoring with a lovely finish from James McArthur’s pass.And in the final 15:00 kick off, Watford were held to a 2-2 draw by a resilient Everton at Goodison Park.The visitors started off on the back foot but took a shock lead through Miguel Layun as he slammed the ball in after poor defending allowed the ball to bobble in the home penalty box.If the Hornets thought they were going to seal all three points that easily they were wrong as Ross Barkley slammed the ball past Heurelho Gomes from range after Valon Behrami had lost the ball far too easily.The game then swung back into the Hornets’ favour as Odion Ighalo stepped up in the inside-left channel, side-stepped two players and curled the ball home, but Watford were denied a stunning victory as Arouna Kone picked up the ball from Romelu Lukaku inside the box and neatly slipped it past Gomes.Premier League resultsBournemouth 0-1 Aston VillaEverton 2-2 WatfordLeicester 4-2 SunderlandNorwich 1-3 Crystal Palacelast_img read more

Juventus to scupper Arsenal’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star

first_img Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) celebrates with Borussia Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1 Juventus are planning to rival any attempt made by Arsenal to prise Henrikh Mkhitaryan away from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.Mkhitaryan is stalling on a contract renewal with Dortmund despite numerous meetings with the club’s directors.And his future with the German side is now doubt after reports last week suggested the Armenian star has been house hunting in London ahead of a proposed switch to the Emirates.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus will match any offer Arsenal make for the playmaker and are confident of beating the Gunners to the signing due to their close relationship with Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola.The 27-year-old has enjoyed a fine season for Thomas Tuchel’s side, scoring ten goals and providing 16 assists in 28 league appearances.last_img read more