Press Association “Anyone would have taken that result at the start. Fordey [goalkeeper David Forde] started to make saves – and thankfully we have got him in great form when he needs to be – but there are not many chances I would look back on and say it was a clear-cut chance where they could have scored. “There were a lot of shots from outside the box, outside the ‘D’, tight angles, but you need your bit of luck coming to these places and I thought in the second half, we deserved the point, especially the way we responded after going 1-0 down.” O’Shea might not have been the number one candidate to snatch a point with literally seconds remaining, but his intervention could hardly have been better-timed on the night he collected his 100th Irish cap. Ward said: “It’s obviously a fairytale. I don’t think you could have scripted that, on his 100th cap getting an equaliser so late on. “It’s fantastic. It was a great achievement and milestone for him. He’s been a great servant and no-one deserves it better than him. “He was happy. He’s probably one of the calmer ones. He has played in big games like this before and got results, so it was probably the rest of us who were going a bit more mad.” Stephen Ward has warned Scotland that the Republic of Ireland will not surrender their unbeaten Euro 2016 start without a fight as the pair prepare to go head to head next month. Ward and his team-mates took their Group D tally to seven points from a possible nine with an improbable 1-1 draw with world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening to give themselves an excellent platform from which to launch a genuine bid for qualification. Ireland will head for Glasgow on November 14 sharing first place with Poland and three points better off than both the Scots – who drew 2-2 away to the Poles – and the Germans, and they are determined to emerge with the gap over Gordon Strachan’s men intact, if not wider. Ward said: “We are unbeaten. We go to Scotland next month, which is going to be a massive game now with their result tonight. “I’m sure they won’t have believed that we have got a point here, so that will be a massive game. But unbeaten in three is a great start to the group.” The Republic’s start has been eventful with Aiden McGeady’s late strike securing a 2-1 win in Georgia before a 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar in Dublin set the scene for more heroics in Germany. Toni Kroos looked to have claimed the points for the world champions, but defender John O’Shea proved the unlikely hero with a stoppage-time equaliser which leaves Martin O’Neill’s men with a points tally Ward admits they would happily have accepted before a ball was kicked. The 29-year-old Burnley full-back said: “Yes, of course we would. Let’s not be silly, we are coming to the world champions here. Most people outside would have expected them to win comfortably. “But we showed that fighting spirit that we have and to get a point is great. People could say it might be a lucky one, but it’s a vital one and one that people wouldn’t have expected, so it’s a real bonus.” Ireland had to weather something of a storm as the Germans attempted to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat in Poland at the weekend, but Ward insists they deserved the break they got at the death, their reward for a hugely committed display. He said: “I’m hoping people don’t say we were lucky because you have to make your own luck and defend well and work hard as a team.
Last Saturdayâ€™s unexpected draw with Iceland has left Sampaoliâ€™s men with much to do ahead of what looks to be their toughest assignment in the section. A win is vital if they are to avoid a nerve-wracking final match. Yet if there is one thing that Argentina proved on their tortuous journey to Russia it is that they can respond when under pressure.Sampaoli is expected to ring the changes, both in terms of tactics and personnel against Croatia. His aim is to fashion a starting line-up that remains competitive but which can also play better football and penetrate the opposition defence down the flanks.Speed of response and the ability to keep their shape will also be crucial for the Argentines at the back, as will the need to sharpen their finishing.After making their best start to a World Cup in 20 years with the defeat of Nigeria, Croatia on the other hand is in a relaxed mood ahead of this meeting with Argentina.Any kind of result against Argentina will allow the Vatreni to take a big step towards the Round of 16.Speaking after the Nigeria game, Mario Mandzukic said Croatia’s objective was to perform well and, if they could, emulate the nationâ€™s run at France 1998, the only occasion on which they advanced beyond the group phase in their previous four world finals appearances.Judging by Croatiaâ€™s last few training sessions, coach Zlatko Dalic will be making some changes.After deploying four midfielders against the Nigerians, he is said to be considering whether to field fewer against the Argentines or to put the emphasis on keeping possession by sending out more creative players. The Vatreni are unlikely, however, to adopt the same defensive strategy pursued by Iceland.POSSIBLE LINE-UPS:ARGENTINA: Caballero; Mercado, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Salvio, Mascherano, Meza, Acuna; Messi, Aguero, Pavon.CROATIA: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Badelj; Brozovic, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukicâ€‹.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram These are not, indeed, the best of times for Argentina coach, Jorge Sampaoli. After starting the 2018 World Cup Group D opening round with a draw against debutant Iceland last Saturday, pressure mounts on the gaffer as the Albiceleste takes on Croatia that defeated Nigeria 2-0 to lead the group this night in Novgorod.Already, Argentinaâ€™s football legend, Diego Armando Maradona, has spoken the minds of the football loving South American nation, warning that inability of Sampaoli to qualify the 2014 runners-up in Brazil from the group will not be a welcome development.And the statistics of Argentinaâ€™s last three games at the Mundial have not been good. Albicelesteâ€™s last win four years ago was the 1-0 quarter-final defeat of Belgium. This was followed by the penalty shootout victory over The Netherlands in the semi-finals. Can La Albiceleste break the sequence as they take on the Croatians who have been bolstered by the win over Nigeria?
Murjanatu Musa of Air Warriors of Abuja receiving the Most Valuable Player Award from the Executive Director of Zenith Bank, Mr Henry Oroh…on Thursday in Lagos. Air Warriors of Abuja are the new Zenith Bank Women Basketball League champions after defeating MFM of Lagos in a tough final at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos on Thursday.The Nigeria Airforce ladies held off MFM’s spirited fightback to win 57-53 points as they claim their first-ever national women’s title.Henry Oroh, the Executive Director of sponsor Zenith Bank Plc, congratulated the new champions and expressed satisfaction at the level of competition in the tournament.Oroh praised all the eight teams in the Final 8 and recalled how the national women’s team, D’Tigress, are African champions, raising the profile of Nigerian basketball. He commended Zenith Bank’s role in the development of the game and promised that the bank will continue to support women’s and youth sports.In the tightly contested final, Air Warriors led all through the game, ending the first quarter 14-7, the second 34-24 and the third 46-36.MFM, who were undone by poor shooting, came alive in the final quarter and came within two points of Air Warriors before the Abuja team sealed the win.Murjanatu Musa was voted the MVP OF THE tournament.Both Air Warriors and MFM will represent Nigeria in the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Champions Cup qualifiers in Cotonou scheduled for 28 October to 3 November.FirstBank finished in third place by trouncing Dolphins 81-36 in a one-sided classification game that preceded the final.The Elephant Ladies, who were beaten by Air Warriors in the semi-final on Wednesday, were ruthless against their fellow Lagos side, racing to a 21-13 lead by the end of the first quarter.They extended their lead to 46-25 by the end of the first half and were 65-30 up going into the final quarter.Ifunanya Okoro of FirstBank was in devastating form, scoring a game-high 30 points and adding six rebounds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Oh yeah, something’s definitely different.The past five seasons of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball have reaped five divisional titles and three trips to the NLCS. But in each of those postseason runs, something was undoubtedly missing from those teams, hindering their pursuit of World Series glory. Dodger squads of postseasons past lacked something — something you couldn’t quite put your finger on — a playoff magic of sorts that would lead to ultimate failure come October.Over the past decade, Angelenos have witnessed the Dodgers strand runners in scoring position when a big hit was needed. When a strong inning of relief pitching was required of the bullpen, a Dodgers hurler would be sure to serve up a game-winning run to the opposition in devastating fashion. There’s been no shortage of postseason disappointment for L.A. fans over the past three decades.But at the exact moment when Justin Turner launched a 3-run homer past the outfield wall in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday night, I concluded that this year’s Dodgers team is in fact, different. Turner’s walk-off blast, which gave his team a 2-0 lead in the NLCS against the reigning champion Chicago Cubs, came on the exact 29-year anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s legendary World Series home run in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic. It doesn’t get more Hollywood than that. The Dodgers’ bullpen also performed heroically in Game 2, completely shutting down the Cubs lineup from the sixth inning on after starting pitcher Rich Hill delivered five frames of one-run baseball. Dodgers relievers combined for four innings of shutout, no-hit baseball: The only Cub to reach base was Anthony Rizzo, who was hit by a Kenley Jansen pitch in the top of the ninth inning. Through the opening two games of the NLCS, the L.A. bullpen has retired 24 of the 25 hitters faced. Chicago has yet to record a hit or walk against Dodger relievers in this series.Jansen, in particular, has been automatic for the Dodgers, recording a save in Game 1 and a win in Game 2. Through 2.1 innings pitched against Chicago in the series, Jansen has struck out six and allowed only one hitter to reach base. Jansen is the finishing move that opposing teams never want to see the Dodgers resort to. “[The bullpen is] just executing pitches, and they’re ready when called upon and competing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media following Game 2. Considering the Dodgers have been victim to bullpen meltdowns in past postseasons, it has been a refreshing sight to see Dodgers relievers locking things down in the early stages of the NLCS. Moving forward, Los Angeles must keep dialing up strong outings from the back end of its bullpen. Timely hitting and heroic pitching efforts are twomust-have elements for any team looking to make a title run in October. In their 5-0 start to this postseason, the Dodgers have put both aspects on display. And now, following Sunday’s magical win, Los Angeles is believing that the Commissioner’s Trophy could be coming to the southland for the first time in 29 years. The Dodgers’ postseason slogan in 2017 has been “This Team.” The slogan is appropriate, as it appears that this team could be the one to finally solve the championship puzzle for the Dodgers. It appeared so during the regular season, but through five games of postseason play, the Dodgers have confirmed that they have the championship attributes necessary to win a World Series title. “What’s different about this team?” Jansen said. “We all care about each other. It’s not about that one guy or this … every night it’s been someone [different] stepping up for us.”Jansen’s sentiments about this Dodgerg team ring true. It’s been a different hero every night for Los Angeles all season long. The Dodgers have had 10 walk-off wins in 2017, coming from nine different players. The Dodgers’ collective efforts have brought them to the gates of baseball’s promised land. Two wins from a World Series berth and six wins away from ending a nearly three-decade title drought. This team will look to make another advance toward the Fall Classic Tuesday night in Chicago for Game 3. The Dodgers now leave the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine for those of Wrigley Field. Behind Yu Darvish, Los Angeles will look to take a stranglehold on this series and return home by the end of the week with the franchise’s first National League pennant since 1988. This team. This team is the one with all the potential to return World Series prosperity to the Dodger faithful. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, Viscarra’s Vice, runs Tuesdays.
Dominica Independence – celebrating 39 yearsOn Friday, November 3, for it’s 39th year even as the country recovers from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the celebration continues for Dominica independence.Addressing the nation, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged citizens not to be daunted by the task of rebuilding the nation.Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on September 18 as a Category 5 storm, killing at least 28 people and leaving billions of dollars in damage.Unlike previous years when nationals were honored for their contribution to the socio-economic development of the island, this year’s national awards ceremony was postponed to next year.Still standingIn his address marking the Dominica independence anniversary, Skerrit said Dominica ‘is still standing” despite facing the “fiercest floods, the most ferocious winds. “We are sorrow-stricken; we swallow hard, but it still catches in our throat; but we are still standing! Difficulties envelope every aspect of life, uncertainties swirl; and we are still standing! The outside world wondered aloud whether this is the kind of devastation from which you don’t recover. We are still standing.Hope is infinite“We, the children of Dominica, have shown the world that disaster is finite; but, hope is infinite! Maria stole everything money can buy, everything you can put a price on; but left you with that which is priceless! We will determine the value of those things through our actions in coming days and weeks. A moment comes, but rarely in history, when a nation’s soul is revealed.”He told the Dominica Independence Day rally at the Windsor Park Stadium attended by thousands of people that how the island responds to the storm “will define us, will make us; will become us.”Skerrit said he’s confident that people who fled the island after the storm as they did in 1979 when Dominica was hit by Hurricane David, would soon return.“Sometimes it takes a crisis to remind everyone of the importance of our journey. Remember, you only see the stars clearly at the darkest hour. Ladies and Gentlemen, on this our Independence Day, Dominica stands forth on the edge of a great triumph to come, on the edge of a triumph not just for Dominica but for the world.”Outlines re-development plans The prime minister also outlined new plans for the re-development of the island saying there are moves to establish the Climate Resilient Economic Agency of Dominica, (CREAD) to support the rapid implementation of the plans once they are funded.He said following his visit to the United States, London and Brussels over the last few weeks over 50 per cent of the funding needed to rebuild the island had been forthcoming. “We will be presenting our plans to a partners conference in New York later in the month to help raise part of the balance needed. We will support the private sector as it rebuilds and restores.”For recent article on Dominica, click the link: FAO calls for immediate food production in Dominica
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, March 10, 2015:Tuesdayâ€¢ Parent/ Teacher Conf. 4:10-7:30 p.m.â€¢ Cheer Try-Out Clinic 5:30-7 p.m.Wednesdayâ€¢STATE- Boys Basketball at 3 p.m. in Salina. School is dismissed early at 11:45 a.m.Thursdayâ€¢Parent/Teacher Conf. 4:10 to 7:30 p.m.FridayNo SchoolCheer Try-Outs 10 a.m.Tuesday: Crispito/red sauce, lettuce and tomato, golden corn, chilled peaches, cheesy peaches.Wednesday: Sloppy Joe/bun, potato wedges, baked beans, mixed fruit, #tortilla chips.Todayâ€™s Newsâ€¢Wellington Lions Club is hosting a Blarney Breakfast on Tuesday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus. They are raising money for a new wheel chair for Ethan Higginbotham. Donations are accepted.â€¢There will not be a Crusader Creator meeting this week.â€¢Seniors – If you are planning to continue your education this fall, you may now apply for the $1,000 non-competitive scholarship given by the Kansas All-Star Scholars Fund. The website is www.KSAllStarScholarships.com. The deadline to apply isÂ April 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.Â When filling out the application, you will only need to provide basic information. Then beforeÂ Sept. 1, 2015, you will need to update the application with the rest of the documents needed to process the scholarship money to your college. It is very important to make the initial application because they will not accept late applications. Information regarding this scholarship will be distributed at the parent/teacher conferences.â€¢Any WHS Student who would like to go to the state basketball game on Wednesday, there will be a bus available for $5.00 per student. You will be responsible to take enough money to pay the $7 admission fee into the game and if you want, concession food money. The bus will leave the high school at 12:30 p.m. The WHS boyâ€™s basketball game will start at 3:00 p.m. Please bring your $5 into the counselorâ€™s office by tomorrow at the end of the day.â€¢There will be a CoffeyvilleÂ Community College representative in the Ag Shop onÂ March 23Â during 2 and 3rd periods. Students interested in pursuing an Ag degree will need to get their agendas signed by their teacher in order to attend.â€¢SENIOR GIRLS: Remember to turn in your completed Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship on or beforeÂ March 12Â to Mrs. Yates.â€¢Itâ€™s time for the Project Prom T-Shirt Logo Contest! The contest is open to Juniors and Seniors. The winner will receive $50. Entries must be received by March 25. Stop by the office to pick up the contest rules.â€¢Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!â€¢Attention Seniors: Your pictures for the Senior Graduation video are due by March 13. A baby picture and a senior picture are required and elementary school to present pictures are recommended. If no pictures are submitted, you will not be in the video. Also, your senior picture does not have to be a formal picture. We DO accept selfies.â€¢Seniors: Donâ€™t forget to stop by the Counselors office to check out what scholarship applications are available.Guidance Office NewsCollege visits during lunch:Tuesday, March 24thÂ – Emporia State UniversityToday is:National Mario DayNational Pack Your Lunch DayFollow us on Twitter.
Image: iStock With each new year that comes in we always try to find new goals and objectives to meet. Some of them, among the most common, are getting fit, quitting smoking, learning a new language or planning a great trip with our partner or friends. Unfortunately, in many cases these purposes fall in a broken bag within a few weeks. But, is there a trick to fulfill them and not be hell? Setting short-term goals will make us see progress much betterDon’t get obsessed with stumbling blocks, but learn from them Some of the mentioned goals, the most popular, are frankly simple to accomplish. It is about creating small habits in our day to day, because we must remember that it is not a sprint, but a background race. Even with that data and it is worth remembering from time to time, the trick to achieve our goals at the beginning of the year is simpler than you can imagine.As highlighted by SciShow, to make the purposes more bearable we just have to think about specific goals with a specific date. That is to say, ‘I am going to propose to lose 10 kg of weight by May 17’. Why do it this way and not throughout the year? The reason is very simple. If we choose this method it will be much easier to see our progress. Another factor that influences is to create feasible purpose within reason. Short-term dates are perfect to see changes and progress along the way. Do not forget that you do not have to obsess over obstacles in progress. Learn from them and use them to achieve that motivational thrust that we all need from time to time.
How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene RICHMOND, R.I. — A Rhode Island school district is mourning the death of a popular student-athlete.Chariho Regional School District Superintendent Barry Ricci says 17-year-old senior Maddie Potts collapsed during a soccer match on Saturday and died at the hospital of a brain aneurysm on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide He said in a statement that her death was unrelated to the game.Ricci says the Richmond resident was captain of the soccer team, a member of the school’s lacrosse team and a top student.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn a statement, Ricci said Potts “represented the very best of our school as an artist, an athlete, a classmate, a teammate and a friend.”Ricci said counseling would be available to students and staff in the middle and high schools starting Monday. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavaliers expect Isaiah Thomas to play by January Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up
The Supreme Court along with the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project is currently in the process of conducting a refresher training mediation workshops in Berbice, Region Six and Georgetown, Region Four.The two-day workshop in Georgetown opened on Wednesday at the Marriot Hotel while the Berbice workshop concluded on Tuesday at the Little Rock Suites in New Amsterdam.The Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project is a five-year regional Caribbean judicial reform initiative funded under an arrangement with the Government of Canada. The Project is being implemented on behalf of GlobalA section of the gathering at the mediation refresher course in BerbiceAffairs Canada (GAC) and the Conference of Heads of Judiciary of CARICOM (the Conference), by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which was appointed by the Conference as its Regional Executing Agency (REA). The Project is working with judiciaries in the region to support their own efforts to improve court administration and strengthen the ability of the courts and the judiciary to resolve cases efficiently and fairly.In New Amsterdam, it was the first refresher training in Berbice since the first grout of mediators was trained in 2011.Mediation in Berbice has been almost non-existent. That is according to Director of Mediation Services International Attorney at Law Jamela Ali. Speaking at the opening of the workshop in New Amsterdam she said in Berbice mediators have not been given the opportunity to utilize their skills.She noted that the Berbice Mediation Centre is underutilised.“Since interest in mediation in Berbice has been low key, it is not surprising that in 2018, the numbers of mediators have dwindled a bit, for various reasons. But What is of significance is that Mediation seems not to have been developed or encouraged in Berbice and Mediators not given much Opportunities to utilize their skills acquired since 2011. In this regard, It is our objective that at the end of the session tomorrow, the mediation skills of the participants would have been strengthened and sharpened, there will be a renewed interest for mediation in this beautiful County of Berbice so that Berbicians can utilize the newly constructed Berbice Mediation’ Centre and benefit from your skill,” she said.Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution or a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator assists the parties to negotiate a settlement.Ali said while the need exists greatly in Berbice for retraining of mediators, their counterparts in Georgetown are no less in need of such training.Meanwhile, Project Director of the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthen (JURIST) Project Gloria Richards Johnson noted that the training is a milestone in the life of JURIST. She explained that it is their goal to enhance the capacity of Guyana’s mediators in court-connected mediation.She said they have made great strides thus far and the project has completed several initiatives which include, Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases; Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning, Training on court administration and adjudication that is gender responsive and Customer focused; Re-engineering of business processes in selected courts to identify backlogs, introduce technology to eliminate backlogs and expedite the process, and undertake training for a more efficient administration.In giving some statistics on the meditation system in Guyana, Solicitor and Mediator Rafina Rahim noted that of 880 cases the court through the trial Judge directed 772 for mediation and of that number 108 matters were settled before actual mediation while 48 of matters successfully mediated where an agreement was reached.However, in 228 matters, the mediation was unsuccessfully and referred to trial. Rahim said some 338 of the matters which were referred to mediation, only some of the issues were resolved and 98 were returned to trial.
0Shares0000New Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe passes instructions to defender Collins Shivachi during a training session at the Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on January 3, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3- Known for his tough discipline stand and no nonsense approach in his managerial style, Ugandan tactician Sam Timbe has vowed to bring the shine back at Tusker, a club that struggled to perform last year, finishing the season sixth.Timbe, who formerly coached Sofapaka leading them to the GOtv Shield title in 2014, took charge of his first training session under the morning shiver on Wednesday having signed a two-year pact with the Ruaraka based club. “I feel very happy to be back in Kenya and more so for Tusker to show me confidence and hand me the job. Kenya is like home because there isn’t so much difference with Uganda. I am pleased to join this team and I will do my best to give good services to the club,” the soft spoken but stern coach told Capital Sport.He has already slowly but surely started to imprint changes in the team as early as day one. His first order of business; everyone with fancy hair should shave or comb. No dreads, no fancy styles.Tusker FC players warm down after a training session at the Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on January 3, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe players discussed in low tones after a lengthy morning session at Ruaraka, each contemplating on a new look after the directive. Marlon Tangauzi, Jackson Macharia and Hashim Ssempala are among the players who will be spotting new looks.Timbe had been touted to take charge of the team after the exit of Francis Kimanzi in 2015, but a collapse in negotiation over financial remuneration saw the deal fall off. However, two years later, the Brewers have their man.In exactly one month, he will take charge of his first match for Tusker when they travel away to Chemelil Sugar and in the next four weeks, his task will be to assess the team and work out a plan of lifting them back to the top.-New squad-Tusker FC’s new striker Timothy Otieno during his first training session at the Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on January 3, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe coach finds himself in a unique situation at Tusker as the club made away with almost half the squad in a major purge that came off a post-season inquest. He has to build up an entirely new team.“I have no doubt that I can do it because I have been with Atraco, Yanga, Sports Club Villa and Uganda Police and in all those places I have done well and won trophies. It is all about hard work and determination. Right now I have to look at the team and understand them,” the coach said.“A new team needs time to understand. With Sofapaka it was a bit easy because I had players who were a bit experienced and it was easy for them to understand what I wanted. It is my first day with the team so I can’t really assess much, but I promise in due time I will piece things together and we will have a good season,” the Ugandan further stated.Speaking separately, Tusker FC Chief Executive Officer Charles Obiny said the two major reasons they picked out on the Ugandan was because of his discipline standards and past experience.“What we needed more in the team was discipline and with Timbe, that can never be compromised. He also has a very good record with the teams he has previously coached and having worked in Kenya he was never going to be a gamble,” Obiny said.“As a club, we are confident that he is the right man for the job and he will deliver,” he added.New Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe passes instructions to his players during a training session at the Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on January 3, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe coach has also received good backing from the players, among them being Eugene Asike with whom he worked with at his time in Sofapaka.“Last season was a tough one for us but we have a new start now with a new coach. We trust that we can put things back in balance. We are assembling a good team and I trust that the new boys who are coming in will be able to step up,” Asike, one of the few remaining figures from last season said.Collins Shivachi, David Okello and Duncan Ochieng also worked with the Ugandan during his time at Sofapaka.Timbe comes into the side with the club’s bosses needing nothing short of silverware as coaches who have failed to reflect results in terms of trophies have seldom spent a second season at Ruaraka.“Four weeks is a short time in football to prepare a team for the new season but it all depends on the attitude, approach and preparation. But I am determined to change the players from participants in the league to competitors,” Timbe assured.New Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe consults with assistant coach Francis Baraza during a training session at the Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on January 3, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe club has meanwhile continued to rebuild after massive exits.Among the players who have landed in Ruaraka include striker Timothy Otieno from Gor Mahia, defender Eric Ambunya (Kakamega Homeboyz) youthful midfielder Apollo Otieno (Chemelil Sugar), Western Stima duo of Robert Achema and Kevin Otieno as well as defender Paul Muchika from Muhoroni Youth.Obiny has said they are looking at three more players before closing their transfer dealings to focus on building for the new season. The team has also recalled defender Vincent Omumbo from his loan spell at Western Stima.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)