“They have come to the Lion’s den. They got us on the astro turf, now they are coming to the grass. We are grass Champions. So we have to take the home advantage and then, use it.”The former Everton and Fenerbahce forward also called on fans of the club to throw their weight behind the team, adding that the boys are equally optimistic of overturning the first leg deficit.“They (fans) should come in their numbers and we will not disappointment them,” the 42-year old promised.“The boys are in high spirit, they really believe that something went wrong when we conceded those goals (in the first leg) and we’ve gone back to the drawing board to put things in order. We know that scoring two (unreplied) goals at home won’t be difficult for us.“This is FA Cup (Aiteo Cup) for you and anything can happen. We just have to be ready for it,” he stated.The other 2nd leg of the semi final will be played on Sunday in Uyo between 2015 Champions, Akwa United and Sunshine Stars. The ‘Owena Waves’ hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg over the ‘Promise Keepers’.Winners of that tie will face either FC IfeanyiUbah or Niger Tornadoes in the final on Sunday, 15th October, 2017 at the Agege Township Stadium (Soccer Temple) in Lagos. The champions will in addition to going home with a N25m prize-money, represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.RelatedAUDIO: AITEO CUP: Our Performance Wasn’t Convincing – Yaw PrekoSeptember 21, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup Men’s Semis: Tornadoes, Sunshine Secure 1st Leg AdvantageSeptember 30, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: We Are Not Scared Of Akwa United – Duke UdiSeptember 29, 2017In “Nigeria” Ahead of their second leg semi final fixture in the Aiteo Cup on Wednesday, Technical Adviser of FC IfeanyiUbah Yaw Preko has warned that the clash against Niger Tornadoes is far from over, stating that the defending Champions are poised to cancel the deficit they suffered in the first leg in Lokoja.Tornadoes came back from two goals down to record an impressive and surprise 4-2 win against the ‘Anambra Warriors’ in the first leg last Saturday, to take control of the two-legged tie which will be decided in Nnewi, home ground of the Cup Holders tomorrow.But the former Black Stars of Ghana striker who attributed the first leg collapse to an inexperienced backline he paraded on the day, stated his team will take full advantage of their familiarity with their home turf to overcome the Abubakar Bala-tutored side.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Preko-October-3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PREKO-2-October-3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s going to be a cracker here (Nnewi), trust me, it’s going to be a cracker,” Preko promised. “Because if we managed to score two goals in their home ground, just imagine how many we are going to score here.“Football is not mathematics but I know what my team is capable of. This is our home ground; this is Nnewi. We know our field; we know how to attack opponents on our field. So we are hoping for a good game on Wednesday, it’s not done yet.
Facebook Comments Workers’ unions will demonstrate next Monday in downtown San José to protest against the 1 percent increase in the amount deducted from salaries by Costa Rica’sSocial Security System, or Caja. The change will take effect starting next month.Members and leaders of the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP), the country’s largest union, will gather at 7 a.m. in front of the Caja to demand that the institution’s board reverse its decision to raise the amount of the deduction to 10.16 percent.Those funds are used to finance the Caja’s IVM, the country’s primary pension system.The agency approved the increase in January, seeking to collect an additional ₡100 billion (some $173 million) per year. Caja Executive President María del Rocío Sáenz explained at the time that the extra resources were essential to guaranteeing the IVM’s sustainability.Demonstration callThe Secretary General of ANEP, Albino Vargas, called on “workers’ unions members, public and private-sector workers and citizens in general to join the protest.”Unions leaders hope to block vehicle passage along the capital’s Second Avenue, in front of Caja’s main building, to capture officials’ attention.“We want them to listen to us and understand that citizens repudiate their actions,” Vargas said at a news conference Tuesday morning.The union leader said the demonstration also aims to protest high pensions for a small group of bureaucrats. Among others, he referred to the Supreme Court President, Justice Zarella Villanueva, who retired last Friday and will receive a monthly pension of some ₡9.8 million ($17,000).Vargas also said that if Caja officials refuse to address workers’ requests, they will return to the streets in a new demonstration and national strike on May 29.StudyThe Caja’s Board of Directors based their decision to raise the monthly salary deduction on results of a study conducted by experts from the University of Costa Rica’s School of Mathematics.The results of the study, disclosed in December, recommended increasing workers’ monthly deduction to avoid bankruptcy of the IVM system, among other measures. It also recommended raising workers’ retirement age from 65 to 70.The decision sparked general rejection from unions and even from President Luis Guillermo Solís. Casa Presidencial in January requested that the Caja Board suspend the increase until other measures could be evaluated and negotiated.The Caja, however, as an autonomous agency, rejected the suggestion, as it is entitled to make its decisions without consulting the Executive Branch.See a video of the unions’ leaders press conference: Related posts:Workers’ unions deliver petition to reverse raise in Social Security rate Caja moves forward with raise in social security rate, but in two phases Caja Executive President steps down at President Solís’ request Hundreds of medical procedures, surgeries postponed by public workers’ strike