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AUDIO: AITEO CUP: Preko Confident Of Victory Over Tornadoes In Semi Final Cracker.

first_img“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.last_img read more

Alexander: Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger help SoCal corner the market on MVPs

first_imgFor what it’s worth, it’s the 12th time that players from the same market have won MVP awards in the same season. The Dodgers have been involved in six, but four of them involved Brooklyn and the Yankees.The Trout/Kershaw combination in 2014 spawned a billboard, and an accompanying social media competition, before the following year’s spring training Freeway Series. The slogan: “Is Your MVP Red Or Blue?”(Also for what it’s worth, Trout is 2 for 13 lifetime against Kershaw. Both of his hits came during that 2014 season.)There won’t be that kind of head-to-head when Trout and Bellinger share the field next season. But it will be absolutely worth watching. They might want to start working on the billboard design now.“With the Dodgers, obviously, it’s always a battle when we go up to L.A. and when they come to us,” Trout said, adding: “It’s pretty cool to bring both (MVP) trophies back to Southern California.”There’s one Dodgers-Angels event that would be even better, and it would take place in October. But let’s hold off on that wishful thinking for a while, at least until the Angels assemble the type of team that Trout deserves around [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on TwitterAt 28 years old, Mike Trout is the second youngest player to win 3 MVP awards. The only player to do it a younger age is Stan Musial, who won his 3rd at age 27. pic.twitter.com/MGMQvwF7DI— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 15, 2019 Yes, we still have no recent World Series championship banners here, and the search goes on for the cheat code to October.(Then again, maybe we should rephrase that in honor of the Houston Astros.)But Thursday afternoon’s Most Valuable Player announcements, honoring the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, offered a reminder: Southern California baseball fans are blessed. We in this region are treated to individual brilliance on a nightly basis.Trout again reigns as American League MVP, and I’m not sure what’s more striking: That he’s only the sixth three-time winner in the history of the AL award, that since 2012 he’s finished below second only once, that the only guy with more MVP plaques is Barry Bonds with seven … or that in all this time, Trout has participated in one postseason series. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone [email protected]’s career is off to a pretty good start. pic.twitter.com/CBMZ8qS7Sw— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) November 15, 2019 [email protected]_Bellinger is the 1st @Dodgers player to win Rookie of the Year & MVP since the team moved to Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/naNdVEUpbu— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) November 15, 2019 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He confirmed Thursday, by the way, that he will be as active as the front office needs him to be in recruiting free agents (and if GM Billy Eppler is smart, he’ll have Trout lobbing a call to free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole ASAP).Trout can, if he wishes, encapsulate his pitch in this sentence from Thursday’s conference call: “I wouldn’t have signed the (12-year, $426.5 million) extension if I didn’t think we were going in the right direction.”Trout won this MVP despite not playing after Sept. 7, requiring surgery on his right foot; he verified that he expects to be 100 percent for spring training. But ask yourself how many more games the 72-90 Angels might have lost without him? His bWAR was 8.3, but double digits might be a more reasonable estimate.And he addressed the question that I’m sure some voters and more fans ask: How can you be Most Valuable if your team finishes fourth in the five-team AL West?“I come in every year to try to be the best,” he said. “At the end of the year, if I’m in the conversation, that means I worked hard and had a good year. Obviously, people say you need to make the playoffs. I’m doing everything I can to try to help the team win. … I let other people decide this. I go out there and just put up the best numbers I can.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger has won the MVP, Rookie of the Year award and a Gold Glove, and he’s just 24. He’s the 4th player to collect all 3 awards before turning 25, along with Johnny Bench, Fred Lynn and Dustin Pedroia. pic.twitter.com/yZilAcXYwb— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 15, 2019 Mike Trout has won the third MVP award of his career. He joins Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt as the only players in MLB history to win three or more MVP awards. pic.twitter.com/0ec64vcNpg— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 14, 2019 Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Gold Glove. Silver Slugger. MVP.What a year for @Cody_Bellinger. pic.twitter.com/s2elv7I64R— MLB (@MLB) November 15, 2019 Meanwhile, up the 5 Freeway, Bellinger’s reinvention in 2019 won him the National League award. And the difference between Bellinger and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich might have been summed up in something that I said at midsummer, but something that was far from an original thought: Wherever Bellinger played – center field, right field, first base – he was the Dodgers’ best defensive player.“I definitely think that helped,” he said on the MLB Network’s awards show. “I don’t know exactly what goes into the votes, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to show off what I can do this year out there, for sure.”This awards haul for our region is not unprecedented. Trout shared the SoCal spotlight when he won the award for the first time in 2014, because some guy named Clayton Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and added the NL MVP to his third Cy Young Award.That was five years ago, and it is a reminder that nothing is guaranteed, given the process of reinvention Kershaw has faced the last few years. He was then 26. Trout is 28.Bellinger is 24. He’s going to be a factor for a while, you’d think.“I’m extremely happy for Bellinger,” Trout said. “He had an incredible year. It seemed like we really couldn’t get him out when we played him. The way he handled his adjustment made it pretty special. … I talk to Dino (Ebel) a little bit, and he says a lot of great things about him.”Ebel, of course, was on Mike Scioscia’s Angels coaching staff for 12 seasons, then moved over to Dave Roberts’ staff with the Dodgers last year. He, too, has been pretty privileged.“The American League (announcement) was after us,” Bellinger said during his conference call, “and my dad (Clay) said, ‘Dude, you won the same award as Trout, and he’s the best player in the history of the game.’“To even come close to that is amazing. He’s an unbelievable player, and it’s cool playing against him (two series) a year.”Related Articles Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly last_img read more

Aubameyang, at balance price

first_imgPremier League* Data updated as of April 29, 2020 It seems increasingly clear that the paths of Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang separate. The footballer is happy in London and its performance in the Emirates Stadium It has been good, something that cannot be said about the squad in general during this season. However, the footballer has the ambition to dispute the next Champions League and whether the Premier League resumes as if it does not, it will be a difficult thing to do as gunner in the ensemble that he now directs Mikel Arteta. The striker ends his contract in 2021 and the best the English can do, knowing that it will not renew, is to sell it in the next transfer window so that it does not leave at zero cost the following year. The problem is that its price will not be too high. Being 30 years old, close to finishing his contract and showing his desire to play in a competition that seems complicated for his club makes his new appraisal, according to the English media, go to 34 million euros. 14 This is a price that all teams will undoubtedly want to pay, Since it adapts to the pocket more than most cracks with the intention of leaving and taking into account the quality of the very fast Gabonese player, offers will not be lacking. For example, there has been talk of Manchester United or Barcelona, ​​which is still looking for a nine, although Lautaro Martínez is the priority. Inter Milan, owner of the footballer, now seems the best placed to sign him, since if Mauro Icardi does not return and they end up selling the Argentine, they will need an attacker like Aubameyang to continue the good season they have done so far.last_img read more

Kuru Kururu to host inaugural Business Expo

first_imgResidents of Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway are currently finalising plans to host the community’s first Business Expo, aimed at not only improving the market for local products and services, but also sensitising the public.Kuru Kururu Small Business Association President and leader of the organising committee, Sasha Morrison, told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the exciting event was set for August 25, but they were yet to solicit support from Government Ministries.Although the venue has not yet been confirmed, Morrison said that the one-day expo would not be limited to the community members only, but would be open to neighbouring villages such as Soesdyke, Timehri, and other villages along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.Food, salon, and several other businesses will be marketed at the event, which isKuru Kururu Small Business Association President Sasha Morrisonexpected to kick off from 10:00h and conclude at 20:00h on the aforementioned date.The Business Expo was inspired after the organisers realised the grave need for persons to become informed of what is available at hand’s reach.Morrison said that many times although the services and products are offered right in the community, persons end up all over the country in search of same, which consumes and wastes a lot of money.“Myself and a few other persons are business people and what we have observed over the past years is that the development in Kuru Kururu is very poor, so the attention that the community needs, especially for youths is not there. So, the idea of a business expo is to actually bring about more awareness for the community itself and also to help push the youths forward, so like even if you have an idea, they will be welcome to come out and network with these business owners, so they can now be more informed on how to go about starting and running their businesses,” Morrison pointed out.So far, she noted that businesses have expressed interest in the event, and organisers currently hoping for the participation of at least 30 booths.Morrison was keen to note that she would like to see more persons participate in the event, but the goal of 30 has been set given that this was the first time it was being hosted and she was cognisant of the fact that the community did not have too many entrepreneurs, something which they hope to promote as a viable livelihood at the Expo.last_img read more