CFU 2018 Boys’ U-14 Challenge Series…The national U-14 boys’ team are looking to give a much better performance when they play their second match against hosts Curaçao in the CFU 2018 Boys’ U-14 Challenge Series at the Ergilio Hato Stadium at 18:00h.The national u-14 boys team’s starting line-up against Trinidad and TobagoThis follows their 8-0 defeat against Trinidad and Tobago in their opening match on Saturday at the same venue, even as Guyana seek to provide a platform for the development of the youth players.In an invited comment, Head Coach Bryan Joseph said the strategy would not vary much from that of the first match: “As part of our development, we must try to instil the playing philosophy in the players; we’ll continue to do that, so it won’t change much in the second match. These are young players and the information we’re passing on needs to be concise and consistent.”While acknowledging that Curaçao is a different team to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph said that the two-day preparation period before the next match would enable the technical squad to continuously instil the playing philosophy.“We’ll try to sharpen the weak areas we had in the first game. We’ll be playing against a totally different opponent, so I think we’ll have more opportunities to instil our playing philosophy, we’ll have more opportunities with the ball,” Joseph said.Meanwhile, in recapping the first match, Joseph said the result did not reflect the competitive nature of the match even while acknowledging some of the challenges experienced by the team, including the challenge of the players adjusting to the astro turf and keeping possession.However, he highlighted some positives: “The team collectively showed a good attitude; they fought throughout and continued to play regardless of the score; all 17 players were able to play, including the goalkeeper. This is all part of what we wanted to achieve – the exposure – and I think going forward, there will be better performances, especially in light of the entire group being exposed to the astro turf.”Nonetheless, the Head Coach said the team was in “good spirits” and “motivated to play” the rest of the series. The U-14 team was captained by midfielder Zidane Ramdeholl. Guyana’s next matches will be against Bonaire and Aruba on August 10 on August 12 respectively. All matches will be held at the Ergilio Hato Stadium.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants player who changed the offense and ignited the team’s July hot streak is due to return in the near future.Outfielder Alex Dickerson could be active in San Francisco as soon as Wednesday after beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. Dickerson, who hit .346 in 107 at-bats before landing on the injured list, is expected to be evaluated by the Giants training staff after receiving “three or four” at-bats as a designated hitter for the Sacramento …
John Kani in a scene from the play“Nothing but the truth”. The movie adaptation won the Silver Stallion of Yennenga, the Second most prestigious prize at Fespaco. (Image: Village Voice) A scene from the gangster movie Jersusalema, set in the hard Johannesburg inner-city flatland of Hillbrow. (Image: Jerusalema) Rapulana Seiphemo, who plays the grownup, streetwise Lucky Kunene, won the Best Actor Award at Fespaco. (Image: Jerusalema) Tendeka Matatu, the producer of “Jerusalema”, shortly after receiving the three awards scooped by the movie.(Image: Khanyi Magubane) A riot scene from the four part series “When we were black”. (Image: SABC)Khanyi MagubaneVeteran actor John Kani’s screen adaptation of his play Nothing but the Truth took the top honours at the Fespaco Film Festival in Ouagadougou when it won the Silver Stallion of Yennenga, the second most prestigious award at the festival.The film also won the Ousmane Sembene Prize for Peace, sponsored by Ecobank, one of Burkino Faso’s leading banking institutions.In the film, director and lead actor, Kani, plays a librarian, Sipho, who is denied a promotion. Sipho is embittered by the favouritism his parents showed his elder brother, who died in exile, leaving Sipho the burden of burying him after his daughter repatriates his remains.In real life, police shot Kani’s brother dead in a church while reading a poem at the funeral of a nine-year old girl killed during an anti-apartheid riot.Telling Soweto storiesThe imaginative director Khalo Matabane’s television series When we were Black received an award for the Best Television Series.When we were Black is set in Soweto in the 1970s and deals with the coming of age of a 17-year-old boy, Fisto. Determined to get the girl of his dreams, Mangi, he even joins the school choir because she sings in it. Unfortunately for Fisto he is tone deaf and the choirmaster terminates his singing career, but keeps him as an assistant.After a dramatic series of events, Fisto eventually declares his love for Mangi. That day the two make love the first time.The theme of innocence lost is used as an extended metaphor as the day they consummate their love is also the day of the Soweto student uprisings, June 16 1976.The two lovers watch in horror as the town outside explodes with students confronting policemen, bodies, young blood and gun fire filling the streets.Their innocence is lost forever in that moment, and so is Soweto’s, which will never be the same.The film was initially pitched at the Sithengi Film and TV Market as a feature, but later commissioned as a four-part one-hour series by the SABC.It was, however, re-edited into a full feature for the festival. To give the film an authentic feel of the student uprisings, actual archived material is used as part of the production.In addition, a portion of a neighbourhood in Soweto was used to recreate the 1970s.At the 2007 South African Film and Television Awards, Matabane scooped seven awards for the project. These included best music score, script, wardrobe and overall drama.“Working with Khalo Matabane on this important and historical series was an incredible journey.“His ability to work through the characters and how the characters drive the story, the conceptual decisions to shoot the series very tight so as to be authentic to 1976 with the limitations we faced, was both an honour and an emotional experience,” says film producer Carolyn Carew.The gangster movie Jerusalema, set in Hillbrow in downtown Johannesburg, received three awards for Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.The film follows the rise of Lucky Kunene, a once petty criminal who rises in the ranks of the criminal underworld.After cutting his teeth on hijacking, he moves to Hillbrow, where he tries to make an honest living in the taxi industry.However, after his taxi is stolen, he moves to a new enterprise, stealing buildings. Along the way he makes numerous enemies, falls in love with a Jewish girl, and is constantly on the run from the police.With the police closing in on him, the streetwise Kunene tries to stay ahead of the game.In the Best Documentary category, the award went to Egyptian filmmaker, Jihan El-Tihari, for Behind the Rainbow.Behind the Rainbow tells the story of liberation movements who go on to assume power. The catalyst for the story is the relationship of former president Thabo Mbeki and current ANC president Jacob Zuma.The once close relationship of the two men crumbles as comradeship quickly evaporates to make way for power mongering within the organisation.Preserving African heritageAnother South African project, which was nominated for this year’s awards, was the documentary feature of award-winning filmmaker, Zola Maseko’s Manuscripts of Timbuktu. This is not the first time that South Africa has featured prominently in this competition. In 2005, Maseko’s film Drum took the top award, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.The history of the manuscripts can be traced as far back as the 12th century. Islamic scholars brought them to the city of Timbuktu, then a trading hub for businessman, especially in the salt industry.There were several thousands of manuscripts. The bound texts contained teachings of Islam during the middle ages and covered a variety of subjects. These included astronomy, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, judicial law, government, and Islamic conflict resolution.By the 1300s the “Ambassadors of Peace” (who were the great teachers of the time) centred at the University of Timbuktu, created roving scholastic campuses and religious schools of learning that travelled between the cities of Timbuktu, Gao, and Djénné. At its peak, over 25 000 students attended the University of Timbuktu.By the beginning of the 1600s, Moroccan invasions from the north started to affect scholars and they slowly drifted to other areas of the Mahgreb, or North Africa, where they could study in peace. As a result the city’s manuscripts suffered a severe blow, many falling into an irreparable state.The film reveals the history of the priceless manuscripts, through the story of Ahmed Baba, one of Africa’s greatest yet seldom acknowledged or known intellectuals.Regarded as one of the most prolific writers of his time, this intellectual held great knowledge and subsequently became one of the most frequently consulted figures in the Mahgreb.In a bid to take the viewer back to the heart of 14th century Timbuktu, when it was regarded as an intellectual hub for writers, teachers, religious leaders, mathematicians and scientists, Maseko dramatises the major periods in Baba’s life.The film allows the viewer to experience life within the city and its holy mosques. It also tracks Baba’s journey, which eventually saw him uprooted from the great city and travelling to his final destination, Morocco.Talking about his film, Maseko says the idea was first pitched to him four years ago by then-justice minister Brigitte Mabandla. “Back then, I didn’t even know much about the manuscripts.“I remember her [Mabandla] describing to me in great detail about tattered old trunks under people’s beds and how these manuscripts have survived over hundreds and hundreds of years.”While conducting his research, the history and intrigue of the manuscripts became more than just a concept. “We have a rich, intellectual heritage that has been kept hidden from us and the more I researched, the more obsessed I became. The final product is The Manuscripts of Timbuktu.”Related articles2010 opportunities for SA film 2010 TV opportunity for youth Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood Global acclaim for SA filmUseful linksTimbuktu foundationSABC Corporate Jerusalema – the movie
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa coach Prandelli wants more after defeating Atalantaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Cesare Prandelli is demanding more from his players after their 3-1 win over Atalanta.Atalanta had two players sent off on the day.Prandelli said, “We wanted the win, and I think I can say we deserved it,” said Prandelli, in an interview with Radio Rai. “We played against a strong team that has been working together for years.”It was an exhausting game in which we had to give a lot, but we did a good job in countering them. The lads did really well.”I sincerely hope we can build on this victory, because this group has the potential to do that.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers admits Toure has management plansby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits they could eventually lose assistant coach Kolo Toure.Toure’s ambition is not limited to City, says Rodgers.The Ivorian has already had a spell as the assistant manager of his home nation.“One day, he has mentioned he would love to take an African team to a World Cup and win it,” Rodgers said.“In his home country, he’s a superstar. Wherever he goes he’s a superstar, Kolo, everybody loves him. He’s got a lot to offer.”
Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler throws a baseball. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsIn 2006, Dillon Dingler was playing 7U travel baseball with his local Little League team in northeast Ohio. That same year, then-junior pitcher and current volunteer coach Dan DeLucia, the only three-time captain in the history of the Ohio State baseball program, was beginning his first year as captain. After being named captain for the 2019 season, the now-Ohio State sophomore catcher Dingler is on track to become the second player to accomplish the feat of being named captain three times. His fearless performance as a freshman made him a captain, junior right fielder and fellow captain Dominic Canzone said. “Just the fact that he can go out as a freshman and produce the way he did and be vocal like the way he did,” Canzone said. “He wasn’t scared of the moment at all.” Dingler posted a .244 batting average in 53 games a season ago. Adding 31 runs scored and 17 RBIs, Dingler was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team at the end of the season. In 29 of his 44 starts in 2018, Dingler had to start in center field, an unnatural position for him. This selflessness is a quality that did not go unnoticed, DeLucia said. “You have to make sacrifices and do things for other guys, and that’s why he is a captain as a sophomore,” DeLucia said. “He is a guy that is willing to do other things others aren’t necessarily willing to do for his team.” Although they play different positions and are separated by over a decade, Dingler and DeLucia are not so different. “I see a lot of similarities [between us]. He comes to the park every day just wanting to get better,” DeLucia said. “He’s the type of guy other guys want to be around.”Head coach Greg Beals emphasized Dingler’s natural ability to earn respect from his teammates. During the first day of conditioning last season Beals noticed how the team was breathing heavily from their drills. He noted, however, that Dingler was “walking back with a bowed-up chest.” “Just his presence is so strong, and it’s easy to be drawn to it,” Beals said. “He has developed leadership from his example and how he goes about his work more than anything.” This leadership, Dingler said, was developed under his head coach Bill Gamble at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. “He kind of had me step into that role, too,” Dingler said. “As I was getting older, he told me to lead by example and be more vocal as well.” For an Ohio State team that will be leaning on a young pitching staff, leadership behind the plate is invaluable. The position of catcher is one of the most important positions in the sport, DeLucia said. However, Dingler, who played in the opening game for the Buckeyes against Seton Hall, has since been sidelined with a fractured hamate bone. Beals said his timetable to return is uncertain. DeLucia noted that Dingler always provides a good example for the other players, attacking every play with a steady mindset. “Some of the greatest baseball players ever have just that even-keel mindset and mannerisms, and that’s what he brings every day,” DeLucia said. Dingler enjoys watching catchers in the MLB in order to gather information, admiring how smooth and diligent the big-leaguers are. Yadier Molina, catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, is a player he especially admires. “I like watching what he does behind the plate and how he helps his team,” Dingler said. But before he tries to realize his dream of playing professionally, Dingler is living out his dream of putting on the scarlet and gray. “Just knowing that I had always wanted to come here and had always been a huge Ohio State fan and actually getting the opportunity to represent Ohio State and being able to put on the jersey was a tremendous honor,” Dingler said.
Barcelona full-back Sergi Roberto is hopeful that former manager Luis Enrique’s appointment as the new head coach of Spain will see him recalled to the national teamThe 26-year-old was omitted from Spain’s World Cup squad this summer, despite another impressive season at Barcelona that saw him awarded a new long-term deal earlier this year.But now that Enrique has been appointed as Julen Lopetegui’s replacement, Roberto is hopeful that this will signal a return to La Roja.“Honestly, I thought I was going to get called up,” said Roberto, as quoted by ESPN.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I wasn’t, so that gave me a good chance to have a longer holiday – I was able to watch (the World Cup) on television.“I have always said that Luis Enrique has been very important in my career, both with Barca B and the first team.“It’s true he’s now the Spain coach but I am just focused on giving my best and, if in the end I get the call from Luis, I’ll be really happy, but that depends on how I play for Barca.”Roberto could make his return to Spain in time for the UEFA Nations League, which begins in September.
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac revealed that they may be without Arjen Robben for Saturday’s Der Klassiker against Borussia DortmundThe Dutch winger is suffering from a knee injury and faces a late fitness test to determine his availability.The loss of Robben will likely come as an unwelcome blow for Kovac, whose side trail Bundesliga leaders Dortmund by four points ahead of Saturday’s game.“Everyone is fine,” Kovac told reporters on YouTube.“Arjen tried to train yesterday but has a couple of knee problems so we’ll have to see how he trains today.”Since the last international break, Bayern have won five of their last six games in all competitions.But the pressure continues to grow on Kovac with players like Thomas Muller reportedly frustrated over the Croatian’s rotation policy.Just last weekend, Muller’s wife publicly slammed Kovac on social media after the striker was left on the bench in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with SC Freiburg.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, Kovac is making no promises ahead of his first Der Klassiker in charge of Bayern.“It’s the Klassiker and everyone wants to play,” Kovac added.“Everyone wants to play every Bundesliga game but tomorrow [Saturday] even more so.“I think people will be even more disappointed if they don’t play but everyone has to work hard to make a positive atmosphere.“I always try with my coaches to pick a team to win the game, that’s always the case and always will be the case. I don’t pick players because I like or dislike them.“Some would have thought I wouldn’t have picked Thomas Muller [against AEK Athens in the Champions League] but it’s not the case.“I look at the training and the opponent, it’s nothing to do with liking or disliking players. I like all my players.”The league match between Dortmund and Bayern will begin at 18:30 (CEST) at Signal Iduna Park.