Djokovic grabs his eighth title in Australia and regains number one

first_imgPhoto: Reuters Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won this Sunday 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4 to Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open final, after an intense game that served the Balkan for to conquer his eighth title in said tournament and recover the number one of the world ranking of the ATP, to the detriment of the Spanish Rafael Nadal.After 3 hours and 59 minutes with a fascinating battle on the hard track of the Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic grabbed his seventeenth crown of ‘Grand Slam’. Thus, the Belgrade player approached Nadal, who is 19, and already points to the Swiss Roger Federer, who accumulates 20.Executioner of Nadal in the quarterfinals, Thiem faced his third final of a ‘big’, after the losses concealed in 2018 and 2019 precisely before the Balearic in Roland Garros. To top it off, he had an unbeatable man in the duels for leaving Melbourne champion.Seven victories in seven finals, that was Djokovic’s pristine balance before measuring himself against an opponent who during his training seemed only a specialist in clay. However, the Austrian is already much more than the champion of the ‘Next Gen’ project that drives the ATP.And so he made it clear from the first bars, although not quite. In the second game, ‘Nole’ broke his service as soon as he had the opportunity and also consolidated the situation immediately. The service shifts continued and the Serbian barely became restless, but on the other side of the net there was no mere guest at the party of others.Thiem accelerated in pace to repair the disadvantage in the seventh game and tie the score in the eighth (4-4), saving even a ‘break’ option that predicted the tenth’s fight. Then, Djokovic did take the opportunity to break the opposite serve again, in the second instance, and sign up for a set full of quality (6-4).For greater inri, the Belgrade player won his initial service in the second round and picked up his run. Before that gale, the Central European tennis player responded with another favorable blank throw and then made a timely ‘break’, with complications because ‘Nole’ resisted. Thiem succumbs 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4 to the Serbian playerDjokovic achieves his 17th Grand Slam after winning Thiem in an epic battlecenter_img Demonstrating a formidable reversed cut, the Wiener Neustadt-born player set 1-2 and gained some distance (2-4) until he reached a turning point in the ninth game. Just before, Djokovic had recovered the lost ground with a break (4-4); and when he was about to consolidate that to get ahead, he had a small rifirrafe with line judge Damien Dumusois.Thanks to a warning for violation of time executing his serve, the Serbian accused the nerves and finally committed another infraction, for the same reason, which earned him to be sanctioned by the French referee. Having lost that point due to regulation and not to racket, he was supposed to grant Thiem a breakout opportunity.There, the Austrian benefited from setting the 4-5 and scoring ‘ipso facto’ the second set. His opponent was visibly angry and tapped Dumusois in three shoes when he passed his chair; He congratulated the French judge with irony and also, already sitting on his bench, added that his “good job” would make him “famous.”Never give Nole for dead Still with many signs of indignation, ‘Nole’ vanished and began sending too many balls to the doubles hall. The peephole had been misadjusted in each racket and his opponent squeezed it completely, breaking the Balkan’s serve twice to track the sleeve (0-4).There were almost no burdens until the eighth game, where the world No. 5 buckled the set to the fourth occasion (2-6). Djokovic had doubted, and had made his ‘box’ doubt in the stands, but he knew how to suffer with his subsequent serve turns. As if that were not enough, he saved an adverse set with 1-1 and 30-40, since then to be more solid.In clear improvement, Belgrade was placed up 4-3 and 15-40. Thiem managed the times well at the first play, although he gave in the next and lost the ninth game blank (6-3). The fifth and final set would have the last word, with the Melbourne expert getting better and with the rookie between hesitations.The talent and tenacity of the Austrian, yes, made him stand with 0-1 and took ‘Nole’ to demanding levels with each wrist stroke, with each attack strategy. Meanwhile, the anger with the referee was already past water and the heptacampeón was looking for a coup de grace to touch his eighth title.In the third game, Djokovic smelled blood and only needed a ‘break’ ball to get ahead (3-1), pulled by the fans of Rod Laver Arena. On the other hand, his adversary wasted two options of breaking just below; they were details, nuances nothing more, that decanted the party of the side of the Serbian.The new world tennis number one set a blank 4-2 that sounded like a sentence. Thiem clung to his service in the seventh game, over 7 minutes, and then prowled the breaking ball with a 15-30. However, Djokovic never rushed and was supported by the public to stand 5-3 on the verge of reaching 4 hours.The resistance of the Wiener Neustadt tennis player lengthened the contest a bit, specifically what it took the Serbian to touch the glory (6-4) again in his favorite ‘Grand Slam’. Its season start, with a title included in the ATP Cup, makes Djokovic even more fearsome for this 2020.last_img read more

Fajardo out of Gilas for Fiba Asia Cup due to injury

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo has officially begged off from joining Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon next week after suffering a strained calf in the late moments of San Miguel Beer’s victory over TNT KaTropa in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday.The reigning three-time MVP, through his mother team, had furnished Gilas coach Chot Reyes and PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa a copy of a medical report he obtained after the win over the Texters.ADVERTISEMENT Fajardo is suffering from a strained right calf that would need at least a week to recover and after that, another week for therapy before it is evaluated again.The Fiba Asia will be played Aug. 8-20 and Fajardo is not taking chances because aggravating the injury would mean tearing it and being sidelined for a longer period of time.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’By resting immediately, Fajardo will be available for the first stage of the World Cup Qualifying starting in November where the Filipinos will play home-and-away games in Chinese Taipei, Japan and Australia.Gilas sees action on Wednesday against China and will play games against Iraq and Qatar in the first round in Beirut. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ PBA tweaks schedule to give way to 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketslast_img read more

AEL Donates Materials to Clean-up School Campuses

first_imgAlthough schools have remained closed since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country, hopes are now emerging for the reopening exercises of all academic institutions with reports of decline in the spread of the virus.With that promising hope, the leadership of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) yesterday donated several items to a locally-based—Progressive Youth for Empowerment and Development (PYEP), to undertake series of clean-up campaign exercises at various school campuses in Montserrado Electoral District #6.Items presented for use by the PYEP through its president, Victor M. Jackson include eight brand new wheelbarrows, shovels, cutlasses, wipers, rakes, etc.“These items are being donated with the trust that you will begin to clean-up school campuses and around Monrovia to prepare ahead of normal academic resumption by early next year,” AEL Secretary-General, Rev. Isaac S. Wheigar told the group as he presented the materials to them.On behalf of PYEP, the president, Victor M. Jackson, expressed gratitude to AEL, and promised to take advantage of the materials received to commence the early cleaning of campuses that are within their immediate reach in District #6, before expanding the process to other parts of Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: The £10m Player of the Month scouted by the Gunners and Everton

first_img1 Arsenal and Everton are looking to strengthen their defence and are said to be looking at Ipswich Town youngster Tyrone Mings. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight looks at the 21-year-old.Name: Tyrone MingsDate of birth: 13th March, 1993Birthplace: Bath, EnglandPosition: Left-backClub: Ipswich TownWhat’s the latest?Arsenal are stepping up their interest in £10m-rated Mings, with Gunners scout Pat Holland watching the defender on several occasions. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is also believed to have sent scouts to watch him and is apparently regularly updated on Mings’ rapid development at promotion-chasing Ipswich.Did you know?1) Mings started his football career at Southampton at the age of eight in 2001, playing at the club’s satellite academy in Bath, however, he was released in 2009 when the youth budget was cut. He joined Ipswich from non-league Chippenham Town in 2012 for just £10,000.2) Off the field, Mings has gained a reputation for charitable and generous acts. He spent Christmas Day in 2013 feeding homeless people and when he was given the no.3 shirt by Ipswich in the summer, he offered to replace the tops bought by fans bearing his old no.15.3) Mings is a naturally athletic left-back, but is also equally capable of playing in the centre of defence. This season he has created two goals, but has not shirked his defensive duties, making an average 2.8 tackles per game and 2.6 interceptions.4) Crystal Palace made a £3m offer for him during the transfer window, but he stayed put and having played 16 times this season, Mings was rewarded Championship Player of the Month for September.What is being said? He’s a young, exciting player who has made a lot of progress in his time here and it’s great to see that his form has been noticed with this award. We’ve acknowledged that as a club, too, which is why we offered him a long term deal. He’s done great– Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy praises Mings following his September Player of the Month awardThis flying full-back is showing, at 21, an athleticism and attitude that is great to see. He can defend and he can create for his team. No wonder top-flight clubs were courting him– Former Wolves, West Brom and Sunderland striker Don Goodman, who was on the Player of the Month judging panelVideo evidence: Arsenal transfer target Tyrone Mings last_img read more

Brazil’s 2014 World Cup legacy left little to celebrate

first_imgThe optimistic view seemed credible when the hosting rights were awarded to Brazil in 2007. The economy was booming and two years later Rio would be named to host the 2016 Olympics.But things turned out differently — and not just because the home side went out in a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.The original budget of 17 billion reais ballooned to 27 billion reais (about $11.5 billion at that time). And of the 8.3 billion reais spent on building 12 stadiums, only seven percent came from private investors.“Spending went greatly over projections, with a lot less being completed than had been promised,” said Paulo Henrique Azevedo at Gesporte, which studies sports management at the University of Brasilia.“In numerous cities, transport infrastructure projects were not only unfinished but totally abandoned, despite having already cost millions of reais,” he said.The 2014 World Cup stadium in Manaus in the Amazon was used for soccer matches at the 2016 Olympics but mostly sits empty © AFP / RAPHAEL ALVESThis included airports, tram lines and dozens of other projects that, according to a study by Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, would eventually have brought benefits to 2.5 million people.Rio de Janeiro was the one city that saw all its projects completed, but only in time for the Olympics rather than the World Cup.The mayor at the time, Eduardo Paes, said the World Cup legacy was marked by “white elephants and feeble private investment.” His own management of the Olympic legacy would later receive equally harsh criticism.Azevedo said the basic error committed in Brazil for the World Cup was “building too many stadiums for political reasons.”Some of the 12 stadiums built, like in Manaus, Cuiaba and Brasilia, were in cities with no big team to take over the facilities once the tournament was over.– Corruption –For Brazil’s notoriously corrupt local and federal politicians, the spending spree was a bonanza in overbilling, skimming and pay-to-play schemes with contractors.Brazil defender David Luiz was distraught after Germany hammered the host nation 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup © AFP / PEDRO UGARTEFor example, organizers paid three times the market rate for concrete during renovations at the famous Maracana stadium in Rio, which hosted the World Cup final and later the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.In 2012, former Brazilian star striker Romario, who is now a senator, was predicting that the World Cup would be “the biggest robbery in history.”For ordinary Brazilians, the Germany defeat was probably the bitterest part of the experience.“In the collective memory, that 7-1 humiliation looms larger than all the mistakes committed by Brazil,” wrote sports journalist Rodrigo Mattos in his 2016 book “Ladroes de Bola,” or “Thieves of the ball.”On the plus side, the actual tournament passed off smoothly, an experience that paved the way for the equally successful hosting of the Olympics — despite the behind-the-scenes infrastructure and corruption problems.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar left the 2014 World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and Colombia on a stretcher and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a back injury © POOL/AFP / FABRIZIO BENSCHRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jul 6 – When Brazil hosted the World Cup in 2014 the country dreamt of glory, but the beloved national team was thrashed and the tournament left a legacy of unfinished works, huge debts and missing funds.Brazil were hoping to add a sixth trophy to their record five World Cup triumphs, while officials promised that private finance would spare taxpayers the budgetary pain.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh MuireThe annual Bord na nOg presentations will take place this Friday evening in the Aislann. Please not that all under 8 to under 12 players are asked to be there at 7pm and the under 14 to minor players should be there at 8pm. There will be a few special guests on the night to meet the players.Peil na mBan annual 5k shore challenge takes place on Boxing day again this year. A family day for all to come along. Everybody welcome including parents, children, club members, non club members, etc. Fun and craic is the order of the day as you take in the scenic coastal route with warm refreshments afterwards in the club house. Yearbooks are now available from Seamus Rodgers. The annual Night at the Races will take place in Sharkeys on Friday 28th December. Horses are available for purchase from any committee or player member. The AGM took place last Friday night with a large attendance. Congratulations and Good luck to all the committee and Senior team managers elected for 2013. Seamus Rodgers becomes the new Club President and a great appointment after his years of service. The following committee was elected: Patrons: Fr. Michael Herrity, Eugene Doherty, Patrick Sharkey. President: Seamus Rodgers. Chairman: Cormac McGarvey. Vice Chairman: Charlie Boyle. Secretary: Declan Martin. Treasurer: Joe Glynn. Assistant Treasurer: Martin Mannion. Registrar: Declan Martin. PRO: Michael Logue. Culture Officer: Seamus Rodgers. Player’s Representative: To be elected at Player’s Meeting. Children’s Officer: Donal Sharkey. Designated Person: Nicole Logan. Coaching Officer: Gary Boyle. Lotto Co-ordinator: Patrick McGinley. Co. Board Delegates: Cormac McGarvey, Donal Sharkey, Charlie Boyle & Declan Martin. Park Committee: Tony Doherty, Michael Gallagher, Neil McBride, Conal O’Gara, Charlie Doogan & Padraig Ferry. Finance/Fundraising Committee: John Colm Gillespie, & Brian O Donnell. Senior Manager: Danny O’Donnell, John McGarvey & Johnny Gallagher. Reserve Manager: Gary Boyle. U-21 Team Management Team: To be confirmed.We now have O’Neill 22″ kit bags for sale priced at €28. Test O863189931 to order. Leave your name and number and someone will contact you.Lotto details for week 12th December. Jackpot 920 euro. No jackpot winner. There were three match 3 winners: Sandra Devenney – Rann na feirste, Jimmy Rodgers – Baile Ciarrai agus Breid Glynn – Anagaire Thiar. Numbers were 3-6-13-20. Next 100 CLUB DRAW will take place on 27th DEC. So sellers get the subs in on time to the coordinator. Check out details on www.naomhmhuire.ie.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NEWS was last modified: December 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Naomh Mhuire Club newslast_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD RESULTS

first_imgResults from tonight’s greyhound racing meeting at Lifford Stadium were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Road to Haven 3/1; 2, Gash Louis 6/4 fav. Time: 19.15. Distance: a head.Race 2 Novice 350 (350 yards): 1, Hather Jill 9/4; 2, Titanic Legacy 4/6 fav. Time: 19.26. Distance: a length. Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Wholly Merry 4/1; 2, Fernhill Travis 4/6 fav. Time: 19.25. Distance: 2.25 lengths.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Whiteys Flynn 9/4. Time. 29.18. Distance: 2.75 lengths.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Blackstone Max 3/1; 2, Tahina Oscar 3/1. Time: 29.41. Distance: 2.75 lengths.Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Pacific Moth 3/1; 2, Leave It Be 9/4 fav. Time: 19.20. Distance: 2.25 lengths. Race 7 (575 yards): 1, Altmore 5/4 fav; 2, Glebe Flyer 4/1. Time: 31.71. Distance: 4.25 lengths.Race 8 Novice 750 (750 yards): 1, Total Motion 5/4 fav; 2, Bua Pakie 5/1. Time: 43.22. Distance: 1.75 lengths.Race 9 (350 yards): 1, Westminster Bric 3/1; 2, Imperial Tank 4/1. Time: 19.02. Distance: 0.75 length.Race 10 (525 yards): 1, Dartrey Snow 6/4; 2, Smurfing Maxx 6/4. Time: 28.73. Distance: 5.5 lengths.Race 11 (550 yards): 1, Flaming Jenny 6/4 fav; 2, Slow to Engage 3/1. Time: 30.46. Distance: 5.75 lengths. Race 12 (575 yards): 1, Corner Plane 4/1; 2, Dardanella 6/1. Time: 32.00. Distance: 4.75 lengths.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: October 25th, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:greyhoundLiffordRacingResultslast_img read more

Firms to take drug subsidy

first_img Companies that provide the supplemental coverage will save even more, about $826 per retiree. Kaiser officials said the extra savings will probably lead more companies to offer that type of coverage, which would lead to more costs for the government in future years. Gary Karr, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the subsidy helps taxpayers because they pay less when a retiree stays in employer-sponsored coverage rather than government-sponsored coverage. “Health insurance and drug coverage has generally been declining the last 10 years. The drug subsidy was passed in part to stem the tide,” Karr said. “It seems to me from the survey that seems to be working.” The survey indicates the long-term future is less certain for employer coverage of prescription drugs. Looking ahead to 2010, only 50 percent of firms said they are likely to continue retiree drug coverage, while 22 percent said they likely won’t, and 28 percent say they don’t know. On the Net: Kaiser Family Foundation: www.kff.org Medicare: www.medicare.gov 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Among the companies not accepting the subsidy, about 10 percent said they would provide supplemental coverage to what is offered through Medicare. Nine percent were dropping retiree drug coverage. It’s possible that some of the companies dropping coverage would have done so even if Congress had not approved a new benefit under Medicare. The number of large companies offering retiree health benefits has steadily declined over the years – from about 66 percent in 1988 to about 33 percent this year. Kaiser officials said that the 9 percent of companies dropping coverage were primarily smaller firms, and that means only about 2 percent of the retirees identified through the survey would have to move to a private drug plan offered through Medicare. “That’s a smaller share than many had feared,” said Tricia Neuman, a vice president with the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization. Under the Medicare law, the government provides businesses with a financial incentive to continue providing retirees with prescription drug coverage. For the typical company, that translates to a savings of about $626 per retiree next year, the survey showed. WASHINGTON – Four in five businesses that provide prescription drug coverage for their retirees will accept a government subsidy next year and continue providing that benefit, according to a survey of 300 large companies. With the beginning of a new drug benefit under Medicare, some feared that businesses would drop coverage for retirees. Retirees would generally lose under such a scenario because the Medicare benefit is usually not as generous as that provided by private employers. The subsidy provided to businesses amounts to 28 percent of a retiree’s drug expenses. The new Medicare drug benefit is expected to pay more of the drug expenses for retirees enrolled in it, although the Medicare benefit is usually not as generous as that provided by private employers. “The widespread dropping of drug benefits that some had feared has been averted so far, as business (officials) figure out what their long-term response would be,” said Drew Altman, president and chief executive of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducted the survey along with Hewitt Associates, a consulting company. last_img read more

FEARS FOR JOBS AS MARINE HARVEST DELAYS SALMON PROCESSING

first_imgA NATURAL phenomenon has forced Fanad’s Marine Harvest to delay its salmon processing, which will have an impact on working hours there for its staff, the company has said.Processing of salmon was due to take place in January but an increase in plankton in Mulroy Bay has hit the fish. It will now be delayed until March, but even then at a reduced level for six months.In a statement to the Tirconnaill Tribune, a Marine Harvest spokesman said staff had been informed of the move. “Primary processing will commence on March 1 on reduced volumes, with full production volumes resuming on August 1 and continuing for the rest of the year.“Stocks that were intended for harvest in January/February have been impacted by gill damage resulting from large volumes of plankton reducing available oxygen levels in the bay.”Managing Director Jan Feenstra said: “Unfortunately aquaculture, like all farming, is reliant to some extent on mother nature. This natural occurrence prevents us from keeping this stock until January/February which was our plan.“The ceasing of the processing is a very regrettable yet temporary measure and we will work closely with all our staff to minimise impact on their employment, and where there is an impact, get them back to normal working conditions as quickly as possible.”  FEARS FOR JOBS AS MARINE HARVEST DELAYS SALMON PROCESSING was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DelaysFanadfish farmMarine HarvestMULROY BAYsalmonlast_img read more

Super 8: Wakiso host KCCA FC with last four spot on the line

first_img Tags: KCCA FCkefa kisalaMike MutebiPilsner Super 8topWakiso Giants Wakiso Giants will be hosting their first game at Wakisha Resource Center. (PHOTOS/Courtesy))FUFA Super 8Wakiso Giants vs KCCA FCWakisha Resource Center, WakisoTuesday, 06-08-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – Wakiso Giants will take on KCCA FC on Tuesday afternoon, in the last game of the Super 8 first round.With Vipers SC, Mbarara City and Onduparaka already in the last 4, the winner on Tuesday, will also seal their spot in the semis.Wakiso will be hosting their first-ever competitive game at the Wakisha Resource Center after playing all their Big League home fixtures in Bugembe, last season.The game against the Kasasiros offers Kefa Kisala’s side the first taste against the big boys of Ugandan football and would treasure a victory, that is if they can somehow grind out a victory.For KCCA FC, they come into the game as defending champions having won the inaugural edition last year.They are viewed as favourites to win it once again but with the Champions League around the corner, it remains to be seen which team Mike Mutebi will put out on Tuesday.The team must be in high spirits after their morale-boosting triumph in the CECAFA Kagame Cup 2019 and knowing Mutebi-a perfectionist-that he is, he will be demanding for more from his players and anything short of victory will be a disaster in his eyes.KCCA FC are fresh from winning the CECAFA Kagame Cup 2019.What the coaches are sayingKefa Kisala, Wakiso Giants“We are new in the tournament and playing against the defending champions.“It is good that we are taking on such a good side because if you want to be good, you have to compete with the best.“They are well organized and it is always good to play such sides, unlike those which will come and be intent on frustrating you.“All in all, we are prepared and want to win the game.”Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC“We come into the game believing we have better players so we expect to get the job done.“My players are very confident that they can beat any team at the moment.“Of course, it is not going to be a walk in the park because they are going to compete.“We want to win everything so we have to be at our best and defend this title.“This will be a precursor for the champions league and I will play the best team that is available to me as we try to win the game.”Team newsWakiso Giants’ first-choice goalkeeper Yasin Mugabi returns from national duty and will be part of the team. Ayub Kisaliita is definitely ruled out due to a foot injury while left-back Aggrey Madoi is doubtful for the clash. The Purple Sharks are expected to hand out several debuts to most of their new players abut Geoffrey Sserunkuma who was signed on Monday is not expected to take part due to licensing issues.For KCCA FC, they are still without longterm absentee Julius Poloto. Erisa Ssekisambu who was signed last week is expected to take part but his fellow summer signing Simon Serunkuma will not feature because of licensing issues.Match StatsThis will be the first-ever competitive meeting between Wakiso Giants and KCCA FC.However, the two sides met in a friendly game at the start of last season, drawing 1-1 at Lugogo.KCCA FC have never lost a Pilsner Super 8 match, winning all their past three matches.To qualify for the competition, the Kasasiro won the 2018/19 UPL while Wakiso finished second in the Big League.Pilsner Super Eight 2019July 31, 2019-Vipers SC 1-0 Proline FCAugust 2, 2019-Mbarara City FC 2-0 URA FCAugust 4, 2019-Onduparaka FC 1-0 TooroAugust 6, 2019-Wakiso Giants vs KCCA FCComments last_img read more