Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup. DEFENDING CHAMPS Harbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1).
Although 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)
SANTA CLARA – Nick Bosa’s introductory press conference with the 49ers was more confessional than celebratory Friday, the result of his social-media history that included scrubbing controversial tweets such as one calling former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “a clown.”Bosa, a defensive end drafted No. 2 overall out of Ohio State, apologized for that tweet about Kaepernick as well as other insensitive posts with racist and homophobic connotations.Will Bosa’s political views become an …
BCCI secretary N Srinivasan will attend the ICC CEC meeting in Hong Kong starting on Sunday.A day before the world gangs up to pressurise the Indian cricket board to accept the contentious umpires’ decision review system (DRS), a top ranking official said on Saturday that India would oppose it again.The official said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would not succumb to the pressure when the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ committee (CEC) takes up the issue at the start of the five-day ICC annual conference on Sunday in Hong Kong.”We will oppose the DRS at the meeting. It so happens that we have a bit more influence in the ICC – and we are no more a [British] colony,” the official told Mail Today, referring to several foreigners who hold key positions in the Sharad Pawar-headed ICC. The BCCI has all along maintained that Hawkeye, which tracks the ball for leg-before wicket decisions, is not fool proof. “They [London-based Hawkeye officials] came to India and wanted us to take a leap of faith and accept the DRS; we said we won’t take the leap,” said the official.BCCI secretary N Srinivasan is attending the ICC CEC meeting on Sunday and Monday while president Shashank Manohar will be present at the ICC executive board conclave on Tuesday and Wednesday.The role of umpires will be reduced if the decision review system is made mandatory.DRS, which has been sporadically used worldwide since 2009, can’t be implemented until the boards of the two competing teams of a series agree to it. The BCCI opposed the system for India’s ongoing Test series in the West Indies as well as the series in England starting next month.Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar is in DRS’s favour while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not.advertisementThe rest of the nine ICC full members, however, have accepted the DRS. The BCCI official suspected that someone in the world body has a vested interest in implementing the DRS. “I have a feeling that someone in the ICC has a link with the company that provides the technology,” he said, and pointed out that the company hardly has any competition globally.The Clive Lloyd-headed ICC cricket committee had last month “unanimously” recommended that the DRS should be used not just in all Test matches, but in One- day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals as well. Interestingly, the votaries included Gary Kirsten, who guided India to the World Cup triumph in April, and Ravi Shastri, who attended as a media representative.The DRS drastically lessens the role of the on-field umpires, especially with assistance from Hot Spot and Snickometer.It is one of the reasons that the BCCI cites while opposing it. “If you want to reduce the role of umpires, you might as well install a lamppost with red and green lights,” said the official sarcastically.The official said India would oppose the system until it becomes fool-proof. “We will have to navigate through these troubled waters,” he averred.Asked how long he expected the board to do that, he said: “Only time will tell.” Under the DRS, which was controversially implemented during the recent World Cup, each team has two unsuccessful opportunities to ask for a review of the decisions given by on- field umpires. The BCCI is convinced that this too is not fair. “It is a lottery,” he said.The cost of implementing the DRS has to be borne by the home country broadcasters, and this is another reason that the BCCI gives for not embracing the system.Using the DRS, including the Hot Spot and Snickometer aids, for one day cost about $55,000. Can smaller Test playing nations like Bangladesh afford to pay that kind of price? Hot spot also has a security problem in India. Since the technology used in this is perceived as a security threat, it is not allowed inside the country. “Last year, Hot Spot equipment came to India for the Champions League T20, but it couldn’t be used as the government didn’t allow it to come inside the country and it returned from the airport,” said a source.The ICC too faces a few impediments, like the existing broadcast contracts of its member countries, to overcome before it can enforce the DRS across the board. It will have to explore a common ground for the home broadcasters all 10 Test countries to move ahead. But the BCCI will have to be convinced first.