20 Jan

‘We can level the series’, says WI skipper Sammy

first_img The West Indies never recovered from 29 for two in the fifth over and failed to keep up with the required run rate of nearly 11 an over. The highlight of their batting was opener Andre Fletcher, who smashed 57 off 40 balls – his fourth T20I half-century, while and Kieron Pollard chipped in with 26 and Dwayne Bravo, 24. “I think from looking at the game we were under pressure from the first six overs. We tried to catch up them but they kept coming at us but we did not react, or respond well enough,” said Sammy. “But with that said, we backed ourselves to chase down the target and we looked at 30 runs that’s two big overs.” The second and final T20 international will be played today. NO RECOVERY KANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC): West Indies T20 captain, Darren Sammy, has described some of his teammates, including himself, as ‘rusty’ after they crashed to a 30-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the opening T20 International on Monday. West Indies were dismissed for 185 with one delivery remaining in the innings while chasing an imposing 216 at the Pallekele International Stadium. However, Sammy said he is confident that his side can level the series when the two teams play the second T20 in Colombo. “I think probably with better planning in the batting order we could have gotten closer, but we are playing the number one team in the world and they showed why they are number one,” said Sammy. “Some of us seem quite rusty. We have not played T20 for almost 10 months. Yes, but we are looking forward to Colombo and I believe we can come out and level the series.”last_img read more

10 Jan

Gor slay Yanga to scent Confed quarters

first_imgGor were a class above their Tanzanian counterparts and save for a few instances in the second half, there wasn’t a dime of evidence that this was the same side that was playing its seventh game in less than three weeks.Head coach Dylan Kerr made changes to his team with Shabaan Odhoji starting in goal ahead of Boniface Oluoch, Charles Momanyi slotted into defense in place of the suspended Joash Onyango while Bernard Ondiek partnered Humphrey Mieno in midfield in place of the injured Ernest Wendo.In attack, Guikan started upfront playing out wide in the position usually occupied by the departed Meddie Kagere.George Odhiambo who did not train on Tuesday was replaced in the starting team by Samuel Onyango.A slow start to the match saw the first real chance at goal open up in the 12th minute when Guikan’s shot from distance was parried away by Yanga keeper Rostand Jehu.-Momanyi effortGor Mahia winger Bernard Ondiek attempts to go past Yanga defender Juma Abdul during their CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe rebound fell on the strike’s path, but on the second bite of the cherry, he was dispossessed by Abdallah Shaibu who poked the ball off for a corner.From the resultant set piece floated in by Godfrey Walusimbi, a rising Momanyi at the back of the heavily packed six yard box saw his looping header cleared off the line frantically by the Yanga backline with the keeper well beaten.Ten minutes later though, Gor had the ball in the back of the net when Tuyisenge met a delightful ball from Onyango after beating the offside trap before finishing calmly past Jehu.The goal injected renewed confidence into the Gor side and they played with more purpose, keeping possession well and being patient to open up the defense. Yanga were playing second fiddle and they were far from convincing, failing to trouble Odhoji in Gor’s goal.Their first real chance at goal had to wait until the 41st minute when they won a freekick from good range after Juma Hassan was fouled, but Ibrahim Ajibu struck the resultant set piece over the bar.Gor continued to attack and in the 43rd minute, they should have done better when Walusimbi’s cross from the left was poorly defended, the ball falling on Ondiek whose shot was however weak, the keeper making an easy pick.–Guikan goalGor Mahia striker Ephraim Guikan has an effort at goal blocked by Yanga defender Abdallah Shaibu during their CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt the stroke of half time, Gor doubled their lead once again thanks to Mieno’s passing magic, the midfielder slipping through a defense splitting pass that was met by Guikan on the other end, the Ivorian calmly slotting the ball into the bottom left corner, the keeper left in no man’s land.Yanga started better in the second half, probably buoyed by the half time pep talk which inspired them to come back in and fight to reclaim the two goal deficit.Gor’s start in the half was dampened with striker Tuyisenge limping off injured just four minutes in after failing to recover from a knock he picked towards the close of the first half.In his place coach Kerr brought in new signing Francis Mustafa with Gor fans getting the first opportunity of seeing their new Burundian acquisition brought in to replace Kagere.Mustafa had a chance to mark his home debut with a goal after interchanging passes with Guikan but he failed to pull the trigger inside the box, his shot blocked and Guikan picked up the rebound only for it to be saved by the keeper.Another peach of a pass from Mieno in the 63rd minute landed on Onyango at the back post but the former Ulinzi man’s connection was blocked by the keeper at his near post.A minute later, a promising build up from Gor saw Ondiek pick the ball from good shooting range, but his low effort was deflected for a corner.Gor’s building pressure bore fruit in the 65th minute when Hajj headed into his own net as he tried to clear away a cross from Kahata destined for Momanyi inside the box after a short start to a corner.With the game in comfort zone, Gor slowed down the tempo, passed with ease and managed to control the attacks from Yanga.Guikan then finished off the day in emphatic fashion slamming the ball home from the edge of the box after a counter attack with three minutes of play left.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate one of their four goals against Yanga during a CAF Confederation Cup game at Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18- A brace from Ephrem Guikan, one from Jacques Tuyisenge, and a Mwinyi Hajji own goal saw Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia outclass Tanzania’s Yanga 4-0 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday night to move a step closer to qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup quarter finals. The victory which was K’Ogalo’s first in the group stages took them to five points in the standings, remaining second after leaders USM Alger beat Rayon Sport 2-1 in Rwanda.last_img read more