The clubs from the two conferences will return all fired up as this will be their final chance to make the top four before the NSL heads into the National League format.This is where the top two teams from each of the two conferences will play in Home and Away format to find the League Champions and the top four placings for the finals.Champions Lae City Dwellers and minor premiers Hekari United FC are on top of the points ladder in their respective conferences following round one.Hekari remains unbeaten in the southern conference on 15 points after round one.Behind Hekari are PKA Rapatona FC and Erema Gulf FC each on seven points followed by Gigira Laitepo on five points and sharing four points are Huawei PS United FC and FC Port Moresby.Dwellers are on 11 points after winning only three out of five games in the northern conference.Welgris Morobe United FC are behind Dwellers on 10 points followed by Madang FC on eight points, Admiralty FC on seven points, Besta PNG United FC on six points and struggling Goroka Gosiha FC yet to put a mark on the score board.
On March 29, AS reported that Real Madrid has 21-year-old São Paulo attacking midfielder Igor Gomes on his radar. The Brazilian, who is already nicknamed as the new Kaká for his resemblance to the ex-madridista, is another one of those values that stand out on the other side of the pond and that has not gone unnoticed by Juni Calafat, the white headhunter. Real Madrid has him on his agenda although there are teams that have already shown a formal interest in him, such as Barça, Sevilla or Ajax. However, Wagner Ribeiro, his agent, dreams of dressing him in white. “I have been working with Igor since he was 12 years old, he is on the radar of all the great clubs in Europe. He was a starter in São Paulo, yes, he is a different player, he has the performance that Europeans like: brand, weapon played, goals scored, assists… He is a complete player. There was talk that Madrid loved him and I said that it was not the time to speak. I have a dream to take him one day to Real Madrid. I like Real. If there was an opportunity, I would do it with pleasure, ”declared FOX Ribeiro, responsible for bringing players like Kaká, Neymar or Robinho to Europe. Wagner Ribeiro maintains a fluid relationship with Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid. When he travels to Madrid it is not strange that both close a meeting. Last year, for example, the representative made public his meeting with Florentino at ACS headquarters. “My admiration for this man, my idol, my friend, my PRESI “, He then wrote on his social networks. At that meeting, they discussed Neymar and the options of seeing him one day in white. This was confessed by Ribeiro, ex-agent of the PSG player, this week on ESPN. “I went to Madrid several times because Florentino had the dream of taking Neymar. Last year I was with him, in May, in his office, and he even told me that he maintains the dream of signing Neymar“, said. Igor Gomes has a contract with Sao Paulo until 2023 and a clause of 50 million euros, but in the Tricolor club they know perfectly well that they will not be able to retain for long what is their most brilliant promise right now. Fernando Diniz, his coach, stated this on Radio Transamérica: “I think it is difficult for him to stay for a long time due to his age and quality. Sao Paulo does not escape this and almost no Brazilian club. Clubs must sell to meet financial commitments. At a certain point, the club is almost forced to sell. “Madrid has not yet made any official offer, although it does not lose sight of it and has already begun to probe its surroundings. An environment of which Wagner Ribeiro is a part, which does not hide that he would love to continue doing business with the white club …
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s back to zero. In any series, you can’t get too high off a win, you can’t get too low off a loss. It’s gonna be a dogfight now,” he said. “They stole one here at our home so we got to either steal one or steal two in their house. we got to rest our bodies and go back to the drawing board, see what we can do, what adjustments we could make and hopefully, get Game 3 in Thailand.”San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and Mono Vampire break the deadlock on Game 3 on Saturday at Stadium 29.“Hopefully, we just come out with intensity,” said Urbiztondo. “We’ll initiate the physicality, we’ll initiate everything especially on the road, and most importantly, we stay together. We keep our heads high and I think we’ve been doing that all year, so we’ll be alright.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s very big [confidence-booster],” admitted Urbiztondo of his performance. “It’s always good to have your timing back and your rhythm back after an injury.”The 35-year-old guard shared that he no longer feels any pain on his left hamstring since incurring the injury in San Miguel Alab’s game against Saigon Heat late in the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s OK. My timing is a lot better now. It’s tough coming back from a hamstring injury but coach Chappy Callanta has been really good with me, coach Jimmy (Alapag) has been really good with me. I feel really good out there and I feel I got my legs back,” he said.With him playing at 100-percent, Urbiztondo is confident the Filipino squad can regain the lead in Mono Vampire’s home court with the championship duel going down to a virtual best-of-three. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueSTA. ROSA — If there’s a silver lining in San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ 100-103 Game 2 defeat to Mono Vampire in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Finals, it’s Josh Urbiztondo’s return his old form.The veteran sniper sizzled in the third quarter with four triples to finish the game with 14 markers to go with three assists and two rebounds on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Pringle carries GlobalPort to close win vs Meralco Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Compounding the worries for African supporters is that, aside from Senegal, the continent’s five teams largely aren’t scoring. Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria didn’t get off the mark in losing their opening matches to Uruguay, Iran and Croatia, respectively. Tunisia’s goal in its 2-1 loss to England came from a penalty. Mohamed Salah, Egypt’s star striker, also scored from the spot on his return Tuesday to the team following his left-shoulder injury in the Champions League final in May.The only African to score from open play so far in Russia is Mbaye Niang, who pounced on an appallingly judged and executed Polish back pass to net Senegal’s second goal at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium. The other two goals in the match were both scored by Poles. Defender Thiago Cionek deflected a shot off his right calf past his own keeper, an own goal that gave Senegal the lead. Grzegorz Krychowiak headed in Poland’s late consolation goal.Although contesting only its second World Cup, Senegal could end up carrying the hopes of all Africa if the continent’s other teams don’t quickly pick themselves up. Morocco faces a tough task against Portugal and Spain in Group B. Nigeria has to play Argentina and resilient Iceland in Group D. Tunisia has the more manageable Panama but a tough match against Belgium in Group G. Egypt’s second-match loss to Russia severely compromised its chances of getting out of Group A.Senegal’s next opponents in Group H are Japan and Colombia.“We know Africa supports us. If we can make all the other African nations proud, that is twice as glorious,” Niang said. “We’re thinking of our journey, trying to write our own story but if we can inspire the others, that’s a greater honor for us.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Air Force enters PVL men’s semis Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Senegal’s fans, their bodies and faces painted in the colors of the national flag, support their team during the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)MOSCOW — By starting its World Cup with a win, Senegal also saved Africa from embarrassment in the tournament.The continent was facing the prospect of a worst-ever World Cup start before Senegal beat Poland on Tuesday. The 2-1 victory was the first and only African win in the first round of matches, after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost their opening games. A few hours after Senegal’s win, Egypt then also lost its second match, 3-1 against Russia.ADVERTISEMENT As in 2002, when Senegal beat then-defending champions France in its opening match, it now hopes to build on the momentum. But coach Aliou Cisse said beating the Poles didn’t have the same history-making feel of the 1-0 victory in 2002 against the French, Senegal’s former colonial masters. From there, in what was its first and until now only World Cup, Senegal went on a run to the quarterfinals.READ: Senegal beats Poland 2-1 in first African win at World CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It is not the same thing, not the same flavor,” Cisse said. “Everyone knows the history of France and of Senegal. France was the colonizing power of Senegal. We were the immigrant sons of that France.”Not since 1974 — when Zaire, its only representative, lost all three of its matches, conceded 14 goals and scored none — had Africa been without at least a win or a draw in the first matches. Since the World Cup expanded to a 32-team format in 1998, the worst opening round for African teams was in 2006, when Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Angola all lost their first matches and Tunisia drew 2-2 with Saudi Arabia. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College center Hamadou Laminou was left bloodied and stretchered off during the Generals game against University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday.Laminou sustained a nasty cut above his left eye after inadvertently getting kneed on the back of his head by Perpetual Help’s Jerome Pasia and the left side of his face subsequently hitting the parquet floor as he lost his balance while going for the basket.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe stayed down on the floor for a few minutes before being carried out on the floor and into the dugout.The 6-foot-8 Cameroonian got hurt with the Generals down 14, 61-47, with only 22.6 seconds left in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLaminou has been one of the few bright spots for the Generals this season where they missed the Final Four anew. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title NCAA: Altas near Final Four, pound Generals For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The sailors each carry a different kind of surfboard above their heads — one that has a fin-like rig attached to the bottom of the board. This is called a windfoil board, and for the first time ever, it hovers the waters of Anilao for the first foil race in the Philippines.Windfoiling, just like windsurfing, also uses a sail and a surfboard. What sets it apart from traditional windsurfing is the hydrofoil rig that allows the board to hover about three feet above the water, making it easier to sail faster and without much traction.“Windfoil is the evolution of windsurf,” former national team sailor Harold Madrigal explains.In the first round of the first foil race in the country, Madrigal and Geylord “Evang” Coveta, also a former national team athlete and 2012 RS:One world champion, sail neck-and-neck while “I Ran” plays from the shore where everyone squints to catch a glimpse of the tight race.In the end, Madrigal, despite practicing with the foil board for only two months, places first in the first foil race in the regatta while Coveta, who is also new to the foil board and practiced only three days before the race, places second.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER.net/Ryan LeagogoAt 8 a.m., with sunlight sprawled out along the shores of Anilao beach in Batangas, residents and tourists rise to witness the clear waters glisten and crash against the rocky shores. For many, it is just another weekend to relax by the beach and swim away the pressures of the weekday grind, but for the people of Janao Bay Inn Beach Resort, it is time to set sail.The Anilao Windsurf Regatta has been going on for about 22 years. The small community of Anilao sailors gather every year to celebrate their love for windsurfing. It is a sport known to Filipinos, though not so popular. Being that Anilao is commonly known as a diving attraction, windsurfing often remains unheard of especially here. Thus, whenever it is time for the year’s regatta, the sailors and windsurf enthusiasts make sure they make noise.ADVERTISEMENT Windsurfers show skills, encourage marine conservation at Anilao Regatta PLAY LIST 04:07Windsurfers show skills, encourage marine conservation at Anilao Regatta03:01Winners of the first ever foil windsurfing contest in the Philippines04:23Anilao getaway: Windsurfing and dolphins02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The young sailor describes her experience in the water as she sails first to the finish line: “Feeling mo lumilipad ka, tapos ang saya sa feeling ng parang lumulutang ka sa tubig, na nakikisabayan ka sa hangin.” (You feel like you’re flying, and it’s a fun feeling to be floating on the water, being one with the wind.)This is an experience shared by the tightknit windsurf community in Anilao — “a sense of freedom,” as 16-year-old sailor and foil slalom second runner-up Joaquin Jimenez calls it.“It’s you, your equipment, and the wind. It’s up to you where you want to go and how fast you want to go,” he expresses.INQUIRER.net/Ryan LeagogoThe Anilao Windsurf Regatta closes with the awarding ceremony where the sailors gather inside the Janao Bay Inn, laughing and cheering with their purple Propan TLC-sponsored clappers as they share inside jokes.This year’s regatta has proved once again that the community is just getting bigger, as organizer Nicole Alvaro de Arellano says. Next year, she hopes that the event reaches even wider audiences, including the windsurf communities in Boracay and Taal.As chairperson Anna Marco announces the names of the race winners, she reminds the sailors to “keep on sailing.” Windsurfing often goes unnoticed in the Philippines. Many sailors and regatta participants only hope for more recognition as they train to compete internationally.Despite challenges, the Anilao windsurf community continue to support each other as they persist with their passion for the water sport, unwavering. Whenever it gets too hard as windsurfing remains overlooked, what the Anilao Windsurf Regatta does is keep it alive, reminding every participant, guest or sailor, to keep on sailing. JBRELATED STORIES:Anilao: Windsurfing, dolphins, and a 101 on marine conservationAnilao Windsurf Regatta returns for 17th year View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Must-win for Painters Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra From afar, 1980s synthpop music blares from the stereos propped on the shores of Janao Bay, but inside the beach resort, everyone is calm and quiet. Sails lie still on the grounds of the inn as the sailors wait for an announcement — that is, it is time to race again.The first round of races begins with the novices and the class C sailors. As the red flag goes up, the young and aspiring sailors start to go offshore and into the water. In another minute, the yellow flag goes up and they put their sails upright. The countdown to the green flag begins and the sailors become one with their equipment. They look straight into the first buoy as the green flag goes up. The Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019 has officially set sail.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFirst foil race in the PhilippinesThe first two rounds of novice and class C races finish, and the beaming sailors drag their sails back to the shore. A new wave of sailors then prepare for a new round — only this time, they also prepare to make history. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ocean cleanup intermissionWhile the windsurf enthusiasts bathe in the sun and watch the games unfurl, chairperson and MC Anna Marco announces that there will be an ocean cleanup orientation held by partner organization Pure Oceans. A few more announcements later, the Pure Oceans booth remains uncrowded.At the booth, founder Pia Ocampo and SEA Institute interns gather to segregate plastic waste from a cleanup they had conducted the morning before the regatta started. A few minutes in and not one regatta-goer attends the orientation. Efforts, however, do not go to waste as they tally and segregate the trash from the shore and the surface of the water, both by category and by brand.“In an hour, we were able to get about six kilos of plastic — not much, but the data will help in helping the community also find out how they can manage their plastic waste, and keep it out of the ocean,” Ocampo points out.Alongside Pure Oceans, SEA Institute president Robert Suntay also makes an appearance at the booth in support to Pure Oceans.SEA Institute had also partnered up with last year’s regatta and conducted activities for kids that aim to promote marine conservation in the Verde Island Passage, which he refers to, alongside many scientists, as the most biodiverse spot in the world.A sense of freedomIn the second day of the regatta, the sailors once again weave through the waters and pump their sails to gather more wind. In the end, open class category sailor Vinna Dolor glides past all the other sailors from other classes, including bemedaled athletes. It is a big accomplishment for the 17-year-old sailor, considering she is one of the few women in the male-dominated sport.Ninna shows off her blistered hands from gripping and pumping the sails, but the pain wears off when she accepts her Open Class Women’s first place award.
The technology group Voith is again stepping up its commitment in the African hydropower market, having recently trained 20 employees from the Liberian electricity provider LEC (Liberia Electricity Corporation) for the Mount Coffee hydropower plant operation. The Mount Coffee plant is scheduled to begin feeding power into the grid by early 2017 following an enhancing modernization. The comprehensive training will prepare employees, from technicians through to managers, to fulfill their individual responsibilities. Mid of October, half of the plant’s staff were undergoing a two-week training program at Voith’s headquarters in Heidenheim, southern Germany. The training program will equip the staff with in-depth knowledge related to the most important design, production and operating concepts for hydropower plants. This will include training relating to turbines, generators and other electromechanical components. The program will also cover automation, control and maintenance topics. Basic training has already been completed in Liberia and in Zambia. Voith is helping its customer, Liberia Electricity Corporation, to acquire the knowledge it needs for a long-term, efficient and safe operation of its plant.“Voith is supporting the premise that technological construction and training is being done simultaneously in order to support both Africa’s economic and social development, in addition to reducing worldwide emissions. Cooperation with the Liberia Electricity Corporation on the Mount Coffee hydropower plant is a great example of this model,” said Heike Bergmann, Senior Vice President, Sales Africa at Voith Hydro.The future Liberian plant operators are receiving their training as part of Voith’s global Hydro School training program, which has been tailored to developing countries and its needs. The aim of the training is to educate local staff to obtain a qualification in their field of expertise. The training programs can be provided in English, French or Portuguese.Voith is modernizing the Francis turbines within the Mount Coffee power plant and will deliver new generators, control technology, and electromechanical power plant equipment. “The renewal work on the hydropower plant will contribute to economic transformation and bring about sustainable progress to the people of this West African country,” the company said in a statement. The Mount Coffee run-of-the-river hydropower plant was built in the 1960s. It is the second hydropower power plant in Liberia as well as the largest. During the Liberian civil war it was destroyed. (Source: http://impeller.net).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Venezuelan man who allegedly threatened to kill a woman during a robbery was on Wednesday remanded to prison after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Wilfredo Jose CasteloChief Magistrate Ann McLennan remanded Wilfredo Jose Castelo when he appeared before her and denied that he robbed Sharron Cartier on October 19, 2019 at Thomas Hill, Mabaruma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), while being armed with a knife.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on October 19, the victim was walking going home when the 29-year-old man pounced on her armed with a knife.The court heard that the Venezuelan man placed the knife to the woman’s throat, threw her to the ground, and threatened to kill her. Castelo is accused of relieving the woman of her bag. The matter was reported to the Police and he was arrested and placed in an identification parade. The prosecution is contending that the Virtual Complainant (VC) positively identified Castelo.In an application for bail to be denied, the prosecutor told the court that the Venezuelan man had no ties to Guyana and would not return for his trial if granted bail. The prosecution’s submission was upheld and Castelo was remanded to prison.The case will continue on November 18 at the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – TransCanada announced today that they have reached agreements with 13 First Nations groups regarding the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. The company also announced that they are in consultation with 8 other First Nations along the proposed route.“These groups have demonstrated their desire to contribute meaningfully and constructively throughout the life cycle of this project,” said Rick Gateman, Coastal GasLink pipeline project president. “Our relationship with them, and the knowledge we have gained about their traditional use of the land, makes Coastal GasLink a better project.”TransCanada says the agreements with First Nations vary, but could enable them with training, education, provisions for a liaison committee to maintain ongoing relationships between Coastal GasLink and the First Nation, or designated contracting opportunities specific to the community that has signed the agreement.“We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Coastal GasLink team. We believe that meaningful participation can work to the benefit of our members and the project, and that we can achieve balance with protecting our environment,” said Chief Joe Bevan, Kitselas First Nation.As of now, the GasLink team has had over 15,000 interactions with Aboriginals on the proposed project route.- Advertisement -The project is expected to generate over 2,000 jobs during construction and over $20 million in annual property tax payment.Advertisement
0Shares0000FKF boss Nick Mwendwa (right) with CAF Second Vice President Constant Omari during his visit to Kenya in June.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will send an eight-man inspection team led by second vice president Constant Omari for a final assessment of the country’s preparedness for next year’s Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) on Monday, September 11.This is after the initial inspection tour which had been set for Thursday, September 7 aborted due to what was reported as ‘the country’s political situation’. “The CAF team will arrive on Monday, September 11 and will be here all through to September 18. It will be led by Omari and will also include departmental heads who will come in to assess whether all aspects of the tournament are okay,” FKF communications director Barry Otieno told Capital Sport.Omari was in the country on Monday where he held a closed door meeting with the Minister of Sports Hassan Wario, the Local Organizing Committee and other government officials.Sports Principle Secretary Peter Kaberia (left) and FKF boss Nick Mwendwa (right) chat with CAF Second Vice President Constant Omari during his visit to Kenya in June.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUHis visit was to inquire whether or not the current political situation brought about by last week’s Supreme Court ruling on a repeat of the Presidential Elections would in any way affect the preparations towards the tournament.The visit will be monumental as whatever the inspection team will have collected by the end of their tour will have a huge impact on CAF’s decision on September 23 during their Executive Committee meeting in Accra, Ghana.Kenya’s biggest fight with CAF in as far as the tournament is concerned rotates around infrastructure. Only Moi International Sports Center Kasarani meets the most minimum of requirements but still some amount of work needs to be put in.On Thursday, Sports Principle Secretary Peter Kaberia confirmed that a total of Sh4.8bn will be used to ensure all stadia are ready with Kipchoge Keino in Eldoret, Kinoru in Meru and Nyayo in Nairobi fighting to beat the November deadline to be ready.“I am confident we will host CHAN. We can’t be overconfident but I know we can convince them that we will be ready. We are not ready now, let’s be honest, but we will be ready,” Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa told Capital Sport.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)