Misplaced Value: the Crux of Liberia’s Troubles

first_imgDoing our homework for today’s editorial, we relished the rich reporting in yesterday’s issue: UL students threatening “mayhem” over tuition hikes; a judge strengthening his ruling over the FDA case; a commentary on the forestry aspect of the resource curse; the commerce Minister’s announcement of price inspections; and the Ministry of Post & Telecommunications’ briefing on the progress of a postal system. In these stories, we picked up on a common thread that strikes at the heart of our troubles as a nation – and the opportunity before us. What do these stories have in common, you ask? We will explain below. But first, we quote scripture – this is, after all, Africa’s most religious country. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt.6:19-21)While this passage seems restrictive in terms of how one should perceive and handle things of value, it promotes a shift our national paradigm away from materialism, toward investment in the intangible (unseen) treasures around us.Now, for the stories. We were unsurprised that the UL Student Development Alliance (STUDA) would threaten “mayhem” over a per-credit price increase from L$175 to L$440 (US$5). Unruly behavior is LU students’ “usual habit”. But this particular issue is dismally absurd. If those students were to ask their counterparts across the globe for the price of their education – some averaging US$500 per credit – LU hooligans would gladly shut up, pay the US$5, and take fewer courses each semester. But here they are, threatening violence over a nickel. The report and commentary on Forestry hit the issue from two angles. In one instance, a judge had to be strong armed into issuing a sentence befitting of the economic crimes committed by the former Forestry Development Authority boss and his colleagues. In the other, a case was made for preserving Liberia’s forests as a source of revenue, instead of allowing forestry to remain another cursed resource. From these, we gather that Liberians are only just now grasping the value of our forests beyond simply being a logging money maker. Now, countries are offering us money not to cut our trees down, and we are considering these forests as medical, nutritional and touristic assets, ripe for constructive revenue generation. Our Commerce Minister, taking bold steps to encourage fair pricing of commodities, starting with the Greater Monrovia area, shows a turn toward consideration for the plight of ordinary Liberians who are daily being fleeced from the Lebanese, Indians, Chinese and their own dear compatriots. Lastly, our Post Master General – after at least four years in office – laments that Liberia still needs US$7 million for an address system. What draws these stories together is the abiding challenge Liberians have of discerning the true value of things, people, relationships, ideas, and money. To us, money is king, and seeing is believing. So, because they cannot see knowledge, our students have trouble attaching real value to it. Because they cannot monetize the total value of a forest (we see them as just trees, not as a rich ecosystem) our public officials cannot optimally utilize it, and our judges cannot adequately penalize those who exploit it. Because they cannot quantify the value of good customer relationships and a good reputation, our entrepreneurs continue to extort customers to make a quick buck. Because we do not recognize the value of a positive legacy – the lasting impact of an address system on small business needing access to finance – we drag our feet and whine about obstacles. We Liberians seem to be desperately adverse to the efficient investment of resources. How, you ask? Just ask the LU girls shopping for the latest fashion pieces, instead of spending time and money in the pursuit of knowledge; or the Legislators demanding salary increases instead of putting money into county development projects. We prefer to indulge in instant pleasure; rather than working and waiting, forgoing present comforts to receive future gain. This is not sustainable. What we need is a fresh perspective on what real treasure is. What is your treasure covered with? Rust or antirust? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Nkurunziza, Give Your People a New Year Gift of Peace

first_imgNever before in the history of Burundi has the country’s peace depended solely on one man—Pierre Nkurunziza.The whole world, but most especially the Burundian people themselves, know the recent history of this East African nation—a history that turned the nation topsy-turvy (upside down). Bloodshed and instability ensued. Yes, it started just eight months ago, last April, when PresidentNkurunziza made his ominous announcement that, despite the constitutional restriction and clear and unmistakable opposition of his people, he would seek a third term of office.To demonstrate their opposition and distaste for this unconstitutional move by their President, the people took to the streets demonstrating against his decision. But instead of bowing to the will of the people, instead of sensing the resolute undercurrent of discontent in the country, the President responded with brutality and bloodshed, killing, maiming and imprisoning anyone his ruthless security forces could put their hands on. The situation became so desperate that neighboring Rwandan President Paul Kagame was forced to ask, “What kind of politics is this”—killing people every day just to stay in power against the will of the people.President Kagame had reason to be disturbed by the horrendous developments in Burundi. Already thousands of Burundians, fleeing the widening violence, had voted, with their feet next door into Rwanda seeking refuge. President Kagame feared the outbreak of civil war in Burundi, which would seriously threaten the peace in the sub-region and in Rwanda itself—a country which, under his astute and progressive leadership, has over the past decade made serious and remarkable economic, political and economic progress.So successful has Rwanda become that it shines as a highly positive example of good governance and progress. For this reason, the people last week voted in a referendum to change the constitution to allow their enlightened, forward-looking and successful to seek a third term of office.Our only prayer is that President Paul Kagame, realizing that his prospective reelection would mark his last term of office, will not change course by relaxing his progressive, development-oriented program and start taking the people and everything else for granted.We think the warning is appropriate and timely because we have seen it in all too many places, where leaders in their last term just sit and do little or nothing, leaving the country stagnant and retrogressive and the people in a state of despondency, despair and decay. Some leaders in their last term also turn repressive, and start ruling the country with an iron fist, causing more suffering and economic and financial suffocation. President Kagame must avoid this at all cost and let the light of one East African nation radiate throughout the continent, inspiring others.But how can President Nkurunziza bring peace to Burundi? He can do so by developing the courage, goodwill and compassion for his suffering and troubled people by resigning the presidency. This alone will immediately restore the peace in Burundi and cause the people to rejoice and even thank him for diffusing the rising political chaos threatening the country. The people would be happy and so would he, and the country would be restored to peace and normalcy, ready even at additional expense, to stage a new free, fair and transparent election that would cause the world, too, to rejoice and be glad in the New Year, 2016.Perhaps this is something President Kagame can make happen by visiting his fellow President and giving him a simple advice—“Step aside and restore the peace in your country. Your people will thank you for it.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flyers open training camp

first_imgAmid the excitement of the 2009/2010 season, the Fort St. John Flyers opened their training camp on Wednesday night.Coach Adam Brash, returning for his third season behind the bench, will lead the Senior Flyers into their 51st season in team history, but one certain to be unlike any other.  Fort St. John is set to host the 2010 Allan Cup in April, providing the team its first appearance on the national stage.A guaranteed Allan Cup birth can often mean an influx of players eager to win spots, though on Wednesday, there weren’t too many strangers lacing up skates.- Advertisement -A couple of new faces:Blake Sheane – a former Central Hockey League player originally from Manitoba.Rob Wells – a Whitehorse native who recently moved to Fort St. John.Advertisement Captain David Alexander and star-defenceman Kip Noble missed practice on Wednesday, but are expected to lead the Flyers through the season.The camp continues twice weekly until mid-october, when the Flyers begin the NPHL season.2009-10 Fort St. John Flyers Schedule:Sat., Oct. 17 vs. Grande Prairie*** (rescheduled game)Fri., Oct 30 vs. Spirit RiverAdvertisement Sat., Dec. 5 at Spirit RiverThu., Dec. 10 at Grande PrairieFri., Dec. 18 vs. Dawson CreekSat., Dec. 19 at HytheSat., Jan. 2 vs. HytheThu., Jan. 7 vs. Dawson CreekThu., Jan. 14 at HytheSat., Jan 16 vs. Spirit RiverSat., Jan. 23 vs. Grande PrairieFri., Jan. 29 at Spirit RiverSat., Jan. 30 at Grande PrairieThu., Feb. 4 vs. HytheSat., Feb. 6 vs. Spirit RiverThe schedule has an upside and a downside.  On the upside, the Flyers will take on only teams from the NPHL’s west division, which means the regular season should see more competitive games, and less lop-sided blowouts.On the downside, the Flyers will not be playing in the NPHL playoffs, which leaves a glaring two-month gap between the end of the season and the Allan Cup.  Like last year, team management is currently working out the details of some exhibition series, including potential matchups against Stony Plain, Bentley, and Whitehorse.In addition, the Powell River Regals are reported to have registered as ‘AAA’ this season, meaning the Flyers may get a chance to defend the Savage Cup, which has resided in the North Peace Arena’s trophy case since they first won it in 2007.The 2010 Allan Cup runs from April 19-24 2010, in Fort St. John. Sat., Nov. 14 at Dawson CreekFri., Nov. 20 at HytheSat., Nov. 21 vs. Dawson CreekThu., Nov. 26 at Grande PrairieThu., Dec. 3 at Dawson CreekAdvertisement Nathan Waberski, Darren Peebles – former Fort St. John Flyers.Bryce Novak, Adam Horst – former Fort St. John Huskies.A couple of notable absences:Adam Loncan and Dustin Kersey are both rumoured to be skating with the re-formed Dawson Creek Senior Canucks.Advertisementlast_img read more

350 students graduate from North Peace Secondary School

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One of the largest graduating classes in recent memory will graduate from North Peace Secondary School today.350 students will cross the stage to receive a diploma at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.NPSS principal Randy Pauls says the class is a special group.“They are a great group of young adults.  They will go on to be welders, carpenters, doctors, lawyers, environmental engineers, mothers, fathers and good citizens. They are as nice a group as we have ever had.”- Advertisement -Pauls also says the school year has been a huge success due to parents, the community, and local businesses that give opportunities to the students throughout the school year.“It has been a great year at NPSS!  Time seem to fly by so quickly!  It takes a whole community to educate a child so we are ever grateful to the parents of our students who come along side the teachers, and together work tirelessly to see that the kids do well. We are grateful to all our community businesses and partners that provide so many opportunities for our students.  This school truly belongs to all the communities that make up our surrounding area.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Germany boss Loew dismisses Bayern rumours

first_img“That is absolutely not a subject for me,” he told broadcaster ZDF with Germany hosting Brazil in a friendly on Tuesday.With less than three months to go before the World Cup kicks-off, Loew says he has “other things to worry about” than Bayern.The Bavarian giants are scouting for a new coach for 2018/19 as Heynckes, 72, has yet to make it clear if he will continue next season.After 12 highly successful years as the national team’s boss, Bayern would only become a realistic option for Loew if Germany has a disastrous World Cup campaign.Under Loew, Germany has always reached at least the semi-finals of all major competitions.His finest hour was the 2014 World Cup triumph, but he also won the Confederations Cup last year with an inexperienced squad in Russia after resting all his star players.Nevertheless, Bayern are running out of options in the quest to find Heynckes’ successor.Former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has turned them down, according to reports on Sunday.Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino, Lucien Favre, currently at Nice, and Eintracht Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac have all been linked to the Bayern job.According to German daily Bild, the front runner is Ralph Hasenhuettl, currently the boss at RB Leipzig.The 50-year-old has been targeted by both Bayern and their Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.Bild claim Hasenhuettl would cost either club 10 million euros to buy out of his contract, which expires in June 2019.Dortmund’s current coach Peter Stoeger, who is unbeaten in his 12 league games since taking charge in December, only has a contract until June.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has ruled out taking over at Bayern Munich next season © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZBERLIN, Germany, Mar 27 – Germany’s World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has ruled out taking over at Bayern Munich next season with the runaway Bundesliga leaders hunting for Jupp Heynckes’ successor.Loew, 58, has a contract with the German FA until 2020 and emphatically ruled out media speculation linking him to Bayern next season.last_img read more

Swindon Town appoint Richie Wellens as new manager to replace Phil Brown

first_imgRichie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town’s new manager, the League Two club have confirmed.Wellens, 38, takes charge of the County Ground club two days after Phil Brown was sacked from his position with Swindon struggling in the lower reaches of the table; the Robins sit 17th after 17 games, having won on just five occasions. News | 📰Richie Wellens is our new First-Team Manager. Read more 👉 https://t.co/qNT6ikXj0Q#STFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/hX3vRMfFAZ— Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) November 13, 2018Former Reading, Leeds and Ipswich player Noel Hunt – who also represented the Republic of Ireland – joins as Wellens’ assistant.He leaves his role as player/assistant manager of Waterford in his native Ireland to take up the position.Wellens said upon the confirmation of his appointment: “For me, it’s a great opportunity to manage a football club that is well-run, has a good infrastructure, and a tradition, over the last six or seven years, of playing a style that I want to play. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “I want to get the ball down, play positive, quick, passing football and bring results and success to this football club, because at this moment it is underachieving.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Wellens began his playing career in Manchester United’s academy, and went on to enjoy long spells with Blackpool, Leicester and Doncaster Rovers. He also turned out for Shrewsbury, Salford City, Macclesfield and Oldham Athletic, who hand Wellens his first coaching job in 2017. huge blow Latest Football News BEST OF ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Phil Brown was sacked by Swindon two days ago REVEALED 2 RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining Wellens has been out of work since June Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED He was promoted to Latics caretaker manager later that year, and was given the job on a permanent basis after going undefeated in his five-game interim spell.However, Oldham sacked Wellens at the end of last season following their relegation to league Two, and he has been out of work since.last_img read more


first_imgUnitedHealth Group today celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000-square-foot building at Business Park Road in Letterkenny with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.Senior executives of UnitedHealth Group based at the company’s Minnetonka, Minnesota, headquarters, led by Chief Financial Officer and President of UnitedHealth Group Operations David Wichmann attended the official opening.Speaking to invited guests Mr. Wichmann described today’s ceremony as a significant boost to UnitedHealth Group’s growth plans in Letterkenny. “The Letterkenny site garners much attention at our senior meetings in the United States.  The hard work and dedication of the teams here is reflected in the site’s growth since its establishment in 1999.  Back then it just had 30 staff.  Today it boasts 450 staff and growing.“A company such as UnitedHealth Group with 63 offices worldwide, and over 87,000 employees, requires people who lead from the front.  Over the past day and a half, I have personlly witnessed those traits, albeit, a quiet and highly effective leadership team.  I have been extremely impressed by the operations here and the value-add for us as a corporation.Site Director Padraig Monaghan congratulated the staff of UnitedHealth Group and commented on the high-end IT jobs to be filled in the coming months.“We are now the second biggest employer in Letterkenny and offer real opportunities for young graduates. From Letterkenny we service globally  Our strategic location allows us to give 24/7 support to all our clients. This new facility will come on stream in the coming weeks and  we will becontinung to recruti highly-trained and experienced IT and software teams that can grow with our company. “You may have heard me alude to our strong team here in Letterkenny before; but today I reiterate this point, we are a company that runs a world class business,” said Monaghan.Representing the Government, Donegal North East Deputy Joe McHugh described today’s official opening as a very positive news day for County Donegal.“The multi-national sector in Ireland is bucking the trend in terms of jobs growth and this is reflected right here in Letterkenny.  200 jobs represents a significant boost to the local economy, not only for the employees but indirectly it generates millions of euro for the local economy.“I would also like to pay tribute to Padraig Monaghan and his team for their hard work over the years in successfully growing UnitedHealth Group to where it is today. It joins successful companies like Pramerica, Zeus, SITA and Medisize as our success stories in Letterkenny and we salute the commitment of companies such as these to Donegal and the North West.” From Letterkenny UnitedHealth Group supports clients in Europe, the Middle-East, the USA and in Asia, and their strategic location allows them to undertake this support 24/7. The new facility opened today will be home to the company’s new IT teams who will be housed there in the coming weeks and months.During the three-day visit the US Executives also met with Letterkenny Institute of Technology officials and visited Woodlands National School to see a Junior Achievement Project, a programme supported by UnitedHealth Group.UnitedHealth Group’s Letterkenny site currently employs more than 450 people across Claims Operations, Transactions, Quality, Finance, Human resources and IT Functions.  It was established in July 1999 with just 30 employees. AMERICAN COMPANY OPENS NEW OFFICES WITH 200 NEW JOBS ON THE WAY was last modified: May 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgCllr Gary DohertySinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has today joined in with calls for the British Government to reverse a new levy to be imposed on all HGV’s entering the Six Counties.Under the new legislation all HGVs crossing the border between Donegal and the six counties will be liable to pay £10 each time they cross the boundary. Councillor Doherty was joining in the calls of his party colleague Pat Doherty who is the MP for West Tyrone. Cllr Doherty said “this levy is against the ethos of the European Union working to eliminate borders which separate people. In particular this levy aims to separate the people of Northern Ireland from the rest of the island of Ireland. He continued “haulage firms are under extreme pressure in the current climate without adding insult to injury by imposing this levy. The price of fuel has remained at a high level. These costs will impact on the business which utilise haulage firms and these costs would eventually come back to hit the average consumer. That is without even thinking about how this levy would work on a practical level. Will we be faced with the return of checkpoints at the border like the bad old days?“I think this is a very draconian measure by the British Government. I would urge all elected representatives of all parties to oppose this levy and to use whatever lobbying powers they have to prevent it from coming into force. I applaud the work done by Pat Doherty in Westminster in highlighting this issue and Pearse Doherty who has met with Government representatives in Leinster House urging them to meet with the British Government to dissuade them of this levy.Pat Doherty described the new plans as “crazy”.He said “Once again we have an example of policy being formulated at Westminster which gives no consideration to the economic or geographical realities on this island. “Last September, I wrote to the Minister of Dept of Transport in London outlining these concerns but the subsequent response from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State from the Department Stephen Hammond was completely dismissive by attempting to equate the planned £10 levy with the ‘Toll Charges’ that are payable on HGV vehicles on some motorways in the south.Sinn Féin has also been raising our serious concerns about these British government levy plans through the Assembly’s Environment Committee and will be firmly asking Environment Minister Mark H Durkan to ensure that these levy plans are blocked in our submission to the consultation into these levy plans which closes on the 4th February and we would urge as many people as possible to similarly register their opposition to these plans by in making submissions to this consultation. SINN FEIN IN BID TO STOP NEW LEVY ON LORRIES ENTERING THE NORTH was last modified: January 27th, 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:Gary DohertyHGV levyThe Northlast_img read more

Distance Carnival Closes Thursday Action At Drake Stadium

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The 108th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee continued on Thursday with the resumption of the heptathlon and decathlon while competition got underway with high school and university/college division competition. The day closed with the annual Distance Carnival highlighted by Drake senior Reed Fischer winning the men’s 5,000 meters to break a 39-year-old school record.With the hometown crowd urging him own, Fischer broke the school record and gave the host school a satisfying victory. Fischer stormed past Wisconsin’s Malachy Schrobilgen coming in the final turn and won in 13:48.32 — nearly 12 seconds faster than the previous school record that Boyd Nansel set back in 1978. It’s the fastest winning time in the event since 1988, when Iowa State’s Raf Wyns ran 13:41.46. Schrobilgen finished in 13:49.68, also a personal best. Fischer won the 3000 and 5000 at the Missouri Valley Conference indoor meet this year and was the Valley’s cross country champion last fall. Schrobilgen is a two-time Big Ten cross country champion and an outdoor All-American in the 10K.In the conclusion of the multi-events, former Logan-Magnolia High School standout Alex Gochenour continued to enjoy success on Drake’s Blue Oval. After winning 13 state championships and four Drake Relays titles as a prep, Gochenour added the title in the Relays heptathlon. Gochenour, who competed collegiately at LSU and Arkansas, led through all seven events in compiling 5,740 points. Sami Spenner, who had a standout collegiate career at Omaha University, was second with 5,537. Former Central College standout Kurtis Brondyke won his second Drake Relays decathlon title thanks to a score of 7600 points. The 2014 Drake Relays champion, Brondyke won five of the 10 events to become the ninth athlete in meet history to win multiple titles in the decathlon. Brondyke is now an assistant coach under Kip Janvrin, who won 15 decathlon titles at the Drake Relays. The Distance Carnival opened with Oklahoma State has racing to a victory in the women’s 4×1600 relay. The Cowgirls held off Wisconsin throughout the race and finished in 19:07.13. In what became a two-team race, Wisconsin crossed the finish in 19:10.15. Minutes later, Oklahoma State completed a sweep in the 4×1600 relay. Thompson passed Wisconsin ace Morgan McDonald on the final carry and lifted the Cowboys to the men’s title in 16:18.00– the fastest time at the Relays since 1990.Audrey Miller of Loras made her 10,000 meters debut at the Blue Oval on Thursday, where she won the women’s race in 34:53.98. An All-American in indoor track this spring, Miller’s time ranks third in Division III this season. In the men’s 10,000 meters, Missouri senior Drew White celebrated his 23rd birthday in style — with a Drake Relays championship. White ran his fastest 10,000 meters ever to win the men’s race in 29:41.10. That’s more than a minute faster than his previous best of 30:48.44 at the 2014 SEC Championships.In the afternoon’s high school field events, the boys’ shot put was one for the ages. For the first time in Drake Relays history, four athletes launched throws more than 60 feet in the boy’s shot put. Mt. Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs won the competition with a throw of 66-3 ½, which ranks sixth in the country this year. Wirfs’ mark ranks second in Relays history trailing only Cedar Rapids Jefferson Doug Lane’s meet record of 67-2 ¼. Last year’s champion in the boys shot put, Wirfs became the 12th in meet history to win back-to-back Drake Relays titles in the boys shot put. Jared Brinkman of Regina placed second with a heave of 65-2 ½, which ranks third in Drake Relays history and is the best throw in meet history by a runner-up. William Blaser of Western Dubuque was third with a mark of 62-1 ¾ while Kingsley Pierson/Woodbury Central’s Nick Phelps was fourth with a toss of 60-9.Season leader J’Von Harris of Oskaloosa cleared 6-feet, 9-inches to win the boys high jump, a dramatic improvement over his performance at last year’s Drake Relays. Harris’ mark was just short of the state-leading 6-10 he cleared earlier this month. At last year’s Relays, Harris cleared only the opening height of 6-1 and finished 20th. He missed three attempts at 7 feet, a mark that has been reached only five times in the Relays high school division.Action resumes on the Blue Oval Friday morning at 8 a.m. and continues all day before concluding with Hy-Vee Night at the Relays featuring seven Rio Olympic Rematch events.Print Friendly Version Friday Startlist Thursday Results (PDF) Thursday Results (HTML) Story Links Thursday Interviews Thursday Results (TXT) Photo Gallery Thursday Notes last_img read more

Uganda Cranes defeat Cape Verde to seal AFCON 2019 Qualification

first_img Tags: patrick kaddutopUganda Cranes The Cranes team that started on Saturday (photo by FUFA Media)2019 AFCON Qualifiers-Group L Uganda 1-0 Cape Verde Mandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 17-11-2018NAMBOOLE – The Uganda Cranes defeated Cape Verde 1-0 at the Mandela National Stadium to seal a spot at next year’s AFCON tournament in Cameroon.Patrick Kaddu who was set to be replaced scored the winner with 13 minutes to play and sent the East African nation into joy.How the action unfolded:The first 10 minutes of the game were cagy with neither side willing to commit numbers forward.From there, the game started picking up life and on 15 minutes, Denis Iguma threaded a through ball for Farooq Miya who turned sharply in the area but shot straight at Theirry Graca in Cape Verde’s goal and the ball went out for a corner. The resultant kick was half cleared by the visitors and Iguma tried his luck from distance but shot straight at Graca.Two minutes later, Aucho lashed onto Patrick Kaddu’s cut back but his effort was charged down by the visitors’ defence.On 24 minutes, Kaddu was brought down in the area by Carlos Rodriguez but referee-Youssef Essrayri waved play on.With 9 minutes to play in the first half, Jorge Semedo turned the Cranes defence inside out but shot tamely at Denis Onyango who collected easily.At the other end, Kaddu lashed onto a long ball down the right channel, sent in a low cross but was not connected with properly by Isaac Muleme whose effort went directly at Graca.Muleme (right) tries to beat a Cape Verde defender on SaturdayThe first yellow card of the game was shown to Hassan Wasswa for bundling Semedo over near Uganda’s penalty area. The resultant free-kick was dealt with easily by Uganda.Five minutes later, Jjuuko was also booked for a reckless challenge on Garry Mendes around the center circle.With neither side able to find the net in the first half, Esserayri sent them back into the changing rooms deadlocked at 0-0 for the mandetory rest.At the start of the second half, Cape Verde made the first substitution of the game, taking off Ryan Mendes and replacing him with Heldon Ramos.Three minutes into the last 45, Helder Tavares was booked for a challenge on Khalid Aucho as frasturation started setting in for the Blue Sharks.Two minutes later Garry Mendes made a decent run down the right and sent in a delicious low cross which was met by Nuno Rocha but the Craikiova midfielder could not direct his effort towards goal and it went out for a goal kick.The visitors made their second substitution on the hour mark, sending on Dijon Captain Julio Taveras in place of Helder Tevares.Uganda went on the offensive and missed several opportunities as Miya and Kaddu could not find the back of the net in quick succession.Kaddu (right) in action against Cape Verde on SaturdayWith 24 minutes to play, Allan Kyambadde came on for Muleme in a move that was meant to try and add more energy into the Ugandan attack.Cape Verde had a glorious opportunity to take the lead on 70 minutes when Ramos ran through on goal and his first time shot beat Onyango who had ran out of his goal to try and block the attacker, but Jjuuku cleared the ball out for a throw in before it could cross the line.The visitors were made to pay for Ramos’ miss as with 13 minutes to play, Kaddu scored the all important goal for Uganda. The KCCA FC striker rose highest to node in Walusimbi’s cross at the near post and in the process, send the crowd at Namboole into jubilation. Before scoring the goal, the former Maroons striker was about to be substituted with Edria Lubega getting ready to come on.Two minutes later, the Cranes should have doubled their lead but Kaddu could only shoot at Fernando Valera after Graca had fumbled Miya’s tame effort moments earlier.Sensing they may be headed for a loss, Cape Verde made their final substitution, sending on striker Nuno Joia in place of Rocha.Despite the all-out attacking approach, the Blue Sharks could not find the all elusive equalizer as Uganda held on to win the game 1-0.The victory take Uganda to 13 points after 5 games and with second placed Tanzania on 5 points, the Cranes now seal qualification to AFCON 2019 in Cameroon.Uganda will play Tanzania in their last game of the qualifiers early next year.The team that started against Cape Verde:Denis Onyango, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Jjuuko, Hassan Wasswa, Denis Iguma, Moses Waiswa, Khalid Aucho, Farooq Miya, Isaac Muleme, Patrick Kaduu.Comments last_img read more