Ja Under-17s whipped by US

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):Jamaica were routed 8-1 by United States after second-half substitute Frankie Tagliaferri fired a sensational beaver-trick to headline their Group B encounter on day two of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship here on Friday.Entering the contest at the Grenada National Stadium in the 70th minute, Tagliaferri notched goals in the 72nd, 75th, 81st and 87th minute to condemn the Jamaicans to a heavy opening loss.Vivanna Kuhlmann also netted a hat-trick while Ashley Sanchez added another, as the US eased to a 2-1 lead at half-time, before exploding after the break. Jamaica got on the scoresheet through Shayla Smart.In the other game played in the group, Mexica downed Costa Rica 4-2.last_img

Two Candidates in Bong District#5 Call for Rerun at Gbartala Precinct

first_imgSilas Kpanan Ayoung Siakor, one of the two contenders for the District #5 representative seat, said the election process at the Gbartala Precinct was created an unsafe environment, which cost him votesTwo candidates for the District #5 representative seat in Bong County have called on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to re-administer the elections in Gbartala precinct.The candidates are Silas Kpanan Ayoung Siakor, an independent candidate, and Amos Mhulbah Kornimugie of the Movement for Economic Empowerment.According to them they have formally registered their objections to the administration of the NEC to have a runoff in line with Article 5.9 of the New Elections Law that was approved on September 29, 1986, and amended on January 29, 2003; December 23, 2004; and December 15, 2014, which indicate that a voter, candidate or registered political party may file a complaint with the Commission alleging that an offense against the Constitution or the Elections law, or violation of a regulation issued by the Commission has occurred.Siakor stressed that Article 5.10 further states that a complaint must be submitted in writing no later than seven (7) days after the time the offense or violation was witnessed, signed by the witness and accompanied by any evidence the complainant has.The two candidates complained that on October 10, the election process at the Gbartala Precinct was characterized by insecurity thus creating an unsafe environment that led hundreds of voters to abandon the voting process without voting.They claimed that “the election process was chaotic and disorganized leading to hundreds of voters not being able to vote during the election because the polling place was kept opened until Wednesday morning, October 11, for voters to unlawfully assemble and illegally vote after midnight on October 10.”According to them, the voting continued until the morning hours of Wednesday, October 11, under poor lighting condition making it impossible for their observers to effectively observe and monitor the process to verify legitimate voters.Siakor and Kornimugie indicated that they have sample photocopies of voter ID cards that were collected to substantiate their allegations and are prepared to present witnesses to testify to the instances.They further indicated that they are asking for a re-vote in the Gbartala Precinct to allow duly registered voters to vote in an orderly and lawful manner.“We draw the attention of the NEC to the fact that they personally participated in some of the decisions that are the subject of this complaint, and therefore consider them to be complicit in the offenses that are the subject of this complaint.“We also draw the NEC’s attention to the fact that you lodged in the same house that served as Mr. Edward Karfiah’s campaign office in Gbartala City, and where he also slept the night of October 10, thus creating an opportunity for him to exercise undue influence over the election process and potentially compromising your (the NEC) ability to impartially adjudicate this matter,” they noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Morocco plays up long-shot 2026 World Cup bid

first_img0Shares0000Moroccan sports officials give a press conference in Casablanca on January 23, 2018, presenting their country’s bid to host the 2026 football World Cup © AFP / FADEL SENNACASABLANCA, Morocco, Jan 23 – Morocco is “fully mobilised” for its long-shot bid to host the 2026 World Cup, hoping to be a candidate “for the whole of Africa”, top sports officials said Tuesday.The kingdom “is not a non-starter — it’s a real candidate,” Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in his first public appearance as chairman of the country’s 2026 bid committee. “We are going to put in all our energy,” he told a news conference in Casablanca, brushing off criticisms that the campaign had been delayed.“Our record is and will be irreproachable.”Morocco’s fifth bid, announced in August, faces fierce competition from a three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.Fouzi Lekjaa, head of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), said he hoped the North African country’s bid would be “a candidacy for the whole continent”.“Between 1930 to 2030 — 100 years — the African continent has only organised the World Cup once,” Lekjaa said, referring to the 2010 tournament in South Africa, which beat a previous bid by Morocco.“It should not remain on the margin.”The committee has enlisted Ivory Coast legend and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba along with Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o to promote its bid.The host will be chosen on June 13, but the way the choice is made marks a change by FIFA, the sport’s world governing body.The decision used to be made by FIFA’s executive committee, but after suspicions over its selection of Russia and Qatar in December 2010, sparking a scandal that dethroned president Sepp Blatter, the committee was stripped of some powers and renamed the FIFA Council.The new-look council must rubber-stamp the bids, but the final decision will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow.Morocco’s bid committee hope to win support from the 53 members of the Confederation of African Football.CAF president Ahmad Ahmad has urged the sport’s bodies across the continent to offer “free and massive support” to the kingdom.The bid committee on Tuesday’s unveiled their leadership team, social media channels and logo: red leaves on a black and white football surrounding a star that symbolises “unity and brilliance”.Responding to a question on human rights, newly added to FIFA’s selection criteria, Elalamy said Morocco had made progress on women’s and family rights.The kingdom was “one of the safest countries in the world”, he added.The committee also played up Morocco’s infrastructure, including a high-speed railway, ports, stadiums and hotel capacity.They did not reveal how much was to be spent on the bid, but said each of the last two bids had cost around $15 million (12 million euros).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more