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Gor, AFC threaten to pull out of CAF competitions

first_imgGor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, said they would hold a crisis meeting later Tuesday where they would write to continental body, CAF, stating their withdrawal from the 2018 African Champions League.“A one-way air ticket is costing Sh3.5m, accommodation, Sh3m and we will need Sh10m for one match, to and from and we cannot sustain that budget,” Rachier said after the announcement of withdrawal.“Our gate collections are not enough to cater for that expense and also pay players and technical bench, we are in dilemma. This is tantamount to killing football in the country. No Kenyan club is going to successfully stay in the 2018 KPL,” Rachier lamented.AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule (left) in a past KPL match.Photo/FILEHis Leopards counterpart, Dan Mule, also said his team who won the 2017 GOtv Shield will follow suit and pull out from the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup.“We have no sponsors right now. We are going to withdraw from CAF assignments. We are urging other like-minded corporates to emulate SportPesa and support community clubs in Kenya. I don’t know how we will pay the 10 international players we have signed ahead of the season,” Mule told.Besides Gor and Leopards, other organisations staring at a bleak future include Football Kenya Federation, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) and the Boxing Association of Kenya are the federations affected by the move to terminate their biggest source of funding.SportPesa was also catering for the bulk of the pay for newly hired national football team head coach, Belgian Paul Put and Technical Director, Andreas Spiers from Germany.KRU boss Richard Omwela showing letter from SportPesa.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Kenyan Premier League (football), National Boxing League as well as the annual Super 8 grassroots football tournament are the domestic competitions that will be affected by the move.“The cancellation of this contract forces us to completely re-examine our structures and we immediately call upon the government to step into the breach and provide the necessary support as guided by the Sports Act,” KRU said in a statement.“Our 2018 calendar includes the Rugby Africa Championships for our U20s in April, Lionesses participation at the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong and as well as the Commonwealth Games, and the Women’s Africa  Cup 7s in September,” KRU added.Second division side; Nakuru AllStars FC and Kenya Harlequins (Rugby) are the other teams lost their main sponsors on Tuesday.World Boxing Council women’s Super-bantamweight champion, Fatuma Zarika, local rally driver, Leonardo Varese and a number of grassroot tournaments are others affected by the drastic move.“This tax is on revenue before we pay the other tax, SportPesa we are here to stay and we will try to be efficient and unfortunately, we have to drop sponsorships,” Karauri emphasised.Karauri who is also the Association of Gaming Operators in Kenya, called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate dialogue to resolve the standoff pledging SportPesa would make a swift return to sports if an amicable solution is found.“No one has called me to come and talk, request the President to sit down with me as the chairman of the AGOK so that we come to a solution.  I remain optimistic but our attempts at dialogue have not been fruitful.“We will appeal the case since it was grounded on equity and fairness in taxation. You can only be optimistic for so long, we cannot shoulder the burden and keep our employees and business running. We will be very limited in what we can do,” the CEO noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule (left), SportPesa CEO Ronald Karuri (center) and Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier during the meeting when the title sponsor reinstated the partenership.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – Following the cancellation of all local sports sponsorship by betting firm SportPesa, Kenya’s representatives at the 2018 CAF assignments, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have hinted they will withdraw from the competition due to financial constraints.On Tuesday, the betting firm dropped the bombshell after losing a case last week in the country’s High Court challenging the implementation of a 35 percent Government tax on revenue that came in force on Monday.last_img read more


LOOK HUGH’S TURNED 21 TODAY!

first_imgDonegal Daily would like to wish Hugh Boyle a very happy 21st birthday!Hugh, from Annagry is a second year IT student at LYIT, and has done some work experience with us – and has proved to be a dab man around the keyboard. However, Hugh won’t be able to have a celebratory beverage this weekend!Hugh is currently part of the Donegal GAA U21 squad, who are busily preparing for their Ulster Championship clash next Wednesday night.Donegal will play the winners of Antrim and Derry who meet in the preliminary round tonight at Celtic Park.Judging by some of the pictures above, the talented GAA star has worked very hard on his fitness over the years!! Go on easy on the cake young man, and we hope you’ve a great day! LOOK HUGH’S TURNED 21 TODAY! was last modified: March 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:21birthdayGAAHugh BoylenewsSportlast_img read more


Carney saves day for Ducks with late goal

first_img Carney scored with 2:26 left in the game to break a 3-3 tie and give the Ducks (2-1-1) their first home victory of the season. The Ducks fended off a late Blue Jackets (1-4-0) flurry in the final minute to preserve the victory. Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 19 saves in goal to earn the victory. Joffery Lupul’s second goal of the night, the streak-ending power play goal with 12:31 left in the game, gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead. The Mighty Ducks finally realized the power play was their friend. So was hard work and focus. The Ducks scored their first power play goal in three games on Friday, but still needed a save from Keith Carney to escape with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in front of an announced 12,930 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Even though Lupul found the net on the man-advantage, it was a hard-earned goal. Carney sent in a hard shot from the point that Leclaire saved. Lupul got the rebound at the near-side goal mouth and attempted to slot it past Leclaire, who saved it. Lupul again collected the rebound and caromed it off the foot of Columbus defenseman Adam Foote into the net. All of Lupul’s work almost went for naught as Hrdina scored with 4:07 left in the game to tie the score. The Blue Jackets came into the game with a league-low seven goals scored, but the Ducks still managed to blow a two-goal lead. They were penalized 12 times, which came back to hurt them in the third period. Brian Berard scored on the power play with 16:46 left in the third period to tie the score at 2-2 and Hrdina’s game-tying goal also came on the power play. Lupul scored with 4:17 left in the second period to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead. He scored off of a rebounded save by Leclaire. Leclaire stopped a hard shot by Ryan Getzlaf and the puck bounced to Lupul, who netted it over a pile of defenders attempting to clear the puck. center_img Getzlaf scored the first goal with 12:20 left in the second period on a feed from Jonathan Hedstrom that went across the crease from the near-side. Getzlaf collected the puck and backhanded it over Leclaire and into the net. Hrdina halved the Ducks’ lead with a goal with 2:36 left in the second period. Even though the Ducks scored a power play goal, they have still only scored three power play goals on the season. Conversely, they have given up four power play goals in 30 opportunities. DUCKS NOTES: Rookie Corey Perry had an assist on Lupul’s goal, extending his club record for most consecutive games with a point to begin his career … Defenseman Jason Marshall took a puck to the face 2:27 into the game and did not return. He was diagnosed with a fracture and is question for Sunday’s game at Minnesota. In other games: Flyers 6, Penguins 5: Mike Rathje scored 3:17 into overtime to lead Philadelphia. Maxime Talbot’s fluke goal with 8:03 completed Pittsburgh’s rally from a four-goal deficit, but the Penguins couldn’t pull out their first victory in their fourth consecutive overtime game. Canucks 5, Wild 3 : Richard Park had the go-ahead goal and two assists against his old team to lead Vancouver. On an assist from new linemate Markus Naslund, Park fired an uncontested wrist shot from the back of the left circle that got past goalie Dwayne Roloson early in the third period. Maple Leafs 9, Thrashers 1 : Jeff O’Neill scored a goal in each period for his second hat trick against visiting Atlanta in two seasons and routed rookie goalie Michael Garnett. Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2, SO : Nikolai Khabibulin played his best game in goal since signing with Chicago, and visiting Chicago scored on all three chances in a shootout to beat Colorado. Stars 3, Oilers 2 : Steve Ott scored his first goal of the season with 8:15 left in the third period and Johan Hedberg turned aside 33 shots for visiting Dallas. Reports on other games from AP., 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more