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‘Team Liberia’ Denied Entry into China

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China (PRC) has denied Team Liberia entry into China to participate in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics as part of preventive measures against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia, the Liberia National Olympics Committee has said.LNOC president Philipbert Brown told the Daily Observer Thursday that he had been informed by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe that “Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to explain the Chinese government’s decision.”Mr. Brown said: “Minister Nagbe also said the Chinese government expressed regret for the action and promised to [re]pay our expenses.”The LNOC boss indicated that International Olympic Committee also extended its regret over the inconvenience.He added that as of yesterday, Team Liberia is currently in Accra, Ghana heading back home.Team Liberia comprised of a five-man delegation of athletes Tracy Chayee, 16 and Momolu Sambai, 17, and their coaches, and is headed by the LNOC’s Assistant Secretary General Frederick Pratt. The team departed Liberia last Monday.China (PR) has sent a medical donation valued at US$1.7 million to the Liberian government to fight the Ebola scourge in the country. The donation, already in the country, includes personal protective equipment, hospital curtains, sanitizers, disinfectants and patient monitoring equipment.Team Liberia would have participated in the 400m hurdles (Ms. Chayee) and 50m freestyle swimming event, (Sambai). This is the second Liberian delegation to suffer denial from participating in a sports event since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.The Liberia Handball Association was recently prevented from participating in a handball competition in Lome, Togo.Meanwhile, LNOC President Brown regretted sending off Team Liberia in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Off field drama won’t affect us, says Kerr

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho on April 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18- Despite a tough three-weeks with off the pitch shenanigans threatening to derail their otherwise brilliant season, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says the team’s focus will not be deterred ahead of Wednesday evening’s CAF Confederation Cup Group D clash with Tanzania’s Yanga at Kasarani.Before departing for Tanzania for the CECAFA Kagame Cup, Gor Mahia players had staged a go slow demanding unpaid allowances and the drama followed them all the way through to Tanzania where they were ultimately suspended from the tournament after refusing to pick their third placed team medals. But on Wednesday, the team switches its attention to a competition that has the potential to re-write their club history.“Whatever happened in the past is in the past and we have to concentrate on the job at hand. We have had our issues off the field which have psychologically affected the players, but we need to look at what’s ahead of us and keep working for it,” the tactician noted.Captain Harun Shakava affirmed that the players have their eyes fixed on the prize and have put the woes that wobbled their ship over the past month behind their back.Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava trains at the Kasarani Stadium on July 17, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We met the chairman on Monday evening and he talked to us as players and he assured us that our grievances will be addressed. We hope it comes into action but for us, our focus is on this game and getting the three points,” the captain noted.Gor Mahia are pegged second in the standings with two points off back to back draws against leaders USM Alger and Rayon Sport and a win on Wednesday will be a huge step towards qualifying for the quarter finals of the competition.“It is a very important game to both teams because everyone wants the three points. But I believe my players are motivated as they go into this game and they are focused and in the right mentality,” the tactician noted.He expects a tough challenge from Yanga who have vowed to give their all for three points in Nairobi and has cautioned his players to ensure they start the game early and make use of the chances they create.“We have always created chances, we have dominated games. Against Rayon we should have won, at home against USM we should have also won looking at the chances we had. We have worked on a few things in training and hopefully they show on the pitch,” the coach noted.Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan vies for the ball with USM Alger’s Mohammed Bekhenmassa during a CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe is however wary that their tough fixture line up might come to bite as they will be playing their seventh game in less than three weeks.“Sometimes it is very difficult to work on things because you have to play, recover, then play again. But we gave the players some two days off just after CECAFA and we hope it helped them relax and they will be fresher coming into this game,” the coach noted.The team will be without defender Joash Onyango who is suspended having picked up a red card against USM Alger and Kerr is expected to fill his void with Charles Momanyi.“Shakava and Joash have been fantastic; Charles has been outstanding with his attitude and professionalism. He has not held his head down when we needed him. Joash is devastated he is not playing but Charles can fill that gap,” the coach said.Meanwhile, the tactician says he is pleased with the playing surface at Kasarani which will be hosting it’s first game since the tie against USM Alger in May.The pitch had been closed down so the grass grows well after being hurriedly opened for the Hull City friendly match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more