ABILENE, Texas – As part of ACU’s Southland Gives Back initiative, student-athletes and coaches from all of Abilene Christian’s varsity teams took turns participating in High-Five Fridays at neighboring Taylor Elementary School throughout the 2019 fall term.Abilene Christian student-athletes gathered each Friday, rain or shine, along Taylor Elementary’s 13th Street entrance to set up a high-five gauntlet where children, kindergarten through fifth grade, would sprint through on their way to class. ACU athletics created this weekly event to congratulate the kids for making it through a tough week of schoolwork and to offer encouragement before the start of another seven-hour day.ACU’s close relationship with the Abilene Independent School district and surrounding elementary schools also was on display twice during the basketball non-conference season as students from around the Big Country helped pack Moody Coliseum for the Wildcats’ victories over Southwest and Champions Christian. The combined attendance for both games was more than 6,000 spectators.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.
The President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate yesterday announced what appeared to be a surprising motion for an executive session, minutes after the Secretary of the Senate had read the first of two agenda items prepared for the 76th day sitting of that body.One of the two items, which came under the title, ‘Business on President’s Desk,’ included a communication from Montserrado County Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo in which she submitted a summary report of the proceedings at the 5th Ordinary Session of the 3rd Pan African Parliament (PAP). That Session was convened last month in Johannesburg, South Africa.The members of the plenary, who were already in receipt of her report, thanked her for ably representing the Senate and asked that the document be placed in the Senate’s file.It was after the reading of Senator Freeman-Sumo’s communication that President Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley announced a motion for executive session and was unanimously approved.The next item under the title: ‘Report from Standing Committees’ would have been a report from the Joint Committee on Autonomous Commissions & Agencies and Judiciary, Claims, Petitions and Human Rights on a communication from the National Elections Commission (NEC), on request made to approve the proposed Senatorial Election Date.As usual, journalists who stayed around the Chamber of the Senate went home late yesterday, without knowing what was decided behind the mahogany doors of that august body.However, authoritative Legislative sources confided to this newspaper late yesterday evening that the Senate was deliberating on whether to go along with the NEC’s December 16, 2014 date for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election.The NEC boss, Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah, had informed the Legislature that his decision stemmed from the overwhelming acceptance of the new date during comprehensive consultations organized by his Commission in collaboration with other international bodies.Like the Liberian Senate, the House of Representatives, too, went into Executive Session yesterday to conclude discussions on the election date. Reports say the House of Representatives is proposing the 16th of December, while the Liberian Senate is opting for the 30th of December, but the conference committee is proposing the 23rd to harmonize and resolve the matter.The issue about the extension of the state of emergency for 30 more days as recently proposed by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor was expected for discussion yesterday, according to inside sources.In a related development, a joint resolution No. 003/2014 adopted by both the Senate and House of Representatives has resolved that NEC, “the agency of government authorized to hold general and Special Elections, is hereby accordingly directed to schedule the commencement of the campaign process for the 2014 Senatorial Elections the first week of December 2014, and that the conduct of elections shall be held throughout the Republic of Liberia on December 30, 2014.”This joint resolution may seem as though the issue of the 2014 Senatorial elections has already been decided. However, it cannot become law until it has been signed by the leadership of both Houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.Furthermore, the fact that both houses yesterday, immediately upon convening, proceeded into executive session, gave observers the impression that there were certain urgent matters, probably including the elections, that were yet to be concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In wake of mass protests against closure of estatesThe Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GuySuCo) has announced in a statement issued on Monday that it will be commencing a community outreach programme for residents in ‘sugar dependent’ communities in the villages where estates are located. Meetings will be held at the community centres, the Corporation has said.The first community meeting will be held at the Wales Community Centre on June 29, and the second will be held at the Uitvlugt Community Centre on July 5, at 4:00 pm. The focus for discussion of these two meetings will be the ‘Uitvlugt Estate Improvement Programme (UEIP)’ and other matters related to GuySuCo.On July 6, another community meeting will be held at the Enmore Community Centre for residents in Enmore and neighbouring communities. The focus for this meeting and those to be held at Blairmont, Rose Hall, Albion and Skeldon community centres will be ‘The Role of Communities in Improving Attendance on Estates for the Second Crop 2017’, as well as other GuySuCo-related matters.Seepaul Narine“The aim of this outreach programme is to mobilise cane harvesters, planters, cane transport operators (and) their families and communities around the importance of improving attendance at all estates, in order to sustain the industry,” GuySuCo said in the statement.The objectives of the meetings are to create a greater awareness of the need for employees to turn out to ensure that the canes are harvested within the crop; mobilise the residents around estates to encourage employees to improve attendance; mobilise community leaders and other stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, government, private and civil society sectors, around the importance of improving attendance on all estates; create a greater awareness of the importance of the sugar industry and GuySuCo to the development of Guyana; (to examine) the linkages between increased attendance and greater commitment to sustaining the industry; and to build greater partnerships and engage more strategically with communities and other partners around estates. General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Seepaul Narine, only recently condemned GuySuCo for what he feels is an attempt to “denigrate” the union’s “unrelenting and principled stance” in defending the rights of thousands of sugar workers.The sugar workers, their families and other stakeholders have been protesting Government’s move to discontinue operations at several sugar estates, as confirmed in this year’s State Paper on the industry’s future.GuySuCo’s Senior Communications Officer Audreyanna Thomas last week penned a letter to the editor which noted that the Corporation is seeking those sugar workers who were “misled”. However, GAWU has indicated that Thomas’s letter was just another “public relations stunt” that discredits the union’s defending the many cross-sections of workers who stand to be affected by what the union termed “ill-conceived plans” that GuySuCo has advocated for the sugar industry.“From the Corporation’s letter, it seems that the Union-organised protests at several estates are getting under the not-too-thick skin of the Corporation and its handlers. Our most recent activity at Albion attracted an appreciable turnout and demonstrates the disagreement, shared not only by workers and their families, (but by) the wider communities,” the union official stated in a lengthy release issued on Thursday last.Some 375 Wales workers have been out of employment since GuySuCo closed that estate at the end of 2016. They contend that they cannot be compelled to travel 22 miles from Wales, West Bank Demerara to Uitvlugt, on the West Coast of Demerara. On that ground they have demanded severance payment, but the Corporation contends that all workers who opted for severance had already been paid. This matter is slated to come up in the High Court.“GuySuCo says it will demand very soon a ‘higher level’ of service from GAWU. But such a call is best suited to GuySuCo. Our Union, nevertheless, is supportive of all plans which will secure the sugar industry, but at the same time cannot lend a supporting voice to plans which will wreck lives and imperil entire communities, as we have seen playing out at Wales,” Narine has pointedly expressed.The GAWU General Secretary further highlighted the uncertainties of the diversification plans the sugar corporation has, plans which Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had announced last year.Narine went on to explain that, up until now, no worker has been given any land to capitalise on the supposed diversification plans. He noted that GuySuCo, like a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, goes on to speak to provision of transportation and medical services to the workers and their families and pensioners.“Is the company expecting the agriculture workers to join public transportation from their homes at 05:00 am and travel to the cultivation some 5 to 10 miles in rugged off-road terrain?” he questioned.Narine also reiterated that, in the main, GAWU strikes are related to price disputes. He noted that sugar workers have encountered two years of no pay increases; were “shortchanged” on API in 2015, and were given no API in 2016; and that there was arbitrary cutting down of workers’ benefits.“We take serious and utmost umbrage with GuySuCo’s view that the GAWU is engaged in sabotage. This is completely unfounded, and (is) a figment of someone’s imagination. Moreover, the Corporation also seems to question the wisdom of the workers’ protest actions. But wouldn’t any rational person whose livelihood is threatened take a similar approach? Ms Thomas and her colleagues ensconced in the comforts of GuySuCo hierarchy would sing a different tune had the shoe been on the other foot,” the GAWU General Secretary stressed.Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his presentation of the 2017 Budget, had indicated that the status quo at the sugar industry could neither be sustained nor maintained. He had explained that, based on the CoI, it was concluded that any money injected into the sugar industry in its current state was money wasted.
This week, DD’s Finance columnist Shona Chambers from John McColgan Financial Services explains how there is no quick-fix to making a fortune, and to be wary of ‘get rich quick schemes’… I am sorry, folks, but you will not make money in the markets if you treat investing like backing a horse. As I have written many times before, there are no quick fixes to making money, unless you are lucky enough to win the Lotto!By Shona Chambers QFA RPA on behalf of John McColgan Financial Services” If any of you has seen the recent movie ‘Money Monster’, which hit cinema screens earlier this year, you will know that George Clooney plays gregarious financial TV host Lee Gates, who ‘reviews’ the markets and doles out stock tips. Without giving too much away, a young man, who lost all his savings after one of Gates’s stock tips went wrong, takes the TV host hostage on air and forces him to wear an explosive vest until Gates can explain why that stock crashed.The premise for ‘Money Monster’ is based on the CNBC show ‘Mad Money’, which, according to my good friend Google, ‘helps viewers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of Wall Street trading, helping them to recognize opportunities and avoid pitfalls along the way.’Although the TV show within the movie is highly sensational, it struck me again that most people are still looking for that ‘tip’ or quick fix to make some money. Numerous times in the last few weeks, blog posts and articles from so-called ‘experts’ looking to make a quick buck from unsuspecting consumers have cropped up on my social media accounts, with taglines like ‘Five reasons why diversification is not a good idea if you want to make money‘ and ‘If you want to make money now, this is what you need to do!’These kinds of sensational articles and blog posts concern me because they try to get naive and unsuspecting readers to sign up to expensive seminars and buy into dubious get-rich- quick products, all in the hope of making a lot of money.Let me tell you now, there are no get-rich-quick schemes. If you do see or read something like this, ‘Run, Forest, run!’ springs to mind. The only winners here are the people running the seminars or peddling the products.No part of the financial planning process should be looked at in insolation, and that includes investing. There are no ‘tips’. It is never a good idea to make changes to your financial plan without consulting an independent financial advisor like me.If you do, you could end up totally derailing your financial future. It is also a good idea to have just one advisor who can help you set you financial plan, and who understands your vision for the future, rather than acting on conflicting advice from multiple sources.Following the advice of an established qualified professional will help keep your money safe and your future secure. For more advice you can contact 074 9124366Money Matters: ‘There are no quick fixes to making money’ was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Shona ChambersShare 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:Financehow to make moneyJohn McColganmoneyMoney Matters
Urris GAA News:URRIS U16A INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS: Pride of place this weekend goes to our U16 team who won the Darren Downey / Gary Mc Laughlin U16A Inishowen Final on Sunday night. A brilliant performance by the team on the night, final score was Urris 3-12 Muff 4-06. Well done to all the boys and their manager David Hession. The club wish to thank all the supporters who travelled to Burt on Sunday night to cheer the boys on. (Check local papers for match report) U14 TEAM: A massive Well Done to our U14 boys who played St Eunan’s in the U14 Division 1 final on Friday night in Letterkenny. Final score St Eunans 6-18 Urris 5-03. Not your night boys but a great achievement in reaching the final. You have done the club proud these past weeks. Onwards and upwards. Thanks to the boys and their manager Mark Glackin and to all who help out with this team. Again, thanks to all who travelled to Letterkenny to cheer the lads on .SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Both teams travelled to play Burt last Wednesday night. Mixed results for the teams. Final Score in Reserve Match; Burt 2-04 Urris 1-06. Hard luck boys. Senior Match: Urris 3-07 Burt 0-13. Great result after the last two home defeats. (match report in local papers) There are no games this weekend.Ladies Football: Our Ladies travelled to play Termon on Sunday , final score was Termon 4-06 Urris 5-02. Unlucky to lose by a point but with having scored more points in the home game the ladies are through to the next round of the championship.MINOR LADIES: The minors are home to Moville in the championship on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. MATCH “N” WIN: Match “n” Win July 9th: No jackpot winner—numbers drawn: 9, 10, 11, 20. €15 winners:Neil O’Donnell, Rooskey.Noeleen Tynan, Drumfries.Martin Doherty. 33 Gaddyduff.Gretta Friel, Dunaff.Louise Friel, Ballyliffin.Jackpot next week €1,460. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.U10 training every Friday evening in Straid from 4-5pm .URRIS GAA CUL CAMP: Another successful Cul Camp was held by the club in Straid last week, over 160 children took part. Thanks to all the boys and girls, all the coaches and to all that helped out in any way during the week. Your help much appreciated by the club.CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall at 9.00pm.DATES FOR THE DIARY: Big Breakfast on Saturday August 8th in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany and A Night at the Races” on August 15th in the Rusty Nail. More details to follow. GOOD LUCK: Good Luck to the Donegal Senior team in the Ulster Final on Sunday against Monaghan and safe travel on the roads to all going to the game.GAA NEWS: URRIS U16 TEAM CROWNED INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS AFTER WIN OVER MUFF was last modified: July 13th, 2015 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:GAANoticesSportURRIS
Alvaro Morata has missed another sitter and at this point it isn’t even surprising.Chelsea fans have been moaning about their misfiring forward for some time now and he shows no sign of improving. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Alvaro Morata might as well retire at this point. The man is officially done and his confidence is forever gone. One of the worst misses you’ll ever see by one of the worst big money signings in the history of the Premier League.— EiF (@EiFSoccer) October 4, 2018 Morata is allergic to scoring goals, Giroud actually looked sorry for him after he missed that opportunity. It’s honestly that bad if you can’t score against Vidi…— Mod (@CFCMod_) October 4, 2018 huge blow In their Europa League clash with Hungarians Vidi FC, Morata was presented with an outstanding opportunity to put his side ahead.Pedro’s delightful through ball gave his compatriot the simplest of tasks, but Morata got all muddled up and scooped the ball wide.You would expect most strikers to score with ease, never mind a £60m man, and many Chelsea fans were quick to point that out: silverware Morata is actually worse than Torres, I never thought I’d see it— SG (@KingOfKorriban) October 4, 2018 Morata. Morata. Morata. Folks, he’s single handedly the least confident person in the world right now.— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) October 4, 2018 Morata is completely devoid of confidence 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY I hope Chelsea are looking for a CF in Jan. Morata is finished. I’ve tried to have faith but I can’t do it any longer #CFC— • (@l3ahpar) October 4, 2018 ADVICE REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Morata isn’t very good is he?— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 4, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Morata misses a sitter. Sick of tweeting this.— Talk Chelsea (@talkchelsea) October 4, 2018 RANKED Morata, throw him in the bin. He should be ashamed to call himself a striker. How the hell did he miss that? Off target completely! If he plays for Chelsea I should play for Real Madrid! Shocking…— Younes H-Hamou (@youneshh) October 4, 2018 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury
The 20-year-old nodded in from point-blank range in the second-half to redeem himself after a torrid display against Wolves last week, in which he conceded two penalties.Palace, without talisman Wilfried Zaha, sparked into life in the closing stages and Alexander Sorloth spurned a glorious chance at the death.But their troubled time in front of goal continued as they slumped to a seventh consecutive game without a win.A minor hamstring injury for Zaha had meant the hosts, who last won in the league without their influential forward at Sunderland in September 2016 and have struggled for goals all season, starting Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew in an unfamiliar front two.In recalling Foyth, Kieran Trippier, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela, Spurs similarly lacked the intensity that is so often such a strength.Any attempts at consistency were further undermined when Trippier was lost to injury and replaced by Serge Aurier midway through the half, during which a 25-yard strike from Harry Kane, routinely saved by Wayne Hennessey, represented the greatest threat on goal from either team.While Palace had again struggled in the final third, they defended soundly and played with greater belief than they last did when Zaha also missed out in September’s 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton. ADVICE Juan Foyth justified his selection 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Latest Football News Tottenham issued a real statement of intent to their title rivals by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.Juan Foyth’s first Premier League goal proved decisive as an underwhelming Spurs went level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool. It perhaps even took an injury to James Tomkins, replaced by Martin Kelly after an hour, to take a point beyond their reach.The central defender had headed narrowly over from Luka Milivojevic’s right-wing corner shortly before he had to be taken off, and in his absence Palace lost the partnership with Mamadou Sakho that is such a strength.Pressure had subtly been building when, in the 66th minute and with Palace struggling to clear Spurs’ corner, Ayew was guilty of watching the loose ball as Foyth took advantage to nip in and head over Patrick van Aanholt, standing on the goal-line.Palace manager Roy Hodgson reacted by introducing Jeffrey Schlupp for Max Meyer in the pursuit of greater width, and the winger nearly rewarded him when crossing to Ayew on the counter before watching goalkeeper Hugo Lloris collect.Palace’s finest chance fell kindly to fellow substitute Sorloth in front of goal in the 90th minute, but while he struck well with his weaker left foot, Lloris produced a fine reaction save to secure a clean sheet, all three points, and to keep the hosts 16th. RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Crystal Palace’s miserable form continued REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED 2 MONEY no dice huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
Tragic suicide mum Lorraine Gallagher said she is determined to make the best of this Christmas for her two boys.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherThe Ballybofey woman couldn’t bring herself to enjoy the festive season last year after the tragic loss of daughters Erin, 13 and Shannon, 15.Erin took her own life in October, 2012 amidst claims that she was being bullied online while Shannon ended her life just six weeks later. Lorraine, 37, said both girls just adored Christmas but she could not bring herself to celebrate it last year.“Everything was just too raw and emotional for me. Christmas was the last thing on my mind to be honest.“The girls, like all girls their age, absolutely loved Christmas and the house would have been so busy with all the coming and goings.“But it was a very quiet Christmas. We did a few bits and pieces for Sean James (her son) but it was just a token gesture,” she said. This year has brought it’s own different kind of joy for Lorraine with the birth of her second son Lennon in July.With two boys now in her Ballybofey home, Lorraine says she will try and make it a special Christmas and a real family occasion.“It will be difficult and the girls will be there in everything we do but I think we have to try and have an ordinary as Christmas as possible.“It’s only fair to the boys.“My doctor told me that I cannot live for the dead but I have to live for the living and I am trying so hard to do that. “We will remember Erin and Shannon in our own special way at Christmas but we also have to make it as special for the boys as well,” she said.Lorraine said she will also visit the girls’ graves at Christmas.“We get to the graves as often as we can and we will do so again at Christmas.“Erin and Shannon will be with us at Christmas. It was such a special time of year for us. “They doted on Sean James and I know they would have been exactly the same with Lennon.“I know they would have wanted the boys to have a special time at Christmas and we will try to that for them – to honour their memory,” said Lorraine.LORRAINE PLANS A HAPPY CHRISTMAS IN MEMORY OF HER TRAGIC GIRLS was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:CHristmasErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagher
James Bradley, with the winning ticket, and his fellow winners.The holder of the lotto ticket which scooped a whopping €5M for a Donegal call-centre syndicate has revealed his co-workers refused to believe they had won the fortune.James Bradley is renowned as a practical joker.So when he tried to telephone his co-workers at Forward Emphasis International in Malin Head to say they had won Wednesday night’s lotto, nobody believed him. In fact, it took him a number of hours to convince the others they were in the money and had scooped €375,000 each.James, 28, revealed “I started ringing around the others in the syndicate to tell them the good news. As you can imagine, I was on a complete high and couldn’t wait to break the news to them.“However, none of them would believe me, they were just like, ‘aye good man Jimmy, do you think we were born yesterday’!“Other members of the syndicate sarcastically said ‘Ah that’s great Jimmy, just great’. It was only after three hours of persistent calls and texts, that some of the members actually started to believe him.Fellow winner Anna McKinney said James is renowned as a the joker in the pack so everyone thought it was just another one of his jokes.She said “At the start I was just like yeah sure Jimmy, he’s always playing pranks and I was having none of it.“But after a good few hours, he was so insistent and persistent with the calls, that I was like right this isn’t funny anymore is he actually serious?“Then when I realised he was, I was just gobsmacked and absolutely over the moon.” Bradley was glad when his colleagues started to take him serious, so he could the celebrations underway.“I was getting annoyed when they wouldn’t believe me. I was repeating myself over and over again, suppose when you’re always playing pranks that reputation as a messer sticks.“I was like the boy who cried wolf, thankfully they believed me and then we can start celebrating properly.”The syndicate eventually met up for breakfast in the Inishowen town of Carndonagh on Thursday morning to toast their luck. They had to settle for tea instead of champagne however as nowhere was open to buy some bubbly.Although most of the ‘lucky 13’ feel blessed, Maria Doherty feels even luckier than most.She only started at the company on Monday last and only contributed to the lotto syndicate because she had some change in her pocket.Maria, 21, hasn’t even received her first pay cheque from the Malin-Head based company.“I’m just so glad I had some change in my pocket and it was really nice to be asked to become part of the syndicate.“I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did,” laughed Maria.Many of the group are now planning holidays and spending sprees while others also want to wipe out their mortgages.TICKET HOLDER REVEALS IT TOOK HIM HOURS TO CONVINCE WORKMATES THEY WON LOTTO was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalForward EmphasisJames Bradleylottomoney
Vipers are still unbeaten this season (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Vipers SC vs Mbarara CitySt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeSunday, 27-01-2019 @4pmKITENDE – The StarTimes Uganda Premier League should have been in it mid-season break at the moment but due to Vipers’ continental engagements, they find themselves playing the final game of the first round on Sunday.It is not a pleasing situation for the Venoms as they are set to play a second game in two days after drawing 1-1 away to URA FC on Friday at Namboole.However, that all comes with continental action as the games keep on coming thick and fast, something they (Vipers) must have been aware of after winning last season’s League crown.On Sunday afternoon, they will be hoping to stay with-in touching distance of leaders KCCA FC when they host Mbarara City at Kitende.The Venoms who are still unbeatn in the League, currently sit 6 points behind the Kasasiros, having played only a game less than the Lugogo based side.Anything other than victory against the Ankole Lion will put Vipers’ title defence in huge trouble especially knowing that KCCA only have one title to play for after their (KCCA) shock exit from the Uganda Cup at the hands of Tooro United earlier in the week.However, everyone at Kitende knows how tough Sunday’s fixture will be especially with Mbarara currently seated only three points behind the Venoms.“We know how vital it is to use every chance to our advantage because Mbarara City areequally a good opponent, said Vipers’ vice captain Geoffrey Wasswa ahead of the game.“We have not lost at home this season and we hope to play a better game.Vipers’ defender, Halid Lwaliwa has been ruled out of this encounter with a rib injury. Henry Katongole is et to replace Lwaliwa and if fielded, the former SC Villa defender will make his debut since joining the Venoms this past summer. Tom Masiko has fever hence will not be available but youngster Ibrahim Tembo has been again named in the match day squad. Bashir Asiku is out with an ankle injury and his return date is yet to be known. Rahmat Ssenfuka who put up a man of the match performance in the 1-1 draw with URA FC is expected to keep his place in the starting lineup.For Mbarara, they head into the game on the back of a series of build-up games which included a 16-0 drubbing of Mbarara Select, last week.Despite taking close to three weeks minus competitive action, the Ankole Lions have been the surprise package so far this season, accumulating 27 points from their first 14 games.Their brilliant start to the campaign can however be attributed to their home form, one which has seen them win all but one of their League fixtures.Coming up against the defending champions away from home will be tricky but in players like Makweth Wol and Paul Mucurezi, Livingstone Mbabazi’s side have personnel who can hurt the Venoms.Match Facts:This will be the third meeting between these two sides since Mbarara returned to the top tier in 2016.In the other two, Vipers have won both of them minus conceding a goal whilst scoring three themselves.In last season’s reverse fixture, the Venoms defeat Mbarara 1-0 at Kakyeka.Vipers head into Sunday’s game having not lost a League game in any of their last 31 encounters (W22 D9). The last time they lost a League game was on 28-11-2017, going down 2-1 at home to URA FC.At home, they have also been impressive, winning 14 of their last 16 games (D2 L0) since that loss to URA in 2017.For Mbarara, they go into Sunday’s game having lost only one of their last 10 League games (W6 D3).However, away from home, their form has been terrible this season, winning only one of their six fixtures so far (D2 L3). Their only three points on the road came away to bottom placed Paidah Black Angels in November.Comments Tags: geoffrey wasswaMbarara CityStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers sc