|12:30||Beroe Stara Zagora – FC CSKA 1948 Sofia||1X||UNDER 1.85|
|15:30||UTA Arad – Sepsi OSK||2||GOAL 2.00|
|17:00||Ghana – Uruguay||1X||NO GOAL 1.80|
|17:00||South Korea – Portugal||2||NO GOAL 1.95|
|21:00||Serbia – Switzerland||1X||2-3GOAL 1.95|
|21:00||Cameroon – Brazil||2||UNDER 2.10|
|21:45||Plymouth Argyle – Port Vale||1||GOAL 1.70|
|21:45||Stevenage – Barrow||1||GOAL 2.00|
Spain were on the ropes in the World Cup for three dramatic second-half minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Japan as Costa Rica led Germany for a few heart-stopping minutes before Kai Havertz netted a goal that saved Spain’s World Cup adventure.
Speaking after the game, Spain coach Luis Enrique admitted he was “not as good as I’d like to be” after the narrow escape, “but now I have to think about what happened.”
Spain will now face Morocco in the last 16. “I know it’s hard to be positive after a defeat. But it’s time to look ahead,” he added.
The coach insisted Spain had played well in the first half, when they led thanks to Alvaro Morata’s third goal of the tournament, but were stunned as Japan upped the pace after the break.
“It may sound strange, but we played well in the first half, but they came out in the second. It is something we have to correct, but the main thing is that we have qualified,” commented Luis Enrique.
“It’s obvious that we would have liked to qualify by winning this match, but we are in the last 16,” he added.
Although nobody could doubt Spain pressed for a goal that would have seen them finish top of the group until the final whistle, finishing second means they play Morocco, rather than Croatia, in the last-16 and will avoid a possible quarterfinal clash with Brazil.
“In the end, you never know what is best. We wanted to win and we didn’t care about which rivals to avoid,” he insisted.
Germany head coach Hansi Flick has blamed a late lapse against Japan in their opening match for his team’s early World Cup elimination.
Kai Havertz scored twice as Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 in their last group match on Thursday, but Japan’s 2-1 win over Spain meant Hansi Flick’s side finished third in Group E, behind Spain on goal difference.
Flick said his team had paid the price for a poor performance in the first group fixture against Japan when Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored in the last 20 minutes to give the Samurai Blue a 2-1 win.
“Our downfall didn’t happen today, but in 20 minutes against Japan,” Flick said. “We could have won against Spain with a bit more efficiency. Nevertheless, the disappointment is huge.”
Germany had 32 shots on goal on Thursday, 11 of which were on target, while Costa Rica had seven attempts and five that forced goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into action.
“I’m not speechless. I was already disappointed and angry with the team in the first half,” Flick said. “We brought the opponent into the game through mistakes and carelessness.”
He added: “We missed a lot of chances in the first half and tried to do better in the second half. We can blame ourselves for the fact that we’re going home. My disappointment is huge, and my coaching staff feels the same way.”
Morocco moved into the World Cup last 16 for the first time since 1986 as they secured the top place of Group F after a 2-1 victory over Canada here on Thursday.
The win, coupled with Croatia’s goalless tie with Belgium, saw Morocco top the group with seven points. Croatia finished second on five, while Belgium suffered a shock exit with Canada sitting bottom.
Morocco collected four points after two rounds and a draw would be enough for them to book a berth in the next phase, while Canada had been eliminated following back-to-back defeats against Belgium and Croatia.
The Atlas Lions pressed high from the start, trying to use their aggression and tempo to good effect. It paid off just four minutes into the game when Canada defender Steven Vitoria’s wayward pass forced goalkeeper Milan Borjan to clear the ball cheaply, and Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech followed to send the ball into an empty net from distance.
Morocco doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when a long ball over the top found Youssef En Nesyri who outpaced two defenders to slot home.
The Canadians pulled one goal back in the 40th minute as Nayef Aguerd accidentally prodded Sam Adekugbe’s pass into his net, scoring the first own goal of the Qatar World Cup.
En Nesyri thought he had scored his second before the break, but it was flagged offside.
Morocco were a little complacent and error-prone in the second half, allowing Canada to create a couple of chances. Atiba Hutchinson was close to scoring an equalizer but the veteran saw his header hit the goal-line after bouncing off the bar.
In a bid to avoid three consecutive defeats, Canada poured forward in the dying minutes and even Borjan rushed into the opposites’ box, but they were still toothless to turn the game around.
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez has refused to apologise for the handball that sent Ghana crashing out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid star deliberately stopped a goal-bound ball with his hands during the quarter final clash that would have seen the Black Stars become the first African team to ever reach the World Cup semi finals.
Suarez denied Ghana an extra-time winner and ultimately sent them painfully crashing out of the competitions.
In a Thursday’s press conference ahead of Friday’s final Group H match of this year’s World Cup, a Ghanaian reporter asked Suarez if he feels sorry for the incident.
However, Suarez insisted it was Ghana’s fault for missing their penalty after Asamoah Gyan failed to convert a subsequent spot kick.
According to the Daily Mail, the same journalist referred to Suarez as ‘the devil’ himself as Uruguay and Ghana go head-to-head once again on Friday afternoon.
Suarez responded to the comment by saying: ‘The first time, I don’t apologise about that. I take the handball – but the Ghana player miss a penalty, not me.
Suarez was sent off after denying Ghana a ticket to the tournament’s semis.
‘Maybe I apologise if I injure a player but in this situation, I take a red card, the ref say penalty, it’s not my fault.’
The painful memories 12 years down the line are still fresh among Ghanaian and African football fans ahead of Friday’s crucial encounter between the two ends.
Ghana will face the South Americans seeking revenge, knowing a draw should be enough to take them through to the last 16 at the expense of their bitter enemies.
Suarez was seen celebrating Gyan’s missed penalty as he headed down the tunnel. The particular clash was decided in penalties but Uruguay eventually won 4-2.
With most of the race categories already sealed, the battle between 2WD Turbo leader Qahir Rahim and Azaad Manji is sure to treat spectators to some exhilarating displays in the last two rounds of the National Autocross Championship this weekend.
Fourteen points separate leader Qahir from his closest challenger Azaad Maji and it will be interesting to see how their rivalry pans out at Kasarani’s WRC Safari SSS Racetrack.
The 10th and last round of the Autocross season will be organized by Kenya Racing Team (KRT) on Saturday preceding Sunday’s belated sixth round which will be hosted by Rallye Sports Club (RSC) on Sunday.
Qahir is keeping his fingers crossed but hopes to drive sensibility fast to try and indeed win his maiden title in the closing two rounds that will feature four heats of which the best of three format will count on the final classification.
“The buggy is in good shape, thanks to all the effort put in by Coach (Shazz Ismail) who is meticulously fine-tuning it at his Parklands workshop well in time. I feel confident and motivated going into the decisive last two rounds -so let’s see how it goes,” Qahir noted.
Deepal Shah and 2021 Junior 2WD NT Champion Brandon Ng’ang’a have an outside chance but will be no pushovers on the weekend.
Neel Gohil only needs to participate in one of the two races of the weekend to lay his hands on his maiden career title in the 2WD N.on Turbo Junior Class. The Junior title is a two horse race between Neel (164) and Amman Ganatra (127).
Bambino Class leader Karamveer Singh Rooprai (167points) has seven wins from eight races and only lost to Billy Tundo in the recent ninth round at Twisty Corners Kiambu.
But Karamveer already has the title in the bag and his participation is a mere formality.
With Karamveer already the champion, focus in Bambino Class (for kid riders) will be on who between Saad Shamil Farouq (83) and Eann Bengi (64) settles for the runner up position.
Rajveer Thethy has already taken the Open Class championship and leads by an unassailable points tally of 142 ahead of John Kadivane (56).
Sameer Nanji and Eric Bengi have also sealed respective titles in 2WD Non Turbo Car and 4WD Turbo classes but will be in Kasarani at the weekend to end the 2022 season in style.
Gurraj Singh already has the 2WD Non Turbo Buggy Class in the bag with an unassailable cumulative points score of 171 as Manveer Ghalee (now on 117) cannot surpass the leaders’ margin.
The 2022 Kenya Nation Autocross Championship season has been to North Coast Vipingo track, Nakuru, Twisty Corners in Kiambu, Nirobi’s Jamhuri Park, and Batian View Nanyuki track among others.
ENTRIES SO FAR
Saturday 3rd December -KRT Round 10
Sunday 4th December -Belated RSC Round 6
1. Eann Bengi
1. Eann Bengi
Jnr 2WD NT buggy
1. Neel Gohil
2. Amaan Ganatra
3. Ibrahim Mughal
2WD NT buggy
1. Gurraj Singh
2. Rahul Patel
2WD T buggy
1. Nisha Pandya
2. Azaad Manji
3. Deepal Shah
4. Gurdeep Singh Bharij
2WD NT Car
1. Samir Nanji
2. Ahil Khan
1. Gerald Maina Captain
2. Andrew Wanyoike
3. Eric Bengi
4. Tony Gikuhi
5. Ishmael Azeli
6. Rajveer Thethy
7. Charan Thethy
1. Mustwafa Murad
2. Eric Njogu
3. John Kadivani
4. Safina Khan
5. Shajad Khan
Defending champions Tusker will host 1998 winners AFC Leopards in their FKF Premier League match scheduled to be played on Sunday, November 30, 2022, highlighting the round three action.
Both teams have kicked off their 2022/23 season campaign with wins. Tusker started off their season with a 2-1 win against Kakamega Homeboyz and a 4-1 win against Nairobi City Stars in the second round. AFC Leopards beat Ulinzi Stars 2-0 in the first round.
On Saturday, a doubleheader will feature at the Ulinzi Sports Complex. Kenya Police will play against Kakamega Homeboyz at 2 pm, and at 4 pm, Ulinzi Stars will face off against Posta Rangers.
Saturday, December 3, 2022
- Kenya Police vs Kakamega Homeboyz (Ulinzi Sports Complex, 2 pm)
- Ulinzi Stars vs Posta Rangers (Ulinzi Sports Complex, 4 pm)
Sunday, December 4, 2022
- Nzoia Sugar vs Sofapaka (Sudi Stadium, 3 pm)
- Nairobi City Stars vs FC Talanta (Ruaraka Stadium, 3 pm)
- Tusker vs AFC Leopards (Kasarani Stadium, 3 pm)
- Bandari vs KCB (Mbaraki Stadium, 3 pm)
The 2022/23 FKF Women’s Premier League season is set to commence on Saturday, December 3, 2022, with 3 matches lined up across different venues.
2020/21 crowned champions Thika Queens will be playing against Trans Nzoia Falcons who finished fourth in the FKF Women Premier League zone B side, on Saturday, at the Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale,
Zetech Sparks will host Ulinzi Starlets at the GEMS Cambridge grounds on Saturday, December 3, 2022.
Nakuru City Queens and Gaspo Women will battle it out at the Nakuru Showgrounds on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 2 pm.
The 2022/23 Women Premier League season will be played as a unified league.
- Trans Nzoia Falcons vs Thika Queens (Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale, 2 pm)
- Zetech Sparks vs Ulinzi Starlets (GEMS Cambridge, 2 pm)
- Nakuru City Queens vs Gaspo Women (Nakuru Showgrounds, 2 pm)
Ghanaian national football team’s wonderful performance in the ongoing World Cup not only fueled fans’ craze for the tournament but helped boost the sales of team-related products in Ghana.
Some local businesses told Xinhua that the team’s first win in this year’s World Cup has driven up the sales of the team’s replica jerseys which are usually customized to the buyer’s specifications despite an increase in prices.
Samuel, the owner of Joe Cinder Enterprise in the capital, said that in addition to selling, his company has been sealing names and preferred numbers of customers on the back of jerseys and sales have quickly increased since Monday.
“Sales are booming and this match has boosted the momentum of Ghanaians, and the patronage is massive,” he said.
According to Samuel, he has already sold tens of thousands of earlier consignments, yet there is still high demand from customers.
“It is rather unfortunate that we don’t have them in large quantities, but we are managing to get them for the customers as well,” Samuel added.
A number of retailers of the replica jerseys, including online operators, said business has been good for them and they hope to make more profit as the team progresses in the competition.
Delali, an online retailer, said that fans’ fever for the tournament and the national team has led to a big increase in jerseys as souvenirs.
“Since we started the tournament, sales have skyrocketed, and there is high demand for the goods, so you see plenty of people calling you that they want to get the Ghana jerseys,” he said.
“I think it is the love that we Ghanaians have for the team, as a result, everyone wants to support and be in our home colors,” Delali added.
He expressed confidence that the Black Stars will advance far enough in the tournament and sellers will profit more.
Sales of the Black Stars replica jerseys and other souvenirs went up in the past World Cups in which Ghana participated, but sellers believe the excitement and sales this time will outperform the previous ones.
The Black Stars, who made their fourth appearance at the FIFA World Cup, lost 3-2 to Portugal in their group opener before beating South Korea 3-2 in a nail-biting match.
Athletes in Kenya can now breath a sigh of relief but they must be cautious in matters doping.
Kenya was on Wednesday spared an international ban from athletics, although the country will be “monitored closely” by World Athletics due to the spiraling cases of cheating.
At a news conference from Rome that was streamed live to the expectant east African distance running powerhouse, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe noted assurances from the country’s government to increase funding to fight doping had saved them from a ban.
“For Kenya, building trust in the athletics world due to the high number of athletes failing doping tests will be a long process,” Coe said in his remarks delivered after the World Athletics Council concluded their two-day meeting in the Italian capital.
The announcement comes as a reprieve for the country that has seen cases escalate to an all-time high annual spike, with almost 30 Kenyan athletes provisionally suspended or banned for anti-doping violations so far this year.
Another 20 or so cases are currently under review by the Athletics Independent Unit – the independent anti-doping body of World Athletics, as well as the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).
Following reports on Nov. 23 that an imminent ban was looming, the Kenyan government, through the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and the Arts Ababu Namwamba, contacted Coe to assure the global body they were committed to stamping out doping.
“We laud the President of World Athletics, Lord Sebastian Coe, for acknowledging our efforts in this regard. Coe praised the government’s action and plan in the fight against the threat of doping,” Namwamba said in a statement released on Nov. 27.
Under the agreement, the Kenyan government has increased funding for anti-doping efforts which will see it spend five million U.S. dollars per year for the next five years, and this money will go to the ADAK and Athletics Kenya.
Kenya has been blacklisted as a “Category A” country in the list of nations under the highest risk of doping violations since 2017.