Ghana beat Mali in Afcon showdown

first_img25 January 2013Ghana beat Mali 1-0 in a crucial Orange Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. In the other group game, Niger claimed its first ever Afcon points with a goalless draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Ghana and Mali were considered the two favourites in Group B prior to the start of the tournament, but on Thursday the Black Stars needed a win more than the Eagles after allowing the DRC to come back from two goals down in their first outing to force a draw, while Mali edged Niger 1-0 with a late goal. Fortunately for coach Kwesi Appiah, his charges delivered the much needed victory.With a final group match remaining, Ghana now top the standings on four points, Mali has three, DRC two and Niger one.Controversial incidentPlaying the early game, Mali had a decent chance to strike early on after goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda handled the ball outside his box and picked up a yellow card.It could easily have been a red, as Seydou Keita would have been through on goal had the goalkeeper not picked up the ball. Keita took the free kick, but was narrowly wide of Dauda’s right hand post with his effort.Ghana began to fire away from distance on Mamadou Samassa’s goal, but struggled to find their range. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu then came oh so close to giving the Black Stars the lead in the 33rd minute when he rose high to head towards goal. He beat Samassa, but struck the left-hand post.GoalShortly after that, Agyemang-Badu was brought down inside the box by Adama Tamboura and the referee pointed to the spot. Wakaso Mubarak took the penalty kick and duly converted for his third goal in just six internationals.The second half failed to rise to any great heights, with the match degenerating into a stop-start affair. Mali failed to make an impression on the Ghanaian defence, with Isaac Vorsah leading the way for the Black Stars, while Ghana pushed for a second goal, but couldn’t find it.Cheick Diabate had a chance to snatch a late equaliser for Mali, but he made a mess of a rebound from a corner and Ghana moved to the top of the table.Apart from Vorsah, Agyemang-Badu, left back Harrison Afful and midfielder Albert Adomah, with good linking play, stood out for Ghana. Diabate and captain Seydou Keita were the best of the Malian players, but for the most part the Eagles were pushed onto the back foot and forced to defend.‘We can do better’Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah, although happy with the result, felt his team could improve significantly. “Tactically, the team was much disciplined and there was no loss of concentration. We still got a lot to offer and can do better in our next games,” he said.Mali coach Patrice Carteron conceded that the Black Stars were the better team on the day. He said: “Ghana were better than us in the first half. In the second half, we tried to score but their defenders were good and prevented us from scoring. We have our last game and will try to qualify from it.”Fair share of excitementDespite there being no goals, the clash between Niger and the DRC produced its fair share of excitement as both teams created good goal scoring opportunities only to be foiled by the respective goalkeepers.In the fourth minute, Modibo Sidibe should have given Niger an early lead after he robbed defender Larrys Mabiala and burst through on goal, with only the goalkeeper to beat. His low, curling shot struck the base of Muteba Kidiaba’s left hand post, however, and the DRC breathed a collective sigh of relief.In the 13th minute, Dieumerci Mbokani had a good chance to put the Leopards in front. He was picked out with a cross to the far post where he chested the ball down and fired a right footed shot that goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda, who plays for South African Premier Soccer League club Chippa United, did well to parry around the post for a corner.Brilliant saveDaouda then made a brilliant save just before the break, stopping Mbokani again when the DRC had a three-on-one overlap on attack. Mbokani looked odds on to score with the ball at his feet, right in front of goal, almost on the penalty spot, but Daouda shot off his line and threw his body in front of the shot to prevent what looked like a certain goal.In the second half, Moussa Maazou tested Kidiaba with a stinging shot and a header, but the DRC net-minder was up to the challenge. Late in the game, Kidiaba pulled off another fine save at full stretch to secure a second draw for the Leopards.Daouda’s save just before the break was perhaps the highlight of the contest, while he received good support on the night from defender Koffi Dan Kowa. Kidiaba was good in the DRC goal, while Mulota Kabangu was at the centre of a number of good attacking forays for the Leopards.‘Proud’Gernot Rohr, the head coach of Niger, was satisfied with his side’s showing, saying afterwards: “I’m very happy with our performance. It was historic as Niger won a point for the first time in the Africa Cup of Nations. You can only be proud of your team when you have such players.”DRC coach Claude le Roy felt his charges had missed out on an opportunity to put pressure on the group’s big two of Ghana and Mali. “We did not play well today,” he said. “We missed some chances in the first half which we could have scored. I believe we can do better.”The draw means all four teams in Group D are in with a shot at a place in the quarterfinals. One suspects, however, that the pre-tournament favourites, Ghana and Mali, will progress to the next phase. The Black Stars take on Niger in their last outing, while Mali face the DRC.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Discover the Alpine Countries with Ohio Farm Bureau

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentHosted by Collette Tours, one of the oldest and most respected 4-star tour operators in the United States, Ohio Farm Bureau presents the “Discover the Alpine Countries” trip departing Sept. 12, 2019.Have an amazing trip experience dreams are made of and travel with other Farm Bureau members to the Alpine countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Transportation, lodging, several meals and well-known highlights are included in the 13-day excursion. Some of the must-see highlights include Vienna and Schoenbrunn Palace, Salzburg and a Mozart Dinner concert, Munich, Oberammergau, the Black Forest, Innsbruck, Zermatt and Lucerne Switzerland, known as the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.”“Many of our members have traveled the United States extensively, but a trip like this will give them the opportunity to see other countries as well as the peace of mind of traveling with a top-notch tour operator, and traveling with a similar group of great people,” said John Marihugh, Ohio Farm Bureau director of member services.Base rates for this 13-day trip are about $4,600 each, based on double occupancy, and about $5,000 based on single occupancy.Two informational, in-person seminars about the trip are being hosted:Tuesday, Feb. 5 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Panera Bread 6665 Perimeter Loop Rd Dublin, OH 43017Thursday Feb 7 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Farm Bureau Office 8460 Ridge Rd. North Royalton, OH 44133To RSVP for a seminar, or for more information about the trip, contact Marihugh at [email protected] or call 614-249-2400.Travel BenefitsOhio Farm Bureau members can save up to 25 percent off Avis base rates when making a reservation with Avis Worldwide.Ohio Farm Bureau members can always save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates when making a reservation with Budget. Plus, members can receive other great offers like dollars off, a free upgrade or a free weekend day.Also take advantage of special discounts available through Ohio Farm Bureau’s Hertz member savings program.To learn more, log into your account. Choose Member Benefits under the Membership tab and then click the specific benefit logo.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

MyFitnessPal Takes Its Next Step

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Body#digital fitness#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#fitness trackers#health#Human#Moves#pedometers#quantified self#step counters#Steps#workouts ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.Here comes the Stepocalypse.The digital-fitness world is currently obsessed with step-counting devices like the Jawbone Up and Fitbit, and similar apps like Human and Moves. But what if counting our daily steps is a feature, not a product?See also: MyFitnessPal Keeps Flexing Its API MusclesThat’s the bet that MyFitnessPal is making. The company, best known for its namesake food and exercise diary, is building step tracking into its core MyFitnessPal app. For now, it will work with Apple’s iPhone 5S, which has a built-in motion-tracking chip. Late-model Android phones will get the feature soon, says MyFitnessPal CEO Mike Lee, using Google’s built-in step-tracking subroutines. And MyFitnessPal will also suck in step data from wearable devices and other apps through its popular application-programming interface.Taking The Next StepMyFitnessPal is now tracking steps as well as calories.I’ve been warning the industry for a while that step-tracking will not be a standalone business for much longer, and that wearable devices and apps solely focused on measuring simple movement will need to evolve. MyFitnessPal, with its more than 50 million users, is positioned to scoop up most of those users focused on simple forms of exercise. “Steps is like a gateway drug to self-tracking,” Lee told me. “That’s one of the values it provides to our users.”And from there, MyFitnessPal may be able to capture more and more data about their fitness activities over time. While taking 10,000 steps a day is far better than taking zero steps, it’s not likely to make a major contribution to weight loss, which typically requires a combination of intense exercise and attention to diet. “What does cause that transition from walking to being really active?” Lee asks, admitting that he doesn’t know yet. Lee hopes his users’ activity patterns will reveal insights. “That’s why we’re excited about all the data we have.”MyFitness … Friends?MyFitnessPal also recently undertook a survey of 2,220 users to assess how they involved friends and others in their fitness efforts, and produced a study about these “Fitness Tribes.” In one of our earliest conversations about MyFitnessPal three years ago, Lee noted how users who add friends on the service lose more weight than those who diet alone. The new study confirmed that finding—and also pointed to another direction MyFitnessPal could take.The app’s social features are “bare-bones” today, Lee said—a simple ability to follow other people and track their activity in a Facebook-like feed. A majority of users surveyed by MyFitnessPal said they preferred not to exercise alone. But it’s not easy today to find an exercise partner on MyFitnessPal.That’s a common flaw to fitness apps, which tend to focus on scanning your Facebook friends list and contacts for other people who have the same app, but do a poor job of matchmaking based on the data they have about your exercise habits. MyFitnessPal, with its connections to a variety of exercise apps like RunKeeper and FitStar, seems like it could be our gym yenta. (Lee might consider adding gym check-ins from Foursquare or Pact to better understand not just where we go to work out, but when.)The risk MyFitnessPal faces in adding more features is complicating its app, which I’ve long found remarkable for its speed and simplicity. It might consider the multi-app strategy that MapMyFitness and Runtastic have pursued, identifying specific functions it can break out, while tying back to the same big data store it’s accumulated. There are a lot of directions MyFitnessPal can go in—and we plan to track its moves closely. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting owen thomaslast_img read more

Time for Big Game Action

first_imgSouth Africa has the best bowling attack of the tournamentWhat a start to the quarter finals. Whoever could have imagined this would happen to any side in the competition at this stage. West Indies actually deserved what they got today. They were run over by the Pakistan juggernaut. They have won few games against top sides in the last few years and they just did not rise to the occasion today. What a far cry from the early 1980s when they were such a formidable side. Everyone says that West Indies rely on Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard but they have not fired in this format of the game for a while now; I can’t understand how so much is still expected of them. I cannot understand what Darren Sammy’s role has been in this World Cup-as a batsman or bowler or captain?Pakistan, on the other hand, have lost just one game in the competition and therefore, are really in the zone. Shahid Afridi has been able to get the side together and has made this a very balanced side. The team has bowlers in abundance, their batting is strong and they have two quality all-rounders in Afridi and Abdul Razzaq. Pakistan will be a difficult side to beat for anyone, though I do not expect their semi-final match to come so easy as this one did.India and Australia is the big traffic game in this World Cup. This World Cup could mark the end of an era for Australian cricket, unless they can defy the odds and win a fourth consecutive title. They have been plodding along in this World Cup and even the minnows have put up 250-plus totals against them. I see Ricky Ponting struggling to find his form and that is good news for India. But, in Australia’s favour, they are big match players. You don’t see an Australian side choking at the death, they fight to the last ball. M.S. Dhoni’s worries must be to win the toss and put up a big score. For India, Harbhajan Singh needs to fire. Ponting will no doubt be urging his top order batsmen to go all out for singles and get those crucial six runs every over, without going for the risky shots. He will be wary of Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan, as they are the only two bowling match-winners India has at this moment. Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson will try and blow India away with pace, but it’s not easy to do that on a flat track in Ahmedabad, especially when the batting order has players of the calibre of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan and Dhoni. But then, this batting line-up has failed to bat its full 50 overs in three big matches this World Cup. India will have to set its targets a bit lower in the last 10 overs. They need to score a run a ball from the beginning rather than go for big shots from the first over and then slow down and try to catch up in the powerplays, losing crucial wickets in the process.advertisementPonting will no doubt want to settle some scores with India and this is a good chance for him. Dhoni has been under immense pressure of late and sometimes it has even got to him, as is evident from his below-parkeeping in the last few games, a fact that will not be lost upon the Australians. Both captains would like to go out winning in this World Cup, given the sheer talent and potential in their sides. Unfortunately, only one of these great teams will go through. My call is that it’s going to be India with the home advantage.South Africa are a highly balanced side. They are not one dimensional. In Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, they have the best bowling attack of the tournament. Their spin department is looking good with Imran Tahir and Robin Peterson. Their batting order is a bit top heavy and although Graeme Smith seems out of touch, he needs to come good now. Watch out for De Villiers who may well become the batsman of the tournament. Their fielding is top-class and Smith will probably have fewer worries on his mind than the New Zealand captain.But the Kiwis are no pushovers. They have easily qualified for the quarters and beaten Pakistan quite comfortably in their group encounter. This is possibly the fittest side in the tournament and their batting order goes right up to the tail. In Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, they have two among the game’s cleanest hitters. New Zealand has the maximum number of all-rounders, and that fact alone can win them the World Cup. I don’t think Smith will be worried going into this game, given that South Africa have been tested in this tournament and have come out on top.advertisementThe Kiwis, on the other hand, will be diving, fielding and fighting to save every run, as they did against the Lankans in Mumbai. This promises to be an interesting game, and though I think South Africa are favourites to win, the New Zealand team is known for punching way beyond their weight, so the verdict is still out there.Playing Sri Lanka at home is tough work and England will have to produce something extraordinary to get past them. They have stumbled upon the quarter finals and cannot continue to play in the same fashion. They must forget about the past and start afresh. They have had a week’s rest and that should help. Apart from Andrew Strauss, none of their batsmen have played any innings of note, and that is a big worry. Eoin Morgan must rise to the occasion. England’s bowlers haven’t been putting sides under pressure and even minnows, Ireland and Bangladesh, were able to chase their 300-plus totals.The Lankans, on the other hand, have been playing percentage cricket. They have been going about their job in a businesslike manner. They play cricket the old-fashioned way. Their openers try and score briskly, and if they don’t get a good opening partnership, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene get down to building the innings even if that means slowing down the game a bit. But closer to the last 15 overs, the Lankans rely on Angelo Mathews and the later order batsmen to get them to a respectable score. Even if they are 20 or so runs below-par, the Lankans are a formidable opponent, given their immense bowling strength. Bowlers such as Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, and Lasith Malinga, helped by the excellent fielding, will put the pressure on England, and its batsmen must go after them. To make a match of it, England will have to come good with a big total if they win the toss. Although I rate this England team very highly on fighting capabilities, I must admit, beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is a tad difficult.While I have outlined my favourite teams, the actual results could have the other four sides in the semis-that’s how close this World Cup is going to be. The team that wins the toss will more likely bat first; though the dew may have the opposite effect on the two captains in the finals. I can’t wait for the action to start. – Nasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellencelast_img read more

Xavier Dolan brings Cannes prize winner Its Only the End of the

first_imgXavier Dolan is just settling in for a Riviera beachfront interview with several Toronto movie critics at the Cannes Film Festival when he’s suddenly interrupted by noisy laughter from another group.“They’re having a lot of fun,” the Montreal filmmaker says without skipping a beat. “Should we laugh?”That’s a good question, not only regarding the nearby chortlers but also for the oft-combative director/actor/screenwriter himself, who at this very moment is unsure about whether he should even smile. This group interview in Cannes last May is happening the day after the world premiere of It’s Only the End of the World, a dysfunctional family drama Dolan calls “my best film” — his others include Mommy and I Killed My Mother — but which many critics called the worst among the 21 competing for the Palme d’Or. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Arjun Singhs son to contest from Bhatpara

first_imgKolkata: Pawan Singh will contest in the Assembly by-election from Bhatpara seat. The seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh, MLA from Bhatpara, joined the BJP and is contesting from Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat where election will be held on May 6. Pawan is Arjun Singh’s son. The Trinamool Congress has fielded Madan Mitra, former state Transport minister, to fight the Assembly by-poll. Mitra was the MLA from Kamarharti. He has good contacts in North 24-Parganas and because of this, the TMC supremo has nominated him from Bhatpara.last_img