Burkina Faso, Egypt in Battle Royal for Final Ticket

first_imgNow they are looking to book another place in the final when they meet Egypt in the last four this evening.“We dream of doing better than in 2013. It will not be easy. We cannot know what the future will be, only God knows,” said their coach Paulo Duarte.“The important thing is that the players do not lose their humility.”Burkina Faso, who beat Tunisia 2-0 in the quarterfinals on Saturday, has progressed even though serious injury has cost them two key players in the first round.Jonathan Pitroipa, named the best player of the 2013 tournament, and Spanish-based striker Jonathan Zongo were ruled out in the opening week after knee injuries.“But we have other players. This is a team that I started building seven years ago and I know all their abilities,” Duarte added as Burkina Faso prepared for the semifinal.“They are a team capable of giving a fantastic show. The quality and the confidence is there.”Burkina Faso has developed a level of consistency over the last decades and since 1996 have qualified for 10 of the last 12 Nations Cup finals tournaments. They are also well placed in the early stages of Africa’s qualifiers for the next World Cup.But to make the breakthrough to Nations Cup success will be tough in the closing stages in Gabon.Between them the other semifinalists – Cameroon, Egypt and Ghana – have won half of the previous 30 Nations Cup tournaments, representing a heavyweight presence in the final four in Gabon.But the Egyptians are just emerging from seven years away without participating in the finals and were fortunate to win Sunday’s quarter-final over Morocco.Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions are a youthful squad who held on grimly to force their quarterfinal against Senegal to a penalty shootout which they won.Ghana, whose captain Asamoah Gyan is doubtful for the semis, has now reached the last four of six successive Nations Cups since 2008 and the Black Stars are the new favourites. They play Cameroon in Franceville tomorrow.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017… AFCON 2017… AFCON 2017…Alongside a trio of the continent’s most successful teams in the African Nations Cup semifinal line-up, Burkina Faso’s ambition burns brightly as they seek another chance to win their first major title.Four years ago, Burkina Faso was surprise runners-up at the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa and has confirmed that potential with a place in the final four at the tournament in Gabon.last_img read more

Injury stalls Frimpong’s Mazembe move

first_imgIn a startling twist to Yaw Frimpong’s move to TP Mazembe, the player will have to wait at least two weeks for his medical. Supersport.com understands that an injury he sustained yesterday has forced Kotoko’s team doctors to cancel the scheduled trip.The right-back had a great season last term, so his anticipated move to Central Africa came as no surprise. But moments after supersport.com broke the news of his expected departure on Monday night, the sting in the tale came through from the Kotoko camp.“Yaw is injured, unfortunately”, Kotoko’s team doctor told supersport.com’s correspondent in Kumasi. “We thought he could be able to shake it off and just fly out tonight but it will not work. So we have to wait.”Frimpong was billed to leave Ghana tonight with the club’s International Relations Manager (IRM), Kwame Baah-Nuako but now the IRM will leave alone to Kenya before connecting to Lubumbashi. There, Baah-Nuako meets Daniel Nii Adjei, who just played for the Black Stars in Malawi, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya.Mazembe have already bought Gladson Awako from Berekum Chelsea as well as Daniel Nii Adjei as they seek to strengthen their team for the impending African club competitions in the coming years.last_img read more

Bayern complete domestic double

first_imgVolland almost rewarded Bosz for his substitutions but the German international wasted a golden chance after missing a square pass with just Bayern custodian Manuel Neuer to beat in the 57th minute.Bayern punished Leverkusen’s wastefulness two minutes later after Hradecky fumbled Lewandowski’s long-range effort into his own goal to make it 3-0 on the scoreboard.Leverkusen kept trying to fight back and were able to reduce the arrears in the 64th minute when Sven Bender nodded home a corner at the back post.Peter Bosz’ men grew in confidence but Bayern showed no mercy and killed Leverkusen’s hopes of a comeback in the 89th minute after Ivan Perisic set up Lewandowski, who chipped the ball over the onrushing Hradecky for his overall seventh goal in a German Cup final.Kai Havertz’ penalty in stoppage time could not save Leverkusen from defeat.Bayern Munich reaped their 13th domestic double and 50th national title overall.“It is our 50th national title and that is the most important thing today. After we established a three-goal lead we retracted a bit too much but we were lucky that Leverkusen lacked in accuracy in front of the target. Otherwise it would have been an exciting second half,” said Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Berlin, Germany | XINHUA |  Robert Lewandowski’s brace helped Bayern Munich to overpower Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the DFB Cup final to clinch their second piece of silverware of the 2019-2020 season on Saturday.The German record champions snatched their 20th German Cup title while the “Werkself” lifted their last title in 1993.Bayern took the reins from the start in the 77th German Cup final and came across several half chances in the opening stages as Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich tested Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.With ten minutes gone, Bayern produced the first promising chance of the game but Kingsley Coman, who had all the time and space, shot into the arms of Hradecky from inside the box.The Bavarians efforts paid off with 16 minutes played as David Alaba opened the scoring with curling a free kick over the wall to beat Hradecky into the top right corner.Hradecky had his hands full as Serge Gnabry unleashed a hammer from 14 meters.The German international remained in the thick of things as he doubled the lead moments later after finishing off a counter attack with a low shot into the far post corner in the 24th minute.Leverkusen tried to respond but all their opportunities were either ruled offside or neutralized by Bayern’s well positioned defense.After the restart, Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz made amendments and fielded Kerem Demirbay and Kevin Volland.last_img read more

Olympia Fire Department Holding Innovative Firefighter Safety Training

first_imgSubmitted by Olympia Fire DepartmentThe Olympia Fire Department, along with their training partner, Lacey Fire District 3 are holding an innovative firefighter safety training program at the new, nearly completed Mark Noble Regional Fire Training Center.The training program, developed by the International Association of Fire Fighters, IAFF, focuses on the unthinkable moment when a fire fighter’s life is in imminent danger while performing fire fighting and rescue duties.  Instructors from Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle fire departments are conducting the training.  Training for these “Mayday” situations focuses on:Prevention of Mayday situationsBeing ready for the MaydayFire Fighters self-survival procedures and skills during a Mayday situation, andCommand procedures for assisting other firefighters during a Mayday situation.This is the first time this class, titled Fire Ground Survival Program, has been presented in Washington.  Participants in the class will share this valuable safety information throughout the region.The training is taking place at the newly constructed Mark Noble Regional Fire Training Center, a brand new complex paid for by the citizens of Olympia through a 2008 bond issue.  This one of a kind facility will be the host of similar training for the regional fire community starting in 2013.  The facility is centrally located and uniquely equipped to serve the needs of the fire community from the newest recruit all the way through the most senior fire officer.For pictures and more information on the facility see our web site,http://olympiawa.gov/city-services/fire-department/fire-training-center Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more