President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde said qualifying for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification was the collective achievement of everyone who has contributed to Guyana’s football and it will take a further joint effort to reap the full benefits.Releasing a full statement today, the GFF boss said that “Qualifying for the men’s CONCACAF Gold Cup is an achievement that belongs to the entire nation. I want to dedicate this moment to everyone in Guyana who loves football: anyone who has ever coached a team, played the game, managed a club, any organisation, company or person that has sponsored or supported football, and anyone who has ever contributed at an administrative level. This is our collective victory. It could not have been achieved without you. So many great football servants have gone before us and we stand on the shoulders of those giants.It is truly a very humbling experience for me to be at the helm of the sport at this time and to share this extraordinary accomplishment with the other dedicated members of the GFF Executive Committee, who contribute in equal measure to the intense work and many sacrifices this qualification campaign demanded of us all. I feel a deep sense of pride for the sport, in particular, which has had its challenges both on and off the field for many decades.The sum of all tourism promotion and advertising cannot surpass the global visibility that the CONCACAF Gold Cup will bring to Guyana. When our boys walk out on to the pitch for their first game, the millions of people that will be watching either live or on television around the world – will Google “Guyana”. I would like to call on all our stakeholders from politics to business to appreciate the magnitude of this opportunity and to work with us to embrace its potential.What action those fans around the world take after that Google search will be vastly influenced by what pops up, so let’s give them good content and a good impression of our nation – its beautiful landscape and wildlife, its investment opportunities, its people, its sporting talent, and its culture. Let’s show our country in the best possible light.There is still a tremendous amount of work required in order to lay a robust and lasting foundation for the sustainable development of our sport. We are finally moving in the right direction, but we need everyone on board as one team to achieve lasting success. The GFF cannot overhaul football without the help of corporate Guyana, the Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders. A well-run sport will produce well-rounded men and women – Guyana wins when football wins.”
THE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) recently honoured Guyana’s Under-15 opening batsman Rampertab Ramnauth for his outstanding performance at the recent Cricket West Indies (CWI) Under-15 tournament held in Antigua.The board, with the support of the 10 cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and Vickram Seubarran, president of the Port Mourant Cricket Club, presented Ramnauth with a trophy, a framed certificate, a cricket medal and a financial gift.“You have made us proud with your outstanding performance for Guyana and have proved beyond any doubt that the Ancient County still produces outstanding cricketers to follow in the legacy of Rohan Kanhai, Basil Butcher, Joe Solomon, Roy Fredericks and Alvin Kallicharran. Your performance, along with Isaiah Thorne’s, put to rest the false claim by a few that cricket in Berbice is a farce,” BCB president Hilbert Foster said.Foster urged the promising batsman to use his recent performance as a stepping-stone to a successful career. The BCB would continue to invest in every one of its players, while making sure that everyone has enough matches to play at every level.Berbice, he stated, has legendary status in the cricketing world and his administration is working hard to uphold the high standard. Ramnauth, in an invited comment, said that he was proud of his achievements. He acknowledged the contribution of the Port Mourant Cricket Club and persons like Seubarran, his coach Leslie Solomon and his parents in the development of his career.Meanwhile, the BCB president and his executives took the opportunity to meet with representatives of first and second division teams in Berbice to discuss some major upcoming cricket tournaments.
CLIVE Lloyd, whose West Indies side dominated international cricket, has been knighted in the New Year Honours. The Guyana-born batsman, now 75, has been honoured for his service to the game.He captained the West Indies from 1974 until 1985 and played for Lancashire from 1968 until 1986, later settling in the Greater Manchester area.Since retiring, he has coached West Indies and worked for the International Cricket Council (ICC).The left-handed middle-order batsman made his Test debut aged 22 against India and scored 7 515 runs at an average of more than 46 in 110 appearances.His former Lancashire team-mate Farokh Engineer, who also played for India, said the honour was “well overdue because a lot of his colleagues were knighted, so I am so glad”.“He’s a great guy, he’s a character and we complemented each other and we contributed to Lancashire’s success,” said Engineer, who now works as a cricket pundit.“I am delighted; he’s been my best friend. We played against each other, we enjoyed our cricket.“We were the two overseas professionals at Lancashire – he was raw from Guyana and I was raw from India so we had to prove ourselves.”Lloyd’s West Indies side went 26 matches without defeat and thrashed England 5-0 in what became known as the 1984 ‘Blackwash’ series.He also led the West Indies to victory in the first cricket World Cup in 1975 scoring 102 at Lord’s against an Australia side with feared bowlers Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson spearheading their pace attack.Lloyd became a folk hero in Lancashire as a key player in the 1970s side that became known as the ‘Kings of One Day Cricket’.A true statesman – Jonathan Agnew, BBC cricket correspondent:He is obviously best known for his role in bringing the West Indies team together in a very factional part of the world.He got them playing as a team unit, fiercely proud of their region and who were feared and respected.Yet at the same time he has been an absolute star for Lancashire.My early cricketing years were spent marvelling at this incredibly athletic, graceful, loose-limbed left-handed batsman who could smash the ball all over the place.He was the first prowler in the covers; a beautiful mover who could pick the ball up with one hand and throw it at the stumps.He is cricket through and through.The same crowds who cheered Best, Law and Charlton at Manchester United in the winter brought football-style chants to cricket when Lloyd batted at the other Old Trafford in the summer.The team won three successive Gillette Cup finals and two successive Sunday league titles with Lloyd scoring a memorable 126 in the 1972 Gillette final against Warwickshire.Ex-Lancashire player John Abrahams, who captained the county in the 1980s, said: “I made my debut in 1973 and Lancashire were a team of stars. Clive was very good to me taking me under his wing in a very informal way.“As a batsman he changed the face of the game – there was a real buzz around the ground when he came in to bat.“He hit shots the rest of us could only dream of playing.” (BBC Sport)
By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – When the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup bowls off in South Africa on January 17, three players with Guyanese roots will be part of the Canadian squad vying for supremacy in the prestigious tournament. The 15-member squad departed for South Africa last Friday.The three are skipper Ashtan Deosammy, Raqib Shamsudeen and Nicholas Manohar, all products of Tranzac Cricket Academy in the Toronto District Cricket Association League.NICHOLAS MANOHARDeosammy is one of four players who participated in the 2018 tournament, played in New Zealand, the others being Randhir Sandhu, Arshdeep Dhaliwal and Rishiv Joshi.Deosammy also captained the Canadian Under-19 side which qualified by winning the Americas Region Qualification tournament in Toronto in July last year, defeating the USA by five wickets to go unbeaten through the five-team competition, which included Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Argentina.Shamsudeen, whose omission from the team for the last World Cup drew criticisms in some quarters, was on the reserve list in 2018. He also plays for Guyana’s Everest Cricket Club during March breaks.The left-handed Manohar, a leg-break googly bowler, played against Argentina in the Americas Regional qualifiers.This year marks the thirteenth edition of the tournament and South Africa’s second occasion as hosts. South Africa hosted the second edition which was held in 1998, ten years after the 1988 inaugural competition. Canada’s 2020 participation will be its sixth appearance as a team country. Team Canada had participated in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup’s 2002, 2004, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Canadian players had also been members of the ICC Associates XI Squads that had participated in the 1988 inaugural tournament and again in 2000.The sixteen participating teams at the ICC 2020 Under-19 World Cup will be split into four groups for the tournament’s preliminary rounds. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super League, with the bottom two from each group progressing to the Plate League.Canada will play their preliminary round matches in the tournament’s Group D. The Canadians will face the United Arab Emirates on January 18, hosts South Africa on January 22 and Afghanistan on January 24.Raqib ShamsudeenPrior to their departure the Canadian players were presented with their official Team Canada caps at a January 2 Cricket Canada-hosted function. The players and their management staff were also treated to a Bukhara Restaurant farewell dinner by Cricket Canada officials including president Ranjit Saini, Board directors Mohammed Shaikh and Ranjit Chaudhri,as well as General Manager Ingleton Liburd.Canada’s 15-member squad: Astan Deosammy (captain), Akhil Kumar, Arshdeep Dhaliwal, Ayush Verma, Benjamin Calitz, Eshan Sensarma, Gurjot Gosal, Mihir Patel, Muhammad Kamal, Nicholas Manohar, Randhir Sandhu, Raqib Shamsudeen, Rishiv Joshi, Udaybir Walia and Harmandeep Singh Bedi. The manager is Anil Khanna, head coach Farouk Kirmani, while the assistant coach is Kulbir Jaswal. Shah Zafar will serve as analyst, Tejash Patel as physio.
NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Roston Chase struck an imperious hundred as West Indies warmed up for tomorrow’s opening One-Day International with a dominant six-wicket victory over the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI here yesterday.Playing in their final warm-up contest at FTZ Sports Complex, the Caribbean side easily chased down their target of 277 with 21 balls to spare, thanks to Chase’s 136 off 113 balls.Opener Shai Hope hit a typically composed 85 off 102 balls while Sunil Ambris saw the Windies over the line with an unbeaten 34 from 44 deliveries.The President’s XI had earlier posted 276 for eight off their 50 overs with wicketkeeper Minod Bhanuka stroking a top score of 69 from 88 balls and Ramesh Mendis, batting at number seven, chipping in with a near run-a-ball unbeaten 64.Asela Gunaratne carved out 47 off 56 balls in the middle order while opener Pathum Nissanka hit an enterprising 41 from 43 deliveries.The hosts rebuilt to reach 47 for one in the 11th over after captain and opener Lahiru Thirimanne fell cheaply for four in the eighth over, but off-spinner Chase (2-57) struck twice as three wickets tumbled for 27 runs.Stumbling on 74 for four in the 18th over, Bhanuka anchored two half-century stands to stitch up the innings and put the President’s XI back on course for a competitive total.A 24-year-old left-hander with a single ODI under his belt, Bhanuka, struck four fours and a six, adding 69 for the fifth wicket with Gunaratne and a further 83 for the sixth wicket with Mendis, whose knock contained five fours and a pair of sixes.Bhanuka was eventually sixth out in the 46th over, the second of seamer Keemo Paul’s two wickets.West Indies then found themselves in a spot of bother at 35 for two in the eighth over when the out-of-form Brandon King (7) and Darren Bravo (3) perished cheaply to catches at the wicket.However, Chase arrived at number four to turn the game in the visitors’ favour, inspiring two successive century stands, first with Hope and then with Ambris.He put on 133 for the third wicket with Hope who stroked 11 fours in his knock, and then added 108 for the fourth wicket with Ambris who counted a four and a six.All told, Chase hit 16 fours and a six before perishing with scores level, bowled by new-ball left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando (2-56).
… Akshay Persaud also included LEFT-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie was named in Guyana Jaguars 13-man squad ahead of tomorrow’s start to Round 6 of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional 4-Day Tournament. The Jaguars who are currently in Jamaica, battle the number 3 positioned Scorpions in a return grudge match; having defeated the defending champions back in Round 4 at the Providence stadiumMotie, a former West Indies U-19 player was recalled after not being named in the side for the first half of the tournament.With 29 1st class matches under his belt, the Berbician is just one away from 100 wickets at this level and given his phenomenal record of 4 5-wicket hauls and a career-best of 11-105, it’s possible that he could play a huge role over the next few days. Akshay Persaud was also named in the 13 as leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo misses out this round, making Motie’s spot in the starting XI almost certain.After playing in the last round, West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer will also miss this round after passing his fitness test and being recalled to the team for the Sri Lanka T20s.Guyana Jaguars Team reads:Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Leon Johnson, Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Kevin Sinclair, Gudakesh Motie, Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble, Akshay Persaud, Niall Smith and Keon Joseph. (Clifton Ross)
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Keron Cottoy’s maiden first-class hundred was in vain as Test seamer Kemar Roach snatched a six-wicket haul to spearhead Barbados Pride’s emphatic 127-run victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes.Resuming the final day at Kensington Oval on 73 for three, Volcanoes were dismissed for 271 in their second innings about 20 minutes before tea.Cottoy, batting at number seven, struck a superb unbeaten 103 while Alick Athanaze chipped in with 33 at number three and Ryan John made 28.Entering with his side in trouble at 100 for five, Cottoy struck a dozen fours and four sixes off 114 balls in just over 2-½ hours, to keep the innings afloat.Roach, with two wickets in the first innings, finished with six for 84 to end the sixth-round encounter with match figures of eight for 147.Fast bowler Keon Harding supported with three for 65 to follow up his two wickets in the first innings and move his season tally to 28.Much of Volcanoes’ hopes of a miracle rested on veteran Devon Smith but he failed to add to his overnight 16, falling to the fifth delivery of the day when he was lbw to Roach before the visitors had also added.Three wickets then went down for 41 runs to leave Volcanoes stumbling on 114 for six before lunch and they needed a 46-run seventh-wicket stand between Cottoy and John to reach the interval without further loss.Cottoy also put on 50 for the eighth wicket with Ray Jordan (10) and 45 for the last with Josh Thomas (15) as Volcanoes resisted in the second session.
JOCKEY Liam Treadwell, who rode 100-1 shot Mon Mome to win the 2009 Grand National at Aintree, has died aged 34.Treadwell returned to the saddle after initially retiring from professional riding in February 2018.Tributes have poured in from the racing world. A cause of death has not been announced.“We’re deeply saddened to hear about the passing of 2009 Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell,” said an Aintree Racecourse Twitter post.“Our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time!”It was one of the famous race’s biggest shocks when Treadwell triumphed on Mon Mome for trainer Venetia Williams.Sussex-born Treadwell landed the ride after Aidan Coleman opted to ride stablemate Stan.Treadwell, who was also third in the 2015 National on Monbeg Dude, rode 10 winners during the 2019-20 season, all for Shropshire-based trainer Alastair Ralph.Big wins in the jockey’s career included the Byrne Group Plate on Carrickboy at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013 and the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree with Bennys Mist two years later.A statement from West Mercia Police said officers were called to an address in Billingsley, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, following the death of a man.“The death is currently being treated as unexplained. However, at this stage there is believed to be no third-party involvement,” said the statement. (BBC Sport)
There was an emotive homage to Cruyff before kick-off with over 90 000 fans holding up a display reading “Thank you Johan” alongside a Barca jersey with the number 14 the Dutch great adorned during his playing career.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winner as 10-man Real Madrid came from behind to end Barcelona’s 39-game unbeaten run 2-1 in El Clasico at the Camp Nou yesterday. Gerard Pique’s towering header put the hosts in front on the night they honoured legendary former player and coach Johan Cruyff.Yet, Karim Benzema quickly levelled before Ronaldo fired home five minutes from time after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had seen the 21st red card of his career.Victory reduces Barca’s lead over third-placed Madrid to seven points with seven games remaining, but Atletico Madrid closed the gap on the leaders to six points with a 5-1 thrashing of Real Betis yesterday.
*Reveals how coming of Conte to Chelsea changed his lifeDuro IkhazuagbeÂ with agency reportNigeria and Chelsea star, Victor Moses, has revealed that the outgoing 2017 remains the best year of his football career so far. Moses has Chelseaâ€™s Italian Manager, Antonio Conte, to thank for the resurgence of his career.In 2017, Moses won an English Premier League medal, got married, established himself as â€˜the indispensable manâ€™ in Conteâ€™s Chelsea and above all, helped Nigeria become the first African nation to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia from a group that had the likes of Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.Yesterday, Moses told UKâ€™sÂ Daily StarÂ that all these happened in his life as a result of the chance given to him by Conte at Stamford Bridge.He said: â€œFor me, its definitely the top – my best year so far, on and off the pitch.â€Moses had the perseverance to make a success of his Chelsea career despite being continually sent out on loan says a great deal about his character.No-one else at Chelsea can do what he does and without him, Conteâ€™s 3-4-3 system would collapse.After spending the previous three seasons being shipped around on loan, it might be a surprise.Never able to make much of an impression at Liverpool, Stoke City or West Ham United, Moses looked set to be sold by before Conte arrived- just another youngster who could not cut it at Chelsea.Moses spent most of his career in a more advance role, before settling into a wing-back as Conte dramatically tore up previous manuals and stamped his own authority on the club.He said: â€œBecoming a wing back is not an easy transition. Itâ€™s not an easy job and you need stamina to play there.â€œThe manager works me on the training ground, and itâ€™s been really good. When you have someone who is really backing you it gives you confidence,â€ stressed Moses.The Nigerian forward however picked up an injury against his former club Palace and was out of the side for six weeks in the autumn, but was recalled the moment he was fit again.He added: â€œItâ€™s been a great year for me. Iâ€™ve really enjoyed it, but want to keep it going.â€The only hiccup this season however is being squeezed out of the race to become CAF African Player of the Year, behind Gabonâ€™s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Egyptâ€™s Mo Salah and Sengalâ€™s Sadio Mane – a decision that angered the Nigerian Football Federation.Moses would rather claim he was in the running then being over-looked.He added: â€œI must have done well. It felt good to be nominated. Iâ€™ve worked so hard. Itâ€™s a bit crazy and shows how far Iâ€™ve come.â€The present good run of Moses in 2017 has kind of pale away the memories of the hard way he took to arrive England from Nigeria just as an 11-year-old boy.He got to the Queens land as an asylum seeker after both his mother and father were killed during religious clashes in Kaduna in 2002.According to his account, he was playing football in the streets when his parents lost their lives. A week later, his remaining family put together enough money to send him to England.Palace under Neil Warnock gave Moses his chance. His natural ability showed he would never have been a mid-level journeyman, with mates claiming he would either play Champions League, or on park pitches.After playing for England from Under-16 to Under-21, Moses opted for the country of his birth. Now, heâ€™s glad he took that decision which made him an integral part of the team Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr is putting together to dazzle the world next summer in Russia.â€œNigeria was the first African country to qualify for the World Cup. We are like ChelseaÂ Â (at Super Eagles). We believe in ourselves.At Stamford Bridge, Moses believes the tough December schedule will not hinder the quest for a trophy this term despite floundering far away from run away league leaders, Manchester City.â€œChelsea has loads of games coming up. Weâ€™ve got a great squad, and the manager we have here, we know what we are capable of,â€ concludes Moses.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram