$275,000-plus purse plus wealth of contingencies given at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – The richest dirt track event in the nation paid off big time for IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s competitors.In addition to purse money of more than $275,000, contingency and cash awards in excess of $60,000 went to drivers at the 33rd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation.Approximately $25,000 in contingencies went to qualifiers for the Modified main event, with repeat champion Kyle Strickler getting the lion’s share for a second consecutive season.Awards and/or product certificates not given to drivers at Boone Speedway will arrive by mail. Listed by division, cash and contingency award recipients included:Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified champion Kyle Strickler – Allstar Performance ($200); Axle Exchange (chrome moly driveshaft); Bell (K-1 helmet); Brinn ($50); BSB Manufacturing ($325); Casey’s General Store ($20); CPD Racing Tools ($100); Day Motor Sports ($50); Diversified Machine (5 gal. pail of Bulldog Blood); Dynatech (set of headers); Edelbrock (water pump); Eibach (set of four springs); Hoosier (four G-60 tires); Integra (one shock); Intercomp (digital angle gauges); Jaz Products ($500); Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises (package of JB products); Karl Chevrolet (604 crate engine and $250 cash); KRC (coil over kit); KSE (tandem pump); MD3 (nosepiece); MSD Ignition (ignition box, coil, distributor, spark plug wires); Outerwears (radiator screen): QA1 (buy three shocks get three free); QuickCar (tachometer); R2C Performance (air filter); RH2 (Nitro helmet speakers); Richochet (3 shock guards); Schoenfeld Headers ($200); Speedway Motors (track mat/helmet bag); Stephenville Starter (starter); Summit ($50); Sweet Manufacturing (steering box); The Joie of Seating ($350 cash); TiLube (16 quarts of oil); Wahl Traction (4 shock rebuilds); Wehrs Machine (package of products); Winters Performance (set of gears); Xfactor (pull bar bushing); Xtreme Motor Sports ($50); Z4 Products (bottles of leak sealer/cooling conditioner).ModifiedsHard Charger – Hunter Marriott (+23), Jerovetz Shock Service (2 shock rebuilds); JRi (2 shocks); Smiley’s Racing Products ($100).Hard Luck – Kody Scholpp (-24), Kirkey ($150); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Mystery Position – Jason Beaulieu (19), Moser Engineering (pair of axles); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Highest Claim Engine finisher – Jason Cummins (11), Edelbrock (2975 intake); JE Pistons (set of pistons); Scorpion Race Products (set of rocker arms); WWMT bonus ($500).Highest Crate Engine finishers – Dylan Smith (2), Karl Chevrolet ($150 cash); Ricky Thornton Jr. (3), Karl Chevrolet ($100 cash).Highest Afco customer – Adam Larson (5), Afco (set of 4 shocks).Highest Bilstein customer – Dylan Smith (2), Bilstein (set of 4 shocks).Highest Bushore customer – Adam Larson (5), Bushore Racing Ent. ($100 cash).Highest Penske customer – David Brown (15), Penske (set of 4 shocks).Fastest Lap Time – Kody Scholpp, Bob Harris Ent. (2 free shock rebuilds).Most Laps Led – Kyle Strickler, CPD Racing Tools ($100).First-time qualifiers – Ryan McDaniel, Speedway Motors ($100); Brian Irvine, Mike Hagen, Cayden Carter, Jason Murray, Jason Beaulieu, Johnny Scott, Lucas Schott, David Brown, Coleman Racing Products ($50).Larry Shaw Western Region qualifiers – Ryan McDaniel, Jason Beaulieu, Johnny Scott, Paul Stone, Ricky Thornton Jr., Larry Shaw Racing ($100).Longest tow qualifier – Jason Beaulieu, Axle Exchange (steel driveshaft); Sweet Manufacturing (steering box).Fastest Lap Time Qualifiers – Kody Scholpp, Josh Most, Wade Cross, Jordan Grabouski, Ryan McDaniel, Steven Bowers, Jr., Bob Harris Ent. (2 shock rebuilds).Hard Charger Qualifiers – Randy Havlik (+17), Hunter Marriott (+14), Tyler Droste (+19), Nick Deal (+10), Mark Elliott (+7), Jesse Sobbing (+19), Jerovetz Shock Service (2 shock rebuilds).First non-qualifier – Stormy Scott, Axle Exchange ($50); Circle Wheels (2 free wheels); Dominator Race Products (nosepiece); Eibach (set of springs); Holley (750 carburetor); Magnus Racing Products (case of gear lube); Moroso (set of plug wires); Nitro Bee (unit); Out-Pace (pair of tie rod tubes); Sweet Manufacturing (steering box); Velocita (firesuit), Wehrs Machine (package of products).Female participant – Ashley Schaaf, Design 500 ($300).IMCA Sunoco Stock Car champion Dustin Larson – Aero Race Wheels (set of 4 wheels); Allstar Performance (set of toe plates and $250); Bell (K-1 helmet); BSB Manufacturing (set of 4 shocks and $200); Bushore Racing Ent. ($100 cash); Champ Pans (oil pan); CPD Racing Tools ($100); Day Motor Sports ($50); Dominator Race Products (nosepiece); Edelbrock (2701 intake); Flow Design (spacer); Hoosier (four G-60 tires); Intercomp (2 digital angle gauges); Jaz Products ($100); Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises (package of JB products); Karl Performance (complete built engine); KRC (package of products); Mitchell Machine ($50); MSD Ignition (distributor and spark plug wires); Nitro Bee (unit); Outerwears (pre-filter); Performance Distributors (alternator and DUI coil kit); QA1 (buy 3 get 3 free); R2C Performance (air filter base); QuickCar (tachometer); RH2 (Nitro helmet speakers); Schoenfeld Headers ($150); Scorpion (set of rocker arms); Speedway Motors (track mat/helmet bag); Stephenville Starter (starter); Summit ($50); TiLube (16 quarts of oil); Wehrs Machine (package of products); Xfactor (set of control arm bushings); Xtreme Motor Sports ($50); Z4 Products (bottles of leak sealer/cooling conditioner.Stock CarsHard Charger – Shaun Bruns (+15), JRi (two shocks); Smiley’s Racing Products ($100).Hard Luck – Damon Murty (-21), Kirkey ($150); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Mystery Position – Joe Flory (16), Moser Engineering (pair of axles); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Highest finishing 350 cfm engine – Wayne Gifford, Flow Design (spacer); Holley (350 cfm carburetor).Highest Afco customer – Heath Tulp (6), Afco (set of 4 shocks).Highest Bilstein customer – Mike Nichols (2), Bilstein (set of 4 shocks).Highest Fox customer – John Heinz (9), Fox (set of 4 shocks).Highest Penske customer – Gary Bass (10), Penske (set of 4 shocks).Highest first-time qualifier – Chris Mills (3), Speedway Motors ($100).Longest tow qualifier– Matt Guillaume, Axle Exchange (steel driveshaft).First non-qualifier – Todd Inman, Axle Exchange ($50); Circle Wheels (pair of 2 wheels); Dominator Race Products (nosepiece); Eibach (set of springs); EQ (set of cylinder heads); Holley (500 cfm carburetor); Magnus Racing Products (case of gear lube); Mitchell Machine ($50); Moroso (set of plug wires); Nitro Bee (unit); Velocita (firesuit); Wehrs Machine (package of products).Female participant – Kellie Schmit, Design 500 ($300).IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock champion Jason Wilkinson – Allstar Performance ($200); Bell (K-1 helmet); Bilstein (set of 4 shocks); CPD Racing Tools ($50); Intercomp (digital angle gauge); Jaz Products ($100); Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises (package of JB products); Karl Chevrolet (602 crate engine and $250 cash); KRC (package of products); Performance Distributors (DUI coil kit); QuickCar (tachometer); RH2 (Nitro helmet speakers); Speedway Motors (track mat/helmet bag); Stephenville Starter (starter); Summit ($50); TiLube (8 qt. of oil); Wehrs Machine (package of products); Xtreme Motor Sports ($50); Z4 Products (bottles of leak sealer/cooling conditioner.Hobby StocksHard Charger – Sal Hernandez (+20), Smiley’s Racing Products ($100).Hard Luck – Eric Stanton (-18), Kirkey ($150); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Mystery Position – Dana Brandt (18), Moser Engineering (pair of axles); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Highest Claim engine finisher – Steve Larson (16), Champ Pans (oil pan); CP-Carrillo (set of pistons and rods); Edelbrock (intake); EQ (set of cylinder heads).Highest Crate engine finishers – Andrew Burg (2), Karl Chevrolet ($150 cash), Brandon Nielsen (3), Karl Chevrolet ($100 cash).Highest Afco customer –  Craig Graham (25), Afco (set of 4 shocks).Highest Bushore customer – Andrew Burg (2), Bushore Racing Ent. ($100 cash).Highest 1st time qualifier – Jeremy Purdy (6), Speedway Motors ($100).Longest tow qualifier – Andy Roller, Axle Exchange (steel driveshaft).First non-qualifier – Dustin Lynch, Axle Exchange ($50); Eibach (set of springs); Magnus Racing Products (case of transmission oil); Moroso (set of plug wires); Nitro Bee (unit); Velocita (firesuit); Wehrs Machine (package of products).Female participant – Leah Wroten, Design 500 ($300).Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod champion Clint Luellen – Aero Race Wheels (set of 4 wheels); Afco (set of 4 shocks); Allstar Performance (set of toe plates and $250); Bell (K-1 helmet); BSB Manufacturing ($300); Day Motor Sports ($50); Hoosier (four G-60 tires); Integra (one shock); Intercomp (digital angle gauge); Jaz Products ($100); Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises (package of JB products); Karl Chevrolet (602 crate engine and $250 cash); KRC (package of products); MD3 (2 nosepieces); Mitchell Machine ($50); MSD (rev control, plug wires); Outerwears (radiator screen); Performance Distributors (DUI coil kit); QA1 (buy three shocks get three free); QuickCar (tachometer); RH2 (Nitro helmet speakers); Ricochet (3 shock guards); Schoenfeld Headers ($150); Speedway Motors (track mat/helmet bag); Stephenville Starter (starter); Summit ($50); TiLube (16 quarts of oil); Wehrs Machine (package of products); Xtreme Motor Sports ($50); Z4 Products (bottles of leak sealer/cooling conditioner).Karl Chevrolet Northern SportModsHard Charger – Benji Legg (+20), Jerovetz Shock Service (2 shock rebuilds); JRi (2 free shocks); Smiley’s Racing Products ($100).Hard Luck – Tony Olson (-23), Kirkey ($150); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Mystery Position – Arie Schouten (14), Moser Engineering (pair of axles); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Fastest Lap – Kyle Prauner, Bob Harris Ent. (2 shock rebuilds).Highest claim engine finisher – Daniel Gottschalk (5), Champ Pans (oil pan); CP-Carrillo (set of pistons and rods); Edelbrock (intake), EQ (set of cylinder heads); Flow Design (carb spacer), R2C Performance (air filter base).Highest crate engine finishers – Johnathon Logue (2), Karl Chevrolet ($150 cash); Nick Meyer (3), Karl Chevrolet ($100 cash).Highest Mopar customer – Jared Van Deest (6), EQ (set of Chrysler cylinder heads).Highest Bilstein customer – Daniel Gottschalk (5), Bilstein (set of 4 shocks).Highest Bushore customer – Daniel Gottschalk (5), Bushore Racing Ent. ($100 cash).Longest tow qualifier – Gary Dutton, Axle Exchange (steel driveshaft).Highest 1st time qualifier – Nick Meyer (3), Speedway Motors ($100).Random Hard Luck – Bryan Rigsby, Friesen Chevrolet (602 crate engine).Fastest Lap Qualifiers – Tim Love, Arie Schouten, Austin Luellen, Bob Harris Ent. (2 shock rebuilds).Hard Charger Qualifiers – Sam Wieben (+20), James Kleinheksel (+20), Brayton Carter (+20), Ron Tex Jr. (+20), Jerovetz Shock Service (2 shock rebuilds).First non-qualifier – Austin Schrage, Axle Exchange ($50); Circle Wheels (pair of 2 wheels); Dominator Race Products (nosepiece); Eibach (set of springs); Holley (500 cfm carburetor); Magnus Racing Products (case of transmission oil); Mitchell Machine ($50); Moroso (set of plug wires); Nitro Bee (unit); Out-Pace (pair of tie rod tubes); Velocita (firesuit); Wehrs Machine (package of products); Jake Sachau, Holley (650 cfm carburetor).Female participant – Kelsy Hayes, Design 500 ($300).IMCA Late Model champion Jeff Aikey – Afco (set of calipers); Allstar Performance ($250 and set of toe plates); Bell (K-1 helmet); BSB Manufacturing ($50); Diversified Machine (5 gal. pail of Bulldog Blood); Dominator Race Products (nosepiece); Hoosier (set of 4 tires); Intercomp (digital angle gauge); Jaz Products ($100); JE Pistons (set of pistons); Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises (package of JB products); KRC (package of products); KSE ($100); MSD Ignition (ignition box, plug wires); Outerwears (radiator screen); QuickCar (tachometer); R2C Performance (air filter); RH2 (Nitro helmet speakers); Robert & Sons Aluminum (10 sheets of aluminum); Schoenfeld Headers ($220); Speedway Motors (track mat/helmet bag); Summit ($50); Sweet Manufacturing (steering rack); Tiger Rear Ends (pair of axle tubes); TiLube (8 quarts of oil); Wehrs Machine (package of products); Z4 Products (bottles of leak sealer/cooling conditioner).IMCA Late ModelsHard Charger – Jeff Aikey (+14), JRi (two shocks); Smiley’s Racing Products ($100).Hard Luck – LeRoy Brenner (-19), Kirkey ($150); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Mystery position – Greg Kastli (22), Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Longest tow qualifier– LeRoy Brenner, Axle Exchange (aluminum driveshaft).Highest 1st time qualifier – Robert See, Speedway Motors ($100).1st Non-Qualifier – Tyler Bruening, Axle Exchange ($50); Eibach (set of springs); Flow Design (carb spacer); Holley (750 cfm carburetor); Magnus Racing Prouducts (case of gear lube); Moroso (set of plug wires); Nitro Bee (unit); Out-Pace (pinion plate); Velocita (firesuit).Ironman finisher – Todd Malmstrom, BSB Manufacturing (set of 4 shocks); Robert & Sons Aluminum (10 sheets of aluminum); Sunoco Race Fuels ($250 cash); Z4 (bottles of leak sealer/cooling conditioner).Mach-1 Sport Compact champion Nate Coopman – Allstar Performance ($200); Bell (K-1 helmet); Intercomp (digital angle gauge); Jaz Products ($100); Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises (package of JB products); KRC (package of products); Outerwears (pre-filter); Performance Distributors (Dyna-Batt battery); QuickCar (tachometer); RH2 (Nitro helmet speakers); Speedway Motors (track mat/helmet bag); Summit ($50); TiLube (8 quarts of oil); Wehrs Machine (package of products); Z4 Products (bottles of leak sealer/cooling conditioner).Mach-1 Sport CompactsHard Charger – Ramsey Meyer (+21), Smiley’s Racing Products ($100).Hard Luck – Stephanie Forsberg (-21), Kirkey ($150); Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Mystery Position – David Dembowski (16), Smiley’s Racing Products ($25).Highest 1st time qualifier – Matt Brehmer, Speedway Motors ($100).Longest Tow qualifier – Danny Sims, Mach-1 ($100 cash).Highest finisher from each state – Nate Coopman (Minn.), Josh Barnes (Iowa), Matt Brehmer (Wis.), Ramsey Meyer (Neb.), Brandon Lambert (Ill.), Danny Sims (Texas), Mach-1 ($50 cash).Female participant – Stephanie Forsberg, Design 500 ($300).last_img read more

Hurricanes find rare win in close contest with Red Force

first_imgTHE Leeward Islands Hurricanes would have done a lot to boost their confidence after a rare victory over the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day tournamnet at the Queen’s Park Oval on Saturday.The Hurricanes got home by the skin of their teeth, claiming a one-wicket victory, probably the closest this season.The game had been close throughout, with the Hurricanes restricting the Red Force to 222 in their first innings thanks to Sheno Berridge’s 4-72, and Jeremiah Louis’, 4-45.Mervin Matthew chipped in with 1-26 and Jason Campbell ended the innings with 1-23.The Hurricanes’ response was underwhelming, as skipper Kieran Powell, could only manage 15 at the top of the order, and Montcin Hodge, who has been in good form of late, only managed 11.It was the lower-order who showed some fight, taking the total to 163, with Akeem Saunders’ 49, the highlight.The difference-maker in that Hurricanes first innings was the bowling of Imran Khan, whose 5-25 was devastating.Khary Pierre chipped in with 2-26, while Tion Webster, 1-44, Daniel St Clair, 1-27, and Anderson Phillip, 1-38, also made inroads.Though the Red Force now had a 59-run lead, they were by no means comfortable.The situation got even tighter when Berridge, 4-40, led an attack that reduced the Red Force to just 162.Berridge received great support from the bowling of Matthew, who ended with 2-27, Louis, 2-49, and newcomer, Chaim Holder, who bagged 2-19.A lead of 221, took the game to where it had started, the Hurricanes staring at a small lead but unsure of what to do with it.Coach Winston Benjamin had said the team was suffering from a crisis of confidence, and their approach to the small total suggests he was right.RED FORCE 1st Innings 222Hurricanes 1st Innings 163Red Force 2nd Innings(overnight 143 for eight)A Jangoo c Matthew b Berridge 38J Solozano lbw b Holder 10Y Cariah c wkp Hamilton b Holder 7E Nicholson c Saunders b Mathew 5*D Ramdin c Mathew b Berridge 28T Webster c wkp Hamilton b Louis 10+S Katwaroo b Louis 14Imran Khan lbw b Berridge 1K Pierre lbw b Mathew 10D St Clair not out 12A Phillip lbw b Berridge 9Extras (lb12, w1, nb4) 17TOTAL (all out, 58.4 overs) 162Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-55, 3-66, 4-67, 5-86, 6-116, 7-119, 8-131, 9-147, 10-162.Bowling: Mathew 14-4-27-2, Louis 16-4-49-2, Berridge 14.2-4-40-4, Holder 11-1-19-2, Campbell 3-0-15-0.HURRICANES 2nd Innings (target: 222 runs)M Hodge c Webster b Phillip 5*K Powell c Webster b Imran Khan 41K Carty c Pierre b Phillip 2D Thomas lbw b Pierre 65A Saunders c St Clair b Imran Khan 38+J Hamilton c wkp Katwaroo b Imran Khan 13J Louis b Imran Khan 13M Mathew b St Clair 3C Holder lbw b Imran Khan 7J Campbell not out 30S Berridge not out 0Extras (b3, lb4, nb2) 9TOTAL (9 wkts, 70.3 overs) 226Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-14, 3-107, 4-123, 5-150, 6-182, 7-187, 8-193, 9-205.Bowling: Phillip 7-2-23-2, St Clair 12-2-29-1, Pierre 23-2-64-1, Webster 3-0-16-0, Imran Khan 25.3-4-87-5.last_img read more

Clonmel’s Dave Foley named in Munster line-up

first_imgKeith Earls is in line to make a first appearance of the season having been named on the bench AND Prop Sean Cronin has recovered from a shoulder injury and is also among the replacements. Anthony Foley has named a much-changed side to that which lost to Connacht on New Year’s day.Tipp’s Dave Foley comes into the second row, alongside Billy Holand.  Despite announcing his impending departure from the province, JJ Hanrahan has been named in the centre.Felix Jones is restored at full-back, with Simon Zebo manning the left wing and Ronan O’Mahoney the right. In the pack, there’s an all-new front row with Eusebio Guinazu, Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer all coming into the side. Later tonight, Connacht are in action in the Pro12 as they welcome Edinburgh to the Sportsground at 7:35.last_img read more

Fears over Coronavirus in Italy as Juventus U23 play infected team

first_imgThere are coronavirus fears at Juventus after the club’s Under-23s played against an infected team.Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, along with former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, have since been given a briefing about how to avoid the deadly disease. Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates have been briefed about the coronavirus outbreakMore than 85,000 people have been infected by coronavirus, with almost 3,000 deaths recorded.Juventus youngsters featured against Serie C minnows Pianese last Sunday.Following a 1-0 defeat to the Under-23s side last Sunday, three members of the Pianese squad and a trainer have tested positive for coronavirus.While no Juventus players have tested positive, joint training sessions between the first-team and Under-23s have been cancelled as a precaution.A Juventus source said: “The situation is being taken very seriously and the medical staff have told all the players to keep washing their hands and using hand gels.“No one has tested positive but bearing in mind the Inter game has been postponed because of health concerns nothing is being taken for granted.“Some of the players involved in the Under-23 match did train midweek with Ronaldo and the first-team, but that will now not happen again for a few weeks.”Juventus’ first-team match against Inter Milan was scheduled to take place against Inter Milan on Sunday, but was postponed over coronavirus fears. Source: Talksportcenter_img Tags: CoronavirusJuventuslast_img read more

Lawton re-signs with Titans

first_imgTitans coach Neil Henry said he was happy to have Lawton remain at the club.”It’s great to be able to re-sign a local product who loves it here on the Gold Coast,” Henry said. “He has proved himself to be a good utility, playing a number of positions since debuting.”He has put in a lot of hard work and has been part of the system here at the Titans for a long time. He has had a tough run with injury but we’re glad that he has committed to the club for the next three years.” Photo by: Charles Knight/ NRL Photos.Gold Coast Titans utility Karl Lawton.last_img read more

PNG HP partners with The Voice

first_imgThe partnership was made official last week with a signing between the two organisations.The partnership sets out four important agreements which are; 1. Cross Promotion,     2..Development Workshop/Programs, 3. Networking Events and Community ActivitiesSports Director of PNG HP, Aaron Alsop said the PNG HP Sport was really excited to partner with the team from The Voice Inc.“They are a reputable organisation that are leading the way in conducting leadership programs for young people in PNG.“Our sport industry identifies many natural leaders. It’s important that we continue to strategically develop & mentor PNG coaches, athletes & administrators in life & leaderships skills.“The Voice Inc will support us to do this with their wonderful programs across each of our regional High Performance Centre’s of Excellence,” said Alsop.Executive Director for the TVI, Barbra Thomas said she was also very was excited about the partnership saying the organization has a vision to see generations of young people driven by purpose, confident in themselves, and being able to contribute meaningfully to their communities.“We’re really excited to have signed this partnership with the High Performance Sport centre in Port Moresby because we recognise the importance of sports in the development of young people who are, I can say are a majority of athletes in sport,” said Thomas.She added that at the Voice, they believe in the power of an enabling environment, and that the program is a powerful environment for young elite sportsmen and sportswomen to come in and be trained and be pushed towards their potential.“We believe that through this program they can be also be developed holistically as a person as well, and we believe that working in partnership with the High Performance, we will be able to see amazing young people, not just amazing athletes, but amazing citizens, come out of this program.“I guess this is what PNG needs and we believe in adding value where we can that is why we are here and we are excited to have signed this partnership today,” said Thomas.last_img read more

5 Centimeters of Snow Possible with the Risk of Freezing Rain for South Peace

first_imgA strong frontal system is approaching the coast.Ahead of it mild moist Pacific air is eroding the cooler Arctic air remaining trapped in the valleys.Snow will redevelop over a large part of the Central Interior throughout the evening along with some patchy freezing rain.- Advertisement -Total amounts of snowfall will be up to 5 cm before snow changes to rain early Saturday.The heaviest amounts of snow will be over the Williston and McGregor areas where snowfall warnings are in effect.The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.Advertisement Cariboo Road Services say they prepared and ready to deal with this event.With road temperatures well below freezing, road conditions will be slippery.They warn drivers to drive with extreme cautionlast_img read more

We signed names instead of positions, Ssimbwa laments

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa reacts during their KPL match against Mathare United. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27- With just three games into the new season, Sofapaka tactician Sam Ssimbwa has already made a damning assessment on his side, saying they are not good enough to compete for the Kenyan Premier League title.Sofapaka has won only one match, a nervy 1-0 victory away to Kakamega Homeboyz and lost against Bandari (3-0) and Mathare United (3-1). After the three matches, Ssimbwa is not convinced that his team can compete for the ultimate prize. “Gauging from these two losses, I think we are not good enough to compete for the trophy. We can play like participants but not good enough to challenge for the trophy,” Ssimbwa said after his side’s 3-1 loss at the hands of Mathare United on Sunday.Sofapaka goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya with team-mate Humprey Okoti during their KPL match against Mathare United. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe Ugandan tactician was disappointed with the performance of his charges especially in the manner they conceded the first and second goals, saying they were gifts to their opponents.And now, the tactician who rejoined Batoto ba Mungu at the beginning of last season does not believe that with the current trend which sees them drop seven points behind the leaders they can challenge for their second league diadem.“If you are competing, you take each game like a final. But if you look at the two games we have lost, are we playing like a final? If we go on like that we shall be participants and not be relegated but can’t fight for anything. Three games with three points and you think you will compete?” posed the tactician.He added; “We are competing with the likes of Gor Mahia, but if you look at them, they already have nine points from three games.”-Rift in the team-Sofapaka FC new signings Kepha Aswani and Ibrahim Kitawi during a training session at te Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUMeanwhile, the tactician has hinted a possible rift with the team’s management in terms of signing and releasing of players, insinuating that he might not have been consulted when new players were brought into the squad.He was particularly critical of the release of defender Jonathan ‘Dante’ Mugabi and midfielder Feni Ali, saying they were two of the club’s best players last season and didn’t understand why they were released.Batoto ba Mungu were busy in the transfer window and brought in high profile names including strikers Stephen Waruru and Kepha Aswani as well as Burundian defender Mousa Omar.They had been touted to bring in Zanzibar midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame but the deal fell flat on its belly on the final day of the transfer window.Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa strolls around during a past training session at the club’s Eastleigh High School training ground. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“You don’t sign names, you sign position. Did we want strikers only? Feni, our best midfielder who scored six goals and had nine assists in the second leg alone went.  Our best defender Dante went. Who were the replacements?” the coach posed, refusing to comment on whether or not he had been involved in the club’s transfer activity.Ssimbwa however remains hopeful that his relatively new squad will grease up as the season progresses, though he remains pessimistic they will stand a chance of fighting for the league crown.“Maybe we shall improve with time but by then the title contenders will have left us. We shall play, the trophy might be difficult for us,” he said.The 2009 league champions will have little time to rest as they will immediately switch their attention to a catch-up fixture against AFC Leopards on Wednesday at the Narok Stadium, same venue they suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss at the hands of Bandari.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

No guarantees! Roy Hodgson warns Jack Grealish over England future

first_img Jack Grealish Roy Hodgson has refused to offer Jack Grealish any promises over his England future.The Aston Villa youngster declared his international allegiance to England earlier this week after much deliberation.Grealish, 20, was born in Solihull but has Irish grandparents and could have opted for the Republic of Ireland, having represented them at youth level.Hodgson believes he has made the right decision in choosing the Three Lions and is happy to have him available.But he insists the midfielder has his work cut out to win a place in his squad – and has told him that face-to-face.“I think it is the right decision, frankly he is English having met him and his father, it is an English family albeit with fairly distant Irish roots,” he said.“I think he has got the talent to be an England player, he has a lot of work today before that day is concreted – but I was happy that in a choice between the two countries he took the bolder decision to try and be an England international.“I was keen to point out to him and his father that there are no guarantees from my point of view – one thing I can categorically say is that the only way he will get into the England squad is if he is one of the best 23.“We can’t offer him any sweeteners or bonuses because you have made a decision to play for England.” 1last_img read more

Semien powers A’s past Rangers

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Again and again Friday night, Marcus Semien showed why A’s manager Bob Melvin wants him in the lineup every game.Because of Semien’s tie-breaking ninth-inning home run, his second of the game, and a bullpen that pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh and ninth innings, Oakland rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 5-3.For the opener of a four-game series, the A’s didn’t arrive at their hotel until 6 a.m. By 10 p.m. in a ninth-inning tie, they were thinking about the …last_img read more