Derby day: Munro vs STETHS at Alpart

first_imgWestern Bureau:While reigning champions Clarendon College and other contenders are looking good after two rounds of matches in this year’s ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup, last year’s beaten finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), have been ordinary in Group E.But with another edition of their storied derby on the horizon, STETHS and Munro College are gearing up for the clash, which will be played at Alpart Sports Ground in Gutters with kick-off slated for 3:30 p.m.It is a home match away from the cool comforts of Munro’s usual home in the hills of Malvern, which is undergoing renovation. But the shift in location will not take anything from what is expected to be a super-charged atmosphere.STETHS head coach Omar Wedderburn says confidence remains high within his squad, in spite of results that have not been favourable.”The two matches we failed to win [were] because of some mishaps in goal for us. We are still confident and are looking at this game earnestly. Three points are available; we want all of them,” Wedderburn said.”This is a big time derby – one of the truest derbies out there in schoolboy football – and just to know this game is scheduled, with the history between both schools, it’s motivation enough,” he stated.UNCHARTED WATERSSTETHS are in uncharted waters down in fourth place in the standings, trailing Lacovia, surprise team Maggotty, and B.B. Coke – all on four points. Munro have also failed to light up the park thus far either, and are fifth in the group after one draw and a 2-0 loss to Maggotty on Wednesday.They will want to get the edge on STETHS, who have enjoyed success in this fixture for a number of years running.Newell High sit at the foot of the group without a point and will have to be much better than in previous matches to stop the much-improved Maggotty. That game will be played at the Treasure Beach Sports Park.Another potentially hot derby pits Group H leaders Clarendon College against second-place Lennon High, while Edwin Allen tackle Kellits. Clarendon are perfect after two matches for six points, scoring 12 goals and are favourites to make it three from three.In Group A, St James High, coached by former national captain Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, take on Cornwall College in a key Montego Bay derby at Jarrett Park. Cornwall (four points) were held to a draw by plucky Green Pond last time out and are seeking a return to winning ways.But it won’t be easy against a St James High team (three points), who always seem to perform at their best when facing the former many-time champions. The game has all the elements to be the match of the round.last_img read more

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Paul, Anthony help Rockets top Nets to end 4-game skid

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Rockets then surged ahead with an 11-0 run in the third, with Anthony making two 3-pointers, a jumper and blocking a shot as Houston went ahead 76-69. Anthony hit two more 3s in the fourth.“Third quarter was where they got their break,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We’ve had some issues there before and felt like they came out more aggressive and thought we missed some shots. They picked up their defense. I felt that.”TIP-INSRockets: Houston avoided matching its longest skid of last season. The Rockets dropped five in a row from Dec. 20-29. … Paul’s highest-scoring game with the Rockets is 37 points last Jan. 10 against Portland.Nets: Atkinson said there was no decision yet if rookies Rodions Kurucs and Dzanan Musa would play for Long Island on Saturday in its season opener. Both players worked out with the G League affiliate this week. … The Nets scored 26 of their 32 first-quarter points in the paint, marking their most points in the paint in a quarter since having 26 in the first on Dec. 7, 2016, against Denver.HARDEN’S HOPESHarden has worked out without discomfort and D’Antoni said he likely would have returned Friday if the Rockets had been off following the game.But because they were playing on two straight nights and he wouldn’t use Harden on both of them after returning from injury, D’Antoni is opting to wait the extra day and bring Harden back Saturday at Chicago.The league MVP was hurt near the end of a loss to Utah on Oct. 24 and Houston had been routed in both games since.ALL FOULED UP Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum D’Antoni said before the game there was no explanation for Houston’s offensive troubles, saying the Rockets were getting the same shots as last season, just shooting them 20 percent worse.“Foul shots not going in. You don’t change up a foul shot. We’re not even making those,” D’Antoni said. “So we’ve obviously got some kind of malaise over us that we’ve got to shrug off and get going.”The Rockets entered shooting 70.2 percent at the line, 27th in the NBA, after finishing ninth last season at 78.1 percent.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Chicago on Saturday.Nets: Host Philadelphia on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — The Rockets had talked long enough about their struggles, and then it was time to do something about it.So during a timeout with the Brooklyn Nets carving up their defense early Friday night, the Rockets decided they didn’t need to hear any more from their coaches. The only way they could solve things was by themselves.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES They did thanks to one of the best games as a Rocket for Paul, who had season bests in points and assists in the final game before his workload should ease Saturday with the expected return of James Harden. The league MVP missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring and coach Mike D’Antoni said he would probably return for the second half of a back-to-back in Chicago.Anthony bounced back from a 2-for-12, eight-point performance against Portland by coming off the bench to hit six 3-pointers.Caris LeVert scored 29 points for the Nets, who got off to a sizzling start before the Rockets turned around the game.One of the NBA’s most potent offenses had been held below 90 points in two of the previous three games after doing so only three times all last season. The offense was back Friday, but the defense took a while to get going.Brooklyn made 14 of its first 18 shots, including 13 of 14 inside the 3-point arc while simply driving by defenders. The Nets finished 15 of 21 in the opening quarter, taking a 32-25 lead. Paul kept the Rockets close with 13 points in the second, including a deep 3-pointer that cut it to 61-56 at halftimeADVERTISEMENT Dodgers’ Kershaw gets $93M deal, leaving Harper, Machado atop market Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We just said, you all stay out for a second. Let us talk,” Chris Paul said. “At some point, enough is enough.”Paul had 32 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, Carmelo Anthony added a season-high 28 points and Houston snapped a four-game losing streak with a 119-111 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissClint Capela finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Eric Gordon contributed 21 points for the Rockets, who had stumbled to a 1-5 start a season after winning 65 games and falling a game short of the NBA Finals.“We had to watch it, we had to look at it and we had to kind of just hold ourselves accountable to what’s going on out there,” Anthony said. “Look our own selves in the mirror as individuals, as a team, figure out what we wanted to do and tonight we did that.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Guyana’s first Carnival experience dubbed a success

first_img…patrons call for more participation from corporate GuyanaThousands of Guyanese from all corners of the country and as well as a large amount of tourists, on Saturday braved the weather and took to the streets of Georgetown to get a glimpse of the beautiful and utterly decked-out men and women in their brightly coloured costumes gyrated to celebrate the country’s 52nd Independence Anniversary.The historic first Carnival commenced at the newly constructed roundabout at the beginning of Vlissengen Road, and came to a stop at the D’Urban Park, where the excitement was at its climax. As just about five trucks, laden with music boxes to pump up the atmosphere took off, the carnival chasers did not hesitate to show off their vibrant kaleidoscope of costumes and dancing skills that sailed with the intense soca vibes.These beautifully designed pieces were crafted with feathers, beads and tons of glitter among several other beautiful materials and saw no difficulty in grasping the crowd’s attention.The thousands of patrons who flocked the bands and lined the jam-packed streets for the much anticipated and long awaited Carnival took the opportunity to have a blast as well and did not waste any of the songs. Persons were seen snapping selfies against the backdrop of revelers and partying folks while others recorded videos of the event to post on social media. Dance moves threw some on the roads, while some in the air.Decked in their attractive costumes the members of the parade band, both on feet and on the trucks could have been seen enjoying themselves despite the drizzles of rainfall and gusty winds at first.However, as the sunshine gradually peeked out of the heavy dark cloud, beads of perspiration ran down the cheeks of the dancers who were thankful for the favourable weather.Robby Singh, who led one of the bands at the parade on Saturday encouraged persons to be part of the event in the year ahead, which plans are being made for. He also added that a comment of this year’s proceeding can only be termed as a “blast” for those who participated. A viewer of the parade told the Guyana Times that while she has been enjoying herself at the carnival, she thinks it definitely needs the support of more Guyanese and the inclusion of more costumes in the parades.According to her, “When you are accustomed to seeing Mashramani all here (the streets) is be full. Now I’m not seeing a lot of Guyanese supporting the Carnival in terms of everybody coming out and having a good time”.A male supporter of the historic event said he loves everything about the day and if he had the opportunity, he still would not change anything, not even the weather.“Oh, everything is so good and we’re enjoying it. I wouldn’t like to change anything. Everything was perfect,” Anil explained.Meanwhile Alex, a seven-year-old who accompanied his parents to view the parade said the thing he liked best about the Carnival was that each float had different music and different people. Sure enough, it was revealed that he would definitely like to see the Carnival parade again next year while he added that he was mostly excited by the music and to see how the people were reacting. Guyana Carnival kicked off May 18 and will culminate today. During the hosting of the event, several mega concerts were held featuring some of the best in the business. These include Kes, Machel Montano and Destra preformed throughout the week at the different events which were held in popular areas across Georgetown.Additionally, those who preferred a laid back atmosphere were treated to a steelband jamboree and the Miss Guyana World Pageant. The carnival committee is hoping that this is a venture that they can continue in the coming years to indulge all carnival chasers with the best Guyanese experience.last_img read more

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Ghana journey starts against Swazis- Migne

first_img“It has been interesting for me to know the players and have some few answers about them in few days of training. But the most important bit is in competition. Sometimes the player might be ready in training but it is important to see them in competition,” the Frenchman said after his final training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on Thursday evening.He says he is pleased with the quality of the players and the improvement they have marked since he first had a session with them two weeks ago, though he reiterates there is a lot to be done especially in terms of raising their fitness levels to endure a 90-minute game with unwavering tempo.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne shouts instructions to players during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on May 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“In few days of training, there is not so much we can do. But we have started the journey,” the coach noted.Migne had included five foreign based players in his preliminary squad but all of them have pulled out of the tie citing various reasons and they can’t be compelled as the two games fall out of FIFA friendly dates.The tactician, though disappointed, looked at it with a positive eye, noting that it will give him an opportunity to assess the local based lads better and hand them a chance to compete for places with their foreign based counterparts.“It is a shame because I lose time to look at all of them. Ghana is just close by and we have little time between now and then to prepare well. But I must be positive because it will be a good thing to look at the local players who can compete with foreign players in future,”“It is difficult for an international game not to have some strong players but it is interesting for us looking at the future like CHAN, CECAFA and also for the Under-23 who make a good number in the team,” the coach further noted.Harambee Stars players during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on May 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe further said; “We are trying to build something for the future and I am happy to have a start on Friday.”Migne expects a tough encounter from Swaziland who will be using the match to prepare for the upcoming COSAFA Cup and he says he knows a bit about them having watched most of their players turning out for Mbabane Swallows during his time in Congo.“I know it will not be an easy match but the most important thing for me is my team and how we play, how we improve and correct our mistakes. If you want to win, you have to try play well with good organization,” the coach added.Meanwhile, Migne says he will incorporate all junior coaches into his technical bench as he looks to imprint a similar philosophy across all national teams. He says Michael Amenga (U17), Stanley Okumbi (U20) and Francis Kimanzi (U23) will all be part of his backroom staff.During Thursday’s training sessions, Kimanzi was present alongside the other French assistant Nicolas Bouriquett. Goalkeeper coach Guilleme Coffy and Osteopath Ludovic Breul have also linked up with the team.Harambee Stars goalkeeper trainer Guilleme Coffy issues instructions to Boniface Oluoch and Timothy Odhiambo during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on May 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAfter Swaziland, Stars will face Equatorial Guinea on Monday before travelling to India for a four-nation invitational tournament.After that tourney, Migne says he will look to watch more local games including the National Super League, Division One and Division Two to search for more talent.“Sometimes, you might not find a good team but good individual players. We will watch all the leagues, even on the streets to search for the good players. You never know where you will find them,” he further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gestures during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on May 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 24- Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne says Friday afternoon’s friendly match against Swaziland will be the first step of preparation in his journey to face Ghana in Nairobi in September in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier.Migne has had a group of 24 local based players in camp from Monday and he will pour them out for their first test on Friday and he hopes the quality he has seen in training can manifest in an actual match.last_img read more

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A Black Tuesday for Santa Clarita’s baseball hopes, too

first_imgJunior shortstop Chris Matzner batted .309 with 18 RBIs, and junior second baseman Jordan Bottenfield hit .311 with nine RBIs. Outfielder Virgil Hill (.310, seven stolen bases), also a junior, is expected to return from a season-ending knee injury. A large group of Valencia seniors plan to continue their baseball careers. Casey Mulligan has signed with Cal State Fullerton, Michael Hur has signed with UC Riverside and Justin Shults has signed with Abilene Christian. Pitchers Nick Pappas and Caleb Deville plan to play JC baseball at Triton College near Chicago. Hart committed six errors in a season-ending 8-0 loss to visiting Riverside Poly. Jenzen Torres (.369, 17 RBIs) and Mike Montgomery (7-3, 2.38 ERA) lead a group of underclassmen poised to make a major impact next season. Four of Hart’s top six hitters are underclassmen. Saugus (13-13) did about as well as expected in a rebuilding season under first-year coach John Maggiora. Leading hitter Brandon Young, a first-team all-league selection, is a junior, and second-team honorees Zach Vincej (freshman) and Tyler Brubaker (sophomore) also will return, so the future looks good. Canyon (11-14) failed to make the playoffs for the fourth season in a row. The first order of business is to find a new coach to replace Scott Willis, who resigned after the season. Matt Warr, a junior who led Canyon with a .410 average, five home runs and 23 RBIs, should be back, along with ace Colby Hyatt (4-5, 2.90 ERA). But Johnny Hay, who hit a school-record 12 home runs this season, will be missed. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It was a long one but it was the best baseball game I’ve ever been associated with,” Valencia coach Jared Snyder said. “We had chances, they had chances. It was a fun game, win or lose, so there are no regrets. Our kids played their hearts out – not just against Agoura but every inning all year. “It was a great year, and no one can take that away from us. The CIF playoffs is not a fun tournament because it’s `one and done.’ … This was the most unbelievable group of kids I’ve ever had in eight years.” The loss to Agoura broke Valencia’s 15-game winning streak. Valencia (25-4) must rebuild next season because the majority of key players are graduating seniors. “We’re going to be young again, so we’re going to have to put in some hard work from here on out,” Snyder said. “But we will have some returners who had a lot of at-bats this season, and our middle infield should be really solid, so that’s a nice thing.” It was Black Tuesday in Santa Clarita. Not only did the area’s three softball teams lose in the second round of the Southern Section playoffs, but baseball entries Valencia and Hart were eliminated, too. Valencia’s 4-3 upset loss at Agoura was especially tough, as the third-seeded Vikings fell in 12 innings after failing to score in the top of the 12th with runners on second and third base. The contest lasted nearly four hours and featured several dramatic twists and turns – as runners were thrown out at the plate, great fielding plays were turned, and pitchers from both teams worked out of several jams. last_img

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Aidy Boothroyd pleased with England U21s’ performance despite ‘partisan’ crowd

first_imgEngland Under-21s struggled to a 2-1 win over their Slovakian counterparts on Monday, but Aidy Boothroyd was happy with how his players performed in Poland.Having drawn 0-0 with Sweden in their opening match of Euro 2017, things looked to be going from bad to worse when Martin Chrien headed Slovakia into a one-goal lead at half-time.England were deservedly behind after a sloppy 45 minute display, though they came out after the break and managed to first equalise – through Alfie Mawson – before Nathan Redmond scored a superb winner.On the balance of play, Boothroyd’s men were good value for the vital win, but the strong second half showing should not cover up just how poor the Young Lions were before the break.But despite that performance, Boothroyd has admitted he was not worried when England finished the first half one goal down.Speaking to talkSPORT following the match, the former Watford manager said: “I wasn’t [worried], because I work with these lads and know the quality they’ve got.“I think it was about composure over the occasion. 90 per cent of the stadium was Slovakian, that made it a great atmosphere, but it was certainly partisan and we had to deal with that and be even more composed.“I thought throughout the game we controlled it, we stopped them and gave them problems, dealt with their big player – Lobotka – stopped him playing. But when we got on the ball I thought we moved it well, and it was just the final pass, the final cross that we didn’t have.“In the second half we created a lot more chances and freed up the front two players who I thought were excellent, and we gave ourselves a chance of winning it – and thankfully we did.”Tammy Abraham was one of the players to show a marked improvement in the second half, having had almost no support in the opening period.He held up play expertly, and it was the Chelsea forward’s shielding of the ball that led to Redmond’s winning goal.Boothroyd had words of praise for the 19-year-old: “It’s the sort of education you’d rather he didn’t get all the time, but he did very well tonight. He’s a good player; he scores goals, he holds the ball up.“He’s a real talent, and considering he’s a year younger – he could have played in the Under-20 World Cup of course – it just shows you how far he’s come in a short space of time.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL TO FACE ARMAGH AT CROKE PARK NEXT SATURDAY

first_imgJim McGuinness will lead Donegal against Armagh at GAA HQ next SaturdayDONEGAL will take on Armagh in the All-Ireland Quarter final at Croke Park next Saturday (4pm throw-in).Dublin will face Monaghan at 6pm in the double header – being televised on Sky Sports.Armagh saw off Meath by five points on Saturday, 0-18 to 0-13 whilst were two point winners over Kildare, 2-16 to 2-14. The winners of next Saturday’s matches will play each other in the semi-final. DONEGAL TO FACE ARMAGH AT CROKE PARK NEXT SATURDAY was last modified: August 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:armaghdonegalJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

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Doherty slams Minister McHugh over failure to appoint Údarás Board

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has today repeated his calls for Minister of State Joe McHugh to appoint a new board to Údarás na Gaeltachta without further delay.The Donegal TD’s comments come amid growing frustration at the absence of a dedicated board at the agency which has been without one since last November.The Sinn Fein TD said this is something which is all the more shocking considering that 2018 has been designated as ‘Bliain na Gaeilge’. Deputy Doherty said “I think it is simply scandalous that I find myself once again having to publicly call on the Minister of State Joe McHugh to appoint a new board to Údarás na Gaeltachta. “Yet, here we are in the first month of what is supposed to be ‘Bliain na Gaeilge’ and the Minister of State has still yet to make these appointments – this is not good enough.“Only last month we heard the devastating announcement that 32 jobs were to be cut following the shock closure of SLM Éire Teo. located here in the Gaoth Dobhair Industrial Estate.“Immediately following this news, I called on the Minister of State to appoint the new board without delay and yet he has still not done so. “The Board has an important role and is responsible for setting the overall strategies and policies of the agency.“Its members are also responsible for approving investments and supports for the purposes of incentivizing enterprise and job creation, whilst also promoting the Irish language, culture and the development of Gaeltacht communities as a whole.”He added that the agency will also take on an important role as part of the many number of events and initiatives which will form part of Bliain na Gaeilge this year.“I very much believe that the concept behind Bliain na Gaeilge is worthwhile however, there must be substance behind the initiative.“Bliain na Gaeilge must be about promoting and nurturing the Irish language and must be more than a mere publicity stunt or vanity project. “This is why I am once again urging Joe McHugh to appoint a new Board to Údarás na Gaeltachta without delay so as to ensure that the agency may fulfill its hugely significant function which is to develop the Gaeltacht regions.”Doherty slams Minister McHugh over failure to appoint Údarás Board was last modified: January 10th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalPearse DohertyÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

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‘Hard Knocks’ recap: Of edgy coaches and ‘circumcised’ feet

first_imgTake Our Poll“Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”That was the reaction many of you had to last week’s premiere of “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” on HBO. Apparently, all those Napa travelogue segments of … ‘Hard Knocks’: What grade do you give the series so far?A — It deserves an Emmy — and the Lombardi trophyB — It’s pretty good and getting betterC — It’s so-so. Playing .500 ballD — It’s as dreadful as Antonio Brown’s feetF — It’s an epic fail. A black hole of tedium.Other:VoteView Resultslast_img read more

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Portuguese wow young fans

first_img22 June 2010 After three disappointing draws, Cape Town got the wake-up call it had been waiting for on Monday as Portugal thrilled a 63 644-strong Green Point Stadium crowd with a seven-goal sizzler. For seven-year-old Tanzeel Gamieldien, however, the highlight of the match came before kick-off. When Gamieldien walked onto the pitch hand-in-hand with Portugal’s captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, he instantly became the envy of seven-year-olds the world over. “When I get back to school I will tell my friends that my holiday was great, especially when I walked into the stadium with Ronaldo,” said Gamieldien. “I don’t think they will believe me though! “Ronaldo was very relaxed in the tunnel before the game, and even went and hugged one of the boys who started to cry when he saw him,” Gamieldien added. His friend, Jayden Rose, made sure that his moment in history was well documented. “My mother already called to say that they showed more of me on television than any of the other children,” said the 10-year-old, who held the hand of Tiago, scorer of two of Portugal’s goals on Monday. “I will watch it as soon as I get home, as my uncle recorded it.” Chilambo Seyuba was proud to be one of six girls who had the opportunity to be part of the excitement. “Inside the tunnel I just stared at Ronaldo, because we weren’t allowed to move,” said the 10-year-old, who seemed to know that this was the kind of experience that doesn’t come round every day. “I am so excited to be here and to have been given this opportunity.” Gamieldien, Rose and Seyuba are among more than 1 400 young South African and international children between the ages of six and 10 who are being given the opportunity to escort players onto the pitch during the 2010 Fifa World Cup as part of the McDonald’s Player Escort programme. But they were far from the only children in the stadium on Monday, as parents made the most of the five-week-long school holidays to travel from around the country to cheer the hugely supported Portuguese team on. Portugal’s road-trip warriors Portugal has no shortage of local support in South Africa, with an estimated 300 000 to 500 000 South Africans of Portuguese descent living in the country. Among them is Patricia Vieira, 25, who is on a road trip with her entire family, including her three-month-old baby, tailing the Portuguese team around South Africa. Standing outside the hotel where the team was staying ahead of their previous match, against Cote D’Ivoire in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, Vieira joked: “We are like stalkers … We have to support our team. They represent our roots – so we have to give them moral support while they are in South Africa, to get them to the finals.” Vieira’s father, Fernando, said they had done the 1 200km trek from their home in Pretoria to reach Nelson Mandela Bay in time for the match – and a sneak preview of the players at pre-game training. “After going back to Pretoria we will drive down to Durban to watch them fight it out against Brazil. That is going to be an epic battle,” he said. “Football mad” family, the Segura-Sanchezes, were also staring hopefully at the hotel room windows. “We are supporting Spain and Portgual over the World Cup, and we are so lucky Portugal is playing here,” said mom Ingrid Segura-Sanchez. “It’s so different to see games live and local. There’s a special vibe about it.” For Jaydon Segura-Sanchez, 10, the movement of a curtain was enough to shout out, “I think I saw Ronaldo” – prompting everyone around him to chant “Ronaldo! Ronaldo!” and to blow their vuvuzelas. “The players are up there taking pictures of us down here, thinking we are mad coming out in the freezing cold like this,” said Patricia Vieira. “Maybe we are mad – mad about them!” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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