first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars fans shout their support to the team during the African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has asked fans to turn out in large numbers when the team takes on Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in the return leg of the African nations Championship (CHAN) first round return leg at Kasarani on Sunday evening.Referring to European champions Liverpool, Migne has asked the fans to fill up Kasarani and create a charging atmosphere especially after the Football Kenya Federation lowered gate charges for the tie to a flat rate of Sh100. “I would like the fans to come out and support us. Liverpool is a good example; They are the European champions but their fans are one of the best in the world. Every time they are with the team even when it’s difficult, I would like the same for us. I would like to see lots of fans and a full stadium if it’s possible,” the French tactician stated.Having picked up a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Dar es Salaam last weekend, Stars will need a win to go through to the second qualifying round against Sudan.A 0-0 draw will take the game to penalties while a scoring draw will see the Tanzanians go through.Migne is hopeful that his team, can find a good balance between offense and defense, to avoid conceding and ensure they score as well.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne looks at his clock during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on May 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I hope we will be able to win before penalties. We have worked on it, to try and develop a better offensive link up. It is not so bad and we have improved since 10 days ago. Now we have to confirm,” the tactician noted.He added; “It will be necessary to remain compact defensively but also to find a good balance offensively.”Meanwhile, midfielder Whyvonne Isuza has also urged fans to come out in large numbers and support the team, promising they will do their best.“When we played in Tanzania, whenever they attacked, their fans were always in their voices urging them on. We hope that we can also have the same at home. The 12th man will be very vital for us. We will go there and do our best and win,” Isuza added.Kenya has never qualified for the CHAN tournament but Migne is confident his side can pick up a result and push for a first ever qualification.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgNAPA — After steadfastly declining to talk about issues relating to wide receiver Antonio Brown, Raiders coach Jon Gruden sounded like a man Saturday night who had a pretty good idea his most valuable offensive player along with quarterback Derek Carr would soon be back in the fold.“I support this guy,” Gruden said. “I think that’s what needs to be said.”Brown was not with the Raiders during Saturday night’s 14 … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)last_img

first_imgAjinkya Rahane celebrates reaching his century during the second Test match against England at Lord’s on July 17, 2014. Photo by Philip Brown(Reuters)At 140/6 by tea on Day 1 at Lord’s, yet another Indian batting submission on a green top was on the cards. This would hurt India even more after the explosive build up following their ICC complaint that one of their players was pushed  by an English opponent. In response, Anderson and his bowling troop had done well to show restrained aggression knocking India’s entire top order down, barring one, in the first two sessions. Another good session and the %Test match was theirs for the taking. As it turned out that one man they didn’t get would spoil their day.The real value of Ajinkya Rahane’s feat at Lord’s would only be realised when the Test is over. If the green grass on the wicket continues to assist the seamers enough, batting will remain consistently challenging. If so, his 103 could prove match winning. Even if the wicket eases out or someone else plays an outstanding innings, it should still rank as a stand-out performance for its single minded focus to resurrect the Indian batting innings, steering the tail on a kind of wicket India has always struggled.The value of Rahane’s knock would grow with time much like his stature has in Test cricket in the last eight months. In a crowded Indian middle order with a number of able and stylish batsmen to choose from, Rahane has held his own. He comes in to bat after Pujara, a worthy occupant of Rahul Dravid’s number three position and Virat Kohli, one of the best in the business today, batting at no.4 where the big little man of world cricket batted.advertisementWith three fighting scores in successive away tours in South Africa, New Zealand and England, two of them tons and one near ton, Rahane raises hope if he can go on and play the kind of fighting innings that VVS Laxman would deliver ever so often.Three impressive tours in a span of eight months may not be enough sample duration to call Rahane the new crisis manager. But the vacuum left by the legends that have retired is a reality and some of these Rahane innings have indeed been ones which would make Laxman proud.The Hyderabadi wristy craftsmen was of course a lot more than just a crisis manager.  He was the 281 man and the one who with repeated success in Australia left the great Australian sides of the time awestruck. There is no such aura around Rahane yet and his shy demeanour would mean it would take some time to come. For a self confessed Rahul Dravid fan, Rahane’s footwork, stroke play and defence is in the Dravid mould. But unlike Dravid and much like Laxman, Rahane doesn’t always need as much time to get in. He is also a modern day batsman who is as comfortable scoring quick runs in T20 cricket, batting at different positions in odi’s and digging deep when needed in test match cricket.But his resilience to keep the fight on with the tail, whether at Durban with his 96 when the rest of the side had folded out for 223 and his heroics at Lord’s, raises hope that he would always volunteer for a fight when the chips are down.In between Lord’s and Durban, he got a hundred at Wellington. And back to back success in different continents in Test match cricket does not come without hard work and meticulous preparation. Fortunately for a man who has lived the life of a ordinary Mumbaikar in his growing up years, braving the local train rush hour crowds to reach for practice, sweat and toil comes as part of the dna.last_img read more