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Kaizer Chiefs Bank on Akpeyi’s Experience to Resolve Club’s Problem

first_imgDaniel Akpeyi Nigerian international Daniel Akpeyi’s experience weighed in his favour as he was signed by Kaizer Chiefs to help solve their current problems in that department‚ Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung has said.The signing of Nigerian international Akpeyi was completed on Thursday‚ on the final day of the transfer window.He arrives as Chiefs’ Virgil Vries has struggled making numerous errors getting game time between the posts while Bafana Bafana No 1 Itumeleng Khune is out with a shoulder injury until the end of the season. “With ‘Itu’ (Khune) out injured‚ we are obviously challenged when it comes to experience and we had to look for an experienced goalkeeper who will take us forward and compete with the challenges that we had.“We left the issue in the hands of the goalkeeper-coach, Lee Baxter, to look for someone and fortunately on Wednesday we finally came into discussion with Chippa‚ and they were willing to release him to us.“It was a blessing to get an experienced goalkeeper like him who was at the World Cup (in Russia) last year.“This was a blessing because he is No 1 at Chippa‚ and who will sell their No 1 keeper at this time of the season? Even Ajax Cape Town in the NFD did not want to sell their keeper and fortunately, Chippa allowed to give Akpeyi.“We did engage Darren Keet at Bidvest Wits because I knew that his contract is coming up to an end in June but unfortunately he is moving overseas permanently.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Guyana Gaming Authority: Oh Vendetta, where is thy victory

first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Stabroek News’ top story was: “Surinamese investor pulls gaming machines from delayed Sleep-In casino – gives two-month deadline for positive word on licence”.The action by the Surinamese investor is a good lesson for us all: take no BS! Extracts from the poem by Martin Niemöller, commenting on the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power, are insightful:First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.Then they came for the sugar workers — and there is an oppressive political, economic and racial nexus between the loathsome treatment of Sleep-In International Hotel and Casino (Sleep-In) application and the sugar workers.The truth is: there was no earthly reason to deny, delay, or retard the casino application process; and, in addition, reportedly threaten and undermine the application process by requesting that Sleep-In revoke and replace the auditor. I am that auditor.Sleep-In seemingly acquiesced to the Gaming Authority. It was the passivity that the rubber-stamping Gaming Authority Board sought to continue their vendetta against Sleep-In and the group that Sleep-In is perceived to favour and support. Also, my role as Auditor became persona non-grata for the Gaming Authority after I expressed my concerns about the inexplicable behaviour of the Guyana Gaming Authority.Auditors more eminent then I have found no anomaly in the audited financial statements; and now we are in the dead zone, with the Gaming Authority stalling, stymying, or failing to make a decision after having been provided, in April 2017, with a new and all-inclusive casino licence application.Subsequently, individual tax returns of the directors and supporting documentation for source of funds were provided to the Gaming Authority upon their request. The tide has now receded, and to paraphrase Warren Buffet, we can see the nakedness of the Gaming Authority Board members and their handlers. I apologize to the readers for illustrating these likely unfit and improper images without warning.Maybe we should have asked for multiple years of individual tax returns of Darren Woods, CEO & Chairman of ExxonMobil, and the other ExxonMobil Directors. Can’t have that, these are foreigners from an extremely “reputable” company.The dissimulation of the Gaming Authority is evidenced in a most visual manner by the repossession of some of the gaming machines from Sleep-In by one of the investors. What a tragedy for local business entrepreneurs.Now what are the options for the self-described independent and objective Gaming Authority? After having received a comprehensive application that complied with the requirements of the Gambling Prevention Act and the other statutes the Gaming Authority claims relevancy under. Options: (1) Issue the licences; (2) adhere to the preceding option.However, we are not dealing with an independent or objective Gaming Authority, and thus there is only one directive they will execute: Do not issue the licence to an entity that is perceived to be controlled by the PPP.As Walter Rodney noted in his book, The Grounding with my Brothers: “Why not struggle for multi-racial and harmonious living, which nobody on a theoretical level would oppose. This is what we are struggling for.”Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ‘very proud’ after making history with sixth FA Cup win

first_imgArsene Wenger was “very proud” to have his name written in English football history books after guiding Arsenal to another FA Cup title in emphatic style.The Gunners ran riot against a dreadful Aston Villa side, as goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud sealed an utterly dominant 4-0 victory.It was a record breaking day for the north Londoners, who claimed the 12th FA Cup win in their history, as well as their manager, who claimed his sixth as Gunners boss – moving level with legendary Villa manager George Ramsey.“I’m very proud to make history in English football,” said the Frenchman.“Where I come from you can never dream of that as a kid. I’m very proud and happy because it’s a competition I love and today it’s another example of how great the game is here.“This game was created in England and you could see that today; before, during and after the game.”Listen to the full post-match reaction from Arsene Wenger above!last_img read more