Over the past few months, various players who’ve played under him have delivered the same message: Enoch Nkwe is a really classy guy.The Proteas assistant coach reinforced that perception by giving local cricket supporters the assurance that he’s fully committed to his new role.Nkwe was one of the biggest victims in Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) implosion over the last few months, which climaxed with the suspension of CEO Thabang Moroe, as he lost his gig as the national side’s then team director following the appointment of Graeme Smith as interim director of cricket.ALSO READ: Nkwe: AB won’t just jump back into the Proteas teamIt certainly didn’t help that his first assignment was the tour to India, traditionally an assignment from hell, where South Africa were whitewashed 3-0 in the Test series.Thrown to the wolves and then thrown under the bus, the critics would say.“These past few weeks have not been bad at all. It’s actually been quite exciting,” said Nkwe, who became Proteas head coach Mark Boucher’s deputy last month.“If you look at our plans going forward, we’re in for a lot of excitement. I really appreciate the support that the South African people have given me.“I can guarantee them that I’m going to give this job my full, 100% effort. The team and I won’t let anyone down. The environment has been superb. It’s different energies and different minds, but we’re pulling in one direction.”However, no-one can deny that Nkwe surely must’ve felt disappointed and deflated at how quickly his prominence in the Proteas setup slumped as Moroe’s house of cards came tumbling down.It’s therefore pleasing that the 37-year-old was able to open up on the issue.ALSO READ: 2019 in review: The year the Proteas caught CSA’s boardroom cold“I’m not going to beat around the bush – it’s been a challenge, especially when it all unfolded. But I believe I’m mature enough to deal with the situation. By the time we got to the camp before England, I felt very strong and confident, I can make a massive impact in a different role.“It wasn’t an easy call to make but when I met with (CSA acting chief) Jacques Faul and ‘Bouch’ and Graeme, it was pretty clear. They were very realistic in terms of what has happened. They showed a lot of care. For me, it’s always been about the country.Nkwe and Mark Boucher. (Photo by Bertram Malgas/Gallo Images)“It’s never been about me. I’m here to coach human beings. I’m here to coach cricketers to get better. Unfortunately, things happened the way they happened and I had to put my ego aside and focus on what the country needs.”Nkwe, who is technically better qualified than Boucher, also lauded his colleague’s inclusive approach.“I’ve enjoyed the role. Boucher has been very supportive. He’s given me the platform to make a difference in the team, to contribute as much as possible; whether it’s in team routines or in training. We’ve worked closely together. I’m enjoying the partnership. He’s very relaxed. As much as he’s intense when it comes to business time – just like any other coach – he cares a lot about the team.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
In Tokyo, which should have been buzzing with thousands of athletes and fans by now, if the Games had been able to start on time, organisers will hold a small event at an empty National Stadium, with the public barred following a new surge in infections.Despite the setbacks and the downbeat mood, Japanese and Olympic officials have not wavered from the message that the Games will go on, serving as a symbol of the world’s recovery from coronavirus.“They will be the first worldwide gathering after the coronavirus,” International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach insisted last week.However, experts and officials — including Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — have raised the prospect of the first peace-time cancellation of the multi-billion dollar Games if the pandemic is not under control by next year.The historic postponement of the 2020 Games has caused a raft of logistical headaches for organisers. AFP/Philip FONGThe historic decision to delay the Games in March came as the real scale of the pandemic emerged and countries imposed lockdowns that threw training into chaos and forced the cancellation of qualifiers and test events.Since then, restrictions have been eased across much of Europe as infections and deaths from the virus decline, but elsewhere — including in the United States, Brazil and India — the virus remains rampant.And in places where lockdowns have ended or countermeasures been eased, the virus has often come roaring back, raising questions about the feasibility of an event involving tens of thousands of people arriving from around the world.– Public sentiment dips –Public sentiment in Japan also appears less than optimistic, with two polls in July showing the majority of Japanese think the Games should either be postponed again, or cancelled altogether.Public enthusiasm in Japan for hosting the 2020 Games appears to have waned, with just one in four backing it going ahead next year, a poll showed. AFP/Philip FONGOnly somewhere between one quarter and a third of respondents in the two polls thought the Games should open as now scheduled on July 23, 2021.But Japanese and Olympic officials have insisted that another delay is impossible. Even the unprecedented one-year postponement has caused a host of logistical and financial headaches.One major obstacle has been cleared, with Tokyo 2020 confirming this month that it has secured all the venues originally contracted for the Games.Winning agreement from stadiums that were booked up long after the original Olympic date was considered among the most difficult challenges organisers faced.With the venues in place and available, the competition schedule has now been set, with few changes to the original calendar.“Now athletes aiming to take part in the Tokyo Olympics can set concrete goals to work toward,” Tokyo 2020 sports director Koji Murofushi said last week.– Empty stadiums? –But much remains unclear, including the final cost of the delay, with organisers saying only that they plan a pared-down event that will involve as much cost-saving as possible.Olympic organisers have secured all the original venues for the delayed Games and now set the competition schedule for 2021. AFP/Philip FONGEven the traditionally lavish opening and closing ceremonies may be scaled back in an attempt to keep spending under control.And what countermeasures will be necessary to prevent the spread of the virus — assuming it has not been brought under control by next year — also remains to be decided.In June, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told AFP that the Games would be “safe and secure for athletes and fans from abroad, as well as for residents”.But detailed discussion on what measures will be needed won’t begin until the autumn.Map showing the main venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is now scheduled to start on July 23, 2021.. AFP/Laurence CHUAnd for now, just how athletes and fans will arrive in Japan is an open question, with the country’s borders closed to travellers from all but a handful of nations as part of the government’s coronavirus control measures.Bach last week acknowledged that travel restrictions and quarantine requirements could play havoc with the Games, and he was lukewarm on the prospect of holding the event without fans.“It’s not what we want,” said Bach. “We want stadia full of enthusiastic fans.”
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The work on the development of Tuam Stadium has received a welcome boost with local businessman Joe O’Toole has agreed to invest in the building of a new stand at the iconic ground. This investment will be in the roofing of the stand and the inclusion of new seating. The Development Advocates For Tuam Stadium, known as DAFTS are continuing their fundraising drive with a major draw taking place at the end of the Month. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/pcf8e2/JIM_CARNEY_DAFTS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Jim Carney joined Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks this morning and gave more details on the investment
By Sonia OxleyManchester City started their Premier League campaign in scintillating fashion on Monday with a stylish 4-0 win at home to 10-man Newcastle United as Manuel Pellegrini made a dream start to management in England.Last season’s runners-up took just six minutes to open the scoring with David Silva heading in after Steven Taylor failed to deal with Edin Dzeko’s shot across the goal.They doubled their lead on 22 minutes when a low shot from Sergio Aguero, set up by a neat flick from Dzeko, went in off the far post.City’s job was made even easier just before the stroke of halftime when defender Taylor was sent off after swinging an arm at Aguero and they made the man advantage count five minutes after the break with Yaya Toure’s sizzling free kick.The hosts made it four on 75 minutes when substitute Samir Nasri slotted home and could have had many more if it had not been for some excellent saves by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul as they sent a clear message of intent to their title rivals.
By John MehaffeyKane Williamson, well on course to become New Zealand’s finest ever batsman, demonstrated again his extraordinary composure under pressure by hitting a six to win Saturday’s World Cup Pool A match against Australia.With Mitchell Starc swinging the ball at high pace to scythe through the New Zealand batting and last man Trent Boult at the crease, Williamson decided to take matters into his own hands.The first ball of Pat Cummins’ next over was full and Williamson stepped calmly forward and struck the ball cleanly over the bowler’s head and across the long-on boundary to give New Zealand a one-wicket win at Eden Park.“I was looking to hit a boundary,” Williamson told a news conference.“It was important to get across the line. I thought it was going to be a bit shorter. Australia made it very tough for usWilliamson and Corey Anderson (26) appeared to have made the game safe for New Zealand, who were chasing a modest Australia total of 151, when they took their team to 131 for four after wickets had fallen just before and just after the dinner break.But a poor shot from Anderson, who slogged off-spinner Glen Maxwell straight to Cummins at mid-on, sparked a New Zealand collapse against Starc’s lively left-arm swing.Wickets fell swiftly and when Adams Milne and Tim Southee were bowled for ducks, Starc was on a hat-trick for the second time in the match with the last pair at the crease.After a mid-wicket conference, Boult defended the fifth ball of the over carefully and left the last. It was then that Williamson decided to take matters into his own hands with the match-winning six.Williamson, who finished unbeaten on 45, praised Boult, who was chosen as the man-of-the-match following his first five-wicket haul in a one-day international after Australia had threatened to take the game away from the New Zealanders.“Trent showed that nerve,” he said. “He kept those two balls out.”“A lot of confidence is gathered from that,” added Boult. “I was pretty pumped and it was something pretty special. The most satisfying is doing it against the best side in the world.”
Real Madrid produced a ruthless first-half display to thrash already-relegated Granada 4-0 on Saturday and remain on course for a first league title in five years, while Barcelona hammered Villarreal 4-1.James Rodriguez put Zinedine Zidane’s side in charge in the third minute by bundling in Lucas Vazquez’s arrowed cross and then headed in a cross from forgotten man Fabio Coentrao to double their lead in the 11th, scoring for the fifth time in four games.Alvaro Morata followed the Colombian’s early strikes with two goals of his own in the 30th and 35th to kill off Tony Adams’s sunken side and put Real level on 84 points with champions Barca.“Every opponent gives you a difficult game but we started the game really well and scored early,” said Morata.“We’ve got difficult games to come but we’re very good, we have 24 players that always want to play and we need to keep going like this and go for the league title.”Barca lead the standings due to their superior head-to-head record although Real have a game in hand and will win a first domestic title since 2012 if they take seven points from their remaining three games.Real could also win a league and European Cup double for the first time since 1958 as they are 3-0 up in their Champions League semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid, with the second leg taking place on Wednesday.Barca’s formidable front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored as the champions inflicted the heaviest league defeat of the season on Villarreal, who have the second best defensive record in Spain’s top flight.Neymar was in sensational form in his second game back from suspension and nudged Barcelona ahead in the 21st minute after pouncing on a deflected pass from Messi.Cedric Bakambu fired Villarreal level in the 32nd after beating the offside trap to latch on to a clever through ball from Roberto Soldado.Barca were temporarily punctured by the leveller but a marvellous piece of skill from Messi allowed them to restore their lead on the stroke of halftime with a shot from the Argentine which flew beyond Andres Fernandez with the help of a deflection.Suarez powered the ball under the Villarreal goalkeeper in the 69th to score his third goal in two games and the 100th for the feted front three this campaign, while Messi grabbed the fourth with a deft chip from the penalty spot in the 82nd.“We played very well with and without the ball and scoring four goals against this Villarreal side shows how well we did,” Barca coach Luis Enrique told reporters. “Our pressure was key and we produced a complete performance against a great side.”Atletico Madrid beat Eibar 1-0 with a second-half strike from Saul Niguez to move five points clear of fourth-placed Sevilla and tighten their grip on the last automatic Champions League berth.Saul met a cutback from Diego Godin first time to send the ball into the bottom corner in the 69th minute. Uruguayan defender Godin was sent off in injury time for picking up two bookings inside three minutes.Atletico coach Diego Simeone made just two changes from the side that were thrashed 3-0 by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, resting only Kevin Gameiro for next week’s semi-final second leg, although Stefan Savic was suspended.Sporting Gijon kept up their slim hopes of survival by beating Las Palmas 1-0, moving three points behind Leganes who occupy the final spot outside the relegation zone and host Real Betis on Monday.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic enjoyed a winning French Open start under new coach Andre Agassi on Monday, cruising past Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the first round.The 12-times grand slam champion parted company with his entire coaching team earlier this month before inviting American great Agassi to work with him during the French Open.The 30-year-old Serbian, without a tour title since January, found little resistance from Granollers, grabbing two breaks early on in the first set as he chased the 77th-ranked around the court.It was a similar story early in the second set with the world number two returning everything Granollers tried to throw at him as he went 4-1 up before a wobble saw him fail to convert eight set points at 5-3.Djokovic kept his cool to earn the second set and pounced on the Spaniards’ accumulating mistakes in the third set to seal victory on his first match point
…uber allesPrezzie’s part of the generation would’ve enjoyed the voice of Johnny Nash, especially with his reggae hit, “I can see clearly now”, from 1972. Now that he has finally confessed to being a member of the PNC since 1965 — the year he was sent off for military training in England by Burnham — it must’ve taken quite a weight off his chest.He might’ve even burst out after his confession in Georgia: “I can see clearly now the rain is gone, / I can see all obstacles in my way/ Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind/ It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)/ Sun-Shiny day.” And why not? It was obvious from his speech that Prezzie had been subjected to some sniping (back-stabbing?) from within, about his seeming lack of credentials as a “born PNC”. Well, now they know!And snipers from within and without had better beware!! Within — Prezzie pointed he’d noted those who were in or came into the PNC holding their noses about Burnham’s policies. Hoyte, of course, was one of the main transgressors!! When he’d cleaned out the entire Burnhamite faction, some wondered why he’d elevated Joe Singh to Chief of Staff and demoted Granger to just an “advisor”. Hoyte would’ve known Granger was a Burnhamite PNC member!!Expect, therefore, a winnowing out of those in the PNC who didn’t keep the faith of the founder leader, and that faith is: there can be only one man-crab in a hole! And this isn’t just about Prezzie once being a general and expecting folks to “follow the leader”. He was there at Sophia at the 3rd Biennial Congress, where Burnham boasted about his “sharper steel”. But Burnham also had words for his party faithful: “The trouble with us, comrades, is that we don’t know to read between the lines; we are always reading on top of the lines; we are more democratic than the people who teach us democracy.”Expect him to resuscitate Article 22 of the PNC’s Constitution: This authorised the leader to “exercise any, or all of the powers of the Biennial Delegates Congress, the General Council, the Central, Executive Committee, any other committee, group, arm, organ or any officer or official of the Party”.Outside the party, no one should be surprised at the line taken by Prezzie’s lawyers: that the Court cannot tell him what to do on the GECOM Chair. That would violate the “Separation of Powers” doctrine!! This doctrine declares that the powers of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary are separate – with interpretation of the Constitution the function of the last.Yet, the Courts can’t interpret Art 161 (2)!!! Pressie uber alles!!…and the Russian revolutionBut if Prezzie is a real Burnhamite, shouldn’t he be bigging-up the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution? We know — like the Chinese and the Vietnamese — Burnham insisted on introducing his own version of the Socialist Utopia: Cooperativism — but even there he was cogging from Mwalimu Nyerere, wasn’t he?But the Russian Revolution was the grand-daddy of all revolutions – if you were a socialist. And Burnham did have a running feud with Cheddi and the PPP as to which party – the PPP or PNC – were the REAL Bolsheviks, and NOT Mensheviks!Prezzie, after all, has now come home; and, like Burnham, can now come out of the (commie) closet. Burnham didn’t have to be afraid of the Big Bad Gringos – look who’s waiting in the wings, he’d warn!!Isn’t this what Prezzie can also say? No more feral blasts!…and Nation timeThe Chronic’s editorial calls for “Nation Time”. This, of course, was/is the call for a Black Nation by the Black nationalists of the US, going back to the 1960s with LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. What time is it? Nation Time!!So, like Burnham, will Prezzie bring back some Black Nationalists like Julian Mayfield, from the American South?
Brendan Rodgers praised the resilience of his Celtic players after they came from behind to grab a crucial 1-1 draw against Astana in Kazakhstan.Defender Yuri Logvinenko headed the home side ahead from a corner in the 19th minute of the Champions League third qualifying round at the noisy Astana Arena and the Hoops had to withstand some heavy pressure.But, in the 78th minute, striker Leigh Griffiths drilled in a shot from the edge of the box to stun the Kazakhstan champions, a fightback that pleased the former Liverpool manager no end ahead of the second leg next week.Rodgers said: “It was an outstanding result for us. Collectively the mentality was the most pleasing thing.“I think we were all written off before the game, everyone pretty clear in their opinion of the game, that we would do well to come back with anything other than a loss, but the players deserve an immense amount of credit, to fight and show spirit and passion in the game.“The resilience and strength that we have built up over the course of the pre-season came into effect.“I was disappointed with the goal, it is nothing new, but we showed a wonderful mentality to keep fighting and in the second half we restricted them to not so many clear chances and ended up scoring a fantastic goal.“It is only half-time but (it is) a very important result for us.”Rodgers was also delighted with 20-year-old Irish centre back Eoghan O’Connell, who was making his European debut on a “difficult, unnatural” artificial surface.Rodgers said: “I thought he was outstanding. For a young player, he has been on the fringes for a few years, coming into that environment, under pressure, he had very few mistakes in the game.“You would expect him to make some as a young player but he coped in a very difficult situation.”However, O’Connell was as culpable as any of the Hoops players when Astana scored their goal from a corner and it is an issue the Irishman will address.The Parkhead boss said: “I think there has been an issue there with set-pieces, long before I came in.“We have lost the man too easy so you put yourself under pressure.“Over the course of the pre-season, we defended them well in the main but it is an element that we have to be better at and it is something we will reiterate to the players.“They had to cope with a long ball, they were quite direct at times and a high percentage of times we dealt quite well with it but we need to ensure that our concentration is 100 per cent.”Astana coach Stanimir Stoilov believes his side will have to improve if they are to survive the tie.The Bulgarian said: “We will try our best when we go to Glasgow and hopefully we will have a very good spirit over there.“We will have to double our efforts to get what we want.” 1 Brendan Rodgers