Debutant Sona eliminated as Futsal Uganda Cup enters last 8

first_imgSona was featuring in the competition for the first time (Photos by Futsal Media)Futsal Uganda CupMengo International Futsal CourtsThursday, 31-01-2019-Kabowa United 3-0 Yap Stars-Crown 5-3 Luzira Thunders-Yeah Kabowa 5-1 Aidenal-Equator 2-3 Typhoon-Park 0-2 Dream-Mengo City (1)1-(1)2 Elephants -Sona 1-2 Nomad-Parakeets (2)3-(2)4 BajimMENGO – The start of the 2019 Futsal Uganda Cup was highlighted by ugly scenes as Sona Sports Home was controversially eliminated from the competition.As opposed to the calm and composed nature of the first games, their (Sona) tie against Nomad was mered by controversy, tears and ugly scenes.Despite all that happened, Sona was defeated 2-1 by Nomad and they exited the competition at the Round of 16.Sona trailed to a Kaire Ismail goal in the first half that had little or nothing to separate the two sides despite Nomad featuring in the Super league.In the second, Sona dominated natters and leveled the scores through PML Daily’s Shaban Lubega but his goal could not save them as Nomad scored a second with two minutes to play. After Ali Ahmed’s goal which came off a foul in Nomad’s half, the Sona faithful attacked the officials for alleged poor officiating, claiming that Nomad had played on even after the whistle had gone.After the final whistle, Sona fans attacked referee Emma Kiwewa who they accused of being bias and he was only saved by a paper spray and other Futsal officials who interviened.Nomad, fifth on the league log, stormed through to the Quarters where they will face Bajim FC.Nomads (White) will next take on BajimThe biggest upset of the round saw Crown eliminate defending champiosn Luzira Thunders in an eight goal thriller.Luzira who defeated Yeak Kabowa in last year’s finals, lost 5-3 on a night they were supposed to start the defence of their title.In the other games, Kabowa United defeated Yap Stars 3-0, Yeak overcame Aidenal 5-1, and Typhoon were 3-2 winners over Equator while dream took care of Park 2-0.The other two games involving Mengo City vs Elephants and Parakeets against Bajim all went into shoot outs with Mengo and Parakeets progressing to the next round.Comments Tags: Emma KiwewaFutsal Uganda CupNomadSonalast_img read more

Grand slam-seeking Beermen ‘have all the tools’

first_imgPBA IMAGESYeng Guiao and his NLEX Road Warriors have been at the bottom of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup totem pole right from the start.With a nine-game losing streak in the import-spiced conference and a 13-game spell dating back to the Philippine Cup, they know what it feels like looking at everything from below.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Bacolod’s field of dreams Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games But the mercurial champion coach has an idea how the skirmishes at the top will end.“I think it’s San Miguel Beer,” says Guiao, whose squad notched its first win in the tournament on Wednesday night. “They have the tools and the experience. They (Beermen) are a solid contender.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe only thing that Guiao doesn’t have a quick answer to? Who would likely be the Beermen’s foes in the Finals.“Every team has to prepare itself in stopping San Miguel,” Guiao says, noting that the Beermen look invincible in their quest for the second jewel of an anticipated Triple Crown sweep. “They would have to know how to beat San Miguel.” The Beermen don’t actually have the best record as of this writing. Star leads the pack with an 8-2 record but the Hotshots are not yet sure of nailing one of the two twice-to-beat privileges in the first round of the playoffs.That is because San Miguel defeated Star in the eliminations. And with Barangay Ginebra also in the running for a top-two finish, the Hotshots could ultimately be denied the bonus.“I am seeding San Miguel in the Finals,” Guiao says. “What we want to know is who the Beermen would be playing, unless something drastic happens to them. But with the way they are playing, their confidence is truly high.”There’s no doubt that the firebrand mentor envies the fact that his Road Warriors won’t be among the eight teams that will continue playing past this round. He terribly wants another shot at the Beermen with the revamped nucleus that he now has.The former Pampanga representative says that Rain or Shine—which he guided to the championship of this tournament last season with the lowest-scoring import to ever win a title in the PBA—has suddenly looked good with the arrival of import Duke Crews.ADVERTISEMENT If Guiao is proven right, that would make for a great box-office draw for a tournament that needs one.And that would definitely make for a perfect footnote to the Beermen’s quest for the Grand Slam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “I don’t discount upsets,” Guiao explains. “Rain or Shine is picking up again; they just played a great game (in beating Ginebra). The other finalist will be a toss-up among Ginebra, Meralco and Star.”Blessed with the finest local crew in the league, San Miguel strengthened its tag as the favorite here with the improved play of Charles Rhodes, who came over early minus the fanfare but has turned out to be a solid Best Import candidate, if not the overwhelming pick at this time.Rhodes plays both ends well and has shown the attitude that complements the play of the local Beermen, as well as the chemistry the team needs to go deep in the playoffs.San Miguel was also the title favorite of the Commissioner’s Cup last season, only for import Tyler Wilkerson to blow his top during the most crucial phase of the playoffs and cause a ruckus the Beermen weren’t able to recover from.Coach Leo Austria believes that he won’t have a problem of that sort with Rhodes. “He’s very coachable,” he said in a recent interview.And that’s a crucial aspect that makes San Miguel even more dangerous.Guiao believes that the lack of championship experience of the Meralco and Star rosters could ultimately tell on the Bolts and the Hotshots. But he concedes that both are capable of pulling out an upset.Pressed as to which team could ultimately scuttle the talented Beermen in a championship series, the firebrand Guiao, uncharacteristically, searched for an answer.“Someone with a chance [of beating San Miguel]?” Guiao repeats the question, obviously considering a judicious reply.“Ginebra, because they have the size and the experience,” he says. “In terms of experience and manpower, I really think it’s Ginebra.”last_img read more