Under-17 Boyz held by Cuba

first_img MANY CHANCES CREATED “The positive is that we created that many chances and it is something we can work on. Creating the chances and having persons in the position to score is a good sign, and we want to continue building on that,” he added. The Boyz started shakily but came into their own after 15 minutes and had excellent chances, the best of which fell to Treyvonne Reid, Nickque Daley, and Kaheem Parris. Cuba also had a couple good opportunities, but good defending kept them at bay. Early in the second half, a mix-up in defence resulted in a Cuban player being brought down in the box, and Rodan netted the spot kick to put the Cubans in front. However, after wasting a number of great opportunities in the second half, they eventually got the equaliser when the ball fell to McIntosh, who calmly slotted past the excellent Danny Eduardo in goal. “We expected a tough game. Both teams had control of the ball at different intervals. They both got chances, so the 1-1 score is a good result for both teams,” said Cuba coach Rufino Sotolongo. Jamaica’s under-17 men’s football team had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Cuba in the first of their two friendlies at Winchester Park yesterday. Ribaldo Roldan put Cuba ahead from the penalty spot eight minutes into the second half, but Ricardo McIntosh cancelled that effort with a composed finish on 70 minutes. In what was a fairly competitive contest, the young Boyz were clearly the better team over the 90 minutes and had more and better chances to win the game. Coach Andrew Edwards was pleased with the number of chances the team created but thought their decision making and finishing needs more work if they are to advance from their group of death, which consists of USA, Mexico, and El Salvador in the CONCACAF final round. “I have mixed feelings about the game,” Edwards said. “In the first period, we had problems coming out of the back. We were not smooth and fluid as the defenders were not having good connection with the midfielders to ensure a smooth transition into the attacking third. “But we created nine chances in the first period and put away zero, and that is a major cause for concern. It doesn’t matter how good an opponent is, if you are creating chances and put away these chances, you are going to increase your confidence. But our decision making was not at the level we expect,” he continued. However, he says that creating chances is a positive, and they will have to improve on that for the next game on Tuesday.last_img read more

Hamas tries for coalition

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Bardawil said two small parties were expected to join – the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical PLO faction, and Independent Palestine, a party led by human rights activist Mustafa Barghouti. Hamas sent letters Saturday outlining its political program to all parties, Bardawil said. “We gave them two days to evaluate and study this program,” he said, adding that a final round of talks with representatives from all parties would be held Monday. Haniyeh told journalists Saturday that negotiations over his Cabinet were nearing an end and lawmakers would be a minority in the new government. “The largest number of ministers will be from outside parliament. We’ll form a government that mixes between the political, the technocrats, the independents and the experts, so it can be prepared on all fronts,” he said. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Incoming Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday that a majority of the ministers in the Cabinet he was putting together would come from outside the newly elected Palestinian legislature. Haniyeh, a leader of the Hamas group, has been negotiating with different Palestinian factions to put together a coalition government by the end of the month in the wake of the Islamic militant group’s overwhelming victory in Jan. 25 parliamentary elections. Hamas has been working to bring Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party into the Cabinet, but Fatah leaders have said they prefer to serve in the opposition. Hamas spokesman Salah Bardawil said the group told Palestinian parties they must decide by Monday whether to join a Hamas-led government. Haniyeh spoke after meeting with an umbrella group of Palestinian lawyers. According to minutes of that meeting, Haniyeh said that after his Cabinet is formed, he expects to send a delegation of ministers on a tour of the Arab and Islamic world and possibly to Europe. Abbas and Haniyeh met Friday as part of continuing discussions about the formation of a new Cabinet. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Saturday denied reports that Abbas and Haniyeh were engaged in a major dispute over Hamas’ refusal to accept previous Palestinian agreements with Israel. Abbas was scheduled to leave today for a weeklong trip to visit Europe and Egypt. The United States and European Union have threatened to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas takes power if the group does not renounce violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist. Hamas leaders said they had no plans to moderate their ideology. On Saturday, Abbas met with James Wolfensohn, an international Mideast envoy, and appealed for continued international aid to the Palestinian Authority, even after Hamas takes power, said Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh. “We told him that the international community should continue providing the Palestinian Authority with money,” he said. Without the international aid, the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority will not be able to pay the monthly salaries for its 140,000 workers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more