All is not well at FC Reno

first_imgWestern Bureau:Following their narrow escape from relegation in the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League, FC Reno head coach Michael Graham fired some stinging criticism at the attitude of club officials, which he says is the reason for the former champions yearly struggle to maintain a presence in the nation’s top league.Graham told The Gleaner, after his team’s 2-1 to UWI FC on Sunday, that the plan to return to being a force in local football circles and to once again battle for the title must never begin with the coach or the players.”That conversation must begin with the club’s executive. That winning mentality must start with those at the top and filter down to the coaches and the players,” he said.Reno struggleFC Reno have been in a state of flux over the past five seasons, creating a situation where they are either relegated from the league or struggling to avoid the drop, something they have successfully managed twice in successive seasons.But for Graham and Wendell Downswell, the club’s technical director, not much will change come next season if matters having to do with the club’s well-being are not addressed in the boardroom.”How can a club survive when there are no serious plans on how to do so? This is the current state of affairs at FC Reno. If it weren’t for Mr Downswell and I, we would all be thinking about the lower leagues, if any, at the moment,” stated Graham.He said acquisition of gears boots and ball, among other needed pieces of equipment necessary for the club to carry out training and match-day necessities, are all being sourced by him and Downswell, noting that they receive no help from those who hold “positions” in the club.”Yet these are some of our fiercest critics when the team fails to win. The fact is, unless issues at the executive level are fixed, the club is doomed to failure,” Graham said.”This is a case in which it shows how a club should not be managed,” added Graham.FC Reno were the first club to win three Premier League titles, the last of which came in the 1995 season during a period of dominance. They also won titles in 1990 and again in 1991.The Westmoreland-based club are also winners of three national knockout titles, Winning the now named Flow Champions Cup in 2014. But since then, they have endured two seasons of utter chaos, resulting in near relegation.last_img read more

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World record relay gold for Team SA

first_img6 September 2012Team South Africa’s 4 by 100 metres T42/46 relay team blitzed their opposition at the London Paralympic Games on Wednesday evening to win gold in world record time.The combination of Samkelo Radebe, Zivan Smith, Arnu Fourie and Oscar Pistorius improved on the world record with a superb time of 41.78 seconds.“It’s the most amazing experience for all of us,” Pistorius told reporters after the race.“We’ve been practising over the last two days. We’re all professional and have a job to do.‘We smashed that world record’“We smashed that world record. Each guy here did his job,” Pistorius said. “I said to the guys to stay calm and focused.”After Brazil and the USA were disqualified for changeover infractions, China claimed the silver medal. They ran a regional record time, but their 42.98 was some way behind the winning South African quartet. Third went to Germany in 45.23.Pistorius and Fourie were also in action in the heats of the T44 100 metres on Wednesday evening. Pistorius won his race in 11.18 seconds to qualify for the final, while Fourie also won his heat in 11.29 seconds to advance.The fastest qualifying time, however, went to Jonnie Peacock, who equalled the Paralympic record of 11.08 seconds. In the same heat, 200m winner, Alan Oliviera finished third in 11.56 to secure a spot in the final.Pistorius won the event in the Beijing Paralympics four years ago, while Fourie placed fourth, but a number of runners in the Thursday’s final own better personal bests than the pair, so the competition is going to be stiff.World record for bronze!Dyan Buis excelled in the men’s F37/38 long jump, equalling the F38 world record with a best leap of 6.48 metres. That was, however, good for a bronze medal only.With the event hosting two classes of disability, the results are decided on a points system. Therefore the 6.31m jump by Gocha Khugaev of Russia, which was a world record in the F37 class, was good for the gold medal, while Yuxi Ma of China’s 6.26m regional record won him a silver medal.In the same event, another South African, Andrea Dalle Ave, set a regional record of 6.02m in the F37 class, while Union Sekailwe, the winner of the bronze medal in the men’s T38 400m, finished in 10th place.Qualified for finalTeboho Mokgalagadi qualified for the final of the men’s 200m in the T35 class after running a personal best of 27.37 seconds. He previously won the event at the Athens Paralympics, but it wasn’t run at the Beijing Games of 2008.Zanele Situ, the winner of javelin gold in Sydney and Athens, narrowly missed out on a medal this time around in the women’s F54/55/56 class. She finished fourth behind China’s Liwan Yang, Tunisia’s Hania Aidi and Martina Willing of Germany.SwimmingIn the swimming pool, Tadhg Slattery, who first competed in the Paralympics 20 years ago in Barcelona in 1992, placed fifth in the men’s 100 metres breaststroke in the SB5 class.He had previously won the event in 1992 and 2004 and finished runner-up in it in 1996 and 2000. He won bronze in Beijing in 2008.Natalie du Toit was unsuccessful in her defence of the 50m freestyle S9 title, finishing seventh in the final in 29.84. China’s Ping Lin snatched gold in a Paralympic record of 29.12, with Louise Watkin of Britain second in 29.21 and Ellie Cole of Australia third in an Oceania record of 29.28.Kevin Paul finished seventh in the final of the men’s 400m freestyle in the S10 class despite swimming an African record of 4:16.46, while Shireen Sapiro placed eighth in the final of the women’s 400m S10.CyclingIn cycling, time trial events were held. Ernst van Dyk placed fifth in the men’s H4 class in a race won by former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi, who lost both his legs in a racing accident in 2001.Stuart McCreadie was seventh in the H2 class, Gerhard Viljoen finished in the same position in the mixed H1-2 class, Jaco Nel placed 12th in the men’s in the C2 class, and Roxanne Burns was sixth in the women’s C4 class.The South African men’s wheelchair basketball team finished in twelfth and last place after a heavy 83-36 defeat at the hands of Colombia.MedalsSouth Africa ended Wednesday in 21st place on the medal table with four gold, five silver and eight bronze medals.China’s domination at the top of the table continued. By competition’s end on Wednesday, the country had won 60 gold, 50 silver and 49 bronze medals, bringing its total to 159 medals.Russia (28, 25, 20, 73) has moved up to second place, dropping hosts, Great Britain (25, 36, 31, 92) to third place and second on medal count.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Play Your Part cleaning up in Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part, along with GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa, will be in Diepsloot to clean-up Akani Primary School. (Images: Akani Foundation)Brand South Africa’s active citizenship programme, Play Your Part, has partnered with the GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa for a clean-up campaign in Diepsloot, the densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, this Saturday, 24 October.The campaign will be rolled out at two schools in the impoverished township, Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary.The campaign falls in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor (second from right) will also be getting her hands dirty at the clean-up at Akani Primary School. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Aims of the collaboration with GEM and Miss Earth South Africa are to encourage citizens to clean up and recycle in their communities and to become environmentally aware.Newly crowned Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and runner up Jade Axon will be in Diepsloot getting their hands dirty while encouraging learners to take care of their environment.GEM, the mobile rewards app that stands for Going the Extra Mile, will also partake in the event, bringing along its army of volunteers to add some sparkle to Diepsloot.The GEM app, which was developed in conjunction with Play Your Part, rewards volunteers for their good deeds. Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app. Once the good deed is done, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.To join through the GEM app, follow these steps:Download GEM via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1#; or,Download the GEM app from App Store or Google Play.Sign in to see volunteering opportunities in your area.Select the Diepsloot clean-up taking place on Saturday, 24 October.Details for the clean-up are as follows:Time: 09h00-12h00Venue: Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary School, Akani Centre, Bophelang, Diepsloot West, Extension 4 (both are on the same street)RSVP: Please confirm you attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comFor more information or to set up interviews, contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comVisit: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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